Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Day Away

Today I decided I would not post a project but pictures from my outing with my daughter yesterday.  It is a tradition for us to go to Peddler's Village.  It is a quaint shopping village in Bucks County and has very unique stores.  My oldest daughter and I have made it a tradition to go there every year before Christmas when they have it decorated for the holidays and they have their Gingerbread House Contest.  I am amazed at the wonderful entries that they have.

We had a wonderful time although the weather was very yucky.  It starting snowing turned into sleet and then to rain.  But we took Carter along and when the weather got worse, we went to the children's area and left him play there.  He had a wonderful time.

I am posting pictures of some of the entries for the Gingerbread House contest and of course one of my youngest grandson playing.

I hope you enjoy the pics.  Be sure to Enjoy the day!

Yes this is an entry in the Gingerbread House competition and is cake

Aren't they beautiful?  I hope you enjoyed!  And I saved the cutest picture for last!  What a great day!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Cute Little Box

Another one of the gift packaging projects that we will be making is this cute little box.   This year I decided that I had to include different types of packaging in my Christmas Event because there are so many neat items this year's main catalog.  

This was made by using the Tag A Bag Gift Boxes.  It was so easy to make.  You get the box and the acetate sleeve and all you have to do is create gift tags and embellishments to enhance the packaging.  This box can hold a small bottle of wine or Dipping Oil.  It can also be used to package candles.  Do you need a way to gift K Cups?  Well this is a perfect package  to do that.  There are so many items that can fit in this box.  the ideas are endless.

So if you would like to make this cute little box, you can join us at my place on Dec.1 @ 1 PM.  Just contact me.

Well if the weather holds out today, my daughter and grandson will be going to Peddler's Village for the day to do a little Christmas shopping.  It is a tradition for us.  I cant wait, it is always a nice day.  So you go out enjoy your day!

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Let's Wrap it Up" Class is Coming

It is time to "Let's Wrap it Up" on your Holiday crafting needs.  At this time of the year I like to wrap up all my gift and card making.  It does not always work but I try to get all the kind of stuff finished so I can relax and enjoy the Holiday season.  So I am offering a chance for you to wrap up your stamping needs. This event will held like a card buffet.  You will be able to choose which items you would like to make and how many of each.  

I am offering 9 different projects.  There will be 3 Gift Card Holders, 3 Cards, and 3 Different Ways to Package your small gifts.  This project is one of the projects that you can choose from.  This cute MUSLIN GIFT BAG is a cute way to package all those small gifts that you plan to give.  It can be used to hold jewelry, candy, or any small item.  To create this cute Gift Bag, you start with the Muslin Bags which can be found in the Holiday Mini.  The rest of the supplies used for this bag are:

STAMP SET: Wonderful Wreath
INK:  Garden Green
ACCESSORIES:  Muslin Bag, 3/4" Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Rhinestone Jewels, Red Sharpie

Just a few tips...
1.  Before stamping an image on your Muslin Bag, remember to put card stock inside the pouch.  This will keep the ink from going through to the other side and it also is a sturdier surface to stamp on. 

2.  Use Crystal Effects to adhere the Rhinestone Jewels to the bag.

3.  You can also place a piece of waxed paper on between the card stock and bag.  The waxed paper will prevent the crystals effects to stick to the card stock in case it goes through the muslin.

I really like this project!  I stepped it up by adding the Rhinestone Jewels and replacing the cord with the Chevron Ribbon.  I plan to make a few of these to fill with candy for Eli and Emmett to give to their Daycare teachers. They like when I make things for them.  

I wrapped the kids Christmas gifts last night and I plan to start mixing my Christmas cookie dough this afternoon.  Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Last of the November Technique Cards

This is the final card that we made this month during my Technique Classes.  I always create a gift card holder during the last Technique Class of the year.  My customers are always looking for new ways to give their family and friends a unique way to give a gift card.  So I come up with a different way to make a gift card holder.

This year it was easy to come up with a new way to make a gift card.  When Stampin' Up released the new Circle Card Thinlets, I was so excited.  What a quick and easy way to make a fancy fold card!  But the fantastic twist is you can also make a great fancy fold gift card holder. The first pic is the card but I also added a closeup of the card.  I just wanted you to see the detail that is on the reindeer.  

