Christmas Cards 6-7

8 Dec

Every year, I like to buy a few cut apart sheets for making my Christmas cards.
Yesterday, I shared the cards I made with my Carta Bella paper, and today and tomorrow I am sharing some of ones I made with this sheet from Kaiser Craft:

Kaisercraft P2611 12 x 12 in. Merry Peace & Joy Paper

It was actually almost painful to use the cut apart side as the other side was so gorgeous. Why won’t I learn to get two pieces of papers like this???? 🙂
Anyway, here are two of the cards I made with this sheet:

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Kaiser Craft; Other: Stickles
I kept the cards simple, and only added Stickles to the berries on both cards.
These were such easy cards to make, but I really like how they turned out.
I am entering these cards into the following challenges:
Merry Little Christmas challenge #17:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog

Crafty Hazelnut’s challenge #467:

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Simon Says Stamp Traditional Christmas challenge:

The Twelve Months of Christmas challenge #60:

Stayed tuned for more cards tomorrow!

Christmas Cards 3-5

7 Dec

Every year, I like to buy a few cut apart sheets for making my Christmas cards.
This year I chose this beautiful one from Carta Bella:

CBCH89010 4x6 Journaling Cards

I should have gotten more than one sheet, because I love how these simple cards turned out!
Here are three of the cards I made with this sheet:

Supplies: Card Stock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Carta Bella; Other: Stickles
I kept all of the cards very simple, with only matted layers. It is hard to see, but on the second and third cards I did add Stickles to the snowflakes, tree, lights and berries.
It adds just the right amount of sparkle to these cards, and I really like how they turned out.
I am entering these cards into the following challenges:
Merry Little Christmas challenge #17:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog

Crafty Hazelnut’s challenge #467:

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Simon Says Stamp Traditional Christmas challenge:

The Twelve Months of Christmas challenge #60:

Stayed tuned for more cards tomorrow!

Christmas Card #2

6 Dec

Today’s card is another Lawn Fawn card:

Supplies: Dies, Stamps, and Patterned Paper are all Lawn Fawn except for the pine tree die, which I got from Ebay.
I do love to make scenes on my Christmas cards. If I had more time, they would all be like this, but there never is enough time, is there? Oh well. 🙂
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Merry Little Christmas challenge #17:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog

Crafty Hazelnut’s challenge #466:

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Lawn Fawnatics #66:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Badge

Simon Says Stamp Traditional Christmas challenge:

The Twelve Months of Christmas challenge #60:

Stayed tuned for more cards coming tomorrow!

Christmas Card #1!

5 Dec

OK, I KNOW I am seriously late in posting my Christmas cards, but at least I am posting them! 🙂
So, without further ado, here is card number one:

Supplies: Dies, Stamps, and Patterned Paper are all Lawn Fawn except for the pine tree die, which I got from Ebay.
I love how this card turned out-more of a wintery color palette, but it works!
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Merry Little Christmas challenge #17:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog

Crafty Hazelnut’s challenge #466:

Please feel free to copy to your sidebar

Lawn Fawnatics #66:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Badge

Simon Says Stamp Traditional Christmas challenge:

The Twelve Months of Christmas challenge #60:

I hope you liked this card as much as I do.
Stayed tuned for another card coming tomorrow!

Wednesday Words

4 Dec
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November Books

3 Dec

This year, I am on a mission to read more books!
My goal is 150, and I am a bit behind. I really didn’t read too much in November, but here are the books I did read:
1. More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer-This was OK. Too much romance for me, and also it was really hard to tell which time period it was written in. It was written like a modern novel, but was set in the old west, which was kind of strange to try to follow.
2. A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz-Super good. Very well-written, interesting, and just really, really good. I highly recommend this one if you like historical fiction.
3. The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi-this was a kid Christmas book. It was OK. Nice to read, but I wouldn’t buy it.
4. The Reindeer Wish by Lori Evert-this was another book in the wish series. I read the first last month, and this one was pretty good. I think this series is starting to grow on me. I like the photography especially.
5. The Polar Bear Wish by Lori Evert-another in the wish series. I might end up buying these books after all. They are kind of fun.
6. Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney-this is book two in the series. My youngest is totally into these books, and the library didn’t have this one on CD, so I read it aloud to him. I can see why he likes them-it’s a cute series.
7. Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin-this was a read aloud with the kiddos for history. It was really good-totally worth the read-especially if you are studying the American Revolution. Very good.
And, yep-that’s it! Scary low amount of books, but I am going to blame a week of jury duty, making Christmas cards, and lots of family over for Thanksgiving. Works for me! 🙂
So that’s all the books for November, and now I have read 133 books for the year so far. Not sure if I will make my goal-the end of the year is approaching fast-but I have read a few already this month, so we will see!
Stay tuned for one final book post for this year at the end of December!

Book Review-Protecting Tanner Hollow

1 Dec

Protecting Tanner Hollow was written by Lynette Eason and contains four short stories.
Summary: Each story centers around a different person living in Tanner Hollow. And in each, the main character discovers that someone is out to kill them.
The stories are packed with action and drama as the characters struggle to determine not only who is after them, but why, and how to survive-with a little romance thrown in along the way.
My Thoughts: This was my favorite book by Lynette Eason so far. I really liked the format of a shorter story, yet intertwining the characters into the next story, and then the next.
Even though each story is short, there is still plenty of action throughout, and each story has great characters, interesting plot lines, and keeps you on a roller coaster until the very end.
The fourth story does contain characters from the author’s previous Blue Justice series, but it is not necessary to have read the series in order to enjoy the story.
My only criticism is one I had with each of the Blue Justice series books-in the fourth story there are too many characters to keep straight because the St. John family is just so big.
Otherwise though, these are some really fun stories. This book would make the perfect gift, a great take-along for vacation, or even just something fun to curl up with for the weekend. I recommend it, and would purchase it for myself.
As always, I would like to thank Revell for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Thank you!