So, what to do now? At 43…We make Christmas Cookies!

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I’ve been super ADHD lately. I have never been diagnosed but I am 99.9% sure that I am. Just today, on my way to work, the conversation in my head went something like this… “I really want to start my own business…like the Art store I’ve been thinking about, or wait maybe a coffee shop, the “Insert cute name here” coffee shop. Or, I could do both. Coffee shop by day and art shop by night? Well…that might be a lot of work. Maybe I could just make videos on You Tube. So many success stories out there. I could do crafting, I love making cards and scrapbooks…or cooking! I do love my Pampered Chef and I do have some videos out there already. Ugh, but when do I have time to make those videos? Life with a 4 and 6 year old is busy! Not too mention LOUD. They hardly ever close their cute little mouths. Hmmm maybe I’ll just go back to school and be a teacher. Then I could teach cooking and art and DO IT ALL!! hahahaha”

Do any of you feel that way? My husband always looks at me like I’m crazy. I can’t help it I just want to make something of myself I guess to be important, to matter. It would be nice to hear someone say “we’re proud of you” or “we’re proud of what you’ve done with your life”.

In the meantime I just spend time with my kids as much as I can in between work, and we make sugar cookies. It was worth coloring the icing four different colors, and spending three hours working on cookies and coloring and decorating. It made for some really pretty pictures this Christmas and some great memories. That is what matters to us, building these memories for my children so they can look back and say we had such a fun childhood filled with great Christmas traditions and memories!

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Mojo Monday #435 – It’s My Party Birthday Card

Hi Everyone!

A new week has gone and that means it’s time for another Mojo Monday sketch challenge!

Julee over at Mojo created a fun panel sketch for us to play with. You should play along too and use up some of your stash! 😉 If you haven’t played in challenges before and you’re not sure what to do, just send me an email and I’ll help you through it! They are fun and sometimes there’s even a contest to win prizes! 🙂

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I used the It’s My Party design paper stack for this card. This paper pad is such a great deal! You get 48 – 12″x 12″ sheets of design paper for $26.00. That’s only $0.54/sheet! You need this paper, it’s so cute and has some great designs! Plus there is a whole slough of It’s My Party products to coordinate with this lovely paper.

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I made this card for my awesome husband. He’ll only be 33 in a couple weeks! (wish I was still in my 30’s!) Maybe then I’d have enough energy to chase my toddlers around lol!

I used the Party with Cake clear mount stamp set for this card and the Number of Years bundle (has stamp set and framelits!). The panels of design paper are cut at 2″ x 4″. The center Mint Macaron square is 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″. The Whisper White square is 3″ x 3-1/4″.  I also used a hint of the  clear Wink of Stella on the numbers, can you see the shimmer below? I just LOVE this stuff!

The ink pads I used for stamping:

  • Basic Black Archival
  • Melon Mambo
  • Mint Macaron
  • Crushed Curry

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get to do something crafty today!

Charlene 🙂

Stampin Up Party with Cake – Birthday or Celebration Card

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to share this quick card I made using the Party with Cake and Timeless Textures stamp sets. My inspiration for this card was in the Occasions catalog on page 3! I love using the beautiful designs by Stampin Up and then modifying them how I like.

Ok, I cannot say how much I love this Timeless Textures stamp set. You need it. It’s super versatile and makes the coolest images. You can make your own background, decorate a box, make “coffee under your cup table stains”, rain, snow, or even confetti like I did here! Plus way more fun designs! tmp_2375-PhotoGrid_1454778769414-1174672854

I love how the washi tape almost looks like design paper here. I cut the whisper white to 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ so you could really see the edges. After I stamped and embellished how I wanted it, I used dimensionals to pop it up. I also used a white card base cut at 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored down the middle.

The It’s My Party enamel dots are SO so cute! Love! I love to put them on like confetti! Such a sweet pop of color! I stapled on my twine using our mini stapler.

You can purchase any of the products shown from my online store HERE. Some of my favorites are the Timeless Textures stamp set, the It’s my Party Washi Tape and the It’s My Party enamel dots. Oh, can’t forget the Party with Cake stamp set too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Charlene 🙂

 

My Stampin Up Team Color Challenge – Timeless Textures

Hi Everyone!

This is a card that I created for my upline’s bi-weekly challenge. I participate in her challenge every two weeks on our Team’s Facebook page. Being a part of this awesome group is just one of the perks of being a Demonstrator! My inspiration for this card was from Paula Dobson’s card I found on Pinterest. Pinterest is such a great, quick reference to get so many ideas for cards and projects. You can follow my Pinterest board HERE!

This is last week’s challenge as I am a bit behind posting it. I love how we have 2 weeks to work on the challenge. I just counted and I’m up to 3 challenges per week plus this one! I hope to add more but we’ll see how I do with all of these first!

For this challenge it was a color theme using Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon and Mossy Meadow. This combo was sort of weird for me…I guess I was looking for some design paper to go with it! I found some in the Going Places Design Paper stack but the colors of the paper were just 2 of these and it was a swirly looking design. Cute, but I had no idea what to make. I decided to use the Timeless Textures stamps and create kind of a collage of images. I love this look! You could even do a distressed look and rough up the edges of the paper.

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I didn’t win this week but maybe with the next challenge which is a sketch challenge, actually using the Mojo Monday 433 sketch (which I already did!). Here is a close look at this card. I focused in on the Celebrate since I used the gold Wink of Stella. Love the subtle, sparkly look it adds!

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Thanks for stopping by!

And….here are the products I used for this card: