Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Homespun Twig Ornaments

Shellie Gardner made these cute twig and fabric ornaments at Convention and I just had to make some too! 



Grab a twig and add one inch strips of Candy Cane fabric, ribbon and tinsel. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the button to the twig.


I drilled a tiny a hole in the side of the twig and threaded twine through the hole to hang it on the tree. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a cozy and happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for all of my friends and family and the wonderful people I have met through Stampin' Up! and the connections we all have through our love of art, stamping and paper crafts.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

3-D Pumpkin Thanksgiving Day of Gratitude

I cased this 3D pumpkin right out of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog. There is a great video  tutorial by Tracey Caudle.  I cut out 12 one inch by six inch strips of cardstock in various shades of orange like pumpkin pie, tangerine tango and peach parfait.  I added a couple of strips of more mustard for contrast. If I didn't have the color I wanted on one of the patterned pieces, I brayered over it in the ink shade I desired. I stacked the 12 pieces together and used the cropadile to punch a 1/8" size hole
I cut out the tag and used Stampin' Write markers to color and stamp the sentiment from the Day of Gratitude set in Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I used the cropadile to set an eyelet and tied a piece of hemp twine through the tag. The leaves are made from the Leaves #2 Bigz Die in Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz. I just added the leaves and tag with glue dots. The tag isn't actually tied to anything.

It's hard to see in the pic, but I made a stem by cutting out a 1" by 4 1/2" piece of Old Olive cardstock and cutting little slits across the bottom. This gives it a base to adhere to the pumpkin.


Fold the edge where you cut the slits in, then curve into a stem shape and adhere with a glue dot. I didn't want the middle to show so I placed 1 3/8" circle in the bottom of the stem and glued it in around the edges.

Sorry about the blurry picture! This is the bottom of the stem. I put glue dots on this part and stuck it to the pumpkin.
We are going to make several of these for place settings at Thanksgiving. What are you grateful for? :-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Craft Fair Goodies and Gift Ideas

Here are some of the holiday goodies my upline, Rhonda (the Stampin' Bunny) and I sold at a craft fair this past weekend. If you would like to be part of our team, consider signing up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for half off the starter kit by November 30th. Hop on over to the Stampin' Bunny's blog to see a close up of her craft fair creations. Check back and I will post recipes and instructions throughout the week for some of my featured holiday gifts.
I made the homespun twig ornaments on the tree using the Candy Cane Christmas fabric and Rhonda made the snowflakes with a Big Shot die. She made the candle holders out of metal flashing cut with the big shot, monogramed cards and embellished gift sacks.

Here is a closer pic of the decorated gift sacks and the holiday planners I described in a previous post. The simply adorned charms and chains make wonderful Christmas gifts. You can make a custom insert.

Here are Rhonda's nugget tins and candy wrapper boxes embellished with a Deck the Halls fabric pin.

I embellished some gift boxes with Deck the Halls DSP and made a cute tag out of the Tags til Christmas set. I tied some of the new Stampin' Up! tinsel found in the Holiday Mini.

Here is our tree decorated with the twig and snowflake ornaments. I will feature instructions for the twig ornaments later in the week.


Rhona made these cute nugget tins, candy bar holders, and boxes of tags. The snowman contains ingredients and a recipe for snowman soup on the back. This was my favoite baskets of goodies.

Mini Muffin Tin - Countdown to Christmas

Christmas Journals - I will feature these in an upcoming post.

Remember, Stampin' Up! has bundle packages for sale as part of the ABC's of the perfect handmade holiday promotion. Click this link or the link in the upper right to begin shopping. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you were inspired to make something handmade for someone in your life.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Simply Amazing Deal

 
This amazing deal has never been offered before. Stampin' Up! will be offering the Starter Kit at half price starting on Monday, November 15, and lasting until November 30, 2010. You can purchase the Standard or Digital + Starter Kits for only $87.50--that is 50 percent off the regular price of $175 for over $310 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies! And get free shipping on this! If you are interested in the contents of the kit, see page 8 of your Idea Book and Catalog or this link. You can be a hobby or business demonstrator and get 20 percent off. As a hobby or business demonstrator you get 30 percent off of your first order of $150 or more placed in the first 45 days.  

Here are the contents of the Standard starter kit. You can get all of this for eighty seven dollars and fifty cents. Unbelievable!

• Stamp sets (4 sets: Fun & Fast Notes, I {Heart} Hearts (clear mount), For All
You Do, So Many Thanks, OR 4 sets of your choice at the same or lower price)
• Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price)
• Fast Flowers Stampin’ Around® wheel (OR standard wheel of your choice)
• Stampin’ Around Self Inking Handle (standard)
• Uninked Cartridge (standard)
• Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your
choice)
• Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice)
• Brights Patterns Designer Series paper stack (OR color of your choice)
• Classic Stampin’ Pads® (4: Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red,
OR 4 colors of your choice)
• VersaMark® pad (OR ink pad at the same or lower price)
• Stampin’ Write® markers (2: Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist, OR 2 colors of
your choice)
• Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill (OR color of your choice)
• Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price)
• Stampin’ Dimensionals®
• SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price)
• Blender pen (single)
• Stamping sponge (single)
• Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the
same or lower price)
• Décor Elements Applicator Tool
• Stampin’ Scrub®
• Stampin’ Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner)
business supplies
• Catalogs, business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off
to a great start!

Digital + Starter Kit

• My Digital Studio™
• Stamp sets (3 sets: Party Hearty, I {Heart} Hearts (clear mount), and So Many
Thanks, OR 3 sets of your choice at the same or lower price)
• Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price)
• Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your
choice)
• Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice)
• Classic Stampin’ Pads® (4: Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red,
OR 4 colors of your choice)
• Stampin’ Write® markers (2: Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist, OR 2 colors of
your choice)
• Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price)
• Brights Designer buttons
• Stampin’ Dimensionals®
• SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price)
• Glue Dots®
• Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the
same or lower price)
• Décor Elements Applicator Tool
• Stampin’ Scrub®
• Stampin’ Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner)
business supplies
• Catalogs, business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off
to a great start!

If you are interested, you can sign up on Monday at www.krisk.stampinup.net and
the sign up password is paperfairykris.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Makin' my List & Checkin' it Twice With the Holiday Planner


These holiday planners are so easy to make and useful. You can re-use them each year. I got this idea from Melissa Stout.  She has a wonderful video tutorial on her blog. All you need is a school or office folder with pockets - without the brads in the center. Fold the center in the opposite direction, then fold the front flap over and the back flap in, like an accordian.

I cut a quarter of an inch off of the top of my folder since I was using a mat on the front out of an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of cardstock.  I used pieces of Candy Cane Christmas designer series paper (pg. 33 Holiday Mini Catalog) to decorate the inside.  Inside the third pocket I placed envelopes to hold receipts.  I just embellished them with a strip of leftover DSP. The calander, greeting card list and gift list were printed from Organized Christmas. I secured them to cardstock with a glimmer brad.

The front of the planner is embellished with a Santa which I stamped from the Jolly Old Saint Nick set. I used a Blush Blossom marker to color his face and accented his cheeks with a Blushing Bride marker. I added shimmer to his hat by mixing Crystal Effects with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and brushing it on with a thin paint brush. I used a little bit of Gray pastel chalks on a sponge dauber to add some shadowing and highlights to his beard. I used Microsoft Word for the sentiment and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the oval punch.

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