Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Christmas cards all Finished and ready to mail

As some of us crafter's do back in the summer I was toying with ideas for my
 2013 Christmas Cards, I hadn't really decided on  anything until I saw
Tim Holtz's July early sneak peeks of his fall/winter collection for the Summer CHA Show.
 I was sold, had to have it,  I stalked the Internet sites until I found his new dies.
Yep pre-ordered the ones I wanted, knowing they would not be released until late September.
Patiently (well not quite that patiently) I waited for them to arrive.  Finally the day got
here and my waiting was over.

I used the new Carolers die from Tim Holtz
the sentiment  is from Stampendous (I believe) and stamped with Stazon Ink.
The background music paper is from Authinque's new Christmas Line
and the card stock is
from Stampin Up Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White and Black, I used

Character Construction Paris Swap

                        My tags for the Paris Themed Swap
                                Character Construction Stamp

I used the number 8 tags from Ranger, some scraps of paper Graphic 45 Papers
I had from other projects, embossed them with a Tim Holtz
embossing Folders (a sewing themed one) and used antique linen distress ink
to highlight the embossing.  I then cut out the Eiffel Tower design using
Tim's Eiffel Tower Die.

 Next I stamped and fussy cut 2 different designs from Character Construction
MANNEQUIN CAFE Stamp set (designs 3 and 6).  Using ribbons, lace and fringe from
my stash I started to designs dresses for the mannequins by just layering the
ribbon and lace and trims.


For the dress below I used a light weight paper I had that has 2 different hues of silver glitter on it
cut it in strips 2" by 4" and rolled the strips on a angle I then glued and laid them to make the
skirt, I then glue some feathery trim to the waist and added some bling for buttons and a pop of red with a bow at the collar. 
I think this one is my favorite.
The ticket and other papers added to decorate the tags are from Graphic 45 
Le Cirque Collection.

Car and deer don't mix...

Last week (Nov. 5th) some of my friends already know that regrettably but thankfully in the 9 years
I have lived in Voorheesville, NY I hit my first deer, and hopefully my last.
 Fortunately  I was not hurt, my car is fixable and the deer is still alive,
 minus a patch of fur from his hind quarter.
The owner of the repair shop, that will be fixing my car, told me that there were four
 other car/deer accidents the same night in approximately the same area. He told me I was
his 4th call that morning to get a damage estimate.
Sadly from the looks of one of the other cars, I don't think the deer made it.
Joking with the owner of the repair shop, I told him I thought since there are deer crossing
signs up all around the Voorheesville area,  the deer should be considerate and learn to cross at the crossing signs....hey people have crosswalks to cross in why not deer.....just saying...lol

My Halloween tree

As everyone know I LOVE Halloween
and yes I decorate my home for this Holiday.
I have been asked to post a picture of my
Halloween Tree. 


Although you can't really see, the tree is loaded with lots of special ornaments that have been
either given to me by friends or I purchased myself .
Below are a few of the special ones...
 along with some of my collection of Jim Shore's Witches which
are on display year round.

My very dear and best friend Debbie Perry gave me Sally and her son Jay gave me Jack two
of my favorite characters from Tim Burton's  Nightmare Before Christmas.

And this year my friend Carmen Ellis of  www.Spookyhollow.net made my Grimmy Family for me.
I love them so much, thank you Carmen.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my little Halloween display.