Thursday, December 18, 2008

Just Rite for a Happy Holiday!

I found these adorable toddler mittens at the Target dollar spot! They came in a set of two, of course for one dollar. The colors immediately drew me to them! I thought a gift card would fit nicely into one of these and I would have TWO gift card holders for a buck! Sold!
I inked a center from my JUST RITE Christmas Ensemble set. I stamped it again in red so I could cut out the Happy Holidays and adhere onto the blue.
Ribbon is from Wright and purchased at my local fabric store. The felt snowflakes are from Hero Arts. I placed an adhesive red gem on the each snowflake center. Snowflake round edges are rolled in glue, then SU dazzling diamonds.
How simple and easy is this gift card holder? And the added Just Rite tag with a bit of embellishing, well, makes it quick, easy, and JUST RIGHT! I love the colors, my very favorite Christmas combo that I do not use near enough!
Take good care and I'll be back tomorrow! Hope your day is joy filled!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Celebrate, Celebrate DAY 11

Welcome! THIS is DAY 11 and we are still celebrating! Check out SHARON JOHNSON'S Party Central! Challenges & Blog Candy galore in celebration of her 1,000,000 blog hits.

Anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during our 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates!

You DO NOT need to have a Blog to play — uploading your project to SCS ( is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Use the KEYWORD SSC08 when uploading.

TODAY'S CHALLENGE HAPPENINGS AJ Otto - The Willow Garden - Wrapping gifts? Probably! If you are in need of some tags to tape on those packages,— check in on AJ's Featured Project. Play along with AJ's Challenge so you, too, can have some nice gift tags to use this season! AJ's designers: Heather, Janine, Dee, LeAnne, Jerri and Sharon Jerri Jimenez - A Touch of Grace - Jerri's Featured Project is a beautiful 6 x 6 Scrapbook she made. Jerri also has BLOG CANDY to offer today! Jerri's designers: Barb (that's me) and Jennifer TODAY'S BLOG CANDY OFFERINGS Deb Saaranen - Dream in Color - Deb has BLOG CANDY for us today! Jerri Jimenez - A Touch of Grace - Jerri also has BLOG CANDY! There is another reason for celebration in our family! We will welcome our first grandchild in 2009! And, of course I had to make his first 6x6 album, all ready for pictures! I decided to do an alphabet album. I will not show you all the pages, only a few! I LOVE to scrapbook and have completed many albums for our daughters. Sad to say though, they are in their twenty's and I have not completed their last box (big box) of pictures! This is a We R Memory Keepers 6x6 two ring binder album. I purchased it at my local scrap booking store. The pages are top loading and I cut PAPERTREYink white stampers select paper as my base for each page insert. Wanting to keep it very quick and simple, I used embellished stickers, Zoophabets 2 by Cathy Heck, C.R.Gibson. Building on that for my alphabet letter, I stamped with my JUST RITE lower case letters and used Copic markers to color in. Cuttlebug embossing throughout the book helps adds some texture to the layouts. Is this mini diaper pin the cutest? Attached with a brad and this time my stamped letter is on colored card stock. These stickers are so adorable and go along with the zoo theme of the nursery too! I did not do a lot stamping in the album, but I could not resist this image from GinaK Designs! Perfect for the blocks page. Some of the letters are not always the first letter, as you see in this example. This little guy is Copic colored. The stickers also included trim borders of stars and dots. Perfect for some of the page layouts. LOVE this page, I scallop punched a swiss dot cuttlebug embossed piece of card stock to create a frame. Close up of the letter G page! I adore this page too! So much fun. So easy to create using pre inked JUST RITE letters and stickers along with a bit of card stock. What a quick and simple way to get an entire alpha album completed. Our daughter loved it, she had tears of joy when she opened it! Can't wait to see our grandson's pictures on the pages! Take good care and hope you are having a great week so far! Thanks so much for stopping by, I am blessed by your visits! Tomorrow, I will have the Featured Project for Sharon's final day of her Stamp Simply Celebration! YOU don't want to miss it! I will see you then!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Celebrating DAY 9

CELEBRATE DAY 9! Check out SHARON JOHNSON'S Party Central for the complete day happenings starting with DAY 1 and continuing through today! Anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during our 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates! ***You DO NOT need to have a Blog to play — uploading your project to SCS ( is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. When doing so, use the KEYWORD SSC08. We cannot wait to see what you create! TODAY'S CHALLENGE HAPPENINGS Jennifer Buck - The Buck Stamps Here - We all need some Quick Cards especially this time of year! Jennifer’s Featured Project will Challenge you to create some quick cards. Jennifer’s designers: Janine, Julie, Tammy, AJ, LeAnne and Sharon AJ Otto - The Willow Garden - How about a game? There is a DT Trivia Game AJ is hosting! You will want to be in on the fun! TODAY'S BLOG CANDY Jennifer Buck - The Buck Stamps Here - Jennifer is offering BLOG CANDY. AJ Otto - The Willow Garden - AJ has some BLOG CANDY! Sharon Johnson - No Time To Stamp? - SU BLOG CANDY today! TODAY I get to announce my blog candy winner! But, first I have to tell you I am overwhelmed with the heartwarming response to the simple question, asking you to tell us, what your favorite ornament is! Over 300 of you responded (yippee!) and I learned that a simple ornament or ornaments that we bring out each year to adorn our trees have meaning beyond words. Many watch the years of their lives unfold:
  • as they hang each precious memory,
  • placing ornaments front and center in honor of loved ones past,
  • in homemade children's ornaments lovingly crafted by little hands.
Trimming the tree brings childhood memories to the surface, sometimes painful but mostly bittersweet. I am touched by your stories and as we, in my family decorated our tree, my thoughts kept wandering to your posted words. I could not help but feel many of the emotions you had described. It has been one of those years, and unwrapping some of those ornaments this year flooded my heart. Which brings me to this moment, wanting to share with you a blog I recently discovered. I can't even tell you how I got to this blog. You know when you hop from one blog to another? One day there I was reading , The ART OF CHOOSING JOY. It is about a young woman and her journey, living her dream and life amidst some circumstances that make her so determined not only choose joy but to share this journey of life she is experiencing. It touched my heart to the core, reminding me that it is up to me to choose JOY, remembering the true meaning of this season, celebrating the joyous birth of our king, JESUS Christ. We all have our own stories, we are still writing that story, day by day, and as this occurs we have the choice to choose joy. Check out Kolette's wonderful blog, and check out her paper crafting skills too! I know you will be inspired. Thank you for indulging my ramblings, I know you want to know WHO won that blog candy! So without further ado, I am not sure if I have a super favorite ornament but one of my cherished ones is from a woman I worked with 30+ years ago. It is a Betsy Clark figurine. She was a super lady and later I had moved away and she ended up very sick and was at the hospital I worked at for 6 months off and on. I was there for her during that time and that made it even more special. Her daughter stayed with me so she didn't have to pay for a motel room off and on during her mom's hospitalization. Later on she did die. Her daughter became a frequent visitor of my parents when I had moved to Texas. When my dad had his strokes she made a point to see him several times a week as well as my mom. She came to both of my parent's funerals. I still have tears when I bring it out of the box. Love your blog and what a great blog candy surprise. Thanks for sharing.Chris R. from Iowa Congratulations, Chris! Please email your address information and I will get those goodies out to you! My email is Thanks so much for stopping by today! I do appreciate your visits! Today and everyday may you find simple joy!