Archive | December 2014

Blessed Advent

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“But not alone at Christmastime comes holiday and cheer, for one who loves a little child has Christmas all the year.”

~Florence Evelyn Dratt

Good Morning Stampers!  I’m still stamping, but they are all projects you have seen before so I thought I’d send an advent hello with a picture of our creche and our Christmas tree!  All is almost in readiness…..

I hope everyone is having as much fun as my friend Lorraine and her grandson…she posted a Christmas hello with her grandson that is just hysterical.  Little ones sure add cheer to the air!  (My little ones are big now, but they are still my “little ones”!)  Have fun in this beautiful snowshower today!

My very favorite Christmas Project

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Turkeys 005“…the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly decorated boxes.”

~Charles Dickens

Well, plums will not fit into THESE highly decorated little boxes, but a Ritter European Chocolate Bar will, along with a gift card in a special little pocket that tucks in right on top of the chocolate.  I saw this project over on Dawn Griffiths website and just fell in love with it.  These are the measurements:

Cherry Cobbler Cardstock:  5 1/4″ x 11″   Designer Series Paper:  1 3/4 x 4″ and 3″ x 4″

Whisper White Cardstock for the gift card pocket:  2″ x 6″

Score the cherry cobbler paper a half inch on each side (portrait) and score it at 2″, 2 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4 inches (landscape).  Cut off the two little sections up to 2 1/2″ (portrait)  and the two tiny squares between 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″.  Add the Designer Series Paper and then fold on all score lines and glue the bottom together on the sides.  Then, fold the Whisper White paper up to form a pocket, glue the sides.  Fold the top skinny little piece toward the back, cut a little strip off from it and then glue it inside in the space between the 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″ folds.  Add a chocolate bar (or whatever), add a gift card, tie with a ribbon and embellish.  CUTIE PATOOTIE!!!

Have a merry week-end,


Silver Snowflake Tag

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“There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas!”

~Charles Dickens

Good Morning!  There seems to be magic in the air today with the snow coming down and “Advent at Ephasus” singing through the house!  This is a quick tag I made using Festive Flurry Framelits, silver glimmer paper, white cardstock and some silver sequins.  The silver heat embossed “to: from:” is from the Ronald McDonald House stamp set, “Tag It.”  It’s fun to add that little home-made touch, however small!  Have a tag making wintery day, Dawn.

Christmas Bauble Tag

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“Fire-side enjoyments, home-born happiness, and all the comforts that the lowly roof of undisturb’d retirement, and the hours of long uninterrupted ev’ning, know.”

~William Cowper

Good Morning!  Is anyone making Gift Tags as Christmas gifts?  The Christmas Bauble stamp makes a beautiful tag, embossed in gold and colored with blendabilities.  I didn’t buy the blendabilities, but they are a free item in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog coming out in January (demonstrators can order from it one month early), so I decided to give them a try.  I haven’t mastered the blending technique but it sure is relaxing to sit and color!

If you are stuck on gifts (and already have your Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificates) : )  check out

We have our annual Christmas Party today for our group that I volunteer with at the Assisted Living Center…always a heartwarming afternoon.  Have a wonder-filled day!  xo Dawn

Rack it up!

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“A song to sing, and a crust to share with a friend or two; A smile to give and a grief to bear with a friend or two; A road to walk and a goal to win, An inglenook to find comfort in, The gladdest hours that we know begin with a friend or two.”

~Wilbur Nesbit

This reindeers “rack” came from my good friend and Stamping Peace Leader, Mimi, and is just one of many beautiful cards that she made with the Merry Monday Challenge.  I wish I had continued playing along with that challenge…I’d have all my Christmas cards finished by now!   I know the reindeer comes from one of last years stamp sets, but I don’t know the name of it.  The sentiment comes from “More Merry Messages.”   Thank you Mimi!

This is another short and sweet post…so many Christmas preparations going on here!  It’s snowing and we’ve got Christmas carols playing on Pandora Internet Radio…the spirit is in the air!  Have a great day!

A Pretty Christmas Tree

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“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”


Good Morning Stampers!  I hope you had an amazing week-end…I know our Nancy in New York reader went to a card party and made 12 Christmas cards!  This card I made at our Maine Stamping Day back in September.  This week-end I added the sentiment in the middle panel and mailed it off!  The lady that taught us this project, Jeaninne Tarrio, was so kind and patient…we had alot of fun.  Have a great day preparing for Christmas (or Hunnakah or Kwanza).  Thanks for stopping by this morning!

The Gift Certificate to end all Gift Certificates!!!

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“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery…today is a gift, that’s why it is called the present.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

You can stop shopping now!  I just made THE cutest Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificates EVER!  It is a project I cased and turned into a gift certificate holder.  It’s actually four gifts in one!  I’m not posting a picture of them because some of you may end up receiving one and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.  If you’d like to purchase one for your favorite someone, just let me know!