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I know this was suppose to be posted yesterday and I am sorry about that. We were  late getting back from our Thanksgiving trip with the In-Laws. Did everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving? Are you gearing up for Christmas now? We had a nice Thanksgiving at Avon, NC with the in-laws. That's another story for another day. And now, I'm home and this week is going to be full of preparations for my parents  Annual Christmas Party! 

Enough him-hawing around here are the winners:

Jean Bullock and  Tracy M #6773

If you two would be so kind to email me  your info through the contact form at  bottom left of blog I will get your  GC to you. 
Please include the store and your email  in the email. Thanks!

Winter Wishes at Clear It Out Challenge #55

WINTER WISHES ~ USE SNOWFLAKES Is anyone excited for snow? I live in the  south and we don't get snow too often.  When we do, I'm like a kid, I love snow! So this challenge is perfect. Challenge #55 ~ Winter Wishes Clear It Out Challenge Blog! I created a shaker card. I used so much glitter  the shaker was bulging! LOL I did something a little different by  putting this adorbs digi by  Lacy Sunshine ~ Snowy Days Rory on top of the shaker. She is so cute, I don't want  her covered up!
The papers I used are Echo Park Happy Holidays  Presents and Journaling, the backsides. I colored little Miss Rory with Copics  and used Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles to cut all the layers.
I'm entering this into:
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #191 ~ Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door ~ Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #241 ~ Baby It's Cold Outside
Dream Valley Challenge #95 ~ Anything Goes(3)
Through The Purple Haze Challenge #69 ~ Anything Goes
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Dasher, Dancer and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #83

It's Monday and three days until  Thanksgiving! What the What? Where did this year go? Please someone tell me. Christmas is only a month away! I love it!
So for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Here's this weeks sketch.
I made a Christmas card using only  items that I have had in my stash for  years! I can tell you that the paper is  Me & My Big Ideas ~ Holiday(2010) 12x12 Paper Pad.
We would love to see your take on Sketch #83!  Head over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and join the fun!  And as always, sprinkle some love  around!

Snow,Snow,Snow at Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

Has it snowed where you are? As of this  post it hasn't snowed in my neck of the woods! Which makes me sad! Because I love snow! So I was really excited to come up with  some inspiration for this challenge! Well, I hope it inspires you.
I made two cards for this challenge.  The first one is a 1 on the easy scale. Layer cardstock, emboss silver foil paper, add pearls and sentiment.  Quick and easy but I feel packs a  punch!

The second card is using only white! It's a 2 on the easy scale. I say a two only because there's a lot of die cutting, punching, glittering, and pop dotting! (If that's even a word) So just emboss the base card stock, die cut fence using  Cottage Cutz Mini Fence, I used the grass upside down  for icicles and added glitter. I hand punched the trees  with Fiskars Punch and used glitter on a few on them. Used Fiskars Wavy Paper Edger to create a landscape. Finished off with Queen & Co.Pearls

So now…

Anything Goes at Clear It Out Challenge #54

ANYTHING GOES AT CLEAR IT OUT CHALLENGE Halloween has come and gone, I know! However, in a never ending attempt to deplete my paper  stash I had to use this Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Papers! So, I'm ahead of the game  for next year, right? That's the name of the of the game at Clear It Out Challenge Blog.....use what you have! So here it is, my card for Clear It Out Challenge #54 ~ Anything Goes!

I used Alice's Cat Digi by Ike's Art!  (Hopefully, that explains things.) You can find this digi and more at  Our sponsor this week!
I'm entering this card into:
Through The Craft Room Door ~ Anything Goes
The Cheerful Stamp Pad ~ Here Kitty! Kitty!
Dream Valley ~ Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can Challenge #82 ~ Use Your Markers
Karleigh Sue Digi's  Challenge #2 ~ Halloween Theme

I hope you join us this week for our  ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE! Be sure to hop over to the challenge blog and show some love to the ladies! 

Flying By and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #82

It's Monday and you know what that means! NEW SKETCH over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch  Challenge Blog!
 And I made a card using Kraft cardstock, vellum embossed with  Darice Clouds Embossing Folder and colored with Copic, Lawn Fawn Stamp Set ~ Flying By, and finished it off with Twine from Paper Trey Ink. This is one of the cards I will be sending  to the Sunshine Foundation this month.

