Friday, November 30, 2018

Bowl Cozies Galore

 I was asked to make 20 bowl cozies in two different sizes
for a friend to give as Christmas gifts.
Here are some photos from that marathon sewing session =)

  Stack of pretty fabrics and batting ready to 
start sewing the numerous bowl cozies. 

Instructions can be found here:

The cat kept finding new to her places to sleep
while I was working on this project and making quite
a mess of things. Scooting the sewing machine out 
of the corner gave her a new hiding place to catch 
a cat nap. Same with the piles of fabric.

The sets below are extra cozies I made
with matching cards
(and gift bags yet to be decorated)
hoping someone may want to buy them.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Swinging Christmas Card Set

I made 10 of these swing  type fold Christmas cards using a die set from Sizzix for the base and patterned paper layers (Die Cuts With A View).

The center panel was stamped with a lightly inked around the edges large square rubber stamp (Stampin' Up! The Shape Of Things)

Ornament paper punch and coordinating stamp from Stampin' Up! (Tags 4 Christmas) using inks, also from Stampin' Up!

Various word die cuts made with a die set by Michael's/Recollections.

Tiny knot of Offray satin ribbon hot glued to the ornament tops to finish them off.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Snow Festival Designer Tags Christmas Cards

A set of cards I made with preprinted tags
(Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags)
I received from Stampin' Up! years ago.
They are quite large and double sided.

I punched the ends with a paper punch
the ran Riding Hood Red striped ribbon through them.

The colored background pieces have been dry embossed
with embossing folders and Texturz plates. 

I stamped a greeting with Riding Hood Red ink.
I'm soooo disappointed that I am going to have to throw
this pad away. It developed a really thick gunky layer on the top,
it is useless. I tried squirting it with ink refresher spray,
which worked long enough to ink up a stamp.
I had to do this with each image......
then I discovered after the fact that the ink
didn't dry, it was smearing ! 
I blew my heat gun on them for a few seconds each,
but that didn't work. I had some old paper protector
spray that I tried as a last resort. It seems to be okay now,
but the cards are really smelly from the chemicals in the spray.
I'm hoping they air out - and dry out further! - before I need
to send them in a couple of weeks. 
So much for hoping to make a set of  (fairly) quick and easy cards
with these labels. I should have just used black Memento ink
and ran strips of paper behind rather than go through all of the 
trouble of punching slits and running ribbon. 
Oh well.

I opened the Cherry Cobbler ink thinking I'd use it instead,
it has a gold sheen on it and won't stamp properly.
I don't use those colors very often obviously. 
I guess I'll be searching for blank ink pads to try
to use my refills on - if those are even still good.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Noel Santa Wood Word

Finally put paint to this wooden item I bought 
quite some time ago! 

I used craft acrylic paints directly to the wood.

It was lightly sanded in places along the edges.

A small scrap of torn plaid cotton fabric,
a wood button and linen thread finish it off.

Thanks for looking =) 

This is my fourth entry in the Merry Little Christmas Challenge this month.

I'm also entering it in the current Anything Goes challenge at Through The Craft Room Door.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Gingerbread Man Wood Shape

The current Gingerbread challenge at
inspired me to finally put paint to this unfinished wood 
gingerbread man shape I bought years ago!
I'm also entering it in the Anything Goes challenge at
Merry Little Christmas

I did take it apart before painting then added
new jute twine to reattach all the pieces once complete.

There were no eyes on him,
so I found some small wood circles in
my old craft supplies stash that I painted
then glued on.

I wasn't sure if I liked it so plain,
so I added a paper banner.....
still not sure if I am really happy with it....
maybe I'll cut the banners out of patterned paper
then add die cut letters on top.
Perhaps the plain white is too boring
and that is what is bothering me about it.

Thanks for looking =)

I'm thrilled to have had my gingerbread man
 chosen as a Top 3
Christmas Crafts All year Round

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Autumn Hiking Digi Kit

template from the challenge in the PDW forum

(I goofed and added some components from the 
Fall Whimsy kit on this page)

I created all of the above digital projects with the new
Autumn Hiking digi kit  by JMC Designs
It is now available at Plain Digital Wrapper
and on sale for a limited time for just $1.00 per pack !!!!

There are lots of fun elements
and terrific papers in this kit
that can be used to scrap things other than hiking
if you aren't into that ;) 

65 Unique Elements - 3 arrows, bear, bird, 3 bows, boy, branch, bug spray, butterfly, 3 buttons, canteen, compass, 6 flowers, 3 frames, girl, heart, 7 leaves, metal heart, metal star, mosquito, mountains, owl, bottle cap, 5 ribbons, scatter, 5 signs, staple, 2 stitchings, 6 strings, tag, 3 trees

24 Patterned Papers 
12X 12 300ppi

13 Papers 7 Creased and 6 Stamped Papers 
300 ppi 

10 Wordart to go with the Autumn Hiking kit

8 Journal Cards 300ppi 
4 - 4X3 
4 - 3X4

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Faux Mercury Glass Mini Jar Christmas Decor

A second mini piece of Christmas home decor
repurposing a Oui yogurt jar !

