Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Spec-TAC-ular Savings!!

OMG! What a sale! You don't want to miss out on this! From Jan. 6 - 26 you can chose ANY T-coded stamp at 1/2 price!! Please contact me for your order!!! You can bet I'm getting those sets that I've been wanting!!

Last sneak peak of new stamp sets

I'll go ahead and give you the last stamp set sneak peak now.

This set is called Playful Parentheses, a set of 5 rather large stamps, and will sell for $17.95. Again, these would look great on a scrapbook page! Very elegant, aren't they? I bet my friend, Sandy, in Lusk, WY will like these! I love the text fonts of these! So, now that you have seen all 7 of the sneak peeks, don't forget they'll be available Feb. 1, 2009!! And I will be ordering about 20 Megalogues (just don't know what it will sell for yet) so if you're interested in reserving one please contact me and I'll have one reserved for you!!

Great award received!

I received this award from an angelhood member, Lori!
This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

As to passing this on, there are so many deserving winners and so many that I follow have received this so at this time I will not be passing this on. Instead I want to say thanks to those whose blogs I read regularly for the great ideas they pass on. And I hope everyone has a great New Year and that tonight you reflect on the greatness of God for your protection in 2008 and for His provision and blessings for 2009.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A fun technique

I will be teaching classes for the next 3 months and this technique will be one of three being taught Jan. 14 at Green Valley, AZ. I used "The Morning Buzz" stamp set which is a hostess gift for orders or parties of $250 or more net. The technique is called Faux Silk. I'm not going to explain it here since it is a class. I will be posting cards using the other techniques soon.
By the way, I still have one more "sneak peek" coming! But you'll just have to stay posted!

Now, have you created a card using TAC stamps?? Do you want me to feature your card here?? Just send me a photo of it and I'll showcase it! Then you can tell your friends you are "published on the web"!! So, start creating!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Do you want another sneak peak?

Ok! This is the next to the last sneak peak! Are you excited? This set is great for coloring!

It's called Little Stinkers, a set of 4, for $12.95. Aren't the little rascals cute? The little ballerina skunk and the little boy skunk would be great for scrapping! Even the little one in the tub would be excellent for a first bath for a baby! Have I got your imagination going?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Creative Juices have been working!

Back in August I had to create something for Paper Wings website. You can check out the gallery there for all kinds of great projects and cards! The cards are arranged according the the stamp set used.

Anway, I made an advent book. Here you can see an inside page. I did get the numbers backward and I thank my sister-in-law for pointing that out so now this page has the 16 days until Christmas label. I got the idea from Heather Scott's blog and Julie Griffith's blog and, I must say, it turned out great (other than having the circle tags backward). This was also rather time-consuming as each red page was cut out by hand. Heather had a PDF file of the verses so that was really a great help.

I used Merry Wishes SWIC (which is retired), Hillary Embellishment Jar, Trendy Greetings set, Christmas Check List set, L'Amore & Noir PH inks, white scrapper's floss, lots of red cardstock, white cardstock, binder rings (or whatever they're called), the Extra Jumbo Circle Punch (1 1/2"), and red sheer ribbon. Again, mom wanted it but I was not ready to give this up. Maybe I'll make some more but I will have to purchase a bunch of red cardstock. I think it took about 5 sheets to do the individual pages. The whole thing was created out of a covered Starbucks coffee sleeve! Can you recognize the shape??

It's cold tonight here south of Tucson, AZ. We had quite a frost last night and another for tonight. Check my Livin' Hot blog for a great picture of Mount Hopkins yesterday!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Another sneak peak of a new stamp set

Have you enjoyed seeing the 4 new sets I've already posted? Well, here's another!

This set is called Beautiful Day. It's a set of 17 stamps and will sell for $21.95. Isn't it great?! It will be on my list for purchase.

I hope to try something new this new year. I would like to feature the artwork of one of my readers that isn't a TAC "angel" but you must use TAC stamps! If you are interested please contact me. Also, are there any questions that you have that you need an answer for? Any product that we carry that you'd like to see featured? I would like to make my blog more inspirational and informative.

So, did you get any new stamps or crafting products for Christmas? Would love to hear about them. So please post a comment!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jesus!!

What a glorious day to celebrate the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!

