Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Special Birthday Boy

Happy Hellos Everyone:

Today's a special day. My little man is officially a 'preteen/tween.' It's hard to believe so much time has past.We commenced the day with a celebratory haircut. That is, Kevin's haircuts are now full price since he falls under the 12 and up policy. Then we went shopping; had lunch with some friends, and then more shopping, but the highlight of his day came earlier this morning when he recieved his gift. He had been asking for a cellphone for months, but I kept saying 'no.' I finally broke down and purchased a cellphone for him yesterday. Needless to mention he was not just happy, he was thrilled (and I was the best mom in the world). This weekend, I'm sure he'll text until his little fingers can't text any more. Don't be surprise if Kevin text you :) My highlight was Kevin's response to his birthday card. He loved the card I made for him. Although, I couldn't take credit for orignality, I was so happy he liked it. I CASed the card from WMS website.

I used a combination of distressed and SU classic inks, Waltzing Mouse Stamps, sewing machine, computer (text) and SU cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

Happy Hellos Everyone:

There's alot of things going on in my world today, as I'm sure there is yours also. So, the plan is to make this posting as brief as possible. There's a lot of sharing going on over at SOC--that is Christmas trees. We're posting pics of our Christmas trees.  If you have a minute or two I encourage you to visit. Take a look at all the beautifule trees or perhaps post a picture of your tree too. Just remember, in order for you to post you have to sign-up. While you're already over there sign-up for the upcoming SOC E:spire Magazine--due to launch in February. It's free!!!

Below are a few pics of my Christmas tree I wanted to share with you. Hope you enjoy them.

I hope your enjoyed viewing the ornaments from my Christmas tree as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you. Many of the ornaments on the tree were recieved from Christmas Tree Trimming parties I hosted over the past 12 years. As you can see I need not another Christmas ornament. Thanks for taking a peek. ....and yes, my favorite color, if you haven't guessed by now is purple. Thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery. Come back real soon!

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Official...

Happy Hellos Everyone!!!

It's official!!! We have entered into the twelve days of Christmas. You ask, 'What does that mean.' I haven't a clue, but it does appear as though something good should happen today. I guess we'll have to wait and see. As I mentioned, it is the twelve days of Christmas, but I do not have a Christmas card to share with you. Instead, I have a good number of family and friends that have December birthdays, so I decided to make a few birthday cards. I made this card to send to my good friend, Kelly.

Now on with the results of this weekend's give-a-way... And the winner is...

Please e-mail me your mailing address and I will get your COPIC markers in the mail this week. Thanks for playing along.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

COPICS Markers....Up for Grab

Can you say it with me? T.G.I.F. I wanted to start the weekend off right. You know, today just feels like one of those happy days. I hope you're feel'n the same way too. From time-to-time I take a look at The Peddler’s Gallery blog and I am amazed by how much it has developed in such a brief period of time and I'm amazed by number of people that I have met along this wonderful journey. I realize many of us are far apart, but somehow this blog brings us a little closer together. I’ve also noticed in the past few weeks, the number of Followers have increased. That makes me smile! Having Followers reminds me I'm not the only one in the gallery.  Thanks so much!!! Hey!
Are you just beginning to establish a collection of COPIC Markers or want to?
Would like to add to the collection you already have?
If so, continue reading...

Since this is the season of giving, I want to give something to you. I have a few things up for grab which includes some COPIC markers. All you have to do, (if you haven’t done so thus far) is sign-up for a free subscription to Scraps of Color E:spire Magazine and leave a note on this post letting me know  you are a subscriber of E:spire by 6:00 PM Sunday, December 12th. If you're Follower, let me know that too and I'll add your name in the hat twice to double your chance at winning the blog candy.  The winner's name will post  before midnight. That's it. That's all you have to do. 

 Thanks for stopping by the gallery! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Another Tag to Share

Happy Hellos Everyone:
It’s Wednesday already! Can you believe it? I hope your ‘Hump Day’ has kicked-off to a fabulous start.  I have created a list of all the things that I would like to accomplish this week. To let you in on just a few things, (1) I need to complete my personal Christmas cards and get them in the mail ASAP—before they become Happy New Year’s cards; (2) I need to make a few birthday cards—for some reason, I have managed to acquire several jingle-babies in my life; (3) I also need to finish some of the projects I’m preparing for the NEW Scraps of Color E:spire Magazine. All I’ll say about that is you’re in for treat. However, in order for you to receive your treat you need to get over to SOC and get your free subscription before the free goes away. (4) Lastly, I want to show you my lasted Tim Holtz inspired tag. As I mentioned yesterday, I do not have half of the things required to make the inspirational tag, but I have inspiration. So, once again, I improvised.

