Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Post of 2011



New Years Anyone?
 
A fitting last post for 2011, New Years Banners.  I have 2 evening planned with friends and so I wanted to make them each a New Years Banner.  Truth be told, I wanted to make one banner in silver and one in gold.  It's amazing what can be created with paper!
 
BLACK AND SILVER "HAPPY NEW YEARS" BANNER
 

A lot of the embellishments I picked up from the $1 Store.  It's a great way to embellish and cost effective.  I topped the top of these Birthday Bash Banners with silver garland that have wee stars all over it!  I found "HAPPY NEW YEAR" necklaces for $1 and cut them up. Each banner has a word and 3 together say "HAPPY NEW YEAR".  The stars attached at the bottom are from the same necklace.

I picked up these silver snowflakes, 6 for $1.  A great embellishment!

I embossed the black shimmer paper with Tim Holtz clock embossing folder.  I need this set!  LOVE IT!  I cut the letters from Sophisticated (my favorite font) in silver shimmer paper.

I made them into 3 small banners with the 2 snowflake banners on either end of "NEW".   I made this banner with a little extra bling.  To match the home it is going too.  This is where I will be spending New Years with my family.

BLACK AND GOLD "2012" BANNER


My 2nd banner I wanted to do in golds.  I also wanted it to simply say 2012.  The numbers are cut from Sophisticated and popped up on dimensional.

I added a fluffy gold garland with stars for the top.  Again embossing with the TH Clock embossing folder, I embossed this time gold shimmer paper.  Then lightly distressed Walnut stain to add some depth.  It really helped to make it look less washed out.

I cut and layered this chandelier from Sophisticated.  Then I coated with Dazzling Diamonds and outlined with black glitter glue.

A pretty little gold banner.

A little note on how I store my banners.  I fold them on to themselves and then clip them off.  This way they aren't floating around and run the risk of tearing.  Not to mention any embellishments won't go missing.

After you display store them like this and bag them up.  If anything does happen to fall off then the bag will keep it from getting lost.

Do you have a New Years Tradition?  What's your favorite way to spend it?  I love spending it with my family especially in my jammies;)
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stocking Stuffer


Looking for a quick last minute stocking stuffer? 

Instead of making snowman poop, reindeer poop or Grinch poop I just made this wrapper.  My intent was to make snowman poop.  But I just wasn't feeling it.  So instead I just kept it simple.  To make these mint wrappers simply measure the height and width and cut.  Then score along the sides.  In this case I used Tic Tacs.  I'm HORRIBLE with numbers so I was a bit frustrated with the measurements.  But I eventually got there.

This little Santa postage stamp is the cutest stamped on Kraft.  I added a little twine to tie it all together.  The paper I used is a Recollections Kraft Holiday pack. 

I used the small rounded corners punch to round the corners. 

These little Tic Tacs are all spruced up!

These would work with gum packs to or any mint treat.  What a fun crafty way to add a little flare to your Christmas Stockings. 

This will be my last post before Christmas.  I'll be spending the weekend with my family, cooking and relaxing.  Wishing you and yours a splendid Holiday.  And remember to take time to relax and enjoy.  The holidays after all are about spending time with those you love, remembering those that have left us and just enjoying the moment.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wrapping Idea for Gift Cards


Wrapping Gift Cards can be a challenge! 

 I don't want to just throw the gift card in an envelope...that's boring.  Here's a fun easy idea.  Any tag cut will do with your Cricut.  Many of the carts have a tag feature.  For my tags I used my SU Sizzex Two Tags die.  I stamped this Tim Holtz Tall Trees stamp and added a little silver glitter glue for snow.  Then pop a little glue dot on the back of the card so it doesn't slide around.  


I picked up a multi pack of iTunes gift cards and tied the tags together using some bakers twine.

Here is the 2nd tag cut from the tag die.  It's a great tag to stamp "TO: & FROM" which I see I forgot on this one.  Then I added a little silver glitter glue to the swirly bits.

