One last Christmas Card

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before the big day arrives. The anticipation of Christmas morning and all of it’s memories in the making…is almost much fun as the actual day! Can you feel the stress excitement building?

The current challenge at SSCC is an ANYTHING GOES challenge and you know…they don’t get any easier then that! I finally got around to using my newest Magnolia Stamp, Tilda with Christmas Tree, which is available for purchase at StampingScrapping….right now!

I also thought I would share a couple family photos from a Christmas party last weekend. We started a new tradition….a Pajama Party. It was …without a doubt THE most comfortable Christmas Party……EVER. So, now I’m thinking…that every party should be a jammie party…right? We could have….4th of July Jammie Parties…Easter? Jammie Party. Birthday? Jammie party!

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Thank so you much for dropping by..and I hope you have a wonderful holiday. x0x0x0!

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Can you hear the clock ticking too! So….where the heck did that time go? I will be at the mall at 8 am in the morning….humming Christmas carols to myself …dashing from here to there and most likely…back again…….a couple of times :)


At Magnolia Stamp Lovers, our current challenge is to make an ornament. Easy, right? I simply picked up an ornament frame from Michaels, colored Gift Tilda and popped her right in….and to finish it all off, I added a big, gold bow to the top.

To see the rest of the DT’s inspiration and to enter your

ornament into our challenge, head over to the Magnolia Stamp Lovers Blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


A whirlwind of a weekend....

and two challenge projects. First up, is a House Mouse card for the House Mouse and Friends challenge.This little guy is Lip Smackin Relaxin and is in stock right now at StampingScrapping.com. The sentiment is from the SSD Label Accents.
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My second project is for Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central and is a fun little  Holiday Treat Holder.  My sentiment for this project is also from the SSD Label Accents set from StampingScrapping.com.
The poinsettias are more of the ones that I made using the Cricut Dreams Come True Cartridge.

In case you missed the previous post....here's a short video demonstrating the way I made the poinsettia flowers.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend..and thanks so much for visiting!

Poinsettia Flower Tutorial made with the Cricut cartridge, Dreams Come True

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wanna stay in your jammies and start your Holiday shopping from the comfort of your warm cozy couch?
Hop on over to Stamping Scrapping at 7PM EST Thursday evening for a HUGE sale. Never shopped at Stamping Scrapping? Here is short bio about them:
Stamping Scrapping is a brick front and online store owned by Kevin and Cindy Echtinaw. We have been servicing our community for 10 years and the cyber world for five. Stamping Scrapping has over 6500 items in stock from buttons to Sizzix Big Shotz. We also offer special orders of items that we do not stock, if you want it we will get it! Shipping is lightning fast and our customers receive their orders within 24-48 hours of purchasing in stock items. All of our customers, stateside and international, receive the best customer service available including quick (sometimes immediate) response to emails, phone calls and even some times hand delivery 7 days a week. We have own line of acrylic stamps, Stamping Scrapping Designs (SSD) that were created to use with Spellbinders and we are proud to be a Preferred Stamp Company with Spellbinders. We also have our own line of card scents and are the North American distributors for Bildmalarna and Gilli stamp lines. We also have several videos showcasing craft products and how to use them.
Tons of items have been marked down to make room for the new items to be released at the Winter CHA. You will find items starting at .99 and tons marked 40% – 70% off the already low discounted price from embellishments to machines.
If you want to get a head start grab a cup of your favorite beverage, pad and pencil and browse through the ‘aisles’ for those items to purchase. Stamping Scrapping even has a registry where you can add items that are viewable to all or just for you to see. When you are ready for a purchase you can purchase from inside your registry, that’s my favorite way to shop! Or you can make yourself a list but be sure you know what they are so you can get in there and shop fast before items are sold out. Cindy always has surprises in store so you never know what you might find! Happy Shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

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Just one more day before Thanksgiving and I really wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. We will be spending the day with our family and that is my absolute… favorite thing to do! The next day…I’ll be out at O dark thirty, listening to the Chipmunks sing All I Want for Christmas, while sipping a Peppermint Mocha….while playing bumper cars in a crowded shopping mall parking lot… :)

Our challenge at the Bildmalarna Blog is Christmas and this gave me the perfect opportunity to use my Mimosa with Stocking Cap along with a few more poinsettias. This time though, for my poinsettias, I used an svg. file from Penny at Penny Duncan Creations. Do yourself a huge favor and visit Penny’s blog. You will be amazed! Penny even has a wonderful video tutorial on how to make a poinsettia using her file.

Thank you so much for dropping by and I truly hope you

have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Stamp ~ Mimosa with Stocking Cap

Sentiment ~Stampin’ Up! ~ Sweet Serendipity

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I feel like...a princess! Check this out! I made it to the big leagues! My craft room is on the most inspiring of all Craft Storage Blogs, Crafty Storage I spend a lot of time stalking this blog, so this is quite an honor for me! I tickled pink!!!

Are you one of those folks that

love this time of the year, or not?
I know I’m weird, but I love almost everything about it.  Of course, I love the music, and the decor and the wonderful memories, and the memories in the making,,,,but I even love hunting for parking spaces in crowded malls and long lines at Starbucks! Love it all!
Our challenge at Magnolia Lovers is to use a punch and guess what? I almost forgot to use a punch on this card. Geez…sometimes I worry about myself…
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I chose the adorable Sneaky Tilda from the Magnolia Little Christmas Collection at StampingScrapping.com. This little girl reminds me so much of my baby girl and the way I used to do her hair… like she was Big Hair Barbie back in the 80’s. She was always the best dressed and coiffed kid in preschool. Someday… remind me to tell you about the time I sent her to elementary school for picture day… all dolled up from head to toe…except it wasn’t picture day… and everyone else was wearing their uniforms… like they were required to do…on days that weren’t picture day…
Yep, no Mom of the Year award that year.
I added three poinsettias, which I made using just a leaf from the Cricut, Dreams Come True Cartridge. After inking each leaf and curling them, I glued them onto a  punched 1/2 paper circle. How so you think they turned out?
Thanks so much for dropping by! 
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The Blog Hop has begun!

9:00 a.m. Central Time
Welcome to the first day of the Spellbinders™ Paper Arts Holiday Hoppin’ Blog Hop!
StampingScrapping is thrilled to be included and a sponsor in this event! All of the designers in this hop are showcasing the newest products available, just in time for your Holiday crafting and gift giving.

Lots of creative ideas are in store, as well as prizes galore! Each participating company has donated towards the prize package listed on the Spellbinders Blog. A total of two identical prize packages, one for each day, November 18 and 19 will be given away! To enter, just leave a comment on a participating blog! Comments in the first 48 hours of the post are eligible. One commenter each day will be randomly selected as the winner. Winners will be announced on November 22, on the Spellbinders Blog!

COME START the fun with Anary's Beautiful Work on
you will find all the links to other hops in her post.  TOMORROW is Stephanie's Amazing creation
on her blog.  Make sure to visit ALL blogs and leave a comment.
Let me share we have seen both projects Anary and Stephanie
have created and you will be wowed!
Next Blog hop we will feature two more of our AMAZINGLY TALENTED

A Yellow and Black Challenge

on Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central. In an effort to not over complicate things…I took this challenge nice and easy. I cut a Carryall Svg on my Cricut, added a couple of layers and one of the sentiments from Stamping Scrapping, SSD Label Accents, cut it and matted it with Spellbinders Labels Four and Fourteen….and I was done! I will say this though…You know that tidy, neat,

everything in it’s place craft room? Well, every time I open my Cricut….it’s like a gaggle of three year olds came over to play. There is schtuff everywhere!  ;)

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Ok…so…if you’re ready to try your hand at the Yellow and Black Challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central…we would love to have you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Another Christmas Card

I’m on a roll! At this rate, I feel fairly confident that I should easily be finished with my Christmas cards by…July.
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The challenge this time around at Magnolia Stamp
Lovers is a fun sketch. I’ve used Sweet Tilda for my card. After coloring with Copics, I cut out the image with Spellbinders Label Fourteen and matted it with Labels Four. My sentiment is from the fantastic SSD Label Accents set. I think this stamp set might just be  newest obsession! I love that there is a sentiment and a frame for almost any occasion.
Ok, all you have to do is head over to the Magnolia Stamp Lover’s blog to check out the rest of the design team’s fabulous cards…and don’t forget to play along.
Thank so much for stopping by!
I am joining these challenges:

Exciting News!

  We will be hosting a membership drive to increase our number of followers. Cindy will give away a $10 gift certificate for every new 100 followers, so if we only get 100 new followers that gives us a chance to win only 1 $10 gift card :( but if we get 200 more followers, that gives 2 of us a chance to win, 300 followers and 3 of us have a chance to win:) Everyone knows someone that is a natural born follower, they are going to follow someone, so why not follow the Stamping Scrapping Design Team blog? Get all your follower friends to follow you to the SS DT blog and we might really give some prizes away!!! 
So please...head over to the Stamping Scrapping Design Team blog and become a follower so that you can win too!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again….

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Seriously! There are only 51 days till the after Christmas Sales start? I’m just kiddin ya.

Seriously though….Christmas is NEXT month! I know…scary, huh? Don’t worry…I can email you my list if you want. :)

Our challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is ribbon, so I thought it would be the perfect time  to make my first Christmas Card for the season. I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Caged Bird Die for the Birdcage and the Bird. I adore this die…in fact, I used it to make tags for some of the storage boxes in my craft room. StampingScrapping.com currently has this die in stock, but I would hurry over, if you are at all interested in taking this little beauty home.

My sentiment is from the Label Accents set from StampingScrapping.com and   is one of the gorgeous stamps sets that Cindy personally designed to coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders  dies.  This one, in particular fits perfectly inside of the Labels 4 set.  The quality of these clear stamps are  THE BEST!

I hope I’ve inspired you to head over to SSCC to enter your ribbon card into the challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!

Purple and More Purple…..

I have two challenge cards today…the first one is for the  Magnolia Stamp Lovers Purple and Black Challenge.
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My image is Farewell Tilda  and I kept this one pretty simple, because I wanted a more elegant feel for this and the the Flocked Damask paper is so yummy!
I hope you be able to join us at Magnolia Stamp Lover’s for our Purple and Black Challenge.
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My second card is for the House Mouse and Friends Challenge…which also happens to be …..purple. Fortunately for me, I LOVE purple.
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This cute little guy is Relaxing Bubbles….and although he’s not in stock at StampingScrapping.com…there are so many other super cute House Mouse, Happy Hoppers and Gruffies available…including the Winter and Christmas ones too! Please head over to the House Mouse and Friends challenge to enter your card in to the challenge and to see the rest of the Design Team’s Inspiration.
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Thank you so very much for visiting!!!

Craft Room...Redo

Over the last few weeks, I've been redoing my craft room. The project all started with a Knock-off of the Bedford Project Table from Pottery Barn that Doug, my very talented son-in-law, built for me. In fact the desk that Doug built is even  better, since he trimmed the desk with beautiful moldings and gave me
two very large drawers, as well.  I am completely head over heels in love with my new desk....
and Doug's very special too! Thank you so much Doug!!!
I also must give credit to Ana White for her inspiration also! She has fantastic plans for all sort of amazing knock-offs! Doug ended up winging it, since he's a cabinet maker, but if you want to make your own....try Ana White....or...Doug could build one for you too! :)

I also purchased 4 Expedits from Ikea.

Twitterpated with Paper Card tutorial

Today, I have a card and a video tutorial...which I hope you'll enjoy.  I'm having a lot of fun making these videos, but believe me...I am no Scorsese. Enjoy! I can't wait to hear what you think!

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Tilda Goes Shopping

Our little girl is growing up! Tilda is beginning to remind me of someone…Pretty soon she’ll have a really cool pink car, just like Barbie and you know what they say, that girl has all the fun!IMG_0054 copy
Our challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is to create a gift card holder. This project  was another one that came to me while I was laying in bed one night….I knew I was going to use Tilda Goes Shopping  (which is in stock, right now at Stamping Scrapping.com!)somehow for this. I scoured the internet and found several tutorials on gift cards, but this is the one…I pretty much went with, with just a few minor changes.
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I hope I’ve inspired you to join our gift card challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central…but you’ll need to hurry…it ends very soon!

Tilda with a Birdcage

Is it just me…or does Tilda look a bit concerned about the ginormous bird flying at her? She does…doesn’t she?!
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The current challenge at Magnolia Stamp Lover’s is Sparkling and you know…I love sparkle! My DS paper is full of yummy glitter, but I had such a hard time getting a good photo of it, especially since we haven’t had even the teensiest bit of sun in Southern California since I made this card. In fact, the weather has been down right dreary. Perfect for card making, but lousy for photographing the little guys. The glitter on the DS paper wasn’t quite enough though…I added Stickles to  Tilda’s bow, the birdcage and of course… a little to her dress.    Oh yeah, there’s  sparkle alright.
Supplies used:

E000, E00, E11, E13, E25, E31, E50,  R20, R83, R85, RV000, RV11, RV32, RV34, C1, C3, W1, W3, W5, 

A super Easy Bow

I was asked to do a quick video on how I make the bows for my cards, so here goes. My first video tutorial! No snickering....Oh...
OK...you can snicker. :)

