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Looking Back ... Moving Forward

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I just finished looking through my blog for 2012.  I am amazed with the blessings God has given to our family this year.
Little Sprout  Adam and Vanessa's first little one.
Little Bean Little's first Sister

A Miracle! December 21st, after a 6 month fight for his life, my husband's nephew came home.  From the prayer/support group on Facebook ... "MY BROTHER IS COMING HOME TODAY! SUCH A GREAT DAY AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY AND PRAISE FOR IT ALL! MUCH LOVE AND A HEARTFUL OF THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT PRAYED AND CONTINUE TO PRAY SO HARD FOR MY FAMILY---WE WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!!!  P.S. EDDIE IS LEAVING THE NURSING/REHAB CENTER TODAY WITH BELLS ON---LITERALLY! :)"

I've also tried to pick out 12 projects that I ended up really liking for one reason or another.  Here is one project a month I consider my favorites.

January...just for the twinkle in Little's eyes for Santa!
February .. collaborative project with my daughter.
March .…

A Bit of a Holiday Break

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It has been a whirl wind few month and I'm ready for a few days of a computer break.  I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  I'll be back Wednesday with updates and crafty fun.

(Mimi and Little at the SC State Museum's Polar Express Event)
Are you doing One Little Word?  Is there something you do to ready yourself for the New Year?   Leave a comment and if you have a link to something similar to One Little Word (Ali Edwards) I'd love to check that out as well.

For you who need a bit of Magic ....
The Polar Express-Just Believe



For You Who Want to Celebrate...
Handel - Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus
From Andre Rieu's "Live From Radio City Music Hall" in New York City 2004, with the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Harlem Gospel Choir.


I wish everyone of you a Very Merry Christmas.  Now I'm off to enjoy my family and make memories to scrapbook and create idea to make art.

Have a Crafty Kinda Holiday!







Gratitude List
1. all my children and their families
2. …

A Tale of a Scrapbooking Santa

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I have a fun tale, which every photo should have.  With Little there always seems to be a fun, funny, dramatic, or sweet story around her photos.

It was time for Little's annual Santa photo, but this year there were two different things going on.  One, her sister would be in the photo and two, Little was going through a bit of a shyness stage.  I thought one would take care of two.

Don't think so.

Little took a look at Santa and figured this was just not the photo shoot she wanted to participate in.

We finally got her on Santa's lap with her sister and this is the photo my daughter captured.


This is the best Santa in the world.  He never got upset, ran out of patience, or looked bored.  He was truly wanting to help Little.

While my daughter was taking photos and talking to the offical photographers about Little's photos I had a chance to chat with Santa.

I told Santa of the wonderful photo my daughter got last year of him and Little.  And how truly magical it was. 

Scrapbook Awards...I Have To Share!

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I totally love the fun at Scrapbook Awards.  Bascially, ...
The Scrapbook Awards is the only International Awards site dedicated to rewarding and recognizing the creative talents of the scrapbooking community. We aim to offer the ultimate peer recognition and awards for inspiring talent from the novice scrapper to influential designers.

We are the worlds proud barometer for scrapbooking excellence and a hub of inspiration which evolves with the industry.

I've been a member since May 2010.   I have won People's Choice Award 3 times, which is a great honor from my friends, family, and bloggers/Facebook/messageboard friends.  This past contest my great friend Connie Mercer from Crafty Goodies won the overall People's Choice award.  I could not have been prouder.

I just recieved this email ...

Hi Debby,
Congratulations!!!!
Your entry has been awarded first prize in your category by our panel of expert judges. We will contact you shortly with details of your fantastic pri…

I'm Into Christmas Trees!

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This is a post from when I was a guest of Crafty Goodies back at the beginning of the month.  I so wanted to share it with you, so if you missed it here we go with a bit more detail.

It seems every season I make something new for my little kitchen table.It’s more a round bar table, but it reminds me of a place where two friends can share a cup of coffee.

