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December Daily: It's All About The Story

I love the unique.  So with my December Daily album I wanted something unique for the days of the month. Since I am using Graphic 45's Twas Night Before Christmas paper collection I wanted a vintage look.

I decided to use vintage postcards, preferably those that had a message on them. 

So the hunt begins.  25 vintage cards --- just go junkin' as my friend Connie would say.  I found out it is no small task to find 25 Christmas postcards.  After four antique shops we (Ruth and I) found more than I needed of Christmas postcards.

All the postcards come from the early 1900s.  Postage was only 1 cent.  Handwritten notes.  All with their own story.

My Story with "Their" Story
 I used mini stamps to put the day on each card.. I didn't like to do it but I hole punched the edge to place in the album.  I tried to consider other ways but it always added bulk to the book.  I'm using both "Christmas" theme cards and "religious" theme cards. I will place…

Woot! Whoot! It's Time for December Daily

This is my favorite time of the year.  Scrapbook pages, advent calendars, ornaments, home decor ... I love making it all.  And lets not forget fun Pinterest goodies.

December Daily is a fabulous project created by Ali Edwards. 

I opt out of the kits and create my own, but I am grateful for Ali introducing this to me.  You can see a past 12 Days of Home for the Holidays post here ... Ali Edwards (remember this is a past post and giveaway is closed).

My Books

Paper Studio burlap album, burlap ribbon
Martha Stewart Gesso
Tim Holtz Fragments, Rub-on numbers, Monocle, Distress Stain, Evergreen and Twig distress inks
Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper collection
Ranger Dabber paint, gold; Glossey Accents
Alieene's Tacky Glue 
Michael's Create It! wooden tree

My husband was surprised that he had purchased a burlap album with the words "Christmas Memories" in red and then I showed him what I did with it.  LOL  It doesn't look like the same book.  

1. I painted the outer…

When You Just Can't Throw It Away!

Graphic 45 paper is so detailed with beautiful art that even with the smallest pieces I just can't throw the "scraps" away.  Here is a good example of how you can use those scraps.

My Oldest Granddaughter
My college girl is the one of the bottom of the photo with the cream colored sweater at the Fall Festival. 
(Inspired by Melinda Spinks  at (Name brushed out.)
Older Stash I Used
Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland and Happy Haunting
Tim Holtz idea-ology ... Findings
My Minds Eye chipboard owl
Making Memories rub-on (memories)
K&Company pins
Prima, some of the flowers

I have several  lines of paper where the companies no longer exist.  I can't wait to see how I will use them.

Personal Note
Our family lost our beloved uncle this past Tuesday.  He was an incredibly talented man.  I will miss him.  Please remember Aunt Bammer and his children in your thoughts and prayers.
Leonard Dewayne Thomas
I have also been overwhelmed with crafty…

Sweet Anna Helping Use the Older Halloween Stash

Although Halloween is passed and we are in full swing for Christmas (somehow Thanksgiving has passed many by) I have two more grandgirls' layouts to share with you.

This is Little's Sister (LS) dressed as Anna from Frozen.  She is one little sweetheart.  There was no holding LS back at Boo at the zoo.

Reminder:  I am trying to use up older Halloween stash.

Note this layout was inspired by Debby Standard.

My somewhat older stash that I used...
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting
Core'dinations (foundation)
Fancy Pants ribbon (small piece)
American Craft crochet ribbon
"happy" Making Memories
Prima (just a few are older)

Personal Note
This weekend has been full and fun.  I will start back posting my tags soon.  It is beautiful to have grandgirls.  I went to 4 soccer games, completed two and a half days of a blog hop that has over 100 handcrafted projects, went Christmas Tree shopping, and much more.  Then there was the...
Storybook Ball. Mary Poppins and Rapunzel  Have a Cra…

News! Are You Ready for a Handmade Holiday?

Starting tomorrow you will find me hopping around the crafty blog community.  It is the 4th annual Handmade Holidays blog hop.  It is happening from November 7th to the 9th.  There will be over 100 handmade gift ideas from your favorite designers and craft product manufacturers like Clearsnap, Sizzix, and ThemOWeb.

Several of my crafty friends will be creating wonderfully delightful gifts.  I can't wait to see the unveil.

Of course you can enter to win prizes every day of the hop.  Check it out starting Friday morning on the Clearsnap blog.
Give a shout out if you plan on attending. 

Be inspired to make this holiday handmade from you to yours.

Have a Crafty Day!

Daily Thanks Giving Tags with Prima and Tim Holtz

Do you know when you have so much to be grateful for it is sometimes hard to break it all down.  As I go through my list I find myself breaking down the larger "Family" to each individual that I include in my family.  But for Monday's Thanks Giving the combination of my whole family was in my heart.

hold family dear
This tag was so much fun!
Notables and Products
I started with a Craft Tag from Ranger.  Section at a time I smoothed on Ranger's Glossy Accent with my finger.  Quickly, I laid out the Jump Rings from Tim Holtz idea-ology.  I set it aside to dry while I did my laundry.I covered the whole tag with Martha Stewart's Gesso.Once the gesso was dry I used Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain to just dab circles on the tag. When dry I went over the tag with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to fill in any areas I did not cover but to also bring the whole look together. I spritzed the tag lightly with water making a few water spots. I…

Daily Thanks Giving ...A Challenge

If you have been around my blog back when it was named Debby's Dares you might remember my Gratitude List I did at the end of each of my blog posts.  I miss doing this.  So for the month of November I'm challenging myself and YOU to Give Thanks for those things you are grateful.

