Keeping Christmas 2017

“I will honor Christmas in my heart…and try to keep it all the year.” -Charles Dickens

One of my MOST favorite bloggers is Kelly Lunceford. I’ve been following her for years and LOVE her creations! She combines papercrafting and sewing, frequently, which is something I want to do much more of! And she’s always an inspiration!

Last month she announced she was going to try to “honor Christmas all year” and invited us, her readers, to join her. On the 25th of each month, she is posting a Christmas project she has done, and asked us to do the same and let her know! I loved this idea, ‘cuz it’s sooo easy to procrastinate and save Christmas projects ’til November! I have extra motivation this year, too, as I hope to sell at a vintage market in the fall . . .so have lots of things to get made!

I started with a card. I had seen this idea (somewhere!!) and loved it. My buddy Katrina and I are having a “Christmas in July” workshop on July 15th this summer and this is my first project for the workshop! Love snowflakes . . .and I have several stamps and dies with beautiful ones. . . .so this card is dubbed the “snowflake card”!! I’m also a huge fan of monochromatic cards, and this is “almost” monochromatic . . .just a few touches of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The supplies for this card are all Stampin’ Up retired items.

I don’t really expect this will get you “in the Christmas mood” . . .waaaay too early for that! BUT . . . EVERY day will be brighter if we keep the “Christmas spirit” in our hearts, in love! Thanks for the inspiration, Kelly!

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Graphic 45 Card Class in Grass Valley April 8th!

Happy Sunday, blog readers! Wanted to let you know about a new gig I’ve got going . .. a Graphic 45 card class at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley, California! If you’re anywhere within travel distance, would love to see you there! (and it’s a lovely one-hour drive up there from the Sacramento area!) It’s April 8th (Saturday) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. I’ve created 4 new projects (3 cards and a tag) for this class, using Graphic 45’s yummy “Nature Sketchbook”! LOVE LOVE LOVE this paper! Can’t get enough of it! You’ll get all the papers and embellishments for these projects (papers, silk ribbon, metal embellies, diecuts, chipboard, and butterflies with bling!) plus envelopes for the 5″ x 7″ cards. Call the store to register. Seating is limited!  (530) 273-1348.  Here’s what we’ll be making! Hope to see you there!

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Graphic 45 “Portrait of A Lady” Mini Album Class

Oh, my . . . .  Graphic 45’s “Portrait of a Lady” line is sooooo yummy! This mini album is my “new favorite” . .. . I never met a rose I didn’t like, and I LOVE the gorgeous roses in this paper! This is my afternoon class at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” in Dixon, CA, on Saturday, April 1st. (morning class is the “Spring Banner” with G45’s “Nature Sketchbook” which I posted last week.

Just in time for Mothers Day . . . I think this album would make an oh-so-special Mothers Day gift for a special mom, grandma, aunt, daughter, niece, best friend . . . .?? We’ll be using Graphic 45’s Square Tag Album, which comes with lots of plain pages, lots of pocket pages, and tags for the pocket pages. And we’ll use almost the entire 12 pages of 12 x 12 paper doing this project! Embellished with gorgeous diecuts, Petaloo flowers, Hanna Silks two-tone silk ribbon, and fussy cuts from the papers.

Would love to have you join us! Call the shop to register; seating is limited! (707) 676-5252.

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Focus on the Words! . .. .for The Paper Players

This week The Paper Players challenge is a “clean and simple” (CAS)  card that focuses on the sentiment. I still had this fantastic frame die out so decided to use it for the challenge. I have to tell you . . . I had a VERY hard time keeping this a CAS card! If you saw my last post, with the fuschia flowers, you’ll understand! I wanted to add bright colors, flowers, more bling  . . . or all of the above! Those of you who know me, know that CAS is not really my style! BUT – that being said, I do love the simplicity of this card! And LOVE the sentiment . . . definitely one of my favorites and a very old stamp! Check out the other super cards here on The Paper Players blog this week!

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Altenew Fuschia Flowers!

I loved this month’s color challenge from Altenew . . .just as much as I LOVE their flowers! So I used a black background card, to make the flowers “pop” even more . . . and one of my most favorite frame dies from Spellbinders, and colored my Altenew’s “Beautiful Day” stamps with several different fuschia markers  . . . .and voila!! This is also one of the cards we’re going to do in my upcoming “Spring Flower Frenzy” class here in Sacramento (watch for date and time . .. late March, early April).

And, since we’re still in “monsoon season” here in Northern CA today . . .with wind, rain, rain, and more rain!!! . . . this bright and cheery card brings a smile to my face! Check out all the other beautiful color challenge cards on Altenew’s blog,  here

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“Out of the Cold” for the Frilly & Funkie Challenge

I love all the yummy vintage goodness that pops up on Frilly & Funkie. Such fantastic inspiration! Their challenge right now is to chase away the winter blues with a project that brings you “in out of the cold”! PERFECT for the Graphic 45 banner I just created for my next class at It’s All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, California! I am totally in love with G45’s “Nature Sketchbook” line. Just did a lovely mini-album class in Dixon a couple weeks ago, also using this paper.

So – here’s the banner . . . . I just feel like smiling (as well as warm and cozy, not cold!!) when I look at it. Be sure to check out the challenge blog and see the guest designers creations, and the other challenge submissions here!

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Graphic 45 Valentine for Mojo Monday

Played along with Mojo Monday this week . . . . and decided to use some scraps of Graphic 45’s yummy “Mon Amour” . .. still love that Valentine lovey dovey stuff!! This one was quick and easy . . . got a lot goin’ on this weekend! Happy Stampin’ . . . and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out all the wonderful cards this week on Mojo Monday.

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Color challenge for The Paper Players

Wow! Two posts in one day! I really don’t like to do this; I know many of you, like me, get too much email! Just this once . .. sorry! I forgot I wanted to enter this card in The Paper Players color challenge this week. The challenge was “black, white, and one color” . . . .This is also a card we’re going to make in my February stamp clubs. I love black, white and gold. The dragonfly stamps and dies, as well as the gold patterned acetate cardstock, are all from Stampin’ Up. I have found I am just a bit obsessed right now with dragonflies!! LOL!

Check out for all the beautiful cards this week!

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Pretty in pink . . . for a “pink” friend!

One of my dearest friends just LOVES pink! (another hates it!! LOL!)  . . . . so I always love making special “pink things” for her. She gave me something really spectacular (which you’ll see when I get a picture taken!) . .. and I wanted a “worthy” thank you card for her. This is pink, pink, and MORE pink . . . with lots of gorgeous Prima flowers and bling . .. on some beautiful new cardstock (I think it was from Prima, too) . .. . . and she loved it! What could possibly be more FUN than that!!?? Sooooo much fun to bring smiles to faces you love!

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Just “Believe”!!

This world can get to be a VERY crazy place . .. sometimes it’s hard to remember that all we really need to do is “believe”!! I got this lovely stamp with that sentiment, last year, but hadn’t used it yet. I also found some sparkly blue glitter embossing powder in my stash . . .put them together and here’s  a lovely card! I made 2 different versions . . . experimenting with some dies to accent the stamp . . . which do you like best? Happy Stamping!!

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