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Friday, December 12, 2008

A {Deer Friend} Sketch For You To Try

Well, Happy second to the last Saturday before Christmas, ya'll! I hope everyone has been successful in getting all their "lists" taken care of, even in the tiniest way. For those of you not quite in the Christmas spirit yet for various reasons, I hope you soon are able to enjoy the season. I'm thinking about ya'll especially as I've learned about all kinds of situations from several comments left for my blog candy giveaway and it just breaks my heart. Money is so tight this year for everyone including us that our to do lists are quite scaled down but I am refusing to get stressed out over the holidays! I've started making a few edible goodies this year and freezing them (yes, you can freeze cookies and breads--who knew?), as they tend to be real dollar stretchers. I plan to thaw them out and give them away in the next couple of weeks. I have several ideas in case anyone needs a few (email me, or I may do a post next week on the subject). So every day, I have been going into the kitchen and digging around to see what I can make with what I already have and only adding a few things from the grocery store. So far, we've made a pan of chocolate chip cookie bars and these fun little "ice cream cones" from Bugle chips (I didn't know they still made them!). This morning I'm heading to a deep discount costume jewelry and accessory store in Dallas called Sam Moon, hoping to scrape up a few deals. So as you are reading this, I'm probably standing in line to get into the store in the freezing cold (yes, there is a line). But enough about me, you are here for Jen's A Sketch for You To Try!! Today I decided to pull out a stamp set that I have rarely used just because I haven't had time to but it's a favorite! I love anything my friend, Kim Hughes comes up with and this set, Christmas Critters is no exception. I inked up some Paper Frills and mismatched brads for a modern vintage feel. The snowflake and bow embellishment idea came from THIS CARD by Laurie Schmidlin (a creative diva) that I just fell in love with. Other than that, it's pretty self-explanatory! So now that I think about it, I will plan to do a post sometime this week coming up with some edible, quick and cheap ideas from your kitchen. How's that sound? Anybody need them?

We hope you can play along with us and as always, use keyword SFYTT when uploading to Splitcoast. Check out my other teammates creations for today---Carole (maybe--she's still out of town I believe), Shannan, and Amy R.. (Amy S. is busy getting some wonderful eye candy ready for us to see in the Dirty Dozen Fan Club Gallery on SCS, so we gave her the day off!) Lynn Put has a crazy awesome creation on Jen's blog as well, so don't miss it!

If you haven't already, enter to win my SUSIE Q-TREATS HERE!!

SUSIE Q-TIP: Nothing to do with my card today, but if you are still needing to make several Christmas cards or any cards in bulk, here's a gem. My friend, Sheila has a bazillion cards to make (whatever 34 sets times 8 cards each is--do the math) in the next two weeks and she needs help (making them and mental for accepting that many orders right before Christmas! HA!!--Love you, Sheila). She took her 8.5 X 11 cardstock that she's using for the "bases" to Kinko's and had them cut it in half to 4.25 X 5.5. She did about 150 sheets of cardstock for $1.50!! They told her she could have gotten another 50 sheets of cardstock in there for the same price! It's $1.50 per cut!! Scoring each one was too expensive, but step one---DONE! Well worth the gas to drive over there!

Stamps: Christmas Critters (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla (SU!), Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), Old Olive, Always Artichoke (SU!), Chestnut Roan, Chestnut Cat's Eyes (Colorbox)
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils/OMS, Hemp Twine, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug, Corner Rounder, Paper Frills (Doodlebug Designs), Various Brads, Ghost Shape Snowflake (Heidi Swapp), Happy Holidays Epoxy Tag (Falala, Making Memories), Chocolate Chip Scrunchy Ribbon (SU!), Glue Dots, Dimensionals


  1. Yes, my dear friend, our great minds WERE definitely thinking alike! I just {heart}your vintage mod look and feel here, and your coloring is swonderful!

    Thanks for the tips on scaling back...I've been doing a bit of baking myself!


  2. Fabulous card!! Love that deer stamp!

  3. Susan,
    Your Deer Friend card is fantastic! I love all of the texture and details that you've used! The embossing, ruffled brown ribbon and the tags along with the sweet deer image all look so great!

  4. I've seen this deer in a magazine and think he is the CUTEST!!!! It's going to be a hard Christmas for everyone, but I hope it gets us all in the true spirit of this holiday--celebrating our Savior's birth. I've got to go start on my list for the day, but I just thought I'd stop and say "hi Susan!"

  5. Awww..what an ADORABLE deer card!! :) Love that li'l guy, and your dp is really great too. Yes, money can get tight this time of year, but I'm doing the baking thing as well. I just bought some turtle bar mix--yum! Ok, so I'm not so good at the "made from scratch" thing. =) HAPPY HOLIDAYS. We just got a good snowfall today--woohoo. The kids had fun. Chat again soon. Hugs!!

  6. I LOVE this card. The embossed background is awesome!!!!
    How was Sam Moon, I haven't been there in a very long time. If I do go it will be during the week.

  7. very cute card and thanks for the Kinko's tip; I didn't know they did that kind of stuff; ours is always so crowded and help is not that friendly.

  8. Dont you just love this one! I am glad I found your blog today, it is great! I bought that deer and got all excited, not seeing the set so I don't have the sentiment and you HAVE to have it to go with it. Maybe I will buy the whole thing and give the deer as a gift!!


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