Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas and here is Our 2009 Christmas Picture Collage Christmas Card. Past Christmas Picture Collage's 2004 to 2009



So I am a stamper and Designer and Creater of Paper Crafts and Cards, but before all of that I was and am a Photographer and a lover of pictures and working with photo's ect...  So every year instead of Mass Producing Christmas Cards to send out I always put together a Photo Collage Christmas Card.  Above is this years collage.  I added pictures this year from 2008 and 2009 as our Printer gave out last December and we did not get to send out Christmas Letters or our Annual Christmas Collage's so this years has pictures from two years.

So I wanted to share with you pictures of our Christmas Photo Collage Christmas Cards from 2004 to 2009

Christmas 2004


Christmas 2005


Christmas 2006


Christmas 2007


Christmas 2009
Pictures from 2008 and 2009


Here are two Christmas Photo Collage's I made for my Mother in Law (Marvin's Mom)
to send out for her Christmas Cards 2007 and 2009


Marianne's Christmas Card 2007



Marianne's Christmas Collage 2009



Well tomorrow should be a day just to put away laundry get some last minute cleaning done before Our trip to Colorado to spend time with my family for Christmas on Saturday.  Maybe some early packing for the trip, and wrapping some presents as well.

Our Church already cancelled our Christmas Eve Service due to the possibility of a bad storm coming in so we are bummed we will not get to go there tomorrow night so we will probably read the Christmas Story out of the Bible and have some family fun before we put the kids to bed with hopes that St. Nick will soon be here!!!!

I have a post scheduled for Saturday to share my teacher appreciation gifts I made for all the girls teachers and school helpers and I have a post Scheduled on Monday to share a Card I created and Mass Produced for my Mother in Law using The Greeting Farm, and Pink Cat Studio Stamps called
"Merry Christmas from our Barn to Yours"

Other than that my Blog will be quiet until we get back home and back to life next Wednesday or Thursday!!!  I hope you enjoyed our yearly Christmas Photo Collage's!!!!

Have a Very Stampendous and Very Merry Christmas all my friends, family, and Stampers too!!!!

Heather

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Flutter By Wednesdays and Etsy Inspired Saturday's taking a short break, and My middle kiddo's Hair is all gone Sniff Sniff Sniff!!!!

My Willow Girl's Hair is all gone!!!!!!




 So Last Night we went to get hair cuts and du's for myself, Tucker, and Willow.  Willow my 5 year old has wanted to have her hair cut short for a while now and I have been telling her we would get it cut shoulder length so that it couls start thinkining up she has such baby fine hair and all of her hair together in a pony tail is only about as thick as a large pencil.

Well the hair dresser actually ended up cutting it chin length instead of shoulder length which is a lot for mommy to get used to!!!!!! 

So I thought I would share some pictures today of my sweet Willow girl all of these were taken yesterday sorry for the food around her mouth she was eating Christmas Cookies when I took the long hair pictures!!!!

Now onto a bit of stamping news.  I have asked Danni and Ashley if I can take a short 5 or 6 week break from both my Etsy Inspired Challenge, and my Flutterby Challenge Design Teams.  With all of the traveling we have coming up and we don't have a lap top and the places we are going we have little or no internet access I just did not feel like I could post the DT posts I needed to, and I did not want to slight either my family or my DT commitments so the break seemed like the best decision for the whole shebang!!!!!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday and a very Merry week before Christmas!!!!!

Here are the After Pictures!!!!

What makes me the sadest is she does not look 5 any more she looks more like 7 now LOL!!!!!  She is still my cutie just with short hair though!!!!

We took a picture of the back to show how short it was in back.


Have a Stampendous Saturday All!!!!!

Heather

Friday, December 18, 2009

Feature Friday with The Character Cafe and my Winner for The 12 Hops of Christmas December Release Blog Hop!!!! Yea!!!! And the Dog Ate my Homework?????

The Puppy Ate my Ornaments....

Booo Hoooo Hoooo!!!!



Happy Friday everyone!!!!!

So Yesterday I colored up 3 of these really cool Chibi new release images from The Character Cafe and last night I made 3 of these Ribbon Role Ornaments with the Chibi's on them, and this morning I got up got the kids off to school and went to get my ornaments to take my pictures and I discovered during the evening some time Our Puppy had totally chewed to pieces my hard worked on Ornaments.

 I have started them again, but just did not want to wait any longer to share Feature Friday Projects with you so I wanted to at least share some kind of Feature Friday Project with you until I get the ornaments re done or at least one of them redone it kind of sucks too because I had planned on giving them as little gifts next week to!!!!   Aaaaa Shucks!!!!!

So Until I can get back with the new ornaments here are some of my more favorite Character Cafe Projects from the past thier images are all just so cool and versatile and any kind of crafting style can find somthing they like in The Character Cafe Store I promise you will not be disappointed!!!!

So in other News the Winner of my Star Angel Image I previewed two weeks ago for The Character Cafe 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop is Kim of This Cute Blog!!!!  Yea Kim Congratulations.  If you played in the 12 Hops of Christmas Blog Hop head on over to The Character Cafe Store to see just who won that wonderful feast of 12 prizes including a Copic Air Brush System!!!!!

So also stop by my team mates to see what inspirations they have for you today!!!!






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Design Team:
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Angela...Annamarie "Lola"...Deanne...Diane...Piali...Rachel...Sheri ..."Fink"

So here is my first Feature Friday Card I made this wedding card my 2nd week on The Character Cafe DT.  I actually have a wedding coming up that we will be using this card for!!!!



I think this card is my all time favorite Feature Friday Card with my all time favorite Character Cafe Image Fairy Belle!!!!!   This was my project for our Premier as the first DT for The Character Cafe and I loved that first hop it was so much fun!!!!!


I made the next two pictures for our October New Release Blog Hop this is using the Pilgram Petra and Turkey Tom image




A Rainbow of Fairy Belle Project!!!  She is just so pretty no matter how you color her up!!!!


Here is a pretty Christmas Angel Card


One of my all tme favorite projets I love this image so much!!!!!!


Cutie Patootie Christmas Scamp image


Princess Ali all in Purple!!!!


Well off to finish up my ornaments for the 2nd time!!!!!  Hope you are having a wonderful Friday Everyone!!!!!

Heather

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Retro Post Thursdays - Featuring Our Daily Bread Designs Country Church Time to Rejoice!!!




 Hi Everyone!!!! 

Happy Thursday!!!!

Well, I am going to try somthing new out on Thursdays on my Blog.  I have so many cards I posted on my blog before I really got involved with all my stamping buddies and friends and so on Thursdays I am going to do a Retro Post Thursdays where I will add a past card favorite of mine back in the beggining days of my blog.

I will be back tomorrow with two new cards for you on Rusty Pickle Card and one Feature Friday with The Character Cafe Card!!!

See You Then and have a Very Very Stampendous Thursday!!!

Here is one of my Old Christmas Favorites Stamps and Paper from Our Daily Bread Designs Stamp Company



The Next Three Pictures are to show you the shimerz I painted all over the musical sheet background paper.  Also that gorgeous Country Church image!!!  I puffed up all the snow with embossed puffy paint.



Can you see the Shimmerz???



I love that paper, but I had to cut right into the middle of it to get the part with the song book Angels we have heard on High!!!



Gold Embossed Rejoice Title also from Our Daily Bread Designs.



Heather

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Woooo HOOOO I'm a Club Anya Blog Hop Winner Yea!!!!! and also Whimsical Wednesday The Diedrich Dare - "Happy" Time DT post. Prizes this week!!!!

Happy is the Best Place to Be!!!!!



