Thursday, December 18, 2014

FMS167

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Happy Thursday, peeps!  I have one more Christmas card…can you believe it?  I still am thinking of people I’ve missed!  This one is for a couple from my church who are celebrating their first Christmas as newlyweds!  She was a music major in college, so I thought she would enjoy this card.  I used some leftover digital musical paper I had printed for another project, and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

and here we go:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Musical Joy Christmas Card

I used some other scraps of DSP from my plethora of 6x6 pads; the vertical piece is stamped with a Unity single stamp called Rejoice for our Silent Night; the circular panel is stamped with the words from The Sounding Joy (ret. SU) and the “joy” diecut is from Lil’Inker:

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I added some gold glimmer stars and a little bit of Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon to complete my card!  Thanks for visiting today!

We attempted to make gingerbread cookies yesterday; Cassidy quickly got bored with the rolling and cutting part, which is the part I thought she would like, and she couldn’t handle the piping, but she definitely got into the sprinkles:

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and the eating!

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They weren’t the most beautiful cookies, but she had fun!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HSS201 and CC1215

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I needed a little Christmas card for a secret sister, and when I saw the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments, as well as the Curtain Call challenge, I decided to pair them up!

I had some of this older SU paper on my desk from another project, so I just used some bits of it along with a couple of cute candy and gingerbread images from TPC’s Sweet Christmas:

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I embossed the gingerbread man with white craft ink and white embossing powder, and the candy is colored with markers and embellished with a Jelly Roll pen….it’s really fun and sparkly in real life, it’s a shame you can’t see it here!

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The sentiment is from Lil’Inkers, and I combined some red and silver baker’s twine along with a couple of embossing folders to finish it off!  It’s as sweet as my secret sister is….she is a real sweetheart!

Grampy (also know as Mr Gadget in our household) was getting frustrated as he watched Cassidy “open” our mail by ripping apart the envelopes, so (only as a man can do) he showed her how to use a butter knife as an letter opener:

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Success!  Now I just have to watch that she doesn’t try to do this on her own!

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Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Crafty Day

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Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I had a lovely crafty day yesterday!  I needed some little gifts for a couple of parties, and I had a chance to “recycle” some items into some fun gifty things!  I got this red frame at the new Goodwill store that just opened (WOOHOO!) but it was pretty plain, so I doctored it up with some snowy embellishments:
LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Snowman Frame Christmas Crafts
The sparkly snowflake was an ornament from my crafty stash, and I added a smaller glimmer snowflake on top; the snowman is from Anna Wight’s Whippersnapper Snowman set:
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and the sentiment is from Papertrey’s Daily Designs set; the snowy hills were cut with a Lawn Fawn stitched hills die.  I added some tiny glimmer snowflakes punched with a Martha Stewart punch:
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I am entering this in the Shopping Our Stash challenge this week, which is a "Red Alert"...to use red in your project!

My mom’s family business is a florist shop, and my grandfather, uncles and cousins, as well as my daughter, all have the “flower arranging” gene passed down to them….me, not so much!  But I persevered and recycled a Yankee Candle basket into a little candle arrangement using some more crafty stuff from my stash:
LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Candle Basket Christmas Crafts
I added a little stamped banner:
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and decorated the battery-operated candle with some “vintage” sheet music and crochet trim:
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It was fun to be creative!
Meanwhile, I cautiously enlisted Cassidy, my little elf, for some Christmas card help; I needed postage stamps put on them, and after a few little crooked mishaps, she got down to serious business:
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She got pretty good at it, and was quite proud of the pile she was making!
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Enjoy your day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

STB and RS145

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Happy Monday, everyone!  My holiday to-do list is getting smaller, and I finally got to stamp a little bit this weekend; I have to admit, I was feeling a bit rusty!  Seize the Birthday has an “Anything Goes” challenge this week, and since I needed a couple of birthday cards, it fit right in!  I pulled out a set that hasn’t seen much ink lately, Something to Say, and paired it with a sentiment from Flower Patch:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Something to Say Birthday Stampin Up

I love the patterned paper from Flowerpot DSP, and I think Lost Lagoon looks great with Crushed Curry!  I stamped and punched out the flowers and popped them up, then added a little “celebrate” from Endless Birthday Wishes in Wild Wasabi:

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I also used the RetroSketches sketch from this week:

A cheery card for a special someone!  Thanks for visiting today!

