Sunday, December 6, 2015

Treasures and Mulligans

Today I put up the Christmas decorations. A couple of years ago I culled the herd to a manageable two totes (plus tree). It was time to put out the time honored treasures!

The tree skirt sissy Judy made in 1984. She made one for herself and one for me!
ALL THAT applique! YIKES!
No I haven't wrapped the gifts yet. That will come later.
It is usually delegated to my husband's to-do-list.
Here is HER skirt. I don't even like making
two identical cards because I get bored - can't
imagine making an entire quilted tree skirt twice! But I sure am glad she did!

My "seasonal table" made the switch from autumn to Christmas. I bought this table a couple years ago. It is my place for holiday/seasonal decorations. This way - all the decorations are located in one area - and I don't end up putting away stray holiday trinkets MONTHS later. Oh those orphaned ornaments and tchotchkes! No more finding a heart shaped ceramic in April. No more random snowmen sitting still grinning at me on a seldom dusted shelf in June! So the Seasonal Table is my answer to admitting I don't dust very often!

Autumnal look.

Regarding the was mulligan time! Ever notice how different cards look In-Real-Life vs. a photo? Sometimes IRL is SO much better than what the photo represents. with this wasn't until I looked at the card in the photo that I realized the IRL version was sadly lacking.

So last week's post (Ginny's card for her Wall, SD granny) gets a mulligan! I added some faux stitches. I'm not sure it is what it needed but now it doesn't look quite so "flat".


Mulligan Dove
Now on to today's card...Christmas continues to be the theme. Serendipity played into this one. I was reaching for the embossing folder when a tin of colored paperclips fell onto the craft table. I noticed the teal one and decided the card NEEDED something clipped to it!

Merry Little Paperclip
~Base card Cryogenic White
~Layer of American Craft Foil embossed using Hero Arts Dots Embossing Folder
~Merry die cut using Foil teal
~Circle punch and snow flake punch
Challenges | Inspirations
Southern Girls - use something you love (I love my Cuttlebug! It may not be high tech, the handle is broken, the plates are warped...but it is true love - warts and all!)
Fusion - color inspiration
Just Us Girls - word week - Merry
The Card Concept - let it snow
Gem of a Challenge - anything Christmas
Inkspirational - flake
Christmas Cards All Year Round - CAS

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Here's to serendipity, mulligans, and admitting to the finding better things to do than dust!

Nancy in Iowa


  1. I actually thought your card looked just fine before, but this did add a little something extra and is so pretty. Also love the second one.
    Great idea on having a certain area assigned for just Christmas. I'll still be finding things in April I'm afraid! That's a beautiful Christmas tree skirt! WOW!

  2. Beautiful card! The teal paperclip is the perfect accessory for this silvery beauty. Thanks so much for joining us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  3. What lovely decorations you have put up, it looks very festive! Your cards are both fabulous, I love the simplicity of just adding one colour to a silver CAS card. Thanks for sharing with us at Southern Girls this week for our what you fancy challenge!

  4. What a wonderful silver snowy background on your card - love the clipped on snowflake - the blue die cut sentiment adds just the right touch of color! thanks for joining us in the Fusion Challenge Nancy! Your Christmas decorations look lovely as well!! Julia xx

  5. So shiny! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

  6. Thanks for playing along with the Southern Girls Challenge in 2015, we look forward to having you join us for our first challenge of 2016 which kicks off on January 7th. In the meantime, sneak a peak at our Winner's Circle post! Hugs, Wends x


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