Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Winter!

Good morning, and welcome to The ThINKin' Spot!  I sincerely hope that you ALL have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas celebration.  We've had gorgeous weather here in mid MO, for this time of year, with highs near 50 degrees, and lots of sunshine.  Not so Christmas like, but nice just the same.  My card today reflects the kind of mood I'm in, because I'm one that likes the change of seasons, and yes, I even like winter.  I enjoy snow, and all the wonderful and fun things the first snowfall brings, like sledding, and bonfires, and snowmen.  So, with that being said, here's my Happy Winter card for you!  ;-)
 This Winter Snowman Cottage Cutz die from The Scrapping Cottage is so perfect for ALL your winter cards and projects.  I just left out a few of the accessories included with this cutie to make him more of a general winter character than a Christmas one.  He's ready for some snowy fun, just like we are!!  

Wishing you a bright and beautiful day and happy stamping!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What I've Been Up To...

 Good morning!  I've been such a sporadic blogger lately, and while there's still LOTS to do before Christmas, I thought I'd share with you a little bit of what I've been up to.

 Right after Thanksgiving, we had some welcome company from our Peachy Keen friends from Wisconsin.  We sure enjoyed their visit, and can't wait for them to come back.  Hopefully there will be a trip to Branson in the plan for some warm weather fun!
 This little Wisconsin critter was very elusive when it came to the camera.  Shy one, isn't she? 
 This one keeps me busy on a regular basis!  He's all but ready to walk, and such a sweetie when he wants to be.  Goodness, why can't I have eyelashes like that?
 I finally got all of the ribbon and ornaments on the Christmas tree.  It has been a work in progress this year.  We now even have some wrapped presents under the tree.  I'm tellin' ya that this old girl just doesn't get it all done as fast as she used to!!  Sure have enjoyed the slow fade feature on the multifunctional lights this year.  VERY pretty!
 Heres a closer look at some of my favorite ornaments. 

 I've even worked on a few crafty things amidst all the busy-ness of the season.  This card I made for Jeanette's Forest Swap on SCS.  This stamp set from Market Street Stamps couldn't have been more perfect for Jeanette's swap, and I love this K&Co. Paper.  PERFECT!  Thanks so much for dropping by today.  Have a blessed and beautiful day filled with abundant blessings and happy stamping!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Driving By With Merry Christmas Wishes

Good morning!   I'm just driving by this this cute little Santa to send you wishes for a VERY Merry Christmas!  I was so happy when this Santa's Truck with Tree die arrived in my mailbox, because I though he was SO stinkin' cute!!  I knew it would be loads (pun intended) of fun to work with, and I wasn't wrong!!  Here's my card using this adorable Cottage Cutz die.
I cut nearly everything with white card stock and colored with Copic markers, with just a few exceptions.  Now with this being Santa's ride, I just HAD to have a little bling, and glitter card stock fit that bill to a "T".   If you haven't asked Santa for all those Cottage Cutz dies that are on your wish list, then you'd better get to it.  Just eight more days, and the big day will be here!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope all your preparing and planning for Christmas is going well, and that you're ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the holidays.  I'm getting there, too!  Have a blessed day and happy stamping!
Love ya!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge #67

