Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Our Christmas Decor 2019 at the Westmoreland House c1917

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you pictures of this years Christmas Decorations at our home.  We had a few people over last Friday night from our church to celebrate Christmas.  Charles loves Christmas and decorating and well all things Christmas.  He used to have a complete storage unit that was packed from top to bottom of Christmas decorations.  So this is his holiday.  So each year we decorate and have a few friends over.  Our home was built in 1917 by the Westmoreland Family hence the name.   I know this is not a card or paper crafting project post presay.  But, we did do a try this year with handmade ornaments or ornaments that looked handmade.  I had mentioned this in a video and people wanted to know if I would be sharing pictures this year.  So this is my post for today!   Let's get started on the picture tour shall we.

Living Room: 

We are going to start as soon as you walk into the house.  So we are going to start with the Living Room.  

Victorian Room/Parlor:

This is Charles' Room.  It stays this way most of the year well minus the Christmas Decor.  This has most of his antiques in it.  And a lot of his mother's dolls that she had collected.  Which by the way I find creepy.  I am just waiting on one to come to life and grab me.  Okay maybe I watch to many horror movies, but you never know.  

Dinning Room: 


Between the dinning room and the kitchen is where we placed the new tree this year.  This is the tree that I mentioned with the handmade or handmade looking ornaments on.  Charles loves to knit and we found these beautiful knitted looking ornaments.  On this tree is a garland that I made and on the garland after his mom passed we placed all her gloves on it to add a touch of her to the holidays each year.  

The End: 

I wanted take the time to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday today!  I also wanted to take this time to thank each and everyone of your for following me on my blog, and social media this year!  And, for being loyal fans and customers.  I love you all!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS from myself and Charles! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Window Card - Honey Bee Bundle Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial

Hello and welcome to my blog; I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  Today, I am going to share with you a super quick and easy window card using a new bundle from Stampin' Up!.  The Honey Bee Bundle is one of the twenty new bundles in the January-June Mini Catalog.  It's also one of those that I noticed right off the bat when I first thumbed through the catalog.  It's a super cute Spring and Summer stamp set that will let you create great greeting cards that are oh so sweet.  Here's a look at my project.

Tips & Tricks: 

With the Honey Bee Stamp Set, you’ll make greeting cards that are oh, so sweet! Use the greetings in this set to convey your thoughts of friendship and support. This is a Distinktive** stamp set; it has a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step, creating photo-realistic images. **Patent pending

The Honey Bee Bundle includes the Honey Bee Stamp Set and the Detailed Bee Dies.  Create custom die-cut flowers, bees, a honeycomb, a beehive, and more using the Detailed Bee Dies. Use these dies with the Honey Bee Stamp Set to quickly cut out stamped images from the set. Create thank you cards, thinking of you cards, and other fun cards and paper crafts!
I stamped the large bee all over the Real Red card base in matching Real Red ink to add a little pattern and texture to the card.  I then used the Stitched Nested Label Dies to cut out the window on the card front.  I then stamped and die cut the large bee and the smaller one in Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with my Crushed Curry Stampin' Write marker (from the Regal Marker Collection).  Next I stamped the Bee Hive in Crushed Curry and cut everything out with the matching dies.  I added them to the front of the card with a couple dimensionals.
For the inside of the card since you are able to see inside with the window I added a strip of the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper (which can only be earned for Free with a qualifying order during Saleabration) to the center of the inside of the card.  I made sure that the designer series paper lined up with the points of the large stitched window.  I then added a thin strip of whisper white with the sentiment stamped in Real Red ink in the center of the designer series paper.  To finish off the card I added a few Red Rhinestones around the front of the card and on both sides of the sentiment.

Video Tutorial: 

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Sizes & Dimensions: 

  • Real Red Cardstock:  5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • Whisper White Cardstock:  4 x 5 1/2 (inside) 1/2" x 5 1/4" (sentiment) Scrap for Bees and Bee Hive
  • Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper:  1 1/2" x 5 1/4" 
Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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