Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Blog Hop

Hello dear friends!
Have you just been to see what my friend Barb has done? What did you think? I'm sure it is wonderful! This blog hop might not happen without Barb making it so! Thanks Barb!

It has been so long since I have written anything...tsk, tsk! I really want to try to do better at posting more often. I shall try to make that happen! 

In my last post I mentioned that I had shingles. I was lucky in a way because it stayed on my scalp and face. The itching was intense and I am very glad that I am over it. 

In October I went to a retreat in Texas with my "boss", Diana. We had the best time! It was a stamping retreat and we learned many very artistic techniques. We also managed to sneak away to Magnolia Farms one afternoon. Have you ever watched the show Fixer Upper? This is their retail shop and bakery. What a blast. I did buy a sign for my craft room that says "inspire" that is made from metal. I have it hanging above the door, and now I can't imagine it not being there. It is perfect! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it when I bought it, I just knew I needed it!!

And now here we are on the heels of December! How did that happen?? On November 29th I had a class here in our home that is best described as a party with paper crafting mixed in! I had the gals bring pot luck, and boy there were some yummy dishes. Thank you all!! Ed made a breakfast Strata the night before, and baked it after the people started arriving. While I was getting all the stuff together for our lunch, the gals started making gift tags. I had 20 stations set up about the house, and they would make one tag and move on to the next. There was laughing, stories and creativity flowing all through the house. Some of the tags used retired Stampin Up stamps but most were current products. Many were fairly simple to make. I am only showing the current product ones for this blog hop. Sorry about the lighting, I caught the last bit of the sun before it was done for the day. The first one is probably my personal favorite. 
 A bit of work gluing all the bits in place, but I think everyone loved this one! 
 You know you want to!! Right?!
 Sparkles with rhinestones, but the burlap adds a country touch!
 Do you see the little metal bell charm?? 
 Fun little epoxy star highlighting the banner!
 Simple! But I like the contrast of the red sweater look behind the vibrant green.
 Another simple one, but the holly paper is oh so festive!
 Santa's fur was painted with liquid pearls. He looks dapper, don't you think??
 Simple, but the addition of the punched dots for the holly berries really makes this one work beautifully.
 This one would be so darling atop a plate of your best Christmas cookies!
 This pine cone one was a favorite of many. They all loved the little jingle bell charm!

The tree shimmers with silver sparkle paper behind the cut out. 
 Silver and red...stunning!!
Simple, but sweet with the new Stitched Thinlets!
Thanks for joining me on this blog hop!! 
Now go create!
But, first head over to Mary's blog to see what fun stuff she has done!!
Merry Christmas!


  1. Love these tags, they are great! Part of the fun at this time of year is seeing Christmas crafts like these!

  2. Replies
    1. First time I have been to your blog. Thanks for the handy link. I'm even more sad that I couldn't attend the tag party now!

    2. I'm sorry that you couldn't join us too!! Next year!! :)

  3. These tags are adorable, and man what memories in Texas. Hugs and love, Di (da boss)

  4. Wow, absolutely adorable tag; couldn't decide which one I liked best!

  5. Each tag is lovely, but I think the first one is my favorite. I might just have to go make one of my own! Thanks for hopping with us!! Mwah...