Cocoa and a Bookmark

Friday, November 27, 2015
Hi friends! I'm popping in over the holiday weekend with a fun little hot cocoa holder I made.  We had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are hoping for a (relatively) quiet (haha!) day with the boys today!

Since I saw the tutorial on SCS earlier this month, I've wanted to make one of these Twisted Cards. I followed the tutorial, stamping leaves and sponging the edges of the inside and outside of the holder, then adding a little Flourished Trim accented with liquid pearls to the front flap.

I made both flaps a pocket, so I could tuck a removable bookmark (secured on the back with a little washi tape) in the front flap and use the inner pocket for a packet of hot cocoa and a thank you note.

The bookmark is made from so saffron card stock and I cut the top shape with the scalloped topper die from the Good Work Flowers Die Set.  I made a coordinating mat from early espresso to give a little heft to the project.  The sentiment is from Good Work (just restocked and on SALE, hooray!) and stamped in early espresso, then I stamped around the edges with leaves from the set and sponged with so saffron ink.  A bit of ribbon and twine, along with a rhinestone and my bookmark was ready!

For the inside of the holder, I cut a piece of patterned paper I thought would coordinate nicely  to tuck over the hot cocoa packet and write a little note.  The thank you circle is added with a stamp from the Sweet Treats set and then punched with circle dies.  I clipped it all to the hot cocoa packet with a mini library clip and tucked it inside.  So easy and fun... I can see myself making many more in the weeks to come!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you're in the mood to shop, head on over for Verve's Thankful Sale! 30% off all in stock stamps, dies & embellishments through November 30.  Plus free first class shipping on US orders over $30!  I just re-stocked the shop the other day with a bunch of sets.  Happy shopping! :)

Enabler's List
Stamps: Good Work, Sweet Treats (Verve Stamps)
Paper: so saffron, early espresso, tip top taupe (SU!), designer paper scraps (misc.)
Ink: tip top taupe, so saffron, early espresso (SU!)
Accessories: Good Work Flower Die Set, Flourished Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Polka Dot Basics Ribbon Collection (Verve), circle punches, baker's twine, rhinestone, mini library clip, Swiss Miss cocoa packets

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Photo credit | Memory Lane Photography
Blessed, loved, grateful.  My heart is full as I write this Thanksgiving note to you all.  Life takes many ups and downs and we've been on a roller coaster ride these past few weeks. Mark has been terribly sick with pneumonia. The boys and I have been {less} terribly sick with bronchitis and sinus infections. The sickness is lingering (on and on and on) for us all and the boys (and us) have been irritable, to put it mildly. News came yesterday that our rental property has some extensive damage that is complicated and expensive to fix.  Life always seems to have perfectly timed extra helpings of stress just in time for the busy-ness of the holidays.

And yet.  

I choose to see the greatness of our blessings today.  Blessings of love and strangle-hold hugs and surprising eruptions of uncontrollable giggling amidst the warrior dance of a Class 5 Tantrum. Quiet cuddles and oodles of books with both boys on my lap as we do yet another round of breathing treatments. Examples of enduring love from both sets of parents, who both celebrated 50 years together this year and will be feasting with us today. Sprinklings of family all around - so much that we get to enjoy two turkey dinners (and twice the pie)! It's a pretty beautiful life when you step out of your little puzzle piece and get a glimpse at how it fits into the bigger picture.

And this big picture I've posted today makes my heart happy.  It's not perfect by any means, but it's my family. It was taken near the end of our photo shoot and Kellan has lost pretty much all interest in smiling on command and is practically choking Mark. Trevor is gleefully kicking me in the back and the sun is so bright you can see all my squinty laugh lines. But the moment is real and this photo shoot was that one thing that went right on a day that was going all wrong.  The twin terrors were in full force that morning (and immediately following), and yet for one magical hour on a sunny October afternoon, the boys posed and smiled and were patient and didn't fight and shouted "hooray for Christmas cards", because they knew it was important to me. It was the best gift. And it had nothing to do with "things" and everything to do with actions.

May our hearts and hands be filled with gifts of action this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving from my little family to yours!

Vintage Jingle Bells

Monday, November 23, 2015
Hey friends!  It's Monday again, and time for another Mojo Monday sketch.  I'm not feeling very well, so this is going to be short and sweet.

I have what seems to be a mountain of Christmas supplies, particularly ephemera, that I'm challenging myself to use this year instead of purchasing new.  It's been fun digging through the years of collected embellishments and papers, so that's what I did here.  Love the 25 ephemera, so used that as one of my circles, and stamped the jingle bells and sentiment from Bright Spirits on the larger circle.

Added some embellishments, including my new favorite of embossing a wood veneer snowflake with frantage embossing powder for a super fun snowy effect.  Each layer is inked with antique linen distress ink and matted with black.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you have a fantastic start to your week.

Mojo Monday 425 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Bright Spirits (Verve Stamps)
Paper: City Sidewalks (Pink Paislee), basic black (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: Black, copic markers, Versamark
Accessories:  Polka Dot Basics Ribbon Collection (Verve), cording, wood veneer snowflake, jingle bells, stitched circles stax (MFT), classic circles (Spellbinders), city sidewalks ephemera (Pink Paislee), frantage embossing powder (Stampendous), glossy glaze, glitter
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