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Friday, September 9, 2011


It's that time of year - for making Christmas cards!!! One of my favorite times of year is Christmas because I love to decorate!!   I've been known to go a little overboard with my Christmas decorations in some peoples opinions but I just love love love to go all out!!!

A funny story from when my daughter Cait was younger. My friend Lori and I lived in apartments in the small town we went to school in and for me, I grew up in. I lived on the second floor and she lived on the bottom floor and naturally our patios were directly above/below each other. Caitlin and Shaw, Lori's son, were about 3 or 4 so Lori and I decided we wanted to decorate and merge her patio with my balcony and have one large display between the two for the kids (really, it was for the kids ****wink wink****). We really got into it and when dark came we plugged everything in and it was just BEAUTIFUL!!!! We were so proud of ourselves. We had a small ice storm a few days later and had been out sliding around in our boots having a blast. Well, clumsy me slipped and fell and conked my head on the concrete. I went upstairs to my apt and checked to make sure I wasn't bleeding etc. Well obviously I conked out because Lori and a couple others had tried calling me to make sure I was ok and I didn't answer. Well she decided because I had passed out she was calling paramedics to make sure I was ok - awesome friend who truly cared.

Stay with me, I promise the ending will relate to the decorations lol.

Anywho, I was so paranoid and didn't want them coming with sirens so I had to make them promise to just come but no lights or sirens. If you grew up in a small town you know paramedics are usually firefighters too etc. Well they came and checked me out and told them to just keep an eye on me. Before they left they made sure to let us know, and I am not exaggerating here, that we were "a fire hazard" with all the lights we had going!!!!  We had to promise to only have them on if one of us were home and when we went to bed to turn them off otherwise we were gonna have to tone it down a few notches LOL!!!

Now you are probably wondering what in the world that story has to do with the post title of "Tangled" right??? Well, this darling Edwin stamp I got recently totally brought back the memories of Lori and I hanging lights and getting tangled up and having to unwrap ourselves, etc which led to us being called a fire hazard!!!  See, I promised it would all tie in together!!!

On to the reason I'm posting :)
This card is being used for the Just Magnolia challenge which is a sketch challenge this week!!

So, enough yapping, here's Edwin :)

And of course he's done in easel style - I am so addicted to these type of cards!!!

And then Copics used:

So I'm attempting my first post via Blogger for the iPhone and the photos were taken with my iPhone as well so if the quality is poor forgive me, I may end up back to the traditional way of posting if this doesn't work out for me!!!

Card Recipe:

Bazzil Carstock
Best Creations Christmas DP
MS Border Punch
Copic Markers (photo of ones used posted here)
AC Ribbon
Paper Studio Gems
Christmas Twinkle Lights from Buttons Galore
Edwin by Magnolia
Rub-on Bo Bunny Christmas Greetings

As always, thank you for stopping by and happy scrapping!!!

PS  Updated as I def have some learning when it comes to Blogger and the iPhone!!! 

PSS 9/10/11 Updated with better photos - need to wipe my iPhone camera off I think!!  LOL


Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie wow this is stunning, loving your colours perfect, thanks for joining us at JM/HS this time hugs pops x x x

Cat's Scrap said...

Hi Karen,

I like very much the way you realized the sketch. The choice of the theme: Christmas, good idea one never set enough beforehand! But what pleases me most, it is games "real and orgery" with the girlande of Christmas.

Hugs from France.
Cat's Scrap.

debby4000 said...

Oh what wonderful, adorable card.

Stampin Mindy said...

Super creative! Love the lights.
Thanks for joining us at Just Magnolia and hAngler this week!

Hugs, Mindy


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I am not the best scrapper out there. I don't claim to be totally original, I lift from many places and in many forms from color combinations, to product usage, to technique and so forth. I try to be fair to all scrappers out there and mention them when I lift from them - now keep in mind, there are so many people out there scrapping, card making and altering items that naturally more than one person will have similar ideas. When I mention lifting, or casing as some call it, I mean when you intentionally take a design you see and duplicate it exactly or only change up the coloring........KWIM???

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