Monday, October 31, 2016

Okay, I'll Start on Christmas!

 Some of you know that I resist making Christmas cards and projects in Aug, Sept and Oct.  But I've finally given in and taken out some Christmas stamps and papers!  My holiday classes have begun.

I used the new oval framelits to accent the saying on the card and on the gift bag.  I just love how the scallop oval frames the sayings.  I think it adds a lot of class to the projects. 

I love the little grapevine ornament!  I got the idea from the Stampin Up holiday catalog.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I put the musical note designer paper inside the wreath to give it a slight vintage look.  I used a circle punch for the circle shape and a glue gun to adhere it to the wreath.  The rest of the embellishments are held with assorted sized glue dots. 

The gift bag can be used to hold a cookie, a gift card or a note.  You could also put some cash in there for a special recipient.  Pretty much, anything small can go in it.  :)

I wasn't sure if I liked the card in the off-white colors, so I re-made the projects using white cardstock.  Usually I'm not a big fan of the vanilla, but this time I do like it better than the white. 

I used the stamp set, Peace this Christmas and got my ideas on Pinterest from Jennifer Frost.

Which do you prefer, the card and ornament made with the vanilla or do you like it in the white?

The Owls Have Flown In!

Remember the cute little owls that I made for a baby gift?  Well, I redesigned them to make them look more like a woodland decor item than a kids' toy.  He's cute, right?  Don't you love the little scarf that I crocheted for him?  And I even made a matching hexagon placemat to set him on!

 Here are a few more cuties adorned in fall colors just in time for November and Thanksgiving.  The two on the ends look like they're keeping watch over the others!

Here are a few more that flew in, dressed in more of a teal-colored palate, one of my new favorite colors to decorate with.

And this one I think is my favorite.  He's sort of plain looking, but I think that I like him because of that.

Which one do you like best?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Taking a Stroll Down Candy Cane Lane

This week I offered a stamping class featuring fun designer paper named Candy Cane Lane.  Doesn't the name of the paper just get you in the mood for making some holiday projects?  It features Chocolate Chip (dark brown), Crumb Cake (tan) and Cherry Cobbler red paper.  I had so much fun using these three colors and coming up with the cards and this cute little box.

The box is make using the Baker 's Box thinlits.  It went together very quickly and easily (no matter what the ladies who come to my class say!).   I decorated it with a house cut out from the paper and some stamped designs that I also cut out and added.  Although you can't see it in the photo, I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the snow on the top of the houses on all of the projects.

This card is a dimensional shaker card.  It has two layers on the front with a window and some "snow" inside that you can shake around the little house.  The house is a cut out from the designer paper.  I didn't have a square cut out framelit, so I used this shape that came from the pillow box thinlet set.  I actually think that I like this better because the shape adds some interest to the card.

This next card is pretty simple to make.  I embossed the white paper using the Softly Falling embossing folder.  This adds just a simple design to the background that then added some cut outs from the designer paper.  I copied the idea from Sandy Moll on Pinterest.  Okay, all of the ladies in my class grumbled about cutting out the pieces, but don't they look cute on this card?  After the card was assembled, they all liked how it turned out.  :)

My favorite card of the night was this cute card turning the little gingerbread house into a birdhouse!  I got the idea on Pinterest from Amanda Bates .  I love how she added some birds from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  I think that makes it so much cuter!

Which one of the projects do you like the best?  Majority vote from the class was for the shaker card.  But I am voting for the birdhouse card.  :)