 Good morning!   It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for another Peachy Keen Challenge.  This week it's designer's choice, and that gave me the chance to alter this little wood purse that I picked up at my local Ben Franklin store.  I thought it was so cute, and I just knew it would be fun to alter.  I was right!  While I was shopping around for goodies in the scrapbooking and paper crafting section, I found this GORGEOUS Bo Bunny Snowfall paper, and a whole vintage theme started spinning around in this head of mine.  Here's what I came up with, and I hope you like it as much as I do.  I don't always "Love" everything I make, but this one ranks right up there.  ;-)  LOL!!!
 This is the outside of the box.  I simply covered it with a thick coat of glue stick, and I glued the back side of the paper as well.  I always have good luck with paper sticking if I apply the glue to both the item I'm altering AND the paper.  I used a sanding file to cut the edges of the paper to fit exactly.  The remaining wood parts of the box are stained with Tim Holtz distress ink, as well as the edges of paper covered pieces of the box.  I cut a snowflake from some of my scraps of paper using the snowflake Sizzix die from Stampin' Up!.  I also punched a variety of snowflakes from scraps using my Martha Stewart punches, and both the die cut and all the punched snowflakes were distressed with some Tim Holtz ink.  The face for the snowflake was stamped onto a scrap of the patterned paper and I colored it with Copic markers, and added some distress ink to that as well.  The sweet snowman face is from the PK-483 Winter Wonderland 1 1/8" face assortment, and the sentiment is from the PK-859 Christmas Greeting Words.  Both of those are of course from Peachy Keen Stamps.  I finished this project off with a satin ribbon bow, the Tim Holtz hardware, some hand crocheted flowers, and brown and blue flat back pearls. 
This is a look at the inside of the box, and the bracelet that I made to go inside.  This was a project I had SO much fun with, and I can't wait to make more!!!  Now, you've got to head over to the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog and see what the rest of our talented designers have made for you!  They always have such wonderful things to share, and I know you're just going to love what they have created for you!!  Please join me in welcoming our guest designer this week.  Palali Biswas has some wonderful things to share with you on her Touch of Creation blog, as well as on the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog.  Be sure to visit both this week to see all her amazing work, and possibly win some peachy awesomeness as well!!

I thank you so much for stopping by today, and I wish you a day filled with wonderful blessings and lots of happy stamping! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

PSA Essentials/Cottage Cutz Holiday Card Blog Hop

 Hello and happy Friday!  We've got some fun and inspirational hopping for you today, sponsored by PSA Essentials and Cottage Cutz.  If you arrived here from Angie's Blog, then you're hopping along in perfect order, but should you have just happened along,  then you'll need to go back to the beginning, to Kay's Blog, and hop along from there, so you don't miss a thing!

I used the Ornate Poinsettia Cottage Cutz die to make this card, and I cut it in both green and red glitter card stock, then layered the pieces for a dimensional effect.  I love the contrast of the sparkly poinsettia with the rustic Basic Grey designer paper.  The sentiment is from the Oh By Golly stamp set from peachy Keen Stamps. 
There are some great ways for you to win prizes for this blog hop.  Here's what you need to do to be entered to win a prize...
Hop to each of the blogs in this hop, comment at each, and be a follower of PSA Stamp Camp to be entered to win the “Holiday Card” prize.  This prize contains 3 Peel & Stick stamp sets, 1 stamper, 1 black ink & 1-2 color ink from PSA Essentials.   The winner will also receive a $50 gift certificate to The Scrapping Cottge for the grand prize.   There are also 9 opportunities to win a 3 x 3 die from The Scrapping Cottage, and those will be awarded from the comments on each individual Scrapping Cottage Designer's blog.  

Thank you so much for hopping along with us today.  Your next stop is at the talented Kim Schofield's Blog  Below, please find a list of all the stops on this hop, just in case you lose your way.  Have a blessed and beautiful day and happy stamping!! 

· - Kay Norman
· -  Angie Holden
· - Lorie Souther
· - Kim Schofield
·  - Pearl Liu
· - Vera Yates
·  - Janice Wilson
· - Jennifer Holmes
· -  Lori Leng
· -  Jeanne Streiff
·  - Gini Cagle
· - Kim Moreno
·  - Erika Taylor
· - Meylssa Connolley
·  - Angelica Suarez
·  - Cheryl Walker  
· - Mae Armstrong
· - The Scrapping Cottage
· – PSA Essentials

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge #66

Good morning!  It's Tuesday and time for another Peachy Keen Challenge!!  I've got some very special company here, so I'm going to make this post short and sweet, because we're headed to Kansas City in just a bit for some shopping, to visit Crown Center and see the Christmas lights in all their glory at the Plaza.  I'm so lucky to have Kathy J. and her daughter Madeline here visiting from Green Bay.  I've sure enjoyed having them visit, and I'm gonna be REALLY sad to see them go home.  :-(  

So, on to Challenge #66.  I used one of the newest Country Bumpkin Stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps.  This little Mooey Christmas cow is so easy to color, and I think she's just as cute as a button.  Of course, I'm a wee bit biased!  Teeheehee!!  
 I colored Miss Mooey Christmas with Copic markers and pulled out some of my stash of Basic Grey Christmas paper, thinking they would work so well with this wonderful sketch.  I added a little bit of scalloped trim and a tag using my Stampin' Up! punches, and finished it off with red and black twine.  Be sure to drop by The Peachy Keen Challenge Blog to check out all the details of this challenge, and to see what the rest of the peachy keen gals have created for your inspiration.  You're also gonna want to drop by Julie's Crafty Spot, because Julie is our guest designer this week, and she's got all kinds of amazing things to share with you all week long.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a blessed and beautiful day, AND happy stamping!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jingle, Jingle, Jingle!

