Wednesday, December 24, 2008

1 Day til Christmas

Well today is the final day for my Christmas Countdown. I have enjoyed showcasing the projects I created to send goodies in to "my girls". Their final item was a gift card and I was running short on time, so I just adhered them into their Christmas card. I didn't take a picture of the cards I sent, so I thought it might be fun to show you all the gifts together in one photo.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2 Days til Christmas

Can you believe there are only 2 more days until Christmas?? Oh my ... I sure hope you all are ready. Today's project is like the altered Kit Kat project that I originally found on Diana Gibb's blog. Here's a link to her tutorial. These are easy to make and they are wonderful to use for little hard to wrap gifts. Today is the only day that all 3 of my ladies received different gifts inside, but as you can guess ... the project contained 2 items (Holly got 2 Studio G clear stamp sets, Amy got 2 packs of Ghirardelli hot chocolate and Joy got 2 Copics in my favorite brown E31).

Monday, December 22, 2008

3 Days til Christmas and Blog Candy Winner

Here is today's Christmas Countdown project, a cute little altered band aid tin. I love Fluffles and this image where he is tangled in Christmas lights cracks me up. Very simple project, it honestly took me 10 minutes to make from start to finish because I already had the images colored. I didn't use sticky strip to adhere the patterned paper because I wanted the ladies to be able to alter it for a future project, so it's more like a belly band and it will slide right off. I put 3 Ghirardelli milk chocolate squares inside.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

4 Days til Christmas

Today's project is a Triangle Treat bag that Tracy Durcan posted on the Scor Pal website here. These bags are so cute and pretty easy to make. Mine has 4 pieces of Hodgepodge Hardware inside. It has been so much fun finding projects that worked for the various gifts I wanted to send in my Christmas Countdown packages. Maybe, just maybe, one day I'll actually design a new box or bag. But until then, I just keep my eyes open and find those developed by the various stamping geniuses (is that even a word??) out there.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

5 Days til Christmas

Here is today's count down to Christmas project, a mini pizza box. These things are so stinkin' cute. They were originally designed by Jen over at I {heart} 2 stamp and here's a link to the information posted for TLC189 over at SCS, including a pattern. I based my design on a card I did for a sketch challenge that InStyle Stamps had earlier this month. I made this box the very next day since I had all of the supplies on my crafting table. Inside is 5 different candies from a Holiday Mix bag of bite sized candy bars ... they fit perfectly inside. I will definitely be making more of these cute boxes, in fact I'll be designing Valentine themed boxes to make with my hostess club.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Blog Candy and Christmas Countdown project

Today's project is a little favor box (which I got at Target) with 6 Primas in it. I tied it with some of the gorgeous ribbon that Stampin Up is offering in their current mini. I LOVE this stuff!! I belong to a Book Club and we met Tuesday night for dinner and did a Yankee Exchange with used books. Anyway, I wrapped my book in the kraft wrapping paper Stampin Up used to carry and tied some of this ribbon on it ... the lady who chose my book LOVED the way it was wrapped, especially the ribbon. In fact, I saw her fondling the ribbon a few times and she took the wrapping materials with her. Oh and she liked the book she got too ... it was stolen a couple of times but she got it back in the end.

Okay, I promised blog candy and so here it is. What you'll get: some InStyle Stamps stamped images, some adorable penguin stickers, tags and coordinating epoxy stickers, some ribbon, 1 party favor box, 1 pillow box, 1 glassine bag and 1 small frosted bag (these are what I used in some of my Christmas Countdown projects). All you have to do is go check out the current stamps from InStyle Stamps here and leave me a comment with which one is your favorite. How easy is that? I'll draw a winner on Monday morning. Good luck everyone. If you enter anonymously just be sure to put your first and last name in your comment. Oh and be sure to check back on Monday morning to see who won.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

7 Days til Christmas

Okay, so after some non-edible goodies, let's get back to some sweet treats ... lol. For this project, I made this cute little one sheet bag I found in Sharon's gallery on SCS here. The link to a video tutorial on the 3-D Design Challenge blog is here. They have 7 Reese's miniatures in them. Chocolate and peanut butter, my absoulute favorite combination. I'm so glad someone put their chocolate in someone's peanut butter ... or was it the other way around? Okay, I'm being silly and probably dating myself from that old commerical reference.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

8 Days til Christmas

Here are 2 more Christmas projects I created. Note that all the Countdown to Christmas projects were sent to 3 special ladies: Holly (who is the upline of my Orphaned Demo group on SCS and who had a birthday this past Saturday ... Hi Holly), Amy (whose name I got for a sister swap with my Orphan Demo Group... Hi Amy) and my ACTUAL sister Joy (who I rarely send cards or projects to ... isn't that sad ... poor Joy ... hopefully the box of goodies you got makes up for it, sis).

