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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Cookies


This year I am trying my hand at decorating Christmas Cookies!  I love practicing all the different designs.  The snowflake cookies above are Stain Glass cookies.  You can put Jolly Roger candies in the middle and once cooked - they melt into a stain glass look.  


The cookies are iced with Royal Icing.  Such fun to pipe the outline and then flood the centers.  I used red sprinkles on the stockings since I couldn't quite get a really red color from the food coloring.  The sprinkles really covered the cookie well. 



The Santa cookies are my favorite.  I love the size and their shape.  



I really need to practice on the design for the Santa!   You can see... I forgot the eyebrows!  I think this is going to become a fun hobby!  My husband likes it because he gets homemade cookies!




I thought I would share a couple of Christmas decorations we have at our house. We put the stockings up every year.  This year the kids are coming the Saturday before Christmas so I have to get going on my gift wrapping.  Next year we will have them on Christmas Day!



This is what you see as you enter the house.  


I just love Nutcrackers!  This is in the entry way too!


Here is the decoration on our front porch!  You can't tell from this picture- but we have lights strung on the ladder so you can see it at night. 




My hubby cut up the birch logs that fell in our woods in the last wind storm.  I love how this centerpiece came out.  They look fabulous at night with the tea lights on.  I am going to make another batch of Christmas cookies for Christmas day and finish wrapping our gifts.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!






Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mini Coffee Cup Tote




I love Dawn's tutorial for the Mini Coffee Cup tote!   I made these at Halloween and my friends loved them.  So I thought I would make some for Christmas!  They hold a good amount of candy or you can fill it with a cocoa packet and some marshmallows.


You can see from the picture I made a few!  I thought my former co-workers would like them and our hairdresser and well just about anyone!


I made some with big bows on the top.  There are a couple that are just totes and don't have any bows.  I really love making these too!!

Dawn does a fabulous job of explaining how to make these totes!  Here is her link-




Still working on projects for our Christmas stockings.  I will have to post pictures when those are done.  We had our first snowfall today.   !  It is so pretty - I don't even mind it.  Have a fabulous afternoon!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Cards 2017


This year's Christmas Card is a diorama card or Shadow Box card.  I love the 3D look in these cards!  I used many dies to make the scene- Lawn Fawn for the snowy hills, Memory box for the deer and Marianne Designs for the trees and houses.

I saw many tutorials on Pinterest that inspired me to make this card.  The link below shows a similar card but I made my own sized card and had several tiers to my card.   But this link gives you the idea of how it is made-

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/linda-higgins-3178866/snowy-christmas-diorama-card-5952417701




The nice thing about these cards is that they can all be different.  I used different backgrounds and even a little different scenes.  There are 30 cards and at the end I didn't have any farm house in the scene or trees on the outside of the card.  


You can see that the top is open and that this card will collapse so that you can mail it!








 Many different paper collections were used for these cards-from Graphic 45 to Stampin Up.  I used some Washi Tape to decorate the envelope too!  This year's cards are done!  Onto more projects!











Sunday, November 26, 2017

Baby Shower


Yesterday was my niece's baby shower!  Emma & Dylan are expecting a little girl in January!  My sister's and I were thrilled to be able to help out with the shower invitations!   We used the Sizzix Fold Along owl die.  I think they were so cute!



We help make the party favors too!  These little baby carriages are adorable! We made about 30 of them.  I think the lace edging really added to these buggies.

 We used the template from Niki Estes blog site.  I was able to match the circles with some of the dies I have so we didn't have to cut everything by hand.  You can find the link to the template here-

http://nikiestes.typepad.com/my_paper_creations/2010/01/inside-out-baby.html




Here's what the fleet of carriages looked like at the shower!  They really hold a lot of candy too!


My "thing" is Papercrafting!  I look at each card as a gift of art!  But I have been seeing some pretty amazing decorated cookies on Pinterest lately and I wanted to give it a try! I think cookies can be a little gift of art too.  Well, not sure mine are yet but I am hoping with a little more practice ...mine might be too....Here are some pictures of the process.


 I cooked up a batch of onesies and bottles. This part of the process was fairly easy! I didn't thing decorating them would be too hard.



Next came the icing.  I used a recipe for Royal Icing.  I watched many videos and searched tons of blogs- there are many recipes for Royal Icing but I settled on one that used Meringue Powder.  It was surprisingly good.  I added the dots to the onesies using the Wet on Wet technique.  I am already talking like a cookie baker!!


The most fun was decorating these guys!  I need to practice some more!!  You really need a steady hand.   I am thinking I will give Christmas cookies a try!



Here is what the cookies looked like at the shower.  It took me quite awhile to decorate them but it was fun!  I didn't think they came out too bad for my first time!



But nothing can compare to this beautiful cake!  Dylan's Mom had a friend who made it for her!  So cute!!



Just a couple more pictures of the shower!  It really was a fun time!  I can't wait to say hello to Emma & Dylan's little one.  We were all so happy to be a part of this fun celebration!








Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Birthday Panda



This week I mailed off a Birthday card to someone I thought would love this little Panda Bear!  I just bought the die by Marianne Designs.  It can also make into a little Brown bear.  I think it is just adorable.  You can make it stand up or sit down.  How cute!




This is a Tri Fold card but it still closes up and can be mailed.  I just love this little guy!



I didn't decorate the back much but it has plenty of room if you want to add more to it!  Today I have been making my Lemon Icebox cake and Corn Scallop Casserole for tomorrow's Thanksgiving.  Our family is getting together at my sister's house!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone!  This is a short post but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!




Saturday, November 11, 2017

Scene Stepper Card


I love this type of fold for a Christmas Card!  I saw pictures on Pinterest of the Scene Stepper card from Tattered Lace.  They sell a fabulous die that will make this card but it is sold out everywhere.  So I was very happy when I found Ruth's blog that had a similar card and she gave out a template!  Her card is so adorable!  Her template is in centimeters so I googled a site that will convert centimeters to inches.  The only change I made was when I scored the fold for the "floor" of the card - I scored it at 1.25 inches from the bottom of the card.  But you can make the floor higher up if you want.  


I used lots of shiny paper on this card!  The back ground of the scene is a very shiny star (holographic?) filled paper!  The floor is a silver glitter paper and I added glitter to the snow flakes.  I decorated the card with Graphic 45 paper and used several sheets using different green tones. 


This really is a fun card to make!  The link to Ruth's blog is below!  I was so happy to find it! Thank you, Ruth!


I have been busy making our Christmas cards for this year!  But I wanted to give our Grandson, Everett, an Advent Calendar this year.  He is 3 years old and when our other Grandson - Ezra was 3 , we gave him an Advent Calendar and his mother is still using it!  This year the calendar is shaped like a house. 


Again, I used Graphic 45 paper to decorate.  I love how it turned out.  It is a little bit of work to cover all the boxes with cardstock but worth it when you take the final look.  Now, we are trying to find things to put in the little boxes- AND I do mean little.  I carry one of the boxes with me so I can size up whether the item will fit.  



I found the Carolers and the tree at Michael's.   After I adhere them to the base - I may use some faux snow to put around their feet.   I made the wreath out of some boxwood I found at Michael's.  It really has been a fun project. 

I should mention that when we buy something that won't fit it in the little box- we put it in the drawstring bags you seen in lower left corner of picture.  The bags will have a number on it and we will put a note in the box that says - "Open bag number 1" or something like that.  The little Gingerbread peeps are one example.   I have found mini animals and some finger puppets that will work.  I didn't want the boxes to just have candy.   
Today is really cold!  Winter is here and I am so missing the warm weather we have had ...even in October!  But the holidays are coming and I love getting ready for them. Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  I think I will take out my Santa collection.  I know it's still early but I want to enjoy them for as long as I can.
  Hope everyone will have a fabulous day!!





Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Goodies!


For some reason, I really love Halloween!  This year I don't expect to have more than 6 or 7 Trick or Treaters but we still decorate our front porch with our Witch and Skeleton!  There are a few bats flying around too!    I made a few goodies for my former co- workers !  I love any excuse to try some new treat holders.   Stampin Up sells the cute test tubes!  Check out the link below for the instructions-

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48835977193227956/


I have used the sentiment below before but it's my favorite!  Very spooky!




I made the Hershey Nuggets holders too!  I love the Halloween paper !  I have used most of it up.  Next year, it will be time to get some new paper!  I can't wait!    Splitcoast Stampers had the tutorial to make these cuties!

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/treatboxcard/





Last but not least, I made the pillow box Pumpkin baskets for our Grandkids!  I have made them before but they are sooo easy to make and cute too.  They hold a lot of candy! Splitcoast has the tutorial as well-






We are ready for our Trick or Treaters!  This year I did individual bags!  I used clothespins to close the bags with Papertrey Ink's cute Halloween figures to cover the clothespins.  I was going to make my bags but couldn't resist buying them from Michael's for $1.99!!  I hope everyone has a fabulous Halloween!



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall Projects



I am posting a few of my Fall Projects just to show you I haven't been goofing off ( much)!  The photo above is after I painted a really old step ladder black.  The very top step is busted but I still love this ladder!  When my sister's and I  went to the Vintage Bazaar this month in Eliot, Maine- I saw some fabulous stuff!   A ladder with words stenciled on the steps was just one!  Now, mine isn't as grand but I love how it turned out!  I am thinking I will use it on my covered porch in the Spring!  





I also saw some attractive candle holders out of birch at the Bazaar.  Well, I think it was painted on birch with the top section painted white.  The picture below shows mine!  We had several birch trees that blew down last year in our woods.  My hubby cut them to my specs and used his drill to tunnel out the top for tea lights.  I am still working on coated them with poly but will show them once completed.   


I am loving the way they are coming out so far!



 The pictures below show the beautiful Heartfelt Creations 3 D fuchsia flowers!  I just purchased the stamp and die set from Heartfelt Creations and they were on sale!!  They are so easy to make! I am looking forward to using them in many projects!



 I have to show you the plastic Christmas ball I used to put some of these flowers in!  I did put some glitter on several of the blooms to add interest.  I didn't have florist wire so I just ended up using glue to keep them together.  I think I will invest in some wire for the next ones.  It's hard to see because of the glare but they are really pretty!





I did purchase a couple of plastic Christmas balls that were open from Michael's.  I wasn't sure what I would use them for but loved that you can put anything you want in them!  I used a slice of birch for the base and then added the Evergreen Sprig that Stampin Up is selling in their Christmas catalog.  A tea light and some acorns were also added and then finished off with a ribbon.  I picked the acorns last year and just this year spray painted them with some poly.  


 I am just about finished with my Halloween projects and will post them soon!  I am now looking forward to working on Christmas ideas.  I must say- my first summer off since I retired has been a fun one!  I can't believe how fast it went.  Hard to believe the stores are already filled with Christmas stuff!  This morning I took a walk and it felt like 70 degrees out!  It has been a crazy Fall for sure!