Good Morning Stampers, Friends, and Family!!!!!,

O.K. I just have to shout out a tiny bit of excitement but I participated in The Club Anya Blog Hop on Monday night (if you want to see my projects then it is just one post below this one)  Anyway I made an Anya Advent Calander and a Sweet Holiday Card, and Guess What out of over 70 Blog Hoppers I won one of the 5 Prizes!!!!!!!!!!!  Can you say super duper EXCITED!!!!!  I never thought I would win but it was so exciting to see my name in Lights so to Speak!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

You can read about it here in Club Anya's Post about all the winners also they have pics of all the projects that Won, and there are some really AMAZING entires which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside did I say YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????? yet????

Well today is Wednesday and that means it is also Whimsical Wednesday with "The Diedrich Dare" Challenge!!!!!

Have not heard of this challenge yet???  Well 3 siblings Madelynn, and (Jack, and Nicky her twin brothers) all take turns issuing us a great challenge either a sketch, color challenge, or inspiration challenge usually and we their Lucky DT get to create projects using their assigned challenge for the week.

Some weeks we have prizes available to those who want to participate, and this week is one of them!!!!!  So Head on over to The Diedrich Dare Blog to see what the great prize is this week, and the bonus is this challenge will last two weeks because we are not doing a new Dare Challenge next week so you have two whole weeks to participate and win the free stamps prize this time around!!!!!  Woooo Hooooo!!!!

When you get a chance don't forget to head out to my Wonderful Dare Devil team mates to see their lovely creations for the week too!!!!!



The Dare Devil Designers:

Cassie Larson... Darla Wilson ...Debbie Lee ... Heather Schlatter... Jacquie Peifer... Jessica Diedrich... Kim Ross...Rebecca Ednie... Sandra McLean...Randi Whall...and...Kris...Jacquie N...Valerie Urtaga.

Here is the Sketch for this week.  See it is a very easy one so why wouldn't you want to play along and win the prizes!!!!!


So here is my take on the sketch.  I flipped it around and so the circles in all four corners of the sketch also got flipped around too!!!!!  This challenge was issued by Jack and so when the boys issue challenges I always try to go with a more Masculine project so this one is for you Jack!!!!!



For some reason when I see this image the word HAPPY is the only thing that come to mind.  Now in our house we do not have video games my Hubby does not think kids should be playing them, but they should be playing outside or with the Nieghborhood kids or playing some sort of imaginary game around the house and so that is just what they do all the time, so I doubt this will ever be Tucker, but I do think the image is pretty darn adorable even still don't you????  This image is one of the Tiny Tykes images from The Greeting Farm.


I colored up this image with these Copics:

Hair: YR00, YR09, E07, E09
Shirt: G20, G21, G24
Jeans: B21, B24, B26
Socks and Video Game: C2, C3, C5, C7
Skin: R00, E00, E93, RV21



 And lastly is this view so you can see some of the dimension on the card.  The image is popped up with excess foam from my TGF stamps.  The next popped up layer is popped up with just excess rubber, and the bottom layer is popped up off the card back using excess foam again.  The Sentiment ribbon holder was cut out using my Nesties and then popped up with excess foam and Stampin Dimensionals.  The ribbon is my favorite sheer organza shimmery ribbon. 

I used SU! Card Stocks in Brocade Blue, Green Galore, and Gable Green.  The image is stamped and colored on Nee Nah card stock.  The Green circles are Dew Drops in each corner.

Well off to bed got ton's to do tomorrow too!!!!  Tomorrow is School for Piper take Willow across town to Pre-K and then get some Christmas Card Stuff done for my Mother in Law then come home and finish it then head out to the Post Office to mail it, then Pick Willow up and then at 5:45 we have to be back accross town to go to Willow's Parent Teacher Confrence and then all the way across town to take the kiddo's to Church, and then Darian and Harley will come home with them until Poppy Richard can get done with Boy Scouts meeting and come and get them.

Aaaaaaaa Long Day right???

I hope you enjoy playing this week it is always so much fun to do the challenges with the kiddo's!!!!!

Have a Stampendous Wednesday Everyone!!!!!

Heather

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Holiday's Hop with Club Anya - My Anya Advent Calendar and a Sweeeet Holiday Card

Christmas, Advent, and

Holiday Party Time!!!!!





