Monday, November 29, 2010

Perfect Presentation Holiday Gifts Bloghop

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend. Today The Perfect Presentation Design team is sharing ideas for holiday gift giving. This is what I came up with

I started by using the new Winter Sleigh SVG file. I cut the sleigh out of PTI Pure Poppy Cardstock and the blades from Dark Chocolate. After I assembled the base. I ran the side panels through my Cuttlebug using the FLEUR DE LIS embossing folder then I added some brown mettalic rub to give it an aged look. Next I added some green flower soft to the top edge so it looked like a garland then I added tiny pearls that I colored with a Copic sketch marker to resemble holly berries. When I was done with that I added a piece of seam binding and a spring moss button. To finish it off I added clear glitter to the blades to look like ice. I filled the sleigh with a bag of coconut sandwhich cookies then I added a tag from this SVG file that I resized and then stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on from the original Mixed Messages set. The sleigh could also hold many other small gifts as well and it would also make a great center piece on your Christmas table.
Here is the recipe for the cookies if you want to try them. Both Rich and Emilia love them. This is what they look like out of the bag put together

Be sure to check out what Leigh Ann and the other design team members have come up with too.
And our newest member Susan Welcome to the team!
This project also qualifies for the current Embellish Magazine Challenge as well.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and your week is a great one! As always thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and The November Papertrey Bloghop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope your day has started out to be a great one even if you are not celebrating this holiday. There any many things in my life that I am thankful for like having a roof over my head and food to eat but the thing I am most thankful for everyday is my family including my fur kids. They are everything to me so today I am even more thankful that we can all be together. I am the one that does the cooking now and have for awhile. I don't mind it though because I like to cook. My mom,dad,sister,niece and her father will be over later to eat with us. I hope those of you that celebrate this holiday will enjoy time with your family today too.
In the meantime it is time for another Papertrey Bloghop.
This month the theme was to design a holiday tag or two using all of our favorite goodies.
This is what I came up with

I have been wanting to use Dawns's Ice skates from the On Ice set for awhile now and thought this was the perfect chance to ink it up. I started by cutting a tag from this cut file and this digi paper then I stamped snowflakes from The Rustic Snowflakes set and embossed them with white embossing powder. After that I sponged on Antique Linen Distress Ink to give the paper a vintage feel and to make the snowflakes pop. When I was done with that I added a piece of aqua polka dot digi paper to the bottom and around the opening at the top. I die cut and stamped the ice skates on Stampers Select White Cardstock then I added silver glitter to the blades and painted Angel Wings Shimmer on the boots. Next I put the 2 together punched a hole than tied a piece of silver cording in a bow. Finally I added some more silver cording on the back to make it look like they are hanging. To finish it off I stamped the sentiment from Fillable Frames 9 and added a piece of pink seam binding from this Etsy shop and baby popcorn trim from this Etsy shop. I also created some packaging to put the tag in using a med glassine bag. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Sizzix dots embossing folder then folded down the top half and added some more polka dot paper and a button. I also stamped another snowflake and embossed it from the back.

I had a lot of fun making this tag and hope to make more of them in the future. I am also looking forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with now. You can see the list of all the participants on Nicole's blog . As always I am very grateful for your visit and thankful for you stopping by.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Alexandra

Today is my niece Alexandra's 15th birthday. I don't know where the time has gone. I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. She was suppose to be a Christmas baby but decided to come 5 weeks early and almost shared my fathers birthday which is tomorrow too. Thankfully everything turned out okay after her birth and she has become a beautiful young lady who is a very talented writer and pianist. She also still loves Hello Kitty so in honor of that I made her this card

I started with this cut file using PTI Hibiscus Burst,Harvest Gold,Stampers Select White and Black cardstock. After I was done piecing her together I resized the doily shape in this tag set to 5" making it look like a flower. When I was done with that I cut another circle from Harvest gold cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder than attached it to the middle of the flower and added kitty. To finish it off I added some liquid pearls. I also created a circle card base in SCAL to attach to the back. I was going to add some glitter to the bow but she came to get it early this morning and I didn't have time. She still liked it anyways though. That's it for now. I will be back Thursday with my Bloghop project. Until then I hope you have a great start to your week and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cupcake Wednesday and a Challenge

Happy Wednesday everyone. Hope you are all doing well. Since I last posted It has snowed here a couple of times and is still cold. It is suppose to be back in the 60's tomorrow though. I also spent way to much money on the new Papertrey Release again. I was really hoping that my order would be here this week but I finally got a UPS notification this morning and it won't be here until next week now. I really wish they would send all orders USPS since it is faster. Were the rest of you enabled as much as I was this month?
Today I wanted to start off by sharing the cupcakes Emilia and I baked on Saturday. This time she chose the Choc 'n' Cherry. The topping is fresh whipped cream with chocolate shavings and a cherry on top. Both Rich and Emilia give them 2 thumbs up.

