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Christmas Carols Inspiration

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m sure you are busy with last-minute prep for the holidays.  If you haven’t started your card-making, it’s not too late!  I’ve chosen some simple designs from the Holiday catalog to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) that fit this week’s theme at TGIF Challenges.  Our creations are inspired by Christmas Carols and we would love for you to play along with us.  If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can choose a song from whatever holiday you celebrate.  Click HERE to view the Design Team’s inspiration cards.

Check out page 14 of the Holiday Catalog.  Can you see which cards I copied?  One of them is part of a scrapbook page!  Both of my cards today use the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack.  These card packs are just perfect for whipping up a quick, simple card.

On this first card, I started with a Whisper White card base, then layered a trimmed-down piece of Crumb Cake pattern card from the Memories & More pack.  I’ve been dying to cut into this beautiful plaid paper from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, so this was a perfect fit.  The greeting is from one of the 3″ x 4″ cards and I trimmed it to fit onto the black-striped border card.  Instead of ornaments, I embellished the final card with a simple White Baker’s Twine bow.

This copied card is also pictured on page 14.  You’ll notice that I stepped it up a bit.  I added the plaid paper and switched to green trees with White Craft ink plus Clear wink of Stella.  The musical note paper is from the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.

Again, we would love for you to join our challenge and play along.  You’ll find all the details HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday Montage 105

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!

We’ve had a busy holiday weekend that included lots of friends, family and food.  I know many people spend this weekend putting up holiday decorations, but we’ve decided not to do much this year.  We’ve got a lot of activities and travel the entire month of December, so we simply won’t be around enough to enjoy a fully decorated house.  However, I do enjoy creating a few decor items with my stamping supplies.

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I started by spray painting some wooden letters that I purchased at the craft store a few months ago.  Once they were dry, I traced the shapes/letters onto the Merry Little Christmas Designer series paper.  After carefully cutting out each shape, I adhered them to the wood pieces with Mod Podge.   It takes a little time to dry, but once it was dry, I carefully sanded the edges for a smooth finish.

The focal point is very similar to this card I shared recently, except I used the Watercolor Wishes stamp set for the greeting.

Event though this piece is small, I think it will bring a lot of Holiday cheer into my stamping space and home.

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There are 7 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

You can click the Back button to visit Elizabeth or the Next button to visit Wendy.  Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Monday Montage 98

Welcome back to the Monday Montage blog hop! Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring paper craft projects. Be sure to visit all the stops….you don’t want to miss anything!


I have just returned from a relaxing weekend at the lake with my family and friends.  Since I didn’t do any stamping this past week, I am sharing my Card Club projects from July.   We had a Christmas in July theme and I focused on using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set on all of the cards.  These are quick and easy cards that you can whip up with a minimum of supplies.  I’m listing the basic supplies used below.  Of course, I also used punches and dies, but you could easily substitute whatever you already own to recreate any of the cards.  A simple square shape would even work for most of the greetings and/or focal points.

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The tutorial for this collection of cards will be available in the blog sidebar tomorrow.  It includes all the measurements, so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself.  My customers really enjoyed this class and the simplicity of the cards.  I hope you do, too!

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn’s amazing blog or the Next button to see what wonderful project Wendy has to share.

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10 Places To Get That Holiday Trip Tan

Are you tired of watching your friends, family members and coworkers go on vacation and return a week later with a beautiful tan?

Well it could be you with that stunning tan if you plan your next vacation in the right place. By selecting one of our top ten places to get a tan as your next travel destination, you will be sure to come back with an eye-catching tan.

1. Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Copacabana Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With a backdrop of the rolling hills of Brazil, you will not only find yourself tanning here but also enjoying the beautiful scenery. In addition to being a great place for tanning and for enjoying the landscape, Copacabana Beach is rarely quiet. There is always something happening on this beach, whether it is tourists enjoying the summer sun during the day or music and drinking at night. Copacabana Beach offers it all to the tourist looking for a tan.

2. Waikiki Beach on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is a great place for sunbathers to sit back, enjoy the sun and watch the action all around them. While sitting on the sand beachgoers can watch the experienced surfers surf the large waves that swell off the two-mile long beach. Hawaiian beaches offer soft sand and spectacular sun. After tanning during the day, stick around to watch the beautiful sunset at night.

3. If you are looking to get a great tan during your trip to Europe make a stop in Greece. The island of Crete off of the south coast of Greece is surrounded by 100 miles of beach along its coastline. Try the area of Rethimno on the islandís northern coast. The beach is beautiful but tends to be crowded, as it is one of the most popular spots on the island. If you are looking for a place to tan in solitude then try elsewhere, as there are plenty of small, secluded beaches scattered around the island where you will be more than likely to catch a few rays.

4. Baby Beach located on the coast of Aruba is a great place for sunbathers. The ocean along the beachís shore remains very calm and shallow making it a great place to put a low beach chair for the day. If you would rather work on your tan than take a dip, you can spread your beach towel out in the soft Arabian sand that lines the shore of Baby Beach. How great is this beach? It is even a favorite among locals, who make this one of the most frequently visited beaches among locals.

5. If you are looking for a great beach for sunbathing but are not sure about leaving the US, try Newpoprt Beach in Southern California. Newport Beach is one of the most famous and frequently visited beaches in California. When you arrive make sure to take notice of all the tan bodies around you, proof that sunbathing on this beach will get you that bronze tan you are looking for.

6. The worst part about tanning, other than the unexpected burn, is the tan lines that inevitably come with your sunbathing. What is the best way to avoid tan lines? By losing your bathing suit! Haulover Beach in Miami, Florida offers beachgoers the option of shedding their suits in pursuit of that all over tan. Located close to both South Beach and downtown Miami, Haulover Beach is the ultimate place for those seeking the perfect tan.

7. For the frequent traveler who is looking for a more unique place to bronze up, why not try the Sentosa Resort in Singapore. Sentosa offers guests the option of three beaches; Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach, and Tanjong Beach, which is probably the best bet for sunbathing. Tanjong Beach is typically frequented by those looking for a quiet day of solace and relaxation on the beach. The sun is bright, the water is cool and the conditions are perfect for tanning.

8. For a beautiful tan in a beautiful place, make sure to visit St. John Island in the Virgin Islands. One of the only seemingly untouched islands in the Caribbean, two-thirds of St. John is designated as a National Park, preventing any development on the land. There are a number of beaches on St. John from Cinnamon Bay to Hawksnest Beach but one thing is certain, whatever beach you choose on this island will be beautiful and great for tanning.

9. Down in southern Mexico you will find miles and miles of beaches in Cancun. Cancun boasts a fourteen mile peninsula that jets out into the ocean and provides a favorite beach-going spot for vacationers. There are a number of scenic beaches great for tanning in Cancun but think about trying San Miguelito, which is also home to a small, historic Mayan ruin.

10. If you have plenty of money to spend on your vacation, consider visiting the beaches of St. Tropez in France. A number of famous people make vacation stops at St. Tropez each year, pointing to the specter of this French getaway. The Plage Port Grimaud is undoubtedly the place to be seen catching rays in St. Tropez, as it is the most popular beach in the area.

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You know you’re destined to be a fashion designer if you: a) spent most of your childhood making clothes for your Barbie dolls instead of playing with your friends; b) read fashion magazines instead of your school books; c) ran a boutique out of your basement at age 10. In other words: if you want to be the next Yves Saint Laurent, it helps to be completely and utterly obsessed with fashion.

However, there are many aspects of the profession.

Working as a fashion designer can just as well mean supervising a design team at a sportswear company as producing a label under your own name. Although the former career may not seem as glamorous as the latter,

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