Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas projects - Done At Last!!!

Well, I have finally finished all my Christmas craft projects and cleaned up my scraproom and shoved all the Christmas stuff into the cabinet...I didn't even want to look at it anymore!!!  LOL 

I decorated this box for my sons daycare workers and filled it with cookies that my sister baked.  I really loved how this box turned out, and I had a difficult time giving it away!  The color scheme suits me perfectly!!!  The boxes I use can be found at Walmart in their Christmas aisles.  I use the white boxes that have several in a package.  I stocked up last year during the after Christmas sale!

I made all of the flowers myself.  I lined the back of the box top with snowflake ornaments (found at Walmart), cut in half.  This large flower on the right is a twist off of Natasha's Curly Flower.  I put glitz stickles on the petals.  Love the little birdy...I used those birds a lot in my craft projects this year!!

More flowers I made.  The one in the upper left corner is a new one I just made and I love how it turned out.  I made a tutorial on it, that I'll be sharing later on.  The white stuff under the ribbon is that loose fake snow that I applied hot glue to the box then pressed it on top.  Yep...I got burned...but that is just the joys of playing with hot glue!!

These flowers I had used previously on a layout that I actually tore up (gasp!!!) .  I added some stickles to them and thought they were the perfect corner adornment for my box!  I applied a bunch of snow-tex all over the top of the box and the decorations...really am loving that stuff...and it adds that perfect winter touch!!

I made this box to put a gift card in, sure beats a card!  LOL  I made the flowers myself.  The largest one is Natasha's curly flower with a twist (link above).  I cut this box down to about half the size of the original so it wouldn't be too big for the gift card.  I also left the bottom white because I found out when I put paper on the last one, I had a hard time getting the lid on.  The box above, the lid fitted all the way to the bottom of the box, so the fitting wasn't an issue.  Live and learn...or create and learn...I guess!!  Again...I added snow-tex to the edges and some of the decorations.

On the white star/snowflake border around the bottom, I embossed it with white glitter to add the sparkly snow effect.  The middle flower in front of the large flower is mostly like Lisa Gregory's Retro Camelot Flower.   

I made 3 tags this year for my own gifts.  The background of this one is the technique Tim showed us on day 12 of his 12 tags of Christmas.  I didn't have any tissue wrap like his, but found that the tissue paper you buy at the store works just as well.  I embossed my Christmas tree and added white liquid applique for the snow and some stickles for lights.  The snowman is covered in fake snow technique by Cindy Rescorl, except I used picket fence distress crackle paint. 

This one is pretty simple...and my daughter thinks its plain, but I think my mom will love it!  I embossed the snowflakes on the background.  The bird is a digital stamp that I cut out and pieced together.  I made the rose myself and covered in stickles (momma likes bling!) .

This one is my favorite this year.  I inked the background with 2 blue distress inks.  Then the snow scene on the bottom is picket fence distress stain.  I embossed the trees, inked the tops and added some white liquid applique.  The trunks of the trees have the sakura glaze on them.  I then embossed the snowflake swirl.  Stamped the Peace sentiment.  I embossed the same snowflake swirl on the dear in silver, then inked him with walnut stain distress ink.

Well...that's all I did this year...but I am worn out!  But...I'm done!  YAY me!!!!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!  May you be blessed and joyful!!!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Cards & Snowman Hats

I've finished my snowman hats and have 2 more to share with you.  I changed these a bit by making the "candles" colored.  All the flowers I made myself.  The other items were purchased at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and wherever else I found them.  The "snow" is snow-tex from Hobby that stuff!!

Inside the "hat", I put home baked cookies...ordered from my very talented sister!! 

I also want to publicly thank my dad for cutting the boards!!! 

I only made 2 Christmas cards this year...time just flies away from me during this time of the year.  So, my bosses get one and my mailman gets the other! 

I made the flowers myself.  The "Believe" globe is a sticker.  I also made the bling myself.

Nothing too difficult this year.  I still have one more tag to make and one more box and I am done!!!  YAY!!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Snowman Hat gifts & Enchanting Layout

I wanted to share some Christmas gifts I've been working on with you.  The recipients better like them, because in the process of making them, I have ruined a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt...and MY CAR!!!  Yes, my car.  When I walked outside this morning, I realized I had speckled my car with white paint!!!  I need to start putting certain clothes aside as "scrapping clothes" so I will quit ruining for the car...well I'm not going to have a "scrapping car" reminder to myself...don't splatter paint in front of the car!!!

I bought a snowman hat at a craft fair because I loved the idea.  I changed a couple of things with the hats so as to not be like the original.  I put my coffee cans right side up, so I could fill them with cookies or potpourri or a cocoa mix gift...lots of ideas!! 

For the candle, I used a toilet paper roll, cut it and made it smaller to hold the electric tealight.  I needed something that the tealight could come out of, so you could turn it on & off or change the battery.  I painted it white, then sprinkled gold glitter over it.  I made the wax drippings with hot glue.  I used snow tex from Hobby Lobby for the drops of snow.  The 2 poinsettias I made and you can find the tutorial here.   All the other goodies I used to decorate I have found at Walmart, Menards, and Hobby Lobby.

Just a closer shot of the embellies.

This is the hat that painted my car!  LOL  I splattered the above can in my scraproom and realized that wasn't very smart...oh not....much smarter to take it outside and splatter my car!  I made the poinsettia and rose myself.  I love the little birdie I added to this one. 

Close up of the embellies.

I made this layout a couple of weeks ago and am just now getting it to posted.  I special thank you to my friend Alissa for her help on this...I texted her a pic and asked what was wrong.  She gave me some suggestions, and the layout ended up with a total make-over.

This is my daughter Shelby at the beach, a pic I had taken in the fall of 2010.  The flourish on the pic I added in Adobe photoshop elements before printing it out.

I made the flowers myself using the Spellbinders rose creation die.  I sprayed them with both blue and heirloon gold perfect pearls mist.  The little leaf stick pins were part of a birthday gift I got from my wonderful friends in JAFF Jr. at  I made the bling myself.

The corner piece and butterflies are rub-ons.  The writing & leaf spray is a stamp that I embossed with distress black soot embossing powder.

The butterflies (I think) were from Lisa Gregory at What a Beautiful Mess.  She is always so generous with the stuff she makes.  I printed them out on photo paper, fussy cut them, then added some clear stickles.  Shape the wings a little bit then attach.

Added some stitching and ribbons.  The title is also a rub-on.  I believe all the rub-ons came from a package by Cherry Art. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!!!