Monday Madness Sales

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off our prices. ORDER $60.00 and its FREE shipping!
Here is the link to our stamp club (no there is no charge
to be a member just buy a stamp& your in)

Happy Fall Y’all

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I bet you were expecting another Halloween project or maybe even a Fall Decor item and yes, I can see how that would have made sense…
It’s just that with the weather still as hot as a Hot Dog in Hades, I felt like something summery and since a Pina Colada wasn’t an option, I chose a to make a card for our Anything Goes With a Bildmalarna Challenge.
My stamp for this card is another one of my very favorite Bildmalarna stamps, Rose Mimosa. Geez, isn’t she just SO cute?
I hope I’ve inspired you to join us for the Anything Goes with a Bildmalarna Challenge.
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       SVG file was used for the mat
Prima Flower
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Eooo, E00, E11, E13, E25, E31, E35, E50, G03, G25, Y21, R20, C1, C3, C5, W1, W3, W5, B0000, B000, B32, B34, B91, B95
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Egad…It’s HOT!

Monday, in Orange County…it was way, way over 100 and..it was my birthday, which is know, worldwide (OK, just with my family) for being notoriously hot. The funny thing is, it could even be a chilly 68 the day before, but the day of…It’s ridiculously HOT! It’s just crazy I tell ya!
The challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is Halloween, witch (wink, wink) means it was the perfect opportunity for me to try a Treat Box. I chose to use the super cute Bildmalarna Mimosa Witch. Is she cute or what? The hole in the center of the box was cut on with a Spellbinders Nestie
I added a few more of the roses I made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, but this time I added an additional layer to make them just a tad larger.
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Stamp ~ Bildmalarna Mimosa Witch
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
Stardust Stickles
C1, C3, C5, W1, W3, W5, YR04. YR20, V000, V12, V15
Don’t forget to head over to Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central to enter your Halloween project into the challenge.
Thanks so much for dropping by!

Halloween on the Brain.

No….I mean it. Seriously.
Look, it’s good for you. Hey! I know….and just think.
It’s only September.
I have two Halloween projects for you and one blog hop, so please pull up a chair and get comfy.
First, is the Blog Hop.
StampingScrapping.com is hosting a blog hop and one lucky
commenter will win a set of the New Celebrations Stamps!
Here are the rules:
  Check out the new projects posted each day by our designers
& please leave a comment on every post by 12 a.m. PST
on the same day on each designers blog.
Four lucky winners will win their choice of one of the
Here is the card I made using one of the stamps from the new set:
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I colored the little guy with a few Copics, cut the image out with my Spellbinders, added a ribbon, a bow and one of the sentiments from the new set….a little stitching….and there it is!
So,.…what do you think?
Easy peasy, right?
Next, I found this sad, forlorn little guy at the Goodwill last year and have been wanting to do something with it ever since. Don’t get me wrong. In it’s outdated icky pine state , it’s been the perfect addition to my darling husband’s disaster of a garage delightfully charming Harley garage ever since it arrived, but now was the time to break this little guy out.IMG_4258
I spray painted it with this images
and added a bit of festive Halloween Scrapbook paper to the place that, in it’s previous life was …smoked glass.
The trick or treating silhouettes were cut with my Cricut Expression and the Cricut cartridge, A Child’s Year.
So,…tell me what you think.
I’d love to hear.
Thank you so very much for visiting!!!
Please remember to leave a comment so that you will be entered into the drawing for the Celebrations Stamp set.


a mouse!…Oh gosh, I crack myself up……sigh….

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Anyhoo….In keeping with the Halloween theme I seem to have going this week, my card for our House Mouse and Friends Challenge uses this cute little Monica Flutter-by. She’s not currently in stock at StampingScrapping.com, but there are quite a few other House Mouse Halloween stamps in stock.

The flowers are simply more of the ones I made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, which I am obviously obsessing obnoxiously over having so much fun with!

Thank so much for visiting and don’t forget to head over to the House and Friends blog so that you can play along!


Another quick post!

I’m so sorry to post and run…life’s so busy these days!
Our challenge at Magnolia Stamp Lover’s is Halloween. One of my favorite holidays. I chose to use Tilda with Pumpkin for my card. I’m a little embarrassed to say, I’ve had her for a year or more, but never got around to using her, but in my defense, it’s not like she’s all that versatile. :) If she’s on your list of must haves, I suggest you head over to StampingScrapping.com, so you can get your hands on her QUICK! IMG_4264-1 copy
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My flowers were made with the amazing Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die. LOVE THAT! S
Thank you so much for visiting! I hope I’ve inspired you to make a Halloween Magnolia card too.
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