Monday, November 26, 2012

giveaways today!


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I am SO thrilled with the positive feedback about my new rubber stamps and to celebrate I am giving away 5 sets of stamps!

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AND....


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I am also thrilled to be participating in Christy Tomlinson's online course 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas No. 2 and I am giving away 1 free spot for the class!!


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The course is a five day mini workshop. Each day for five days (tuesday-saturday) 3 new holiday projects will be posted by one of the teachers... MEJuliette Crane, Mindy Lacefield,, Margie Romney-Aslette, Jeanne Oliver, Chrissy Gardner, Shea Fragoso, Debbie Murray, Junelle Jacobson and Christy Tomlinson. Class starts December 4th and the cost will be $24.95. 

The course is hosted on a private website and all instruction will be in video form and include up-close pictures of each project and supply lists. Once you register, you will receive your log-in and welcome email with all of the details you'll need for class on December 3.

And the classroom stays open for a year...so you can go at your own pace and create whenever you want.The course is hosted on a private website and all instruction will be in video form and include up-close pictures of each project and supply lists. Once you register, you will receive your log-in and welcome email with all of the details you'll need for class on December 3.





SO HERE is the deal-

 Leave me a comment and tell me how you are kicking off the holiday season.
I will randomly select 6 winners- 5 people will get stamp sets and 1 person will get the spot in 12 Artsy Ornaments class!

ready...set...go!



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Julie Smith said...

I'm kicking off the season by browsing pinterest and blogs for creative ideas and wishing I had enough money to do them all! :)

Julie
alonewithmytea.blogspot.com

Lucinde said...

These stamps are AWESOME!!

I love the cozy feeling you get with the holidays. Can't wait to start crafting with some nice christmas music on the background :)

Jo Murray said...

I know the Festive Season is upon me when the first card arrives in the mail. I have some friends who are always early. That urges me to get on with card-making. I make at least 20 'special' cards each year for my 'arty' friends. Sometimes I re-use bits of old commercial card in collaged pieces, sometimes it is all paint and paper.....and I love it!

Missy K said...

I am hosting a dinner party for several of my favorite women. Would LOVE to win your stamps.

Rusty Bucket Designs said...

This year I just can't seem to get a start on the handmade cards and gifts I was to give. A stamp set and class taught by such wonderful artists may be just what I need!

Inge (Belgium) said...

lovely giveaway! Like your stamps, especially the feathers! Hollidayseason starts with making decorations for the tree with the kids. When they were little I let them scribble on paper and I cut out trees and ornaments. It was lovely. Last year we make saltdough, painted it and added a lot of glitter :-) We also used them as a tag for the gifts. One of the first things is arranging the christmaslights and candles.

Mary said...

Your stamps ARE beautiful!

Anastasia Boswell said...

I've jumped into high gear getting all of my hand- made gifts ready. And a little Christmas Elvis is helping along the way!

Aafje Knegtel said...

Since in Holland we are celebrating sint nicolaas first on december 5 th we dont start decorating till after that date. But this does not stop me from already sorting through my decorations, buying some new ones, reading christmas recipies... I am totally in the mood for Christmas!

Nicole said...

The tree is up, the stockings are hung....now I get to figure out why the lights on the tree do not want to work... Happy Holidays to all!!!

Susan Jonsson said...

I am planning do do Christmas crafts with my son's fiance....Your stamps,class....ideas would be so perfect for our afternoon together! Thanks for the chance to win a prize!

Susan8

Mary Ann said...

I am kicking off this holiday season by performing random acts of kindness everyday for someone else....this year its all about the giving and being grateful for all that I have. ox, mary ann

Zauna said...

I'm kicking off the holiday with some Christmas crafting and painting tonight and a Scentsy party tomorrow!

Jackie said...

We are kicking offthe holidays early this year, we have started decorating early :) Thanks for a chance-many blessings to you and your family!!

Anonymous said...

We started last Wednesday with little man by strolling along the main street in our town, checking out the Xmas lights on the trees and sharing a huge candy floss. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win your stamps or a place in the workshop. Fi

AppCannon Software said...

We have a line up of Christmas concerts to attend this week...a children's symphony orchestra concert and then at the end of the week, the Band of Flight Air Force concert! I LOVE music & art!!!

Ratty Hugs said...

I love the inspiration you post, I am currently unemployed so the Holidays will be interesting this year for decorating & gifting. I am designing felt ornaments for my Dad, & Sis. The rest of the family will be getting hand made paper ornaments & killer fudge. I will be stamping Holiday postcards & gift wrap for the pre~loved books that the family will be getting.
Thank you for the chance to win.
Ann ~C8>

Weronika Krzyżanowska said...

I'm kicking it off with a resolution to organise my time better and make more jewellery! ;)

elizabeth said...

I'm kicking off the holidays with a JOB!!!

nannyems said...

we always start our holiday season with tree decorating day. A pizza, a box of chocolates and some Christmas music to enjoy while we decorate the tree!

Larisa said...

Your stamps are stunning! I absolutely love your blog.

