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Let's Get Started! / Giveaway Reveal for 12 Days of Home for the Hoidays

Tomorrow morning...3 am eastern time to be precise....12 Days of Home for the Holidays starts for the 4th year.  I'm totally excited.  It's time to get the word out and let your friends know.  Can you image the Christmas Crafting party you could have with your friends with this giveaway?

I said I would share the sponsored giveaway with you so let's break it down to it's most wonderful parts.

Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet 12x12 paper pad; both sets of coordinating stickers; Ornate Metal Keys; Ornate Metal Key Holes; Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples
May Arts (as pictured) Red and Green Center Strip 25 yards; Jute 400 yards; Mini-Pom Poms 30 yards; Velvet 50 yards; Cotton Strip 30 yards
X-ACTO X-ACTO Designer Series 9’’ Fixed Blade; X-ACTO Designer Series Precision Scissors; X-ACTO Designer Series Corner Punch; X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster; X-ACTO Designer Series Shapes Templates; CraftBond Glue Spots; CraftBond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen; CraftBond All Purpose Glue …

We Are Down To Just 2 Days!

If this is your first time in a while to D's Paper Studio you will find that we are in countdown mode to one of the most fun and fabulous blog events of the season...12 Days of Home for the Holidays!

12 Crafters from our talented arts and crafts community at large...
12 Days of Holiday Traditions...
12 Holiday Crafts (at least 12) ...
12 Days to get your name in several fabulous giveaways...
1 Blog...D's Paper Studio

Tomorrow I'll reveal out sponsored giveaway and the name of our first guest for Saturday, December 1st!  I'm totally excited.

You can join up on Facebook for 12 Days of Home for the Holidays blog event to get sneaks and reactions to each day's guest.  Check it out here... 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.

Our Sweet Littlest Santa Baby!

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  time, a real gift
2.  Jay
3.  wonderfully cool weather
4.  God's unimaginable gift of His Son
5.  Grace

And The Time Draws Near!

This is crazy!  Three days away and I'm too excited to sleep.  It's almost like Christmas morning.  I'm really excited about the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.

Here's a challenge:  get your online girlfriends (or guy friends) together. Check out each day's guest post and
...create the craft each guest presents
...share your own family Holiday traditions with each other
...create the beginning of a new family tradition

and the list could go on.

Here is a recap about the 4th Annual 12 Days of Home for the HolidaysStarting December 1st and running through December 12th one special crafty guest will share their family holiday traditions.  They will share about their family traditions with their children, their extended family, and with their craft.

If you are having a hard time waiting check out the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays Archive.  Tab near the top of the blog or CLICK HERE.

 Aly Dosdall's post last year was full of crafty tradition.  Check out h…

It's Nearly Time!

Oh, yes the countdown to the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays continues.  I'm getting more excited as the days go by.  Can you believe December 1st is this Saturday? 

12 Days of Home for the Holidays
12 crafty guests, 12 traditions, 12 crafts (and more), and more Holiday spirit than you can nearly pack into 12 days.  Starting December 1st and running through December 12th one special crafty guest will share their family holiday traditions.  They will share about their family traditions with their children, their extended family, and with their craft.  It is a real blast.

Also, we have four fabulous sponsors that have come together for one fabulous giveaway!  It will take your breath away.  One of my guests is also offering a special giveaway.  This is going to be one incredible blog event!  Mark your calendar and make plans to spend a few minutes each of the 12 days right here.

Mimi's Santa Baby!
This is one of my newest grandbabies getting ready for Santa!

Have a Crafty Day!


Countdown Resumed!

While I was at my daughter's last week I realized that this past Saturday was not going to be December 1st.  This is one of those odd 5 Thursdays months.  I was in the middle of getting everything ready to put up my Christmas tree and counting down the days until the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.  I was nearly in a panic trying to get everything done.  Then the relief flooded my heart when I was corrected that December 1st is this Saturday. 

I will finish my decorations and my Christmas tree this week.

The 12 Days of Home for the Holidays blog event begins this Saturday, December 1st and runs until December 12th. 

Starting this Saturday stop by for a few minutes to read about some of the crafting industries favorite crafters and their families' holiday traditions.  Honestly, I'm having a blast reading about the traditions that might surprise you and seeing all the fun crafts and tutorials.  

Now let the countdown begin again!

Wednesday I will be posting the giveaway …

Happy Thanksgiving

Little says "Thank you, Mimi."
Mimi:  "You're Welcome, Little."

This 20 month old teaches everyone around her the importance of thanksgiving.  Never in general, but specifics.  "Thank you, Mimi" for putting on her shoes, reading a book, serving her lunch..."Thank you, Mimi."  Sweeter words were never spoken.

I hope you remember all those you love and are close to you this Thanksgiving.  Remember a moment that is special, tell them, and say "Thank you, ...."