Anything Goes/Optional Twist Use Glitter ~Get Creative Challenge #2

Good Morning! This is my first posting for the NEW  challenge blog, GET CREATIVE! There are a lot of great challenges lined up with amazing sponsors!  Angie has out done herself putting this  challenge blog together for you! Let's give her a round of applause! (clap,clap,clap)
 I had the pleasure of using this amazingly adorable digi by  Whoopsi Daisy ~ Sheet 540.
 How cute is she? I colored the image with  Copic Markers and used bits and pieces of scrap  papers. I cut the banner from one of the scraps and  glittered it up for the optional twist.
and at
Ruby Red Crafts

You can check out the blog too!

is our sponsor for this challenge. Offering two sheets to the lucky winner! So, hop on over to Get Creative Challenge Blog and join in for  a chance to win!
I'm entering this into:
Papertake Weekly Challege ~ Sooo Girlie
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #190 ~ Anythi…

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Thanksgiving Giveaway!
Starting  November 14th
Ending November 28th
If you a follower ask a friend to
join the blog, leave a comment, and
mention you in the comment for
a chance for both of you to win
a $25GC to any online
crafty store!
(Providing the store issues GC)
Want to become a follower? Same rules apply! So grab a friend and leave a comment!  Good Luck!
 Winners will be announced on the blog
November 29th!
 You have two weeks to claim your
prize before it is forfeited.

A Day To Play

Yesterday was a day to play. So I decided I would enter  Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch. I love their digis and challenges but I don't get to enter them too often with everything I have going on. I'm not complaining

 I used Snowman Skates Digi by
Bugaboo Stamps.

I'm entering this into:
Stella Says Sketch #218

Click on tags to purchase! View blog post for supplies Crate Paper BUNDLED UP 6x6 Paper Pad
Paper Basics - Kraft Cardstock (24 Sheets)
Copic Sketch Markers
Cardstock - 89 lb Cryogen White - 25 Pk
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Bulk Med Pt White (3 pieces)
Pearls Chocolate


Do you have a Marshall's near you? If so, I highly recommend a quick visit.  I stopped in to our Fayetteville, NC Marshall's Monday and found a crafter's paradise  waiting for me. 
12 ~ 6X6 Paper Pads 2.99 ea 2 ~ 12 Paper Pads 5.99 ea 1 ~ AC 24 Pack Christmas Ribbon 9.99ea 2 ~ Wood Veneers Packs  1.99ea 1 ~ Box of AC Christmas Cards and Envelopes 5.99

 $72.57 for all the items listed above.  The 12 ~ 6x6 paper pads would have cost me  that much alone buying at MSRP. So always be sure to checkout Marshall's  for amazing buys on your craft supplies!

 Here's a list of stores I shop:
Marshall's TJ Maxx Home Goods Ross Dress for Less Tuesday Morning
With Coupons/Coupon Codes  JoAnn Store Hobby Lobby Michaels A.C. Moore 

Thirty Dollar Trees......

Good Morning, everyone! Yesterday I was in the market for a Christmas Tree for my dining room. I knew I didn't want a big tree and I knew I didn't want to pay a big  price for it either! So, I headed to Walmart in search of the perfect tree! I know what you're thinking and  yes it would help if the trees were displayed with a little more care. However, don't walk away so fast! Because I'm going to show you how I used a $30  Christmas tree yesterday!   Let's keep a running tally of my expenses below! 
Holiday Time Non-Lit 6 Ft Flocked Tree. Not a bad looking  tree in this picture, right?  I found this tree to be very easy to assemble  but a bit messy. That's to be expected with flocked trees. Next comes the clear lights. I used 400 lights on this tree. Purchased at Walmart for $2.50 a box.

I then wrapped the tree in burlap. Now Walmart has  burlap in the Christmas section but I went back to  the Floral area and bought a roll because it's cheaper. Now c…

Seeing Three - Clear It Out Challenge #53 ~ Number Challenge

Today is the start of a new challenge over at  Clear It Out Challenge Blog. This week we are seeing three's!  Use three of the same thing on your project. (ie. 3 images, 3 embellies, etc) Three of the same thing is a fantastic way to  get rid of that stash! You know it's time to  let it go! I know, it's tough, but you can do it!
I had the pleasure of using Baby Bears Butterfly Digi by StampArt Design by Kathryne over at Whimsy Stamps.  I made a card using three different  design papers by Martha Stewart, it's so old I don't  remember the name of it!  I punched three butterflies and three pennants. I added three pearls to each butterfly.
Our sponsor this week:

Now it's your turn! Hop over to  Clear It Out Challenge Blog for  Challenge #53 ~ Number Challenge Remember, use three of the same thing. And while you're there show the ladies  some love! They are fabulous.