The first project is a little heart tin from PTI. All I did was tie some ribbon around it. What's inside?? Well, believe it or not ... it's not candy ... I put some cute little heart shaped buttons and brads in the tin. I figured the ladies could use them for upcoming Valentines Day projects. I didn't embellish the tins because I want them to be able to use them for their own projects. Besides, they're pretty cute with just ribbon on them ... don't you think?

They also received an altered pillow box. I got these at Target, they were in the wedding section and there's like 50 in a box for $13. I like that you can stamp on them. However, I just created a removable belly band, so they can be altered later. Inside is 8 yards of ribbon ... I figured you can never have too much ribbon.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

InStyle Stamps Monday Sketch Challenge

I hope you all had a great weekend, I sure did. Saturday was full of crafting and baking and then I went to the Christmas parade in my teeny tiny town. I dressed in layers, but it was pretty cold. However, we had a nice time. I absolutely love marching bands and there were more this year than last year.

I followed the Monday Sketch on the InStyle Stamps blog and made this cute little gift card holder (which was this week's OCC Challenge). I used this adorable Ginger image. She is so cute. My Mom loves to garden, so I got her a gift card to Lowe's that had a gardening image on it.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Countdown to Christmas

I'm glad you stopped by today because I wanted to share some Christmas projects I recently created. The adorable little goodie baglet (top left in the picture) is based on a project I saw on Lauren Meader's blog here. That girl amazes me with her altering abilities. She now has her own line of templates that you can buy at Papertrey, so go check them out. Anyway, Lauren's baglet was the perfect way to show off these yummy little pretzel treats. The paper is from the DCWV Christmas Glitter Stack. The recipe I used for the treats is here. Let me tell you, these are the perfect blend of salty and sweet. And since M&Ms are usually available for all possible seasons, these are a great "go to" gift for the special people in your life.

Next, I ran a small glassine bag through my Cuttlebug using my snowflakes embossing folder. I got the idea from one of Nichole Heady's projects a while back, but I don't know exactly when it was posted. Anyway, I tied some ribbon around it and added a cute snowman image layered with coordinating cardstock with my SU circle punches. Easy as pie and I love how they turned out. Inside there are some chocolate covered Peanut Butter Ritz Bits crackers. They are pretty yummy, but you can certainly tell this was the first time I've ever hand dipped in melted chocolate. Since they turned out sort of ugly I doubt I'll make them again. I added a small amount of shortening to the milk chocolate morsels I used, but the mixture got thicker and thicker and the crackers turned out uglier and uglier. If anyone has any suggestions on what might make it work better, please let me know.

And the final project pictured is 10 sheets of Christmas themed stamped images. I packaged them in a glassine bag that I stamped with green stazon (which you can't see in this photo).

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Triple Challenge Card and Exciting News

I made this card for 3 challenges: Cute Card Thursday, Color Throwdown and Sketches by Tamara. I loved the elements in all the challenges and I simply paired them up with this adorable Suzie Q image. Isn't she super cute?? Well that leads me to my news.

I've been chosen to be a Guest Designer for a brand new stamp company called InStyle Stamps. How cool is that?? I was thrilled when I received notification from the owner, Virgina (thanks for the opportunity to work with you, Virginia)!! I'm anxious to share additional projects with you, so keep coming back.

To celebrate, I'll be posting some blog candy "soon-ish" (that was on Grey's Anatomy I think in Season 3 and so now I every time I say soon, I change it to soon-ish *grin*).

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tree Shopping In Style

I made this card for a sketch challenge on the InStyle Stamps blog. They launch their new line of stamps on December 19th and I can't wait to get my hands on their fun and girly images.

The specifics of the challenge is to make a card with the sketch they provided in one of 3 themes: bath tub, shopping or tree image. I needed to make some Christmas cards, so that's why I chose this adorable image from Stampendous.

Supplies: Tree Shoppers by Stampendous, sentiment from AC Moore, Ski Slope DSP, Baja Breeze, Real Red and Old Olive CS, Old Olive ribbon and a red button, snowflake CB folder