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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas Planner

It's time for another monthly challenge at Elisabeth Bell's World.  

This time we'd like to see a gift for someone with a card or a gift bag.  I might have cheated because I made this for ME!!  LOL  Although if my mom and sister see this they will try and steal it for themselves so it might be a gift after all.  

Last year I made VERY elaborate Christmas planners for my mom and sister.  They were spiral bound books (made with the Bind-It-All) with lots of tabs for Calendar pages, Wish Lists, To Do, Meal Planning, Etc..  It was so pretty that I never even wrote in mine!!

Well, as much as I would have liked to have done that again, I simply did not have the time this year.  So instead I covered a little notepad and will use it for all keeping track of all of those holiday Things to Do, Buy and Bake.

Inside I created a little pocket for receipts, etc and a ribbon loop for my pen.

I've used Shopping Willow and  gave her festive Christmas bags by paper piecing them.  Now, if only I could look that fabulous while out shopping.  LOL

Creative Inspirations = #88 Color Scheme (Red, Gold & Green) - There is gold in the DP
A Spoonfull of Sugar = #131 Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts = #11 Christmas
Pile It On = #46 Winter means....Christmas shopping!!
Stamptacular Sunday = #86 Time for Giving
The Crafty Pad = #98 Red & Green
Copic Creations = #39 Shading Paper Piecing
Bunny Zoes Crafts = #6 Christmas - Anything but a Card

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the States!!  My family and I are at my Mom's today enjoying a yummy Thanksgiving dinner, taking naps, writing out our Christmas lists and decorating her tree.  That's my family's Thanksgiving tradition and I'm going to enjoy every second of it!!

I am very blessed and have SO MUCH to be Thankful for ... My sweet little family, my health,  my faith, and my friends.  That includes all the the new friendships I've made because of this little blog of mine.  I know that I always say "Thanks for stopping by", but I want you to know just how much I really mean it.  I know that there are millions of blogs out there and I am very thankful that you have come by to visit ME!!  :)  
So THANK YOU from the bottom of my HEART!!!


"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues" - Cicero


Crystal said...

What a great idea Wendy! Perfect to jot down all the last minute gift ideas, grocery lists etc! It's so beautiful I'd probably not write in it either! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

martina's kaartjes said...

lovely crafting, love the presents in patterned paper !
greetings, martina

Unknown said...

Hi Wendy,
Sorry I haven't been by in a while hun, just don't know where the time goes to these days - must be my age eh???
Anyhoo, just wanted to say what a fabulous project this is, love the paper piecing - great idea - and I love the reindeer border at the bottom too.
Dawn xx-xx

Unknown said...

Hi Wendy, my that colouring you did on that image is great. The shading on the boots, brilliant!! Veru nice card, love it!! Greetz, Frea

Christina said...

A really gorgeous notebook Wendy!!
Hugs Kristel

Sharon said...

Love the christmas look you've given Shopping Willow. Absolutely stunning project, I'd also want to keep it... happy thanksgiving to you and yours, hugs Sharon

NGCARDS said...

This is gorgeous and what fantastic colouring :) Thanks for joining in this week with our Colour scheme of Red, Green & Gold at Creative Inspirations Wednesday’s Challenge Blog! xxx

TinaB said...

Stunning!!!!!!!! This is beautiful! Thank you for playing at the Crafty Pad. Check back soon for our 100th challenge!
Hugs Tina xx

Danderella said...

Wendy this is gorgeous! Your colouring is amazing...really, I am always amazed when I see your images. And the whole thing is amazing. I hope you have a relaxing Thanksgiving.

coldwaters2 said...

Wowzer Wendy this is superb what a gorgeous image and I love the planner idea excellent work hun.
Lorraine x

Caroline said...

You are so sweet - Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! You did an awesome job colouring this image, love it!!

Anita said...

I love this idea Wendy! I may have to make one of these for myself. Your image is beautifully colored and I love the paper-pieced shopping cute! I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Paula (PEP) said...

This is absolutely stunning - love those deer & the decorative bow. The christmas shopping bags are superbly done with those papers & all the detail inside the front cover is delightful. This is so pretty I don't think I could use it. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving & it's lovely hearing about your family traditions.
Paula (PEP)

~Jeri~ said...

Gorgeous Wendy!!! Your coloring is stunning as usual and love that image. I'm sure you look just as pretty when you hit those stores!! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving today!!! Enjoy your weekend!

C@rl@ said...