I was trying to figure out what kind of packaging I wanted to go with them then I saw the current Embellish Magazine challenge
This is what I came up with.

I started by cutting down a pink lunch bag. Next I cut 2 6" circles from Raspberry Fizz Polka Dot paper then attached them to the front of the bag and cut the bottoms off. After that I used an oval Coluzzle to cut out the handles. I decorated the front with some Black polka dot ribbon and a doily cut file that I stamped with the cupcake image from the 2008 PTI Anniversary Set.
I put one of the cupcakes inside a clear bag,tied it with a piece of sweet blush satin ribbon then added it to the purse.

As you can see the cupcake fits perfectly inside the bag. You could actually get a few more in there too.

That's it for now. My niece's birthday is Sunday so I have to work on a card for her now. I will be back to share that you all then. In the meantime I hope the rest of your week is a good one and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy Hanukkah Gift Card Holder

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend. It was in the 70's here. I don't ever remember it being this warm in November. We went for a visit to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal on Saturday and Rich spotted a new bird. We also have seen some new birds in our backyard too. Rich posted about it last week on his backyard bird blog if you would like to read more about it. This beautiful weather we are having is suppose to change in a few days though so we are enjoying it while it lasts.
Today I wanted to share one more Hanukkah project with you. This time I decided to make something bright rather than using the traditional blue and white colors.This is what I came up with.

This base of the gift card holder was made out of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock using the My timeless Template Cash or Charge. The striped paper was from this digital paper pack. The main image is a digi from Pink Cat Studio that I printed out and colored with Copic Sketch markers. The yellow mat was cut from Harvest Gold Cardstock using one of the new Limitless Layers circle dies.
Inside I added the Happy Hanukkah Sentiment from the Mazel Tov set and a tiny magnet to keep it closed.

I still have a few more Hanukkah ideas but I think I may save them for next year because I am ready to start working on some Christmas/Winter things now. In the meantime I hope the rest of your week is a good one and as always thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

CR84FN2 color challenge

Happy Wednesday everyone. I can't believe it is November already. We still have not had any snow here. I am not complaining but it is very dry so some rain would be nice. Since I last wrote I continued to have problems with my DVR. The replacement they sent me had one of the same problems. I am starting to think we have a ghost in this house because some of my shows are getting erased and I am not erasing them. It is so frustrating but we have come to the conclusion that the problem has to be on their end. So far things seem to be working for now. Emilia also got sick last week with a a bad cold but is doing better now. So far Rich and I have been able to avoid it. To top the week off our dog Sophie killed a squirrel on Saturday. It was so sad but hopefully the squirrel did not suffer. Sophie was very happy with herself though.
Today I wanted to share with you another Hanukkah project. I am still in the process of making Hanukkah items for my Etsy shop and happened to stumble upon a new Color Challenge on Mona Pendeltons blog that went perfectly with what I was already working on.

I started making the tag last week but when I saw the color challenge I need to add some gray so I decided to make a box to go with it. The base of the tag was made with Vintage Cream Cardstock and the new tag sale 2 die from PTI. When I was done cutting it out I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Linen impression plate then distressed it with Chai ink. I used Nicole's tutorial and one of the new circle dies to make the polka dot medallion. The menorah image and sentiment are from the Mazel Tov set. I created the banner at the bottom and added 2 silver brads. Silver cording finishes it off. The box was made from Soft Stone Cardstock and the Captured Card Case template. I cut an extra layer for the top then embossed it with tiny dots then machine stitched it onto the top. I tied a piece of teal organdy ribbon around the box and attached the finished tag. I think this is a great color combo for Hanukkah instead of the traditional blue and white.
My Etsychai team is also having a Miracles Of Hanukkah Sale that runs until November 23rd. You can see what the rest of the team has to offer by searching Etsychai Hanukkah on Etsy. I am also offering 10% off purchases of %10.00 or more on all items in my shop during this time too.
That's it for now. I will be back soon with more to share until then I hope the rest of your week is a great one and thanks for stopping by.