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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Inspired by Secret Santa

Well, is everyone getting back into the swing of things out there? Got any big New Year's plans? We always go across the street to our neighbor's house and celebrate there with more neighbors and friends, games and food (I LOVE my black-eyed peas!), then at the stroke of midnight after a kiss from our sweeties, we go out to the front yard and clank all the pots and pans and make a lot of unecessary noise. It's fun!

Anyway, now that Christmas is over, I can finally show ya'll this little gift ensemble I made. We played Secret Santa among the design team girls over at My Favorite Things. I got to make and give something to the insanely talented Michele Boyer (no pressure!), so this is what I came up with.

I had bought a bunch (like 36) of vintage Bingo cards from a lady on Craigslist (for $5!) and was just dying to use them. So I made up my mind to go with a vintage theme and pair one of the cards with some "Inspired By" stamps from My Favorite Things (of course).

I picked up some of these cute little ceramic bird ornaments at Target and thought one would look so cute tied to a big bow somehow, so that's when I decided birds--definitely birds (said in my best Rainman voice) and went to town with the Caged Bird set followed by a little Inspired By Winter mixed in. The sentiment is from the Merry & Bright set (that is sold out, sorry).

Well, that's all for now. I'm doing a little reorganizing of my craft area and made something to keep me a little more inspired (either that or a little less insane) that I'll be back later to show ya'll--either today or tomorrow. I'm watching my neighbor's three year old today, so there's no telling when I'll be able to get back to the computer. If you don't hear back from me by sometime tomorrow, you'll know I drowned in the play-doh.

SUSIE Q-TIP: Keep a bird'seye out for crafty stuff on Craigslist. Look in the arts & crafts section. Then for a laugh, read a few entries from the "best of Craigslist" area.

Stamps: Inspired By Winter, Caged Bird, Merry & Bright (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Fine Linen (PTI), Tinsel and Twig (Girls' Paperie), i believe (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Ruby Red, Bashful Blue (SU!), Walnut Stain (Ranger), Chestnut Roan Cat's Eye (Colorbox)
Accessories: Vintage Bingo Card, Kraft Window Bag (PTI), Let it Snowflake Trio Die-namics (MFT), i believe brads (My Mind's Eye), Felt (MFT), Pearl Flatbacks (Stamping Bella), Red Silk Ribbon, Divine Twine (TCP), Scor-Pal, Hot Glue, Jody Boosters


  1. IS that a tea bag bird?? I used to have a WHOLE Collection that my grammy gave me from the Lipton tea bags she bought... awwww, I MISS GRAMMY!!!!! :(

  2. This was TOTALLY FABULOUS, Susan!! I love(d) EVERYTHING about it! SO pretty I didn't even want to tear open the bag! Thank you again! You're the best! :)


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