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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Santa's Time Out

Taking a break from toy-making so he can get his tree trimmed. Only problem - the tree's half buried in fresh snowfall, so what's a body to do? I think he should look on the bright side - less tree, less work. Then he can get back to the real business, filling my Christmas list!!

I punched some MS snowflakes from Spellbinders silver craft foil and made a shaker card filled with snow glitter for the little tree. Love the SplitCoastStampers tute for home-made shaker cards. Fun and simple to do as long as you use Scor-Tape to hold the acetate. My first one was done with glue and the acetate ended up looking frosted! Not what I wanted! Santa's stringing the tree with Star strand from Really Reasonable Ribbon's November selection. Liquid Applique, some smooth, some heat puffed and black Stickles on the boots dressed him up.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My chicks have a card to go with their chicken food

Finished the card to go with the Christmas candy dispenser I made for the chicks. Thanks again to Caroline for the inspiration. This was so much fun to make. My niece had just sent me a pic of her youngest GD in her kitchen learning to cook, so the little baker Tilda was perfect. The tag slides out and the sentiment says
"Dear Santa
Come over to Grandma's
We have candy!"

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Treats for Three Little Chicks

I made this candy dispenser for my nieces and nephew, just another little goodie treat for them while they wait for Santa. It was a great excuse to use more of my Maggie images and my new Copics  and have fun doing something a little different. The base is made from a chicken feeder that I sprayed white, I found an old Ball canning jar I had left over from some kitchen projects, and I made the Gingerbread grandma with wood shapes from Lara's Crafts. I was going to fill it with peppermint candies until I found out how much more it would cost to ship it filled. Whew! Can't afford that! So, sister dear is going to have to fill it herself but I don't think she'll mind.

Now I have to make the card to go with the candy. I got the idea from Caroline when I saw how she made her party invitation using three Tilda's. Liked the idea so much, I CASEd it from her. Thank you, Caroline, Great inspiration. Now if I can get my version to look half as good as hers, I'll be happy!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Santa Claus Soup

Here's some little goodies I made for my nieces and nephew to enjoy while waiting the days til Santa arrives. I always try to send them a few extra little things during the holiday season just for fun. The penguin was a digi, but I can't remember where I got it - sorry. The Hot Cocoa image is from Squigglefly and I wrote the recipe and poem on the computer.  Until I wrote this little ditty I had no idea how much trouble I was going to have finding an appropriate word to rhyme with soup! (Well, go ahead and try. See what you come up with!) I am now so proud of myself that I might just copyright this jingle. LOL Never knew I was a poet. Seriously, if you haven't tried this recipe, please do. You're really in for a treat, especially if you're a chocolate and/or marshmallow lover (you know who you are.) BTW, this little gift is going in this week's  Stamptacular Sunday Challenge

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Santa's on his way

I've been working on and off on this project for so long it seems like it's been Christmas most of the year! I'm so glad I'm done, now all I have to do is find a box to fit it in to mail it off to my family. Wish me luck on that!
Since I decided to do gift cards for everyone this year I figured I'd have to at least find a way to make a dramatic presentation since I wouldn't be doing any fancy package wraps for a change. I found this idea over on the Cricut.com forum and CASEd it from one of the members. I'm so sorry I've lost that person's info but if anyone knows, please give me a holler. I measured carefully and enlarged her project so that it would fit ten gift card boxes in the sleigh, added some and changed some, but the original idea came from my Cricut source. I think it turned out pretty well and the only thing that doesn't really show up is the sparkly spritz on the red sleigh. I must say, though, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown trying to thread those tiny jingle bells through the red ribbon reins on Rudolph and friend. I used my Crop-a-dile eyelets for the holes through which to thread the ribbon and, once done, collapsed in exhaustion and relief that I didn't ruin the whole darn thing! So, here it is - my big Christmas project of the year. Now all that's left is one more card and three mugs of Santa Claus Soup I'm making for the little ones. I'm sure I'll be posting them soon -
and before I forget - HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all who celebrate. May it be a day of good blessings, good cheer and good food!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Mousie Christ-mouse

Oh boy. I'm almost done with Christmas and, quite frankly, I'm relieved. I love the season but my head is spinning from trying to come up with new ideas. I'm looking forward to more general purpose cards for a while to get the old mojo working again and, besides, I have lots of new non-Christmas DPs I'm really itching to use!
I'm not sure if she's doing a tricky balancing act, or if she's shouting "Hey, look at me!!!". I just know she's a lovely little shining star and I'm proud to have her atop my Christmas tree.

