Thursday, December 29, 2011

No Cards Today

I trust you all had a lovely Christmas.  Ours was fabulous and when I am up to it I will be posting some pictures under my family page.  However Christmas Day I became very ill, by day after Christmas I was in the ER for 9 hours then admitted to the hospital.  Had to be transported from one hospital to the other...Ouch I hate to see that bill as our medical insurance doesn't pay for that luxury.  I'm a little miffed at the ER doctor as I told him hubby was perfectly capable of transporting me.  Neat little package the medical community has.  He informed me I couldn't be admitted to the hospital unless I was trasported by ambulance.  Hummmmm....I'm wondering about that.  Anyway too late now.  Now I just have to spend some time recovering as I feel like I have been run over by a truck or maybe two.  My mojo has completely left me.  I am in hopes it will return by the New Year.

Just wanted to stop in and Wish YOU ALL A
 Very Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Yikes... Where Did 2011 Go?

That long-awaited day that comes only once a year is almost here.  My granddaughter is so excited.  For days now she has been counting the sleeps until Christmas Day.  Today is her last day of school until the New Year and the first thing on her agenda is to spend the night with Nonni and Poppy.  I told her I would be busy getting ready for our Christmas Eve dinner,  she said, "Nonni, I'm sure you can use and extra set of hands in the kitchen".   Hummmm something is wrong with this picture... A 7 yr old can see that I could use some help but not the rest of the adults???  LOL You know what they say....Out of the Mouths of Babes!
Not sure that I will be posting again before Christmas as "crunch time" is really here now.
My shopping, such as it is, is finished and wrapped, decorating...well let's just say it's sufficient for this year, with a promise to do more for 2012, grocery shopping is almost complete.  Just a run to the meat market tomorrow morning and then it will soon be history!
Just in case I'm not back to post again before Christmas....
We Wish You A
Merry Christmas & Hapy New Year

Adore this little snowman... Got him over at Becky's Place
My colors are a bit unconventional, but the background paper
was my inspiration.. red, blue and pink, then I found a challenge
with the same color scheme plus white.  How cool is that? There is lots of
sparkle to this card.  There is glitter, sparkly hearts and sparkly faux
snow in the background.
Challenges:
 lt pink, lt blue, red, white + sparkle
162 Christmas Sparkle
# 86  Make a Christmas Card
Last Christmas Card of the year
Anything Christmas
# 133 Merry Christmas...must have the word Christmas
# 16 Christmas cards and projects
 All hearts come home for Christmas...Must have hearts


The next few cards are all Tilda images....An invasion of them... Been a long
time since I inked these little cuties up... Actually I think I colored a
lot of them during the year...Sometimes I do that... Just stamp them out
color them up...put them in a box for future use.  LOL..Does anyone else do that?
I have already colored Christmas images for next years cards...& Easter
Challenges:
# 134 Blue & Brown
# 86 Clare's sketch
1 ribbon/border, 2 DP, 3 embellies
love those little corner embellies..found them in a clearance bin in a
close-out store.  They were pink and I colored them brown with
my copic markers
Spots and stripes.




 Inside my card will say
...for being so sweet...Thus the use of hearts
challenges:
# 137 sketch and piggy back this month...no flowers of any kind
That's a challenge all in it's self for me... I love flowers.
# 127 red, cream, gold
A card or gift of gratitude
#112 Inspiration photo
I am always reluctant to join in these because I am afraid it won't be the right thing
but this was my inspiration from the photo...the reds from the berries, browns from the
vines, cream from the candle, gold from the candle light.  That's what I saw when I looked at it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lots Of White For The New Year

No, I'm not talking snow here...At least I'm hoping we don't have a lot of the white stuff for the New Year. For the past several years when it starts snowing we hardly ever see the ground again until sometime toward the end of March or mid April.  I like snow...just not a lot of the white stuff. 



