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I don't have a lot to share with you today but I did want to announce a personal accomplishment of mine as well as announce our winner of Group A Spellbinders Blog Candy Giveaway.

First of all it has taken me longer to get back with you all because I have been adjusting to a life-changing event.  For the first time in almost 50 years I do not have a job! This is all so foreign to me and I am at a loss of what to do next.

Its bittersweet, and yet I feel like I've lost a loved one or a family or something...who would grieve not having to get up at o'dark thirty to drive 30 minutes to a job to stress over for 9 hours and then drive another 30 minutes to get home to plan to repeat the same stressful day all over again.  Just silly ole me I guess.

So it is my intent after this initial shock, to embrace this new found freedom and opportunities with a grateful attitude.  And to start this off I am going to share a card of "Thankfulness" with everyone that was inspired by Lexi Cards. Thanks Lexi.

Introducing "Lomasi" an adorable little image by Sylvia Zet for Wee Stamps.

I colored her up with copics and stuck with different shades of my two favorite color combinations, aqua and chocolate.

I do like browns because they blend so well with so many colors just like whites and blacks.  At first I thought I would use lavendar but then decided to stick with Aqua.  I used four different patterned papers from MME collection, the flowers are WOC, and the leaves and flourish come from Marianne Designs.

The inside like the front is layered with browns and aqua just to maintain continuity.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

DRS Challenge Thursday - #199 Pile it High (11/11)
Digital Delights - Monthly Challenge#4 (11/11)
Crafty Girls - Creations Challenge #8 (11/16)
Aud Sentiments - Challenge #144 Bingo + a Sentiment (pattern paper, digi stamp, favorite color) (11/16)

Now for my last announcement and that is the winner of Group A Blog Candy Giveaway.  The first winner never claimed their prize so I added it back into the pot and our winner selected by Random Generator is:

Entry #7
Congratulations Maxine D.!

Thanks for your comment:

Gorgeous Christmas cards Lesia, 
love the way you have made the most 
of the paper in the second card.


Claim your prize via email to 
before Thursday, November 12th.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by
Come again real soon
Hugs From Texas

Christmas Goal Met

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Well I'm back and am proud to say that I've met my goal of creating 10 Christmas cards this year, in fact I passed my goal with a whopping 15 cards...Yeah!!!

I have two cards to share with you today and I hope you like them, but before we go any further please make sure you have your name on my blog candy giveaway.  Just click here to jump over there to add your name and then come back to see what I've created to share with you.

Here we have Marci with Hot Coco from La-La Crafts and she is really adorable. Actually I like all the images in the Marci and Luke series.

She was colored with copics (my first coloring choice) as usual. The paper collection I used is MME Christmas Noel.

I used paper from the same collection and added remnants from the front to embellish the inside which is a great way to waste nothing.

Entering the following:
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes (11/04)
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes (11/04)

My second card I think falls in the category of being a clean and simple (CAS) card.

It didn't take long to make at all...very easy and quick. 

I embossed the first layer to add a bit of texture and then I used one of the journal tags from the paper collection as my focal point.

I adhered it to a mat and that completed the front of this Clean and Simple card.

On the inside I tried to keep it as simple as I possibly could.
I embossed and border punched a few scraps from the front and that created the inside for my card.  

Entering the Following:
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes Christmas (11/05)
Crazy For Challenges - Anything Goes Christmas (11/25)
Allsorts Challenges - Christmas (11/05)

Well, that's all I have for you for now.

When we set our clocks back tonight I am going to use Random Generator to select a winner for Group A of the Blog Candy Giveaway (since the winner never claimed it) so make sure your name is on the list.

Click on the link I gave above or simply click the image in my sidebar to go and add your name. Don't forget to tell me what you think about my creations...I love reading your comments and yep I appreciate tips and suggestions as well.

Thanks for Stopping By
Sending Hugs From Texas

Flip Mini Album

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I decided to pull out an old tutorial I had stashed away so I could make a quick Christmas Mini Album. I thought this was an easy and fun one when I first tried and I still think it is, therefore I am going to share the tutorials with you just in case you'd like to give it a go.

There's lots of space in this mini so I've taken a few photos just to give you an idea (if you haven't seen it) because it has been out for a while. 

Although it only measures 6 x 6 it has lots of space for pockets and photos. You can also easily adjust the spine if you'd want a thicker mini.

I created mine with a half inch spine because I didn't plan on having a lot of embellishments inside and I have about 15-20 photos I want to add to it.

It is perfect for holding those special event photos such as a baby shower or birthday or road trip.

The items I used were the Tim Holtz lamp post die, a memory box doily die, chipboard from the paper collection, WOC flowers, stickles, gesso, a few pearls of course Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas paper collection.

There are lots of flips and folds so I want to share just a few with you.

When you first open the mini you have your first 3-way layout. I added a pocket for photos and on the side flaps I am showing how you could use them for journaling or another pocket.

