Saturday, December 31

last one?

Well, it's 7 at night on December 31st here in Japan. So I'm thinking this will be my last post of the year(!)
We are getting ready to have our traditional New Year's Eve dinner (that Tomio makes), so it'll be short and sweet today.

This was a card I just made for fun with some of my new stamps. I got some stamps from Taylored Expressions that I had had my eyes on for quite awhile. So glad I did :)  The grid in the background is from Unity.
Thanks SO much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great New Year's Eve! Tomorrow is Tomio'S birthday, so I'll be making a cake tonight after dinner :)

Monday, December 26

one more...

tag :) This will probably be my last Christmas-y project to share, seeing as I took down all of our Christmas decorations this morning. Kind of makes me want to work on other kinds of things more. (Though I'll most likely continue making Christmas things all year long).

This tag was published in a Paper Crafts Special Issue--Holiday Cards Vol. 6. I *love*the nutcracker stamp from Waltzingmouse. Well, I actually love the whole set :) I have some Christmas money from mu hubby, and I'm at least some of it will be for Waltzingmouse stamps :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Ours really was nothing less than perfect. I love spending Christmas with my family :)

Saturday, December 24

just one more?

 I think I can squeeze in one more before Christmas :) Actually today's is just one of the 70+ tags I made this year.

I *love* this little snowman from Gina K. There are several tags under our tree with him on them :) Isn't he cute?
It is already night time on the 24th for us here in Japan. We had chicken and cake and watched a Christmas movie. All the my little peeps are in bed. It was a perfect Christmas Eve :) I hope you have wonderful Christmas with your family!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 23

it's true..

I'm back with another Christmas card! I hope this is the sign of a new trend here on the blog?! We'll see :)

More Verve stamps today. Aren't they just so pretty?!?! I really wanted the pretty sentiment to stand out, so  I embossed them with white. I really like the rustic cream base.

Okay--I'm off to make broccoli casserole and caramel chocolate brownies :) Thanks SO much for stopping by. Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 22


I know! But the more Christmas cards the better, right :)?

Pretty simple again. I stamped directly on the kraft and colored it in with some copics. Added a bow out of twine, and that's it :) These stamps are from Verve. I'm really liking their stamps and dies lately, and I'm pretty sure I'll be *needing* to order some more soon. heehee.

Thanks for stopping by today! We are off from school today--gonna listen to Christmas music, make some cookies for Santa aka Daddy :)

Wednesday, December 21

still time...

for another Christmas card before Christmas, right?  Thought I'd pop in really quick and share one :)

Another one that has almost no stamping, oddly enough. I sketched the tree with a pencil, poked holes and then stitched over it by hand. I kind of like how it turned out :)

Thanks for stopping in today! Hope you are enjoying the Christmas- season ( I know we are!)

Tuesday, December 20

Christmas cards

I actually made several Christmas cards this year, but I actually used them before I got to take a pictures of th em. I think that is a first for me! oh well, that is the *real* reason we make the cards, right?! heehee. I do have one from earlier this year that I am pretty sure I haven't shared yet though. I can't go without showing any Christmas cards, right?

Not lots of stamping on this card, is there? I had fun though, and I really like how it turned out :) I tried out a little bit different stitch on the sides. I used a nice, big sparkly brad for his nose :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! As my kids keep reminding, me only 4 more days 'till Christmas Eve now!!

Thursday, December 15


magazine, that is :) I have had several cards published in their magazine over the last few months, but  I have not shared any of them here. Mainly because I just want to be sure that I don't share them too soon, like before the issue actually comes out :) But this one was from the September issue, so I'm pretty sure it is ok now.

I stamped and embossed the wood grain pattern on the buttons for this card. I'm especially fond of this card because it was actually the first card they ever published of mine :) Thanks for indulging me :)

Thanks SO much for stopping by today! Hope you are staying warm and cozy :)

Sunday, December 11

tags, tags, tags...

I really like making Christmas tags :) I like how quick they are and how you can make them pretty much any shape and size you want. I also really like how my kiddos all look under the tree and see if there are any more tags with their names on them each morning :) But between making tags for my family and for my mother's church get together, I've made over 70 tags this year. Now that's a lot of tags. And since I don't like making the same thing more than once, they were all different. I think I can say, for now, I'm done with tags for at least a few days heehee :) I don't have pictures of all of them, but here are few:

I really like this little snowman :)
And these snowflakes from Verve are just gorgeous.

Here's another.

 I really like the colors of this one.
The ones under our tree are mostly more cute though, with Santa and reindeer. I'll try to get some pics of those too, if  I can.

 Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? I think we have, from the looks of our tree :) heehee :)

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, December 6


are my absolute favorite flower.  I just love how cheerful and happy the make me feel. And today I have a very CAS card made with the only sunflower stamps I own.

Really simple. Just die cut, stamp and emboss :) I like cutting them out in different colors and then just stamping in versamark, just for a little something different.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season!!

Thursday, December 1

thinking of you

Here's just a quick thinking of you card I made.

I like how the wood grain looks when it is heat embossed. Usually it ends up a little more subtle and in the background, but this makes it stand out a little bit more :) And yes, I'm afraid I used the silhouette flowers from Larger than Life. I've had that cute little brad for ages, and I thought this was a fun way to use it.

Thanks for popping today!! I'm thinking it is time for some more Christmas-y cards now that it is actually December :) Are you ready for the weekend? I definitely am :)