I colored her star with silver PearlEx then sprinkled with silver glitter. The MS punch and Spellbinder snowflakes were cut from white glitter card stock, panel embossed with CB snowflake folder and trimmed with RRR ribbon. Thanks to CathyK for the sketch idea which I modified a bit, but it helped me put the card together.  The sentiment was computer-generated. Since this week's Wild Orchid Challenge. is Blue Christmas, I thought I'd pop over there and enter. So many beautiful cards!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas for Squigglefly Challenge

I thought I'd join the Squigglefly Blog Challenge this week because I've become a big fan of their designs. There's something for everyone and every occasion and I love browsing through the store's gallery. This week's challenge is to make a card using only a Squigglefly sentiment. Only problem for me was that there are so many to choose from. However, I felt that Christmas would be most appropriate for the week preceding Thanksgiving so that's what I used. Besides, I still had a few cards I had to finish so this gave me the opportunity to do double duty. I sprayed some gold Smooch Spritz on the Nestie-cut sentiment and the white sheer ribbon I had in my stash, then used Crystal Effects to adhere tiny 2mm pearls to the flourish lines on the image. I attached the ribbon to an MS lace border punch cutout, and added some Prima poinsettias and baby pearls to the centers. The paper comes from the BG Wassail collection, stunning papers!
Happy Holidays to all of you who celebrate the season. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tilda - Naughty or Nice?

Here's little Tilda, she's only four years old, but she's not taking any chances with Santa this year. Sometimes naughty, most the times nice, she's just making sure Santa knows she's on her best behavior. Maybe this is just a bribe, but probably she's just being the kind, generous little girl she usually is. Anyhow, Santa looks pleased at her gesture so I'm sure she's made a big impression.

Kept this easel card simple for a 4-yr-old. Used Liquid Applique for Santa's trim and beard. Heated the LA to plump up his beard but left his trim smooth and added a little white pom pom to his cap. MS punch snowflakes are heat embossed with my new favorite Zing red glitter EP and I used the JustRite stamps (font and sentiment) on a Nestie fancy label.. Copic-colored, please forgive, I'm still experimenting, and framed with this beautiful ribbon from RRR. I got my new photo tent setup this weekend so am trying to use that to take my pics. I'm going to have to do some fiddling around, another learning curve - oh my! But that's what it's all about. Of course, now my dining room table is useless for anything else. I wonder how long before someone starts complaining?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Santa Got Confused

Either that, or the elves made the wrong delivery, or maybe Rudolph just got tired of all those long trips and wanted to settle down in Maggie Land. Whatever the reason, Edwin now has a dilemma but, being the polite young man that he is, he's willing to thank Santa for the thoughtful gift. Now, can anyone tell him "What the heck do you feed a red-nosed reindeer?"

He's Copic colored, Rudolph was cut from my Cricut using the Christmas Cheer cart, the Nestie frame and fancy label were heat-embossed with Zing red glitter EP, and the sentiment is computer-generated. I thought of saying "Hand over the presents and nobody gets hurt", but thought that might be a bit too harsh. Anyhow, this card is for a 10-year old boy with a great sense of humor! Hope he likes it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

to all a Good Night

More Christmas. I'm on a roll now, folks. This one I finished up just in time to discover (from Jacque, thanks very much) the Blue, Silver, White challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon. They have a wonderful selection and the Star ribbon from their November collection was perfect for this card. I used some Bearly Mine digi DP for the background, cut a nestie "moon" from silver glitter card stock, and cut the snow from white glitter card stock. Santa, house, lamp and trees were all cut with my Cricut Expression using the Christmas solutions cart. Painted  the snowy roof and ground with Liquid Applique, printed my computer-generated sentiment on vellum and attached it with Scor-Pal tape, It's about the only thing I've found that will stick to that glitter cardstock and it sure does stick! All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the way this turned out. For once I managed to re-create the idea in my head onto paper. Will wonders never cease?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Little More Chistmas Spirit