I wanted to make a New Year's card, but have no suitable image...so I found the balloon stamp that I use for Birthdays by Anitia's stamps.  It's a very old inexpensive stamp but one of my favorites.  I think it worked rather well for a  New Year's card!  Check out all that glitter on the balloons... I do love glitter!
Challenges:
#165  New Year Celebration
# 63 Say It with Sentiments  Anything Goes



I found this image over at Becky's Place.  This truly reminds me
January in Northern Ohio...Cold  and bare trees!  I added glitter to give it an even
frostier look.  I decided to go different again with the image and use it as a 
Happy New Year...From our Home to Yours! 

Challenges:
tic tac toe
I used distressing (distressed the edges of my images with teal ink)
Digi image (from Becky's Place)
Ribbon  (teal velvet ribbon...just love it)
# 50 Winter
Baby It's Cold Outside


Image again came from Becky's Place
He is just too cute.  Since our wedding anniversary is also in the frigid
month of January (What was I thinking when I said I wanted a winter wedding?)  Must have been totally out of my mind.    I digress..sorry...  Anyway I thought to use this Christmas image in a different way
than Christmas.  After 42 years, hubby doesn't care if he gets a card or not, so we will see if this
little guy brings a smile to his face.
Challenges:
#86 Blue, Silver, White
There is silver mirri paper as a mat and the fringes on his scarf are
colored with silver glitter pen by MS.
Be different... Use an image for something other than it was intended)


This card looks better in real life.  My photo doesn't do
it justice.  Love the embossing, layers and texture to these
white cards. Of course there is glitter galore on the butterfly wings.
Challenges:
#172 Blue & White
Birthday
#143  Anything Goes



Anyone need a favor for a Bridal shower?  LOL  I think I have a few....Like about
60 of the little buggers.  Will someone do me a favor.  Mark your calendar to send me
an email next year reminding me to NOT say that I can do something like make 60 shower favors in less than a week, especially when a major holiday is thrown in the mix.  That is what happened here.  I got an email on Monday asking me if I could do them.  Not being one to disappoint...I naturally said yes....She needs them by the week following Christmas.  They are not fancy, but in real life they are very stunning.  Very formal.
I embossed one strip up the center of each paper, then tied black ribbon added a tag with the name and date on them....Fortunately with burning the midnight oil a couple nights....I was able to get them completed and they are now in the mail winging their way to their destination.  Sure they like them.  Those tiny little bows are really hard on the fingers.! Oh yeah by the way those are snack size Hershey bars....  It was all I could do to keep from eating them... LOL
Sorry for the poor quality photo....would retake it...but they are gone!
#93 Anything Goes
#152 Anything but Christmas
#68


I know I posted this last week, but I totally love how this turned out and this
week's challenge at
is to show your "favorite" project of 2011 featuring
kraft cardstock.  

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A New's Party at Sentimental Sundays

http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/ will be back January 1st, with some new changes, faces and of course a new year filled with amazing challenges and sponsors!!!  YEAH!!!
To celebrate this exciting moment, we will are having what I am calling a
NEW YEAR's PARTY!!!! 
But it will be blog hop style!!!! Double yeah!!!

There will be fantastic giveaways and I wish I could tell you more, but you will just have to come back on January 1st, 2012 to see exactly what I am referring to!!!

So to end 2011 on a positive, we are asking that you help us spread the news about our
New Year's Day Party.

Friday, December 16, 2011

"Can't Catch Me, If You Can....I'm The....

Gingerbread Man Woman....At least that's the way it feels at this time of year.  I only make gingerbread at Christmas.  My granddaughter starts early in October making sure that I am going to make gingerbread cake...not cookies...she doesn't like them, but she loves, loves, loves my cakes.  This is a recipe I have used for years.  I am not sure where I got it.  I remember as a little girl (believe me that was a long time ago)  my grandmother making gingerbread cake and I thought it was the best stuff in the world.  Obviously my granddaughter feels the same way.  I made 6 cakes to put in the freezer for Christmas and already she has conned me into cutting two of them....!  Sometimes I think she could eat a whole one if I would let her...