I picked up these brown mini Kraft bags from a packaging store last month, 100 for $4!  I am almost out.  They hold gift cards perfectly and you can stuff a ton in these bags.  I stamped again the Tall Trees stamp, attached the smaller tag with bakers twine and done!  EASY wrap job.

Here are all the gift bags I made for all the teens in my family.  My BIL &SIL are taking 4 of these home for Christmas.  These are small and compact enough to pack!

I'm always looking for new and unique ways to wrap gift cards.  I hope you try this if you are looking for an easy wrapping idea.  These bags and tags take minutes to whip together.

Scarppy Moms Stamps is having a fun challenge, "BAG IT"  Check it out and play, click HERE to enter.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Wine Bottle Tags

Every year I make a handful of goodies for my husband to take to work.  One of the final things I get to make is wine bottle tags.  Every year he gives his managers a bottle of wine and a gift card.  With all the new goodies I learned while making the 12 Tags of Christmas.  I have a bunch of cuts I had made while borrowing these dies.  I had 15 tags to make so I made 3 styles of tags, 5 each.

Tag #1.
This is my take on Tag 12

This WISH tag is all in gold.  I picked this big snowflakes up at the $1 Store.  They were silver so I glittered them gold. I cut WISH at 3/4" using Sophisticated in gold then layered a shadow of black.  I used the shadow cut for the gold, so I needed to repeat in black and offset the gold.  To make it pop I added diamond glaze on the letters. 
I made this little tissue flower using gold tissue...no stamping this time.  I picked up gold tinsel garland for a $1 and stapled it to the bottom of the tag.  It even has little gold starts.  I hot glued this antiqued gold brad to the flower then glued again to the tag.

I cut my tags using the TH Big Tag Die.  I picked up 100 Manila file folders for under $8...that's 4 tags per folder.  I stamped the tag with my french script stamp.  Then stamped white tissue with my music note background stamp.  I modge podged the tag, then layered the tissue over the tag.  Using my heat gun I dried the tag, then added Rock Candy to give the tag a vintage cracked look.  Then I added distress ink Tea Dye to the edges.

TAG #3.
This tag is a take on Tag 4 and Tag 6.

This tag has a lot going on.  I sprayed adhesive to my tag, layered tin foil then ran the tag through my Snow Flurries embossing folder.  I painted with acrylic paint, dried with my heat gun then distressed with some sandpaper.  Gently scuff the paint off the snowflakes to expose the snowflakes.  NOEL is cut in silver shimmer paper at 3/4" using Sophisticated.  I added diamond glaze to the letters for a pop.

This snowman die I borrowed and did a ton of cuts in white, Kraft and cereal boxes.  The snowman is inked in distress inks, faded jeans and broken china on white.  I ran picket fence stain over and finished with Rock Candy crackle.  A silver jingle and silver pipe cleaner finishes off the snowman.

For $1 I picked up this silver tinsel garland and have used a ton of it over the past weeks.  I stamped it onto the bottom of the tag, then layered some silver mesh ribbon with a silver snowflake brad in the bottom corner.  It's very subtle.

Tag #3.
This tag is a take on Tag 9 and Tag 10 and a little of Tag 7.

I went a little simpler...ok not really.  The tag was stamped in Versamark and clear embossed.  I inked with fire brick, Forrest moss and peeled paint exposing my stamp and making it pop.  Again, I borrowed Snow Tree die, inked it and layered twice with UTEE giving the tree a thick glassy look.

To fill the corner I used my new Festive Greenery die for some holy leaves.  I borrowed the pine cone (I suck at making them) as my GF just got it.  I really loves these little cones...if only I was better at making them!  I cut a little sprig of greenery from my mini fake tree and wrapped some of these berries from garland I picked up for $1. 

Had to make these little ornaments again.  The paper I am using is from TH Seasonal pack.  I guess I keep picking the more muted images as they don't pop too much!

