I can't believe that as I write this Christmas is only 8 days away. Am I ready? Nope, not me. No packages wrapped, shopping isn't finished, cards aren't in the mail. I just don't know where the time has gone. I haven't had time to enter any challenges either. I'm going into withdrawl, however I really have been busy.
This week I made 12 of these lovely "Snowman Soup" mugs using the template from http://www.stampingvideos.com/. They are so adorable and such a thoughtful little gift when you have so many to give to. My granddaughter has about 12 teachers, between gymnastics, pre-school, Sunday School, Awanas, Junior Church and Junior Church Choir. At the age of 4 she has such a social life. LOL . She was so excited to "help" me make them. She counted out all the little bags and all the candy kisses, then put them in the cups as I finished them. We had such a lovely time making them together. To me that is what Christmas is about.
Next, I covered this paint can with Christmas Scrapbooking paper out of my stash and made a paper poinsettia for the lid. Trimmed the can with ribbon and it was complete. Such a cute quick idea for wrapping outside the box. I got the idea from an e-zine, but can't for the life of me remember what one it is. My hubby's family is having a "White Elephant" gift exchange and this is what I am using to "wrap" my "white elephant" in. Such a clever idea.
My mother seldom ever askes me to make cards for her because she thinks I am too busy (but have repeatedly told her I am never too busy for my mom). She wanted something really, really special to send to their church congregation for Christmas. This is the card that I came up with. The template was from a card that a friend made. I used the song "Away In A Manger" for the background for the inside of the card. I printed it on cream parchment paper, then crumbled it, straighted it out, inked it with antique linen distress inks. Used a decoupage from http://www.thelilacgarden.co.uk/. I am not one for peel offs, but needed to add something and they seemed to work well. Also used see - through holly stickers from my stash as those are my mom's favorite. Since I am not much of a photographer this picture really doesn't do the card justice.
Sorry for the long post. I'll try to keep them shorter in the future.