One of my many cakes.  Will cut them in little squares and dust them with
Confectioner's Sugar.  Yummmmy!
Recipe
Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake
1/2 cup white sugar                     1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter                             1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 egg                                         1/2 teaspoon ground cloves  
1 cup molasses                          1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour        1 cup hot water
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) 175 degrees (C)  Grease and flour a 9 inch square baking pan .

In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter.  Add egg and mix well.  Mix in molasses and mix well.

In another bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Blend into the creamed mixture.  Slowly stir in hot water.  Mix well.  Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 1 hour in a preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  (I keep a close watch on this as it seems to burn easily).  Depending on your oven you may not need to bake it for an hour.  Cool in pan before serving.  Dust with Confectioner's Sugar just before serving.  Serves 12
When you see the rest of my post you will understand the gingerbread..LOL




Next Up:
A Tag using a digi image from
Just too adorable and it fit my cakes.  Well almost.
The border stamp is an oldie $1 stamp from Michaels by
Studio 6.  To/From stamp is by rubberstampede (that's an oldie too)
Challenges:
#119 Gingerbread
Stitching  (mine's faux...bet you couldn't tell that???)
#88 Tag You're It
Anything goes
# 113 Santa's Hat





This is a little box I made out of Kraft cardstock to put gingerbread in and
give as a gift.  I'ts just too cute... Love the way it turned out
I handmade the flowers and added lots of bling and glitter to them. Glittered my holly leaves too!
Did you know that when you cut out those little 1/2 inch tall gingerbread men, they run away?  I must have cut  10 of them and could only find 5 after cutting them out.  Just like the story... Wonder what ate mine..I don't think I have any foxes in my craftroom...Hummm....guess I had better check under my desk.
Gingerbread stamp is by Sudio 6 and I am not sure who the Merry Christmas is by ,  I want to say Hero Arts, but then it could be Inkadinkadoo...Don't have the stamp package in front of me at the time of this posting and my memory..ain't what it used to be!
Challenges:
#142 Christmas Glitz...Lots of bling and glitter
#RCC33 Tangled Twine
Christmas..Anything Goes
#46 Use red and green as your main colors in a Christmas card or project




Grouped Together It Makes a Great Gift Ensemble
Challenges:
Crafty Card Makers
Use the same stamp 3 ways
I have used mine as a border on the tag, Part of the sentiment on my box
and cut them out and used the ones that didn't run away in my floral arrangement on my box
Papertake Weekly
I'm dreaming of a (your favorite color) Christmas...
Obviously mine is red, green and gold
Top Tip Tuesday
#64 A Gift
Tuesday Throwdown
# 78 "For Someone Special"  (this is for my best friend)
Glad she doesn't have a computer, my
surprise would be ruined.

No Christmas In Sight

I truly needed a break from making Christmas Stocking Stuffers and last minute gifts.  I used this digi image from  Becky's Place... Decided to use Turquoise and Green.  Not a color scheme that I often use, but it fit my mood and I sort of like how it turned out. It might be colors that I will use again.  
Ya just never know about me.   

It Takes 2 (two colors...I'm not sure if white is a color...if it is just delete my entry)
#85 Thank you
#136 Sketch
#151 Send someone a smile.  No birthdays or Chrismas. 
Sending this to a friend to thank her for just the way she is....Special!

Monday, December 12, 2011

For Special People

These are some items that I have made for some special people, who are special to us. 

First up is this adorable little gift card holder that looks just like a package.  These are not only for Christmas but would make a fabulous gift card holder for a birthday, bridal or baby shower.   This can be found on Frenchie Stamps Blog

Open it up and inside is a place for a gift card!  Don't ya just love it?

Challenges:
Linking up Christmas Creations
anything goes
Inspiration photo 
(a Christmas tree reminds me of wrapped gifts)
#67




 I needed for this one to be a little more gender neutral as this is made for my MIL's neighbor who watches out for her when we can't be there and mows her lawn.

Challenges:
embossing Christmas
Blue Christmas
lime green, royal blue, crystal blue red...
 (I hope my colors are close enough to qualify)
snowflakes or doilies.
I have used embossed snowflakes





 This is made for a special friend.  there is glitter in the circle and on the angel wings and halo. 
Ths is really pretty in real life.  The picture doesn't do it justice.

Challenges:
Make a Card and make it sparkle
Special Christmas Card
W is for White Christmas
Winged Things  (angel wings)
All creatures Great and Small.
Now I know this is not what you had in mind, but this is my interpretation.
God is Great....He came as a babe to bring Salvation to the world.  In the shadow of His
greatness we are small.  If this is not what you had in mind.  Just delete my entry.




These adorable little bag/boxes can be found on Frenchie Stamps Blog . 
These are so much fun and easy to make. 
When I get my candy made these will be filled with homemade goodies for those special friends. 
Image is a digi from Delightful Sketches. 
Challenges:
Traditional colors for Christmas
# 49 Snowman
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
No Cards
# 69 Christmas
# 35 Snowman
# 161 Traditional Christmas colors
Christmas with a bow
Use a digi...I think this is from Delightful Sketches



 This is another bag-box that has a vintage feel.  I made it out of
kraft cardstock.  It is much more stunning in real life.
 Side view
 Inside the front  behind the Santa is a place for a gift card.  Sneaky huh?
Challenges:
Vintage Christmas
Something old  (vintage style or image)
Last minute Christmas
A Nordic Christmas
(hope this qualifies)
Cutie-Pie Challenge
#7 use a sentiment

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Snowman Invasion & Lots of Snowflakes!

I am well on my way with catching up on my stocking stuffers and last minute hand made gifts.  I feel so relieved, however I still haven't finished my parent's shopping for the family, haven't begun to decorate, nor have I given any serious thought about baking or what my menu will be for Christmas Eve!  Yikes!  I'm thinking Christmas will be here all too soon and I won't be ready.  Seems to me, I feel that way every year and it always seems to come together at the last minute. 

When I saw these little guys/gals at my friend Ritas ,
I just knew that I had to make them.  So with her permission to go shopping, off I went to Joann Fabrics to get my fabric.  Everything else I had.  She is such an enabler.  LOL  If you want to know the particulars about how to make these lovely little Hershey Candy Bar wrappers, visit her blog by clicking on her name.  Also be sure to leave her some love and thank her for posting the link to these little guys. 
These little snowmen are just too adorable for words!  I spent a whole afternoon making them and the time just flew by.  They are not hard to make and if you can sew a straight seam, then no problem.  I did think once I got them done that I should have tried that stitch witch or that fabric glue to see if it works.  If any of you give it a try let me know how it works. I made 15 in just a couple hours and will probably be making more as I have a feeling some of my friends will be wanting them.  Actually a lady bought 15 of them from me.... LOL 
(I have 5 extra so if anyone is intersted in purchasing any please
contact me via the link in my side bar for prices and shipping)


Challenges:
#66 Anything papercrafts.  The body is paper
Tis The Season
Top Tip Tuesday (entry 2)
Let It Snow...What better way to make a Snowman?
#5 Christmas With a Bow.  These little guys are full of ribbons and bows
Y is for Yippee....It's almost Christmas so  Anything Christmas




This is something I was always going to make but never got around to it....until now.  I needed several of these.  Quick and easy.  I have seen these on blogs before...but couldn't remember where so I just winged it.   They didn't turn out too badly for not knowing what I was doing...  Love this little sentiment stamp.  It was a $1 stamp from JoAnn Fabrics.  Just love those little things.

