Tag Archives: Christmas

Annual Mitten Swap


Last night I held my annual Mitten Swap (we use a retired Amuse Studio die) with a group of friends.  This year was so much fun since we did a  hors d’oeuvres style potluck, enjoyed some wine and had a tag swap too!


Here is a group shot of all the mittens – it’s such fun mix of styles!


My photo doesn’t do Jeanette’s colored pencil skills justice!  We all want her to give us a class on her techniques – they were all so wonderful!

Check out my previous mitten swap events!

2015 Mitten swap

guess I didn’t “document” 2014  – oops!

2013 Mitten swap

2012 Mitten swap

2011 Mitten swap tradition is born!

My monthly newsletter went out yesterday!  I hope you got it – I have a special catalog deal in it for my subscribers – and some FREE tutorials.  You can sign up for it in the upper left sidebar.

Welcome to my NEW weekly challenge!

Don’t do a double take — you are in the RIGHT place!

With the closing of Amuse Studio I have officially joined Close to My Heart (as of Dec 3!) and that meant shaking things up around here…

  • new blog look (still a work in progress!)
  • new challenge name!  

In fact, congratulations to KT Fit Kitty for coming up with my new name!  P.S.  You all had some great suggestions and sadly some were already taken but thank you so much for your inspiration when I needed it!

heartfulheader1and here we go!!

This week’s theme and monthly prize

ALL this month we’ve been having an  Anything Goes heARTful stamping Challenge.   

Please share any stamped project you are working on this week – please no digital images.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing. November’s prize winner will be announced tomorrow (Monday, Dec 5)

This Week’s Inspiration

Since I just signed up yesterday, I really don’t have a lot of CTMH stamps to play with yet.  But I did have this Santa’s Helpers set that I bought years ago.  I was thrilled how beautifully it stamped after sitting in the dark depths of a drawer for so many years!


supplies:  Santa’s Helpers, CTMH, Fishtail tag die/Cherry ribbon, amusestudio


I was really happy that my upline, Lisa, sent me a few stamped images to play with.  I love how this all year round wreath becomes a Christmas/holiday image by adding a simple sentiment to the middle!


supplies: Mini Joy, CTMH Holiday Expressions catalog, Wreath, CTMH Annual catalog, cardstock, amusestudio


Linda, the CEO of amuse studio, is on her 10th year of designing digital calendars where all proceeds go to charity.  She’s raised over $22,000 over the years and this year the proceeds will go to GirlUp.org.   Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.  There are 6 different sizes.  You can buy one or all 6!  I’ll be sharing more details later this week but here’s a peek at one I’ve just made.


supplies:  I used amuse studio, purple onion and The Angel Company stamps

I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit  
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

This week’s theme and monthly prize

If you have been coming here for a while, you may be thinking, “what in the world?” It’s not the last week of the month – it’s the first!  Yes and ALL this month we’ll be having an  Anything Goes Amusing Challenge.   You may have heard that Amuse Studio is closing their doors on Nov 27 … I will be with them until the bittersweet end.  All orders this month will receive Happy Mail from me as my thanks.  On 1 Dec I’ll be joining Close to My Heart!  I will need a new challenge name so I’m announcing a contest to help me think of a new one.  Enter your ideas in the comments below and the winning idea (or even one randomly picked winner!) will get a brand new Amuse Studio stamp set from me!  This contest will run the month of November.


Please share any stamped project you are working on this week – please no digital images.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  October’s winner will receive this featured stamp set from Amuse Studio, Fight Like a Girl, from me for free.  The winner will be announced tomorrow.

amuse studio rubber stamps

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi made a beautiful fall card with Amuse Studio’s new stamp set, Second Springtime.  I love how she layered the images and colored them in with various Copic markers.  Her sentiment really pops and Cyndi told me she covered it with Crystal Glaze after she was done coloring it.  

amuse studio

amuse studio supplies:  Second Spring stamp set, Copic markers, Crystal Clear Glaze


I love how happy and cheerful this card turned out!  No wonder Amuse Studio named this new Santa stamp set:  Be Light.  I must admit I first thought this was a balloon since that’s how they showed it in the September Collection but then my friend Juliet set me straight.  I guess it can be both an ornament or a balloon!  tee hee.  He was super easy to color and I really like how the embossed sentiments on two different cardstocks look.  I think one of the things I will miss most about Amuse Studio is their incredible dies.  This Scalloped border die has seen a LOT of use in my house and will continue to do so.

amuse studio

amuse studio supplies:  Be Light stamp set, Sugar, Apple and Margarita cardstock, Medium Scalloped border die set, White embossing powder, copic markers


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I hope you join us!

Please consider sharing the word of my Amusing Challenge this month with your crafty, stamping friends!  I’d love to see a few more players join us – I know I am always thrilled by your creative ideas.

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit  
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this Amusing Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!