Monday, December 23, 2013

This Year's Christmas Cards

This year I combined the use of some new crafting items to make Christmas Cards.

First, I made 25 Telescoping Snowman cards.

This is the card when it's folded up...


On the back, I've written in silver metallic marker...


This one is for Jeff's mother Phylis. Her daughter Michelle stopped me on the street a few weeks ago to inform me that Phylis keeps all the cards I make on a special board. She's definitely getting a homemade card this year!

And here's our snowman fully open!


The hat, nose and scarf are from a digital download from Silhouette. The circles are all cut from the Silhouette Portrait as well. I love my little cutting machine! It was an early Christmas gift to myself, and I could not be more pleased!

I hand-drew the mouth on. The eyes are obviously googlies. The berries, dimples, and snowflake bling are stick-on gems from ACMoore. The snowflakes and greeting are from the Stampin' Up set Snow Swirled. I used Pool Party and metallic silver ink. I had experimented with putting twig arms on him, but I hated it and decided to leave them off.

I forgot to take a picture, but I made square envelopes using the new Envelope Punch Board from Stampin Up. Since these cards aren't being mailed out but hand-delivered, I used up a bunch of cheap scrapbook paper to make the envelopes. Now instead of being in a gigantic pile of paper I will never use, they're adorable envelopes!

The dimensions for those that want to know: 
  black scallop = 4.25"
  green circle = 3.75"
  red circle = 3.25"
  white circles = 3.75", 3.25", 2.75"


The second card I made this year was a sleigh.



I cut out the sleigh using the Silhouette Portrait. The corners were done with a punch from Stampin' Up. The "glowing" bow is actually cut from silver foil paper. I'm not sure I like this card. It does look better in person, but it took a long time to put together and in my mind it was prettier. But I made 30 of them and they are definitely getting handed/mailed out.


The third card I made this year I actually made last January.


Don't remember anything about it, but I'm sure it's all Stampin' Up stuff.

Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Craft Project: Christmas Wreath #3 plus a Bonus Wreath

Todays' wreath was a quick one. It's a side wreath.

Before I started I googled "how to make a wreath bow" and found several excellent videos on YouTube. I followed the one I was interested in making for today's wreath, and I made my bow the first time in under five minutes. So easy!

I attached it to the wreath, hot glued flowers and berries around it, and finish it off with some tulle. I added a little rope loop on the back for hanging, and voila! One Christmas wreath for my livingroom. I'm so happy with it.



I thought I'd share the below wreath with you too. I made this a couple weeks ago. My friend Teena's mother Sharon has a wreath-making shed! It's amazing! She invited me and Stacey over to make wreaths. This is the real deal! We made the entire thing. Everything from cutting up pine tree branches to form the wreath to attaching the baubles. It was so much fun!


Below is Sharon and the wreaths Stacey and I made. And yes, we do drink wine while we craft in the shed!


Thank you Teena and Sharon! I can't wait until Christmas is over so we can hit the stores for after Christmas clearance deals! Gotta start gathering the baubles for next year's wreaths!

Merry Craftmas!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Craft Project: Christmas Wreath #2 - KHAAAAAAAN!!!

I'm a Star Trek fan. At one point in my life I was a Trekkie. I once owned a cassette on How to Speak Conversational Klingon. My costume box contained Klingon forehead make-up, along with a homemade communicator pin. (I might still have that!)

I'm not as big a fan as I used to be. In fact, if Star Trek is on TV I will probably turn the channel. The original series still keeps my attention most of the time, but I lost interest in TNG, DS9, and the rest of the franchise years ago. The movies with the original cast are still awesome. Can't say as I care for the others. Sorry!

Last week, Jason sent me a link to a picture of a Wreath of Khan and joked that it was a craft I should be making.

Monday morning at work, Jason received the below.


This is quite possibly the coolect thing I've ever made.

QISmaS Quch Daghajjaj!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Yoga Christmas Card

My yogini Theresa had a Christmas party at her house for her yoga students. I decided to make some cards for everyone. There aren't many Yoga Christmas card out there. I'm very pleased this since I came up with the idea and design.

Except for the light yellow and green background, everything else was cut using my Silhouette Portrait.


I love making yoga cards and plan to make more in the future because they are kind of rare.

