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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Celebrate Everyday Things ...

Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle, if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but, on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take interest in the things that are and are to be, and not in the things that were and are past. ~Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887), "A Completed Year," 1882 December 31st, quoted in Plymouth Pulpit: A Weekly Publication of Sermons Preached by Henry Ward Beecher in Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, Vol. V, Printed from Mr. T.J. Ellinwood's Stenographic Reports

Running a bit behind ... but a new Sunday Song & Rhyme Challenge has started at The Outlawz Challenges and will run through January 8th, 2022.

Our sponsor this month is Alex Siberia Designs with a generous prize of $15.00 to her Etsy shop which can be found HERE.

Our Song/Rhyme this month was selected by Jen


What shall I wish you?
Treasures of earth?

Songs in the Springtime,
Pleasure and mirth?
Flowers on your pathway,
Skies ever clear?

Would this assure you
A Happy New Year?
What can I wish you?

What can be found
Bringing you sunshine
All the year ‘round?

Where is the treasure,
Lasting and dear,
That shall assure you


New Years Wishes.
What do you wish for yourself or for someone else?

I think my sentiment says it all … Celebrate everyday thing … I would wish we all took the time to do this. I’m just as guilty as the next person to have blinders on. We get so caught up in the actions of the day – work, home, school etc. that we overlook the everyday things and people that make our lives easier, happier, brighter.

I believe in setting up realistic goals, but I don’t really make New Year resolutions. I feel we set ourselves up for failure and disappointment when we do (because its expected) and then fail to meet those goals.

But I do think I am going to strive to stop and celebrate and say thank you out loud to someone or something that is a part of my everyday.

Supplies used (5 x 7 card)
  1. Image “Lisa’s Garden” printed on Hammermill Color Copy
  2. Banner punch from Stampin Up!
  3. Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  4. Momento Ink
  5. ProMarkers
  6. Sentiment from Unity Stamp Co.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges for more challenges and Inspiration!


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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Outlawz Crash your Stash Challenge: All Year long!

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches
Today, tomorrow, and beyond.
~Irish blessing

Good morning!
We have a new Crash your Stash Challenge starting at The Outlawz Challenges which will run through January 14th

Our sponsor this month is Me!
This is my Birthday month so I decided to sponsor the challenge with a $10.00 gift code to Alex Serbia Designs

The challenge for this month:
ALL the challenges from the past year. Your choices are:
Corner punches
Heat Embossing powders
Old Design Paper
Washi tape

For my card I am using several different Washi tapes I have. Cards like these are so fast to make I don't know why I never think to make more of them!

Supplies (5 x 7 card)
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base)
  • Crayola markers
  • Image & Sentiment from Unity Stamps (Butterfly Kisses)
  • Ink from Ranger
  • Rhinestones from my Stash
  • Washi Tape from Parklane, Close to My Heart & Stash
Now come on over to The Outlawz Challenges to play along with us or one of the other challenges that are always in process!

NOTE: Found that all my links were disabled, They should all be working now







Monday, December 13, 2021

A Tisket, A Tasket, a bunch of kitties in a basket!

To be remembered on one's birthday is a thrill to know others are saying
With cakes, cards, and good wishes,Thanks for being born into our lives!
~Terri Guillemets, "Keepsake," 2013

Good morning,
Today I am sharing a Birthday card I made for my niece who recently celebrated.

She loves cats but since she lives with us and we just sent our 17ish year old kitty over the Rainbow we are just not ready for another feline at this point in time. Someday, just not right now.

So, for now, I put this cute card together using a cat stamp of mine I know she loves and the color pick. Which she also loves!

I used ProMarkers to shadow the basket pieces after I cut it out but it really does not show up very well. Thinking I should have used a darker brown, but by the time I figured out the ink I used was too light I’d already put it together so I just left it.

I stamped the kitty on 3 different color scrap pieces and fussy cut leaving some length for layering.

I did some die cutting of the flowers using a scrap of the pink matting cardstock. Used a darker pink ProMarker and blender pen to create the centers. Once done, I added the rhinestones to the centers.

Supplies for 5 x 7 card
  • Banner punch from Stampin Up!
  • Cardstock from Pen+gear (Base), Americna crafts and my scrap box
  • Cat stamp from Stampabilities
  • Design paper from Scrapbook Wizard
  • Flowers & border die (Flower field) from Spellbinders
  • Memento Ink
  • Pen white ink from Dr. Martins
  • ProMarkers
  • Rhinestones from my stash
  • Sentiment from Whimsy Stamps (Kitten Balloons)
  • Woven basket die from Gina Marie Designs

NOTE: Found that all my links were disabled, They should all be working now






Sunday, December 12, 2021

Symbols of a Blessed Day ...

Mistletoe and gleaming holly,
Symbols of a blessed day...
~Louisa May Alcott, "Merry Christmas," in The Horn of Plenty, 1876

Today a new Sunday Song & Rhyme Challenge has started at The Outlawz Challenges and will run through December 25th.

Our sponsor this month is Alex Syberia Designs wit ha generous prize of $15.00 to her Etsy shop which can be found HERE.

Our Song/Rhyme this month was selected by Susan

Christmas by John Betjeman

The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.

The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
'The church looks nice' on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says 'Merry Christmas to you all'.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children's hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say 'Come!'
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.

And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window's hue,
A Baby in an ox's stall?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me?

And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,

Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.

Besides the fact that I absolutely adore Christmastime, I also love holly so I am using that as the inspiration for my card.

I am using a newly released image called “Vintage-Collection-Warm-Wishes”. Isn’t this one stunning? I just don’t know how you can go wrong with this beautiful frame of Holly, berries & pine cones!

Based on Mojo Monday Sketch 463

Supplies used
  • Image “Vintage-Collection-Warm-Wishes” printed on Hammermill Color Copy
  • Banner punch from Stampin Up!
  • Border punch from EK Success
  • Design Paper from Unity Stamps (Holiday Intrigue)
  • Momento Ink
  • ProMarkers
  • Rhinestones from my stash
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps (Let’s be Jolly)
  • Based on Sketch Mojo Monday 463
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges for more challenges and Inspiration!

(NOTE: Found that all my links were diabled, they should be working now)








Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Jolly Holidays

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in a living room where eight or ten people have just opened their Christmas presents. It should not be cleaned up too quickly. ~Andy Rooney (1919–2011)

Hi All,
I dug through my this and that box and pulled out an unfinished Christmas card I’d started a while ago. So I finished it up!

Border bunch from Martha Stewart
Cardstock from The Paper Studios (Base) and Stampin up!
Design paper from my scrap bin
Glitter tape from Close to My Heart
Ink from Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from Recollections
Stamp & die from Sizzix

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Happy Mooooooo Year!

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since. ~David J. Beard (1947–2016), tweet, 2009 December 31st

Good morning!
Today I am sharing another card made from one of the many quirky images from Sherry West Designs! Please note that image is not yet in her shop so if you want to purchase it you may contact her via or ETSY Shop or message her on her Facebook Page, Sherry West Coloring. Links are below

Loving this celebrating cow! Isn’t she great?

I don’t send out many New Year cards but this one will be going to a friend that does lives in a Country that does not really celebrate Christmas.

  • Image from Sherry West Designs printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock
  • Cardstock from Pen+gear (base), American Crafts and Stampin Up!
  • Die from Gina Marie Designs
  • Embossing folder from Darice
  • Gems from Close to My Heart
  • ProMarkers

Please visit Sherry’s shop and blog sites. We love to see what you're up to!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara