Monday, November 30, 2009

Rudolf and Polka Dots

It's Monday morning and all of my company has left. I realized yesterday that I did not post a Christmas Inspiration this past Saturday. What a bad blogger I am! It has been a crazy week, but I am so grateful to have my family visit. Here is a fun card I made with Jingle papers and the Heartfelt Christmas stamp. The reindeer is really so much fun to shade with colored pencils like they did on the CTMH TV episode. Add a sparkly red rhinestone and you've got Rudolf!

I also wrapped up a gift for friends using polka dot cellophane and some ribbon. Just a fun way to dress up your gifts!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Blessings

Here is a little gift I created for some dear friends of ours that we met last year. They are always so gracious and generous. They have a large family and welcome others to their home so often. Recently they held a gathering in their home and I wanted to bring something special to them as a hostess gift. I thought that this banner with "blessings" on it was perfect for Thanksgiving. It happens to match their license plates as well! They appreciated it very much, but I figure its the least I can do for such a giving family. They represent what this season is all about, giving to others.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas Tags

I enjoy creating Christmas tags for my packages. I always try to make them match or coordinate and I had some fun wrapping paper from last seasons clearance section. Making tags is also a great way to use up some of those scrap papers we collect from other projects.

You are probably thinking that it's awfully early to have packages wrapped. Well, would you believe these gifts have already been opened and the recipients are playing with them right now! My nieces are visiting me this weekend and we will not see them again for the Holidays, so I thought it would be fun to have Christmas gifts early. They liked that idea too!

Spare scraps of cardstock in Cranberry, Heavenly Blue and Sweet Leaf were used to make these. The stamped sentiment if from the Just for the Holidays stamp set.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Brown Bag

Just a sweet treat to share with you today. I love all the fun projects and ideas out there using cupcakes. This is just a plain craft bag dressed up with some Bella papers, cardstock and the cupcake stamp of course.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Christmas Pillow Mug

Instead of a Christmas Card today I have this fun container. It is made from pillow boxes and some extra cardstock. You can find similar ideas on Split Coast Stampers and instructions. After assembling the container from 3 pillow boxes I added a handle creating what looks like a coffee mug. On the inside are strips of 1" pieces of cardstock bracing a circle of cardstock for a base. It won't hold anything of substantial weight, but will definetly hold smaller gifts or gift cards. The entire mug was created from a Colorbok Holiday packet of die cut boxes and tags.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sparkle and Jingle

Have you seen the latest CTMH TV episode? If not I highly recommend it. There are some clever ideas to inspire you. I can't wait to dive into my Jingle papers and glitter rub~ons!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Merry Gifts

I won't be able to update the blog-a-rooni tomorrow so you get your Christmas inspiration a day early. Don't you love early gifts? Speaking of gifts... this card features a row of presents in classic black and white. I paired it with an unusual color combo of heavenly blue and tulip. A simple and clean card. It would be great for holding some Holiday cash or a gift card too!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Festive Frames

I saw this idea in a recent Holiday publication and wanted to give it a try. It will also be the project for my November Club. Would you believe that the base for this frame starts with a light switch cover found at your local hardware store! I found these white plastic covers for a dimmer switch/dial and thought it would be a perfect frame for any picture. They are also very inexpensive so I can create a few of them to give as gifts this Holiday season.

I covered the entire frame with some B&T paper from the Jingle paper collection leaving the center circle open. Using the existing hole I added an eyelet for strength to hold the frame with grosgrain ribbon. A few embellishments and a Holiday sentiment and it's ready to be hung on a tree or anywhere within your seasonal decor.
Just for fun I grabbed this metal frame to decorate too! This one is a little bit more pricey, but looks so elegant. It's reflective quality makes it fabulous, but not too easy to photograph. Imagine it hung from the branch of your Christmas tree with white lights dancing all around it!

What awesome projects for just a dollar and change!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Very Happy Halloween

I woke up this morning with Michael Jackson's Billie Jean song stuck in my head. Why? Because, I was subjected to some really bad karaoke last night at the Halloween party. We had a blast though and the kids begged for candy up and down the neighborhood streets. Here is my crazy family just before heading off to the festivities. My husband and I dressed as members of the Caddy Shack famous Bushwoods golf club! So preppy we are!

My daughter the adorable detective. We nicknamed her "Shirley" Holmes.

In honor of our favorite summer movie Harry Potter, my son went as a Dementor {or death eater}. "Oooh so scary... look at those cute freckles... I mean YIKES I'm so scared"

Gotta love argyle and plaid!