It’s Christmas so time for another centerpiece.
I created a tree from a Styrofoam cone and my scraps.
Ingredients:Bo Bunny paper; Stryrofoam cone; Technique Tuesday tiles FUNdamentals of Snow; Sizzix’s Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Mini Paper Rosettes; Ranger’s Stickles Frosted; Fiskars Round ‘n Round X-Large, Large, Medium, and thumb punch; pins; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments and Baubles; Glossy Accents, Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet;white tulle; Webster’s Pages ruffled ribbon; twin to tie the tulle onto.

This is simple to put together from your scraps.I did not go out and buy anything.The main note to make is when building your tree afte…

Thank You ...and the Winner Is...

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My gift for the past 4 years to my blog readers has been to bring some of my favorite crafters to my blog to share their family traditions and some craftiness to you.  I am excited that this year's blog event for the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays is a great success!  I want to thank some folks before announcing the winner...in no particular order.

My 12 guests for sharing their family, their talent, and at times their deepest struggles.  Working with these talented ladies was a breeze.  I wish I could express in adequate words how much I thank all of you. I encourage you to follow their blog or check out their design team work.  These crafters are a great source of inspiration.
Becky Olsen
Lisa Swift
Kelli Crowe
Jennifer Gallacher
Angela Daniels
Debbie Buckland
Cheryl Mezzetti
Irene Tan
Pam Bray
Irit Shalom
Jen Matott
Cheryl Waters
Thank you to our sponsors for believing in this blog event enough to give of your product and time.  Their blogs and their Facebook page is often filled with …

May Arts Christmas Ornament / Last Day to Enter for Giveaway!

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Although the blog event 12 Days of Home for the Holidays is completed, there is still time to enter the contest for an awesome giveaway sponsored by ...

Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet 12x12 paper pad; both sets of coordinating stickers; Ornate Metal Keys; Ornate Metal Key Holes; Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples
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 Stick
May Arts Red and Green Center Strip 25 yards; Jute 400 yards; Mini-Pom Poms 30 yards; Velvet 50 yards; Cotton Strip 30 yards
Sizzix The New Tim Holtz Texture Fades;They include: 658269 Holly Pattern  Wreath Set;658273 Brush Poinsettias Winter Berries Set;658270 Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set; and 658272 Holly Branch Pine Branch Set
I've listed all the links on the upper, right side of t…

12 Days of Home for the Holidays Welcomes Cheryl Waters

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Welcome Cheryl, multi-talented, loving crafter and person. Many crafters know Cheryl as founding Fiskateer Lead, Fiskars Crafting Ambassador, and now Fiskateer Legend. Cheryl now owns her own crafting business at Artsy Findings Shop. Cheryl has a deep commitment to sharing her talent and time with others through her charity work and is well known for her involvement in Brave Girl's Club. I hope you find new and renewed inspiration from Cheryl and her Holiday Tradition of Gratitude.
A Tradition of Gratitude Traditions are such an important part of each culture and people group.I love that each of us have unique traditions that we pass down that help make us who we are as a family and individual.Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are rich in traditions for my family and I.It is a time that we cherish all that the past year has brought and look forward to what the new year holds.
Some of you may celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza.I feel that this a tradition that can transcend to any way you c…

12 Days of Home for the Holidays Welcomes Jen Matott

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Jen came to my attention while I was following an online event for Faber-Castell...her art is incredible, along with her blog.  Jen is a designer/educator for Faber-Castell (their Art Jouranling kit is on my Christmas wish list...!) and Prima Marketing, along with many more companies.  You can see more on her blog.  I'm privileged to Welcome Jen Matott!

 In my family, Christmas is a very big deal!  I grew up with traditions that start the day after Thanksgiving with putting up the tree and decorations, shopping for the perfect gift that will make our loved one's smile, and a variety of holiday family get-together, cookie baking, story reading, wrapping presents and more.  It was a magical time as a child. My mother made it special because her mother made it special for her.

My Nana loved Christmas time.  She went all out every year with an explosion of holiday decor, baking, presents, caroling, and celebrating!  I treasured each and everything that she did.  Those decorations …