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I hope to share some of my favorite things here with you as well as to feed my creative outlet! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Bears and the family!

Hello! How was your Christmas?! Hope that you and yours had a wonderful celebration! It seemed to rush in and rush out so quickly this year! We had a very nice celebration full of family and yummy food and lots of goodies! Our son was able to come home despite the yucky weather and spend almost 2 days at home with us, which was super nice! It melts my heart to see my kids all together! :)

I wanted to stop by for a few minutes and share a couple of the gifts I made with you guys! I have 2 nieces and wanted to make them something special this year so I took out my SU! Build a Bear dies and went to work! I made each of them several little bears to dress and oodles of clothes to dress them in! They each got their own box to hold it all with tiny little envelopes to hold all of the clothes! It was a lot of fun! Here are some pictures of the finished project:



The bears and their clothes!


Their envelopes with the clothes inside (fronts!).


(fronts and back!)


Box insides!



Closed Box!


Box with lid.


Box #2 closed.

Here is a picture of hubby, the kids and I on Christmas morning! This is the famous hold the camera out at arms length and try to get everyone squooze into the frame shot!! I am crazy about these folks!!



Hope that your holidays have been wonderful so far and that the rest of the year is as happy! I have lots to share with you and will be back soonest!

Have a wonderful day!

AnnMarie

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Some Christmas fun!

Hello!! Happy Sunday! How is your weekend?! We are still homebound with lovely snow everywhere! :)

Recently I had a few of my wonderful friends over for a mom's craft night and we had so much fun! I thought I would share a couple of the projects with you that we worked on! We got a late start on a weeknight so I wanted to keep the projects brief but still went for that AWWWWWWW! factor! I saw both of the reindeer on SCS and am not sure who the original artists are (so if they are your wonderful brainstorms PLEASE contact me because I would LOVE to give you credit!!). I thought the Hershey bar reindeer were too cute for words! I will be making several more of these and tucking them into lots of Christmas gifts! The other project was Christmas tags! Simple and sweet! :)






I have lots more to share and will be back soonest! Meanwhile, have a wonderful day! :)


AnnMarie

Saturday, December 19, 2009

CC Challenge #14 and some other things!

Snowy hello to you!! We got slammed with 11" of snow last night!! We are house bound for several days because we live at the top of an almost mile long driveway and our vehicles are having none of this snow business! I am experiencing a little bit of stress because the stockings are NOT all hung by the chimney with care! In fact I am not even close to being finished with my Christmas shopping or Christmas dinner shopping or card mailing or package mailing...LOL I will be really lucky if I can get down the driveway to get things finished up this year..oh well! What can you do, right?! There is a giant pot of chicken and dumplings on the stove and a cozy fire in the fireplace! Things will be ok! :) I will hold off on the stress until later because right now I am enjoying being stuck inside too darn much! :)

I have lots to share with you tonight! :) First of all is my entry for the CC Challenge #14! This was a toughie! This challenge was hosted by Jennifer B! (Hiya Jennifer!!) and the guidelines were:

My challenge to you is to use LSC249 from SCS, White Christmas. I've always wanted to do a card like this, and now it's on SCS also. The deets are:

* Use only white card stock
* You cannot use patterned paper, unless it's all white
* Use only white or clear embellishments
* You can use one color of ink, but nothing more
* You cannot do any coloring, such as copic or water coloring

Easy peasy, right!! Nope! This one threw me for a loop! Such a simple card just seemed so difficult! I enjoyed it though! I used white and red as my one and only color! No embellishments, no ribbon, no fancy doo dad's! Here is my entry:



Please excuse my stinky lighting! Time got away from me and it completely escaped my mind this was due today! I took the photo inside (at night!) just a few minutes ago!

Also, wanted to share a picture of hubby's car in the snow! :) He drives a Fit which is a tiny, little car! I got tickled when I saw how tiny it really looked in all of this snow! Here is the picture:



Finally, a couple pictures of my snow angels(!!):




Hope that you are having a warm and wonderful weekend! I have much more to share and will be back soonest! :)

AnnMarie

Friday, December 18, 2009

A little Christmas Cheer!