~ Namaste ~

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Salute to my Silhouette Portrait with a silhouette portrait

I have been once again inspired by Pinterest to create a picture frame craft. This is based on a few things I saw, so credit goes to everyone!

The music paper was a free download from Flickr. I printed it to off-white cardstock, which I taped to a piece of stiff white board and put in the frame in front of the glass.

The tree and woman were cut-out using my Silhouette Portrait. My favorite toy on the planet. (Besides Drew. XOX)

I went to the Silhouette website to get a link to the digital download of the woman and tree, but I couldn't find one. Nor could I find the image in my previously downloaded purchases. I'm thinking this was one of the freebies that came with the machine. The Portrait comes with over 50 designs. I have over 150 designs in my software now, and I can't remember where they all came from. So, I'm going to have to say this one came with the machine.


You can't tell from the photo, but the tree and woman are popped up from the paper with extra large puffy stickies. I tried to take a side picture of the frame to show off the layers, but it didn't work. My photography skills are sorely lacking. I even have a super-awesome pro camera! I'm proof that all the technology in the world doesn't mean squat if you don't know how to use it. Someday I'll take a class or get help with it. Someday...

I like this frame and will experiment with more things like this. Next time I'll see if I can fade the paper a little so it's not so bright. Make it look older. Dull the print. I don't think I'll put the sticky gems on the tree either. Need to make a different ornament for her to hold. I don't know. I'll have to think that one over. But it's definitely worth visiting again.

Happy Crafty Holidays!
Steph

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christie's Stampin' Up Workshop

Christie had her Stampin' Up Workshop this past November. I'm just now getting around to taking pics of the cards and posting them.

The swap theme was Winter Holidays.


(L to R) Teena made tags with To: and From: on the back, Stacey made a Mrs. Claus dress card, Karen made a wreath with lots of little scallop circles. All very cute!


Christie made a red snowflake that slipped into the pocket of the card (hard to explain, very awesome in person). Laurie made the one on the top right with a snowman and a little snowflake - super cute! Terrie made the one on the bottom, which was very sparkly and embossed, and unfortunately it doesn't photograph well. Also very cute!


Then comes the blue cards! Jessica - Shirley - Teresa. I was never a fan of blue as a Christmas color until recently, and now I can't get enough of it.  Even though Shirley punched hers out backwards, it's still adorable.


And me! I had to be completely different. I made ornaments. I signed the back so they couldn't give it away without having to tape something over it. Ha!


These are the cards we made at the workshop. Just love those colors! Jessica always has such great cards for us to make, and she has the patience of a saint. I spend most of the class saying three things:
"Can I see that sales flyer?"
"I don't remember this stamp set. What page in the book is that on?"
"What are we doing now?"
Bless her big heart for putting up with us.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Book Trees

I've got two Christmas Book Trees to show you. They are based on book trees that I'd seen on Pinterest. Instead of doing a complete tree, I did a half-tree and glued it to a picture frame. I finished it off with some embellishments.

Below is the first one I made, and it hangs on my wall. I used my own book "Game of Hearts." Instructions on how to fold the book can be found on Kayla Aimee's website. It's very easy. My half-trees were two sets of 30 pages, for a total of 60 folded pages.

I put a piece of cardboard with patterned scrapbook paper securely taped to it in front of the picture frame glass. The tree is hot-glued to the paper. I hot-glued greenery and berries to the bottom. The top is a flattened poinsettia flower with a silver snowflake (Stampin' Up glimmer paper with the Snow Flurry die cut) and a gold star (more Stampin' Up glimmer paper and star punch). That's it! It's quick and easy!



My girlfriend Kelly liked it so much she commissioned one for her kitchen. She loves the Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check pattern, so I created a black & white checkerboard background. I hot-glued greenery, burgundy berries, and gold sprigs to the bottom. For the top, I sewed together a circle of burgundy tulle with the same silver snowflake as mine, then a smaller snowflake that I tinted light burgundy, then the gold star on top.



Kelly loved it and it's received a lot of attention. All positive!

My only regret is I used the last 60 pages of my book for her tree (since there were no adult situations at the end of the book - hint, hint) but when I glued the two pieces to the frame, I put them together backwards. So the page in the middle is the last one with my bio. It's nearly blank and kind of sticks out. To me anyway. No one else seems to notice or care.

