Monday, December 26, 2011

December 2011 PTI blog hop

The theme of the hop is 'holiday leftovers'-  to use scraps from the holiday. I chose to use the pretty foil wrapping paper, since it isn't recyclable- and we die cut ornaments!
 Hard to get a good pic of foil wrapping paper!! I also used the dotted line from Merry Little Christmas to 'hang' the ornaments, and the 'many thanks' from Embellishments.
 We did some on aqua mist with versamark ink, and some on white with smokey shadow ink. Which do you like better?
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! This is a great push to get my thank you's made!!
Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the hop!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pretty Gifts

I've got a post up at May Arts to show you how I made this:
Cute, right?
And I'll add it to Wee Memories Anything Goes Challenge! :)
Thanks for stopping by- don't forget to leave a comment at May Arts for a chance to win some goodies!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fascinating Friday!

What a fun day! I've got my teacher gifts wrapped up- and I think they turned out cute! I was inspired by Jess Witty's post quite awhile ago, and had cut all of these trees from green tissue paper with plans to make a decor project. And I probably still will, but I'll have to cut more trees... :)
Manilla mailing tags for the base & graphic 45 paper (it's the reverse side of the gift holder I made).
Machine stitching down the center & fluff. May Arts red burlap string & done! (yes, I could have gone crazy on these, but I needed to finish about 9 as quick as a bunny...)
 And here they are attached to the yummy white chocolate peppermint popcorn (yum) & an ornament that has MS glitter inside....
 Don't you love taking pictures at night?
 And a little something for our carpool friends. How cute is it that 6 yr old boys like yummy smelling pocketbacs as much as 6 yr old girls do? I would've blinged the center if these weren't for boys... (PTI vintage ornament dies/stamps)
And I about fell over when Tammy asked if I would be interested in being featured! Me? Fascinating? Not sure about that, but I am very appreciative of the opportunity! Thanks to Tammy & Noor!
And check out this photo inspiration from Jay Gee- I'll be linking up! :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Emporium: Graphic45

May Arts & Graphic45 are teaming up again- and you know that means fun, inspiration, and giveaways! :) I've got 2 projects to share today, the first is this ornament using 'A Christmas Carol' paper. This was inspired by a sheet music ornament made by Camie, of The Paper Muse. (If you live anywhere near Sumner, WA you should stop in for inspiration & to pick up your favorite May Arts ribbon and Graphic45 products!)
To create this, I fan folded the sheet & inserted crepe paper in the folds. (make sure you run your adhesive the entire length, or the ones that aren't attached fall out during the cutting part- don't ask me how I know this.)
 The crepe paper was a little too white, so I distressed it with ink.
 I then cut through all the layers.
 You can see I ended up cutting those lines deeper & gently started to spread it apart.
 I hot glued it (hard to see here) to a punched piece of cardstock. (you can always click on the pics for an enlarged view!)
For the center I cut several pieces of silver metallic string & hot glued them to a small punched circle.
Then I frayed them out a bit!
I added a bit more that I didn't fray, topped with a silver star & a chipboard element from Christmas Emporium Tags 1.
 A piece of 5/8" black satin pleats for the hanger, fluff to your liking & you're done!
My next project is a gift card type of holder. I used 'Under the Mistletoe' paper. I was wrapping tickets, so I measured the insert & added some room on each side- it ended up 7" wide. I scored at 4" & 8.25". (I hope that makes sense! Overall it is 7"x4.25")
I lightly tacked ivory velvet ric-rac & sheer box pleats to the underside of the flap & machine sewed them in place. I then machine sewed around the whole outside. Another chipboard element from A Christmas Emporium Tags 1 is threaded with ivory solid/wrinkle ribbon.
Because I didn't want the project torn apart while the recipient was fishing around for the gift, I added this ribbon pull.
A piece of satin/grosgrain double band ribbon machine stitched to hold the gift in place makes an easy & beautiful pull!
Here's a list of all the designers participating from Graphic45 & May Arts:

Monday, December 12th

Jane Tregenza -
JackandCat Curio -
Candy Rosenberg -
Latrice Murphy -

Tuesday, December 13th

Laura Denison -
Charlene Driggs -
Melaine Forbes -
Jen Shears  <--------------------that's me! :)

Wednesday, December 14th
Yuka Hino -
Jenifer Cowles -
Gloria Stengel -
Jingle -

Thursday, December 15th

Sherry Cheever -
Britta Swiderski -
Hilde Janbroers -
Karen Baker -

Friday, December 16th

Kimberly Jones -
Nancy Wethington -
Peggy Cain -
Nicole Eccles -
Vera Yates

Thank you to Graphic45 for the beautiful products to use! I hope you've been inspired!
Now make sure to leave a comment here- and then head to the other designers & leave comments there to increase your chance at winning some goodies!!! :D

I'll add this to Jay Gee's Challenge too- they both fit the inspiration!!! :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

RCC32: Peppermint Twist!

May Arts is sponsoring the Ribbon Carousel Challenge this week- check out the photo inspiration::
And here's my take:
 White cardstock, stickers by Bazzill (that I added Doodlebug glitter to). Sentiment is Unity. TWO glittery May Arts ribbon- sheer/tinsel edge and white metallic velvet.
 Thanks for stopping by! Head over to The Ribbon Carousel to see all the sweet fun!
I'm going to add this to Jay Gee's too! Did you see the inspitation pic? Chistmas gorgeous...

Friday, December 2, 2011

May Arts ♥ Lawn Fawn

Did you know that May Arts & Lawn Fawn had a fun swap this week? (Sorry I'm so late telling you!!)
Here's one of my cards for the swap! Go over & check out the details- make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win some goodies!

I'm going to link this up at Jay Gee's too! Go look at her gorgeous inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by!