For the holiday season I'm planning to make an advent calendar (for the first time, because here, in Romania, we aren't used to make advent calendars), learn to bake my favourite cakes and enjoy this beautiful time of the year!

Anonymous said...

What lovely giveaways, a great way to start the holiday season for sure! Good luck to everyone in the draw.
I'll be starting the holiday season in the next couple of days putting together my advent calendar which is a mixture of toys/chocolates/hand made gifts & good deeds to be done in our neighbourhood.

Anonymous said...

For us Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season so with the turkey in our bellies we pulled out the paper and made our plan for our Black Friday adventure. Happy Holidays everyone!Teri Mc

Elika said...

by painting holiday illustrations, drinking hot cocoa and reading books, and visiting family :)
I love this time of the year <3

Veronica said...

We kick off the holidays by putting our decoration up. Kids enjoy creating something new every year to decorate the tree. Love it! Thanks for the chance.

Terrie Purkey said...

Fun giveaways! I spent the last weekend pulling out holiday bins and putting up lights, decorations and the tree. I just LOVE this time of year and the memories that come with each little bauble I pull out of my bins! Thanks for sharing!

papelhilo said...

we like to go and have a walk in the beautifully lighted town !

Samantha said...

Christmas tree up. Stockings hung. Christmas cards ready to go. Photobooks made for grandparents. Handful of presents wrapped and under the tree. Advent calendar ready to go for Saturday. And a new tradition we're starting this year - Elf on the Shelf.

Meghan T. said...

Well I got "alisa inspired" and started making my own wrapping paper! I had so much fun! I started with the "continual line" and it just took off from there! I can't wait until its time to start all the wrapping!
Love your new stamps and would love to win some!

Cara Jane said...

I've just shared a polymer clay mini Christmas hat tutorial on my blog to get everyones little models all festive.

Your rubber stamps look amazing - would love to make some jewellery using them with polymer clay!
The course looks fab too. Thanks for the giveaway.

Barbara L. said...

I took down the fall/Thanksgiving decorations, started my baking and am now thinking about making my cards. Lots to do!

Pamela said...

I made sugar cookies and nibbled on them while I lazily looked through my pretty decorations ♥

Ronda O said...

Trying to keep it simple this year with handmade gifts, natural decorations and thinking about the real meaning of this holiday. Not easy with all the hupla around. But we are trying our bests this year. :)

jabbott said...

Im starting the holiday with fun!!!!!

Lilly said...

It's already kicked off here! For me it starts with baking christmas cakes and puddings with my mother… and making sure they have plenty of whiskey in them so that they'll be perfect by Christmas!

Rebecca said...

We have already begun decorating the Christmas tree! We love to listen to Christmas carols while decorating!

verónica said...

Hello Alisa! I'm so pregnant this year, in fact my deliver date is december 25th! So I will need all the help in the world to make my own christmas presents, as I like to do every year. Your giveaway is amazing!

Little Miss Sass said...

I'm kicking off the holiday season by making a ton of homemade holiday crafts for gifts. Air dry clay christmas tags, homemade christmas cards, felted flower pins, vintage fabric button earring.... I'm so excited to give gifts that have that handmade feel!

Jessie Love

Jana said...

So far, we've just kicked off the holiday season by listening to holiday music Thanksgiving night while playing games. Thanks for these opportunities Alisa!

liniecat said...

Really like your stamps Alisa, and the xmas decs you've made look smashing. What a great idea to use them that way!
Ive just made some snowmen heads, to dangle on the christmas tree, out of mis-shapen white powder puffs.
the panic is upon me.......less than a month to go! EEK lol

Anette Lyskjær said...

On Sunday I light the first candle in my Advent wreath - then Christmas can begin. Invite my family for the first christmas meal. It's our tradition.
I live in Denmark...but I hope I have a chance to win anyway.
Love your Give Away's.

Kathy said...

We begin the holiday season every year by setting up the "kids'" tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This tree displays the ornaments that my kids, now 15 and 20, made through the years. It is also home to the unbreakable ornaments as my son, the 15 year old, used to like to re-arrange the ornaments every day! Lots of wonderful memories...

Nadia said...

Our tree is up and decorated. I use our coffee table to display our nativity set, mini trees that the boys decorate, and advent calendar. That is all ready to go. I'm also getting ideas together to make an activity advent calendar. We live close to the equator, so it is always warm...I feel like I always need to put a little bit more effort into making it feel really Christmassy here.

Manuela said...

Hi, Alisa,
I live in Germany and we start the holiday season by
using an advent wreath. On the first Sunday in December
we light the first candel on our advent wreath.
On every following sunday we light a candel more
so there are 4 candels on the sunday before
christmas eve. We decorate the tree on this last sunday before
christmas an have it till 6th of January.
Thank you for sharing your georgeos creative ideas.
Manuela

Anonymous said...

Hope I can enter your giveaway from Australia...
The decorations have begun...the earliest ever...love your beautiful stamps...I am new to art journaling and they would be such fun to create with!
And wishing you a happy Christmas...Christine

Chris said...

