Final CCS DT2 Card (sniff sniff)!

I made my final DT2 card using the Simply the Best stamp from the Friendship set from CCS. I chose this specific phrase because it sums up my experience working on the CCS Design Team 2. Laura (owner of CCS) is Simply the Best, the other DT2 gals (Jennie, Linda, Rebecca and Lisa) are Simply the Best, CCS stamps are Simply the Best, and the past three months have been Simply the Best!

Thanks for looking!


Happy Holidays!

I missed wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, but now I can say Happy New Year!  It seemed like Christmas came and went with the normal business that we all experience this glorious time of year.  In what spare time I had, I was able to make a few creations.  Here are some of them:


CCS Blog Hop

Are you ready for another Creative Clear Stamps Blog Hop! I am so excited and this time EVERYONE can join and share their Creative Vision using their favorite Creative Clear Stamps. Be sure to stop by the Design Team members blogs: Laura, Jennie, Linda, Shelly (Yep, this is me!), Lisa, Rebecca as well as the very creative and talented Olga, Patti, and Theresa.      

Laura will also be giving away a new release to one lucky commenter from one of the blog comments, so be sure leave a comment at each stop. You just never know whose blog will be picked! You can look for the announcement of the winner over on the Creative Clear Stamps Blog: A Fairy Creative Place.

For the cards I made for the blog shown here, I used the CCS stamp set Holiday Sentiments.  The set is so versatile for the holidays.  The sentiments can be used on the front of cards as a focus or on the inside as a sincere sentiment to the person you're giving it to.

Thanks for looking!



Family Photos

We took some family photos a week or so ago and here are two of them of my daughter Katie, her boyfriend Justin, and my 14 month old granddaughter Ashlin.  We took some other family photos of all of us and some of all of us with my mom, stepdad and sister and her family.


Advent Calendar

Okay, another post today.  My mom asked me to post a photo of the advent calendar I made using CCS here goes:  I bought a magnetic wipe-off board with a easel back for the background.  The tins can be found in store's wedding aisle.  I punched scallop circles from designer paper to fit the lids of the tins and stamped numbers 1-25 on them.  Then put sticky-back magnets on the back of the tins so they are magnetized to the board.  I filled the tins and placed them on the board.  The topper was just made from designer paper and paper punch outs.  I also put magnets on the topper so it can removed for storage or to change it out.

It's the most BUSIEST time of the year....

I don't know about everyone else out there, but I have been so busy, I can hardly keep up with it all!  I made 58 felt floral and snowflake pins for my staff last weekend (I'll post photos of some of them later).  I literally spent 9 hours on Sunday in my craft room!  I also made hand-embossed glass ornaments for my fellow managers at work...only 10 of them, but still more time gone.  Yesterday was my center's potluck and we managed to get all 50+ staff into one room comfortably to eat and enjoy each other's company.  It was a lot of fun, but it entailed decorating the room, and baking goodies on Sunday AFTER I finally exited my craft room.  Today was my administrative holiday get-together with more potluck (and baking).  I'm also on a hiring committee and have interviews three out of four days this week.

On top of that, we sold our GMC Yukon Denali a week ago and are now down to using my Beetle for winter driving as my hubby's Mustang will NEVER see snow.  Having one vehicle is more difficult than we imagined, so we're already on the lookout for a used car for my husband to drive for winter.  Tomorrow night is my step-son's Christmas program and he lives an hour away.  Straight home from work and on the road.  About 4 inches of snow fell today so the roads are a bit dicy...should be a fun drive.  Can I say AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!


Upcoming Blog Hop and Goodies!

Creative Clear Stamps is having another Blog Hop that can feature YOU and your Creative Vision! Our current Design Team Jennie, Linda, Shelly (me), Lisa and Rebecca will be sharing with you a project created using our favorite CCS set.

We also want YOU to participate by creating a project using YOUR favorite Creative Clear Stamp set. We are all going to link them together over on the Creative Clear Stamps Blog and that is not all..... Each customer that participates using CCS stamps will receive ONE of the brand new releases coming out in January. It is just Creative Clear Stamp's way of saying THANK YOU for helping us grow!

Here's what you should do:

1. Create a brand new project FEATURING ANY stamp from our line of Creative Clear Stamps. This project should not include stamps from any other stamp company.

2. Email Laura and let her know you will be joining the hop. Include a link to your main blog. Also include your full name and mailing address - so Laura can send you your FREE new Release in January. All links must be given to Laura no later than December 16th.

3. On the 17th, make sure your CCS Blog Hop project remains in the top position for the day on your blog.

Doing these three things will qualify you to receive ONE Free New Release. Laura, owner of CCS, reserves the right to disqualify any project or blog hop link that does not follow the guidelines of this special offer.

Our customers are the best and we appreciate you. So mark your calendar's for December 17th and hope you can hop along to a free stamp set soon!

Thanks for looking!


All Wrapped Up!

For this cute little reindeer all tangled up in sparkly lights, I used a stamp from the Jingle Jangle set from CCS. The sentiment is also from that set. I highlighted the string of tangled lights with glitter pens and colored the reindeer with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. Behind the sentiment is a scallop square with two bronze brads. There's also a scallop circle that I wound brown floss around for extra texture.

Check out the Creative Clear Stamps website and you'll see that you can collect badges on the site and become a guest designer for January!  What an exciting opportunity...go check it out here.   Also have a look at the CCS blog for some great ideas and challenges.

Thanks for looking!