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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Exciting News!!!

Mindy Baxter is offering an awesome new copic class over at CMC Classroom: This and That Magnolia Class. It will officially open on or around January 7th at $45, but if you pre-register the price is only $40. You can Pre-Register HERE. Here's a list of techniques that you will also learn in the class...

-using Mini Tilda as a Large Tilda's reflection in water
-creating water, pond, puddles
-blades of grass around an image
-dotted background
- creating and coloring hardwood floors
-creating and coloring tile floors
-creating a corner room for indoor stamps
-creating a meadow
-rain drops
-snow scene

I hope you'll check out the class.  Mindy is a fantastic artist and I'm sure you can learn a lot from her.  I might just sign up for the class myself!

Happy New Year!


Friday, December 23, 2011


I just returned today, with my family, from Disney World.  We took our son to celebrate his 8th birthday.  What a magical place :-)  It was so wonderful to see it all decked out for the holidays and all of the characters dressed for Christmas.  To top it off, the temps were in the 80's and it was gorgeous!  I won't be surprised if we make it an annual thing.

I want to take a moment to thank each of you for your kind words and support this year.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

To all of my DT teamies, you are all so very talented and it has been an honor to share the stage with you all this year.  Merry Christmas and Happy New to you and your families as well.

My hubby and I are hosting our annual Christmas Eve Dinner at our house tomorrrow.  We will be joined by both family and friends to celebrate.  It promises to be a joyous occasion.  It always makes me reflect on the past year, remembering all that we bring to each other's lives.  I am so very grateful for everyone in my life and for all that I have been blessed with.

I wish you all the very best!

Love and Hugs,


Friday, December 16, 2011

Winner and Reminder...

Hi Everyone!

I've got two things to mention to you today.

First...the winner of my Little Darlings Giveaway is

#55 Calypso of Calypso's Crafts!!!


Please contact me at ajhunt{at}comcast{dot}net to claim your prize!

Second, I want to remind you that The Wrapped Up Holiday Challenge is still going on over at

You have until December 18th to enter for a chance to win some GREAT prizes!

This will be my last post until after the Christmas holiday. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!

Big Hugs,


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone!  Well, Christmas is less than 2 weeks away and I still can't believe it.  Doesn't it seem as though the days between Halloween and Christmas go by in a flash?  It's the same with the days between the last and first days of school.  Then there's winter...Here in Michigan the months of January thru March seem to last forever.  It's so cold and snowy and feels like the temps are below zero every day.  I guess that why we appreciate Spring so much!

Anyhoo, I finally made it into my studio for a short bit this afternoon.  I've been working on year-end financials for our business, along with the usual month-end stuff.  That along with the holidays and birthdays has left me with no time to craft.  I managed to color a Christmas image in bits and pieces here and there.  I finally finished it with a simple background last night while my son was in the bath tub.

I know a lot of you are done with Christmas cards, but I feel like I've only just begun.  Probably cause I have 'only just begun'!  I will probably continue with Christmas and Winter cards through January and February because it'll be so cold and snowy here.  I'll be working in some Valentine projects as well.

Well, enough chit chat...here's my card :-)  I hope you like it!

Merry Christmas


This little sweetheart is #3092 Tucked Tilda from Magnolia's 'Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection'.  She's currently available at Magnolia-licious, along with the rest of the gorgeous collection.  I tell ya, I think Christmas and Winter stamps are my absolute favorite!  And this collection is tops.  I hope you'll check it out and get your order in quickly so you have time to make some Christmas cards and tags before the big day.  Magnolia-licious ships very quickly so you definitely still have time.  The cute little sentiment is from a local stamp show that I attended last summer.

The image was colored with Copic markers and cut out with a SB die.  All of the ribbon and lace is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The green ribbon is from last years Christmas collection pack.  If you haven't checked out their monthly Ribbon Club you should.  You get a pack of ribbons monthly that are perfectly coordinated to the relevant holiday or season.  And it's very reasonably priced.  To top it off, you can cancel your subscription at any time so there really isn't any risk.  Check it out HERE!  This month they have a beautiful white collection pack that's perfect for New Year's projects.  Anyway, the silver corner pieces are from WOC and the bells are from Michael's.  The large sparkly white snowflake in the upper left corner is from KaiserCraft and is available in a set at Love To Stamp for only $3 per pack.  I just love these!  I covered this one in white crackle paint and then gave it a coat of stardust Stickles.  It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Don't forget to get in the running for my Little Darlings Giveaway!  It runs til the end of the day on 12/14.

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for stoppng by!  I hope you'll leave me a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)

Have a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Love and Hugs,


Thursday, December 8, 2011

New CardMaker Blog
Little Darlings Giveaway

Exciting News!!!

CardMaker is launching a new blog at http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/ .  You have to check it out!  To top it off, today, they are featuring Little Darlings rubber stamps!!! 

 You can also find a Little Darlings feature spot in the "Our Favorite Products" section in the January issue of CardMaker, currently on sale.

This is all very exciting news!
I'm so thrilled and I've decided to share it with you...

I'm giving away some Little Darlings rubber stamps to one random commenter on this post.
That's right...all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
The winner will be selected by random.org on December 15th. 