I will be hitting up used book sales to look for books to make more book trees for next year. Preferably older looking books without so many provocative words in it. Music books would be excellent for these too. I really like the way these came out, and I think it'll be something very unique.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Craft Project: Christmas Wreath #1 - Neon Green Tulle, Greenery & Berries

I've been obsessed with Pinterest lately. At first I was only using it to pin to-do items. Cards I wanted to make. Recipes I wanted to save. Articles for reading later. But then I discovered all the wonderful things that other people had pinned. And my to-do list expanded dramatically. Especially in the area of crafting.

I've rediscovered my love of wreaths. I have several I want to make. And this weekend, I finished the first Christmas wreath.

I started with a wire form and tied strips of tulle around it.


I ran out of tulle halfway around and decided to wear it as a headdress. As you can see in the background, my hubby is not impressed with my spontaneous costume.


I bought more tulle and finished the wreath tonight. I cut apart a garland of greenery and a garland of red berries and hot glued them to the tulle.


The wreath is hanging from a satin ribbon with a bow hot glued to the top. I attached a wire hook to the back of the bow so it can hang from the curtain rod.


I'm very pleased with how it came out.

NEXT CRAFT PROJECT:  Christmas Wreath #2 - Winter Paper Rosettes

Sunday, October 13, 2013

This Weekend's Craftiness

Before I get into this blog, I'd like to point out that you can pin my photos now! If you hover the cursor over the photo, the Pinterest symbol will appear. Nifty huh?

This weekend was productive. Here's some of the craftiness I got up to.

A witch's boot card. It was a bit of a pain. The pattern was a free digital download from Paper Crafts magazine.


A crow on a branch. Much cooler and creepy in person.


A simple masculine card using the ferris wheel stamp. My Basic Grey ink pad is already going dry, but I was determined to use it.


This is a simple card that's based on a card Ginny got at work. I loved it so much I recreated it. The only difference between mine and the original is the words "Just a simple note..." was in the upper left-hand corner. I preferred the words in the lower right instead.


This is another simple card that I had in my "cards I want to make" folder. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where the original pic came from --- someone's internet blog.  For once, I think mine is better too.


I wanted to make a grapevine Halloween wreath this year, but wanted to do it cheaply. This cost me about $5 to make, if that. It's hard to figure out exactly what everything cost because most of it is just a portion of a bigger bag of bats, or spool of ribbon, or bunch of black flowers, etc...


I'm pleased with this. It's simple. I hung it on the wall sconce to take a photo because I'm super lazy. And it looks like that's going to be its home. Kinda looks good there hanging in my living room.

That's it for this weekend in cards and crafts. Not bad really, considering I wasn't planning to do any of this this weekend. Ha!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Secret I Can Finally Tell!!!

For weeks -- months! -- I have been keeping a secret I've been dying to share. My friend Ginny asked if I'd make invitations for a surprise party she was throwing her husband Larry to celebrate his 65th Birthday and Retirement. I jumped at the chance!

Larry owns a Harley, so we decided to go with a motorcycle theme. The bike is from a retired stamp set from Stampin' Up. The background is tin foil that's been taped to paper and run through my Big Shot using the houndstooth embossing folder, also from Stampin' Up. It came out sooooo amazing!


The inside has the details of the party along with the fact that Larry's under the impression he's coming to an anniversary party for me and Drew, who were married six years ago in Myrtle Beach and finally decided to celebrate back home with family and friends.

I even made this fake invitation and mailed it to Larry and Ginny.



It seemed like it was going to work. Only one thing could go wrong...Drew. He'd been helping Larry with their house, and last weekend they were going to install storm windows on the porch. Before he left, I grabbed Drew by the collar and threatened him. "If you slip up about the party on Friday, don't come home." He swore he wouldn't.

Well, God bless, my hubby not only kept his mouth shut about it but when Larry joked about the anniversary party on Friday, Drew went along with him perfectly.

Friday night came, and we all gathered at The Sunset. We waited for Larry to arrive, and when he did...SURPRISE!!! Oh and it was!! Somehow everyone kept it a secret. And the first thing Larry said to Drew when he saw him???

I'm gonna kill you.

It was fantastic! Apparently Larry had run into all his friends that week and no one spoiled the surprise. It was a great party, I got to make some new friends, and we enjoyed some fabulous food from The Sunset.