Turning on the Christmas carols,
making a cup of tea and settling in
to make my list of this years
homemade goodies. Thank you for all
the wonderful inspiration!

Beverley Baird said...

We have put up our lifesized creche and lights in our front yard this past weekend. Next weekend we will be putting up our tree. And we are playhing Christmas music all the time.
What great giveaways!

Debbie said...

We are beginning our Christmas season by installing our Santa on a Harley on our roof. (it is all made out of plywood and painted and is a one of a kind)! He was passed down to us by my husband's late father who was a Harley biker all the way!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alisa.
With cookies. I am starting our holiday season off with some early baking of pecan sandies and pnut butter dipped in chocolate cookies. These will go to the neighbors, dentist, doctor, and those I want to gift something very special made with love to. Yesterday I bought brown paper lunch bags at the grocery store. They are so plain but I am planning on stamping them and making them festive. Then, wala, your giveaway, how perfect for them to be stamped with one of your beautiful stamps......

Lynda M. Metcalf said...

We set out all our outdoor decorations!

frankie955 said...

I kicked off the holiday season by taking your create daily holiday edition class and love it! Thanks Alisa!

Shari Pontillo said...

The decorations are in the house... awaiting the husband for our annual decorating "together" time! The stamps are gorgeous. I love what you do, how you do it and what you have done with your life. You are definitely an inspiration to me.

anja said...

imagine i could be one of the lucky ones to win these unique stamps or the very one to be able to follow the online course for free....
i'm kicking off the holiday season with a group of children being their very new arts plastique teacher here in france near grenoble...i've never taught art but it's easy: i just propose what i love doing myself as nature as inspiration

Debbie Chouinard said...

The tree is up and I have been busy tatting and making Christmas pins from shrink plastic. I love crafting and especially at Christmas.

Maya said...

I am kicking off the holiday season by getting rid of the old. I am also making making making.

April said...

ooh I love that feather stamp! It actually started snowing here yesterday so our kick off was seeing our toddler experience the snow this year...plus I've started a little knitting for family.

Gumbo Lily said...

I'm kicking of the Christmas season by putting my fall decorations away! I'm going slow this season, enjoying the journey to the Joyful Day. I'll truly kick off the season on Advent by lighting my advent wreath and then I'll make chocolates for St. Nick's Day on Dec. 6th.

Beautiful stamps you've created.

emily said...

I'm getting started by cleaning out all of the fall decorations and getting some holly jolly going!

Kathie said...

Oh my what a generous giveaway! Well in my home we are busy decorating, prepping/making Christmas gifts in addition to organizing and prepping my December daily journal! Love this time of the year!

KeelinM said...

I am kicking off the holiday season
by starting to make my homemade
gifts. I love finding new things to make
and searching for the perfect one for each friend.

Amanda St.Clair said...

I'm kicking off the holiday's by creating Christmas and winter canvases.

Artes da Cris said...

Well, here in Brazil Christmas is a little different because it's almost summer! I'm planning to do wreaths with pine branches and to decorate the house with a nativity set, candles and maybe decorate a palm tree with christmas ornaments. Exquisite isn't it?
I'd love to win your rubber stamps since I can't buy them due to the shipping problem...

jennifer said...

Kicking off the New Year spending more time with my family and my grandmother. My grandfather just passed and it made me realize how we take people and things for granted. I want to spend more time with them and want to kick off the New Year being more creative :) Thanks for all you do and this wonderful giveaway!!!! cottageatheartdesigns at yahoo.com

Christina said...

I count shopping on Amazon.com while drinking mulled cider as kicking off the season! : )

elena prikhodko knapp said...

decorating the house always gets me in the mood , right mood for holidays

Kathi said...

I love your pompoms - I want to make them for my snowman tree. I would love to win your stamps or you class.

pat said...

I have started the season by making some ornaments to be sold by our art guild, and also collecting art supplies for children who cannot buy them. Giving gets me in the mood.
The stamps are beautiful,especially like the feather. Would love to win.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Lots of packages wrapped up with brown paper and bows...sparkling lights on a tree and hot cocoa with whipped cream and candy canes! Beautiful stamps :) Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

Just put some of the little Christmas animal characters on the kitchen counter for my 2 yr old grandson. Haven't seen some of the Holiday decorations I'm unpacking since my children were small....this is going to be the most fun Christmas with him in our lives now...Will be dipping pinecones I collected last week into white paint then blinging them for using in vases, and a wreath too...Would love starting the creating season with a win from your giveaway! Happy creating, Billie Jo

Blackinese said...

The tree is up, and I've started shopping. Oh and I prepared my December Daily journal. I'm all ready for the holidays! This is awesome. Thanks for the opportunity!

jobi said...

Started this holiday season by crocheting red & white santa caps for five children with the intention to get some neat holiday photos for their mommies.

Tracy said...

Got the outside of the house decorated. One step at a time!

Craftymomfromerie said...

Kick starting the holiday season by knitting and baking. Thats about it ...thankyou for the giveaway...
Ashenoy

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

We start off the holidays by decorating the house inside and out!

Thank you for the chance to win.

Cristi
2ifbysea1067@bellsouth.net

tbolen said...

I am kicking off the season with a cookie exchange next week with the women I work with. That will be followed with the creation of new ornaments for the tree. I think red, aqua and silver will be the theme this year!

Frisette said...

I'm so behind! The only thing that's done is a little cooking. I have to get started...

Ruth Ann said...

I will be kicking off the holidays by cleaning, organizing, and lots of decorating! Hope your holidays are a happy one!
-Ruth Ann

Kara Monroe said...

I kicked off the holiday season today by buying Candy Cane Jo-Jo's...special oreo-esque cookies with peppermint filling available only at Trader Joe's, only during the holiday season, and in very, very limited quantities. YUM. Let the Christmas season begin! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kimi said...

Thanks for offering the giveaway! I am making some advent calendars for my two older children who don't live at home and one my home. I am looking forward to the daily activities. Beautiful stamps and what fun to take the class. Happy holidays! :)

Anonymous said...

I kicked off the holidays the day after thanksgiving. My halls are decked and I couldnt be happier. I wish I could keep my christmas tree up all year long.

Lynette (NZ) said...

We always put up our tree on 1st December and our town Christmas parade is that day too. Merry Merry - lovely stamps :-)

cindy c said...

I'll be stocking the advent calendar for the kids--

Kristin said...

Hmmm, I have been buying stuff to make memory books for my brothers and sister for Christmas. Now to get them made.

Mindy said...

We started tonight by going through a light display at the Atlanta motor speedway. We never set up our Tree until after Nov. 27 because that's my son's bday. But later this week we will be decorating and the kids are already rehearsing for a Christmas program. thanks For the great giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed. :D

Laura F. said...

A family viewing of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, then sugar cookie baking with my neice!

Charmingdesigns said...

I'm working on cards...lots and lots of card. Would love to win!

DeAnn said...

Hi Alisa,
I'm attempting to make my first yarn wreath. I bought the styrofoam circles and some cool random colors to make a holiday wreath. I always love reading your blog so I can be inspired by what you do with just random things laying around your house or in your yard! I've been admiring your stamps for a while. It would be awesome to win them but if I don't I will probably buy them anyway so I can make cool things like you! I'm a Mom of 3 girls so I have to be as crafty as possible. I love it though! Thanks for a chance!

The Muse said...

I kicked off the season by shoppping local and supporting our downtown shops!

Judith Westerfield said...

Oh MY GOSH. I WANT TO WIN!!!!!! I still have your stamped piece I practiced free-motion on in your last workshop in California. I keep trying to figure out where to use it. Love the combination of your stamped cloth and free motion stitching!

P.S. I will be spending the holidays in California soaking in the sun while trying to pretend it's a White Christmas instead of Sunny Yellow One. (maybe it'll rain?) Also making holiday cookies, handmade gifts and trying not to gain weight.

Heyhon said...

Having a great time kicking off the holidays with Christmas music, tree-trimming and making homemade Christmas Stockings and ornaments for the family. Oh and I just signed up for you Create Daily- Holiday class so more good holiday crafty times are to ensue! Thanks Alisa!

natalie elisabeth gibson said...

My family got our tree up over the weekend and the snow village out! we do it every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving. In a few weeks I will go with my mom and sister to see the Nutcracker!

BarbaraH said...

I am making tags. I usually buy the fancy ones, but this year I will make them all. Watercolor on some, paper piecing, paint, glitter. Loving the results, and hope to get my grandkids involved. I bought stickers for the 4yr old to use. I took the ornaments class last year...LOVED IT! Already signed up again this year. It is soooo worth the money and so fun.
Love your stamps!

pranita rodrigues said...

I'll kick off with christmas music...just a bit down lately so haven't planned anything yet. Family will be visiting so I look forward to that.

mary said...

I traveled by train to Chicago to visit my son. The Macy's windows were all decoratedwith the animated figures and displays. It so reminded me of my youth. Awesome!!

Caroline said...

We are kicking off the season with lots of crafty things. I have made several of the decorated boxes, several of the items from your Create Daily: Holiday Edition class, and am also working on a snowy Christmas village (made with boxes such as cereal boxes and such}. I m working on Christmas cards aw well, and your stamps would really be a great addition to my supplies!

nicmowat said...

making gifts and christmas cards :)

Loriz said...

Hi Alisa--Thanks for offering this! We started our season by having a pajama day on black Friday. We stayed home all day watching movies, making salt dough ornaments, and eating leftover pie. Bliss!

art happy said...

We live in the country and we will be cutting our tree soon, decorations are out. I like doing a little decorating everyday. It sort of never ends until it's over and we are having a good time.

Maggie said...

Hi Alisa! I am jump starting my holiday with crafting! Making my Christmas Cards and Decorations! Love your stamps!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I bought an artificial tree today, and I can't wait to put it up! Will be decorating early.
Rinda (who loves the feather stamp in particular)

stephanie said...

This week I'm kicking off the holiday season, going to a friends annual "Sound of Music" party- We watch the movie, sing all of the songs and eat some good appetizers. I can't wait!

Imzadi said...

I love the stamps Alisa. I'm kicking off the season by making some handmade ornaments, making some festive cookies and seeing some holiday movies.

Giggles said...

My daughter is a huge coupon clipper, together we gather and donate boxes and boxes of sundries to the womans shelter along with some fun items! We have our decorations up and have started baking. Just working on designing my cards now!! Lots of fun! I pitched in some money and my daughter and her hubby have gone on a concert weekend in Vancouver B.C. They went to Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen!! That's their gift to each other this season!! A thrill for me since they are both from my era!! Thanks for the opportunity to win these goodies!!

Hugs Giggles

Cynthia said...

My family and I kicked off the season by enjoying a family dinner on Sunday and decorating one of our many Christmas trees.

Liz said...

Started stamping Christmas tags for presents. Now to begin decorating inside for this blessed event! Love Christmas at our house!! :o)

lisa said...

I would love to win a set of your stamps - I just signed up for your create daily class - very excited!

silvergran said...

I have started by making gifts and cards with my own papers for the family. I will make a garland for the mantel, the day family arrives to bring some festive cheer to the house As it will be mid-summer here in NZ, we celebrate with picnic and BBQs

taste tester said...

I set up my holiday playlists, started decorating the house using recycled Xmas cards, and made a yarn-wrapped wreath for the door. I've also been inspired daily by your Holiday Create Daily class - thanks so much!

Kazumi Edwards said...

This year we are kicking the holiday by starting earlier than we did last year. The Christmas tree is up and decorated, stockings hanging, purchased gifts for my boys and neighbors...Just need to look for recipes for some awesome cookies. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I love your blog and you are so beautiful and talented.

Kazumi Edwards said...

This year we started earlier than last year. I will be working on Christmas cards this weekend and I will be planning my baking too.Thank you for the awesome giveaway. You are beautiful and very talented.

Emilia said...

I am making wreaths and painted candles for my friends and family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a chance to win this grate gift. I'm trying every day to prepare something interesting with may child. We do not want to buy anything for holiday decoration but to make it on our own. We will see what will happen. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Karin said...

Oo ee! What a give away! I am kicking off the Christmas season with a weekend trip to Edinburgh with the girls, complete with skating in Princess Street Gardens and a visit to the Christmas Market.

Alice said...

Dear Alisa,
This weekend, I used your advice (from sketch delight course) to draw two watercolor paintings for my friend's home.. I felt happy and proud. I also took a walk around Vienna's Christmas markets and drank glühwein!:) Thank you for being an inspiration for my creative journey.

Ms. Lucie said...

What an awesome giveaway, your stamps and that class are wonderful! I haven't had time to think about anything but Christmas for the past 3 months. The 90 kids and about 20 teens and adult helpers and I will be officially kicking off the season on Dec. 2nd, with our annual Praise Kidz Musical. It will be an amazing show, with funny lines, and solos, and lots of choir songs, all to remind us about the importance of giving this season and beyond!

Terry said...

Who wouldn't love to win a class or stamps from you!! The only thing that would be better would be to live in Portland and be able to attend your classes. What a beautiful area of the country and filled with art aura in my opinion. If I win, I'll be using your stamps to make prints on linen and giving linen stamped hand towels for Christmas pressies! Homemade goodies and my grandbabies are what make my Christmas complete. I've done a bit of shopping and made lots of lists - does that count?!

Lynda said...

I started a week ago Monday giving away new craft books with my reviews. Next I'm going through my stuff and then I'll be making an ornament for my hubby. Thanks for the giveaway.

emilia said...

I've been crocheting snowflakes for the Christmas tree!!!

Dana said...

I will certainly spend a wonderful holiday season since I will be skiing in Chamonix with my loving boyfriend! :-) I love your art, Alisa!

Betty said...

What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you. I started the holidays with a Thanksgiving trip home to the Minnesota farm that has been in our family for over 150 years- a reminder of what's important!

terip said...

I am kicking off the holiday season by getting out all the santas that adorn our fireplace mantel

Wendy said...

We celebrate Advent, travel to and fro, to visit family members, and generally have a merry good time! Recently, we've been studying about Christmas traditions in other countries, and plan to implement some of these ideas....like setting out wooden shoes for treats (Holland.)
((fingers crossed)) I love your stamps and would looove the class!

Kelly Lynn said...

Your stamps are gorgeous!! I love looking thru blogs for ideas and inspiration in making at least some handmade gifts. I love putting personal touches on gifts for people I love and care about!

Lori-Anne said...

:-) I'm way behind! New, Old house renovations are keeping some of my favourite decorations safe in their lath & plaster dust free box! But, I have my old sleigh, greens, rusty bells decorating the (long awaited!) front porch! And, its snowing!
I've also found my US friends who will let me use their address for shipping, AND bring home my stamp set! It means I'll have to wait till spring to get it, but at least I'll get it! From snowy Canada, Merry Christmas!

Nickalli Braaten said...

I am busy in the craft room today making an advent calendar! Wishing I had your beautiful stamps to dress it all up! :0)

szbacn1 said...

I am kicking off the season by getting my cards made. I usually wait until the last minute possible before mailing them... maybe this year will be different!

Marilynart said...

Just finished the smaller tree downstairs. The 10 ft family tree upstairs mysteriously plopped over yesterday. Must have been our ghost LOL All signed up for the Christy class and looking forward to lots of new goodies for my growing family. Merry Christmas early.

Dolls With Destiny said...

I'm kicking off the Holidays by knitting scarves for gifts!

Roben-Marie said...

Thanks for the opportunity! I am kicking off the holiday season with what appears to be some purging! I have been reducing and donating. Happy Holidays!

Redonna said...

I am kicking off my holiday season with Church programs, school programs and lunch with several ladies I have known for almost 30 years. A good season ahead! Blessed Christmas wishes for all!

tropicslady said...

I kicked off the holiday season by buying a tiny little Christmas tree BEFORE Thanksgiving. We usually buy a lime tree, orange tree, etc. but I actually bought a small fir this year. The family is shocked!

Sandye said...

The tree is up and thousands of lights are strung! We've actually already had a mini-Christmas and most of gifts are already purchased! I am very much looking forward to enjoying a stress free Christmas season filled with crafting with my kiddos! :)

melodyjoyangel said...

I am being a joyful, inspiring, loving, frugal fashionista artisan! I am teaching myself to create, design, refashion, recycle and repurpose using the free resources online and "shopping" in my stash, house and basement to find a unique purpose for everything I already have! Namaste' Blessings and creative inspirations!
from
Debra J Webb

Janet said...

I'm trying to be more crafty for the holidays. The tree is up - but no ornaments bc I'm thinking of trying to decorate it with only handmade things this year. Not sure if this is too big if a task. Would love some rubber stamps or to get in to the class!!!

Jane LaFazio said...

oh Alisa, 334 comments..in no time at all. you continue to be my blog idol!! (and one of my creative muses)
xoxo

Judy Shea said...

I'm getting the xmas shopping done early this year and cutting back by making a few art gifts for friends.
Happy Holidays!

winnsangels said...

I am doing lots of "dreaming" for Christmas decorating. There is a wreath on the front door and greenery from nature has been reviewed to see what is available. Containers have also been reviewed. The holiday decorating has begun.

Sherry said...

I am celebrating by enjoying some stress free season joy by not procrastinating and having fun with my kids as they prepare for their Christmas Choir programs. I also signed up for an on-line art class. Yahoo! Love the feather stamp.

Zenetta said...

I started off the season by making a variety of hand dyed and hand stamped cloth ribbons from muslin, burlap and other fabrics. I then presented them in a personalized container to each of my play date friends when we met to make our Christmas cards. Head start for gift wrapping and or collage!

Tricia said...

Gorgeous stamps, Alisa! We have the outside Christmas lights up and we're going to get our tree this weekend!

Linda said...

My oldest daughter was born on Thanksgiving Day so we know we can't think about Christmas until we celebrate her birthday. It's the perfect pause before starting all the festivities. It all begins by decorating the front door. Happy Holidays!

Jeni said...

Holidays have kicked off with a dinner party, music and plans to spend the holidays with as many wonderful friends and family members possible! How special it would be to make them each a gift with your stamps. Thank you for sharing your amazing art! xo

LittleRe said...

I put my lights up outside and inside plus I hung some garland. Ive also been listening to Christmas tunes on and off for a while now (partially in preparation for the Christmas program at church. :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Karen

Anonymous said...

What a fab giveaway. I love your new stamps! To be honest, I am not ready for Christmas yet. But I have noticed a lot of people have put up the outside lights and decorations, so I am enjoying looking at those. Our neighborhood usually has a LOT of houses decorated and I love it.

pulverschwein said...

OH! For me, Halloween kicked off the holiday season! Decorating and parties, then Thanxgiving decorating and parties and just yesterday I started putting away the autumn decor and pulling out winter! Now if nature would do me the favor of turning my world white, well, then everything would be perfect!

A Scrap-a-Teeny Girl said...

We just moved over the Thanksgiving weekend. So most of my holiday decor is still packed! BUT I did plug in the tree (sans ornaments) & have a few lights outside. I am going to really get into the spirit on Friday when my daughter & I will be making our first round of cookies! YAY! Love the new stamps & always love the collaborations with Christy! Cheers!

Lisa said...

I'm decking the halls and learning new ways to re-purpose some old tired decorations! Also, planning all the goodies to bake for gifts! Thanks for a chance to win....fingers crossed! :)

Diane said...

Snow is falling today and that has put me in the holiday mood. Out comes the wreath and up go the decorations. I'm ready.

CeCe said...

