I want to take the time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. Grab on to that “holiday spirit” and make it last through 2011.
Wherever you are, I hope you are surrounded by family, friends and lots of love!
I am reading blogs and Facebook updates from people all over the US. People are frantic about things being sold out or on backorder. They worry about what this person or that will think if they don’t get the right gift. They don’t want to disappoint the children if they don’t get them everything on their list.
People, STOP rushing around and spending great gobs of money to find that perfect gift. Take the stress off yourself! EVERYONE is entitled to the same gift each year! One size fits all… It isn’t sold out and it is FREE for the taking. In fact HE paid for it! The ONE true gift. The GREATEST gift of all... Jesus Christ. And better yet, you don't have to wait til' Christmas to give or receive THIS gift! Go ahead and peek - heck why don't you just UNWRAP it now! I promise I won’t tell. I won’t have to.… But please, you can go ahead and SHARE with everyone what you got!
I know this is preachy and I know it isn’t craft related but – I wanted to share with you anyway. My gift to each of you is that I will pray that YOU will GET this gift for YOURSELF too!
I want to say Merry Christmas right now to all of my friends and family and followers.
It’s challenge time once again. Please join me for my December challenge at Creative Scrapbooking Divas where I am a member of the Design Team.
My challenge this month is pretty simple so I hope I can count on you to join in. I challenge you to make a card or layout with at least 2 circles.
Please post your creations at Creative Scrapbooking Divas Gallery before midnight December 30. Be sure to leave me a comment here so I know you entered.
One random lucky winner will get a prize!
Here is my example:
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. How about those shopping deals!? Black Friday…Super Saturday…. Cyber Monday…. Pink Tuesday…..Merry Monday….. wow!
Our household has simplified our Christmas gift buying somehow. We are just one shopping day away from being completely finished. I think one thing that has made it easier is the kids are 9 1/2 and 12 1/2 and they don’t want toys anymore. Video games, watches, books and movies is what they want now. Its great when these things go on sale and they don’t break the bank. Thankfully we aren’t into the “can’t find it gift of the year”.
Our tree is up. My husband and I have had this tree for the 16 years we have been married. It is a beautiful white artificial tree that stands 7 1/2 feet tall. The garland and lights are up and only a few of the kids’ homemade ornaments have been hung but I still find it quite beautiful.
The one thing I don’t have finished is my Christmas letter and cards. I thought about it in October; I knew it had to be started in November; now December is here and I haven’t started either. I guess I need to flip through some magazines or surf the web to get some inspiration.
How are your preparations coming?
Join me and my fellow Scrapbook Divas at Creative Scrapbooking Divas for my November Challenge.
This challenge requires just a few easy things:
1. Must be a two page layout and has to extend across the two pages.
In other words- as in my example my title has words
that begin on one page and finished on the next
2. There needs to be a banner somewhere on the layout. I used birdhouses.
3. Lastly, you need to have a circle somewhere on the layout.
Please post your work in the gallery at Creative Scrapbooking Divas and label it Ann’s November Challenge
Oh- did I mention there is a prize? Ok- There is! One random person who plays along will be chosen for the prize.
Deadline is midnight November 30, 2010
Hi to all of my followers! I just put a new challenge up at Creative Scrapbooking Divas. I hope you will go over there and join the group and give the challenge a try!
I hope you all enjoyed the Creative Scrapping Divas Blog Hop last weekend. I sure did. You all did such a good job on our challenges.
I would like to announce the winner of my challenge…….drumrolll……..
Lisa M. West!
The other winners including grand prize were:
Alicia’s Blog- Carree
Luisa’s Blog – Theresa
Jamie’s Blog – Cheryl O.
Sandy’s Blog – Crystal
And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER: another drumroll please……
Congratulations everyone! Thank you again to my fellow DT Divas and players!
Welcome to our CS Divas Fall Blog Hop 2010!!!
Design Team members have created fabulous Fall creations to inspire you and to motivate you to create some projects, just perfect for the Fall season...
Here is the linked list to blog hop!!!
CS Divas (main page where it starts): Creative Scrapbooking Divas
ANN YOU ARE HERE
SANDY GO HERE NEXT
And here is a picture of the GRAND PRIZE Divas!!!!
To be eligible to win the Grand Prize you need to:
1) Be a member of CS Divas. If you are not yet a member, is very easy to join, simply register to be a member with us, we will approve your application as fast as we can.