Hello! How are you?! Doing well, I hope! I have a quick post to share with you tonight! I wanted to get my home school group involved in a community service project this holiday season and so we spent a couple of hours putting together 90 food baskets for our community this week at our holiday party! It was a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed it! Here are some photos of them assembling the baskets and the finished product! :)

Also, pictured is our Christmas tree! For the first time ever I let the kids do all of the decorating! I am still struggling with this darn cold. It has moved into my chest and knocked me flat on my back! We normally add popcorn and cranberries, but time just got the best of us this year so the tree is popcorn-less! LOL The picture doesn't do the tree justice though because it came out beautifully! :)

We are getting slammed with a snow storm tonight! We have about 9 inches so far and they are calling for a total of 22! I am hoping to spend most of tomorrow in my jammies catching up on all things crafty! :) I should have some fun things to share tomorrow!

Have a wonderful night and I will be back soonest!








AnnMarie

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Snowy night!

Hello! How are you today?! Hope you are doing well! I am trying to fight off a little cold, but am feeling like I am in Round 11 going down for the count! LOL I hate not feeling well! (Who doesn't!?) I just have waaaaaay too many things to do right now to be under the weather! (Who doesn't!) LOL Sigh!

I wanted to stop by for a few minutes and share a card with you! I took this card to my home school meeting this week and taught the mom's how to do masking and reverse masking! Several of them were new stampers so it was a fun challenge! Everyone did great! This card just feels so "Winter is here!!" to me!! I just love that little snow guy too! I mean how cute is he?! Everything I used on this card is Stampin Up! Holler away if you have any questions!

We are waiting on a load of wood for our wood stove to be delivered and then we are heading into town to get our Christmas tree! :) Although I am not nearly even remotely close to even being close to being ready for Christmas (LOL) I love this part! Getting the tree is always so much fun! Lugging it in and making it beautiful! :)Hot chocolate and cookies and Christmas Carols! :)

I hope that you have a very nice weekend! I will be back soonest! :)




AnnMarie

Monday, December 7, 2009

CC Challenge #13 and some great big thank you's!!

Hello, hello, hello!! Sorry to be MIA for a whole week (Yikes!!)! I decided I wanted to give my blog a face lift so it has been under construction for the last week! More about that later though! :)

I wanted to stop by and share a few things with you today! :) Time for Crafty Critter challenge #13! Here are the rules:

1)My challenge for you all is to create a card using the Split Negative technique. Found here!
2)You can post your cards anytime between Nov 28th - Dec 7th.

I have never done one of these, so this was really a fun challenge! I figured since 'Tis the season' I would go with a Christmas theme to maximize my crafting instead of doing the laundry, dishes and mopping time! Big, cheesy grin! You know...multi-tasking by finishing my challenge card AND making another Christmas card! Giggles! I used red and white as my negative image colors and mounted the whole deal on a green base. I added gold cording and a white sparkly gem. The stamp set is Snow Swirled by SU! Here is my card:



Fa, la, la, la, la... :)


Recently, I was awarded a very nice blog award by several of my fellow Crafty Critter friends, Tracey, Colleen and Terria! Thank you so much for thinking of me girls! You guys are absolutely the best! Here are the particulars with this award:



1. Thank the person that nominated you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person that nominated you for this award.
4. List 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 bloggers that you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

7 things about myself:
1)I am allergic to vinegar!
2)I like sunflower seeds on my cottage cheese!
3)My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving!
4)I am a choc-holic!!
5)I want to live at the beach!
6)I still do not know what I want to do when I grow up!
7)I love the color pink!

Since so many of the wonderful ladies that I blog with have received this award too I will refrain from passing it back to them, but please know that I think you all have amazing blogs and do wonderful work! :)

Finally, (you still with me?!) LOL I wanted to say a great big warm and fuzzy thank you to my wonderful (not to mention devastatingly handsome) IT guy for fixing my blog all up for me! I tried and fell pretty much flat on my face (read NO computer skill here!)! My IT guy rushed in and beautified (is that even a real word!?) it all up for me! Thanks hubby! <3

I hope that you are doing well! I will be back soonest becasue I have lots to share with you guys! Have a wonderful day!

Great big hug!

AnnMarie

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