Well, another Christmas card done. This one is a happy little snowman from Penny Black with a sprinkling of Nestie snowflakes cut from silver glitter card stock. The snow was painted with Liquid Applique, then sprinkled with clear micro beads. Used some Pearl Pen accents on the oval frame, and Cherry Red Ice Stickles on the chipboard flourishes. More papers from  Bearly Mine. Luckily, I don't have to make too many holiday cards, so I can just take my time. That way I don't get burned out before the big day arrives.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Springtime Tilda

It may be fall here in the north, but it's spring down under so I'll celebrate that season with the new Magnolia-licious challenge blog's first challenge. pink and yellow. Tilda's been out picking spring flowers (FlowerSoft) and is on her way home where she'll share them with her mama. A glitter cardstock frame, pretty yellow butterfly resting on a white bow, with a sprinkling of flowers scattered around. Nana's Nursery DP was the inspiration for my color combo, love this paper pack. The vellum sentiment "Imagine" was in a goody bag from my Taylored Expressions order.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Over the River and ......

through the Woods. Whether it's grandma's house, the local family restaurant, a friend's, or your own, I hope all you US folk get to celebrate a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Renew your spirits and enjoy the ambiance of the season. For all you wonderful others, hope you can take some time out to enjoy this non-calorie treat. These little micies definitely have their priorities straight - goin' right for the Pumpkin Pie! Now that's the right attitude, for sure.
The saying on the front is
But see,
in our open clearings,
how golden
the pumpkins lie;
Enrich them with
sweets and spices,
and give us the
and the inside ....

and what's Pumpkin Pie without a big dollop of FlowerSoft whipped cream?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Getting into the winter spirit

Well, as much as I can anyhow, in Southern California,  Probably just as well, 'cuz cold weather and I are not the best of friends! I still cringe at the thought of all my frozen toeses and noses back in my Chicago days. Tilda, however, doesn't look the least bit uncomfortable sitting on her bench surrounded by a light, dusty snowfall. I only wonder what she's doing there? Is she waiting for a bus, or watching a parade, or .......

This was my first chance to use Copics for all my coloring so I started out slow, with just a couple colors, the blues and greens and, of course, the skin tones. I'll work up the nerve to use more as I go along (I hope!)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Love Letters

Tilda just got a visit from the postman. Is this from her secret admirer? Sure looks like it, doesn't it? I wish I could be a little fly sitting on her shoulder as she reads it and do you think she'll figure out that it's from Edwin?

I just ordered a whole bunch of new Copic markers, so I'll be holding off on Maggie coloring until I get them but I wanted to share this last one that I had colored up a while back with my Prismacolor pencils. I can't believe how much fun these Copics are to work with. Ladies, thanks to you, I'm hooked! I've stamped up a whole bunch of images in preparation for all my new luscious colors but for now I think I'll just sit back for a while and enjoy reading the latest installment of the Wheel of Time series. We're on the next to the last book and I can't believe I've been reading this series for over 20 Years!!! I was beginning to think I'd never live long enough to finish it and I just have to see how it ends. So, happy crafting and happy reading to all of you. I'm headed out to the patio with my book and enjoy the November 90 degree weather!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Littlest Pilgrims

Yesterday was the final day for the SCS Hope You Can Cling To Breast Cancer Awareness challenge. I've had so much fun doing the daily challenges, learned some new techniques, stretched my abilities outside my comfort zone, and used some skills I hadn't used in a long time. In other words, a very satisfying experience. Yesterday's challenge was to find your inspiration on Etsy's Treasury and build your card from that. I was already looking at my new Stampendous Pilgrim Chicks stamp for a Thanksgiving card, so when I found these darling little chick figurines it was serendipity! The figures are being offered at Abbybelle's shop.

Aren't they darling? and here's the card I made for the challenge.

The paper is from ImaginIsce Apple Cider. Brown ric rack is from my stash, and the sentiment is computer-generated.