 Good morning!  The holiday season is now fully upon us, and that of course includes Christmas cards.  I have a fun little card to share with you today that I made using the Christmas Fawn Cottage Cutz die from The Scrapping Cottage.  I cut this out with white card stock and colored him with Copic markers.  I love this sweet little guy, and I paired him with the Jingle, Jingle, Jingle sentiment from Peachy Keen Stamps, and added the jingle bells for embellishment. 
Have you dropped by The Scrapping Cottage for their sales this weekend?  Be sure to check them out, because there's savings everywhere you look, from merchandise, to shipping, and a special release just for Black Friday.   AWESOME!!!!  Have a blessed day, and a fabulous finish to your weekend, and Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Peachy Keen Kut Out Blog Hop

 Good morning!  How about starting this weekend with a party?   For me, and so many Peachy Keen fans like me, that would be a party of blog hopping!  Our Peachy Keen designers and friends have been busy, busy, busy creating cute cards and projects with their new Peachy Keen Kut Out dies and stamps, and we're ready to share, so let's get the party started!!  If you arrived here from the wonderful and talented Viv's Blog, then you are hopping along in just the right order, but if you just happened along, then you've just got to go back to the beginning at The Peachy Keen Stamps Blog and start from there, so you don't miss one fabulous creation, OR a chance to win a terrific prize, and yes THERE WILL BE PRIZES!!

Today, I am showcasing these cute as can be dies and stamps: PKKO-09 Winter Character w/Stocking Hat Die, PKKO-07 Igloo Die, PKS-07 Penguin Girl, and PKS-11 Igloo.
I stamped this image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  By following the step-by-step directions included in each die package, it was a breeze to cut the image out after it was colored.  The register holes on each die make lining everything up a cinch, and I LOVE that added feature to these dies!!  As I said, just follow the directions, and it'll be a breeze for you, too!  I used paper from Crate Paper's Snowy Day collection for this card, and added glitter for the hat, polka dotted grosgrain ribbon, and pink rhinestones for embellishment.  The pattern on the scarf and hat, I added by hand with a Copic marker and white gel pen.
For this little cutie, I pulled out my stash of Secret Santa paper from K&Co, and used up some of my hoard of die cut snowflakes.  The igloo got some sparkle with a two way glue pen and some dazzling diamonds glitter, and the sentiment for this card comes from the PKS-15 Oh By Golly stamp set.  Some Liquid Applique gave her hat the furry and textured look, and again, I added some pattern to the scarf and hat with a white gel pen.

So happy you could hop along with us today, and your next stop will be at the sweet and very talented Janice's Blog.  Should you get lost along the way, there's a complete hop order below.

PKS Blog -
Kathy -
Viv -
Lorie -
Janice -
Nikki -
Emma -
Samantha -
Lisa -
Kim -
Heidi -
Joanna -
Erin -
Ruthie -
Angelica -
Jeanne -
Zeni -
Michelle -
PKS Blog -

Oh, and I almost forgot about the prizes!  Here's all the deets about what's going on with prizes and exclusive sales THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!
  • Be sure to leave your comments across ALL blogs in the hop, as each comment is a chance at winning ONE of THREE prize packages!
  • Each winner will receive their choice* of one new die and one new stamp set!
    (*subject to availability) 

  • And now through Sunday (11:59 PM CDT) Peachy Keen Stamps is offering an additional 5% off our already in place 10% off when you use PROMO CODE: KUTOUT5 at checkout!
    Total savings of up to 15% OFF on {almost} everything in our shop!
  • PLUS, enjoy FREE SHIPPING* this weekend in addition to your discount! *free shipping available to Domestic USA addresses, only*