Shew! It's nice to be able to get that secret off my chest.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Crafts That Ate My Brain

Ok, here's the crafts I made this past weekend. There's a bunch. It was a bit chaotic in my craft room.

First, 10 cards for the next card swap. The theme is supposed to be Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving. I made bright orange and green sympathy cards. Yeah, I know. It doesn't really follow the theme, but everyone needs sympathy cards so I don't think anyone will mind.


Next, I made 6 paper pumpkins. I'll give them to the people who sit in my little corner of the work-world next month when we decorate for Halloween.


And then we have 8 coffee cup cards. Some have a heart on them and some say Coffee & Friends Something-Er-Other. I don't remember and I'm too lazy to look it up.


DEAD FAIRIES!!!!! In purple. These things just crack me up!!


A scarf!!!!!  A big-arse scarf!!!


Butterfly and monster bookmarks! Kate gave me a monster bookmark and it sits on my desk here at home. It's been staring at me and I decided I HAD to make these. I have no reason for this other than it's fun and quick to do. And it used up a bunch of scrap supplies. Yay!!


Four Halloween cards. I promised myself I wouldn't make any Halloween cards this year because no one has a use for them. That's too bad because they are the most fun to make of all cards. Still, I had to make some because I got a few new stamp sets this year. (Can't stop myself!)


And finally, my favorite cards of the day. Wonderful Paris flower. I have no idea what kind of flower that's supposed to be, but I like it.


Sunday in the craft room wasn't as productive. I made some earrings and bracelets. No photos though. I already bagged everything up to take to work tomorrow. I make things and immediately give them away. I don't know why. I think I just have the urge to get stuff out of my house but I have to be creative about it. I don't know. I'm exhausted though.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

DEAD FAIRIES!!!!

Not 24 hours after yesterday's sweet card making session, I'm making the below...

DEAD FAIRIES!!!!



I repurposed the 6" skeletons Drew & I won at the zombie prom. They were originally attached to the Dance Contest 1st Place, Best Costume and Best Zombie certificates we won.







I also used my Stampin Up ink and sponged a $1 wooden coffin I bought at ACMoore. Then I taped some paper and a couple little gens to the top of it. I included an unfinished coffin for reference.



This is what happens when you watch the 1996 film Island of Dr. Moreau starring Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando and some English actor who has no lips. It's a good thing it was the RiffTrax version or I might have skinned one of my cats, or something. Lord that movie will mess you up. And not in a good way.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday Scrap Cards & Some Cats

I gave myself a Saturday project. Use nothing but scrap paper, ribbon, accessories and odd sized cards & envelopes to create as many cards as I can. My goal was to use up the scrap stuff which had accumulated all over my craft room.

I made 33 cards. That's quite a bit. But it didn't do much to touch the piles.

Below is the majority of them. I stamped nothing new today. Everything on these cards I had stamped and colored previously then tossed into a drawer for use later. That later was today. I also had a number of stickers and pop-up cardboard punched words that I'd collected over the years. I decided to use some of those as well. I didn't try too incredibly hard to be pretty or match the paper perfectly. My goal was to just throw items together. Surprisingly, I'm please with how everything turned out.



These items are one-of-a-kind cards I also tossed together. I have no idea if anyone has the need to send a vacation card, but I made one because that suitcase was just too cool!



I'm bringing all of these cards, plus a bunch of other ones I had done previously, to the office on Monday and I'll be offering them up to co-workers for $2. I'm calling it the "Hey, you're cheap but not Dollar Store cheap" card sale.

Below are some sympathy cards I made a couple weeks ago. I forgot to take a photo until after I packaged them in their protective plastic shields and I was too lazy to take them back out. I mostly take the photos for my own records. Probably should make a better effort if I'm going to share them with you. Ha!



Below is a birthday card I made for my co-worker Julie. It did not come out like I'd hoped, but everyone seemed to like it.



And finally ... CATS!! Drew installed a storm/screen door last week and the cats really don't know what to make of it. They sit and stare out it for hours. This is only one of two times you'll see Sweetpea and Fuzzy sitting together without one of them pouncing on the other. (The other is when they're trying to catch that damn red dot!)



The first cat that puts it's claws into the screen I will murder and hang its body from the coat rack as an example to the others. I swear.

Other than that...HAPPY SATURDAY!!!