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2011 One Little Word
Ali Edwards has posted her annual One Little Word.  I've chosen a word each year to help me define and reach my goal for the upcoming year.  Last year it was Determined:
2009 One Little Word
I'm excited about the direction my Word, Time, is taking me in 2011.

TIME to worship God
TIME for Jimmy
TIME for friends
TIME to take care of Me
Less TIME worrying & more TIME trusting God
TIME to Celebrate Life
TIME for my creative expression

I'm still working on my book and hope to finish it by Monday!  Here is one of the pages for my mini-book:

Along with One Little Word I was challenged by Cheryl Waters, Lead Fiskateer (Fiskars) to set goals for the next10 years.  This led me to look into who I want to become in the long run.  It will be hard and I hope my One Little Word will help me each year to fulfill my 10 year goals.

The front of the tag is my topic and my goals are on the back of the tags.  This was truly a challenge to think that far ahead. 

Here are the link…

It's a Winter Wonderland!

I am from the midlands of South Carolina...middle of the state.  Upstate sees snow much more than we do.  Matter-of-fact this year is the first year to have two years of snow.  Yes we were part of the huge snow storm of the east over the weekend.  I know that the states in the north are still have a very rough time. 

Everyone had to work yesterday so I had to play in the snow by myself.  Hopefully, someone will play with me this morning as we got another round of snow yesterday evening.  The photos were early on in the snow day and the wind was so cold with the snow pelting down I didn't play long. Here are a few photos from my snow day!

 The branch reminds me of Tim Holtz's Alteration tree.

Jimmy made me a little Snowman and brought it in the house for me to decorate before he went to work.  FYI:  my son saved the snowman by taking it back outside and placing it on the side of the grill.  LOL

Recap on my Christmas
I had a wonderful time with my family.  We rarely get everyone …

Merry Christmas!

I wish for you Blessings and Wonderment this Christmas Season.  Thank you bloggers for a fun Holiday Season with the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays and checking out my Christmas Tags!  I hope you enjoy your Christmas celebrating the Birth of God's Son, Jesus!

I'm taking a blogging break to be with my family through the rest of the week.  I'll be back on Monday!

A bit of a video for you and especially a gift to my mother.

Gratitude List
1.  the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ
2.  His overwhelming, generous, unconditional love
3.  grace that saw it's way clear to send Jesus, God's Son
4.  the praise of the angels
5.  the worship of all around Jesus at His birth and years since.

Thank you Father for all and more you have given me.

Queen of heARTs Erika Taylor!

Happy Holidays everyone. Erika Taylor here today to share with you one of my favorite moments of Christmas Eve. We are of Scandinavian decent, so Christmas Eve is the night of all of our traditions and festivities. Since my wonderful husband Mark and I married, I’ve made him a special Christmas gift. One year it was 35 scrolls wrapped in ribbon with things I love about his character. Another year was a coffee press filled with hearts and each heart had “I Love You” written in different languages. In 2008, I created an album for him with all of the reasons I know he is a good father. I love this man more than words, but every Christmas, I try to let him know just how much!

When it is time to open his gift, the whole room melts away and we have our few moments alone so to speak. My mom caught this thank you on film.

I loved the dreamy faces on so many of the images of the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line and knew they would be the perfect fit for this photo. I distressed the edges of…

Christmas Gift Card Holder

I've spent the last three days in traffic, eating Christmas Tree cakes, drinking Starbucks' Carmel Brulee Latte, going to church, wrapping presents, spending time with my children, but most of all a wonderful time with my husband.  He works and rarely takes time off.  Jim took the last three days off and I feel like we've gone to Hawaii and back, without the warm weather.  LOL  I'm blessed with my family!!

 After Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas was over I felt bummed.  LOL I was reading Wendy Vecchi's blog, Studio 490, and she had posted a fun tag created to be a gift CASH holder from a #8 Tag.  Whoo Hoo I was excited.  I pulled out all my inks and stamps and proceeded to make three Gift Cash Tags.  Just like Wendy said, after the first one they are easy.

I wanted to make this same style tag for a gift CARD holder but the #8 Tag is too small.  So like all good crafters you figure it out.

I have 9" x 12" Manila "tag" paper.  I make all my #8 tags.…


I was a winner!  No I did not win "something," but I did win a beautiful time in my studio making Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.  My family gave me "space," my husband inspected every night, and I posted them each day to the Fiskateers gallery.  It was like an event in and of itself. 

Looking at my tags you would think I have too much product...well, we won't go there.  Truly I did a lot of hand cutting.  Two of the tags have baubles on the ribbon and I put a pair of old costume earrings!  I didn't have the ribbon Tim used, but you can do the same on some silk ribbon and then heat it with a heat gun and it will curl up!  I saw one Fiskateer use snaps in the place of brads and washers.  Tami Bayer did ATC cards and another Fiskateer made Christmas cards out of each one.  I saw so many on Facebook it was hard not to be INSPIRED!

I hope you will join in the fun next year OR Tim archives them each year and you can go back anytime to make your style of T…

Hi Connie!

With all that's being on around Debby's Dare I didn't not want you to miss one of our Queens of the heART of Scrapbooking.

I love Connie's projects (pssst...she is being published in Magazine using 3 of Debby's Design Tags...Congrats Connie!).  Connie Mercer's work continues to amaze me.  If you want more of Connie check out her blog Crafty Goodies.

