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Pretty Little Present

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 30, 2008 in Crafts, Family Stuff, Today's Photo

Emily’s dance studio was asked to march in the annual Pitman Christmas Parade held last night.  Unfortunately, this weekend I am suffering from the annual “Torrence Thanksgiving Stomach Flu” (hits at least one of us every year – one year, it took out our whole family AND the entire Meehan family too), so I wasn’t able to go.

But I did manage to take a photo of Emily in her costume before she left.  They asked for the girls to dress up as reindeer, Christmas trees or presents…so I decided to do a little recycling of her Halloween costume:

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I removed the puppies and covered the box with wrapping paper (that just so happened to be about the same color as her coat) and some ribbon.  I replaced the rope with the same ribbon and added a tag that reads, “To:  Mommy/From:  Santa”.   The tag was going to read “To: Emily”, but my six-year-old pointed out to me that made no sense.  “Mommy, how can the present be TO me when I AM the present?”  I couldn’t argue with that.

 
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Thanksgiving With Family

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 28, 2008 in Family Stuff, Our Goldendoodle Puppies, Today's Photo

We spent Thanksgiving yesterday with Mike’s family in Elizabethtown, PA.  Even the dogs came along, dressed for the occasion:

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It was nice to see Mike’s family again – especially his grandmother, Nan.  Here she is with Mike, his brother Mark and sister Terri (Mike’s brothers Don and Fred couldn’t make it yesterday):

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And here’s the Torrence gang from NJ:

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It was also nice to see some cousins too.  Matt and his cousin Devin were born just days apart – here’s Nan and Devin with his mom and dad (Mark and Sue from Littitz, PA):

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It was a long day – we had a two hour drive each way – but everyone enjoyed spending time together.

 
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Happy Anniversary!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 28, 2008 in Family Stuff, Today's Photo

Happy 10th wedding anniversary to my dear husband, Michael!  It was 10 years ago yesterday that we were married on a lovely day on the beautiful island of St. Thomas.

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Thanks for the most wonderful 10 years of my life – here’s to many, many more happy years together.  I love you!

 
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Happy Thanksgiving – Plus, Even More Card Ideas!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 27, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Happy Thanksgiving! 

You know – I’m still not finished posting all of the cards I made for the ‘Shop til You Drop’ event a few weeks ago.  I’m going to just finish posting all the remaining cards today because…well, I’m pretty bored with posting them day after day – and I’d like to move on to something else.  So today, I’ll throw the rest of the cards out there for you…

I think I made over 20 designs with 2 of each card for that event – all made in one weekend.  I could have made my Christmas cards with all that work and have been done by now!  After all that effort, do you think I could actually use THESE as my Christmas cards?  Would anyone even notice a big orange lion on their holiday card…

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Maybe a pinwheel?

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This technique is really cool – the petals are made from folded tab punches!

How about some butterflies?  This started out as a CASE but morphed into something else…

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I love the paper piercing to go along with the ‘journey’ definition.

Let’s see…what else did I make?  This was my make-and-take card (another modified CASE from Stampin’ Success):

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And for this one, I copied was inspired by a color combo I saw in a magazine:

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And I made a few baby cards too:

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C’mon!  Those could pass for Christmas cards…baby Jesus?  Right?  Okay – maybe not.

So here’s another couple of actual Christmas designs sorta CASEd from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini:

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Hmmm…now that time is running out, I may use one of these simple designs for my own card…let’s see if I have any creativity left inside me…

 
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A Few More Cards

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 26, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Just a few more cards – these were CASEd almost directly from Stampin’ Success – with a few variations to work with my stamps sets and supplies:

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Card(s) of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 25, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

I still have quite a few of these new cards left after my ‘crafting frenzy’.  Unfortunately, turnout at the ‘Shop til You Drop’ event was not quite as I’d hoped.  I put a LOT of effort into this event!  The good news is – I’ve got lots of cute holiday crafts to display this year and a WHOLE bunch of cards just ready for any event that comes up (and I got a fantastic chair massage while at the event, too!).

So here’s a card CASE’d just about directly out of the Holiday Mini Catalog:

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I had fun watercoloring this one – and I was thinking of using it as my holiday card this year.

A few more cards that were almost totally copied right from Stampin’ Up! promotional ads:

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Love those holiday rub-ons!

 
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Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 23, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Here’s today’s card:

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Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 22, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Here’s today’s card:

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Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 21, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Here’s today’s card:

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White flower is embossed with white embossing powder.

 
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Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 20, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Here’s today’s card:

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Center flower is raised with dimensional adhesive and has Dazzling Diamonds glitter in the center.  Watercolor crayons were used and image is embossed with black embossing powder.

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