I am so excited to be doing another Club Anya Blog Hop the last one was so much fun!!!!  For the Complete List of the 70 plus Holiday Anya Hoppers go to The Club Anya Blog here so you can hop to all of the blogs and see all the wonderful Creations I can not wait to get lots of inspiration tonight!!!!!





So I have two projects and lot's of colored images I did for one of the projects but then did not end up using them all to show you today.

My First Project was actually inspired by a project my Mother in Law did with Willow and Tucker and some of my nephew's a few weeks ago.  She helped them make this great Christmas Tree Advent Calendar and she used cut up Christmas Cards to make the windows the girls open each day.  So I had this idea to color up 25 different Anya and Ian images and make a 25 Day Anya Advent Calendar.




However as I got started stamping and coloring all of my images it had been my idea to scan them all in and the print them all out on 2" by 2" sqares and then glue them to the Christmas Card pieces Willow and my Mother in Law had made, but as I worked on the project it became apparent I was going to run out of time to scan then cut out 25 different images so I ended up making 13 Anya Angels, Vivi Elf's, Anya Mrs. Clause's and Ian Santas to put on the Anya Advent Calendar and make it more Christmas and Advent themed.



I wanted the Calendar to both start and end with an Angel Anya since that is really what we are Celebrating right now the Birth of Christ and Santa's Elf's and Mrs. Clauses are really just a fun add on to the Season!!!!



Here is the Top Half of the Advent Calendar Tree.  Normally I always right all the Colors of Copics that I use on my projects but since there are so many images today I will forgo that and if you have any questions on how I colored somthing just leave me a comment or e-mail me and I will get a list of colors to you!!!!!




Here is the Middle 3rd of the Tree



And Last the Bottom of the Tree.

I wrote Anya Messages and printed them out for the inside of the Calendar like these examples.

On the First Day of Christmas Santa gave to me a Brand New Hippy Anya, I'm so excited I could just Burst!!!!!

On the 8th Day of Christmas my True love gave to me Rock the Farm Ian with a fishing pole loaded with Bait

On the 25th Day of Christmas we Celebrate the Birth of Christ,  also open presents I wish and Hope for the entire Christmas Anya Release!!!!!



Now onto my Second Project a Festive Holiday Card using the new 20's Flapper Anya image!!!!  I also added some retired SU! DSP's and SU! 1 1/2" Peppermint Stripe Ribbon (which is totally yummy!!!!), SU Rhinestone clear brads from the Pretties Kit, and some sticky rhinestone embellishments I got at Hobby Lobby.  Also on the Card are some pretty Prima Flowers, and I used my Martha Stewart Lace boarder punch, and my Large Scallop Circle Nesties and my SU! Big Shot too.



I colored Anya up with these Copics:

Skin:  R00, E00, E93, RV21
Dress and Feather and Shoes:  R20, R35, R29, R59, R89
Hair: E31, E35, E29



Here is a Side View of my Card so you can see the dimension on it.  I popped  up my layers both with SU! Stampin Dimensionals and excess foam and rubber from my The Greeting Farm Stamps. 



I just love that ribbon and thought it want perfect with this card!!!!

Now for the last thing I will show you all the other images I had stamped and colored up all with Copics and NeeNah Card Stock. 

I hope you enjoy my projects and all of these images below that I planned to use on the Advent Calendar and then ended up not using!!!!! 

I won't get to do the hop until late tonight as Piper and Willow have 2 activities tonight 5:30 to 6:30 Willow has her Family Night at Pre-School and we are all making Ginger Bread Houses there.  Then from 7pm to 9pm We are going to Piper's 4 H Holiday meeting where they will be exchanging gifts and making Holiday Cards for Charity.  Of cource I am taking Stamps along for them to stamp and color up!!!!!!!


Have a Very Stampendous Monday Night and Happy Hopping!!!!!!!


All the Images I colored up for the Advent Calendar did not end up using all of them though!!!!































 Heather