Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Santa's Coming

Is it true? Christmas is only a month and a half away? Believe it or not, yes, Christmas will soon be here. I love seeing the excitement in my grandchildren's eyes as they await the arrival of that guy in the red suit, black boots and white beard. Thankfully, I started my Christmas shopping early and I am almost done. I hit some good sales at Kohl's, so picked up Christmas gifts while shopping for birthday presents. I guess it's a good idea to have so many birthdays close together. Now to finish my Christmas cards.

The challenge at the Sisterhood this week is "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". As usual, I found this adorable picture of Santa on Pinterest and just had to use him as the focus. Also, I steered away from the traditional colors of red and green and went for a more vintage look. You will find the details below the photo.


Cardstock: SU Kraft, Core'dinations Chocolate

Dies: Sissix Labels Four

Designer Paper: K & Company

Sentiment: Scrappy Cat

Ribbon: Chocolate gingham

Embellishments: Echo Park Co. Reflections Christmas chipboard snowflakes

Soon the snow will be flying, Christmas music will be playing and the Christmas movies will begin. Guess I'd better get busy on my Christmas cards, so I have time to decorate and bake cookies. Christmas will be here quicker than you can blink your eyes. 

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Until next time, have a great day.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Germ Free Santa

Hello everyone! This year for Christmas I want my friends and family to stay healthy, so I am giving them these adorable "SANTA-tizer" gifts. So cute and very easy to make. You will find the video tutorial here. I found the antibacterial hand sanitizer at our local dollar store (3 in a pack).

I used a strip of SU Real Red cardstock (2 1/4" x 6") to go around the bottle and secured with red line tape. The belt is a strip of black paper 3/4" wide, wrapped around the bottle  and secured in the front. The buckle is silver metallic paper 3/4" x 3/4" and secured with a glue dot to cover the seam. For Santa's face, I used a 1 1/4" circle punch and flesh colored paper. folded in half. I typed the "Santa-tizer" onto white cardstock, then used a 1 3/8" scallop punch to make the beard. (Try to get the word towards the bottom when punching.) Santa's hat is made from a 1 1/4" square punch, cut in half diagonally. One side of the triangle is clipped off, and add a 1/4" white circle to the other side. Glue the hat to Santa's head and add eyes with a black marker. I used SU red/white bakers twine to tie the head onto the bottle cap.

Won't these make great stocking stuffers? I want to make more for my craft shows next year. I think they would be good sellers.

Have you checked out the "Thankful" challenge at the Sisterhood? Just create a project and use a phrase or sentiment such as, "Thankful, Give Thanks, etc.) Stop by the Sisterhood for some fantastic inspiration by our sistahs.

Have a great day and Happy Crafting.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Giving Thanks

I am so blessed to be hostess for this week's  "Thankful" challenge over at the Sisterhood. My hubby and I have had so many blessings this year. Our family is happy and healthy and my older daughter presented us with a beautiful new granddaughter on April 5th. We are also Thankful that both of our daughters and families live nearby, so we get to see them quite often.

With that in mind, here is my creation for the challenge.

The card base is Core'dinations Chocolate and the plaid wired ribbon is from Bobbie M Designs (found at a local craft store.) I used Impression Obsession's mini leaves (can be purchased from die to cut the maple leaves from green metallic paper and SU Pumpkin Pie cardstock. The sentiment tag was cut using SU's Bitty Banners dies. Isn't this image beautiful? If found it on Pinterest and decided it was exactly what I needed for this project.

Fall is my favorite time of the year and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so this was the perfect challenge for me to host.

Now, why not head over to the Sisterhood and check out the other sistahs creations? You will definitely be inspired by their fantastic work. Then get busy creating and enter for your chance to be one of the Top Award winners.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Chapstick Purse

It was wonderful getting into my craft room today and actually getting to craft. I had to make one more owl card for my swap on Wednesday, then it was on to more Christmas ideas. Today I worked on this cute Chapstick Purse. It will be perfect for stocking stuffers and I will make some for craft shows. You can find the tutorial for this project here:

Super easy to make from a 2 3/4" x 4 1/2" piece of cardstock. Then scored on the 4 1/2" side at 1", 1 3/4" and 3 1/4". I used a Fiskars Scallop punch and 1/4" ribbon for the handle. I cut velcro dots in 1/2 to make the closure. The embellishments are by Jolee's Boutique.

Aren't they adorable? Now I just have to decide what to make next. I have so many ideas, I don't know where to start.

Don't forget the new Sisterhood challenge begins on Wednesday. Make sure to stop by the Sisterhood to see the wonderful creations by the sistahs, then enter your project for a chance to win one of our top awards.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Not Again

Monday evening my husband came home from work complaining about severe pain in his left foot. When he removed his shoe, we noticed his foot was terribly swollen. Since he was diagnosed with osteoporosis, I suggested going to the emergency room. Being stubborn, he wanted to wait until morning to see if it felt better. Around 7:30am yesterday, he got me up and wanted to go to the hospital. Just as I thought, he has a fracture in his foot and will be off work for 6-8 weeks. Please pray for strength as I try to take care of him, my granddaughter and 3 dogs. (Believe me, the granddaughter and 3 dogs are easier to take care of than my husband.)

I am hoping to have everything settled down enough by the weekend, so I can get back into my craft  room. I have so many things I want to work on and little time.

Have a great day everyone!