Next I skip to the third layout (just to save time and photos).

On this page or layout I added a pocket once again for photos (and yes I do plan to add a mat the black pocket) On the double flaps I decided to keep them together with eyelet closures.

This is the last photo I have of my mini but there are two more layouts in this mini.

Here you can see how it looks with the flaps open and the two center flaps closed down. There is room on each side for more photos and journaling.

So there you have my first Christmas Mini Album this year.  I have seen it created by several different crafters with variations but the two individuals whom I have followed are Gloria and Zina.

Leave your comments below and let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping By
Hugs and Kisses from Texas

Although they are very similar there are some differences. I've made them both and was pleased with the results of each. 

Below are links directly to the tutorials as well as a link to Gloria's video. There are printable instructions on Gloria's blog and the photo will take you there.

Link to Zina's Blog:
My Scrap and I

Link to Gloria's Blog: 
Scraps of Life:
(look for the printable instructions link)

Link to Gloria's YouTube Video tutorial:
Mini Flip Book By Gloria:

Christmas Cards

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I don't really have a lot to say today so this post will be short especially for me.  First of all the weekend has been surprisingly pleasant with cooler temperatures and gentle breezes throughout the day.  Absolutely perfect for sitting outside and drinking tea or watching my Yorkie-Poo run around chasing birds.  I really do love this time of year, although its not always the best for my allergies...but today all is well and I sit here with my ice tea and my laptop enjoying the beauty God has granted us.

So now to move quickly to the card I have to share with you.  Every year I vouch to make 10-15 cards to either give to others, share at the nursing homes or to sale and this is my latest one.  

I still have more to make but this particular one is ready to be shared because it was quick and easy to make. I found my inspiration on pinterest and I think the lady's name was Cathy, a Stampin Up demonstrator.

I created this card using mostly card-stock in white, green, red and green.  I added some a bit of designer paper from an old Graphic 45 collection called "Christmas Emporium" 

I matted and layered my card-stock and added embossing to the second mat and layer set. The embossing folder was "dots" from Spellbinders (I think that was the name). 

On the next matted layer, I stamped one of the trees that is part of the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp collection from Stampin Up. I'm not sure that you can find this collection because I think it is about 4 or 5 years old.

I've had it for a very long time but I love it and every year I pull it out to make my Christmas cards. There are tons of ideas for this collection on pinterest and Youtube.

I couldn't figure out what to do on the inside so I carried over the Graphic 45 paper with all its hollies. 

Because of all the hollies on the paper I thought it needed something plain but interesting so I added a second iteration of the stamp and layered a mat as a space for a personal message to complete my card. 

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Antique Roadshow -use oldest stamp (10/22)
Crazy 4 Challenges - Sketch #308 (10/31)
Catch the Bug - October Bingo Challenge (ribbon, 3 layers, Pearls) (10/24)
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Wild Woods (10/23)

Okay that's all I had to share for today, except I do need to identify my comment winner so let me do that now.

I do enjoy reading your comments and I know it takes time to read and even more time to comment so occasionly I like to say thank you.  Although I appreciate all of you, I can only give away one gift certificate.  

Selected from the comments 
on my post "Back to Copics
the winner of a 
Mo Manning gift voucher is: 
Dawn Lancaster!
Contact me before Sunday, October 25th at

Spooky Cuties

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Hello everyone.  October is almost over and the weather is finally cooling down to tolerable temperatures which is fabulous. Soon it will be time for the little goblins, princesses, fairies and super-heroes to make their rounds gathering treats here and there. I personally enjoy hearing the words "trick or treat" coming from the smallest of the little creatures at my door. They barely know the words but there they stand ready to get whatever treat they can.  It only last a few hours where I live and that works for me, but until then let me continue forward.

I have a few Halloween cards from years past to share with you. I pulled them out and thought I would add them to my store just in case someone was looking to purchase one and to share just in case you never got to see them or perhaps they can give a bit of inspiration.  At any rate, here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Okay, I think the image is from Bugaboo and is called "Happy Hween Cat" silouette.

The fence and the lamp post were created using dies and the paper is from MME.

As always I followed through to the inside.
This way I don't waste anything. Even the scraps were used to create a light on the lamp post and I used the extra from the fence die as well. 

This little cutie is from Tiddlyinks and she was colored with copics of course. 

I think the hair was supposed to be a not-to-orange color. A cutie but witchy style. 
You may need to look closely to see that the paper comes from the same collection as the front. 

Here you see more of it unlike the front that is covered with embellishments and of course the image.

I hope sharing a bit of my past has inspired you or maybe made you smile.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to come back next week to see if you're the winner of my "Comments" giveaway.

Since our first winner did not claim their prize I am going to select an alternate winner for that group of dies as well, so we still have Spellbinder Dies from Group A and Group D left to giveaway so make sure your name is on the giveaway list.

As always thanks for stopping by.
Hugs from Texas

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