Challenges:
#77 Celebrate The Season
Handmade Gifts.
Party Time Tuesdays
#45  Holiday Greeting as the focal point...
Crafty Creations
#147 Christmas Sentiment
Clearly Inspired Challenges
 #CIC41 Christmas  (stamps or digi)



Challenges:
Christmas Present 
(I think all the projects on this page but one would fit this challenge)
RCC32 Peppermint Twist With Wendy
#44 Christmas Bling  ( added little peppermints to the last bag.  There is also
glitter on the first one, but it doesn't show well)






 Don't ask me how this project got into my "christmas gifts"  This is a wedding favor that I made sometime ago.  A friend wanted to see what I could do with a candy bar so I made this as a mock-up.  If she likes it, I may be busy.....LOL  Hope the wedding is not this month:(
FROM THIS....
 TO THIS...
Just love those embossing folders.  They seem to turn any project into something special
Challenges:
Anything Goes...Be sure to use ribbon





Another planner and check book cover
FROM THIS.....
 TO THIS...
AND THIS WITH CHECK BOOK COVER 
CLOSE UP OF CHECK BOOK COVER 
The Crafty Pad (entry 2)
#150 Give it a Punch... My butterflies are a MS punch.
# 87 Anything Goes + glitter





I have been working on these little stocking stuffers for the past two weeks.  I have made lots and lots of them, not only for my own personal use, but for other people as well.  I was looking at the ones I had left today and realized they fit several of the challenges this week.  This is too funny since they were made without any challenge in mind.  I just needed quick stocking stuffers and so did several other people!

We started with Tic Tacs
  When this picture was taken I had 6 left, now I only have 4...LOL
sorry for the poor quality photo... Seem to be going through batteries like water.
The 2nd one from the left (dark blue and kraft has a charm snowman, hope that qualifies for dangly)
Anything Goes with option to add something dangly
Top Tip Tuesday  (entry 3)
Let It snow...
Let It Snow
This was an experiment and I loved it.  It is herringbone paper piecing with thin strips of paper.
The tutorial can be found here.  I Can Stamp That 
It was so easy.  I had these scraps laying on my desk so that is what I
used only to find out this fits a theme for a challenge...
You can also sign up for her videos
 
Challenges:
Craft Your Passion (entry 2)Anything Goes + glitter


Challenges:
# 62 Cricut Creation, Holiday theme with butons
( I used the cricut for the snow flakes and small labels
cartridge...Accent Essentials)
Snow Much Fun
# 27 Christmas and/or red, green white


These are the 4 I have left.  If anyone is interested in purchasing them please contact
me using the link in my side bar.






More  Folded Stars
I made these in an earlier post and a lady asked
me to make a bunch for her.   These are a completely diffrent batch from the first ones. 
For first ones, I used MS snowflake stamps, but this time I wanted to showcase
this gorgeous snowflake stamp from
Heart and Soul Rubber Stamp Co
It is so intricate and delicate.  Lucky me.. I won it earlier this year!  I had forgotten I had it  along with my poor neglected beads that I used to anchor the star open and shut.  Be sure to check out the last star to see how delicate that snowflake really is... Stunning...I am afraid I have not done it justice.  I used 2 shades of blue ink.
Thanks Sue
 

Challenges:
# 67 Beat The Winter Blues
Must contain Blue and something white
monochrome
I have used 3 shades of blue...
slate blue,  nautical blue, for-get-me-not to create my monochrome.
Winter & Christmas

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Button "Needle"

All of you out there in the crafting world probably already knew this, but me...well maybe I'm a slow learner because I just figured it out.  I love buttons, but hate using them on my projects because I can never find a needle that will fit my button holes and the thread that I am using.....So today I had another eureka moment!  I had a roll of florist wire sitting on my desk...You got it.  I cut off a length, folded it in half to make my own "needle" that I could easily handle.  I made it long enough so that if I needed leverage to get the thread through the button hole, I could give it a good pull!  The smaller the button hole, the thinner wire you will need to use.

Below are pictures to hopefully clarify my written explanation.


you will need twine/thread, buttons, wire


 fold wire in half to create your "needle"
mash the "eye" together as much as you can so it will
go through the button hole


 Instead of threading the "eye" of your needle, just pull your twine/thread
down between the two pieces of wire.

 Pull through your button, staring on the top side of the button.  
That way you will have the two ends on the top to tie in a knot.
 Perfectly "sewn" buttons. 
Challenges: (Yep, there's a challenge for that)  LOL


Sunday, December 4, 2011

No Christmas Cards...Not So Fast...There's More!