2) Visit each of the designer's blogs, leave a comment. But, there's another catch....
3) Each blog will have an Autumn leaf hiding somewhere with a word. Rake up all the leaves to form the correct phrase then PM or email this phrase to Lori firstname.lastname@example.org or Luisa email@example.com (Hint: 7 words)
4. Complete at least " 3 " of the 7 DT projects. If you complete more than three then you get another chance to win. Upload in the Blog Hop Event: CS Divas Fall Blog Hop!!!
All projects are due on 9/28 and they need to be uploaded here to be eligible for the Grand Prize: http://divascreativas.ning.com/events/fall-blog-hop
Here is my project for you. My theme is Thanksgiving. I have done a 2-page layout. The cardstock is from my stash and I think it is all Bazzill. The printed paper and Turkey and leaves Stickers are from Reminisce from 2009.
The printing of the “tab cards” was done with the Cricut Imagine. I used the cartridges From My Kitchen and the new Imagine More. The fun cooking words were also done on the Imagine with the same 2 cartridges. The cardstock printed on was white from Recollections. (Michaels)
The large letters are from American Crafts and are Thickers. The little letters are Tiny Type from Cosmo Cricket.
Here is a close-up of my “special recipe” for this layout.
Did you figure out what I did? I made recipe box tabs and added all of my pictures from my wonderful family weekend in Ohio.
The cartridge I used was From My Kitchen for Cricut. I was lucky enough to get my new Cricut Imagine this last week so I combine the Imagine More cartridge and “colored” each card with the Imagine. I am loving the look I must say! It was like getting bonus paper because I used just white cardstock for the printing.
I printed the pictures at 4 on a page on my printer and cut them apart and trimmed the white border off.
I glued each picture to the “tab card”. I also used the From My Kitchen and Imagine More cartridges and came up with some cooking terms to add randomly to the cards.
There are 2 sets of cards because we had 2 big days of celebrating together. Besides Thanksgiving we were celebrating a teenager birthday too!
A trip to Ohio and a family gathering of Stauffers is not complete without a BIG meal at Marion’s Pizza. We are all hopelessly addicted and those of us that are out of state can’t get enough when we are visiting.
I will add a picture of how I bind the cards to the page. I think it will just be with a binder clip so it can be removed and looked at.
To be eligible for MY BLOG CANDY I just ask you to use my “recipe” on a layout and expand the number of pictures beyond the normal 4 x 6 or the visible ones on the layout. Keep it simple, I want you to have FUN! Just do a couple, cuz you know you want to try LOL.
You can make tags and use a brad to connect them. Of course you are only limited to your imagination here!
Just come back and post a link to your creation here!
Thanks and HAVE FUN AT THE HOP! And don’t forget, follow my blog and become a member of the CS Divas too!
This weekend join the Design Team on our personal blogs
for a fun-filled and prize-filled Blog Hop!
Each member of the CS Divas Design Team will have
a project/layout/card and/or tutorial on their page.
We will also have a special game for you to play!
HERE IS A LIST OF WHAT ONE LUCKY PERSON
WILL GET IN THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!!
Chipboard letters by Cosmo Cricket--Blackboard--65 pieces
Acrylic Stamp Set--by Hampton Art (trees, leaves)
Acrylic Stamp Set--by Inkadinkado--5 pieces (autumn theme)
Notepad by Adornit--50 sheets
Clear Stamp Block--Studio G
Mini acrylic Stamps--Studio G
Harvest Time dimensional stickers--2 sets
Glitter dimensional word stickers--Colorbok
Harvest 3D foam stickers--8 pcs
Layered Fall Stickers--6 pcs
5x7 Photo Mats--Halloween theme--16 sheets
2 Wooden Stamps--Frankenstein and leaves
Cardstock weight 'cards'--4 assorted
Assorted buttons (some not shown)
Assorted Prima Flowers in Autumn colors
Assorted ribbons and fibers (some not shown)
Other assorted flowers (not shown)
SO COME BACK HERE ON SATURDAY 9/25 FOR THE HOPPING ORDER AND JOIN IN OUR FUN!
AND INFO ON THE GAME. YOU WILL HAVE UNTIL 9/28 TO POST YOUR BLOG HOP ENTRIES AT Creative Scrapbooking Divas