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Monday, December 23, 2013

Silver and Gold Christmas bag

Hi!  I'm back again!  (So much for not posting until after Christmas!)  I'm on a roll today! There's nothing like the 24th drawing near to kick me into high gear!!   LOL

I made a "Silver and Gold" bag to coordinate with an ornament I made a while back.  (You can see it here.)  I used left-over scraps of the Bo Bunny "Silver and Gold" collection.

I cut the deer out of one of the papers and then in order to get them to stand out against the gold background, I took a gold Sakura Gelly Roll pen and traced their outlines.  I also used this pen to doodle on the snowflakes.

Then I cut the title with my Cricut and coloured it with a Gold Leaf Krylon pen.

The Flying Unicorn has a challenge here where you can share your Gift Bags with everyone.  There are some beauties that have already been entered.

Happy wrapping!

Christmas Stocking Box

Hi everyone!

I just had to share this cute little Stocking box that I made this weekend.  Tammy at the Flying Unicorn created this sweet little pattern and is sharing it here.  

Tammy is hosting a challenge until Jan 14th.  All you have to do is make one of these boxes and share it on the Flying Unicorn forum here.  There's a wonderful prize to be won as well!  Do check it out!!

This will probably be my last blog post until after Christmas, so I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very blessed and happy holiday with your families.

Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Festive Friday Blog Hop!

If you have arrived looking for the Sketch Challenge at Scrapbooker's Paradise, please go here.

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to another Festive Friday Blog Hop with your friendly CTMH consultants!

Our path is circular, so just follow the links.  If you should get lost, see the master list below.  You should have arrived here from Carol Loftus.


I thought I would show you the variation I did with the Advent Calendar that you can see in the Holiday Gift Guide on page 3.

I wanted to give the calendar a little more of an elegant feel, so I tied a bow with our Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, tucked in some silk holly leaves, and draped our beautiful Sparkles Flourishes here and there for a Wow! effect.

Quick, easy, and beautiful too!  

Supplies used to make the Advent Calendar:

Thanks for stopping in to see what I've been up to!  Now it's time to go see the lovely creation Jamie Barney has to show you!  Enjoy the rest of your "Hop"!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Scrapbooker's Paradise has a new Sketch Challenge up!

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  

Dawn is hosting the Sketch Challenge this week at Scrapbooker's Paradise!  Come join in and show us your creations.  You not only have the chance of winning an awesome prize package but you will also get the chance to Guest Design with us next month!  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!

While you're over on the Scrapbooker's blog, say hello to our new design team member Lee-Anne Thornton!  We're very happy to have her join us and know you can look forward to lots of inspiration from her.  Check out her website here.

My layout that I did with this sketch, was inspired by Jennifer Snyder.  She created SUCH a beautiful winter layout using Kaisercraft's Enchanted Garden, that I just HAD to give it a try myself!  This photo of my daughter-in-law and grand-daughter just begged to be used with this paper line.  Don't you agree??  :)

Who would have thought that you could use this paper line for a Christmas layout!!  Thank you so much Jennifer, for your inspiration.

Stickles, and glitter, and spray .... oh my!!  :)

Lots of bling and depth, and shabby goodness.

You have three weeks to link up your entries, I sure hope you'll give the challenge a try.  I look forward to visiting your blogs!

I would like to mention that the photo for this layout was taken by a wonderful photographer here in Strathmore, Deidre Cameron.  She has taken some wonderful photos of my family over the last couple years.  I did a layout here and here with past photos.  To see more of her fabulous work, check out her Facebook page here.

Take care,

Supplies used:

Viva Pearl Modeling Cream - used to stencil circles on background
Circle stencil
Vintage Photo distress ink - inked holly leaves on background
Holly leaf stencil
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden paper collection for background, pointsettias, holly leaves and paper lace strips under photo.  (It's on SALE right now!!)
Kaisercraft Wooden Holly flourishes embellished with Stampendous Shabby Pink embossing enamel.
Pointsettias created with Tim Holtz Tattered Pointsettia die, painted with Picket Fence Distress Stain and Gesso, finished with a little Diamond Stickles.
Holly leaves cut with Cricut, rubbed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Gold Inka Gold.
Other flowers:  Prima Queen Mary Vintage, Prima Perla, misc from my stash.
Melissa Frances Angel resin piece
Martha Stewart punch for the paper lace pieces.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's a Wild Wednesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Hi Everyone,

I'm hosting Wild Wednesday over at Scrapbooker's Paradise and would like to invite you over to take a peek at how I made this little mini album from G45's Typography collection.

I owe the inspiration for this album to Sherry Mendoza.  Check out her version here.

These little albums will make great Christmas gifts.  I hope you give one a try!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Technique Tuesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Hi everyone!

It's my turn to host Technique Tuesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise, and I created a Christmas ornament with a piece of the chipboard from Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold collection that I have loved from the moment I saw it!

