Christmas Crafting

Loved four fabulous friends gathering together last Saturday for a festive day of Christmas Crafting!

We made gift boxes with candy and gift cards:


Christmas cards:

A box to store the cards with a flap for listing recipients:

and a Christmas ornament and gift tags:


So much fun to spend the day crafting with friends, enjoying delicious quiche, listening to Christmas carols and preparing cards and gifts and tags to share with loved ones!

A big shout out to my dear friend Leslie for hosting our Christmas Crafting day and baking such delicious quiches for us!!


Three sets of cards, card boxes, gift boxes and tags with ornament remain so if you would like to make these at home yourself, please contact me and I’d be happy to send them your way!!

Much peace and love to you all…..





Home for the Holidays…


Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful Holiday Season!

This year was one of great change for my family.  I took a new job teaching at Principia College, moving myself and half our children out to the St Louis area, while my DH stayed behind in Virginia with the other half of our children.  As soon as the High Schooler is finished in June, we will all be together again, in our new home in Godfrey, IL.  In the meantime, I’ve remodeled the new kitchen, repainted most walls in the new house and tried to get up to speed on my new job.  All of which has left precious little time for my passion: paper crafting!    Now that I am “home” in Virginia for a month over the holidays I’ve been catching up on lots and lots of scrapbooking.

Here are the results of my efforts:

Four Layouts with the Swan Lake papers….



Four Layouts with Jeepers Creepers (I tried not to make them too Halloween-ish):




Four Layouts with City Sidewalk (great for Christmas pictures!)



and my favorite of the bunch, Oh Deer Layouts:



Pine Trees and pinecones will be added to this layout on left edge as soon as I get my circuit going!!



gold and silver embossing



gold embossing on kraft paper



torn, embossed edges to the birch paper really make it look like bark



I will hold a scrapbooking/card making session at home in Virginia in January, so if you are interested in completing any of these projects, please let me know before Dec 31st so I can order the materials for you – they all expire on Dec 31st to make way for the new paperbacks that come out in January.  I can also make up kits-to-go if you would like any of these projects to complete at home.

My New Year’s resolution to get a paper crafting group up and running in my new “home” so follow this space for more fun projects in the New Year!

If you’d like to join me in making any of these sets of pages after Christmas and during January, please let me know: so I can order the materials before they expire on December 31st.  I am available on Dec 30, 31 and January 7,8 and 14, 15.


The cost of materials for Jeepers Creepers or City Sidewalks pages is $25

The cost of materials for Swan Lake or Oh Deer pages is $30 .


All cardstock, embellishments, circuit cuts, sparkly bits etc are included and the papers pre-cut of your layouts.


Have a relaxing and wonderful Holiday Season!!






Merry Christmas!


The shopping is done, the turkey is prepped and the family and friends have arrived!   I really love the warmth and friendship of the Christmas holidays.  I’m sure I’ll be taking lots of photos of my loved ones, funny times, silly times, serious times.  I wish each of you much joy, laughter and love during the holidays!

Capturing these memories and preserving them for later is easy, with  Christmas scrapbook pages. I’ve created five 2 page layouts from CTMH’s White Pines paperback that beautifully showcase your Christmas memories:









I’ve added 8 extra sheets of Colonial White card stock, the new White Pines Complements pack, White Pines Assortment (clear overlays, chipboard and vellum), red dots, extra thick twine and lots of Cricut cut outs and stamped images. Come join me Thursday evening, January 7th or Sunday, January 10th, 2 pm to have fun creating these layouts!
Cost: $30The kit can also be ordered to go so that you may assemble the pages at home if you are unable to join a workshop. Contact me to arrange pick up or the postage amount. RSVP by December 29th so that I may order materials for you….
RSVP: 571-276-5405   or 



If you want to complete lots of beautiful layouts and keep up with your family scrapbooking, consider joining my scrapbooking club. We will complete 8 to 10 layouts (or even 12!) each month for the 10 months.  Cost is $25 to $35 for each month’s set of layouts. If you join us at least 8 of the 10 months,  you will earn a free set of page protectors to put your layouts in and the option of purchasing any album at half price.

Holiday Open House





Join me for a special Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at my home from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm or on Sunday, December 7th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  If you are not local, or can’t make it on those days and would like to purchase some of the cards and gift tags from the buffet or custom jewelry from the jewelry buffet, or the kit to make a custom calendar, let me know and I will be happy to send you a PayPal invoice and mail them to you.

This will be an open house style event, so you may come and go as you please. There will be three great options for you including an “All-You-Can-Make Card & Tag Buffet,” a Custom Jewelry Buffet, and a Custom Perpetual Calendar, perfect for gift giving. This is a great time to make custom holiday gifts, fancy gift tags, fun Christmas cards, and buy CTMH products at discounted prices for yourself or as gifts for your “crafty” friends and family!


Christmas Card & Tag Buffet

Make as many of each card as you like. There will be at least 6 (possibly more) different card designs. (See photos above for some of the cards we will be making.) The cards will be $1.50 each and will include an envelope. Tags are 4 for $1. You may make as many as you like, but please note that they will be on a first come, first served basis, so if you come later during the event, the card designs that you like may be gone. All you need to bring is adhesive and I will provide the rest including pre-cut cardstock, stamp sets, blocks, ink pads, etc.


Custom Jewelry Buffet


Bring your own 1″ x 1″ or 1″ x 1½” photos or use one of the many fun designs that I will have available to create your own necklace pendant or bracelet cuff. There will be a variety of shapes and colors (silver, gold, square, oval, rectangle) available along with lots of different charms to add on if you like. The pricing will be as follows:

$3 – pendant (includes design of your choice and glass cover)
$6 – 30″ gold or silver chain
$1 – charms
$5 – bracelet cuff

Make as many as you like and create your own custom look with the a-la-cart pieces.


Custom Perpetual Calendar

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4″ x 18″ Event Calendar – Simply stamp a cute design at the top of each page, then record all the birthdays, anniversaries, and important dates you need to remember. The Event Calendar can be used year after year! I will supply the Calendar, all stamp sets, accessories and card stock necessary to create your own event calendar.  Cost is $10. Please pre-order your calendar by Dec 1st so I may have your materials on hand.


Cash and Carry Clearance Sale


Purchase new and gently used stamp sets, paper packets, Workshop Kits, embellishments, ribbon, adhesive, home décor items, albums, ink pads, blocks, and MUCH more at special clearance prices!

Contact me if you have any questions, would like more information, or if you plan to join us. Did I mention that everyone who attends will receive a free Seasonal Expressions Mini Idea Book? You won’t want to miss this fun event!

How to contact me:


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