Saturday, December 20, 2014

Making Merry and a few of my Favorite Things....

Happy Holidays everyone!  Are you ready?  Many have already been celebrating, and I'm in that final few days push before the big day on Thursday.  Still gifts to wrap and goodies to make, including those Christmas cards!  I got a few made last nite, and I have a few more I'd been working on.

Remember you can join us over at the Scrap It Girl blog, we shared some of our favorite gift/wrap items, and we'd love to have you share what you've made too! If you've made any kind of packaging or even a LO or card with gifts (like the one below) you can link up to our "Wrap It Up" challenge....you've got until Dec. 31st!!  Link up HERE.

Here are a couple of my favorites I've made so far:


It was made using Doodlebug's Santa Express goodies and this one as well:


I'm a huge fan of twine....can you tell?!!

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a wonderful day!  I have some quick and easy cards coming tomorrow!

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's About The Journey: Creative Cafe' KOTM

Today if you are already wishing for spring, I have a sweet little floral birdie card over at The Rubber Cafe' using their new Creative Cafe' KOTM for December.  Want to subscribe?  Find them HERE.  The kits are loaded with a full 6x6 paper pad, tons of ribbons/trims, embellishments, bazzill cardstock, and of course, amazing stamps!

Here's my "tweet" little card:


Want the details on how this card was made?  Pop on over to the blog HERE.

Thanks for stoppin' by during this busy holiday season!  I appreciate each and every one of you!

I'm off to a crop/ornament exchange/potluck this afternoon....enjoying some holiday spirit....and making my Christmas cards!!  Yep....I'm all about that last minute holiday creating!!  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Countdown....IT'S ON!!

Oh my....are you in countdown mode???  I am in a panic....and working retail in a boutique shoppe at this time of year only adds to my stress!!!  And here sits my very sad and lonely blog!!  Unloved....caught up in the rush of Christmas madness!....lol!

Well, it's time to spread the love....and nothing better than this Christmas Countdown Calendar I created using Authentique, Want 2 Scrap, and Petaloo!



To make this I used a wooden easel frame, painted it black, then embellished using Authentique die cuts, American Crafts glitter paper, Petaloo flowers, Want 2 Scrap pearls, and some jute string.

The numbers are created from the Authentique die cuts as well, and get a little pizazz from more pearls, and glitter paper:


There are envelopes on the back of the frame to hold all the numbers.  Did not grab a pic of those....they are just little cardstock boxes I made with velcro closures.

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  And remember to slow down and enjoy the holidays....in all the rush you can miss some of the good stuff!!  For me....that starts today!

Supplies:
Paper: Authentique Joyous; AC POW glitter paper
Embellishments: Authentique die cuts, Want 2 Scrap pearls, Petaloo flowers, AC glitter clothespin, jute string
Adhesive: Scor Tape, Art Glitter Glue

Friday, December 5, 2014

Chase Your Dreams.....

I have a lot of dreams....for my family, for my kids, for travel, for designing....it's important to always have inspiration to keep those dreams going.  The new KOTM from The Rubber Cafe' has me inspired this month!  I'm a fan of hot air balloons....to me they represent dreams taking flight....and funny, the name of this month's KOTM???  Take Flight!  Here is a sneak at a card I've made using this collection:



Yep....just a sneaky tease today!  You can find the complete card and instructions over at The Rubber Cafe' blog today on THIS POST.

I tried a new technique with the embossing powder....love the look!  And got to play with washi tape and Echo Park Paper too!

Thanks for visiting today....and hope your day is filled with inspiration to make YOUR dreams Take Flight!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wrap It Up Challenge

Hello everyone!  Ready to start some holiday scrapping?  How about holiday decorating?  Or maybe creative ways to gift wrap?  Over at Scrap It Girl....we have a perfect challenge for the month of December--it's our Wrap It Up challenge....it's all about gift wrapping.....whether it's a present on a LO or home decor/altered project, or homemade gift wrap or bags, it's time to wrap up those holiday crafts, and link them up on the Scrap It Girl site HERE

To get you started with a little inspiration, here is a gift bag/tag set I've created using the Doodlebug Frosty Friends collection:
 


This is something I love to do....take an inexpensive dollar store plain white bag, and use those extra scraps and embellishments from a scrapbook page to create a one of a kind gift bag that is a gift itself!  It's a great way to use up those odds and ends from different projects......six different manufacturers on this one!!

Here's a closer look at the gift tag:



I used a Tim Holtz stencil pounced on white cardstock using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and a Distress Ink sponge. Silver American Crafts glitter paper give it some sparkle, and a Doodlebug mini clothes pin, twine, and Sprinkles add a sweet touch.

For the sentiment, I used a Prima stamp:


The snowflakes are punched out of the glitter paper, and Queen & Co bling adds some pizazz. The feather is a wispy winter touch....from Bella Blvd.

And did I mention a prize?  Yes there is a prize over on the Scrap It Girl blog....you have a chance to win if you link up!!  Check out all the rules and links on THIS POST.

Thanks for stoppin' by today and join in on the challenge!  Instead of a plain (or expensive!) gift bag....make your own with your scraps and a few extra embellishments!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Time to Start....

I should start my Christmas cards in July.....I know it's true....lol.  But I'll be starting them now....and this is a little inspiration, just in case you haven't started yours yet either!




This card is definitely a "scrap my stash" card.....I've used last years Doodlebug Home for the Holidays collection.....love the stickers, and the patterned papers!  Add a little twine and jingle bells....the little touches that finish it off with just enough holiday spirit!

Thanks for stoppin' by today, and watch for more Christmas soon....including a Christmas Countdown calendar complete with a giveaway! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Creative Packaging Blog Hop: The Rubber Cafe'

Welcome to the first: 


We've got some great prizes and inspiration for you today!  If you hopped from Michelle's Blog you are in the right place, and if you need to start from the beginning (you've got to if you want in on the prizes....how about a $25 gift certificate, or a free KOTM?!!)....start at The Rubber Cafe' Blog HERE.

Do you have some Creative Cafe' goodies left over from all those gorgeous cards you've made?  We have some great ideas on how to use those leftovers....in honor of Thanksgiving and the holidays!!  If your new to Creative Cafe' kits....enjoy the hop, and check out the subscription program HERE.

I've got two treats for you today:

First some holiday packaging for a little treat to add to a stocking, or hang on a tree, or just to have a basket ready to give anyone a "sweet little something":

 
This uses The Rubber Cafe' KOTM from October: Christmas Behind the Scenes. Perfect for any holiday treats!

Images are stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink, and colored with Copic 
Markers.  These toppers are 3" by 2" (with a score mark at 1" to fold over),
but they can be sized to any goody bag.  A bit of jute string and a little jingle 
bell make a cute finishing touch: 


To attach the topper, staple bag shut and then fold a wide piece of Scor-Tape over the top:



then simply peel off and adhere--and there you have it!

My "bonus" project is a quick and easy way to dress up your holiday table:


This is easily whipped up for your Thanksgiving feast, or for a holiday dinner party.  

They are made using the Whipped Up and Stamping Utensils from the November Creative Cafe' KOTM, and everything is stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink and glued with Scrap Happy Glue.

The little name place card has a personal note inside....letting the person know why you are thankful for knowing them:


And here's a closer peek at the favor bag and menu:


Thanks for hoppin' by today!  Next stop on your hop is Mary-Ann's Blog.....she has inspiration sure to get your holiday gifts all wrapped up!

HOP ORDER:

Laura Cox (yes you're here!)