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Christmas Pines Noel

 We are just 92 days away from Christmas!   

For some of you that makes you nervous. For others, like myself, you're super excited.  Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year.  

I love the decorations, the music, church services, buying and wrapping gifts, baking and spending time with family and friends.  It's the one time a year that I feel peaceful.  

Part of the reason I enjoy the holidays so much is that I begin to prepare well in advance.  This year we will be spending Thanksgiving with my Mom and step Dad in Las Vegas. My typical Black Friday is spent decorating our home and six (yes, I said 6!) Christmas trees.  Since we won't be here I'll be starting early.  I started my shopping early, too.  All three of my great nephews gifts are bought.  I've even gotten a few things for Boo's stocking.   

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With only 93 days to go I thought you would enjoy a free tutorial to create this beautiful Noel card.  It features the new red and green metallic thread and the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder. This picture doesn't capture the shimmer but it's stunning! 

And, for those of you wanting to make your Christmas cards this year let me give you a little free, unsolicited advice.  

  1. Keep it simple.  Cards just like this one are beautiful because of the little things like the metallic thread and embossed background.  You certainly don't have to heat emboss if you're making 100 cards - if you don't want to.  
  2. Start NOW!  If you cram to get them finished you won't enjoy the process.  
  3. If you're like me, making 100 of the same card gets monotonous so I mix it up.  Consider making 20 of one card, 25 of another, etc.  

And, above all else, remember that YOUR handmade card DOES make a difference when it's received.  I promise!  

Happy 92 days to go!

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Bay Life Crop & Quick Tip Multi-Loop Bow

October 7th and 8th will represent my 9th year working with Bay Life Church in their semi-annual Paper Crafting/Crop Day.  This is a 1-2 day event to benefit the church's mission teams.  So far, we've raised over $25,000!  

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I'd love to have you join me for an evening (or for the weekend).  Your registration is 100% tax deductible!

Here's the agenda:

Friday - $25 (early registration through October 3rd)

  • Dinner
  • Swap Table
  • Yummy desserts & snacks

Saturday - $30 (early registration through October 3rd)

  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks and snacks all day
  • Ample table space with great lighting for you to enjoy crafting (bring your own supplies and projects to work on)
  • Make & take stations where yo can create various paper crafting projects for just $1-$5 (tax deductible donation)
  • Swap table
  • Goodie bag
  • Door prizes
  • Raffle baskets valued at $150-$300 

Both Days - $45 (early registration through October 3rd) After October 3rd, Friday $30, Saturday $35, both days $55

NOTE:  You may designate a certain missions participant to receive your registration fee to help with the funding of their trip.  

Register here 

OR  Mail your registration to Bay Life Church, attn: Johnna, 1017 Kingsway Rd., Brandon, FL 33511

I hope to see you there! 

Click on the text below to  Download 2016 Bay Life Crop Flyer

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, "how did you make that bow".  Today's quick tip video will teach you how to make a multi-loop bow.   If you'd like to learn how to make other bows you can watch my video HERE

 

After editing the video I realized that I didn't show how to make a smaller looped bow.   
 
Here's how:
 
In the video I use three fingers to make this size bow. If you would like a smaller bow, use only 2 fingers, a bigger bow, use all four fingers.  The depth of your grip will determine the bow length.  Remember ,too, you will cinch the loops in half so the overall length will be divided in two, half on each side of the knot, when you're finished.  
 
Remember, too, that THIS SATURDAY, is the next Live with Lisa event!  Your $35 product order guarantees your seat at this private event.  Details HERE
 
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It's Thursday so that means there's a new selection of Special Offer products.  These items are marked at 25% off their normal retail price and are available for one week or while supplies last.  
 
CLICK HERE to shop in my online store.  

Read all about this live event, the demonstrations, prizes and free tutorials HERE.

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Sprinkles of Life - Lickin' Good!

 I'm a huge chocolate lover.  It's my biggest vice. 

While in St. Augustine last year, Bob the Builder in I stopped in to Kilwin's Chocolates.  Ohhhh myyyy gosh, the smell was amazing!  There was every flavor of chocolate you could imagine.  Some had nuts, others had cherries or coconut, some were dark chocolate and some were white chocolate - heck, there were chocolates I had never even seen before!  Oh, and they had the biggest peanut butter cup I'd ever seen.  To say I was in heaven was an understatement.  I think I ate my weight in chocolate that day!  

The Sprinkles of Life stamp set includes an adorable ice cream cone and an image that can double as an ice cream scoop or a cloud. Talk about versatile!  I looked at this set and thought 'chocolate ice cream', of course!   

Doesn't this look almost good enough to eat?!  

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The background on this card uses the circle from the Layered Letters stamp set.  I stamped them in Crumb Cake ink on top of the Crumb Cake cardstock for a subtle look.  The Neutrals Designer Paper is cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2". 

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The best thing about this stamp set is that there are so many pieces that coordinate with the Tree Builder Punch.  

There's one more thing about this stamp set that I love...it supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Stampin' Up! is a global sponsor for this charity and $3 from the sale of this stamp set goes to support the charity.  The RMHC's is near and dear to my heart.  You can read about how I help support the local House in Tampa by clicking HERE.

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Autism Awareness Blog Hop

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Stampin' Up! demonstrators have banded together today for a Blog Hop to bring awareness to Autism.  It's my hope, that while you're being inspired, that you will also consider making a donation to my fundraising page on the Autism Society web page.  Last year I was able to raise over $2,000 with your help! Any amount helps, even $1 and your donation is 100% tax deductible.

The projects shared on this Hop are centered around thanking caretakers who provide love and support to those with Autism. I created two cards and couldn't decide which one to share - so I'm sharing them both.  The cards use the same color concept and similar supplies.  

Did you know:

  1. 1 in 50 children living in the U.S. has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. Boys are 4 times more likely to have Autism than girls
  3. Autism is the fastest growing disability among children in the U.S.
  4. Autism is more prevalent among children than diabetes, cancer and pediatric AIDS combined.
  5. The lifelong cost per individual with Autism is estimated between $3-5 million dollars 

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I couldn't resist sharing this 2 minute video with you.

 

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From the second I set eyes on the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits I knew it would be my favorite product in the Occasions Catalog. Every time I've used it I've been thrilled with the results.  The Precision Base Plate, layered on the Magnetic Platform, is a must for this die as it will produce a clean cut through the intricate layers.  The Big Shot Die Brush is my next best friend.  I roll it across the die several times and it releases the paper with ease.    

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My second card uses the same Watermelon Wonder Designer Paper and Color Me Irresistible  Specialty Designer Paper.  

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The Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack includes a small flower.  I punched out two, crumbled them up (great stress reliever!) and used a Glue Dot to connect and attach them.  A small rhinestone was added to the center for a little added shimmer.  

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Don't stop here. Head on over to Lee Conrey's blog for her amazing project. 

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Here's a complete list of blogs on this hop.  

Rose Marr

Lisa Curcio

Lee Conrey

Kylie Bertucci

Tammy Fite

Patty Chenail

Wendy Cranford

Amy Koenders

Susan Campfield