Thursday, November 23, 2017

Deck the Halls with Christmas Sweaters

I received some new SU! goodies today and had to play with them!

It seems that to be a member of our staff at school.... Christmas sweaters are a must so I had to have the Christmas Sweaters stamp set as I will use it to create cards for a couple of my friends on staff.  I paired it with the Be Merry paper collection... because, well... green, red and white to me, make the perfect Christmas sweater ;)

For some interest on the white paper, I embossed it with the Pinewood Plank embossing folder (the Cable Knit one would have worked here as well - and guess what... on SALE now!).  There is just something about woodgrain.  The I also got the Scallop Tag Topper and had to use it as well.  Fun! Now to make it like a real Christmas sweater, I added a pom pom and chunky glitter to the hat.

Playing along with:

The sketch is from Try Stampin' on Tuesdays

And once again, playing along with Merry Monday:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nothing better than a glass of wine....

I have my grand daughter sleeping over tonight so while hubby was reading to her, I snuck down to create a quick card.  I used the Celeste stamp from Art Impressions and the Witty Wine Quotes from Taylored Expressions.

I colored most of her but did paper piece her top.  I then fussy cut the image out and mounted it on foam squares for some dimension.

Playing along with a few challenges:

Simon Says: Food/Drink

Not sure if she is 'very' vintage but she is definitely vintage.... as is the wine ;)

Now it is almost 9 pm and I'm thinking I still hear some little feet above me.... must go check.  Have a good night.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Magic Reindeer Food

I am just getting the last little bits of goodies ready for the December Activity Advent calendar that I posted about HERE. I can't wait to give it to my daughter and grand daughter.

A December kit wouldn't be complete without some reindeer food would it?!  I used some of the Bella Blvd papers and paired it up with stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti.

I used the Jolly Holiday stamp set, as that little reindeer is so cute and perfect!  I then added tags using the Tag Duo.  Finally, as always for my holiday/winter projects, I have to add some snowflakes.  I used the Snowflake Trio. I stapled a couple to the ends of the twine as well as to the package.

A quick and easy project but like I said, no December kit is complete without some magic reindeer food :)


Did anyone else think of the Simple Stories Classic Christmas collection when they saw the Merry Monday challenge? 

I know the paper is retired, but I have lots left (call it hoarding.... saving for the perfect project ;) )
I am a sucker for anything Santa, especially a vintage one....

I just clustered different items from the collection and how about that sparkly sticker?  Of course some staples and vellum snowflakes.

Playing along with a couple of challenges:  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Here comes Santa Claus

I am playing along with the SugarPea Mix It Up Challenge and went with the sketch.

 I used the Happy Holidays paper pad and the Here Comes Santa Claus stamp set. I wanted some interest so I used all of the Santas to tell a story.... checking the list, on his way and eating the cookies.  The Santas are mounted on foam squares.
 The Believe die is from Simon Says.

Warm & Cozy Christmas

When I saw the inspiration from The Paper Players I knew what I wanted to do.  I then used the 'sketch' from Less is More and was just going to use the thermos and sentiment.... but you know me... I like my layers so this is no longer a 'less is more' it is a more is more! LOL

I pulled out a number of different items in my stash, and my favorite projects are those that use a mix of products.  I like pulling a theme together  with a variety of items.

First I started with the Warm & Cozy collection by Pebbles - yes believe it or not after the many projects I have done with it, I still have some left ;)  Like I said, I wanted a thermos, si I used my Cozy Christmas stamp and die from PTI.

From there I decided I needed some snow so I die cut the Memory Box snow frame and then thought I need a sled.... you know how it goes! LOL  I used my Memory Box Large Sled die.   My card was coming along nicely but then I wanted some mittens hanging on the sled so I used my Mugs & Mittens set from Concord & 9th (which must be retired.... I can't find it anywhere).  As a final touch.  I added some snowflakes from the Snowflake Trio by Reverse Confetti. The thermos, mittens and sentiment (cut with a SU Banner die) are mounted on foam squares.

Playing along with:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Upcycled December Activity Advent Tin

Today I have a fun project to share.  I have a passion for upcycling and I love giving gifts and Christmas so I have combined all of those passions here today :)

I created a December Advent kit for my daughter and grand daughter (who is already 3 - where does the time go?!)  Anyways.  I thought it would be fun to include some crafts/activities for each day of December leading up to Christmas.  My daughter has always loved my advents -she especially loved the activity one I did HERE (wow, 6 years ago!) so I am sure she is going to love this one that her and her little one can do.

I first spray painted a thrift store metal lunch box.  Then I pulled out my Holly Jolly collection by Bella Blvd and played.

To create the tags.  I used the Mugs & Kisses and Santa's Gift Tag by SugarPea Designs.

The North Pole Sign is a stamp and die set from Hero Arts.  The striped paper worked well for the pole don't you think?

The trees in the background are cut from patterned paper with the Oh Christmas Trees die from MFT.

I then fussy cut the Santa and Snowman from the pattern paper.  The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions from the North Pole.  The main images are mounted on foam squares for some dimension.  I also added some glitter to the snow... I know my grand daughter will love that as what little girl doesn't like a little bling ;)

Now here is a peek at some of the things I am tucking inside.  Included: gift cards to Starbucks, gift card to our local kids play cafe, gift card for free swimming, also Christmas sticker books, stories, Jamberry nail wraps and lacquer, chocolates and molds, hot chocolate, card games and of course lots of different crafting/activitiy things.  (I will give the chocolate and such to my daughter separately as I know it will kill my grand daughter not to be able to eat the whole bag right away! LOL)

Just a little more upcycling.  I have had these tubes around for a few years.  They are tubes that my My Mind's Eye washi tapes came in and I always save them.  (I created a valentine themed gift from them HERE  I have covered the stickers with pattern paper.  Inside are some beads as my grand daughter loves beading onto pipe cleaners so red and white beads = candy canes :)

I had a lot of fun creating this little gift and can't wait to give it to them :) 

Be sure to click on photos for the products:

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