To you, I am thankful for the times you come and read my blog, sharing my adventures of life and craft.  Thank you, bloggers for leaving comments that are encouraging and loving.  I am thankful for the friendships I've found from D's Paper Studio.  Thank you manufactures for all the sponsored giveaways...having confidence in what I do here.  Thank you designers and special guest bloggers for all the time you put into your craft and words.

To my family....

Mom, thank you f…

Vintage Circus Layout / Countdown Begins!

Little (my granddaughter) recently went to a 1930's Circus Birthday Party.  It was a wonderful party with full creative decor.  When I saw the photos of Little, taken by Tabitha Safdi Photography, I was inspired by the decor from the party to do a vintage circus theme layout.

Of course your know I used Graphic 45's Le Cirque.

Ingredients:  Graphic 45 Le Cirque's paper collection, WeRMemory Keepers twine; Tim Holtz letters, vintage photo distress ink; Ranger stickles; Fiskars Jenni Bowlin banner squeeze punch; vintage ribbon; Fiskars mirco-tip scissors; X-ACTO series z craft knife; Dymo clear label tape

I used a piece of clip art as my template for the circus tent.The banners were created by using a narrow piece of paper in the squeeze punch so to just punch out the tip giving me a small banner.
This was one fun layout to create.  It is simple but detailed with the focus on Little and her circus nose!

5 days 11 days until the most inspirational, person…

Halloween, Baby, and Tutorial...and All That Jazz!

It's a hodge podge of creativity today.  So here we go...

This is the last of my Halloween layouts.  This is my next to the oldest granddaughter.  We spent Trick or Treat night with her and her family.  We walked, ran, played throughout the whole neighborhood.  It was fun to see the adults getting into the fun with the kids.  The kids were very creative.  One thing about H and her friend...they never got tired.  Unlike Meme and Papa.  LOL

Ingredients:  Graphic 45's Happy Haunting Halloween paper collection, die cut letters; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink; Graphic 45 project sheet.

I subscribe to Graphic 45's newsletter and they regularly add project sheets for their subscribers.  I couldn't pass this up.

Fun note:  none of my paper was "whole."  I had cut images from all the papers.  So I pieced it together and the paper layering took care of most if the "holes" I had created cutting out and making my own embellishments.

To subscribe …

Ticket Photos Element Tutorial

I've seen these pretty ticket style photos around.  Sort of a photo booth style photo series.  They were professionally created.  I was determined to create my own ticket photo strip and make it vintage style.  So here we go.

This is my granddaughter little Ali that was born in August.  This was her first professional photo shoot.

Click on any photo to enlarge and see details 
Ingredients: Graphic 45’s Little Darling paper collection; embossing: Sizzix/Basic Grey Peppermint Twists & Scallops; die cut: Sizzix/ Tim Holtz Alterations Ticket Strip; banner:Prima/Donna Downy banner; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and Alpha Parts Newsprint; We R Memory Keepers Twine; title:Ali Edwards’ rub on; other elements:Queen and Co pearls; Graphic 45 Little Darlings chipboard button; Wilton Doilies; Ranger Archival Ink Coffee; stamps: Fiskars; tools:Cuttlebug die cut machine; Fiskars micro-tip scissors; Fiskars Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punch; 1934 Royal KHM typewriter
How to Cr…

My Week of Excitement and Love

Thank you bloggers for visiting during my busy week.  I love the inspiration from my guests.  Granddaughter number 5 was born this past Monday with much celebration from both sets of grandparents!  The baby is great and so is mama.

I wanted to share a few photos especially the ones with Little and her new sister. 

Little with her baby sister.
She has some beautiful dark hair and blue eyes.  She is perfect!
Meme and with newest granddaughter!  I just want to kiss and hug her everyday.
I hope we can get all the grands together soon...maybe Thanksgiving...for a photo.  My life is full and I'm very happy.  Imagine all the craftness I'm in for.
If you enjoyed this weeks inspiration don't forget to mark your calendar for December 1-12 to visit D's Paper Studio for the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.  I have some incredible guests and one awesome giveaway.
A friend of mine from our crafting community has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I would encourage you to vis…

Welcome My Guest Maya Oren-Dahan

I "met" Maya through Fiskateers and have always loved reading her blog with her family adventures and very creative projects.  I know you find some wonderful inspiration today and check out Maya's blog, Chronicles, for even more inspiration. 

From Maya

When Debby asked me to write a guest post I knew I wanted to share a Hanukkah project. We take a lot of pictures during the eight days of Hanukkah - pictures of food, gifts, people, menorahs and more food. My favorites are pictures of candles. There is something magical in looking at the flickering candle fire. That is one of those rare moments when I feel connected to my ancestors.

After giving it some thought I decided to make a mini book, but not just any mini book - a star mini book. Years ago I took a class from Big Picture Classes (Big Picture Scrapbooking at that time) By Tena Sprenger. The class project was a hand sewn star mini book. I made one with pictures of my babies and it is one of my most favorite mini…