I purchased Mercury Glass Ornaments and some other Christmas Items while on a pre Thanksgiving trip with a couple of girlfriends. This is the first time in 3 years that I have even thought about decorating for Christmas. Our only daughter died and she loved Christmas so it has been very difficult. My husband hung the ornaments and lights across the deck this morning. Excited about the chance to win a set of your stamps or the class!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I knew there'd be a ton of comments on today's post!! What great giveaways!! We kick off the holiday season by putting up our tree Thanksgiving evening, and putting up all of our decorations the day after. Also, we have a yearly "snowman" tradition, where each year we find or make the perfect snowman figurine. This year, my daughter and I tried our luck with sculpey! We made some great little snowmen to display!

susanbuchanan2 said...

my holidays have started with making crochet stars and snow flakes. fun project

Marie-Terre said...

It's a double countdown this year! We're getting ready for Christmas AND are participating for the first time to two Christmas craft sale. They're craft's material, paint, and stuff everywhere and big smiles on our faces! So thrilling to share these moments with our two young ones! :)

Dianna said...

I am starting off the Holiday Season with a Christmas tree, cookie making, and making some sort of ornament as gifts for friends. Love your stamps and your feather paintings.

Melinda said...

Around here we headed to the local Festival of Trees fundraiser on Thanksgiving night. It was a good way to get in the spirit of the season and it inspired me to do some holiday decorating before the weekend was out.

Sandi said...

I'm starting the Christmas season by making a few gifts. I will be doing the "painted baby pants" from one of your posts for my 6 month old twin grandsons. I will also do some painted tags for my gift packages. In between, our tree will go up and also our Byers Choice carolers.
Winning one of your giveaways would make a wonderful Christmas gift for ME :)

cjsrq said...

I have kicked off the season by taking your online Create Daily Holiday Edition class. Love all the ideas. And, my wedding anniversary is this Friday so my husband and I will probably go get our tree as part of our celebration. Thanks for this opportunity with the giveaways.

Katherine said...

cleaning up so we can decorate!

Anonymous said...

As I write this the snow is lightly falling outside. It's really got me in the mood for some holiday cheer!

Melody Nunez said...

I kicked off the holiday by watching the movie "Elf" last Friday. Not only is it hilarious, I love Buddy's childlike innocence and joy. :)

Monkey Mind said...

I have been flailing around looking for ornaments to make but I'm tired of making the same old thing, I want something new! I pulled out a couple of decorations I made last year and put them on display. I also bought some Holiday baking magazines. Other than that not too much.

Patchacha said...

At first I tidy up my studio and then I choose new projects and I unpack everything again, to make a new tree for example !

Trece said...

I will be kicking off the season on November 30, when I will pin up the Advent calendars. I will also be teaching my middle daughter how to make a fruitcake.
I would LOVE to win a set of the stamps!! They are gorgeous!!

Fallingladies said...

I started the season by shopping online and buying your ode to nature class after my shopping was done! Loving it, thanks for the chance to win!

inkytoes said...

i don't do much traditional holiday preparation. i do decorate the house a couple of weeks before christmas. instead of buying presents for those who are fortunate enough to not really need them, i donate to charities. then i chill out and enjoy the spirit of the season.

debbig said...

I love to get out my vintage Christmas ornament and decorate my small feather tree. They all go with my Victorian home. Thanks for the give-a-ways.

scj said...

I've started making gifts - homemade journals using Longstitch, pendants with key words inside like Unique, Mon Coeur etc and am thinking about making Inspiration Jars for my daughters too!
I love all you do Alisa. Thanks so much for all your inspiration and this opportunity to win some of your lovely stamps or a place on a workshop.

Elizabeth said...

We are counting down the days until we see family in TX...and watching Christmas movies!

FloridaBird said...

Started the season by pledging to my association's annual giving campaign. They match 40 cents for every dollar!

Mediocre Mom said...

I'm kicking off the holiday season by winning these stamps...

curlysusieQ said...

I signed up for the class last week, because I just loved last years class. My daughter and I worked on the projects together and plan on doing them together this year. We would really be tickled to win a stamp set.

susan

P.S. It's it great being a mommy!!

DianneCS said...

I like to kick off the season by starting a new holiday season journal. I keep all sorts of thoughts, lists and junk in there, including new year's stuff (goals, etc. for the following year). It's a great way to gather ideas and thoughts in one place (cos I am so unorganized) and I have something to go back to in following years.

queenscook said...

I'm making my lists . . . of what I'm going to make and bake for the holidays.

Lisa J.

Suzanne said...

Christmas is always tough for me (even more so this year since a week ago we had to send one of our cats to peace from the cancer that he had). I have made a few ornaments so far, but already signed up for the Arsty Ornaments class - So I'm hoping I'm picked for the stamps! ;o)

Karen Phanco said...

We always start our Christmas Season by pouring a glass of champagne and decorating the tree. Since our kids are grown, we really love looking at their home made ornaments.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

This year will be our first Christmas without my beloved Mom who passed away 6 weeks ago so my holiday season won’t start until my two young adult kids make it home. I am hoping to find my Christmas spirit when I see them. I am a long time follower of your blog and love your new stamps - way to go!