 I'm giving away 5 LD stamps, one from each of the first 5 releases.
Here are the names of the stamps:

Up, Up and Away
Catch A Falling Star
Art 101
Pumpkin Races
Every Stocking Counts

Be sure to leave your comment at the bottom of this post to be in the running for the


Monday, December 5, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree...

Hi Everyone!
  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend :-)  Ours was absolutely JAM PACKED WITH FUN!!!  For starters, I hosted my monthly card class on Saturday morning.  I'm hooked on mohito's since visiting Puerto Rico, so I served them around 11 a.m.  It was almost noon!  So that's ok...right!  LOL!!!  Afterwards, I had to make two pots of chili for a Christmas 'kick off' party that a friend of mine hosted Saturday night.  What fun we had!!!  And yes, I brought mohito's to the party too!  Our son spent the night at a friend's house so we were free to relax and enjoy ourselves.  On Sunday, hubby had a cyclocross race about 2 hours from our house and then planned on hanging out with the team afterwards.  I met my son and our friends that he stayed with for a late lunch, a Christmas parade, and a visit with Santa.  We all had a wonderful time :-)  But, it did feel good to get home and get into my jammies!

Today I want to show you the card that I made for my card class on Saturday.  I used a LOTV image, Bo Bunny papers, Prima flowers, WOC flowers, and some other stuff.  The image is colored with Copic markers.  It's actually a gate fold card and the entire front flap with the bow opens to reveal the the bifold gates.

Oh Christmas Tree
I'm short on time today, so I apologize for not getting all of the details to you.  But, I really do need to get going on work stuff.  It's what pays the bills afterall!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you'll leave a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)



Friday, December 2, 2011


La La Land Crafts
Inspirational Friday

It's Friday Everone!  That means it's time for more 'Inspiration' at La La Land Crafts.  We've got a really fun theme this week...'Black and White'.  I just loved working on this project!  I got a chance to demonstrate the differences between the Copic grey sets:  N=Neutral; W=Warm; C=Cool, T=Tone

If you don't know the difference, here's a breakdown:

N's, or 'Neutral' greys are the most genuine and versatile.  They can be used just about anywhere.  They're great for coloring things like tuxedos, tires, shoes, boots, etc., anything that you want to look truly black.  They are also great for adding shadows over just about any color.  They are the perfect choice for coloring black hair.

W's, or 'Warm' greys have brown undertones.  They are best used when working with earthtones and other warm color families, like reds, oranges and yellows.  They're also beautiful when creating a more old fashioned look to something like a tuxedo.  I like to use them to lightly shadow around some of the edges of images to bring them together with the background.

C's, or 'Cool' greys have blue undertones.  They are best used when working with cool color families, like blues, purples, and some greens.  They're gorgeous on things like snow, snowmen, penguins, etc.  They are also great for adding shadows to clouds.

T's, or 'Tones' are somewhere between N's and W's.  They have a little bit of a brown undertone, but not as much as the W's.  The difference between N's and T's is similar to the difference between the Black 100 and Special Black 110 Copic markers.  I actually do not own any of the T's.  I haven't had the need for them yet.  Maybe someday!

Snowboarding Marci

When I first read what the theme was, I thought "How can I make something Wintery with black and white?"  I started looking through the images and found 'Snowboarding Marci' and it all just clicked!  I paired her with part of the Little Village Scene Digi from MIC.  I just love how they look together.  The dp is from my stash of 12x12 sheets.  The black cs is Bazzill.  I cut them both with dies from Go Kreate using my SB Grand Calibur.  The final project measures rougly 8x8 inches.  The big snowflakes are ornaments from the local craft store.  The sweet black polka dotted ribbon is from RRR.  I grabbed the doily and clear snowflakes from my stash.

Here's a closeup so you can see the coloring better.  I used W's on Marci's face and added a little R20 and R30 to her cheeks and the heart.  I also used W's on the houses.  Marci's clothes, the trees, and the rooftop snow were colored with C's.  Her hair and snowboard were colored with N's.  The winter sky was colored with a combination of C's and N's.  All of the snow on the hill got a coating of glitter and it sparkles like crazy IRL!

Copic markers:

C00, C1, C3, N0, N1, N3, N5, W00, W1, W3, R20, R30

That's it for me today!  I hope you'll try using the greys to create your own beautiful project!  Hopefully I've inspired you :-)

Hugs to you all,


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Puerto Rico...

More Puerto Rico Photos

Well, I finally got a moment to get some more photos to you from my trip to Puerto Rico.

Ocean - rain was moving in.  I could handle rain with that view every day!

View from our hotel window.  We stayed at the Sheraton San Juan and it was absolutely beautiful.  I will definitely stay there if/when I travel to San Juan again.

Convention Center

Yes, that is the ocean in view.  It was a lot closer than it appears in these photos.

A cruise ship strolled in one morning.


Old San Juan

Me, Mindy and Yamille at breakfast.

Look at the blue in the pavers in the streets of Old San Juan!  Gorgeous!!!

That's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed my photos.  It was nice to look at them again and remember the trip.  I would love to go back there to teach again.  Or maybe just for a vacation!

Come back tomorrow for a little 'inspiration' from La La Land Crafts!



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