I am at the end of my vacation and boy did I need it! I have to say I did something off my bucket list....Last Saturday my friend and I went on the Jetboat tours through the rapids in the Niagara River. We went through class 5 rapids-can one say wall of water!!! It was a blast and i highly recommend it...completely safe too. Now on to the challenges. I belive i conquered Chstmas Card All Year round-Open, Charistmas Stamping-Button and bows (Bob Hope comes to mind-remember the song?), Simon Says-Sketch Challenge and Flutter By Wednesday, Christmas in July (use butterfly, fairy or angel). The first is my Angel. I used dark blue tectured cardstock with light blue glitter paper and I stamped the angle in black and then coloured her in with tombow markers-I tried the Chartres effect. I finished it off with some stickles on her wings. The next is Simon Says Challenge-the sketch. I stamped the tree in silver and embossed with white glitter and then I used a textured gold paper with green and the glitter white and the black glittery paper(I love that paper). I used a ribbon in red as an effect. Christmas Stamping had the buttons and bows-Actually I got this paper from Christmas Cards All Year roundas a gift and it is so pretty I wanted to highlight it so I just used a nice white pearlized cardstock and a blue and stamped the sentiment. I stckled it all around and made the bow which took me forever-why can't one buy instant bows??? I just placed the button in the centre and stickled the tree parts too. The last 2, well, I used my glitter white paper and I stamped, in green, the evergreen branch and waited for it to dry. I randomly sponged colours in blues and then I used stickers (glittery of course) and laid it over top and then cut them out and placed them as if they are hanging from the branches and then i finished it off with stickers. The last one is my manly Christmas card. I used a burnt orange as a base and then a lighter card stock along with a remnant of my brown leather and green. I had a St. Nick that I had stamped before and was ready to toss since the bottom portion didn't turn out and then a lightbulb hit(yeah I couldn't believe it!) and I cut it out with my oval shape plastic,...um....thingy and I mounted it on top. If I knew how to make it look like glass I would do it but I don't know since my diamond glaze, when i put it on as a try out, it turned out all streaky. Anyway there we go. Have a fab week ahead everyone!