For added embellishment I used my SU Antique Brads to hold the twine for the ornament.  Then added this glass mini ornament to the ribbon.

I also needed to add a spot to hold a GC.  But I didn't want to take away from the front of the tag.  I cut my mini Kraft bags down to 3 3/4", then punching with my scallop punch a little peaker spot to see the VISA GC.  To keep it simple I stamped in vintage photo this TH deer and clear embossed.  Tieing it off with some twine.  Then stamping my OH SCRAP stamp...hehe:)

Here are all the bottles and their tags together. 

If you missed some or all of my 12 Tags of Christmas you can click HERE to see them all in one post.  There will be a photo of each tag with a link back to it's original post. 



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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Cards

My 2011 Christmas Cards

These are supposed to be my easy cards.  Then I started adding stuff.  The idea was supposed to be a simple layer of DP a stamp and the "25".  But I ended up adding more.  I wanted to stick with Kraft paper and that includes some Kraft Holiday pack by Recollections.  I guess they are still pretty simple.


I made 25 each of greens and reds. 

The "25" is cut using the Winter Woodland cart and layered.  That's 100 numberes cut, layered and popped up on dimentionals.

This vintage Santa stamp is a Recollections set. 

I also picked up a Tim Holtz stamp set and used the Stag and Merry Christmas, stamping right onto the Kraft paper.

I ended up adding ribbon, twine and these cute mutted coloured jingle bells.  I also spritzed the Santa layer with gold and sealed using hairspray.  I gives a pretty shimmer!

My cards are cut at 5x5 and I'm pretty happy how they turned out.  I love the vintage stamps, Kraft papers and little elements.

I squeezed all 50 cards into this little tote!

I hope you had fun making your Christmas card.  These took me about 8 hours to make all 50.  But if you liked it you could make one in about 45 min.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

KinderstampO's Christmas Hop


Welcome...need some DIY Handcrafted Ornament idea's?  Well, I do have a few on my blog for you.  OK get ready for LOTS of idea's on here.  I have started with a Tim Holtz Tag and I am finishing a TH Tag.  These I made last week for this hop.  The rest I made 13 years ago for my Christmas Tree and they still go on my tree today.

You should be arriving from Celine's Blog.  If you are just getting started then you'll want to start at KinderstampO's Blog.  I will try to keep it low on the chat since there are a lot of photo's!

Here is my TH Tag.  I particpated in the this years (my first) 12 Tags of Christmas.  I made this tag #10 for my mom with phot's of her parents.  My Grandafather passed away a year ago December 19th.  This tag she will put on her tree as I have done on mine.  To chech out this tag in more detail click HERE to see how I made it.

I added WISH using Scrable pieces, then used MS Glitter Glue as icicles.

Here I recreated ornaments using photo's of my Grandparents on their wedding day and my grandfather on his fish boat.  Very cool to use old photo's!

My grands on their wedding day!


OK here I have a selection of ornaments I made one year when my kids were teeny tiny!  I used plywood and my jigsaw to cut all these wooden ornaments.  I then painted them all and to this day they hang on my tree!

Cinnamon and glue arnament, painted and tied with a bow.

I layered this mitt and added a wooden button.

Stocking with Heart

I also tried some modeling clay.

Gingy

Christmas Tree

This Santa I painted has always been my favorite!

I also made a mantle piece to match my tree ornaments.

My tree is full of handcrafted ornaments I made and my kids.  It is also full of ornaments that were gifts and now my new 12 Tags of Christmas. 



Here is my 2nd Tag I made for this Hop.  This one is Tag 9.

Again using the Scrabble pieces and a gear embossed and distressed.  The tag is stamped, embossed and distressed.


I hope you made it all the way down here to see all the ornaments.  I have made many of them over the years.  Thanks for hopping by you're now ready to head over to Pam's blog.
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