Friday, November 30, 2012

Jar Snow Globes

It's time to decorate for the Holidays! I love re-discovering my Christmas decor projects as I unpack the boxes. I also like to add new projects every year. Perhaps they are current trends or the latest "must-have" products. This year I discovered these ball jar snow globes, thanks to Pinterest!

These were super easy to create. I started with some canning jars and painted the lids white. I found these cute trees in the Christmas section with the little village displays. I hot glued then to the lid, then added some faux snow to the jar.

On the outside of the jar I added some punched snowflakes and a little bling!

Such a festive addition to my Holiday decor! Love them! : )

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pear & Partridge Frame

Tomorrow is my Pear & Partridge frame class. The bracket frame is a new item from the Winter Idea Book. With the Cricut and some beautiful Holiday Dimensional Elements, this frame becomes a lovely Christmas decoration quickly! All that's left is to add a family photograph.


Monday, November 26, 2012

A Sparkly Sketch Challenge!

Today I created a Holiday card for two challenges. The first is a sketch challenge on Freshly Made Sketches! The second is a challenge to "glitter it up" on Heart 2 Heart! This simple card becomes a slightly modern Holiday card with the use of a glittery medallion from the mini-medley accents and non-traditional colors from the Avonlea paper kit!

{All products used are Close To My Heart except the sheer ribbon; Avonlea paper, mini-medley accents in slate, sparkles grey assortment, sentiment; perfect fit holidays}

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Organization Station

As promised here is an up close of the baskets I created for the recent Inspired By challenge here. My baskets were ordered from Pick Your Plum. The floor tiles in the inspiration photo is what made me think of these chicken wire baskets. An organization station is a great description from Laurel. These are hanging in a hallway where my kids pass by on their way to get ready for school. It also made a great area for me to organize mailing materials.

This basket houses a variety of empty envelopes. For the pen holder I recycled an older accessories container. I used one of the new chalkboard labels and chalk marker. I attached the holder with a clip to the outside of the basket. Now the pens are quickly within reach!

This basket holds an envelope of stamps and tags to indicate what day mail is due to go out in the mail box. It is simply decorated with a cute pennant banner!

The last basket has decorated file folders meant specifically for the kids school work and signed papers that are due. They are labeled Monday through Friday. Now my children can check the folder for that day before they head out the door to school.

I also decorated this little notebook. This will come in handy for additional notes or reminders that need to be pinned to the file.

Ahhh! It feels so good to get organized! Especially when it looks decorative and fun!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Yummy Christmas Treats

This past weekend I made some Christmas goodies to display at my snowman workshop. I love giving homemade gifts, especially when there so cute and delicious!

I am entering these yummy projects in Heart 2 Heart's Christmas Part 3 challenge. I am also playing along with the Inspired By challenge. The photo this week inspired me to get crafty in the kitchen!!

{Elf Cocoa}

{Elf Food}

{Reindeer Chow}

{Inspiration photo}

If you are looking for some Christmas card inspiration, please check out my "for sale" page!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you get the chance to check out these challenges and play along!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful for...

I love the sentiment on this card... "There is always something for which to be thankful." Truly there are so many blessings in my life that I am so grateful for. Next Thursday will be that time of year when we stop and reflect on those blessings.

Today, I am sharing this card of thanks with the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog. I am using the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to create these cards to give to family members next week. Inside the pocket will be recent photo's of my kiddo's for them to keep.

All products used are Close To My Heart, {except the ribbon from Tai Pan Trading}: Flirty paper kit, Kraft die-cut cards & envelopes, Autumn Lane Assortment {rose pin} Stamps; A Little Thanks, Friendship Alphabet, Say it in Style, and Ponderosa Pine ink.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mr. Snowman

This Saturday I am hosting a workshop where we will be creating this darling block snowman! His body is made from boxes cut on the Artiste Cricut cartridge. He is embellished with button brads, chipboard stars, red twine and a child's sock for a hat!

The boxes can be left empty and simply used as Holiday decoration....or....fill the boxes with goodies as a fun surprise for your loved ones!

Please contact me if you are interested in attending this workshop! 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Warmest Wishes

I am always drawn to Holiday cards that use interesting and non-traditional colors themes! I wanted to use the new Avonlea papers for a Christmas card ever since it arrived! The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week was perfect for what I wanted to do!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Joy to the World

I really love the sketch on Mojo Monday this week. For my card I wanted to use the Pear & Partridge papers and one of the dimensional Holiday chipboard pieces. With the added lace ribbon and button, my card has sort of a vintage Christmas feel.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I'm a Queen!

Yesterday, while cruising the usual websites, I saw that my little snowmen Christmas card was selected as the winner over at Freshly Made Sketches. You can see the original post here. How exciting!! I am honored to have my art chosen and to be named Queen of Clean. Be sure to see the post here and see the other winners that were chosen as "Princess"!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Inspired Fall Wreath

I had my foam ready to make a fall wreath this season, then I found the perfect inspiration for it on Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week. It's a photo challenge and it's gorgeous!

{inspiration photo}

I started with some cheap foam from Home Depot, cut it and shaped it into a wreath. Then I wrapped it in burlap ribbon and used a small piece of grosgrain ribbon at the top for hanging.

I strung a banner at the top and added buttons for color & interest. The letters were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and the little flowers are some older My Stickease.

In the inspiration photo sit a couple of little owl centerpieces. Instead of an owl I used this little bird embellishment. I added it to the center of my chocolate striped grosgrain ribbon bow.

I like my little addition to the front door! If you feel inspired by this photo you should play along at Heart 2 Heart.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pretty Printer's Tray

I just had to share this printer's tray that one of my customer's surprised me with at Saturday's card workshop! The shabby chic details and color scheme are just perfect for me. What a fabulous surprise!

These are a few of my favorite boxes~

My daughter loved the chandelier too~

This is totally me! My childhood nickname was "birdie" and it's so fitting that this one guards the nest and takes care of her young!

I have the best customers {& friends} ever!! : )

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Freshly Made Snowmen

I love how these little snowmen turned out on this card. They were perfect for the sketch on Freshly Made Sketches Blog. I used some older Holiday papers from the Wonderland kit. The blues, chocolate and greys make it appear to a bit vintage!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Inspired By Burlap & Black

I was inspired by the comfy, cozy photo at the Inspired By Blog! My thoughts immediately went to burlap ribbon to mimic the basket in the photo. I wanted to pull in some black, but keep the entire card simple on a clean white base.

{photo inspiration}

Be sure to see Laurel's lovely creation and play along with the Inspired By #48 challenge!