This card was made over a year ago using a retired set called The Only Thing. Jesus is the only thing that really matters. May your heart be turned toward Him today for your salvation. "Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means "God is with us"). Isaiah 7:14

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

As we celebrate Christmas I want to praise God for the blessings He's given us this past year, my family and our children and their families, Dean's job, our home, and most of all, my salvation. I also want to thank Him for the gift of His son, Jesus, sent to take on the sins of the world so that we may have a relationship with Him.

Here is another "sneak peak" of another stamp set that will be available with our new Megalogue coming out Feb. 1. It's called You Are and will retail for $8.95.

I still have one gift to make for my stepdaughter but she knows it will be late. I hope to start it maybe on Friday. I did get lots of cards made but not sent. I hope to be more organized next year, hmmmm.... That could be a resolution! Tonight I will start a breakfast casserole for our brunch tomorrow. Mom and Dad will come over and we'll open our gifts before my hubby goes to work.

May you have a very blessed Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's so close to Christmas, shall I be sneaky again?

Yeah!! Here's another new set coming out in our Megalogue about Feb. 1!

This one is called True Beauty and will sell for $21.95 and is a set of 5. I bet my sis Sandi will love this one!! She's a "victorian nut" and I say that in much love! So, have you been enjoying the sneak peaks? I haven't had time to do any stamping but hopefully tomorrow I'll get my worktable cleaned off, find some stuff that got moved, send out more cards, and have a chance to play.

So, please keep warm and dry wherever you are, have a cup of hot chocolate, and kick back!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another sneaky peak!

Do you want to see another new stamp set that will be available in the new Megalogue?
This one is called Everything's Blooming and will cost $17.95. A great set for scrapbooking your garden or yard or even your little girl or granddaughter! And, in case you noticed, we did have a small price increase but at least the price of gas has dropped!!

It's getting so close to Christmas! I hope you have a very blessed one this year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Sneaky Peak

So, would you like to see a new stamp set that's coming out in our Megalogue about February 1, 2009?

This set is called Shower of Love and will sell for $12.95. What a great set to make cards and invitations for those bridal or baby showers you go to!

Now, keep watching for more sneaky peaks! I have 6 to go! Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Paper Wings Secret Sister Swap

I joined a group of "angels" on Paper Wings this past fall for a secret sister swap. She spoiled me with great cards and a Tim Holtz ruler up to now. Today I received my Christmas gift and I'm so excited! The first pictures shows the way she wrapped the items.
The second picture shows the great gifts. She made the Jack-in-the-box using a wooden block, a styrafoam ball and misc. papers and embellishments! And the card to the left is just beautiful! I really appreciate my secret sis, Kim Spears! She spoiled me and I can't wait to play with my new stuff! Thanks, Kim!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Large Gift Card Holders

My dad wanted gift card holders that didn't look like they were holding gift cards! Now go figure!
So, I used 5 of our (TAC's) medium jewel boxes and made slider covers! I used some old Basic Grey DP and stamps! I used Christmas Fun, Ornamental Snowflakes, a current GWP, and a retired set. I also used Prismacolor Pencils, Stickles, a large scallop circle punch, the Mega Circle punch, the Giga Scallop Square punch, the Mega Scallop Oval punch, and the Super Scallop Oval punch (don't have the link right now). My Dad just loved them! The gift card were wrapped with tissue paper so you're not really sure what' in the box! Pretty cool if I say so myself!!

These little trees are made out of 3 $5 bills each! I did a couple more little boxes like the ones above to put these in. They are for my niece and nephew. I wonder how long they'll stay looking like this? I "googled" money origami and found the directions for these! Kinda unique way of sending money.

How are you coming along with your Christmas gifts? I'm finally getting some decorations up. Got all the gifts purchased.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

More Blog Hopping Creations

A bunch of us "angels" decided to do a theme for today relating to winter. Well, in New Hampshire they are definitely having winter. My card uses a "masked frame" technique I learned at Technique Junkies. I would highly recommend getting the newsletter for many great techniques!I used Ornamental Snowflakes for this card. It was fast, fun, and easy! I also used white & navy cardstock, Starry Night PH ink, and navy ribbon. Rather elegant, wouldn't you say??

