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Monday, December 18, 2017

Catching Up

I can hardly believe it's been a month since I have posted. I knew I had been busy, but I was sure it had only been two weeks.... Ooops....

November/December tend to be pretty busy for just about everyone. Once Thanksgiving came, it was like the starter pistol for the season. We've been pretty booked since then. I have managed to still make time for crafting, but was busy enough to keep forgetting to take pictures for the blog.

So let's catch up... Thanksgiving we ate, watched movies, and SHOPPED! I know that Black Friday brings up mixed feelings for people. The hubby and I use these heavily discounted days to knock out most of our Christmas shopping for family members as well as several gifts for Toys for Tots. We usually go in with a great plan to get in and out quickly and it works every year. This year was the same except there was a trio of ladies that put our planning to shame. These adorable ladies went in wearing tall bright Christmas antlers to easily spot each other and capped it off with a set of walkie talkies. I need to step up my shopping game!

 I don't know that I have really mentioned it on this blog, but I know all my Facebook friends and Pinterest followers know my love of Sam and Dean Winchester. We had an opportunity to get tickets to see the boys live, but it felt like almost as soon as Thanksgiving was over, the hubby and I were on our way to San Francisco for Creation's Supernatural Convention.

I need to start by saying that I have done quite a few different conventions, but by far the fans at this convention were the nicest. Everyone was sweet and inclusive. There was a lot to see and do at the convention, but let's be honest we were there for the boys! You know, these ones.... Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

(Creation's Supernatural Convention December 2017)

They were just as funny and charming in person and on stage as they are on the show. You can tell they truly love their fans! 

Another reason we went to this particular convention is that the hubby and I are both The Walking Dead fans. Those of you who watch both Supernatural and The Walking Dead know that Jeffery Dean Morgan who played John Winchester in Supernatural now plays Negan on the The Walking Dead. That's right  Mr. JDM was in attendance (insert fangirl squeal here)! 

(Creation's Supernatural Convention December 2017)

In the blink of an eye the convention was over and we were back to reality. The hubby and I then went and enjoyed the annual Christmas concert at our church which featured:

James Durbin - American Idol Finalist & Lead Singer for Quiet Riot
Jonah Kim - Grammy Award Winning Cellist
Rebecca Jackson - Violinist for the San Francisco Ballet & Founder and Artistic Director of Music In May  

The concert was amazing and heartfelt.

And then it was on to an early screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Absolutely stunning, amazing, incredible, and all the other adjectives that describe how fantastic this movie was. I know some fans are split, but I enjoyed every minute of it. 

We had some other stuff going on, but you get the general idea of it. So here we are, a few days before Christmas and I am now just getting to post the pictures of my remaining Christmas Card Creations, here we go:

Stamps Used: Avery Elle Winter Woodland Wonders
Inks Used: Archival Black, VersaMark, Distress Ink (milled lavender, dusty concord, and seedless preserves), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Accessories: White Embossing Powder

Stamps Used: Neat and Tangled Santa's Wonderland
Inks Used: Archival Black, VersaMark, Distress Oxide Ink (Faded Blue Jeans), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Stickles

Stamps Used: Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas
Inks Used: Archival Black, Distress Oxide Ink (fossilized amber), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Canson Watercolor
Accessories: None

Last, but not least
Stamps Used: My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Beast Friends and My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Santa's Elves
Inks Used: Archival Black, Distress Ink (weathered wood, chipped sapphire, black soot ), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Neat and Tangled sequins

Sorry for the hurried post, but I wanted to get something in before Christmas. I hope that whatever holiday you celebrate, that you are all happy, warm, and safe!! 

Until next time, keep on crafting!