Hi Friends I'm calling this post "Christmas Favorites", the non-edible variety. Of course, we all have favorite foods but here are a few of my favorite cards for this year. I found that I didn't need to make very many this year since they were already done over the course of the year. Some I made at SAS's, some were from our Crazy Card Club, and many were from my entries into Merry Monday and Jingle Bells challenges. I'm definitely going to do that again as it really cuts down the rush and stress when it's time to get those cards addressed and 'out of here'. These were particular favorites which I had not posted before... Enjoy...
and I think this screen card (below) is my very favorite and a style I will use for all those cute new things in the Occasions catalog and Sale a Bration which go live Jan 6... stay tuned!
Hope you've enjoyed my little sampling of cards ... enjoy your holidays!
Bailey and I have a special photo for you on Christmas Day... hope you have time to stop by!
Ho Ho Ho Are we having fun yet? Here's another project that I've wanted to do every Christmas for a long time and finally did. Tags. I keep my scraps in those Sterlite containers - the big, flat ones - and all these tags were made with pieces that were in the scrap piles. Love that! Time and space do not permit me to describe each and every one but I'm sure you can get some ideas from these pictures. Keeping this short as I still have a lot of preparation to do before the family arrives the 21st ... eeek.... but, ya know, having the family all together this Christmas makes any extra effort on my part totally worth it. Here are just a few of the tags I made this year - think I made about 75. I fully intend to 'recall' them on Christmas day unless the recipient refuses. I'm going to recycle them until they fall apart. Enjoy these samples.
Hi Everyone... I hope you're all having a fun time decorating and planning for a lovely Christmas celebration. I have been very busy doing all those projects that are always promised for 'next year', if you know what I mean. Our daughter and our grandkids will be here on Sunday so, ever since Thanksgiving, I've been doing lots of special decorating and treat making. I loved the Many Merry Stars kit that Stampin' Up offered in their Holiday Supplement so I went for it. They were really fun and easy to make... however, I'm having some issues with some of them staying together. It could very well be just me, since I have many of them hanging on the bannister and others placed on the fireplace mantel and both of those locaitons get a lot of dry heat. That being said, when I use them next year, I will get out my hot glue gun and fix some of the problem areas. They were a blast to make... honest!!!
Well, well... hello Bailey
and here they are on the mantel
I hope you enjoyed my 'share' today ... this is a fun kit with many uses.
Hi Stampers Here we go with another really cute idea for your Christmas table. I got this idea from Sam Donald of "Pootles" ... http://pootles.co.uk/. I subscribe to her blog and am always excited when I get an email with a new project ... check out her YouTube channel too. Thanks so much Sam, you're the best!
Are these too cute, or what? Really teeny (there are 3 kisses in each).
Here are the dimensions... and Sam's YouTube video here
Paper is cut at 6" x 4 1/2"
with long side (landscape) at the top, score at 2 1/2" and 3 1/2"
with short side (portrait) at top, score at 1" and 3 1/2"
These take no time at all and I'm sure you will get lots of compliments... try it.
I'll be back soon with my next fun project... here's a sneak peek... thanks to Debbie Henderson for the picture of her finished stars
Hi there I hope you're making good progress on your holiday planning. I have been feverishly decorating and getting my lists together ... checking it twice, of course. I've been having a lot of fun making decorations from many of the Stampin' Up ideas out there. This post is all about little Christmas treats to put at each place for your holiday dinner. After all the rich food, doesn't a Ghirardelli chocolate sound good? Chocolate is a must around our table :-) I copied this idea from fellow demonstrator Dawn Griffith... thanks Dawn... such a cute project. Here are some pictures using the All is Calm dsp, Festive Flurry dies (retired) and sparkly silver glimmer paper.
They are really quite simple. The paper is cut to 3 x 8 1/2 and the belly band is 3/4 x 9. You're going to score your 3 x 8 1/2 piece, positioned in landscape orientation, at 2 1/2,
5 1/2 & 5 3/4. That's it!!! Using your scallop edge tag punch (or similar) punch the shorter end. Now it's just folding your score lines and assembling. I used Festive Flurry snowflake dies and a small Martha Stewart snowflake punch to embellish mine. On the inside I used the 2" round punch, and the 2 1/2" scallop round and put in a sentiment. The chocolate sits in there too. Notice the silver ribbon? I decided to affix the snowflakes to the belly band using velcro circles so it can be removed and used as an ornament... how brilliant... neat, huh?
