Monday, December 31, 2018

Winter Trees Birthday Card

A quick card I made for an uncle.
Nothing special or unique. 

Stamp images, card stocks, inks,embossing folder
and glitter from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Organdy Box Bags With Chipboard Ornaments

I whipped up three of these to give chocolates in.
I didn't get a photo of the third, a different shape :(

The chipboard ornaments were made with old items
from Stampin' Up!, glitter glue, ribbon,
a snowflake border punch and scoring board.
The organdy box bags were bought at a dollar store years ago.

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Repurposed CD Tin

Remember the days of receiving compact discs in the mail from
 internet providers trying to get you to sign up for their service ?
Sometimes they came in metal tins.
I saved those tins!
This is the most recent reuse of two of them.

I painted the edges with gloss acrylic craft paint,
covered the tops and bottoms with
gift wrap paper then added die cuts to the top.
Fun way to reuse "trash" and to give cash.

 I was having fun finding more uses for the
roll of plaid gift wrap I bought this year.
I still have a lot of it left,
I'll probably be using it for years to come!

Thanks for looking ;)

Friday, December 28, 2018

Repurposed Mini Boxes

My son has been ordering car parts left and right .
A recent order contained these two small boxes.
As I was going to crush them to recycle, 
I had the thought to recover them with 
wrapping paper to use a containers for
Christmas gifts for the nephews.
Sure, it would have been easier just to wrap
the boxes as a small gift box,
but I have a tendency to make more work
for myself. I try to create something that
I hope is a bit more special to the recipient.

I opened up the boxes, laid them out on the gift wrap,
traced them, cut out the paper then glued it to the boxes.
Die cut felt deer were added to the tops. 
They were then filled with candy - and cash!

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Simple Die Cut Felt Ornaments

I bought a container of die cut felt pieces quite some time ago and never really knew what to do with them. They have a brass eyelet in the centers of them.

This year I dug them out and had the thought to turn them into these simple ornaments (in addition to some Christmas cards I shared previously).

I hot glued two of them together then added a piece of thin twine run through a button,  hot glued to the center over a scrap of fabric. Hot glued another looped piece of twine to the back for a hanger = a dozen of them done!

I thought about adding other things to them to dress them up even more, but in the end decided to keep them super simple. Maybe I will adhere a piece of card stock to the back to cover up the eyelet backs anyway since I didn't think to flip them over, having the nice front of the eyelet showing on the back side to make it more finished. Doing that can also allow them to be written on, making them a sort of gift tag. Maybe next year. For now they are sitting in my completed crafts boxes since I got them done too late to do anything with this year.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Seasonal HOME Sign

I received the neatest gift from a long time blog buddy!
I absolutely love it <3 font="">
I know a lot of time went into creating this
and it is deeply appreciated. 

There are velcro dots on the backs of the circular
elements to switch them out with the seasons.
What a fun idea !

Temporary home for it 

She also included this mason jar shaped treat bag !
Adorable !

Thanks so very much, Margy!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A Gift From Heaven Card

Merry Christmas!

May the good times and treasures of the present 
become the golden memories of tomorrow

Supplies, Stampin' Up! : 
A Gift From Heaven stamp set
Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, water color - card stocks
Memento black ink
assorted classic inks

gold grosgrain ribbon, Offray
metallic gold Sharpie marker

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Orange and Cinnamon Stick Ornament

Merry Christmas Eve ! 

Today's share is a simple dried orange and cinnamon stick ornament.
Yes, another old time-y project ! 

I die cut the word "merry" and glued it on top of the
orange slice. I wrapped a fabric scrap around the cinnamon stick
and tied it into a simple bow, hot gluing it to the orange slice.
Twine is hot glued to the back for a hanger.

The most difficult part was drying the orange slice myself:
it didn't work very well for me in a toaster over.
I actually sliced an entire orange and tried to dry 
all of the slices. Unfortunately, all but this one burned,
and even this one is too brown in places. 
I suppose even on the lowest setting it was
still too hot in that tiny oven. I did dry them
directly on the wire racks, too,
checking on them throughout the day
and moving them around as needed. 
It was the first time I've tried to dry orange slices.
Probably my last ;) 

It looks like parts of the country are going
to see a White Christmas this year.
We will not. 
In fact, thunderstorms and 
Spring like temperatures are on the way!

Thanks for looking .
Wishing you a wonderful holiday 
filled with memories to last a lifetime.

All Is Bright Digi Kit

template from the Plain Digital Wrapper challenge forum, December

The above projects were made with the fun new
All Is Bright digital kit

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Nature's Christmas Cards

I love water coloring in the images of my old stamp sets.
Simple stitched lines and an embossed background
make for a pretty enough card.
One that is mail friendly, too,
not requiring extra postage.

Supplies from Stampin' Up! :
Nature's Christmas stamp set
Forest Foliage, Real Red. Naturals Ivory card stocks
Black Memento ink
assorted classic inks
poinsettia (?) embossing folder

sewing machine
baker's twine

Thanks for looking, Merry Christmas !

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Aspens Christmas Cards

My attempt (finally) at making one of these cards. It did NOT work well.
I ended up making a mask to stamp and sponge over the embossed tree trunks.
That helped a little bit.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, December 21, 2018

Warmest Winter Wishes Card

Today's card is quite fitting for it being
the first day of Winter.

It has dry embossing, heat embossing, 
paper punched borders, dry embossed with stylus
details, rubber stamping and a neat printed ribbon -
all on a kraft card base. 

The embossing folder, stamps, inks, embossing powder
 and card stocks were all from Stampin' Up!

The border punch is unknown.

The ribbon came from Big Lots two years ago.
I should have bought more than one small roll of it.

I liked this card so well that I made eight of them
and put them in stock for next Christmas.

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my card in the Season' Greetings challenge at  Love To Scrap
and Christmas Crafts All Year Round

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Buffalo Plaid Deer Card

I recently dug out a container of die cut felt pieces I bought years ago.
There were three sizes and two colors of the precut felt deer shapes.
I never really could figure out what I wanted to do with them,
especially since they had the brass eyelet in the centers.
I was determined to do something with them this year....

I came up with this set of 8 cards using the tiniest deer die cut.

The tags came in a set of mason jars my daughter bought,
but didn't want to use. I pierced them myself and added
the little strip of black card stock. 

I die cut the word "joy" from red card stock
then carefully glued them onto the tags.

A bit of red grosgrain ribbon tied to the top 
of the tag to finish it off.

The paid background is actually gift wrap ! 
Note that it can be tricky to work with gift wrap
on paper projects, especially if it is lightweight
like this was. The label said it was 
"premium, heavy duty gift wrap"
- and I paid a premium price for it - 
but it was still quite thin. It wrinkles easily
and can show where adhesive is applied. 
There is also a curve to it since it was on roll. 
Don't try to remove adhesive with an "eraser",
because the ink will wear off. 
Cutting it down to size and keeping it square can be aggravating, too. 
It was worth it though to create this set of cards.
In the end, I was able to get 8 cards that I'm happy enough with
and have put back to send out next year.  

I'll spend a bit more time trimming down
some more of the gift wrap to use on other cards,
then the rest will be used for what it was intended -
to actually wrap gifts ! 

I also made ornaments with the largest die cut
felt pieces that I will share later.

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my project in the current  anything goes challenge at
Through The Craft Room Door and Christmas Crafts All Year Round

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

CAS Christmas Card

I came across this stamped tag that I never used for some reason, so I made a quick card with it.
Simply pressure embossed a holly background on cream card stock, punched a circle of
Garden Green card stock that I pierced around the edges of then glued them all together.

Rubber stamp image, inks, card stocks and punches were from Stampin' Up!
Embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Noel Twig Bow Ornaments

There are a few old twig bow home decor pieces that were 
picked up at a church fundraiser yard sale a few years back.
I forgot all about them and came across them
when looking for something else.

It took a bit of work to remove the remaining
buttons, fabric pieces and large clumps of glue
from them before I could redecorate them.

Once they were cleaned up well enough,
Christmas colors plaid cotton fabric strips
that were torn and tied into knot were hot glued on.

I painted wooden hearts and
hot glued them on top of the knotted fabric strips.

A die cut word "noel" topped them off. 

I think they look a bit better now,
even if they are 80's type decor pieces.

The before bows are below,
they weren't in the best of shape.

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my project in the current  anything goes challenge at
Through The Craft Room Door
Christmas Crafts All Year Round

Monday, December 17, 2018

Cardinal Glass Ball/Painted Acetate Ornament

I made two of my painted acetate ornaments
with the intentions of giving them to my
cousins who just lost their Mom.

The image is from Stampin' Up!
It was stamped with black Stazon ink
onto a transparency sheet.

It was cut out into a circle.
with a tab at the top to hold it in place,
to fit just inside a glass ball ornament.

I painted it with indoor/outdoor
acrylic craft paints.

After allowing it to dry well for a day,
 I carefully rolled it and inserted it
into the glass ornament, keeping the
tab in the neck of the ornament.

I printed a saying onto white card stock,
cut it into a banner and attached it
with a gold eyelet
"If a cardinal should appear,
a visitor from Heaven is near."

A red grosgrain ribbon bow
hot glued into place finishes it off.

Thanks for looking   =)

I'm entering my ornament in the following challenges:
Merry Little Christmas
Use Your Stuff
Crafting By Designs
613 Avenue Create
Love To Scrap

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Angel Sympathy Cards - Painted Acetate

Two of the most difficult (emotionally) cards I've made:
a special Aunt of mine passed away.
It is so heartbreaking..... sniffle.

Sadly I've come to the realization that I
need to make Sympathy cards to have in
 stock at all times. I've sent so many out this year.....

The angels are stamped on acetate with black Stazon ink
then painted on the back sides with acrylic craft paints.
The sky was created by sponging blue and white paints.

They are backed with white paper
then layered onto gold card stock. 

The image panels are attached to the 
card fronts with dimensionals.

The white card fronts have been 
embossed with Texturz plates
then mounted to gold card stock.

Organdy ribbons, gold cord,
mini brads, photo corners finish them off.

I printed a poem and mounted it to 
gold card stock inside the card.

These are 5" x 7" cards
and required extra postage to mail. 

Thanks for looking.

I'm entering my card (first one with brads) in the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Dec 11th
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Yellow Roses Sympathy Card

This was a difficult (emotionally) card to make, one for my Uncle who lost his wife of 50+ years.
She was one of my favorites, such a sweet lady, and always loved my hand made cards.

I only recently found out that yellow was her favorite color. She called to thank me for
the birthday card I sent her and mentioned that yellow was her favorite color.

Knowing that she liked flowers, I decided to make this card for my Uncle. It's pretty "froofy" for a car guy. I was originally going to make a card with a cardinal on it so it might be a bit more masculine for him. I changed my mind in the end because I know she would have loved this card had it been given to her.

Rubber stamp images, DD Cottage Rose by Stampin' Up!

Floral embossing folder background, We R Memory Keepers

A few sequins leftover from my beaded felt ornaments were attached here and there with clear tacky glue

Sentiment was found by searching down an image I saw online. It came from

Card stocks, inks, scallop edge border punch and dimensionals from Stampin' Up!

This is a 6" x 6" card

I'm entering my card in the following challenge:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Dec 11th