I explain all about how I made it on the SP blog, so do check it out - I think you will be a little surprised to find out what the base is made from!
This ornament is going to be a Christmas gift, and after it was finished I started thinking about how I would wrap it.  Alda at the Flying Unicorn, always says presentation is everything, so I wanted to make something special to present it in.  After sorting through my stash of goodies in the basement, I discovered the ornament fits very neatly in the back of a 5x7 inch canvas frame!  So I set about decorating the frame to match my ornament. 
Let me tell you, Scor-tape was my best friend during this process!

After covering the back with Scor-tape, I painted the wood on the inside with Inka Gold "Old Silver".  (Just spritz some water in the jar and dab your paint brush in - it's not just for rubbing on!)  Then I covered the back with some plain white ribbon from the dollar store.

Next I added an open weave ribbon over top, some white and silver ribbon, and some flowers and pale gold bling.  The darling reindeer from the Silver and Gold collection was cut out and score-taped onto the inside.

I tucked my ornament in, and now it's ready to be wrapped and put under the tree!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Alberta has been hit by a huge blizzard.  Roads are closed as travel is very dangerous and there's a 4 foot snow drift in front of our front door that makes getting in and out very difficult.  We keep shovelling and the raging winds keep filling it back in.  It was a very good day to stay inside and create a Christmas gift!  I hope you enjoyed viewing it and got some inspiration to create one of your own.
Stay warm everyone!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Welcome Christmas into your Heart!

Hi everyone! 

The first day of December!  Imagine that!  I spent it having fun in my craft room.  I wanted to enter a contest at Swirlydoos, so I decided to use the techniques from Sandy's 2nd tag at Scrapbooker's Paradise to create my entry.

Pictures just don't do these tags justice.  The sparkle and shimmer from the glitter and Inka Gold is just beautiful.  As the contest required a Santa on the tag, I made my pointsettia smaller and used a fussy cut image from Kaisercraft's St. Nicholas Collection.  Metal was also required, thus the metal corners!
For the next twelve days, Swirlydoos' designers are going to be handing out assignments to be completed.  These assignments must be posted to Swirlydoos' gallery by midnight EST on the day they are assigned.  The contest is open to anyone, using any supplies.  See more information here
Chat with the other contestants here.

Now I'm patiently waiting for a No More Shims Embossing Mat to arrive and then I'm going to tackle Sandy's 3rd tag!  It is cute, cute, cute!!

Have fun creating during this wonderful month full of glitter and sparkle!

Supplies used:

Tim Holtz tag
Distress Inks:  Barn Door, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade
Kaisercraft "St Nicholas Collection" - Santa image
Tim Holtz "Tattered Flower Garland" die - pointsettia
Tim Holtz "Holiday Joy" set - image of deer
Martha Stewart Pine Branch border die
Sentiment from Flourish's "Home for the Holidays" stamp set


Monday, November 25, 2013

Showcase Monday - Creating a Gift Box from packaging

Hi everyone!

It's my turn to do Showcase Monday at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  Stop by and see how I created this gift box!

I'll even tell you where to find the tutorial to make these darling bows!  Hint ... Annette Green.  :)
And there's more ... there's a sale at Scrapbooker's Paradise today and tomorrow - don't miss out on it!
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use the code 'BONUSCOUPON'
in the comment section of your order
valid November 25th & 26th, 2013

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*Coupon must be quoted at time of order.
One coupon per person for entire event,
valid on regular price merchandise only.
*Excludes all personal cutting systems
computer hardware and software, and all Copic Marker items,
Tim Holtz Distress Pen (assortment package), Allison Davis Sketch Books

*Free Shipping applies to Canadian orders over $75.00
See shipping and returns for details


Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Tag #1 at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Hi everyone! 

Today's post is purely for fun!  (But then, aren't they all!)  I played with ink today and ended up with a really pretty tag, thanks to Sandy Holmquist's tutorial here.

Sandy is creating 12 Christmas Tags over the next few weeks which you can try out, and then link YOUR tag up to let everyone see your beautiful creation.  It is SO much fun!

Here is my version of Sandy's 1st tag.  I loved how she popped the white against the green, and her idea of applying crackle accents to the delicate die cut to strengthen it is awesome.  I loved her colour combinations as well.

On my tag you will notice a little bird.  This was added because I am entering this tag in a challenge at Flying Unicorn.  This is a special month at FUL where they are giving back to charity.  They have all sorts of things on the go to help raise money for Best Friends Animal Society.  For every project that is uploaded to the gallery there, a $1 is donated to a maximum of $1,000, and if your project has some kind of animal on it, $2 is donated... thus the bird!  :)  I love animals and am so thankful that there are societies such as this that take such loving care of all the strays and abused animals that end up in their care.  A very worthwhile charity to donate to in my opinion!