Well, of course, I had lots of help!
We had to take a "birthing" break since Dorothy was about to have her kittens. The Kittens of Oz. No, they are not mine, they belong to a wonderful rescue group in Canada which showed the live birth and now there's a round-the-clock livestream cam where we can watch these cuties grow up ... check it out here...
Bailey's comforting Dorothy "it'll be ok, don't fret"
And here they are... all done... and ready for Christmas Day. Check back soon - I have another cute little treat bag that wll be for Christmas Eve dinner. Fun, fun projects.
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING, BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP. I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS, I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP. THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED - THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE, BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT. TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION, THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION. SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR, AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE. GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES, PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES. I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND, TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND. I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY, WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE. BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES.... HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE. MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY, MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP. MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP. MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS. MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE, and, mostly ... MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!! ENJOY YOUR DAY... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
Hi Everyone Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? Here is another card I wanted to share. I love the flip cards, but I really like to extend it out to give it a little more substance... and that is what has been done here. It's pretty simple really, just place the extended part of the cs over the die so as not to cut that part. You can always just run it part way through your Big Shot as well. Here is a circle flip card that uses last years' Sweater Weather dsp - it remains one of my very favorites.
and here is it opened up...
This one will be going with me to Thanksgiving dinner at our daughter's house in San Diego where the temperature is supposed to be in the low 80's. We'll probably spend most of the day out on the deck. I'll try to get a few pictures to share with you on Friday.
Thanks for stopping by ... come back tomorrow for a cute poem!
Hi Friends I hope you're having fun getting ready for your Thanksgiving celebration. I love the sentiment on this card as it refers to the harvest feast concept. It is actually a tag card which I'm thinking could be fun as a place card at the table too. Well, too late this year, but maybe next year I'll make a few of these to place on the table ... I like the basic design idea.
I hope you'll try this card ... I think you'll enjoy creating it.
Hi Stampers Today I'd like to share a couple of pretty Thanksgiving cards that celebrate the changing seasons when summer brights turn to deeper hues and harvest golds ... even the sky becomes a crisper, deeper blue. These cards seem to fit that mood.
I love this time of year although here in soCal we don't really get massive leaf color, there are some trees that give us that show ... the liquid amber (aka sweetgum) provides lots of color and grows well here.
Come back tomorrow when I will have a darling flip card to share.
Hi friends I'm almost embarrassed to come on here and have to say 'sorry for my absence' but here we go again. I've just been swamped with Christmas preparations since we are having house guests the beginning of December and then our kids from Indianapolis arrive just a week or so later. It just seemed prudent to get the show on the road (so to speak) since the days just fly by. But, fair warning, my blogging may be somewhat hit and miss in the next month as time does get away from me. Meanwhile, poor little Thanksgiving! It has just sort of gone unnoticed with all the early Christmas plans for December... sorry Turkey Day ... I do love you!!! For the next several days I'll be posting cards appropriate for the Thanksgiving week... here are a couple that "honor" the turkey... they seem to have "attitude", don't you think?
The little turkey was stamped on whisper white and then colored with markers. The sentiment "why not try HAM this year" was computer generated. Just a bit of whimsy to start off Thanksgiving week.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back next week for a few more Thanksgiving/Grateful cards.
Hi Stampers... Here we go with the last of the birthday sets. Once again I will just be posting pictures but if you'd like more details on any of the cards you've seen this week, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to respond.
notice the little kitty paws?
I hope you've subscribed to my blog as next week I'll be sharing some adorable projects for little treats that are simple and fun to make to help make. They'll definitely make your Christmas table very festive and pretty!
Stay tuned... and have a great weekend. I'll be going to my friend Pam's SAS this weekend and her cards are always fabulous!!! Can't wait to share them with you!