Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

     Another year has passed, and we have all had some crafting fun!  I want to wish you and yours a very happy holiday and a bright, fresh New Year, full of everything wonderful!

     As for my family, we will be celebrating over the weekend.  I can't wait to see the wonder in my grandson's eyes!

     Blessings to you all, and speedy recovery to all of those battling this dreaded flu bug! 

Mary Anne

Friday, December 19, 2014

My Friday Post!

     Hi friends!  I am still plugging along with holiday chores, but had to put up my Friends with Flair post for this week before Christmas.  I received my December KOM, the other day, and I fell in love with these little foxes, and the tree background that they were so generous to include.  A wish of mine was fulfilled with these trees, as I had asked for this many moons ago.  Just goes to show you, that they listen to their customers.

     I used kraft for my base and stamped on lots of white scraps that always accumulate on my desk.  I am very bad at grabbing a new sheet of white, when I start a project.  I stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa, and colored with assorted Copic markers.  My sentiment is from the October 2012 KOM.  There is added sparkle in the nooks of the trees and on the hearts using a clear star pen from Gelly Roll.

     Work has been a beast, so crafting time has been limited.  I would also like to enter this card at:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Winter Inspiration
Pixie's Snippets Playground:  Snippets all the time

     Hope the last week before Christmas finds all of my blogging friends happy, and healthy!  Thanks for taking time to visit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Please Excuse this Holiday Interruption!

     Crafting has fallen by the wayside, so that holiday treat making can begin.  I am a little later than usual, this year, so things need to happen quickly!

     First up are the marshmallow cocoa stirs that I made.  They are in card bags for A2 cards, and my sentiment is from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  The bottoms of the marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and crushed candy canes for perfect melting in a warm drink.

     Next I made some of the checkerboard pretzels with mini Snickers dipped in white chocolate and sugar.  How easy!  You place the mini bar of your choice on the first pretzel, and heat in oven for 3 minutes at 300*, then slap on the top pretzel.  Dip as desired!  I have also made another version of this with just a bottom pretzel, a Rolo, and a pecan half.  Yum!

     Cookies started with the ever loved Snickerdoodle!  I believe today I am making raspberry thumbprints. 

     It just does not feel like Christmas without massive treats to share.!  Thanks for the visit.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Friday!

     Not sure how it became Friday again, but it's here, so lets deal with it!  LOL!  It also means Friends with Flair, and I have a Christmas ornament I made for this weeks linky party.  There are also some fun, new releases over at the Unity shop you must check out.  Visit Friends with Flair for some amazing inspiration!

     I will be honest, in that I have not had very much time to play with my November, Unity KOM.  I wanted to do something different, and remembered an ornament I saw on Pinterest a few days ago.  It was made in a similar fashion, but I decided to use one of my Unity stamps as a focal point in the center.

     It started with an open ring cut from chipboard with my classic circle SB dies, in the 2 largest sizes.  Using a low temp glue gun I added my vintage openwork lace.  Next came a row of ivory buttons, and a hanger with bow out of navy velvet.  I applied a navy cording to the inside edge.  Birds are always a popular subject, so I stamped the beautiful bird stamp from the kit with Midnight Muse ink form SU!.  I added some Old Paper Distress Ink, to give it a move ivory tone.  It was cut out with the largest SB circle die and glued to the back, to finish it off.  It looked so pretty added to my tree!

     Thanks for visiting, and I hope that all of your holiday prep is coming together.  Only a short 2 weeks to go!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bling It On!

     Well, here we are at 2 weeks till Christmas, and I am still trying to finish up some cards.  I saw that this weeks challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, is to Bling It On, so here is what I came up with.

     I used a Darice embossing folder and scraps of white card to create my background.  I inked the folder with SU! inks.  My snowman was printed and colored with Copics.  He is from Spyder's Corner.  The sentiment was also printed from TLC Creations.  They are so generous with the daily freebie!  The only added embellishment are crystal gems.  The snow scape are ripped pieces of white card, with the edges inked.

     I absolutely love the way this EF looks inked!  Hope you do, also.  I will also be entering this over at Pixie's Snippets Playground # 154, since I was a good crafter, and used up all of my scraps to create this.

     Hope your holiday chores are perking along!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friends with Flair

     Just a real quick post of a card I made for some very dear friends.  It uses a very pretty Unity sentiment, some fall paper pieces, some very narrow Washi tape, and 2 embossed punched hearts w/pearls. 

      I would like to enter this for Friends with Flair this week.

     BTW, Angela has another wonderful sale going on this weekend.  Stop over to the store and take a look see.  I am sure there is something that you have been dying for!

     Have a great weekend.  It is suppose to rain for days here.  Great excuse to stay in and finish decorating the tree, and writing out my cards.  I always enjoy when you visit!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Making Little Scenes

     Not going to work today, so I decided to play with some older stamps, and new ideas.  I scored a pack of kraft card stock at Michael's the other day, and it was on super sale.  I am usually true to my brand, but I figured I could whip out some quick Christmas cards, that would be easier to send.

     This first card uses a white chalk marker for the snow drifts, unicorn white ink from Hero Arts for the moon and falling snow, and tiny stars from Recollections.  I just bought all of the stars that they had, as I think I am addicted to them.  I will list stamps at the end.

     My second card uses the Lawn Fawn, Stitched Hillside Borders, which was a gift from my DS for my birthday.  I am going to get lots of use out of these!  It also has a dimensional snowman from K&Co.  I have a huge pack of these, and now have the perfect setting for them.

     Card three does not have as much going on, and is using a different snowman.  I still love the stitched slopes!  So fun!

Here is a list of the assorted stamps used:
Sentiment- Unity
Snow dots- Stamps by Judith
Trees- DJ Design Company
Left facing deer- Stampscapes
Deer duo- DJ Design Company
Flying bird- Ann-ticipations 2001

I also used Diamond Stickles, and a Stardust pen for my sparkle.

I would like to enter these cards over at Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 153
Also at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for their Anything Goes week.

     Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon!