Sunday, December 24, 2017

Paper Cast Santa Decor Piece

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Beginning To Look Like Christmas

I couldn't resist snapping a few quick photos of our first snow of the year 
and scrapping at least one !
It's what the weather man was calling "mood snow" -
perfect amount to really get us in the Christmas spirit two days before :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ! 

Border cluster freebie from Connie Prince
Background paper, unsure of where I collected that but I think it may have been Far Far Hill

Friday, December 22, 2017

Paint Brush/Can Fun Money Gift Tutorial

So I told a fib, I did make a few more things this month that I hadn't planned on originally ;)

This little pail was clear plastic 
except for the top and bottom.
It contained 30 plain gift tags and twine.
I bought it for $3 at the Dollar Spot in Target a year or so ago.

I covered it with papers from Stampin' Up!
and added some embellishments. 

This ribbon and brad tab on the lid was meant to help
open the lid. Good idea, but it didn't work as
well as I had hoped. The lid is too snug. 

Now here is the really fun surprise hidden 
among the chocolates that fill the can:
a "paper engineered" paint brush with
real money for the bristles !!!! 

 I like how it turned out for the most part,
even though it is misshapen ;)

I hand drew and cut out with scissors the paintbrush.

I made a 1 1/8" wide x 11" long strip for the sides.
I cut slits along both 11" sides to help fit it around
the paint brush shape. 
I also scored the entire length of both long edges;
the snips were just up to the score line.

A strip of metallic silver was embellished with
dry embossing using a stylus and scoring board.
It was wrapped around the finished paintbrush
and adhered into place. 

The tightly rolled bills were inserted into a straw that I cut
into 1" long pieces. They are attached with heavy duty tape.
The money will not be damaged and can be
easily slid out of the straws. 

I hope my Mom likes this silly little gift !
It is meant to be money for her to put towards
having her kitchen repainted,
thus the paint can / paint brush theme ! 

Check out some more fun money gift ideas
 I've shared here

Thanks for looking and 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree Card

Pretty simple (except for the pop up tree surprise inside!) Christmas card using patterned paper (Die Cuts With A View Christmas Paper Stack), a rubber stamp image (Lovely As A Tree from Stampin' Up!, 16 years old) and detail white embossing powder plus a couple of embellishments.

The inside pop up tree was created with a die that Stampin' Up! sold years ago.
It was stamped with the Boughs rollaround wheel (probably 15 years old). I included 1/4" circle punched pieces of colored card stock (some have glitter) so the recipient could "decorate" the tree ! I made this card specifically for an older relative I recently spoke with. She mentioned that she no longer had a Christmas tree. I asked if she had a tiny table top tree at least,  the answer was no. So I made this card to send to her. I already had another one made, but felt after our short conversation, she might appreciate this one more.

This will be my final post for a while.
With design team duties ending and holiday prep in full swing,
I won't be making many, if any,  more things the rest of the month.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays !

I'm entering my card in the current photo inspiration challenge at Retro Rubber
The pop of red in the photo would be some of the ornaments inside , otherwise there is some pink on the decorative paper on the front ;)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Cards 4 the Troops

Above are dozens of cards I made earlier this month to donate to a local radio station's card drive.
They were asking for 10,000 cards to send to soldiers and veterans !

They are fairly simple, mostly made from patterned papers with little stamping.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays !

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Metal Angel Ornament Card

This metal angel ornament was made from a kit 
 I bought years ago.
The pieces are adhered with E6000 adhesive.
I added thin gold cord and ribbon to make an ornament
then attached that to a simple card front.
I used a scrap of ribbon leftover from my
cinnamon stick angel project posted previously
as a background for the ornament.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays ! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Caroler Ball Ornament

This cutie was created from an old kit I had.
The base is a large green plastic ball ornament.
I slightly altered the kit by painting the fabric face
(the green was showing through otherwise)
and making the earmuffs from cotton batting.
The nose is a small wood "button". 

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays =)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cinnamon Stick Angel and Card

Such an old craft idea I finally made -
plus a matching card ! 

I slightly altered my angel from the original instructions
I found in an old crafts book. 

The main supplies are wide wire edged ribbon
and cinnamon sticks.

The body is a made from scratch 
"finger shaped" stuffed muslin piece.
The original pattern calls for a piece of foam.

Other than stitching the body portion,
everything else was hot glued into place.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brown Christmas Card/Bowl Cozy Set

Coordinating card and bowl cozy set I made.

The card is heavily inspired by a tag sample in an
old Paper Crafts magazine.

I hand drew and cut out the tree shape from "burlap" wired ribbon.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ruffled Ribbon Christmas Card/Bowl Cozy Set

Card made to coordinate with a bowl  cozy I made. 

The card is totally inspired by a sample in an old Paper Crafts magazine.

Rubber stamp images, card stocks and fabric were from Stampin' Up!

I made my own ruffled ribbon.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jingle All The Way Card/Bowl Cozy Set

Card and gift bag made to coordinate with
the fabric bowl cozy I made.

The rubber stamp image was colored with markers
directly on the rubber before stamping.

Embossing folders, twine, jingle bell embellishments.

Nearly all of the supplies, including the fabric,
were from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merry and Bright Christmas Card/Bowl Cozy Set

A card I made to coordinate with a bowl cozy I made.

The flowers were made with circle stamps and a pencil eraser.

The leaves were part of a vine stamp inked.

Merry was made with a clear alphabet set.

and bright is part of a sentiment stamp inked.

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Goodbye, Design Teams

We've decided to close down Digitally Made Challenges this month.
The blog owner/creator had to leave due to unforeseen circumstances.
I've been trying to keep it going in her absence these past 6 months.
It has been a lot of work. With dwindling participation
and views, I've decided it was time to close it down.
Perhaps one day she will be able to start it up again.
Thanks to everyone that has participated, followed and read
our little digital craft challenge blog the past year!

Below is the final digital piece I made for
Digitally Made.
The digital papers and "spray" are in the
new My Memories Suite 9 software.
I created my own digital sentiment stamp.

I don't plan to be posting nearly as often 
once I finish sharing the Christmas cards made this year.
I won't have much design team work to create and share:
 Digitally Made Challenges is closing down this month.
Making Memories disappeared from the internet.
I'm retiring from House of Cards at the end of the year.
The digital designer I worked for is "retiring".
That leaves just the Love To Craft Challenge Blog
to create for and my personal blog to maintain.

It's a good thing to not be so tied up with all of the 
design team duties, although I will miss designing for them. 
I'm planning on working on some much neglected projects around the house. 
Plus, I still have hundreds and  hundreds 
(make that thousands and thousands!) of photos to get into albums.
Then there are the oodles and oodles of projects to make.
I'd forgotten how many to-do kits, etc I had collected
over the years since most of my crafting has become card making.
I will post them as (if!) I get them finished,
just not posting as frequently as I have been.
Add to the list digital scrap books I want to make .....
and the sewing projects and ........ the list goes on ! 
 Perfect winter long projects ;)

 Thanks for reading, I hope that I have inspired you in some small way to get a bit crafty.

Happy Holidays ! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

House of Cards Blog Hop

Happy December ! 

Today I'm sharing my final card as a Design Team member for
This month we have a blog hop with prizes !

I can't believe it's been 2 1/2 years 
since I was invited to be a part of the team !
It is time that I pass my DT position on
to another deserving, creative designer. 

Keep reading for card details,
but first I'll tell you about our blog hop prizes.

Create a card inspired by the above photo
and share it with us at 
by December 15th for a chance to win
one of the following prizes:

 Choice of 3 products

$10 to use in the store

choice of one set of digital stamps.

The three remaining prizes are hidden among the design team
members blogs, so you'll want to leave comments 
at each stop for a chance to win ! 


Images used from 

Whisper White card stock stamped with White craft ink
and the Woodgrain background stamp by Stampin' Up!
I then ran a stylus along the lines of the boards on the image
on top of a scoring board to create the "planks". 
The metal of the stylus reacted with the white craft ink,
a happy accident, so I didn't need to go back over with a 
gray marker ! This is meant to recreate the wall in 
the inspiration photo. 

The image was printed onto kraft and white card stocks
then carefully hand cut with small, sharp scissors. 
I created layers with dimensionals and chip board
scraps. The stocking image was colored with a white
colored pencil then slightly curved to create a bit of 
dimension before adhering with dimesnsionals. 

The tag was printed then punched out with an oval punch.
I sponged vanilla craft ink along the edges then
lightly stamped the itty bitty speckled background stamp
from Stampin' Up! This piece recreates the basket of wood
in the inspiration photo.

I hand cut a star shape from wide "canvas" ribbon
in my crafts stash. I also added a tiny kraft heart.
These elements are inspired by the 
decorations on the Christmas tree in the inspiration photo. 

Thanks for looking
Happy Holidays =)

You should have arrived here from Em's blog. 
Your next stop is Jane's blog.

Here are the blogs on our  hop :

House of Cards Challenge Blog

Mynn | Judy |  Chanya13 Cohenna 
Donna | Em | Heather | Jane
Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan

Recovered Scrapbook Album

Hello and Happy Holidays !

Today I'm sharing a recovered scrapbook
as my design team project for 

It was cute enough as it was,
but I ordered dozens of 12"x 12"
prints of Christmas themed digital scrapbook pages
 earlier this year (printed at Persnickety Prints)
and needed an album for them.

Rather than buying a new album,
I decided to recover this one I hadn't used yet.

It is a 3 ring album, like the old photo albums
from years ago that people, myself included,
covered with fabric, batting and lace.

Remembering those that I covered way back when, 
I thought I'd do the same technique with this one, 
only using a sturdy handmade paper
(it was sold as gift wrap so it was large enough)
and no batting. 

I'm not sure how well it will hold up,
then again this album will only be opened
once a year at my extended family get together
during the holiday season. I tried to take 
photos of many of the families that were in 
attendance the past few years, then made digital scrapbook pages.
I thought they might enjoy looking back on them,
especially as many of them are having little ones now !

How did I do it ? Read on !

The first step was to cut out a large piece of paper.
I used a heavy duty gift wrap with real stitching on it.
It's almost "fabric" like, quite sturdy paper that was hand made
according to the packaging.
I bought it several years ago on clearance at Target.
Cut your paper larger than needed, you will trim
it up in a later step. You want to make sure you
have enough to begin with for wrapping around
 the edges to the inside. 

I then cut numerous strips of 
heavy duty double stick tape and applied it
to the album covers as well as along the inside edges
where the paper will wrap in.

This photo shows the paper after it is adhered
to a cover and the creases I made after wrapping it
to the inside. I opened these edges back out then carefully
trimmed along a straight edge to tidy them up before 
taping them in place inside the cover. When I cut the 
paper out initially I wasn't too concerned with the cut
edges being perfectly straight knowing I was going to 
trim them up later. 

This photo shows the trimmed edges and 
the double stick tape inside the album.
You may want to trim the corner on the diagonal a little bit
before sticking it in place. Adhere the corners in place first,
then work your way around the edges. 
I worked on opposite sides, so top then bottom,
left then right for example. 

The edges inside after they are stuck in place.

It could be left as is (above), but I wanted a more finished look.
I cut triangles and taped them in place over the corners.

The spine of the album.

Decorate the cover if you'd like ! 

Thanks for looking 
Happy Holidays =) 

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs
for more inspiring ideas !