LadySnowBeast said...

Though my life is still consumed with studying for the next 3 weeks, I have switched my music to beautiful Christmas hymns and have been drinking many more delicious hot drinks!! Also impulsively adding cinnamon and nutmeg to almost everything. I can't wait to carve out some time this season to be creative.
--Kaitee

Tequitia said...

We'll be kicking it off with our favorite sugar cookies and egg nog while playing "secret Santa" to those in need.

Sheila said...

Getting ready to dig out all the decorations from the Attic. Plus I bought a big Hello Kitty elf blow up for outside. She's as big as me!

Stacey said...

We put up the tree and now we're brainstorming on fun family activities to enjoy every day in December. Our list includes gingerbread houses and doing 12 days of Christmas for a single mom and her little boy. I love the Christmas season!

Janet said...

Not sure if my comment went through or not. I like to get my boys involved in making some ornaments to kick start the holiday! I like to add at least one new type of ornament to the tree each year. Would love a set of rubber stamps or the class! Great!

Ashley said...

We kick off the holiday season by gathering all our Christmas themed movies and watching one per night (we don't have cable for ABCFamily's 25 days of Christmas and ours are prolly better anyway ;P). Def gets us in the Christmas spirit!

erinkathleen said...

my husband works two weeks at a time, so I'm waiting for him to get home to start decorating! there's a fruit stand a block away from our house that sells christmas trees in the winter, so that is the only thing I want to do this weekend!

Kim said...

I am starting the holiday gift season helping my daughter make upcycled headbands from tshirts and sweaters for all of her friends. Would love some of your stamps. Love your drawings and am so excited that some are now stamps.

Anonymous said...

LOTS of Christmas music rocking the house,as we decorate 2 trees one in pink and white ,the other one all handmade ornaments made over the years or purchased handmade on my live tree,making little paw boots for my animals,to place in their stockings,love your stamps,THANKS,,,,,martha at berrycherry63@hotmail.com

bettie said...

1. listen to Christmad music 24/7
2. make Christmas cards
3. put up outside lights
love it!

Danna BC said...

I'm doing an ornament swap & taking your home made holidays class. :-)

Karena L said...

I am kicking off the holiday season by Christmas shopping on etsy and a local craft fair! It's so inspiring to be surrounded by the artful offerings of others!
KarenalindellATyahooDOTcom

Vanessa said...

Yay! Giveaways rock!! and so do your amazing stamps.

Bee said...

I'm kicking off the holiday season by decorating my room with lights and star wars snowflakes!

dellerd said...

I really plan on doing up Christmas this year. The past few years Christmas has not been what it should of been. I am making my soy wax candles to sell for Christmas and gifts and I also have sprayed sprigs of ferns from my yard that have turned brown with gold paint. I plan on using them around my drift wood angel. So planning the decorating. Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway, I love your stamps and your artwork.....

Paula Ganyard said...

I kicked off the holiday season on Thanksgiving. My husband's family was here for the weekend. Thanksgiving day was a record 65 degrees so while the turkey was cooking we put up Christmas lights outside. Outside in late Novemeber in Green Bay in a t-shirt! The next day it was 35 degrees and the indoor Christmas decorations went up. :)

I really enjoy your blog. You are a very talented artist and I love to see the adventures you go on with the adorable Lucy.

amie said...

I'm doing create daily holiday edition...land loving it!

Anonymous said...

Dtr is busy making her own 3-ft tree from items in her craft drawer... I'm trying to move furniture to make room for the big tree- Christmas music fills the room.

Toni said...

I love the Christmas and this year we are actually getting a tree for the first time in many years! I know, how do you love Christmas without a tree?! And I'm kicking off the holiday with making ALL of my ornaments for my tree using all items I already have! Can't wait so see how it turns out!

Java Venus said...

Still available? I kicked off my holidays by putting up a little Christmas tree. We are in transition and all or our belongings are packed away in storage in Kansas. ( we live in Colorado again. So! My kids and I are scrambling to make ornaments for our tree!!!

k8kre8s said...

i kicked off the holiday season by going on a thrift store mission in the country for craft supplies!

Gabrielle said...

I am just so excited to start decorating for the holidays. My husband and I always make coffee and crank up the Christmas music while decorating. After a day of decorating we are ready for the couch and a Christmas movie!!! Love the holidays!

Nicole Then said...

I decided to redecorate the living room, where we have our annual family Christmas gathering. (Yikes!) The walls are painted the furniture is either relocated or donated. I have put out a few nutcrackers but before I do anymore Christmas decorating I have to find furniture. I could really use the online class or rubber stamps for some craft time stress relief, I think my children would enjoy it too!

Amy P said...

What a great giveaway! Icould really use a class like this to re-inspiree me and push me into the holiday spirit!--

Mrs. C said...

The decorations are up and the tree goes up this weekend! Cookies to bake and cards to make!

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