The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Best of 25 Years...Christmas, Warmth and Wonder (hostess set)
PAPER:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Season of Style DSP
INK:  Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler 
ACCESSORIES:  Circle Card Thinlet, Decorative Label Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Jewel Rhinstones, 1" Circle Punch, 2 Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds

The 1" Circle Punch was used on the flap covered with the DSP which creates the pocket that holds the gift card.   This card is very simple in color using on 2 colors along with the white.  My customers really liked the idea of using just the brown and red.  I was worried it was not colorful enough but they felt the simplicity of it made it stunning.  

Well another busy day.  Today I am helping a friend make cards and crafts using animal stamps.  Her daughter is studying to be a veterinarian.  Her group is holding a fundraiser and they are selling items that have to do with animals. The fundraiser is tomorrow evening so we have a busy day stamping and getting things done.  I know I will be busy today go out and Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I Am Back Finally!

After many weeks without a working computer, I am finally back.  When I posted the last time, I thought my computer was fixed.  It wasn't!  I finally had to go out and buy a new one.  So Mac is gone but his half brother is now at the house.  I got it yesterday so I am still getting used to this new guy.  I plan to be posting regularly again.  It has been driving me crazy that I have not been able to do what I love.

So finally here is the second card in the series of three for the month of November.  I was not sure how my customers would like this card but they loved it!  I designed this card by using a technique that I had seen demonstrated at last years convention.  I think it was Dawn Griffith that demonstrated a way to use leftover scraps of ribbon.  I liked what I saw but decided to wait until I could think of a project that would really showcase the ribbon design.  So this idea finally came to my head to use that technique for a Christmas Ornament.

The supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SETS: Ornament Keepsakes
PAPER:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Silver Glimmer Paper, Gumball Green
INK:  Gumball Green
ACCESSORIES:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Holiday Ornament Framelits, Beautifully Baroque, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals, Adhesive Sheets

If you look closely, you can see that the ornament shape is cut out of the Gumball Green card stock.  Underneath is the strips of ribbon scraps adhered to the adhesive sheet.  It seemed a little unfinished so I added the stamped elliptical shape and placed a rhinestone inside.  That little touch seemed to finish the ornament.  I hoped you enjoyed this project and please come back tomorrow because I will have a new post.  Hopefully my new computer will not let me down.  Enjoy the day!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November Technique Class Card #1

Wow !  What a week so far!  The youngest grandson had high fever for the first 2 days of the week.  He is fine now but he just wanted to be held so I did not get much done.  Then I got sick and the 2 grandsons we watched yesterday were sick and today my husband.  So glad the weekend will soon be here.  We just need to rest and get well!

So today I finally was feeling good enough to post one of the cards that we will be making at my Technique Classes this month.  I am pretty happy with the cards this month and I hope you guys like them too.  This is a quick and easy Shaker Card using Washi Tape.  If you look closely, you can see the little Christmas shapes that I punched out using the Mini Punch Pack.  I love love love the single stamp Be Merry and when I saw it, this card immediately jumped into my head.  If I would change anything on this card, it would be maybe making the Be Merry sentiment in Cherry Cobbler.  I might try that just to see what it looks like.

If you wish to attend my Technique Classes this month, I am holding them on Tuesday November 12 @ 9:15 -11:30 AM and Wednesday November 13 @ 7-9 PM.  The cost is $10 for 3 cards/envelopes plus 3 Technique Instruction Cards or $5 if you also purchase $25 worth of product.  Please contact me if you wish to attend, I still have room.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Holiday Stamp A Stack

This is the last Holiday Stamp A Stack that I have scheduled for this year.  I will be holding a last chance card buffet again but more of that in another post.

I think we have chosen four great cards to end our Holiday SAS Events.  We have a great Pool Party and Smokey Slate snowflake card using a sentiment from the Single Stamps (that are being offered right now until January 31, 2014).

We designed a Fancy Fold card that uses the Circle Card Thinlets ,the Season of Style DSP and the Joyful Christmas stamp set.  Santa's List was used in the vintage looking card which used Silver Foil to make it really pop.  This card is my favorite.

The last card uses a tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  This stamp set is the longest selling stamp set SU sells.  This stamp set can be used in so many different ways that it has to be a stamp set that everyone should own.  This is a great example how you can make a Holiday card without using a stamp set that was designed especially for the holidays.

You can make either  15 cards/envelopes (5 cards each of 3 designs of your choice) for $25 or 20 cards (5 cards each of each of the 4 designs) plus a package of Rhinestone Jewels for $35.If you wish to attend, please contact me by November 17th.

I wanted to post this yesterday but one of the kids was sick with a high fever and I held him all day.  Today he is better and so I was able to get a few minutes to post this.  Enjoy the day!