Decorating 101 & chocolate pretzels

Hello Friends, How are you today??  I have been busy...busy...just  like all of you I'm sure. I will be serving up dinner for 19 on Christmas Eve so my tables are top priority for me and I thought I would share with you. I am a big collector and for many many years I have been buying these mini trees on sale after Christmas. I have been waiting for the snow to go on sale too and this particular snow goes quite a long way and you can find it here. This snow makes my trees and village people look festive and special. The kids love it too.

This is the teen table. I have been collecting these caroler dolls for over 20 years. I love them so much.

This is the adult table. One of the trees is a candle and some of the trees I don't even like but, when you cluster them together they look great. The penguins are really inexpensive but, look so regal in a bowl of snow. (antique punch bowl)
I have a nutcracker collection too. The after Christmas sales are a perfect way to start collecting or add to a collection.

I made some chocolate covered pretzels for my lovely neighbors. The SRM stickers were the perfect way to jazz up my packaging quickly!
quick gifts
These really taste so yummy...the salty and sweet!!
quick gifts

My husband commissioned me to make some tags for these UGLY gold wine bags. I did my best to cover them without spending to much time. More SRM stickers and a Penny Black stamp.
quick gifts

I have will have another wine tag and ornament to share on Thursday. Until then have a great day!
Hugs, Kathy  ....Merry Everything :)


Thank you !!

Hello Friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend :) Today you will find lots of "Thank You" cards at the Penny Black blog. Each designer used one of Penny Black's Christmas stamps to create their thank you card. I decided to make a set of cards to thank someone who invited us to a dinner party.

Thank You - (A set of 4)
These cards were fun to make and I was able to finally let go ( not so easy to do ) of some of my vintage buttons that I purchased in Rhode Island. I packaged the set of cards up with these crystal clear envelopes here. Each card is tucked inside one of the crystal clear envelopes then I stacked them and made the band with ribbon etc.

Thank You - (A set of 4)

I started out with some white card stock and stamped the flowers with Memento ink. You can color the the flowers with markers, pencils or chalks. I used Copic makers (B000, B00, B02, BG04) Distress the edges with a light hand using broken china and faded jeans.  I cut two masks out of copy paper and stamped the script background in faded jeans.

Thank You - (A set of 4)

Add a little walnut to the edges of the kraft paper. If you have a machine a bit of machine stitching looks nice....faux stitching would look good as well. Can you believe that I didn't cut out anything??? Wow right?? 

Thank You - (A set of 4)

What did you do this weekend? I coated over 80 pretzel rods with chocolate and sprinkles, crushed heath bars and a few other things. I'll share them with you later. Have a great week! Hugs, Kathy



I am teaching a class in January 2011

at Angela's Happy Stamper. If you are really is a happy place. The name of my class is "Penny Black instant cards" the idea is to create six card bases in class and later you can use them to create a card with all of the bells and whistles. Penny Black and SRM stickers has sponsored this class and you can sign up and see more the class details here.


Have a great day! I'll be back with more soon :)


Two whimsical cards

Hello Friends, How are you? Did you happen to notice that all week at the Penny Black blog we are showing cards with Christmas stamps but, using them for a card that's NOT for Christmas.

Today is my day at the PB blog and I made two cards to share.
I love this "snow globe" called "sending love". I could use this globe for every season. For months I have had this fish tank idea floating in my head and was so happy to finally put it on paper.


The random stitching was applied to the card base and I colored everything with copic makers. Glossy accents works beautifully on the bubbles and don't forget to add more white bubble dots. Here is a card by Elizabeth using this same stamp and one by Ashley here.

This next card was inspired by a sunset I saw the other day and made a mental note of the colors. I just had to add this adorable penguin for some whimsy to the card.
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The tree and penguin are "Christmas" stamps and again very versatile. Emboss the tree on white paper before you start distressing. For the penguin I used more copic markers and a very fine marker to add the details to the scarf. (it's in the supply list)

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Thank you for stopping I really appreciate it and I'm pretty sure that your holidays are crazy and your time is limited! Have a fantatic weekend! Hugs, Kathy



How about a digi image .....

Hello Friends, How is your week going so far? Are you feeling overwhelmed or organzied? I am feeling a little bit of both. I will be knee deep in noodles and sauce soon. Every year I make a few large homemade lasagna's for our Christmas Eve dinner. Right now I am happy to be blogging and forget about all that has to be done.

Peace on Earth

I love this holiday image with it's fat candle and the festive holly. This image is from Tiffany Doodles that you will find here. I pared this card with a SRM sentiment for a perfect fit.

Peace on Earth

I stamped the every piece of paper with white or distress inks. Lots of glitter too with the help of a glue pen. The candle wick is a piece of twine that I lit for a realistic look. I love this new die too.
Have a great week.

Penny Black is featuring everyday cards created with a Christmas stamp on their blog this week.
Tis the season to be jolly :)...I hope you are feeling jolly.  Hugs,Kathy

P.S. I had a question about my last post with the bear. Yes, I did stamp the background with a rose stamp from Penny Black and outlined the rose with light colored copic markers to create the wall paper. Somehow I lost the email to get back to you....sorry :(

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