I'm entering this card into:
Party Time Tuesdays …

AntiLock Brakes and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #81

Today brings another fabtabulous sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog!  Here's the card I finally decided on! There's a story there!
Yesterday I had a whole day in my craft room! And I was ready or at least I thought I was. So I grab my  coffee, do some blogging, commenting,social media, you know the rounds, right?  Okay, time to get my craft on! Wrong!  My brain slammed on the brakes and would not  ease up, my brain was like a car without antilock brakes! LOCKED UP!  I made three cards(well some would say that) before I came up with the Winter Wonderland that is above! I wasn't happy with anything I was  producing. Ever have a day like that? So for your entertainment I added the other  "cards" below!
So now that you heard about the crafting day  that almost was you can  hop over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and join the fun! While your there sprinkle some love  on the other ladies and their inspirational designs!

Don't Get Underwear for Christmas!

DON'T GET UNDERWEAR FOR CHRISTMAS! I have to tell you, when I saw this  Digital Stamp over at  Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamps I had to have it!
There are so many things you could do  with this but here's my take on it! Love, Love, Love it! It's too fabtabulous! All I did was use the Panties Digi and enlarged it  to make the card base, printed it twice so I could pop the lacy edges up and of course add glitter. The paper is Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder  Frozen Haddock and Bite Size Bits. Die cut the sentiment and added pop dots!

I added the sentiment inside that reads  "Don't get underwear for Christmas!".

Give Thanks at Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

Challenge #74 ~ Give Thanks/Thank You
This week over at Simply Create Too  Challenge Blog we are Giving Thanks! I created two cards for this challenge. My first card is very CAS using Lawn Fawns So Thankful Stamp Set colored with copics and patterned with gel pen. I'm really loving the pumpkins and I understand  their not everyone's slice of pie. And that's  okay. That's what makes this world great!  I'm entering this card into: Lawnscaping Challenge #93 ~ Fall & Pumpkins
Cards Envy ~ Pumpkin Patch Challenge
 So moving onto my second card I used Spellbinders  Labels One cut three different sizes from  October Afternoon Apple Cider  and The Paper Studio Cream Cardstock, folded the largest  size in half for card base, then layered the other two,  stamped with Memento Ink, and added Queen & Co. Pearls.  Inside Now it's your turn! Hop on over to  Simply Create Too Challenge Blog and show us how you Give Thanks! And while you're there shower the  Design Tea…

Gearing Up For Winter at Clear It Out Challenge #52

GEARING UP FOR WINTER ~ USE METAL It's time for another fabtastic challenge over  Clear It Out Challenge Blog! This weeks challenge #52 is a WINTER theme and  METAL embellishments. Remember, Clear It Out is about using what you have!
Our sponsor this is week Bugaboo Stamps
I had the pleasure of using Bugaboo ~ Winter Birds Trio digi stamp. If you are familiar with Bugaboo you know how wonderfully cute they are. If you're not, I highly recommend you check them out! So here's the card I made. While I was making it I couldn't get the episode of The Big Bang Theory out  of my head. The one where Dr. Sheldon Cooper says.... "I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling."  I used lots of glitter and shimmer for a wonderful winter feel, adding the brads that look like  screws as my metal embellishments. I hope you enjoy and will hop over to Clear It Out Challenge to join us! While you are there checkout the amazing  creations by the DT!


To The Stars at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #80

TO THE STARS AND BACK It's time for another sketch over at
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I'm a firm believer that the fun you have
shines through on your projects and I had lots of
fun with this one.
I cut stars using Fancy Pants Memories Captured 12x12 Papers on my BigKick using Bigz Stars #2.  Popped them up on The Paper Studio Cream  Cardstock, stamped the stars and sentiment  using Lawn Fawn ~ Lucky Stars Stamp Set. I'm entering this card into: Sentimental Sundays Challenge #231 ~ Anything Goes with Sentiment Penny Black and More Challenge November ~ Anything Goes Mema's Crafts November Challenge ~ Anything Goes

 Okay, here's Sketch #80, now show us your  take on it! We can't wait to see what you  create!

My second card is using Authentique's Favorite Collection to make this card. The glitter paper is Martha Stewart cut  with Sizzix Framelits ~ Swirls. Added Recollection  flowers and stamped the sentiment using  Memento Ink ~ Tuxedo Black. Distressed the…