And you thought after my last post you could trust me to not post anymore Christmas Cards...Really.... especially after I told you I had drawers full?  I will start off with two non Christmas Cards, after that I'm afraid it's all Christmas. 

We have several male birthdays in the month of January.  I thought these
colors looked wintery but still happy birthdayish for a guy.

Love these gatefold cards and those little button brads. 
I colored them with copic markers to match my color theme.   
Challenges:
Monochromatic
entry 2 at the bottom
Happy Birthday





I need some stocking stuffer gifts and these are always a favorite.  I buy those 2-yr planners with a theme, example (lighthouses)

FROM THIS.....

 the inside has pictures of lighthouses

next I stamp up a lighthouse, color it and cover the front with my stamped image.   I dug out my eyelets so that I could add jute thread to make it look more
nautical with a knot, then I came across the challenge at lil red wagon where you were to use eyelets. Too funny!  Hope that's a good omen.

TO THIS....
Challenges:
eyelets
sketch
(thought this planner would fit the sketch)
Anything Goes
#78  Free For All


I made a couple of these cards...there is another one further down in the post in different colors.
Challenges:
Photo Inspiration... I used the trees and green from the photo
 # 86 It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...
Inspiration image.
The trees and green color are my inspiration
Any Thing Goes
# 150  Give it a punch
use at least 3 punches.  My trees are negative punches..

I made cards similar to this one last year as my Christmas Cards.  They were such a hit,
that I was asked if I would be sending out cards this year with a different recipe??  I have yet to decide on the recipe I will be adding to this card.  In the meantime I just added one from last year.  I think it will
be a cut out cookie recipe this year.  I just haven't had time to decide on my image and print out my recipes.  That will be done this week as time is definitely running out:(  ( My cards are all done and ready for the recipe cards)
December Flowers...holly...narcissus
I only had holly stamps.
Anything Goes





Love, love, love this little tree punch.  I have used white, silver and a touch of blue with glitter in my trees.
It makes them look silver. Embossed the sentiment in silver...don't you  think this looks so elegant?
Challenges:
White on white
silver, white and a hint of color
My TIP.  when glittering a punched out image use double sided tape behind the image rather than trying to use glue.  Much less messy and it adheres perfectly.  When you add a color cardstock behind the image, such as I have done here, the glitter changed it from blue to silver.  Also, to clean up your glitter, use a swifter sweeper cloth.  This works great for getting rid of all that glitter on your work area.
# 84 Use Your Favorite Embellie
Mine is ribbon and glitter...I've used both in this card
Anything Goes






Another December birthday, so I made this  matching gift ensemble.
Wish you could see this in real life.  It has so much sparkle to it, it nearly blinds you when the light hits it.
The designer papers I have used are all about glitter. 
The snowflakes on the green paper are all glitter and the
swirls on the red paper is all glitter, plus I glittered the center of the large snowflake. 
Can you tell I love glitter?
Challenges:
# 85 red, white, green...extra...snowflakes
tags & wrappings
Christmas/winter birthday
colors of Christmas with option of sparkle.
punches or dies.
I used both
Let It Snow
I've got lots of snowflakes in this creation
Happy Birthday
entry 1 at top of post.




Challenges:
Sketch # 130
I thought my bag layout would fit the sketch?
Anything Goes





First of all I am so sorry for the bad photo.  I don't know if it is because it was clear that I couldn't get a picture that is not blurry.  I tried all afternoon and this is the only picture that was blurry.  Humm.....My camera doesn't like see-thru.  Couldn't possibly be the operator???
This was a project my granddaughter and I did together. Don't you just love the little light bulb bottle.  I had never seen one of these, but when Miss V saw it, she thought it would make a great Christmas ornament.  We stamped the image with Stazon and colored it with Sharpie Markers.  The hardest part was waiting fo the glitter to dry.   She couldn't wait to take it home and put it on her tree, which went up yesterday.  LOL Oh to be young!
Challenges:
# 118 Jingle All The way
# 132 Going Round In Circles (circular Project)
Anything Goes