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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Wedding... the card

First off, I need to send big Birthday Wishes to my sweet niece Caitlin! Happy birthday cute girl!
Next.... Remember the poinsettia cards I shared a couple days ago? Well, I liked them so much, I made it again. But this time I made it for a couple that got married the weekend before Christmas.
 I added just a hint of color around the edge of the white leaves/petals. It's hard to see, but it's there.
 I also added the shimmer around the edges of the leaves like I did with the red poinsettia cards.
The pictures do not do justice ... it really is quite pretty in person. I think it makes a nice companion piece to the San Diego temple ornament that I shared last week. 

That's it for today. I have family in town so you may not hear from me for a few days. Hope you're having a great day! Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Gift Cards

Merry Christmas! I hope you're all having a splendid day. I needed to make a few more gift card holders for some family members. Some time ago I purchased the Big Blooms - Poinsettia set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps and decided it was time to break it out and put it to good use.
I colored the poinsettia with my Copic markers.
And added a bit of shimmer using a Stardust pen.
Here's a view showing the dimension.
I liked it so much I made two.
I don't know why I waited so long to ink that gorgeous stamp up. I definitely think I'll be using it for a future Christmas card.
I hope you all have blessed Christmas day. Thank you for visiting.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Winter Wedding

Happy Christmas Eve! 
We had a wedding over the weekend. Regrettably, we couldn't attend as it was in another state but we can't wait to see the happy couple here in a couple weeks when they have their local reception.
 As part of their gift I created an ornament for them. The building on the front is the place they got married: the San Diego temple.
 And then on the back I wrote the couple's names and the date they wed.
 Of course, since it's Christmas time I sprinkled in a few holly and berries.
I won't be there when they open it but I hope they like it. It may not be their first ornament but I hope it will be treasured just the same.
Hope you're having a terrific day! Thanks for visiting.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Stand Ye In Holy Places ornaments

So many people give treats during the holidays that I'm usually all sugared out by the end of the first week of December. Plus, with never knowing if I'll come across someone on a diet or with an allergy, I started giving something other than food as a gift during this festive time of year. I made these ornaments yesterday while my son was enjoying his last day of school before winter break. 
 These are for the ladies that I serve with at church in the young women's organization. The picture of the building is the Gilbert Temple.
On the back I've written the theme for the 2013 year, "Stand ye in holy places."
Then, I packaged it all up in a cellophane bag with a handful of mints.
My son and I delivered these little beauties last night while daddy was still at work. And today I hung mine (yes I made one for myself too) on my tree.... Love it.
Ornaments make a great gift! Even my friends that have theme trees.... you know the ones. The bulbs are all the same color. Or the whole tree is done in red, or white, or bronze, or only wooden ornaments... etc etc etc.There are a million different themes out there. None are the same. .... but I digress. Even those that have theme trees don't care that my handmade ornaments break with their theme. I've come to visit them year after year and they proudly show me that they've cared for the ornaments I've given them. I just mention it because sometimes people want to do something different but they're not sure what to do. And I'm not saying you have to make an ornament. You can buy them. Have you visited a craft store lately? They have TONS of really cool ornaments  to choose from. Food for thought...

Well, that's it for me today. Hope you're enjoying your last big weekend before Christmas!
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

25 Days of Christmas

Can you believe Christmas is just 5 days away?  Crazy! Seems like it was just Halloween... Before you know it we'll be training our brains to use 2013 when we write the date. Wow. 

I wanted to make an advent calendar this year. I found THIS wonderful kit using wooden pieces but it was sold out before I was able to purchase one. I decided I would create one using card stock.

<<  First I created the base layers that would become the tags. One tag has a story of Christ's life on it. The other will have the icon on it that relates to the story.
>>  Then I created the icons that would be on the tags for each day of the advent calendar.

<<  Each tag needed a day.... I printed the numbers and punched them with a 1" hole punch. Then added a black zig-zag edged circle layer, a red layer which was created with a Spellbinders die and 2" circles from green.

>>I cut wide holes at the top of each tag, threaded them with the red-and-white stripe ribbon, tied it with twine, glued on the number. Called it done.

It's not yet Christmas day but here's a sneak-peek of the advent calendar as it will appear on December 25th.....
Want a closer look??
Big project! It took me several weeks to complete. I had to put it aside more than a few times to take care of some other projects. I LOVE how it turned out! Definitely something that I will look forward to hanging up each December 1st for years to come.

Thank you for visiting. Hope you and your family are having a blessed December.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A great way to mark your spot

A simple and easy add-on gift for the reader.....

I made these fun little bookmarks for Nicholas using the papers I used to personalize his journal. He can use one to mark his place in his journal and another to keep his place in the current book he's reading.

I adhered the papers to coordinated card stock and then added a tassel that I created with blue and white baker's twine.

Hope you have a fantastic Monday! Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas Nicholas

I received a request from a reader in Arkansas. She was hoping I could help her with a gift for her son. He loves archery and playing the trumpet. And his favorite colors are red and black. Here's what I came up with...
 I wasn't able to locate archery or trumpet themed papers so I made my own. They printed out beautifully.
Here's a picture of how I finished the back cover. The target in the corner is layered circles. I Modpodged both the front and back covers to give it some protection from scratches.
 Here's a close up of the name panel. I added some stitching in black and some brass brads. I kept it nice and simple. No fluff or glitter or swirls... perfect for a young man. 
That's it for me today. Hope you have a fantastic day.
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sweet Treat

I have a quick little share for you today.  Fun. Easy. And festive.

I found the cute little jar at Hobby Lobby for 50% (I think it cost $1.25) and filled it with some holiday M&Ms.... the minty ones. Have you tried them? They're tasty! I just discovered them. Definitely a new holiday favorite for me. 
I wrapped the jar's lid with some green and white bakers twine and then tied on the fun ornament tag that I created. The tag was printed on white card stock and I colored it with Copics and a Liquid Gold paint pen. Then to give it some shine I added a layer of ModPodge Dimensional glaze.

Little gifties like this are so fun. Easy to change up for any holiday or occasion.
Hope you're having a terrific day. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 Christmas cards

Remember how I previously mentioned that I was getting Christmas To-Dos done earlier than expected this year? Well, today I get to officially check Christmas cards off my list! Woohoo!
Every year I make 50 cards to send to my family members scattered about the globe. I had been completely uninspired until I saw Tosh's card back in August. Thinking back, I don't remember it being August when I saw it because I thought maybe it was only last week. Time has seriously been moving fast in my realm. Anywhooo...
The leaf and berry stamp are included in the Bright Season set, but the little star came from Halloween Party. Claire also provides the cutting templates for the lantern, leaf and berry for those with electronic cutting machines.

Thanks to Tosh for the inspiration and for Claire and WaltzingMouseStamps for creating the lovely Bright Season stamp set!
I hope you're having a wonderful December. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Wreath 2012

Today I'm sharing the gift that I made for my parents this year for Christmas. I got the idea from Karianne of Thistlewood Farms. This is such a great idea! And it fits my parents so perfectly. My parents love to be surrounded by family but sadly many of us live hundreds of miles away and we aren't able to visit as often as we'd like. 
Fab! right? I've already talked to my mom who has learned to open my Christmas gifts right away since the last couple have been picture album creations. She loved it!! {happy dancin'}
I started collecting photos of my siblings and their kids back in October. With so many things going on this time of year I knew I didn't want to be trying to get photos from them when they too were up to their eyeballs in holiday fun.
With ten brothers and sisters, 34 nieces and nephews, and 24 great-nieces and -nephews, 2 aunts, 2 uncles and nine cousins I was pretty happy that I only had to go get a handful from Facebook. {Didn't want to get in trouble for not including someone... family politics. You know.}
I was concerned with all those people and only 27 frames I was going to run short on places to put photos. Thank goodness when most of the pictures came through showing families instead of individuals I was relieved.
To attach all the frames I cut green floral wire down to 12" lengths. One for each frame. I looked for brown to match the grapevine wreath but couldn't find it. So, I just made sure that when I attached the frames I placed the wires they couldn't be seen since the green would stand out against the brown.
I used one of my living room chairs to layout the frames as they would appear around the wreath. I was able to take the 'kick stand' off most of the files then string the wire through the holes in the hinge to attach the frame to the wreath. I think only one style of frame had a stand that couldn't be removed. In that case I tightly wrapped wire around the hinge that attached the stand to the frame and gave it a few good twists before I used the wire to attach the frame to the wreath.

Karianne's wreath was created using black and white photos. My mom and dad prefer color pictures so that's what I used. Also, Karianne had attached a burlap bow. My mom doesn't really do bows so I skipped it.
All of the frames sizes were either 2x3, 2.5x3, or 2.5x3.5. I purchased my frames at a few different stores: Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Big Lots. I had also checked Dollar Tree but didn't find anything I liked. One of the styles of frames that came from Michael's and the ones I found at Big Lots only cost $1 each. All of the others cost $4.99 or $6.99 each. The 18" grapevine wreath was purchased at Hobby Lobby and also cost $4.99. I already had the floral wire but if I remember correctly it costs around $3 for the spool.
I started attaching frames while the wreath was laying flat but since the wreath would definitely be hung vertically once it was completed, I didn't tighten down and hide the wires until I had a chance to hang it so I could make sure that gravity didn't cause any issues.

I had such a hard time giving away my creation. When it was complete and hanging in my house I debated just buying my parents a gift card and keeping it. But... in the end, I packed it up with as much crumpled news paper as I could find (thank goodness for 3 days worth of newspapers with black Friday ads) so that the frames wouldn't shift and the glass in the frames wouldn't get broken.

Well... this has turned into a long post. Lots of info. Hope it's helpful to you if you decide to make something like this for yourself. It's totally worth it! I think I need to make another one for me. :)
Thanks for visiting! Hope you're having a terrific day!