Here is a reasonable facsimile of one of the Make-n-Takes we did yesterday. The one we made wasn't sewn at the edges. This uses the new "Mistletoe" Workshop on the Go kit. The kit includes a paper packet, a super cute package of poinsettia brads (really, SUPER cool) and a stamp set perfect for holiday stamping and scrapping. The punch for the evergreen boughs was an aged and worn contraption that would not produce evergreens until we really threw our weight into it. Happily, I have plenty of weight to contribute so we ended up with enough boughs.

The ornaments were first stamped in black, then I stamped them again in different colors, cut them out and glued them over the black stamped image. That way I had black hooks. A dab of gold Stickles for the top of the ornament and the card was done.

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Love this creepy image from CTMH's September stamp of the month, "Thriller." I don't usually like the "hash mark" distressed edges, but the look goes with Halloween.

I used CTMH, Hooligans and Olivia papers. I love making Halloween cards - and now I'm totally in the mood for autumn and inevitable cold weather.

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Thankful Banner

This took forever to make!

Next time I might include pictures on each of the squares. After the holiday, the squares could be dismantled and added to scrapbook pages. Each of the squares would serve as a frame for the picture on the page. Truthfully, if I spend an entire day on a project, I want it to last long enough for many generations of progeny to enjoy.

The banner took several hours to complete, but they were such happy hours. Sometimes I feel a little sad as summer winds down and this project helped me transition from summer nostalgia to enthusiasm for the next season.

The product list is far too long and I won't even bother to include everything. Most of the products are CTMH. I tried to use up bits and pieces of retired embellies that I've been hoarding.

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Passages 6 inch mini album

Here is another project inspired by the incredibly creative Lisa Stentz. This little book was an accordion transformed into a book. This technique allows you to make it with as many pages as you would like. This example has three inside pages with lots of pockets for journaling tags and additional pictures. This particular paper makes it a wonderful book for vintage photos or for vacation photos; however, with different paper it would also make a wonderful baby album, or a keepsake for a wedding or retirement.

Paper is CTMH "Passages" , Passages Stickease, and CTMH stamps. To order materials visit my website:

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Acrylic cards and Irresistibles

The round card was inspired by Lisa Stentz who creates the most amazing things. I LOVE acrylic cards - so fun when you don't want to send/give the same 'ol thing. Learning to layer them takes a bit of practice - which makes the workshop a good thing. Also the Pizzazz Irresistibles are so cool! They're bits of chipboard that have a resist design on them, so when you ink them up, you get dots... and lines... and squiggles. Basically, they're cool.

For more information on the workshop go to and click on calendar.

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August Stamp of the Month - it's Splendid!

This is probably my favorite ever Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart
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Something Splendid (Set of 13)
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Baby Album

I put these pages together last week. I only had a couple of pictures of the new arrival and they were grainy because they were emailed to me, so I used removable adhesive on the photos. The parents can replace them with better photos later.

Using the supplies I already own continues to be a key component of my budget plan. For this project I used up paper from several different kits including K and Company and CTMH. I also had a beautiful pink suede album that was perfect for the project.

This is the last page in the book. The pictures go on the tags. I wasn't sure if the parents would know that so I did one picture to get them started. Now that I'm looking at photos of the layouts, I see some improvements to make. This one needs three flowers on the ribbon. Off I go to make improvements before shipping this off.

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