Thursday, December 18, 2014


I really like this card. Yes, the word "joy" is associated with Christmas. Joy, happy, cheerful, excited, pleased, content. These are just a few of words I have felt this week.  Earlier this week I was given the best Christmas present I could ever have! My Radation Oncologist examined me and told me I'm Cancer free! The tumor is gone! The Chemo treatment and 30 Radation treatments killed the tumor. 

Christmas this year has a completely different meaning for my family, friends, and me. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who was born to save mankind. Without The Lord I don't believe I wouldn't have been healed. Christ gave us the ultimate gift when he died on the cross for our sins. I'm so thankful I was raised in a Christian home. 

During treatment I was asked if I was afraid. I can say I wasn't. The Lord gave me peace. I felt whatever happened I knew it was The Lord's will. I didn't have to carry the burden...this made all the difference in the world. My job was to go through my treatments, eat healthy, and get plenty of rest.
The time passed quickly. As I counted off the days, there were days when Chemo and Radation  were hard to live with. I had pain, The Chemo made me sick, I lost some of my hair; my body was burned from the Radation, inside and out. Yes, I cried. And when I started to feel overwhelmed, praying was comforting. I would feel calm and peaceful.

So this Christmas, I am joyful I'm Cancer free, more importantly Joy fills my heart because my Heavenly Father was born and died not only for me but for the world. My wish for you this season is to have a wonderful, "Joyful" Christmas!

Until next time...
Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eight Days To Christmas

"Our family is celebrating Christmas on the 21st this year. Our children, grandchildren, Grammy and Bompa will meet at our youngest daughter, Mary, and family's house. Instead of a traditional meal we are going to have pizza. The grandchildren out voted the rest of us. 

I have been making Christmas gifts again this year. Christmas cards are finished and in the mail.
I am ahead of the game. I have to finish wrapping a few gifts and then I can relax.

I have a Christmas project to show you. Each year I make some good old stand bys and try to create some new projects. This year I have done both.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought our teenage granddaughters would like this idea. I cut index cards 2 inches wide and used a Stampin' Up! Tag punch. I cut out Desginer Series Paper for the front cover and the same size of cardboard for the back cover. To hold the tablet together I used a ring and added some ribbon to add interest and balance to the project. Fun, easy, and fast project.

I love this card. It's bright and cheerful. Simple to make. If you needed to mass produce Christmas cards this would be a good choice. 

Another fast and simple card. Red is my favorite color and I used it a lot this year. For this card I chose  Whisper White, and Real Red card stock, Designer Series paper, and Mingle All The Way stamp set. I will be back this week with more Christmas projects.

Until next time...
Happy Stampin'

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chocolate Nugget Tin

Each year we give our neighbors a little homemade gift. Some times it's cookies or candy or like this year I decorated Chocolate Nugget candies covered with Designer Series Paper in a metal tin. Ribbon and a pretty tag completed the gift.

Stampin' Up! Makes it so easy to stamp, scrapbook or make 3- D projects with beautiful papers, ink  and  ribbons. I'm winding down on making my Christmas gifts. Cards are made, stamped, and in the mail. My husband, Norris, and I delivered gifts on Friday to my doctors and staff. 

I will have more photos of Christmas cards next week. Tommrow I will post a quick and easy craft to make yet this season to use as a stocking stuffer. 

Until next time...
Happy Stampin'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

More Christmas Cards

Good Afternoon. The sun is out here in Kalamazoo, Michigan! Yea! In the winter we have very few sunny days. That's one reason I love to stamp; I can focus on my stamping and forget about the weather.
I really like this card. The stamp is from the stamp set "Mingle All the Way". I used Whisper White and Real Red card stock. Real Red ink and ribbon. I colored the Rhinstones with green  Blender Marker.

Aren't these cards cute? This year I am using a lot of Glimmer Paper on my cards. It seems each time I design a card I reach for Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder and or Glimmer Paper. It doesn't have to be a large section just a touch to make my cards stand out. 

I will be back this week end with more Christmas cards and a 3-D project.

Until next time...
Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Cards

I've been busy this week trying to finish my Christmas cards. Today I have three cards that I had so much fun making. Some people make only one kind of card but I have so many stàmp sets I love, I like to make several different kinds using a variety of stamp sets and card stock.

Another favorite card. I used my Big Shot to cut out the stars which makes card making so much faster and easier.

Another card made easy by using the Big Shot. I think the Red Glimmer paper adds so much to the overall look to the card.

I absolutely love this Santa! Isn't he cute? This season I am really into using Real Red, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler card stock and ink.

I will be posting more Christmas cards this week.
Until next time,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Gifts

In June of this year I was told I had Cancer. I had surgery in late July and started Chemo and Radiation on August 25th. Along the way I met some of the nicest people who worked or volunteered at the West Michigan Cancer Center. Everyone from the volunteers to my Oncologists have treated me with respect, dignity, and compassion. 

I had treatments 5 days a week until October 10th. I go once a month for check ups and blood work.
I'm feeling stronger and am able to return to my regular routine. I rest when needed.

I made the staff and volunteers these little thank you gifts. I gave my doctors Christmas curly wreaths. 

Above are post-it-note coasters with matching pencils.

Above are coaster calendars covered with Designer Series Paper.

These are mini coffee cups covered with Designer Series Paper and filled with chocolate candy.

I have been working on my Christmas cards last week and this week. I will be posting some of them later this week. 

My monitor isn't working right now so I'm slowing learning to post from my iPad. I'm limited to what I can do on my iPad. Hopefully I will be able to use my desktop.
Thank you for being patient with me.

Until next time...

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sea Street

Happy Sunday...It's been a lovely day here in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A lot of sun and 77 degrees. Now on to one of my newest cards I created using the new colors, folder and Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! brand new catalog that went live on June 2, 2014!

Isn't this little octopus cute?

I absolutely love the Designer Series Paper! Just in time for any July 4th cards, or paper projects! I used Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White card stock and Red Glimmer paper.
This would make a darling birthday card or just because card.

To see the new Stampin' Up! catalog click here
or you can email me, call me to place your order today!

Until next time,
Happy Stampin' !
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