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Wow!  I've made it to my 100th post! 

I have to admit, I've struggled over the past week to find the energy in the evening to sit down and actually create.  I've got TONS of ideas floating around in my brain but when 8:00 comes around and the kids are in bed, the dishes are done, the shopping's done and I've got some time to myself it's often hard to find the motivation I need.  Well, I've been promising "blog candy" when I got to my 100th post and I'm not going to delay it any longer.

But first,  I must share my inspiration.  Yet again, the ladies at Try Stamping on Tuesday had a great sketch to work from.  I shut the door to my office and put on my favourite CD...surprisingly, it's not Bach, but "Jesus Freak" by DC Talk  (Bach is too distracting....I just have to stop everything to   Here's the sketch followed by what I came up with:

Watercolour Winter holly berries
 I had fun playing with this sketch with my music blaring in the background.  I must have been quite a sight....sitting cross-legged on my piano bench, grooving and singing along to the music.  It was fun!

I borrowed the Watercolour Winter stamp set from a fellow demo and had A LOT of fun with it last night.  I may have to get my own set.  There are so many possibilities with it.  I'm working on cards that use "masking" right now for my Technique Tuesday class and this set it perfect for that. 

I used some great new product on this card too....all from Stampin' Up's Holiday catalogue.  The Core'dinations card stock is really fun to work with.  I paired it here with the "Lacy Brocade" textured impressions embossing folder and "Candlelight Christmas" Speciality Designer Series Paper. 

The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes".  Can't say I'm a huge fan of the font for this card, however my selection of Christmas sentiments is a little slim right now.  Here's a close up;

And now, on to the blog candy.  All you need to do to be eligible to win this blog candy is to become a "follower" of my blog by Friday, October 19th at 12:00 noon (Eastern).  I'll have a random draw and then post the winner that evening.  Here's what you'll be getting;
Blog Candy!!!!!
Happy Stamping!


  1. Laura, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! I LOVE the stamp set you used--it's on my "need" list! ;) Fabulous coloring and amazing texture! Thanks for joining us at TSOT!

    PS: New follower--thanks for the candy offer! ;)

    1. PPS: I also added your blog candy picture to my blog with a link back to you so more people can find you!!!

  2. Congratulations on your 100th post! Being new to blogging, and only 18 posts, I'm impressed.

    You can find my blog at

  3. Very nice Christmas card! Looks like the music worked! LOL Thanks for playing along with is at Try Stampin On Tuesday!

  4. Very pretty card! I found you because Mynnette commented on my card and I clicked the blog candy...and the circle widens!! :) I look forward to following you on my google reader!

  5. Gorgeous Christmas card ... love your colour combo and fab DPs! Congrats on your 100th post!

  6. Perfect card Laura. Glad you enjoy playing with us and thanks for joining us again this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday.

    PS: New Follower here too!

  7. Hi Laura. Congrats on your 100th post; my next post will also be my 100th, but I lack the courage to do a giveaway. Maybe at 200?

    I am now a follower of your blog. You are welcome to visit my blog and also become a follower of mine? xo Anni

  8. Your card is very pretty! Thanks for the blog candy opportunity! I look forward to seeing your future projects. Congrats on 100 posts! :)

  9. Such a soft and elegant card! Love it! Thanks for playing at Try Stampin'.

  10. am a new follower and happy to have found you, happy 100th post and many more....thank you for the chance to win
    your card is beautiful...


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