I used: 
~ a store bought floral pick 
($3.50 at our local Big Lots; 
the only silver one they had and
perfect for the faux mercury glass jar ).

~ a  fabric doily I had in my stash

~ a piece of foam glued into the bottom to hold the pick

~ Krylon Looking Glass paint 
and a vinegar/water spritz to 
create the faux mercury glass  look on the jar.
The paint is quite thin, 
you need to lightly spray it in several layers.
Be sure to paint in  a well ventilated area and wear plastic gloves.

NOTE: You must paint on the INSIDE of the glass
and the containers are NOT food/water safe.
They can only be used for decoration.

This one didn't turn out very "vintage-y".
It was too cold outside to be spray painting
and I will not spray paint indoors. 
It is pretty and shiny, mirror like,
just not old looking. 

Change out the floral pick with the seasons
to reuse the faux mercury glass jar base year round ! 
 I planned on making one with a bird nest for Spring,
but the nest and birds I have in stock are not the right size.

I have some other paints I want to use on
additional jars and additional ideas of things to do with them.
 I need to buy and eat more  Oui yogurt first ! 
Then patiently wait for a warm enough day to go outside to spray paint.....

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, November 23, 2018

My Memories Store Sale

Great deal going on NOW at My Memories
and for those of you that once used the My Digital Studio
program by Stampin' Up! -
they carry some of the exclusive MDS content !

They also now carry some of the kits by my favorite designer,

You don't have the fun and easy to use My Memories program ?
You can try it before you buy it
(export and print features are disabled).
Should you decide you like it,
be sure to use my discount code STMMMS23251 
to receive
$10 off the purchase price and bonus gifts.

"Oui"cycling Yogurt Jars

I found some Oui yogurt at a local grocer this past summer
after looking for them off and on for several months.
I'd read about them on my blogging friends page  a year ago. 
I just had to buy some to repurpose the jar.
I'm finally getting around to sharing a couple of them
now that it is close (too close!) to Christmas.
I've lots of ideas to repurpose more.
Then again, I believe that I still have some 
baby food jars yet to be repurposed........

First things first, remove the labels and
clean your jars well.
I fill mine with hot water to help loosen
the adhesive. The labels came off pretty easily
leaving minimal residue behind that was
cleaned up with Goo Gone.

I washed them with Dawn dish detergent and warm water,
giving them a final wipe down with vinegar and a dry cloth 
 when I was ready to craft with them.

I painted a couple of them with Looking Glass paint by Krylon
and spritzed with a vinegar and water solution
to create a faux mercury glass look.

The paint is quite thin, 
you need to lightly spray it in several layers.

Be sure to paint in a well ventilated area and wear plastic gloves.

NOTE: You must paint on the INSIDE of the glass
and the containers are NOT food/water safe.
They can only be used for decoration.

Click below to see a framed piece of glass that I used this paint technique on

I dug a Christmas floral pick out of my stash
and added faux snow to it.

The same was done with some tiny twigs from my yard.

I had an old doily I picked up at an estate sale
that I poked a tiny hole in the center of .
I felt bad for doing so, but it was stained in places 
and wouldn't really be used for much 
of anything else since it was small.

I cut an old styrofoam ball in half,
gluing the flat side of each half into each
mini jar after it was painted.

The tiny twigs were hot glued into the pick.
The stem of the pick had to be shortened 
to fit in the small jar.

The pick was poked through the small hole
in the center of the doily then the entire thing
was pushed into the foam inside the jar. 

Change out the floral pick with the seasons
to reuse the faux mercury glass jar base year round ! 

Thanks for looking 
and have fun "Oui"creating this project  =)

I'm entering my project in the current
Anything Goes challenge at
Through The Craft Room Door

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

May your Thanksgiving be filled with
happy moments and gratitude,
even for the simplest of things. 

(created with the digital kit Gatherings by Kimeric Kreations
and a freebie add on to the kit)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Simple Fall Wreath card

Supplies from Stampin' Up! :
All Season Wreath stamp set
embossing board and stylus
Naturals Ivory card stock
kraft card stock

I lightly draw a circle on my card stock
to try to help line up all of the branch
stamp images to make a round wreath shape.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gratitude Tree - Oui Jar

My first project repurposing a Oui yogurt jar ! 
I have a couple more to share soon. 

After removing the labels and cleaning the glass well,
I painted it with chalk paint then lightly sanded it in places.
I then hand lettered it with a brush and acrylic paint.
I placed a small piece of floral foam inside,
hot gluing it into place. 
I gathered some small branches from my yard
and stuck them in the foam.
Moss from my old floral supplies stash tops it off.
Tiny paper punched tags were written on
then hot glued on the branches with tiny twine bows.
A strip of torn plaid cotton fabric, more twine and a
small wooden heart (painted) finish it off, 

It's a bit sparse, hoping that the kids would want
to add some tags to it, too. 

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my project in the current
Anything Goes challenge at