Hello Wendy

Que linda carta,muito elegante
e bela para levar ás compras.
Boa decoração na árvore ^_^
Bom fim de semana
abraços Carla

C@rl@ said...

Hello Wendy

What a beautiful card, very elegant
and beautiful to take shopping.
Good decoration on the tree ^ _ ^
Good weekend
Hugs Carla

Sorry but the first comment was in Portuguese ^ _ ^

Nana said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Wendy! love the papers and our!

scrapn_momof2 said...

I have been toying with the idea of making Christmas planners myself for next year. I only hope mine turn out half of cute as yours are. I love the PP presents. Adorable!!

isabel said...

What a pretty!

uksharon said...

This is absolutely stunning.
Thanks for joining us at PIO this week.
Best wishes, Sharon

Shelby Goolsby said...

Wendy this is just beautiful!! I love the shopping bags and she is colored beautifully. I have to ink up my stamp like this. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

Katy said...

Absolutely beautiful idea. Love the pen loop and the tab for recipes. As for the front, this is stunning! Beautifully coloured and a prefect image for planning Xmas. Thanks for joining in this week with our Colour scheme of Red, Green & Gold at Creative Inspirations Wednesday's Challenge Blog! Hugs. Katy xxx

Anonymous said...

This is so clever!! What a fun idea!! I love your coloring on this image!! Have a great weekend!!HUGS

Nicki said...

Gorgeous colouring and I love the paper pieced shopping bags.

Nicki, x

...just Peggy said...

Wow! What a fun idea! Thank you for joining us at Lollipop Crafts.

Karita said...

How beautiful notebook :)
Image is gorgeous and I just love your colour combo. And your design is absolutely stunning :)

Thank you for joining us at this weeks SSC and hope to see you again :)


Alanna said...

What a great notepad. I love the image you used. Everything is very nice. Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts this week.

Bananastamper said...

This is absolutely stunning Wendy! I surely need one of these! Maybe next year! lol
Shanna :)

Sprytebyrd said...

Oh, this is just beautiful! I love this image and your coloring is just wonderful!
Thanks for playing with us at Stamptacular Sunday this week! Good Luck on our Gift challenge!
Dee (Spryte)♥
Sprytebyrds Spot

Trina said...

This is really nice! The coloring & paper piecing looks great!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Wendy!

Thank you for all the sweet comments on my blog - love to read them all!! You're so sweet! Love the planner you made here and especially the way you colored her! All those christmas shopping bags, oeh, wouldn't we all love a successful shopping day like that, ha ha. I like the blush on her cheeks, as if she's a bit embarrassed for all the bags, hi hi, looks funny! And what a lovely project this way! Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

Hugs, Wendy

Dorte said...

Great idea to make a Christmas Planner. That is whay everyboddy should have.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.
hugs Dorte

Jan Garber said...

I have spent the good part of this Sunday doing nothing; well, except blog hopping all over the place! I have to tell you, your Shopping Willow is the cutest image and the best idea I've seen today! I love that image and the fact that you had made the planners for your family is amazing! I am now a devoted follower! Can't wait to see more!

Anonymous said...

Hey Wendy I love all the cards you made. They are amazing, I am very impressed by your intriguing ideas everytime you seems to wow me... I wish I can come by and take all the cards you made and just keep them. The ones you sent to me I've kept them...hugs and kisses
Love always

Brandie said...

Well I truly used my planner last year and would have loved one of these. You are so crafty and organized Love you!! What a great thanksgiving we had!!

Kate said...

What a lovely post! I enjoyed reading each word and am delighted that you had such a fabulous Thanksgiving with your mother.
What a great planner too! I laughed at your comment about not using yours from last year as it was too pretty. I am always hoarding things that are too nice to use as well! I love the image you chose - and that little loop to hold your pen is such a clever idea!

Heather said...

Fantastic project Wendy - superb layout and beautiful colouring, paper piecing and shading - I love those bags.

So glad you joined us at Copic Creations,
hugs Heather xx

mycardz said...

Well, you are just sooo darn clever AND talented! Even with less time, this is fantastic! I love your paper piecing - it's just perfect. And, what a great idea to be so organized!! Eeeek. I usually don't like people like you. LOL So glad you could join us at Copic Creations! Thank you. hugz, Mary

Lacey Stephens said...

Fantastic card!! Great take on the X Challenge! Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge! We have another fun one for you that started today. We hope you can play along again!
ABC Christmas Challenge DT

StinkerbellSteph said...

Stunning! Love your coloring. Your blog is such a beautiful showcase of art.

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