One might agree I went totally to the left wing with this tag. That is, I tried to capture the true relevance of the holiday season.  To begin I tinted the tag with two shades of brown Tim Holtz’s Distressing Inks.  I used my Hero Arts musical note stamp to setup the background. I embossed Silent Night from Impression Obsession on top of the music notes. Then I inked a three wise men stamp from Stampendous.  Half a wreath was stamped in opposing corners with SU Early Espresso. Scattered snowflakes were embossed into the background; diamond studs flourishes were tinted with Copic Markers; the focal sentiment, ‘Jesus is the First Gift of the Season’ Stampendous stamp was stamped and embossed onto the wise men. Lastly, three cardboard crowns were painted and coated in Glossy Accents.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas

Happy Hellos Everyone!

I hope your week has kicked off to a fantastic start. A couple months ago I shared I had an opportunity to take a class with Jennifer McGuire. If an opportunity every presents itself, be sure to take advantage and attend the class. I learned so many different techniques. I also became better acquainted with both Hero Arts—which I absolutely fell head over heels with. I received an excellent introduction to a brand I was intentionally avoiding. I didn’t want to learn anything about this line. A new line warranted new money—if there’s such a thing. LOL I totally managed to play the reverse psychology game. That is literally until I sat down in Jennifer’s class.  (One of the projects was already underway.) I was hooked. Unfortunately, every time I come across a card and/or a project made by this line, I become weaker. That is I began to admit aloud the good things I saw about the product line. This weekend, I hit rock bottom. I’m now hooked. I was blogging over at Scraps of Color when I stumbled upon two of my SOC sistahs blogging about tags they were making.  I read tags, the 12 Days of Christmas, and…..Tim Holtz. That was it. I quickly opened another window and before I knew it I was over at Tim Holt site just drooling. I learned this weekend, for the past four years Tim Holtz has created a series each year of the 12 Tags of Christmas. He creates a new tag as many of us begin to count down to Christmas—each one uniquely designed. Well, I couldn’t do much more than drool for the moment. I had so many  things going on this past weekend. You know, the typical stuff, salon on Friday evening,  barber shop on Saturday morning, car appointment,  tree trimming party to attend, and then there was Sunday--the bazaar and the Baltimore Raven’s game (which we will not discuss). I still licking my wounds from that game.  So, I wasn’t able to do anything about this addiction—the desire to create a tag. A tag I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do with now that I have it. Perhaps, I’ll place it on a bottle of wine.  I was invited to attend a Fling Before the Ring Party this coming Saturday. Maybe I’ll take a bottle of wine or I’ll save it for the next holiday gathering I’m invited to or I can place it on a gift I plan to give; maybe use it as a holiday decoration. Who knows?  
As I sat down at my create table to begin, I quickly realize there were several of Tim’s supplies I did not have on hand. It can be hard to find a neighbor to borrow a cup of sugar from during this time of year since so many people get into the baking mode. You can imagine finding a neighbor that happens to have Tim Holtz products on hand is even harder.  So, of course I had to improvise. I gleaned a few things from other lines I currently have to make the best tag that I possibly could.  I think the tag turned out pretty good for a first time attempt. By now, you’ve probably heard enough of my ramblings. Below is a photo of one of Tim’s tags:

…and here is what I created.

I used everything from my Tim Holtz's rowhouse die and ink to ranger Ink products to SU stamp and inks and Copic markers to create this Christmas Eve scene.
Leave a comment to let know what you think. Thanks for visiting The Peddler’s Gallery and be sure to come back real soon.

Monday, December 6, 2010

This Weekend's Bazaar

Happy Monday Everyone:

I know. It feels as though forever has happened since my last blog entry. I'm glad you and I found our way back to The Peddler's Galley.

What a weekend it was. All I know is, time flew and I tried to keep up. I was busy from beginning to end--so much so, there were a few things I was not able to accomplish. Nevermind those things, but I will tell you about the thing I was able to do. Most importantly...I finish making my holiday cards for yesterday's bazaar. YEAHHHH!  Things really turned out nicely and I sold a good number of cards. In addition to that, I was asked to teach a cardmaking class to a group of nuns. I'll have to let you know how that unfolds.  

Below are a few photos I wanted to share from this past weekend.

I was suprised all the vendors were provided with round tables,
but I managed to make it work. As you can see I had plenty inventory.

My signage really worked.
That is there was one less question not asked too frequently.

I loved how this card turned out. I'm not sure of the name of the stamp,
but I'll get back with you on that. It was a stamp
I picked up at the Queen's Ink after Christmas last year.

I had two other cards that were actually nicer than this one.
I went to take a picture of them only to discover, I had no more room on the disk.
That's why I only have these four photos from this week's bazaar.

Well, thanks for stopping by the gallery. Come back and visit real soon.

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