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November 2008

The M & M's Christmas Story

I wanted to repost this post from last December... this has been a very popular idea and I thought it was worth sharing again as you get ready to make up gifts for this Christmas season. enjoy!

I decorated a ton of these tins (and I know you will ask... so I'll tell you.. they are in the "Dollar Spot" at Target) to give as little favors or Christmas gifts.  I had never heard the M & M Christmas story before, but when I read it on line last week I knew I wanted to do something with it! 





here is the story:

The M & M's Christmas Story
by Pam Ridenour

As you hold these candies in your hand,
and turn them, you will see...
The M becomes a W, an E, and then a 3.
They tell the Christmas story. It's one I'm sure you know.
It took place in a stable a long, long, time ago.
The E is for the East, where the star shone so bright.
The M is for the Manger, where Baby Jesus slept that night.
The 3 is for the wise men, who came bearing gifts.
W is for Worship. Hallelujah, praise His name!
So as you eat these candies,

or share them with your friends,
remember the meaning of Christmas.

It's a love story that never ends.

Have a great day!

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Don't forget your Rub-Ons !! 20% OFF through Nov. 30th!

I just love using Stampin' Up! Rub-Ons on my projects.. here are a couple of quick cards I made using the Season of Cheer Rub-ons (from the Hoilday Mini Catalog).

Don't Forget... Rub-ons are 20% off only through Nov. 30 when you purchase any $20 of Stampin' Up! merchandise!!

CLICK HERE for the sale flyer.

Holiday card 

Snowflake card 

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(yes, Saundra.. that's glitter!!)

Below: Season of Cheer Rub-ons from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog


These cards were made using the Top Note Die and the Big Shot machine - CLICK HERE for details on how this fold is done.

I also used some of my supplies from the Country Living Holiday kit in these you have YOUR kit yet??  CLICK HERE for all the details, and don't miss out on this fun kit!

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Some Crazy New Word Set??

No.. not really.. (not a crazy new word set).. but I was tired of always hunting down all my favorite Stampin' Up! stamps with words, greetings and phrases in all my different Stampin' Up! sets, so I decided to box up my favorite greeting stamps and just keep them at my desk!  Now they are always handy!  and I don't feel guilty not putting them away... they just stay on my desk all the time!



My best to each of you for a Blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends!  We have SO much to be thankful for!  I'm especially thankful for each of you as you've been sharing my journey through my blog this year.. it's been soooooooo fun for me! I'm so touched that I have followers all over the world.. it's been great getting to know you all! :)

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Holiday Extravaganza SALE!! 20% to 50% OFF!

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  Images © 2008 Stampin Up!

Click the graphic above to see the SALE FLYERwith Bundles of Stampin' Up! products priced at 20% to 50% OFF!! 


...SHOP ON LINE on my Demo Website HERE 24/7to place your order for these bundles or any other Stampin' Up! products! If you have any difficulty ordering on line, feel free to email me with your order or email me with questions:

And don't forget the 20% off RUB ON's Special good through Nov. 30!

Holiday Extravaganza Sale good only Nov. 26 to December 1, 2008.

Happy Shopping!

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Senior Pix - WHERE did the years go?

Our son had his Senior Portraits done at the golf course... I took my camera and snapped a bunch of photos that afternoon... then I made a quick collage... WHERE have all the years gone?  Wasn't he just playing with Brio trains, watching Barney, and reading Go Dog Go??

My collage 

One of our faves:


another fave:

Scan 2

Love you JB!!!!


8 Pocket Mini Book Kit Offer

Green tea sample

I'm so excited to offer these darling 8 Pocket Mini books as a kit!  Each kit comes with the Wire Bound 8 Pocket Mini Book, 12 tags, ribbon and 6 Eyelets (See photos below).  You can stamp on the tags, write messages on them, decorate the cover with the tags, etc., and then add wallet size photos, notes or gift cards to your mini book pockets. Finished book size is approx. 4"x3-1/2".

I am offering the kits in 4 different Stampin' Up! Designer papers - some kits may come with tags made from coordinating papers, for instance: some Baja Breeze DSP tags might come with the Green Tea kit, etc.   Each book will be made with one of the 6 designs in the stated DSP package.  (may differ from photos shown)

The FINE PRINT: Each kit is $10.00 plus $2.50 postage. Shipped 1st Class US Mail in a Bubble Mailer and includes Delivery Confirmation. US Orders Only.  Kits ordered by 11/28 will be mailed no later than 12/6/08.  LIMITED QUANTITES of each kit are available.

If you would like to order more than one kit, you will need to process separate Paypal orders for each kit, but please email me ( to let me know you ordered more than one and I will ship all your kits together and I will refund any excesss postage paid to your Paypal acct. once I know the final postage costs.

To Place Your Kit order, click the BUY NOW button below:

DSP Choices

Dashing kit 1 

All books actually have 8 pockets... sorry for the mistake in the graphics.

Bella rose kit 1 

Green tea kit 1 

Ginger blossom kit 1     

Example of what you might add to your mini book:

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Christmas Wish List & Stampin' Up! Promotion

2 quick items to share with you ...

Special newspaper 1.  Be sure to CHECK HERE ON WEDNESDAY for a Special Promotion from Stampin' Up!next week!  They are keeping it a secret, but I'll have the info here on Wednesday.. all I know is it will be a promotion tied to ON LINE ORDERING! 

Wish_llist_aug_08 2.  WISH LIST.. If you are dreaming of stamps, cardstock, ink or maybe a BIG SHOT for Christmas this year, be sure to fill out this WISH LIST and give it to your loved ones! They can contact me to place your very special Christmas gift order!  If you are local to me, I'll even wrap and deliver your gift!

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Gift Card Holder Class - part 5

The last project we made in class last Saturday was a gift tin with candy inside. These are the tins that are left over when you are finished using your Build A Brads.  They are filled with candy and decorated with Real Red cardstock and striped ribbon, and the Enjoy stamp & small snowflake are from the Country Living Special set.  The red scallop is from the Pennant Die (and the Big Shot).

Candy tin  

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Build A Brad Bracelet Kit Offer

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Holiday Treasures Build A Brad Bracelet Kit offer


- EMAIL ME ( if you are still interested  in a kit... I'll try to make 15 more available next week if I get more requests

Hol tr bracelet on wrist I am offering a LIMITED number of Build A Brad Bracelet kits featuring the Holiday Treasures DSP.

Kits are $15.00 and I only have 15 Kits available.  

Kit includes:

  • 7" of bracelet chain (plus toggle = approx. an 8" finished bracelet - you can make it smaller by taking out a link or 2 depending on your wrist size)
  • toggle clasp
  • 4 Build A Brads
  • punched out images from Holiday Treasures paper for Build a Brads (you may subsitute a different paper from your own supply when you get your kit if you prefer a different design)
  • 3 assorted Rhinestone Brads
  • 4 assorted "bangle" charms
  • 6 jump rings (2 for toggle, 4 for charms)


Holiday tr kit

YOU WILL NEED:  needlenose plyers and some adhesive like Snail, to complete this bracelet project - please see THIS POST for directions for assembling your bracelet kit and watch the video posted on 11/20/08.

If you need a longer length of bracelet, please email me after you have placed your order and I will be happy to include an extra 1" of chain length for you.  (I made mine with 6-1/2" of chain and it is plenty big, and I do NOT have petite wrists). 

US ORDERS ONLY please. Kit is $15 plus $2 postage.  Kits will be mailed out no later than 11/28/08.

KITS ARE SOLD OUT - email me if you'd like to be on a waiting list for the next batch of kits.