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Thank you for visiting My Crafty Days Off! I do work a full time job outside the home...so I don't get to create & post every day....If you enjoy what you see...please stop back! Leave me a comment or just say hi! So I know you were here! or you can E-mail me at snaterg@aol.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Blogg Candy Winner!

Thank you all for playing along with us for a chance at some beautiful papers from Clear Artistic Stamps!!! The winner from my blogg is:

Char- said...
I use my Christmas stamps for cards, tags and Christmas scrapbook layouts. I could see me making my own paper with the cute snowmen.

congrats to you Char...please e-mail me your address so we can get those out to you as soon as possible! my e-mail is snaterg@aol.com

Monday, July 21, 2008

picture bouquets

I have been making picture bouquets of my parents to use at their 50th wedding anniversary party next weekend...I am very happy with the way they turned out! I know it is hard to see the pictures in my lousy photograph! sorry about that! I used white silk flower pieces that I purchased in bulk at my local scrapbook store. punched the yellow centers with the giga scallop punch. Then I punched the out the pictures with a large circle punch. The flowerpots are from Michaels as well as the ribbon. so cute!!! THIS IN NOT MY ORIGINAL IDEA! The general idea came from THIS post by Lisa Johnson...it also includes a tutorial! I just changed it up a little to make it my own!
Thanks for stopping by today!!! I am so counting down the days for my VACATION!!!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


I love old photographs, And I consider myself very lucky to have this picture of my grandmother as a teenager. I wanted to put the photo in a nontraditional frame and this is what I came up with...I have a lot of red in my house so that is why I chose red. Everything I used is from out local scrapbook store (The Scrapbook Barn) .
Hope all of you are enjoying a relaxing summer! I have been working many many hours but that is ok...it is too hot to do anything else anyway!
Thanks to all who are playing the blogg candy game! It is fun to see how you all like to use your holiday stamps! If you have not left a comment yet for your chance to win some blogg candy then please go to the previous post for a chance to win!!
Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Present anyone?

Well the time has finally come where we can show the 2 new stamp sets from


I have been using these stamps for the past couple of weeks & just love them! I have a few sample cards in my past few posts & the little present was wrapped in custom paper made with the moonlight Christmas set. I always keep white wrapping paper on hand so I can create any gift paper I might need. OH I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE WAITING FOR!!! BLOGG CANDY CONTEST!!!! Well...this is all you need to do...just leave me a comment answering this question:

Do you use your Christmas/Holiday stamps to make just cards or decorations, ornimants & gifts too???

I suppose you are wondering what you can win this time?? It is this package of beautiful shimmer papers! 25 sheets of text weight papers in five colors.

You actually have a few chances to win!! just go to the other designer bloggs & leave a comment! contest ends 7/22/08
Etha Lisa Wendi Linsey

Good Luck!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

hello everybody!

This is the last of the sneak peeks! so better tune in tomorrow...could be blogg candy....shhhhhh!!! oh did I say that??? I love the way this snowman is waving! as if to say a Happy Hello or Maybe Merry Christmas!! And Who doesn't love presents???
The stamps are of course new to be released this evening at 6:00 PM CST from. http://www.belindalandtroop.com/ you can check out more samples of this set & others by the other designers...just to the right of this post under Clear artistic Stamps designers. The paper is from SU. And don't you just love that ribbon! I picked that up last year at Michaels.
Hope you are all having a fantastic week!!! I am still working about 50 hours a week...not fun!!! I am having blogging withdrawal!!! I miss visiting & commenting on all my regular bloggs let alone all the new ones I am missing!!! Yikes...hoping August will slow down a little :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Christmas Ornimant

Meet little sparkles snowman! This is another stamp in one of the new upcoming sets being released on the 17th of July from Clear Artistic Stamps. This little guy is the perfect size for a Christmas tree ornament.
How I did it was...Stamp image on acetate with stays-on. take 2 pieces of chipboard & paint them white. Then color in the little snowman's hat & Bow. spray both sides of the finished acetate with spray adhesive....I like Elmer's craft bond...then sprinkle with white glitter...one side at a time. Then when the chipboard is dry, spray those pieces with the adhesive & glitter. When all pieces are dry make a "sandwich" with the acetate in the center of the 2 pieces of chipboard. Punch a hole in the top with crop-a-dial. Add your string or whatever you choose to hang it with & that is it!!! very quick & easy!!!
***TIP***Just thought I would let you know...I figured out how to make glitter show up!!! FINALLY!
You just have to take the picture at night! I kept trying to take all my glittery pictures in very bright light...so just by accident I took this one late last night & what do you know!!! sparkles like crazy :)
Well unfortunately it is Monday :( I am off to work for the next 6 days!!! I will definitely be back for some more sneak peaks & the total release though...hope you all have a great week!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

These are cooling me down!

This is another card using one of the stamps from a new set that is due to be released next week from Clear Artistic stamps. I must first apologize as no mater what I do I can not get a good picture of this!!! It really is such a beautiful card... it is so sparkly that it did not even need any color!! You just can not see it in the photo! I used white liquid applique for a snowy effect & before it drys I apply a coating of Martha Stewart's Crystal fine glitter....so it is a bit puffed up & sparkles! here is a side view so maybe you can see it better.

The white paper is a glossy textured paper that looks a bit snowy all by itself. I can not remember where the DP is from...it is left over from last year. It is a hot hot day here today in the desert! So making these Holiday cards really does help cool you off!

well I am off to get some more projects done! thank you for visiting!! ~Gwen~

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sneaking another peek!!!!

Just a quick post for you today... I have been working way too many hours & not much time for anything else :(
It is time to take a peek at Clear Artistis Stamps new Christmas sets!! The new sets will be released later this month...so stay tuned... for a few more peeks!!! ALSO you can check out the other Designers Bloggs to get even more peeks. Etha has several cards done for you to peek at!
I love how this one fits perfectly in the giga circle punch!
I think the swiss dots are perfect for any Christmas card as it reminds me of snow. I will be back in a day or 2 with another one!!


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