Here's some other angels who are taking part in this theme. Check out their work! Just click on their names (and please let me know if the link doesn't work!) and see their beautiful projects!
Angela K

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

I finally finished 12 little sleds for personalized Christmas ornaments! Here is the photo of them! What a job! You can see the names on some but a few have the names in gold emboss which does make them a bit harder to see.
I purchased the little wooden sleds at Jo-Anns for $1 each. I primed with white gesso then painted or sprayed with craft paint, Lumiere paint, or Walnut ink, depending on the paper used. All paper is from our SWIC collections. I used Prima Flowers, the Embellishment Jars, sequins, brads, ribbon, stickles, scrapper's floss, whatever to decorate. I'm hoping everyone likes theirs. The top right has Jesus embossed on it from our Our Savior set along with some phony rhinestones. This will be part of a gift for our church ladies party tonight. The names are embossed using the retired Angel Plate Alphabet as I really like the size. I used decorative snow on the runners.

I still have a couple gifts to make. I finished another last night and plan to post it soon. So, are you working feverishly to get ready for Christmas??

Monday, December 8, 2008

Wonderful News!

The Angel Company announced today that they are returning to 1 annual Inspiration Book & Catalogue with all stamp images shown at 100% of size! It will be released in June at our yearly convention! In place of the spring and fall supplements they will publish two magalogues (a combination magazine and catalogue with a more seasonal focus), with new hostess sets along with new stamp sets and products!! I am so excited!! So, the first of February 2009 we will be releasing the first Megalogue with new stamps and products! I don't know the price yet but if you are interested in purchasing one please contact me of your intent. When I know the price I will post it here along with the postage. Your megalogue price will be refunded with a $100 purchase.

I hope to have some projects ready to post tomorrow. I've been making ornaments and such for Christmas. I just hope my family don't look until after Christmas or some will know what they're getting! I've also made 4 varieties of fudge and 2 more to go. I'll post the recipies on my Livin' Hot blog soon.

Do you know that Christmas is 17 days away!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A new drawing!!!

What you could win!!!
• Reece™ Soar With It Collection™
retail value: $6.95
• Woodrowe™ Keepsake Album Kit
retail value: $14.95
• Antique Copper Hardware
retail value: $4.50
• Reece™ Cardstock
retail value: $6.50
• Reece™ Ribbon
retail value: $4.95
• Joy of Christmas Stamp Set
retail value: $15.95

Total retail value: $53.80

• You must sign up by 11:59 pm, on December 31st.

• Only ONE entry per household.

• The Winner will be notified by e-mail. We will also post the name of the winner on our homepage at the beginning of the next month.

• After you click submit you will then see a confirmation page. If you receive a "This page cannot be displayed" message, contact us to make sure that your submission was received at

To enter this drawing, click here and fill out the designated areas! These are wonderful products and you've seen quite a few of my cards using the Joy of Christmas set. If the link doesn't work click here and then click on the "Enter To Win" button on the lower right corner. Hope you win!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Boy, the stores are all out in Christmas decorations already! They are beautiful but I miss references to Christ our LORD in most all that I see. I did play a bit tonight since I got no stamping done last week. This card uses the Pattern Paper technique showcased in the Christmas magazine in Scor-Pal. It sure creates a fun look to my card, don't you think??
Anyway, I used the Joy of Christmas stamp set, my Scor-Pal, Bordeaux and Jardin Moss PH inks, Just For You hostess set, and burgundy and white cardstocks.

I have almost 75 Christmas cards made for sending out. I will have to purchase stamps and envelopes and hope to do that soon. Are you ready?

I have already received a Christmas card from my friend Chris in Lusk, WY along with some plastic vitamin containers. She made a potpourri container for me and gave me a couple to try my hand. It may not happen before Christmas as I have much to do. I start teaching classes next week, have a craft table at a Farmer's Market on the 11th, a craft table at Curves on the 15th, and 3 Christmas parties (with gifts for the white elephant exchange for all) by the 20th! My brother and his wife will be here on the 18th and leave the 21st. I still need to get some crafts made and work on my Christmas gifts! I have some ideas but it's just getting to them! So, how are you coming along with your Christmas gifts? Are you making more this year? I also have 5 fudge recipes to make as gifts since I'm making most of our gifts. I will post these on my Livin' Hot blog if they turn out. So, I hope you're getting ready for the day of celebrating Christ's birth!