Monday, November 05, 2012

Getting Ready for Christmas ...

Hello and welcome back to my blog!  Hope you are well and enjoying the lovely Fall.  As for me, I just returned from a trip down to Mexico and totally missed the Frankestorm that hit here in NY.    

We are blessed and lucky enough to live in an area that was not hit quite as badly as NY City. Thankfully, everyone around here is safe and sound.  It was nerve wrecking to know this massive storm was moving through this area while I was thousands of miles away from my loved ones.  Fortunately, Daddy was able to take great care of our children and our home. Others weren't as lucky and so my heart and prayers go out to them.

 Moving forward, at House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog, it's time for a NEW Challenge hosted by our wonderful Teamie, Sue Drees.  She says there are only 50 days 'til Christmas!!  WOW!!  50?  Seriously? That's it? Hard to believe how quickly the months keep passing by, heh?   So Challenge HMFMC132 is all about "Getting ready for Christmas"

Here is my"Christmas" take with a Gruffies bear preparing the presents... 
Stamps: Stampabilities, House-Mouse Designs Gruffies Stamp called: "Tower of Presents!"  Featuring Patch. #PR1017  from the Yr 2007
Paper: White CS, Christmas DP, MM red CS
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,  Copics
Accessories: Spellbinders Dies, Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Ribbon from Mexico, Stickles Glitters, Basic Grey adhesive rhinestones
Techniques: Dry Embossing

This card really sparkles much more IRL. 

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So did you get a chance to play along on the Spooky Sweet HMF MC Blog-HopSure hoping you did!!  You might be a lucky winner!!!  I just returned so havent checked my entries and will be posting my CANDY winners on Wednesday with the MASTER WINNER'S LIST announcement that will post at HMFMC.  Please be sure to check back to see if you have won ...

I would also like to also enter my Christmas card into the following challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle - Glitter and Sparkle
Pile It On - Make it Sparkle

The Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas Anything Goes
Lawnscaping - Something old from crafty stash
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas
ABC Christmas - V for Vibrant
Sweet Stampin -All that Glitters
Totally Papercrafts -Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Clearly Inspired - Critters

Dont forget to stop by HMFMC to be inspired by my Teamie's amazing Christmas creativity.
 Thanks for stopping by today.  I really enjoy hearing from you.


  1. ooohhoo this is stunning fabulous collouring and image!!
    xx petra

  2. This is so sweet america fabulous and beautiful card.

    greetings karin

  3. Oh, I love this panda. What a sweet card, and I can see all that bling and sparkle on the presents. Very cute card, don't know when you had time to put it together, but it turned out great! Glad family was safe and sound and that you got the chance to visit your Aunt, blessing abound!!


  4. aww sooo CUTE :-) I love the image and the colours and dimension are FAB !! Like Sue I wonder where you found the time, having just returned from a fabby trip, to make such a wonderful card ! You ARE superwoman !! :-)
    Glad to know all is well with you and your family :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. So very cute. Look at his face with all those presents. hee hee I like the framing and cool idea with the jewels on the gifts. FUN!!!!

  6. Stunning. All your time and effort really paid off; the presents are so pretty and detailed.

  7. Love the look on his face!!!!
    The card is stunning!

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  9. This is gorgeous America. I love the cute images and the design is fabulous.
    Glad to know that all is well with you and your family.

    hugs Dorte

  10. Ha! I can just imagine that this gruffie is thinking WOWZERRRR at the sight of all those prezzies!!! Great card America-glad to have you home safe and sound!

  11. Oh superb, am loving all the bright fun colours too, Luv Sam x

  12. Hello!

    Oh, this is so colorful and happy! I love it all! Your cards are always a joy to look at! We had SNOW her in this part of WI today - I am so NOT ready for this! Wishing you a great day!


    Barbara Diane

  13. Hi America awww this gruffie cant believe his luck ALL those prezzies just for lovely fun pleased all is well at home..

    smiles Christine x

  14. Gorgeous creation, I love the image and design. Look at his face with all his presents.
    Happy crafting
    Mousey hugs
    Tracy x

  15. Beautiful image great colours , Thanks for joining us at glitternsparkle hugs trisha x

  16. Great card hun, many thanks for joining us at Glitter N Sparkle, this week, good luck hun xxxx

  17. Great card, thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin'.

    Pam x

  18. this is fab thanks for joining us at glitter n sparkle and good luck emma xx

  19. A great Christmas card, love the image and embellishments. Thanks for sharing it with us at Whoopsi Daisy, hope to see you again next week. Hugs Christine x

  20. What a great card love the image you have used.Thank you for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network
    Kaz.CBN DT.

  21. fabulous image and as always such depth to your wonderful card
    Hugs Kate xx

  22. Awesome card, America! Cute image - and beautifully coloured. Love the use of embossing for some wonderful texture and the bling is the perfect finishing touch.

    Hugs, Dawn