Monday, December 10, 2007

A Christmas Photo, Christmas Gifts Part III and DT Call

YIPES! Yesterday it was my goal to get our Christmas card photo done. NO EASY task with three children: one who likes to undress herself as soon as she is dressed, one who gets dirty the second he is dressed and one who takes FOREVER to get dressed!

But finally we did it. I managed to get three photos taken. Usually I take about 25 but yesterday, since I was short on help (my husband was working) and patience, I took three. Here is the one that won't be gracing our Christmas cards.

Don't make fun of Lauren--she was born in Louisiana and is just prepping for her bright future at Mardi Gras (gasp!)

Well, I posted yesterday about my cards appearing in Crafts n' Things and since then I have had several emails from people not being able to find it. The issue is the February one (they publish every other month) Subscribers are getting thier issues now and I just received my copy today! (I will be sleeping with it for a few nights, I am sure!) I will let you know when I see it in stores. Sorry for the premature posting...just very excited.

My post for today has been taken hostage!!!! I created a cute way to present a pack of cards and after my husbands prodding, I decided to submit it this morning for publication and it was accepted five minutes later. Woohoo. So...I had to flounder to get something else ready.

Here is another gift set created with Ambassador Monogram set from Papertrey Ink ( I decided to create a background using the Borders and Corners set. I love the fun color combination and the hip look of it.

For the monogram part, I simply stamped the border and then stamped the monogram inside on blue cardstock. I punched it out with my circle punch and then punched out the larger brown circle with the larger circle punch. For added interest, I placed a brown word window punch underneath the circles and adhered it with brads.

I packaged up the set in a clear box tied with tulle. Love the look of this. I will be adding a gift tag later!

Materials used: Stamps-Papertrey Ink (Ambassador Monogram, Borders and Corners); ink-chocolate, soft sky, celery; Cardstock-choc chip, soft sky, celery; brads (SU!); circle punches (SU!); word window punch (SU!); corner rounder (Creative Memories).

My friend Michelle Rodgers is having a design team call for her store, "Stamper's Dream." Details can be found on her blog: Check out her store listed on the right---she has awesome stuff!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Michelle said...

I can just hear Lauren now, "Throw me somethin' Mista!" LOL!

I love the note cards using the Backgrounds & Borders stamps. And I just happen to have those. Hmmmm...I feel a CASE coming on!

Something else accepted for publication? Girlfriend, you are on a major ROLL! Congrats again!

And thanks so much for posting my DT call! You are the best, no matter what *they* say about you! LOL!

Elizebeth said...

That picture is AWESOME! I love the personality your little one has!

And that is a fantastic card, again, with the Papertrey set. The wrapping is so pretty with that ribbon!

Congrats on another publication! I would be sleeping with a STACK of magazines if it was me, LOL!

Julie Koerber said...

Cool cards! TFS! Also wanted to say congrats on being published. I got my issue of Crafts N'Things this past weekend, opened it up and there you were! Since I'd been to your blog before, I recognized your photo and said,,, "Hey, I've been to her blog!" Long story short... KUDOS! Thanks too for the idea on a pub resume. I might add one to my site!

Rae said...

OMG... that photo of your daughter is too, too, funny!!! I'm lovin' your monogram notecard sets, I'm feeling a 'case' coming on, actually I'm working on a monogram set for my new sister-in-law too (although I don't have those sweet papertrey stamps...yet!) Your packaging is awesome, so, so creative Mz. Carolyn! Congrats on your pub too!! ~rae

dana said...

LOL...I'm dying with tears. I'll save some beads for her. My grandmother and grandfather are from New Orleans along with a clan full of family. The first time I went to New Orleans I felt the need to raise a shirt until my husband looked at me like I was insane. I know how it is to try to get the awesome Christmas photo. We gave up years ago. I just hope for really good school photos.

Love the cards. As always, you do a wonderful job. You're my inspiration and you know it.

JenMarie said...

LOVE your use of the ww punch!!!

Bethany Paull said...

HA! Great pic. Congrats on your latest pub too. Love the fresh and funky monogram set.

Anonymous said...

Charlene (LilLuvsStampin)
I about wet my pants reading your funny comment about Lauren and Louisiana! You gotta save that precious memory for when she's older. You are a hoot, girl!
You're also extremely talented and I am enjoying your blog so much! Love, love, LOVE the stuff you are making. You're on your way to the BIG time, Camster!

Shannan said...

OMG this cracked me up!!!!! Congrats on the publication girlie! You rock!

tyrymom29 said...

LOL ... The pic is soooo cute !!! That would of been like my lil guy he was always the one making funny faces in all our pics !!! too cute!!!

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

What a keeper that picture is. I love the card too!!!

Christina Fischer said...

Congrats on the pub!! Love the monogrammed card -- I was thinking of using those sets in just the same way! Great color combo and packaging! You rock! :)