mftwsc99 and Stocking Girl

There's nothing sadder in this world
than to awake Christmas morning
and not be a child.
   ~ Erma Bombeck

I don't think my brother, sister and I will ever forget our Hoosier Christmas of 1968 – the year we got water skis for Christmas. We didn't even have a boat at the time, and, if we had, the lakes were all frozen. What were they thinking?!

I'm the cutie on the right – not smiling! My adorable sister and I were ten, and I was much more interested in an Easy Bake Oven than water sports in December. I mean, really, how do you play with water skis on Christmas morning?

If I could have hopped on a bus, I would have panhandled outside the toy store with my Christmas stocking.


I'm never too old for an Easy Bake Oven – just sayin'.


I have some crazy exciting news. I somehow won the competition for Guest Designer at My Favorite Things with this little card: I Love You Snow Much. I was really just floored to be in company with such stamping greats as Beate Johns and Sharon Harnist and actually win! Holy Cow! I hope that's encouraging to anyone out there who thinks about playing along. If I can win, you all certainly can. The new challenge is up here, so I hope you'll join us.

As part of my Guest Designer gig with My Favorite Things, I get to participate in their Wednesday Stamp Club sketches. You can find the sketch challenge and list of other designers on the My Favorite Things blog. I hope you'll play with us and enter your creations in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery. (I'll be watching for you.)

Isn't that a great sketch? There are so many crazy things you can do with it.


Here are the Copic Markers I used and links to products from My Favorite Things. (I love, love those new buttons!)

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I Love You Snow Much

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow
because it was important to them:
there ought to be as many for love.
    ~ Margaret Atwood

Pure Innocence Frosty and Fabulous

When fresh snow sparkled, my Mom called it a Camelot snow. Yeah, I had a lot of fun with glitter, recapturing the magic of the first Camelot snow of the season.

Making a card with snow is a little bittersweet knowing so many of you in New York and New Jersey are digging yourselves out of a nor'easter. I hope Hurricane Sandy and this Winter storm are soon just exciting tales for your children and grandchildren and that you are safe and warm.


Pure Innocence

The sketch for this card is from the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Contest, running until Monday night. You can join me and a gallery full of amazing paper craft artists here. It's so much fun to watch everyone's interpretation of the same sketch. Good luck everyone. I'll see you at Tuesday's New Release Party.

Here are the Copic Markers I used, the sketch and the rest of the ingredients.

My Favorite Things Guest Design Team Challenge


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Hey Pumpkin, I Pick You

Vegetables are a must on a diet.
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread
and pumpkin pie.
     ~Jim Davis

Ah, you can just smell the apple cider and pumpkin pie.

And there it is – my love for Fall food. I love it all. Chili with cornbread, persimmon pudding, caramel apples, pumpkin pie. They're the flavors of my Indiana home and the reason why Weight Watchers loves me so much right now.


Candy Corn! Oh, I am in so much trouble. Pumpkin season just does me in! Weight Watchers – don't fail me.

Because I love you all I did my due diligence and found us a great recipe for Weight Watchers Pumpkin Cupcakes (only two Weight Watcher points!). I'm still trying to get into the Sexy Nurse Halloween costume – some day, right?!


My pumpkin patch girl is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper pieced. The pumpkins in the wagon are layered behind and in front of curly raffia. And the rest of the card is embellished with raffia ribbon. Love that raffia for creating Fall scenes.

I'm very excited to enter this jar into the Moxie Fab World Jars of Joy challenge. If you love old Mason canning jars, be sure to check out their challenge. They've curated some beautiful Mason jar images that just make me swoon and yearn for Mom's canned apple jelly.

I used the Perfect Layers tool to create all those gazillion layers – even on the fishtail banners. I'm thrilled to be one of the Ambassadors, because it means I get to offer all of you a 5% discount and flat-rate priority shipping. (Just enter catered5% at checkout.) I'm crazy excited this month because they're featuring me later on their Facebook page. Oh . . . my head is swelling.

Here is the sketch I used from My Favorite Things, the Copic markers and the rest of the recipe. The Kerr canning jar is one of the old canning jars my daughter and I found on our flea market treasure hunts, probably at Canton First Monday Trade Days. Bon Apetit!


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