Well, now I think I've told you everything I know today.  Thanks again, for stopping by today, and I wish you a blessed day and weekend filled with everything YOU love!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge #65

 Good morning!  Wow!  I've kinda been MIA for a few days, and I have no excuse other than being busy, busy, busy!  There's so much excitement going on at Peachy Keen Stamps, with new products and stamps that have just been released, but... First things first, and that would be our current challenge.  It's time for our Tuesday challenge over at the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog, and this challenge brings us yet another fantastic sketch, as well as a bit of a twist. The twist is that you will need to add some paper piecing on your image.  Here's my card, using the newly released PKS-07 Penguin Girl stamp set, and the coordinating Winter Character with Stocking Hat Kut Out  which is a die that can be used with the Penguin Girl (like mine) or Snow Girl stamp sets.  Oh my goodness, if you haven't seen these new cuties (and there are many), then you REALLY must check them out!  So fun and versatile!!!
For my card I used Stampin' Up! card stock and patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather collection.   I paper pieced the hat and scarf with coordination paper from this 6x6 stack, and colored/shaded everything with Copic markers.  The hat has a bit of liquid applique sprinkled with Champagne Glass Glitter from Stampin' Up!, and the fish were doused with some Icicle Stickles to give them a scaly/sparkly look.  The Sentiment comes from PKS-11 Igloo stamp set.  The background circle was done with circle Nestabilities and Lacey Circles Nestabilities.  For added detail, I popped the fish up with foam dimensionals, and added the twine.  I finished this card off with the plum colored grosgrain ribbon.   This card was so much fun to color, and so easy to cut out with those Peachy Keen Kut Outs!

Head over the the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog to check out all the fine details of the sketch, and to see what our amazing design team has created for your inspiration.  Please help me welcome Cathy Martin who is guest designing with us today!  I LOVE the name of her blog Snip Tuck, as well as her work and does she ever have some amazing artwork to share! 

I also want to share that there are some new Country Bumpkin Stamps now available at The Peachy Keen Stamps Store!  Say hello to:
Deputy T.O. Snow
 Miss Mooey Christmas
 And sweet little Gracee Goose
These are all available at Peachy Keen Stamps RIGHT NOW, and please check back tomorrow, when I'll have some cute cards made with these very near and dear to my heart stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  As always I wish you a day filled with blessings and happy stamping!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Blog Hop!  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is so excited to be celebrating four wonderful years!  I was very blessed to design for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps as my first ever design team assignment, and after nearly two years of designing for Sweet 'n Sassy, I remain a fan and friend, AND always will!!   A fantastic group of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps design team members past and present, along with some special friends, have put together this fabulous Birthday Blog Hop to kick off a whole month of fun. We have 37 stops so the hop will take place over three days - feel free to take your time visiting each blog!  You have until 11:59pm EST November 9th to leave comments on as many blogs as you can.  On Saturday, November 12th Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will announce FOUR winners (chosen at random from comments on random stops along the hop); each lucky winner will receive a prize pack including stamps, dies, paper & twine valued at $40! 

If you have been following along already you should have come from the talented Tami Mayberry's blog.  If you are only starting here, please head back to the SNSS blog and go from there.  You won't want to miss any stops along the way!  Also, don't forget to comment on as many stops as you can....the more comments the better your chance of winning one of the fabulous prize packs! :)

Here is what I created for this hop using the gorgeous Christmas Candle digital stamp.
 I used some of the beautiful Wassail paper from Basic Grey, which I thought went so well with the vintage style of this image.  I added a bit of stickles to the candle for dimension and sparkle, and I thought a bow with  some of this gorgeous waffle weave ribbon from Stampin' Up! would be just the ticket.  As I mentioned earlier, the image was printed digitally and then colored with Copic markers.  For the finishing touch, I sponged the edges of the image with some Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage photo.  I love that it actually looks like the edges are burnt.

I'm so glad you're hopping with us today, and   your next stop on the hop is at the amazing Darsie Bruno's blog, but just in case there are any hiccups, here is the whole list of celebrants on this party train:

 Thanks again for stopping by and hopping along with us today!  Have a blessed and beautiful day, and happy stamping, too!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Good morning!  Yeah baby!  It IS cold outside, and getting colder.  I guess it's time, and after the long hot summer, I'm ready.  It sure makes crafting winter and Christmas cards much easier.   I've been playing with the dies from the latest Christmas release at The Scrapping Cottage, and this card was made with the Winter Bird with Ornament Cottage Cutz die.  This one was really fun to color, and I love the bigger size.  I can't help it, I just love to color bigger images and die cuts.  This was cut with white card stock and colored with Copic markers.
I used some Basic Grey paper for this card, and I added plenty of stickles to the ornament, along with a rhinestone embellishment.  NO ribbon on this one, and I gotta tell ya that it just doesn't feel right!  I think I use ribbon on about every card I make, but it's good to change it up once in a while.  ;-)  I gave the bird some extra shimmer by going over it with a Saukura Gelly Roll pen in red, and smudging it with my fingers to spread the sparkle around.
Here's a closer look at the sparkle on the birdie.  I'm so glad you could drop by today, and I hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend.  Have a blessed day, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Easy Canvas Prints

Hello and happy Wednesday!!  I have something special to share with you today.  Some time ago, I was contacted by the folks at Easy Canvas Prints, asking if I would like to review their product.  I visited their website, and I have to say that I was very impressed with what they had to offer.   They offered to provide me with an 8x10 canvas print using the photo of my choice, or, if I so chose, I could upgrade to a larger size at a discounted price (which I decided to do), and all I needed to do was write a review about their product.  It took me some time to find a photo that was exactly what I wanted, and as you can imagine, my subject of choice would of course be little Max.  Well, my husband just happened to snap this picture of Max at my niece's wedding a couple of weeks ago, and I knew right then that this is the picture I wanted on canvas.  Allen was across the aisle from Max at the wedding, and the sun was coming in the window right behind Max, which I thought gave it a really neat effect.  So here it is, in all it's 16x20 glory, and I LOVE IT!!!!
I used my photo editing software to retouch a few areas of the photo, and to make it sepia in color.  The quality of this canvas is excellent, and I chose to have the edges mirrored and wrapped at 7/8", which looks really nice.  Very finished and professional.  It really doesn't need a frame at all, but at some point I may decide I'd like to frame it, and then again, maybe not.

The entire ordering process took maybe 5 minutes from start to finish, and my canvas arrived within a matter of just a few days, very carefully packaged and protected.  This was such a wonderful experience and opportunity, and I want to thank Easy Canvas Prints for allowing me the chance to review and display their product proudly in my home. 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a blessed and beautiful day!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge #64

Good morning!  Hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday!  It's time for another Peachy Keen Challenge, and once again, we've got a terrific sketch for ya.  There were so many wonderful entries in our last challenge, and I sure hope to see even MORE this time!!!  For my card today, I used the new PK-648 Faceless Scarecrow Dolls stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps, as well as the PK-649 Scarecrow Accessories.  WOW!  What a great combination of sets to create with!!  I just LOVE these stamps!!  So, here's my card.

I was inspired to paper piece this scarecrow after I saw Kim Score's adorable creation that you can view here.  I'm tellin' ya, that Kim is one creative lady, and I absolutely love everything she does!!!!  Thanks so much for the inspiration, Kim!!! 
The paper I used for this card is all from Stampin' Up!  The card stock AND patterned paper can both be found there, as well as the waffle weave ribbon, the brads and buttons.  I used lots of foam dimensionals for this card, and the background for the scarecrow girl was cut with the Nestabilities Labels 21 die.  To get the matte layer, I simply traced around the edge of the die directly onto my card stock, and then cut it out by hand.

Here's a closer look at this cutie.  The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  I even colored the patterned paper to add some shading.  That is a great trick, and really adds a lot of depth to the finished project.  Below, you can find all the details about this challenge, and don't forget to drop by the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog to see what all the DT gals have created using this sketch.  Great things await you!!!

Sketch Challenge #64 Details


Create a card OR layout based on the sketch provided
 Peachy Keen Stamps are not required for this challenge, 
but if you've got them, we looooove seeing how you create with them!
  • Project must include basic elements and layout from the sketch (feel free to flip anything!)
  • Project must be new, created for this challenge
  • Link up by November 14th {the collection closes at 11:59 p.m. Central on 11/14} 

This week, we are offering a chance to 
win TWO different ways!
And we'll have a total of FOUR winners!!
As always, we will have our random winner
that is chosen from entries into our challenge.

That winner will receive our
(I just love him.)
Thanks so much for stopping by The ThINKin' Spot today!  It's always a pleasure to have you drop by, and I do enjoy your comments!  Have a blessed day, and HAPPY STAMPING!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Simple Elegance

Good morning, and welcome to The Scrapping Cottage Blog!  I hope you're enjoying a beautiful day wherever you are.    Have you seen the beautiful Cottage Cutz dies that have been released for Christmas?  Oh my goodness, are they EVER fabulous!!!!  Now, I am a big fan of coloring, and using many different mediums for coloring, from watercolor, to Copic markers, to paint, but once in a while, I like to create a card that is quick and easy, but looks like I spent a lot of time on it.  Simple elegance is how I like to describe those creations.  Here's what I came up with using the Snowflake Ornament Cottage Cutz die, and I've included a little picture tutorial so that you can see how I put it together.  These little honeycomb type cards are so much fun, and the three dimensional effect is so showy.

 To begin this project, you will need to cut 5 of the ornaments in your choice of card stock.  I used a metallic silver.  Place the cut ornaments on a scoreboard, and score right down the center.  As you can see, scoring at one inch worked perfectly.
 Once you've scored and folded all the pieces in half, the you can start gluing them together.  Start by placing adhesive on the left under side of the first ornament, and gluing that to the right under side of the second ornament.  Keep going until all 5 pieces have been glued.  You should have the left under side of the first piece, and the right under side of the last piece free from adhesive.  You will add adhesive to those when you're ready to put the ornament on your card.
 Once the ornament has been secured and is dry, you can add some sparkle.  I used a 2-way glue pen and some Martha Stewart white gold glitter.  Kinda messy, but that's the way I roll!  ;-)
 The finished 3-D ornament.  Gorgeous!!  I did take a Zig Painty pen and color the top with a bit of gold.
Apply adhesive of your choice to the back side of the ornament and secure to card front.  The embossing folder I used is a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Christmas Ornaments, and I do believe that it's discontinued now.  I did work perfect for this card, which made me very happy!!
VOILA!!!  One completed very simple and elegant card!!  Wouldn't these make wonderful ornaments for a mini tree?  You'd need to add a couple more cut ornaments to allow them to come full circle when you glue them all together, but that would work great.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ginger Wreath and a WINNER!!!

Good afternoon, and happy Tuesday!!!!  I FINALLY got my project finished  that I was working on while visiting Peachy Keen Headquarters in Green Bay, WI last week. Did I EVER have fun painting these little ginger people, BUT I wouldn't be honest if I didn't tell you that I really struggled with them, because I hadn't touched a paint brush since I was in Green Bay, and helped Kathy paint the larger set in July.  I REALLY need to paint more, so it's a little easier for me!!  ;-)  With that being said, though, I really am happy with how they turned out, even though I constantly compare mine to Kathy's beautiful works of art.  I can only aspire to be HALF as good a painter as she is, but it's good to have aspirations, right?  She's such an awesome painter, and I could watch her work for hours!!!
These smaller chipboard versions of the gingers currently available at Peachy Keen Stamps will be available soon, if they aren't already listed, so be watching for those.  They are so much fun to paper piece and the perfect size.  One good thing about owning your own stamp company and manufacturing your own stamps is when you decide you want a stamp for something, you just have Dave make it.  That's what we did with these.  Kathy decided it would be easier to stamp the faces, and VOILA... one day later, stamps appeared out of know where!  That place is magic, I'm tellin' ya!!!!!  LOL!!!  Now you'll have the option to purchase custom made (larger size) face stamps for your gingers.  After a trip to Hobby Lobby for a wreath and filler, I was ready to start putting my creation together.  This is so stinkin' cute, I don't know if I can stand to put it away until it's actually time to decorate for Christmas!!
Oh, and before I forget, I need to announce the winner from the PKS Mini Release/Country Bumpkin Blog Hop.  The lucky winner of the $15 Gift Certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps is commenter 
Congratulations to you, and I'll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you're having a wonderful day, and I sure hope happy stamping is in there somewhere!