It’s A Countdown To Christmas~

I didn’t have time to work on my December Daily last night. Aww…

Never fear I’ll catch up tonight. Hopefully…

There is a dishwasher to unload, dirty dishes piled in the sink, five baskets of laundry to fold, one teen girl away on a mission trip and one teen boy sick on the sofa.

That makes today the perfect time to share a recent Christmas Pocket Letter I made for my dear friend and swap partner Elizabeth from the GirlyGirlsAttic.

Instead of a normal Christmas or Winter themed pocket letter I came up with the crazy idea of creating an Advent pocket letter.

Yes, there was a bit of math involved with planning the pockets.

But, I’m rather excited at how it turned out.

December 1st – 8th~

Day 1 (2)

I used mainly Teresa Collins Santa’s List collection with it’s fabulous Santa images, bold prints and fabulous mix of embellishments.

A close-up~

Day 1 close up (2)

Some of the pockets are simple cards while others are scored and folded over.

That Santa in the middle was being quite naughty when I tried to make him.

I lost count on how many attempts it took to get the final one, but I think he makes a great addition to the Countdown.

December 9th-16th~

Day 9 (2)

As you can see some of the pockets are filled with chocolates, others with scrapbooking goodies and some with the story of the birth of Jesus.

I thought Elizabeth would really appreciate that.

December 17th-25th~

Day 17 (2)

It also crossed my mind that she could use this for a simple December Daily afterwards as well.

She could easily slip in small photos, Instax pictures or special memories from each day.

Of course, she’d have to eat all that candy first!

I used~

Teresa Collins Santa’s List Collection, Tim Holtz Stamps and Dies, Embossing Powder, Sequins, Twine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, WRMK Envelope Punch Board

A Walk In The Woods~

Have you seen the new DCWV Mini Book kits?

Especially the Kraft & Gold Mini Book?

Swoon.

Seriously, I can’t get enough of kraft and gold together.

And that’s why I paired the Kraft & Gold Mini Book with the Foil Cardstock Stack, Foiled Vellum Stack and even Christmas & Winter Box Of Cards with foil to make my A Walk In The Woods Mini Album.

The cover~

Cover 1

I might have added a few glittered Thickers in there too for extra sparkle.

The prints in the Mini Book are perfect for my outdoorsy pictures, since it’s filled with florals, wood grain and even a bit of a nautical theme.

The kit has 19 printed pages, 20 cutouts, and 2 sticker sheets making it easy to complete especially when you have a four-year old helping you.

The pages~

Walk 1

Walk 2

Walk 3

Walk 4

Walk 5

Walk 6

Walk 7

Walk 8

Walk 9

Walk 10

I used a few embellishments from the Heidi Swapp Project Life Kit, but I made a lot of my own using my layered heart punch and the coordinating papers.

A few close-ups~

Walk 5 Close 2

Walk 9 Close Up 1

Walk 9 Close Up 2

Walk 10 Close Up

And I have to tell you about the Teresa Collins Studio Gold Gold Metal Dots.

They are absolutely fabulous.

I will be stocking up on more. Soon.

I used~

DCWV Kraft & Gold Mini Book, DCWV Foil Cardstock Stack Neutrals, DCWV Foiled Vellum Stack, DCWV Christmas & Winter Box Of Cards
Teresa Collins Studio Gold Star Charms, Paperclips and Gold Metal Dots, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Open Book Rub Ons, Story and Daiquiri Thickers, Papertrey Ink Twine, Heidi Swapp Project Life Embellishments, EK Success Heart Punch, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

I Heart You.~

And I heart this fabulous little card I spotted on Pinterest.

So, I decided to use it as my inspiration for the Cricut Circle Stashing Thru The Snow Challenge: You’ve Pinned It, You’ve Liked It, You’ve Bookmarked It, So Make It!!

My card~

I heart you.

As you can see I stayed really close to the original card with just a few minor changes.

But, the heart remained the same.

A close-up~

I heart you. close up

I heart that I was able to use so many of my leftovers from a previous Teresa Collins class.

It makes my little heart go pitter patter to be using not only my stash of supplies, but also some of those wonderful projects I’ve loved and pinned.

I used~

Teresa Collins Save The Date Collection including Paper, Buttons, Tags and Decorative Brads, Miscellaneous Enamel Dots, Ribbon, Twine, Papertrey Ink Sprinkle Heart Die, Teresa Collins Embosser

A Little Christmas Cheer~

One of my Facebook Groups decided to have a Secret Santa Swap and you know me… I just had to join in.

What’s more fun than shopping for crafting supplies?

Especially if you use my shopping plan: buy one for them and one for you. He he.

I made my partner a Christmas tray~

Christmas 2014 Tray

I left plenty of room for her to add pictures, memorabilia or whatever she’d like.

I have to say that I just love the Santa images found in the My Mind’s Eye Joyous collection.