A special treat in the Advent Calendar box a couple of days ago….FROZEN Jelly Bellys!!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

CAS for PPA231

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It’s almost 11 pm and you’re exhausted from your day, but you just have to get some stamping in, because if you don’t, you’ll be crabby----ever feel that way?!  So this is what my feeble brain came up with last night….a really, really CAS card using the Pals Paper Arts colors:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings O Holy Night Come to Bethlehem Christmas Stampin Up

And here are their lovely colors….so calming, don’t you think?

I sort of forgot about the set O Holy Night, and I realized it paired very well with Come to Bethlehem.  So the banner is stamped in Bermuda Bay; the wise men stamped in Pool Party on a Soft Sky base.  I added a few hand-drawn stars and a rhinestone on the big star, and it was done.  I kept looking at it to think where I can add something else, but my tired mind just couldn’t do it, so I left it as it was….a simple card honoring that majestic night so long ago.

So we set up our manger scene yesterday, and it didn’t take long for Cassidy to rearrange things:

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She crammed them all into the stable….warmer that way, I guess.  And before I knew it, they were visiting another locale:

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Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FMS166 and CCMC50

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A quick post today, although this card took me WAY longer than it should have!  Still stocking up on Christmas cards, using the Colour Me…! challenge colors of Night of Navy and Silver:

and the Freshly Made Sketches sketch from Karren:

I just got a new Stampendous background stamp and I paired it with a vintage sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Christmas Cheer Stampin

I stamped the background in Encore Silver, matted it on a Brushed silver mat and adhered it to a Night of Navy card.  The sentiment was stamped in Night of Navy and I added a little seam binding and a silver bell diecut with a Lil’Inker’s die:

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Another one for the stash!

Cassidy being goofy:

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A recent conversation with her; she was sitting in Grampy’s chair and pulled an orange highlighter out from his Bible: 

Cassidy: “Grammy, what is this?”

Grammy:  “It’s a highlighter.”

Cassidy:  “Does real flame come out of it?”

Out of the mouths of babes!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sparkling Snowflakes

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I have another Christmas card today to show you….I still haven’t sent mine out yet, but I’m working on it!  This is for three challenges:
So here is my snowflake-y, sparkly, joyous white and kraft tall card:

 LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Gentle Season Christmas Stampin Up

I know the word “joy” isn’t there, but the musical piece is “O Holy Night” (from Crafty Secrets’ Vintage Christmas CD), and happiness and peace certainly bring joy!  My glimmer paper snowflakes float down amidst some pretty white sequins, and I have stamped my Crumb Cake card with various retired SU snowflakes!

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I had some pearls just right for the centers of my snowflakes, and they matched my sentiment stamped in Early Espresso!  I added some EE ribbon and I have another for my soon-to-be-sent stash!
We began our cookie-making yesterday, and Cassidy was quite helpful…this is the first time I let her take the butter out of the paper, although she just couldn’t keep her fingers out of the butter itself.  Of course, my motto is “Everything is better with butter” so I guess she gets it honestly!

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She liked the batter too…and the chocolate chips….well, you get the picture!  We had lots of hand-washing going on!  Thanks for visiting today!

Wee Project Details
Stamps Itty Bitties, Christmas Punch, The Snowflake Spot, Star-Studded Season
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Parchment Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
 Ink Early Espresso, Craft White, Creamy Caramel
AccessoriesEarly Espresso Ribbon, Pearls, Sequins
Tools     Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas CD, Big Shot, Make a Snowflake Dies (Taylored Expressions), Small Heart Punch, Dimensionals