Monday, November 28, 2011

Flower PomPom Hat

It was time to get out the crochet hook and using leftover yarns, I made this child's hat.  I also had found the pattern for a "Bee Happy" flower on the internet and following those directions made the flower that I thought would make a cute pom-pom.  So fun

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gift Card Holder-Outlines 27

Did you happen across this week?  The challenge presented was to make a gift card holder using only their stamps.  I love this cute little reindeer and chose him to be the focal point of this gift card holder.  The holder itself is super simple...a 4" x12" strip of paper folded at 4 and 8 inches.  Then at 6 inches fold in the opposite direction (valley/mountain folds).  A slit is cut to hold te gift card (gold rectangle in second photo).  Just because I wanted to, I mounted the whole gift card holder on a square of gold cardstock.   The reindeer was finished using Copic markers and Stickles...this is such a perfect stamp for glittery accents!  Ready for my 1st gift card recipient!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas 63 for JustRite

Next year, I'm starting my Christmas cards in March!  No really!! But, JustRite challenge 63 catches me this year just starting to "think" about making a cards for my mailing list.....fortunately my friends and family know me! This card started with a piece of neutral Christmas themed scrapbook paper.  I thought it would be fun to layer a Christmas tree on it, and at the time I was using Spellbinders Flourish dies for another project and wondered if I chould change them into a tree.  Voila! The white cardstock pieces swirled togeter to from a tree.  Swarovski crystals (my favorite) become the glittering lights (I wish you could see the sparkle!)  The tree base and corner pieces were colored with a Copic Marker.   I   embossed  the "Merry Christmas"  from JustRite's Merry Little Christmas set in white on a piece of the background paper.  Set in among the "branches" it is the tree's only decoration. Some distressing (Antique Linen) was done around all the edges. Perfect!  Now for the envelope and into the mail it goes!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Snowman Pops

Stamp: Serendipity Stamps
Other: Bits of yarn, cardstock, hot glue
Looking for ways to use rubber stamps other than cards? 
 After stamping the snowman on a piece of white cardstock, I cut it out and colored the bird red with a copic marker.  The base paper strip was scored and molded around a color coordinating Tootsie Roll Pop.  After gluing  the paper to the Tootsie Pop, I attached the snowman to the front.  A bit of yarn was used to make the snowman's scarf.  Cute do you think?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blessings - Outlines 26 issued the challenge that inspired me to create this card.  A couple of year ago, I saw a card by Kandis Smith in a magazine that used this layout.  With a couple of minor tweaks, I made the card my own.  Mostly it was cutting papers to layer/stack.  I'm learning to use Distress Ink more and I do like the way it changes the edges of paper.
Stamp:  Outlines Rubber Stamp Co.  "Blessings"
Paper: Cardstock and various ???
Distress Ink:  Cordoury
Stickles: Cinnamon
Punch:  Paper Shaper Maple Leaf
Ribbon: May Arts lace, Sew Easy Floss, and ?
Button: ?
  So many of so much (family, friends, etc....) I am Blessed and hope you feel you are too!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Blue Wunter Headband

A little bit of a break from paper crafting/card making....and I crocheted this snug headband ...a perfect winter accessory for those who really don't like wearing hats.  A selft crocheted button at one end fits into a loop a the other end (just can't see it in this picture).  Look closely and you will see the "jewel" is the center of a fluffy crocheted flower.  As some already know...I maintain a booth at a local craft mall.  With winter winds ready to visit us in Oklahoma, this headband should help keep ears warm.  The pattern for the headband is from Annie's Attic.  The flower is from a mikeyssmail youtube video.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Take 2

Outlines Happy Christmas #25

   Outlines Challenge #25 a photo to provide inspiration to make a card.  I must admit, this challenge did just that...challenged me.  I've thought of using photo as a layout, a theme, but finally settled on using it as a color pallete. I also wanted to see if I could use the colors to make an "unusual" Christmas greeting.  So here it is!  Using Spellbinders Poinsettia and mega label (shaped card) , Cuttlebug swirls...some Copic Markers, distress ink, Stickles, silk ribbon, and an orange dewdrop, this card was crafted.  I like the idea ofmaking the Happy Christmas as a tag to put under package bows!  How many days until Christmas?

Update note:  I just wasn't happy with this card, so....a friend suggested a change.....see the new card at the next entry:  Take Two

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Winter White Gift Box

I love pizza, so participating in this week's challenge at - create a mini pizza box was "for me"!  First challenge was to find a Christmas paer.  I don't have much in the way of 12 x 12 that was stiff enough for a box...and my Graphic 45 is only 8 x 8 so.... I turned to my pad of  - s.e.i - Winter song and used it for both the box and band. (I do love glittery images).  Thanks to Selma, creating the box was easy to do.  I made the flowers by pealing off the back layer of the paper, stacking small pieces of it together, and using Spellbinders Blossom 3 to create the flower layers. Glittery snowflakes were made from the remnants of the band using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch.  A glittered brad was used to attach the scrunched layers.  Flowers, a bit of white boa, and a spray of pearls were attached to the band.  The end result....a winter white gift box.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Peace on Earth

Thank You Selma for the inspiration and detailed explanation of your beautiful card. (
Following her guidelines and tweaking it to use materials at hand I made this card.  I used:
Spellbinder dies: Mega Labels, Labels 5, Layered Poinsettia
Cuttlebug: Swirls embossing folder
Just Rite Stamps: Christmas Treasures
Misc: Papers, Pearls, Zing Gold Embossing Powder

Already I have other ideas for "similar" cards.  Stay tuned :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Outlines Friendly Flight #24

When I read the criteria for this week's challenge at Outlines Rubber Stamp Company ( I knew I finally had a "reason" to used this butterfly scrap.  Would you believe the image is  one that was "stamped" on a baby wipe.  I had actually used the rubber stamp on a card, and had stamped it on a baby wipe to clean it.  The resulting image was rather intriguing and so I dried and saved it.  To make the card for the challenge, I painted the butterflies with Stickles and framed it with narrow stripes of black.  The card base was embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Never let a good "scrap" go to waste!