Here is Sandy's awesome tag that I scrap-lifted.
Thank you for taking the time to drop by today!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Festive Friday November Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the 4th month of the Festive Friday Blog Hop! 

The path is circular and the starting point is at our wonderful coordinator, Diane Tuggle's, blog.  You should have arrived here from Carol Loftus' blog.  I will put a list of all the participants at the bottom of my post, in case you should get lost! 

In my September Festive Friday blog post, which you can see here, I mentioned that I had made 3 ornaments out of 2 sheets of Frosted paper, 1 sheet of Silver glitter paper, one package of Base and Bling Floral Accents, and using a container of Silver Glitz glitter gel.  I shared the 2nd ornament with you here.
Today, I'm going to share with you the 3rd ornament that I made.  This pretty little thing is the smallest of the three:  3-3/4" in diameter.  The bling in the center is a 3rd piece from the Base and Bling Floral Accents collection.  I went all out with the Silver Glitz glitter gel around the edges, and let me tell you, this just sparkles under the lights!

The inspiration and tutorial for this was found here
I used the tutorial's measurements, however, I went about gluing together the cones a little differently.  To begin with, I used Sookwang tape because I wanted the glued edge (which shows on the front of the ornament) to be nice and flat along the whole side.
Then, in order to keep the cones round and not flatten them as I was gluing, I rolled them around a pen before I pulled the Sookwang off.
After the Sookwang was removed, I used the end of a paintbrush to press the two sides against.   Again, this was just to keep from flattening the cone.
 A 2" scalloped circle was cut from Frosted patterned paper to glue the cones down on.  Then I sandwiched my "hanger" between a 2nd scalloped circle cut from Glitter paper.
I used Aleene's Tacky Glue as I was putting the cones on the circle, because it gave me a little leeway to adjust them and make sure they were looking the way they should, before it dried. 
So that's it for the ornaments!  Next month it will be on to something new.  I hope you'll be back to check it out.  Thanks for stopping by today.
Your next stop for inspiration will be
Jamie Barney's blog
Here is a list of all the Blog Hop participants if you should get lost.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wild Wednesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Hi everyone! 

Welcome back to another Wild Wednesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise!

I had a GREAT time playing with Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold paper line, as well as some of my dies.  To see how this card came about, head over to Scrapbooker's Paradise.

For those of you who have been there already, and would like to see what I did with the leftover mat scrap, this ....

became this:

a quick, easy card that just needed a pretty stamped image and a bit of embellishment. 

After using up this scrap, I was really on a recycling role, and as I surveyed my table I spotted this:

Which, with the addition of some scraps of patterned paper, and embellishments, became this:

If you have a cricut, use the Cricut Craft Room to size a mat for your bag and save it for future gift bags.
I hope this post helps you as you head into the busy weeks of preparing for Christmas.
 Take care!
Supplies used:
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals One from my stash.  There's a selection here that could be substituted.
Ribbon from stash
Prima Christmas Flowers and white roses from stash
Prima resin holly leaves (sponged with "Old Silver" Inka Gold)
Memory Box "Joy" Die from my stash
Burlap from my stash (found in the garden section of the hardware store)


Monday, November 11, 2013

We Remember

I just wanted to take a moment today and remember the sacrifices that have been made by our soldiers on our behalf.  We live in a wonderful country with so much freedom thanks to so many brave souls.




Friday, November 8, 2013

New Sketch Challenge at Playing in Paradise!

Hi everyone!

We have a new Sketch Challenge up for you at Playing in Paradise

Just a refresher, our challenges run for 3 weeks and then a new one is posted on the 2nd Friday of every month, so entries for this challenge will need to be in by November 29th.  Everyone is invited to play.  The only rules are to have fun and play fair!!

I got out my Copics and had some fun coloring for this challenge.  (Don't you find coloring is very relaxing?)


I used the beautiful Christmas collection "Christmas Collection" by Kaisercraft, and picked the colors of my Copics from that.  Colours used were: E7,9,17,18,21,43,44,47,49    YG93,95,97,99     YR24,27    R27,29.

The stamp set I used was "Home for the Holidays" by Flourishes.  Once I was done colouring, I die cut it with "Majestic Labels #2 Framelits" by Sizzix. 

For the inside, I used the same Framelits set and one of the sentiments from "Home for the Holidays".  (I love the sentiments to this set!)  All paper edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The green pointsettia - strange but pretty LOL - came from the Christmas Collection sticker sheet, and  the poinsettia chipboard on the front are Pink Paislee "Snow Village".

I hope this has inspired you to start some Christmas cards!  We would love to see them entered over at Playing in Paradise.  Show us what YOUR favorites in stamps or paper, is this year!

Take care,

Supplies used:

Kaisercraft - Christmas Collection
Copic markers
Flourishes - Home for the Holidays stamp set
Sizzix Framelits Majestic Labels #2
Pink Paislee - Snow Village chipboard