A few close-ups~

Christmas 2014 Tray Close 1

Christmas 2014 Tray Close 3

Christmas 2014 Tray Close 2

To add a bit of texture I used a piece of stenciled burlap that you might remember from this post.

I also embossed a journaling card and used lots and lots of Pop Dots.

Want to see what I got from my partner, the super talented Gina Piazza?

A wreath for my deer~

Deer-with-Wreath

And yes, every bit of that wreath is made from paper. Swoon!

I used~

My Mind’s Eye Joyous Collection including 6×6 Paper Pad, Decorative Brads, Advent Tags, Decorative Tags
The Paper Studio Wooden Memory Tray, DCWV Burlap Paper, Stencils, Faber Castle Whipped Spackle, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, Teresa Collins Santa’s List Borders, Cricut Script Embossing Folder

It’s A Beautiful Wonderful Day~

Especially when you spend it with good friends and Teresa Collins!

And that’s just what I did back in early March at the Scrapdoodles Retreat.

Several of us took Teresa’s Memory Tray class and it was fantastic!!

My memory tray~

TC-Tray

She taught us to use her new stencils, modeling paste and especially the Ebosser.

And one or two of us might have taken one home.

Okay, all of us. He he.

A close up~

TC-Tray-Close

If you ever have the opportunity to attend a class with Teresa I would strongly encourage you to.

She is fantastic at not only showing you, but motivating you to document your life your way.

And she makes pretty stuff!

I used~

Teresa Collins Daily Stories Collection including Paper, Brads, Chipboard, Die Cuts and Sequins
Teresa Collins Basically Essentials Stencils, Modeling Paste, Ebosser, Canvas, Transparency, Tags
Daiquiri Thickers

Call Me Anytime~

Once again the fabulous ladies over on the Cricut Circle Message Board have inspired and challenged me.

This time with a Book Box and Stick Pin swap.

The idea was to decorate a small book box from Hobby Lobby for your partner and create 10 stick pins as well.

My partner, the wonderful Jenny Dennis, gave me free rein in the theme of her box. Oh boy!

After finding the most adorable Bead Landing telephone pendant my theme was set…Call Me Anytime.

My book box~

Book-Box

I used Teresa Collins’ Summer Stories collection which just so happened to feature telephones as well.

But, my absolute favorite piece of the collection was the Make Every Day The Best Day journal card.

It pretty much reminds me of Jenny and her happy, positive energy.

She’s just that kind of girl!

The inside~

Book-Box-Inside

My pins~

Pins-Blue

Pins-Clear

Pins-Pink

To see how I made my stick pins, please click here.

I wanted to keep my pins safe in the box during travel, so I made envelopes~

Pins-Envelope

Pin-Cookie-Wrap

Just when I thought I was done, I decided I needed a card to complete my project.

The image of the lady holding the phone from the Cricut Suburbia cartridge was simply perfect.

My card~

Call-Me-Card

In case, you were wondering her name is Judy although I think Ethel would suit her better. He he.

Want to see what Jenny sent me?

photo 3

photo 5

Isn’t absolutely fabulous?

I used~

Teresa Collins Summer Stories Collection including Damask, Ephemera and Stripes Paper, Chipboard Elements and Decorative Buttons
Hobby Lobby Paper Mache Book Box, DCWV Gems, Studio Calico Sequins, Ribbon, Twine, Bead Landing Pendants, Bead Landing & Blue Moon Beads, Glossy Accents and Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber
Suburbia for the Judy Image cut at 5.75″
Cricut Make It Now Cookie Wrapper cut at 4″

Happy Halloween 2013~

Want to know what made this Halloween one of the best?

The fact that a certain little girl decided to actually wear her costume. Yippee!

Last year Hartly talked and talked about dressing up for Halloween.

Like for over a month.

When the day finally arrived, there was no convincing her to get dressed up.

But this year was totally different.

As you know she’s been wearing her costume just about every day since mid September.

Between that and her Halloween Party at Nursery School I have well made up for last year’s lack of photos.

Which is also perfect since I signed up for the Masquerade Mini Album Class taught by Noel Mignon Designer Cassandra Cyr and bought the Masquerade Kit too.

My album~

Happy-1

Happy-2

Happy-3

Happy-4

Happy-5

Happy-6

Happy-7

Happy-8

Happy-9

Happy-10

Happy-11

Happy-12

Happy-13

Happy-14

Happy-15

Happy-16

Happy-17

I have to say that I love this album!

As in love, love, love it.

Cassandra walked us through making everything from the cover to several specialty pages using vellum, burlap and cardboard.

And I especially love that I have most of my Halloween Day pictures taken care of.

Notice I said Halloween Day. Sigh.

Seems I might have gotten a bit carried away with pictures this year. He he.

I used~
Noel Mignon Masquerade Kit~ for complete contents click here.
My Mind’s Eye Wicked Collection
Teresa Collins Chic & Scary for the witch cut at 3″