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Hello! Hello! December 20, 2008

I know I’ve been missing in action lately.  Not to bore with all my excuses, I thought I would share with you 3 cards I made yesterday and a few updates.

About me, I’ve been creating with many deadlines, and unfortunately, I can’t share those items.  Some items can be viewed though.  For this month, if you are a member of splitcoaststampers, you can view the Dirty Dozen December Fan Club Gallery titled Obscure Holidays.  Hop on over and take a look at all of the amazing samples.   If you are attending SU! Leadership in January, you will be able to see some samples created by me (you will even see some pics of me *wink*). 

I also got all of my hair chopped off lol.  It is extremely short and I’m still adjusting….and hesitant to share a pic just yet.  I had 12 inches cut off and it has all been donated to Locks of Love.

About the cards…These are being mailed out today to 3 fellow stampers who I’m so thankful for having as friends. 

The first card is all SU! created with a Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Card Elements Kit and a few other accessories. 


I added some Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Alpine Cord, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet and brads.  Big Shot and Top Note Die used in background.  Punches used: Small and Large Oval, Scallop Edge Punch, and 1/4″ Circle Punch.  Image was stamped in Mellow Moss ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Sentiments stamped in Ruby Red.  The kit is so worth it.  I whipped a couple of these cards out in no time.

The next card is so stinkin’ cute.  As a way to show you to think outside the box with some of your images, this set from Our Craft Lounge, Tree-Mendous Love, is love/Valentine’s related.  I wanted to create a card appropriate for the season…and this is what I came up with.  I hope she likes it:)


Cute right?  I used an assortment of punches to create the top of the tree.  Added some Chunky Glitter on Whisper White CS to create the snow.  I used one of the little heart stamps from the set and created heart snowflakes in the background.   

The next card is a special surprise thank you for a dear friend of mine.  I used CHF Hugs and Kisses set from Kim Hughes Collection.  Another super adorable set.  I am a fan of this line.  Such cute images.


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!!


16 Responses to “Hello! Hello!”

  1. Amy Johnson Says:

    Cute cards! I especially love the mailbox one! Its absolutely adorable! Love the notebook paper and the doodling! So creative!

  2. LOCKS OF LOVE is a wonderful kind thing for you to have done. I am sure you will adjust and enjoy the easy care of shorter hair. I love the wash, towel fluff, apply a little gel and go! With my illness, I can’t fuss with styling any more. Kuddos! These cards are beautiful. I love your site and I have missed you. Thanks for the ability to comment from your newsletter. Sometimes I have so much mail it is hard to take the time to open each site. Keep up the great work!

  3. Conniecrafter Says:

    Love all your cards, the cord inside the big eyelet is cool touch, love the heart tree, and love your mailbox with the grass, too cute!
    Wow I bet you feel light now, what a wonderful cause to give your hair too, someone will be receiving a wonderful gift from you 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  4. Jenn D Says:

    The cards are adorable! The layouts on all of them are wonderful. I just love that tree.

    How generous to donate that much hair. I did that about 6 years ago. It was a hard adjustment, but it all grew back.

  5. Sue Kment Says:

    wonderful cards…what a wonderful thing to donate your locks! My little niece just went through her second year of chemo and I understand the need for such generous actions!

  6. Angie Says:

    WONDERFUL cards! I love what you did on the second card with the punches and the tree, and I too am a fan of Kim Hughes’ line of stamps although I don’t have that set YET! I have donated my hair to locks of love also. It is such a worthy cause. I’ve missed your posts! Good to see you are back.

  7. Diana Gibbs Says:

    OMG! I love what you did with the OCL tree, beautiful!

  8. Jill Kirk Says:

    Cute cute cute of course. It’s always a highlight to see your work. I think you are one of the most amazing people ever…your generosity never stops. I’m so lucky I actually know you in person too!! Merry Christmas. I hope all your wishes come true!

  9. Cindy Major Says:

    Hi, Mary Jo

    You have been missed! But what a way to come back full force – love all three cards, they’re awesome!

    I’m really glad to know your work will be showcased at Leadership. I am attending for the first time, and I really look forward to seeing everything you’ve prepared for the event.

    All my best Holidays wishes to you and your family!

  10. Dawn Easton Says:

    Oh my goodness MJ! All of these are fabulous! Love how you have used the top note in the first one. The second one is adorable with all the fresh looking snow on the tree! That set from Kim Hughes is a fave of mine…that third card is so fun!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  11. Jody Morrow Says:

    Those are ALL so amazing! Beautiful as always!

  12. YOU ARE THE MOST AMAZING STAMPER EVER!! WOW WOW… I just love ya MJ. Hope you have THE best Holiday! 🙂

  13. Jules Says:

    Gorgeous cards and your photos are so clear too!! Merry Christmas form your blog admirer over here in the UK!! Jules x

  14. Amy/rohla Says:

    So happy to see you back in action…weird thing, I was up and at it way too early this morning and somehow you crossed my mind bc I’d been wondering if anything (other than holiday hustle and bustle) had happened to you! So happy to hear not so!

    All three cards are wonderful, the 2nd pair being soooo darn adorable!

    Merry Christmas!

  15. Absolutely beautiful cards, MJ! Your watercoloring is deLISH! Merry Christmas!

  16. Aubien Says:

    These are so awesome!

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