Jul 24, 2015

Welcome to Day 1 of the 

Get ready for some great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.
Along the way today, you'll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two and even a couple great decorating ideas. We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year. 

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 and Debra Groh, she is giving away 

 All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is, comment on each of the blogs.  That's it! It really is easy. Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs). Please email Debra with your order to receive the proper discount.

                     Now on with the hop!
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Welcome to my Blog and Grumpy Grandma Creations.
I hope you are having a great time and enjoying everyone's hard work. It is hard to believe we are halfway through the year and Christmas is just around the corner! UGH!! 
Since I have a double birthday party to plan and two more weddings on the horizon I decided to go back and pick some of my favorites from the past year. 

First up is a Kiwi Lane inspired layout. I LOVE Kiwi Lane, and it is always my go to for scrapping my granddaughters books. The big reason I love them is I can use the hoard of printed paper stacks that seem to accumulate on the shelf. 
(you know you are guilty of this too!) 
Don't be intimidated by Kiwi templates they are super easy and most of the time I cut an embellishment on my Cricut and add that to it. So the cost for scrapping a double layout is minimal. Once you try them you will want them all! 

 Believe it or not I traced around some cookie cutters for
the star and ornament for this page. I made my own templates by tracing old cookie cutters onto $1.00 Tree cutting mats. So if you just can't afford a whole lot of Kiwi Lane you can make some of your own. I embellished it with some sweet little chipboards and 3D gift bags. Knowing me those came from Big Lots :) 
I should probably change my name to "Cheap Grumpy Grandma"!! 

My second contribution is a card I made for the holidays this past New Years. 
I have given up sending out Christmas cards. With one son still in the military and no one ever being home at the same time for a group photo I wait till after the holidays when life quiets down, then I send out "Happy New Year" cards. 

 This is a side step card. I previously posted this on Card A Day Challenge Blog (I so encourage you to follow this blog the ladies give such great inspiration!) I can't remember who I got the card template from. The Snowman,cocoa cup,and baby its cold sign are from Miss Kates Cuttables

I used the "Print to Cut" feature for the Cold sign because those little snow flakes just would not cut on any paper or setting.  
The happy new year sign is from Cricut
This is ALL Paper and since I buy it by the pound and it has no Mfg I can't tell you where it comes from. 

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I hope you enjoyed my portion of the blog hop today! 
Please feel free to leave a comment and follow me 
if you like. 
Don't forget about day 2 tomorrow! 

Here is today's hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.
Card A Day Challenge Blog ~ http://cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com

Be sure to hop tomorrow too for even more great holiday projects and ideas. 
You can start tomorrow at Theresa's blog


  1. You've inspired my to scrapbook last years Christmas photos. Lovely pages.

  2. I have never tried Kiwi Designs but you now have me interested. I love the layout and your granddaughters are adorable. I love the card and the colors are so perfect and cheery.

  3. Cute layout and card. I have never tried Kiwi Designs, but I see a lot of people who do and they always turn out cute.

  4. Love the layout and card Anna. You are so creative making your own version of kiwi lane templates. Thanks for hopping with me!


  5. love the layout and the card! both great work!


  6. Great layout and you know I love the card! Thanks for hopping with me.

  7. Your layout is so adorable! Thank you for sharing your secrets of how to save money. Your card is just too cute!

  8. Your LO is adorable but that New Year's card is Super Cute!!!!

  9. Love both the layout and the card! Good money saving ideas, too! I enjoyed hopping with you!

  10. OMgosh they are both cute :) Great idea to use cookie cutters like that and such fun look to. The card is just fun!

  11. Great Layout and I'm loving your Card. So glad to be following you know. Thanks for Sharing! :0)

  12. Thank you everyone! I am all about saving money! And I do love my Kiwi Lane!! If you get a chance to visit their booth at a scrap convention you won't be disappointed and they always have a show special. It really is a great way to use all that pretty patterned paper in the paper packs.

  13. A great card. Thanks for the idea to signup with Card a Day - done!

  14. Gorgeous layout and beautiful grandaughter. And cute new years card!

  15. When i zoomed in to look at your LO its a adorable LO... glad I zoomed in. But most of all since I love love love snowmen I love love love your snowman card TFS

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  17. Such inspiration! TFS ! :-) Loooove your step card. Tooooo stinkin' cute! :-)

  18. fyi --- I deleted the first comment because there was an "I" after the TFS. Looked silly. It's supposed to be an explanation mark. :-) When I redid my comment, this time I left a space, but it still shows as an "I". :-)

  19. I love making and seeing other peoples Christmas layouts, yours is great and so is your card.

  20. thanks for the tips! great projects. i'm following you! It’s nice participating in the Christmas in July blog hop with you!

    La-Vie B.
    Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

  21. great LO and that card is adorable!!

  22. Great projects! I love your card!

  23. Fabulous layout and card. The step card is so cute.

  24. Cute layout and card. Following your blog now.

  25. Great work! Love the card! Enjoyed being in the hop with you!

  26. Fabulous projects!! Enjoyed being in this hop with you :0)