Posts Tagged "holiday"


It’s still August, so, of course, it’s hot! I’ve been grumpy and irritable for the past week, and last night I had a talk with myself:  Gem, enough already! Work on something that would get you out of this mood! Do something that would make you smile!

Well, I took the advice and went to check on SplitcoastStampers, which is currently running its Dare to Get Dirty Challenges. Then I took out one of my most favorite designer papers, Wonderful Winter Glittered Christmas Papers by My Mind’s Eye. Sigh. Just looking at the smiling snowmen and glittery colors is making me more cheerful already…I’ve used up most of the papers, but I’ve saved all scraps (that’s when I know I really like the papers, LOL, but then, I also have papers that I couldn’t even bear to cut because I just like them so much!). Using bits and pieces, and by using the patchwork template from my post 8 years ago (wow, has it been that long already?), I put together these two cards – and yes, making these definitely lifted me out of my depressed mood. Mission accomplished!

To use the patchwork template, just print it out, cut out the pieces and use them as patterns – easy, right?

These two cards are for Dina Kowal’s and Tricia’s (T. Joy) challenges. I will update this blog post to give you the details of each challenge when the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges are done! Thank you for coming over to take a peek!

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Christmas Jewels

Posted by: Gemin General in General

It’s still early in the holiday season and this is the perfect time to set aside a few hours to craft. The next question is, what to make? I’m excited to answer this question because Debbie Bastian, a wonderful designer at Aimee Asher, came up with a simply beautiful printable set, Christmas Jewels. Using images from Silver and Gold, she designed a card with coordinating envelope, gift bag, gift box, tag and candy wrappers. I’m sure you will love using her set – it evokes the feeling of an elegant, old-fashioned Christmas.

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