I am going to do my Thanks Giving in the form a tag book.  I am using two different size tags.  I am going to alternate creating one for each day of the month of November.  Once they are finished I will book them.

Gratitude Tag
Saturday November 1
I am grateful for all that God has created.  I was reminded of this on Saturday when we were hit with a surprise snow storm.  There was a beautiful blanket of white snow across my 2 acres of land.  God often surprises me with His creation and reminds me of how much more he loves even me.

Gratitude Tag
Sunday, November 2
Name tag brushed out Sunday we celebrated Little's Sister (LS) 2nd birthday at the zoo.  I am so grateful and thankful for this tiniest membe…

Halloween Week ... Is There a Mouse In The House?

My next to the youngest grandgirl dressed as her favorite character for Boo At The Zoo...Minnie Mouse!  Creating this layout was a challenge.  I have no Mickey Mouse or related materials.  I am determined to use as much of my past Halloween supplies as I can.

This is Graphic 45's Magic of Oz collection.  Using the second side of the paper allowed me to create the Minnie Mouse layout.

I made the tab's by using Graphic 45's chipboard, turning to the back using another piece of the Magic of Oz paper and made more related tabs.
Glue the paper onto the tab.  Let it dry.  Cut the edges closely.  Use an emery board.(I use Basic Grey's for pieces like this) sanding the edges.  Ink the edges and you have it.
Licensed websites have Disney clipart.  This is the site I got mine from:  Disney Clipart Galore.  That is how I was able to make the little Minnie embellishments. 

The "heart" paper is actually raised a bit with a piece of felt quilt…

Halloween Week Or Is It Christmas?

Have you seen any children dressed in a character from Disney epic movie Frozen this Halloween season?  My Little and her sister are no exceptions, except I think they make cute look really cute. 

Little (grandgirl) is our Elsa.  Mom strung snowflake lights over the wagon and we were set for a magical night at Boo at the Zoo.

Remember:  This week's goal is to use the old stash.

Frozen's Elsa
(title placed under the three flowers is brushed out...) Ingredients
Graphic 45's Botanical Tea ... not from the old Halloween stash, but it matches so well.
Blue Fern Studios dangle chipboard

K&Co. Die Cut Paper snowflakes (old stash)
Prima Flowers and crystals
American Crafts Thickers (brushed out title and from older stash)
Golden's Glass Bead Gel
Momenta stencil
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence, Frosted Stickles

Tim Holtz idea-ology Halloween charm (old stash),
Light blue acrylic paint

I love the crystal swirls, the elegant dangle and the flowers/snowflake mix.  It's …

Halloween Week .... We Booed the Zoo!

The family went to Riverbanks Zoo for their annual Boo at the Zoo.  There are so many memories and pictures to boot.  I plan on creating an album just for this event.  For this week I am sharing a layout of each of the grandgirls.

First up is my Biker Chick

We Booed the Zoo!
I used my older stash (the goal for this Halloween) of Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings.  I really didn't have any 12 x 12 sheets left over so I used a sheet from Graphic 45's Communique collection.

Blue Fern Studios chipboard help to bring out her costume a bit ... A Biker ....  I painted it with Martha Stewart Gesso and went over it is spots with Tim Holtz's Distress Stains. 

I love this set of Prima Flowers and the orange one seem to be perfect for the page.

I wish ... I had not added the top piece.  I was trying for a "spooky look.  Nothing went right but I don't waste paper.  Oh sigh. 

I love to cut details from Graphic 45's paper collections.  The ghosts especially were a challeng…

Halloween Week...Kids Crafts

Halloween is a great time to get your children involved in decorating.  Since I take care of 3 of my grandgirls I had the opportunity to pull out my scrappy products and have some fun. 

Tissue Ghosts
This has been tried and true since I was a little girl.  Little loved making the face on her ghosts that hang in her playroom.
1.  A facial tissue balled up and placed in the middle of another tissue.
2.  Tie your yarn close to the bottom of the balled up tissue.
3.  Use a black marker for the eyes and mouth.

Five Little Pumpkins
1.  Print out the poem.
2.  Glue down the craft sticks.
3.  Use Fiskars oval scallop squeeze punch.  It takes three punched pieces to make one pumpkin.
4.  The girls colored the pumpkins and fence with Crayola crayons.  
 Little wanted her pumpkins to be white and she wanted lots of them. Little's Sister let Mimi help and used three oval punch-outs to make one pumpkin.

Here is a printable of the Five Little Pumpkins for your budding artist.
Accordion Legs Jack…