A Stamp Off New Year

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It is hard to believe it is Friday again so soon.  I am not sure where all the time goes but it sure flies!  Friday is always my favorite day of the week because it is when Buffy, Jackie and I do our Stamp Off Challenges.

This week Buffy gave us a New Year’s theme challenge.


I actually had a hard time with this one.  I don’t really have any stamp sets that say Happy New Year but then I remembered that you can use other sayings to celebrate the holiday.

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The “happy” came from a set of Thinlits called Hello You and the numbers are a must have set of Framelits called Large Numbers.  Everyone needs that set because it can be used for so many occasions (graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.).  The “let’s celebrate” and the banner are a stamp from a set that will be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog called Balloon Adventures.  It is such a fun set.  Of course, you have to have some sparkle on New Years so I used the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

Now let’s go check out what Buffy and Jackie did with this challenge.  I am sure their creations will be awesome, as usual!

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One Big Meaning

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Here is another thank you card I made to use myself.  I have a lot of people to thank for a lot of things lately.  People were so kind to our family when Rob’s mother passed away and did so many things for us to help us through hard times.  They brought us food, sent us cards and made generous donations in her name.  It always amazes me how kind people can be.  Sometimes in this crazy world, we forget that.

I used the textured embossing folder called Cable Knit.  This embossing folder makes a deeper impression so that it looks 3D.  A trick to using this folder is to lightly spritz the card stock with water so help break down the fibers in the paper.  That will help prevent cracking.

The Designer Series Paper is in the Annual Catalog and is called Floral Boutique.  It uses Night of Navy and Whisper White on all the sheets and is very elegant.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called One Big Meaning.  I added a little pop of color using Enamel Shapes.

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Sunshine Sayings

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My friend, Buffy is an amazing contributor to Craft Project Central (CPC).  The designers on this site create all sorts of projects.  For $10 a month you can have access to all the directions to these projects.  In addition to this, they do a monthly sketch challenge.  Buffy posted this sketch challenge one day last month so I decided to make a card using it.  The only problem is, I didn’t realized when I saw the challenge that it was the last day to submit anything.  I didn’t actually make the card until the next day so I was too late.

In any case, here is the sketch I used:


I used the stamp set called Sunshine Sayings to make this card.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Sunshine Wishes.  You can save 10% by purchasing them both in a bundle.  The Designer Series paper is called A Little Foxy.  Most of the colors in this paper use Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  I love these colors together so expect to see lots of cards made with them.

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Christmas Thank You Cards

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Here is a quick and easy card I made for thanking people for Christmas gifts I received.  I needed something easy because I found I didn’t have a lot of time and wanted to get my thank you cards out.

I used the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper for the background.  I love this paper because it is textured with different designs so it adds a lot of dimension to the card.  This paper is in the 2016 Holiday Catalog and will be retiring when the catalog is over so if you like it you will need to order it before January 3rd.

I cut the star out using the Stars Framelits and This Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment and banner are from the stamp set called Endless Thanks.

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Club Cards

Every December the ladies in my monthly card club make each other Christmas cards.  These ladies are so talented that I thought I would share their cards with you.  Each one is different even though some of them used the same products.  They are all amazing.  As a side note, some of the backs of the cards are marked with the artist but some are not so I am not totally sure who made which one.  I apologize for this but just know that each one is awesome!

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Don’t forget some of these amazing products are on sale this week and some are retiring.  Even though it is past Christmas, you can still buy holiday products to use next year.  If you like a something, buy it before it goes for good.


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Our Christmas Card Stamp Off

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TGIF!  It is our Stamp Off Challenge Day.  This time we decided to share our personal Christmas Cards.  I know it is not really a challenge but it is still fun to see what each of us made.


I actually made two Christmas Cards this year.  I usually make a bunch of the same but decided after making 20 of one card, I wanted to do something different.  There were so many wonderful Christmas stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog that I had a hard time choosing.  The first card I made used the stamp set called Star Of Light.  This set has matching Thinlits called Starlight.  I think this set is so elegant.

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The second card I made was more cute than elegant.  I used the stamp set called Santa’s Sleigh and the matching Thinlits (also called Santa’s Sleigh).  The sentiment is from Merriest Wishes and the Designer Series Paper is called This Christmas.

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I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made for their Christmas cards.


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Sometimes Life Happens

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A couple of weeks ago my 88 year old mother in law was having trouble breathing so we took her to the emergency room.  After about 10 days in the hospital, she passed away peacefully in her sleep.  Although it is very sad, we are grateful that she did not suffer a lot and is now reunited with my father in law and her parents.  I guess if anything good can come out of such an event, it brings families and friends who live far away together again.  My kids came home and I got to see Madelyn again.  My local friends brought us food, cards and flowers.  It always amazes me how wonderful people can be in a stressful and sad time and I appreciate each and every one of them.  We will all miss my mother in law but we are so thankful for every one who helped us through this difficult time. Blog Signature-001 Product List