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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Oh The Joys of Christmas

 Joys of Christmas

I love this time of year for many reasons,but mostly because it reminds me (in the event I have forgotten) that the Lord has blessed our family immensely despite our struggles over the past year.  That our family is together and healthy and we all have a warm bed each night.  That through the difficulties, ours are truly insignificant in the big scheme of things.  And that we can continue to give to others and share our blessings with our friends, our family, and complete strangers.  We can give something as simple as a smile to a stranger if we like and know that it made their day a little brighter.  If only we could all live in peace.  

Memories are the makings of Christmas - and all year through for many of us too!  Happy memories are what remind us of the joys of having family and friends.  Well, I hope that this being the 2nd day of Christmas for our 21 days of Christmas giveaway - that the gift will make your holidays a little brighter.

Oh the joys of Christmas - especially if you have children.  My kids get so excited they can hardly wait for that special day, but to keep themselves busy, they do things like ...


Set up decorations that remind us of why we celebrate Christmas.  And we tell the story to our children every year so that they understand that we are celebrating the birth of Christ.



And set up Villages all around our family room like this one...



And this one.



And this one with that wonderful little boy of mine peeking up to show me how proud he is of his Village creation.  I'm so proud of my boy.  He loves setting up for Christmas.



Of course, their is the token Santa - courtesy of his sister who decided that the soap looked better on her brother's face than in the sink.

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Now, what to do with all of these pictures?!!  And believe me when I tell you I've got thousands of pictures. I am a camera toting momma around here.  And, to display my pictures so that they look really nice in our family scrapbook, I use this ...



 Are you a scrapbooker?  Do you know what this is?  It's called a Cricut Create Electric Cutting Machine and it is really neat.



And handy too.



Here is the information for you:

The Cricut Create Electronic Cutting Machine combines the portability of the original Cricut machine with the functionality of the Cricut Expression machine.  This versatile crafting sensation allows you to create die-cuts for classroom decor, scrapbook layouts, signs, banners and much more.  It is an exciting way to cut letters, shapes and phrases in an array of impressive sizes from 1/4" up to 11-1/2" on the 6"L x 12"W cutting mat.

Cricut Create Electronic Cutting Machine Includes:

  • Cricut Create machine - measures approx. 9"L x 17"W x 11-1/2"H 
  • Cutting mat - measures approx. 6"L x 12"W
  • Don Juan cartridge
  • Keypad overlay 
  • Handbook
  • Blade assembly
  • Quick start guide
  • Power adaptor
  • Manual
  • Instructional DVD

Product Features: 

  • 8-way directional blade - blade navigation buttons - allow you to move the cutting blade so you can easily position it exactly where you want to start a cut
  • Paper-saving mode - rearranges amount of selections to take up the least space possible
  • Flip function - easily create a flipped or mirrored image cut of the shape you chose
  • Center point function - cuts your shapes centered on a designated point; use on photographs or patterned paper in the landscape mode
  • Fit-to-page function - Maximizes the size of the character on the page, overriding the size set with the Size Dial
  • Shadow option - creates a proportionately larger shadow image of each shape you select
  • Mix and match - make a variety of creative features within the same cuts; use the entire library of existing Cricut cartridges
  • Variety of sizes - cut in portrait or landscape page layout
  • Easy to use - no computer necessary; 4 languages: English, French, Spanish and German; metric options
  • Auto Fill mode - easily mass produce cuts
  • LCD screen - shows exactly what you're typing for your next cut; easy to view
  • UL listed
  • Comes with a manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty

It's a fancy device, and it makes scrapbooking fun.  Wouldn't you love to have this under your Christmas tree?  Wouldn't you love to be able to create pages that are as creative as the pictures you show off to family and friends?  

Well, here you go ...

All you have to do is answer the question below in the comments.  That's it!  The winner for today's prize will be chosen on Saturday.  One winner per contest will be chosen.

Here are the rules:

One comment per person please.

Comments will be closed Friday 10pm EST.

The "1" winner for today's prize will be chosen on Saturday.  Actually, the winner for each giveaway will be chosen the first Saturday following each contest.  

There is only one prize per day and one winner per contest.

Answer the following question in the comments below:

How do you make memories last after the holidays are over?

Note: I do not know anyone at Cricut.  I just love their scrapbook cutter and I purchased it thru HSN.  I do not know anyone at HSN either.  This makes a great holiday gift for the scrapbooker in your life and I enjoy passing these great things on to my readers.  So - I sponsored this giveaway (and Santa of course)

That's it! 



Congratulations Roxy!


There were 22 Comments. Winner is #18: Roxy

Merry Christmas Everyone!