Check out these projects...

Title: she loves to create

Supply list:
Cardstock: American crafts/Forrest Weave
Pattern paper: Graphic45/Steampunk Debuntante Collection
Letter stickers: American Crafts/AdornIt
Embellishments: Jillibean soup, bazzill basics, 7gypsies tags
Miscellaneous: buttons, trim, stick pin, felt heart.

1. I double matted my cardstock to my inside pattern paper after cutting off 1/2" on two sides of the pattern paper.
2. I then took a die cut piece of paper and made a pattern and then cut my shape out of the Steampunk pattern paper. I used half of the shape~then machine…

Did You Miss It? Giveaway

I had a blast during the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays!  Everyone who participated are fantastic crafters and very wonderful people.  BUT did you miss it?  Well I've listed below all 12 bloggers and the link to their post.  Check out the bloggers and come back to this post and leave a comment.  Friday I'll randomly draw one name to win a $20.00 gift certificate to the heART of Scrapbooking

12 Days of Home for the Holidays Bloggers and Blog Posts:

Tami Bayer Lindsey Moore, Cosmo Cricket Tami Bayer, Fiskars/Fiskateers
Jennifer Stewart, The Simple Things

Amy Coon
Amy Coon, The Paper Life
Laura Bray, katydiddys
Jen Martakis,  Jen Martakis Designs

Cristal Hobbs, aka Pinky Cristal Hobbs, Much Ado About Nothing
Connie Mercer, heART of Scrapbooking Design Queen

Lisa Fulmer Lisa Fulmer, C&T Publishing
Margie Romney-Aslett, The Girls' Paperie
Susan Gray, Creating Everyday

Diane Shultz, Graphic 45

On a Family Note:
We received a special letter just in time for Christmas.  This is what the b…

12 Days of Home for the Holidays: Day 12 with Diane Schultz

It's Day 12.  Can you believe the time has gone so fast?  The month has started off with warm memories, traditions, recipes, and crafts.  Sounds perfect.  Well, I'm not finished yet.  Today's guest, Diane Schultz CEO - Designer, Graphic 45 is an incredibly awesome woman...talented is not even the best word for her!  Her vision of designing art for paper in the scrapbooking/altered art world changed the direction of designs across the industry.  On top of all she has accomplished throughout her life she is a warm and fun person.  Here's an example of a fun photo of me and Diane at CHA.  I love how crazy the whole crew is for Graphic 45.  Talk about inspiration!

Welcome Diane Schultz!

Magic of the Holidays

I grew up in an amazing family, my parents loved the holidays and festive traditional celebrations were a big part of my childhood. Many of those traditions have been passed down to my children and grandchildren. As I leave to travel to my oldest son and his family’s h…

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays: It's Suz Gray aka. craftysuz!

Welcome to my special guest Suz Gray.  Suz has an awesome blog with so many creative ideas.  Of course I met Suz in a chat for a webinar and found her full of energy and creative spirit.  I've enjoyed her holiday traditions post. 

Welcome Suz Gray

I'm Suz Gray.... "craftysuz" is how most of my scrappy friends know me.  The holidays have always been a very special time to me because they are all about family & traditions.  Even those loved ones who are no longer with us physically can be there in some way by doing the things we did with them.  My Grandma was one of the most special people in my life.  We shared a name (she's Sue), likes & personality.  She knew me better than anyone else.

Grami taught me to cook & bake. She had the smallest kitchen - the refrigerator couldn't even fit in there it was in the dining room. But that didn't stop her from making the most amazing food you ever ate. She taught me the traditions of her mother & gra…

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays with Margie Romney-Aslett

I still remember the day when Margie announced her very own line of scrapbooking/crafting products with Advantus.  I was excited, especially when we all got to see glimpses of her line.  Margie has taught around the world and worked for some of the most well know scrapbooking companies.  I believe what she is best known for by her students is her laughter!  I don't know Margie personally, but I know of her via the internet, the industry, and her heart is one of caring and loving.  Check out her sites and her personal blog.  She is a truly an incredibly talented and gifted artist. 

Welcome Margie Romney-Aslett

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year...

I love all of it...

I love to decorate my home...

I love Christmas music...

I love Christmas shopping...

I love making gifts...

I love cooking favorite foods...

I love celebrating with friends and family...

The holidays are a special time for me and my family...

I grew up in a home where traditions were very important duri…

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays: Welcome Lisa Fulmer!

Today is Day 9.  Isn't that incredible?  The month is moving very fast.  The word is out that it might snow here in SC...hmmm we'll see.

Today my guest is C&T Publishing Marketing Manager Lisa Fulmer.  Better yet she is an extraordinary artist.  We've found ourselves on different message boards, chats, and webinars.  I was able to meet her at CHA which was a blast.  Yes, she is a ball of energy and certainly knows how to laugh. 

Welcome Lisa Fulmer!

I love making Christmas cards each year. I love receiving them too! I'm not much into decorating my home beyond a simple tree, so the cards I receive from family and friends serve as my holiday decor. I place a few on the coffee table, the end table, near the television, on the bookshelf.

But I can't bear to throw them out in January. Not that I am so terribly sentimental (lol), they are all just so pretty - even the super economy cards have glitter and embossing. So a few years ago I decided to recycle them and a…