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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Scrapbook pages, Hurrah!

It's about time that I took a few hours to do some pages again. Right before Christmas I had printed some photos from Christmas 2009 to get started with the NC Christmas album. It's fun to get into my supplies once more and see what I can make. I started with two one page layouts.
First is a fun collage photo that I had printed at 5x7 by editing it in Picasa first and then sending in to Walgreens. I just am not satisfied with their prints and I kind of knew it when I made the order but there was a "deal" and I thought I would try once more. I think I will reorder the print from Costco and see how it turns out and replace if necessary. Loved the pics of Mr Creative and our grson A. This is a tradition of our family to wear Santa hats during the holiday season. Sometimes my older sons won't cooperate but they are over 21 now and I figure one day they will come back to the hats! LOL
Supplies: pp Am Crafts, cardstock DCWV, ribbon Am Crafts, Cricut Cart Christmas Cheer...as part of my new goal to USE those carts that I already have and NOT go ga-ga over what's the newest and trendiest.
This layout was of my grson A and the snowman he and his mom made after the snowfall in NC. He watched his Gr Uncle R outside as he shoveled the sidewalks and deck and then he and his Mommy went out to build a snowman the next day. It's fun to see him have a great time in the snow as my children did and my bro and sisters did so many years ago! I really love the Winter Woodland cart and wish I had a chance to use it more.
Supplies: pp DCWV Christmas 09 stack, cardstock DCWV Christmas Stack, DCWV Glitter stack, ribbon Target Christmas ribbon 08, jewels stash, CTMH, Am Craft Slick Writers blue
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Who Orderd the Snow?

Yeah, for some reason it was mistakenly delivered here!
Mr Creative had to measure and as you see it is about 8 1/4 inches this morning and it has been snowing lightly all day so far.
Just thought I would share in case some one's order for Christmas is delayed LOL
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Mystery Reveal

My local quilt group wanted to help improve our skills so one of the members designed a table runner that used flying geese and half square triangles so that we could get better at our cutting and stitching skills. This is the result I came up with. I used some blue and yellow 6 inch squares I had swapped for quite a few years ago and added some from my stash to get enough for the project. I think my middle section ended up "going the wrong way" but with this kind of a project it doesn't really matter does it? LOL
I did a quick turn with a piped edge so there will be no binding but need to quilt it still.
I will probably give it to my DD even though she has changed her color scheme for her dining area to match her living room since they are all together, which I can understand.
Any suggestions on quilting?
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Gingerbread Train

Grson I and I spent a couple of days in the past 2 weeks making a gingerbread train instead of a house. It came from a Wilton kit that contained everything that you would need to create the engine and coal car (except "coal"). I and I used the first day to assemble the train but I added some ready to use frosting in a can to make snow around the train and attach a few of the pieces together. The kit's icing was in bags that were supposed to let you just squeeze it out but no tips to make it easier. Good thing I have some cake decorating supplies on hand to make things go a bit easier. I was a great helper and the next week after the icing had hardened we decorated with more frosting and lots of candies that came in the kit. Mr Creative had the idea to use licorice for the coal car and I used some icing in a tube to secure it all in. I was glad they have "extra" candy in the kit as the bubblegum was irresistible LOL

Here we are all done and proud of our work!
It was fun to find that I's special ornament for 2010 is this Santa in a candy train. I guess Hallmark and I were in 'sync this year! LOL

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A Visit With Santa

When your youngest child is 21, there isn't much of a point to asking him to take a Santa picture! LOL So, now it is Belle's turn to take an annual pic with Santa. Each year Petsmart uses pictures with Santa Paws (or Claws) as a way to raise funds for homeless pets by offering a pic with Santa and your pet. Belle is not so sure she wants to be there but after 3 pics settled down enough for this one.
Good thing I didn't try to take the cats too! LOL
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Erin has a New Giveaway

DCWV's Erin has a new giveaway this week. HERE'S the link!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Show and Tell From Tues

My quilt friends are so good at getting things done! I did have a show and tell but didn't give my camera to anyone to take a picture of me! LOL
L to R
Top A shows another of a donation baby quilt, CN made a repro of a repro mixed up piecing and all, C shows us a darling little girl quilt meant for a grd's wall, JB is proud to show her finished Woman's Work by Lori Smith and she personalized a stitchery.
Middle CJ did this version of an orange peel in red and white, CN and her Mystery table runner so beautifully finished (I still have to finish mine but it is close),
Bottom PN shows her finally completed millennium plus ten quilt and next her BOM for this year Victory Quilts, one more for C is her 40 year quilt....she started it as a teen and finally finished it up this year with work from the 50's, 70's and today on it and RV shows us she completed her scalloped edge border from a workshop.
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New Friends Christmas Party this and that

It was our annual Christmas party with New Friends Quilt Circle on Tuesday and we had a fun time. I loved all the great pot luck dishes the ladies brought. Such good cooks and a great variety so that there was something for everyone. I made a dish Cheesy Chicken and even though I had never made it before, I was confident that it would be good since it had chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese and broccoli. DS A said it smelled awful but I got the last laugh as it was delicious LOL
I made this quick purse/tote from a panel I bought at Joann's the other day. I made sure to use some fusible fleece to give it some body and added the silk flower from my scrapbook supplies. I put some MaryEllen's Best Press in lavender, a lavender candle, and a bar of handmade lavender soap. That was my gift for the exchange. My friend TR got it and she said she liked it a lot. Shew....you never know about those kinds of gifts.
I can't seem to find any Christmas gift bags so I took a plain white one and supplies from my scrapbook stash and jazzed it up. Nice thing is that it also works for the Fantabulous Cricut blog's challenge this week.
Supplies: plain gift bag, pp DCWV Christmas 09 stack, ribbon American Crafts and stash, tag cut with my Cricut using the From the Kitchen cart.
A group of friends displaying their challenge projects. Everyone had the same center panel and then created a baby quilt from it. Great job everyone! Since the center fabric was many years old it was a challenge to find fabric to "match".
More photos from our show and tell to come.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Robert's Give Away

Ya, know I should keep this to myself so that I can have a better chance to win but on the otherhand...sharing it on my blog gives me an extra chance to win...LOL
So you see, it's a win-win for everyone.
Do you like great DCWV products? Then click here and see the great giveaway being sponsored by Roberts Crafts.

Friday, December 3, 2010

First Big Snow for the Winter

Took these about a week ago when we woke up to some light and fluffy snow outside.
You can see the trail made by the paper delivery guy as it was pretty late when he made it to the house that day.
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