Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Album for Wolfgang

I made this album for Wolfgang for Christmas. It is made from 6x6 pieces of wood, not chipboard.

I started this during the Summer at the Compendium (LSS) when I was in Germany. I got as far as covering the wood with the Christmas patterned paper and punching the holes for the ribbon. After so many months, I'm not certain what make of paper it is. I think it's My Mind's Eye. (Anne oder Diana, kannst Du mich erinnern?)

So, always being last minute, a few days before Christmas I decided to finish it. I used pictures from different Christmases. What I really like about this is that it can fold as in the picture above and can stand open as below.

The two poinsettias are stickers I had in my stash. The snowflake was cut with a Sizzix die using sticky-back glitter foam. The ornaments are stickers I got last week on the clearance rack at Michael's--.49 a pack and I bought all five that they had.

This is the flip side. The tree on the left was cut with a Sizzix die using SU Old Olive. The sparkly Merry is a sticker from M's. Can you see the rhinestone snowflakes in the next picture? Yup, M's also. They fit perfectly in the middle of the snowflakes on the paper. The ornament border was a bit time consuming. After I punched the border (MS punch) from white card stock, I 'filled in' the ornament openings with SU Real Red, Old Olive, and Bashful Blue. It coordinates very nicely with the colors in the striped paper. The picture on that page is from this Christmas. That spot was blank when I gave the album to Wolfgang and I just had a chance yesterday to edit and print the picture. (You can click on any picture to enlarge it.)

And, yes, I did re-do a card for Wolfgang. I used Sage Shadow for the card base.

Here is the card opened.
Thanks for visiting. Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dasher Christmas Card from Raissa

Happy Day After Christmas,
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday full of love and laughter that was enjoyed with family and friends.
Today I would like to share the Christmas card that I received from my friend and SU demo, Raissa.
I just love the Dasher image--it looks so elegant. Raissa used Kraft, Very Vanilla, and Real Red for her card. The image and sentiment were stamped in Soft Suede.
Thank you Raissa for this very pretty Christmas card.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Frohe Weinachten!

I thought I would show you a couple of pictures of my house decorated for Christmas.

This picture is the foyer (the living room is straight ahead and the opening looks into the dining room).

Here's the living room (yes, I have a table top tree, not a big, grand one).

Here's the dining room set for dinner tonight (it's raining today so we won't be eating in the courtyard as we did last year).

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Candy Wrapper Box

Happy Wednesday!
I guess I'm throwing you a curve ball with a St. Patrick's Day posting! Carolina's latest Seasonal Saturday project was a candy wrapper box.
I needed a little break from Christmas, so I decided to make it in a St. Patrick's Day theme for my brother. St. Patrick's Day is his favorite holiday and he has always been mad that he was born on 3/13 rather than 3/17!
I used SU Old Olive card stock and ribbon. The patterned paper was in my stash from last year, most likely from Michael's. The sentiment is from a $1.00 Studio G clear pack. I used the scallop oval, large oval, and small shamrock punches.
This was very easy to make and I was surprised at how large it is. Kevin will be quite pleased with all the mini peanut butter cups that fit in it! I will definitely be making more of these.
For directions and video, click on over to Carolina's blog.
Thanks for stopping by and I do have more Christmas posts coming.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recessed Window Poinsettia Card

Wow, I cannot believe Christmas is just days away! Where did the time go?!?!? Are you ready yet? I'm still getting there :)
I made this recessed window card for my mother. The card base is SU Old Olive. The patterned paper is called Santa's Secret Garden from Imaginisce. It is doubled-sided and oh so pretty. The green side is glittery. I used Regal Rose and Rose Red for the poinsettias. I inked the edges with gold and spritzed them with SU's new Champagne Shimmer Paint. I hope you can see the shimmer in the picture.
I lined the card with Regal Rose, stamped the sentiment ($1.00 stamp from M's) in Rose Red, and punched the snowflakes with a MS punch.
Since I didn't have an envelope for the card, I put it in a gift bag with a small gift. The bag is gold and I used punched snowflakes to decorate it. I found the poinsettia tissue paper in my wrapping stash.
Thanks for stopping by during this super busy week.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #38

Happy Monday!
Are those the most gorgeous Christmas cupcakes you have ever seen or what?!?!?
The card and set of coasters are for a friend of mine that I will be having lunch with today. The image on the card is from the SU Big on Christmas set. The tree and star are 'popped up' with dimensionals. The inside sentiment is from the retired SU Frosty set. I stamped the holly on the front and back of the envelope. That image is from the retired SU Holiday Minis set and the paper is from my never ending Me & My Big Ideas Christmas stack.
This was the first time I have stamped on tiles. Even after I spent at least half an hour in Lowe's going through the boxes of tiles trying to find good ones, I still ended up with tiles that have a lot of holes in them. I decorated the box they came in to match the card and put dividers inside between the tiles. I think it looks nice the way the sentiment (Studio G $1 stamp) shows through the opening of the box. The holly leaves are from a MS punch.
So, do those yummy cupcakes inspire you? Click on over to Rachel's blog for all the details. You have until Saturday at 9:00 PM MST to link your card.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Gingerbread Joe Gift Card Holder

So, how did you like that Gingerbread Joe title? As soon as I saw Carolina's latest Seasonal Saturday posting, I knew it would be perfect for presenting a gift card to someone who loves to cook.

I used Close to Cocoa for the gingerbread man base. The Holiday Treats ribbon has gingerbread men on it. Since I thought the apron made him look too girly, I added the chef's hat and scarf.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More Christmas Through a Window

Hi Everyone,
What can I say, I'm a masochist! I decided the Christmas Through a Window card I posted here was so cute, I would make some more.
I can admit that I got smarter the second time around. Instead of scoring and embossing the fireplace grout, I just drew lines with the white gel pen. Boy, that was a lot easier and neater looking. I also decided the stockings should have names on them and the centers of the poinsettias should have gold stickles.
So, the first card is for my brother Richard and my two nieces (and of course their adorable Jack Russell Terrier, Petey). Isn't that bone eyelet cute? I used Almost Amethyst and made their card 5 x 7 as I needed a larger fireplace to accomodate the three stockings. I also used the larger Sizzix Tree die.
The second card is for my bother Kevin. Suds is his cat. I used Sage Shadow for the card base.
So, of course since these cards came out nicer than the original, I will be making a new one for Wolfgang! I think I'll use Sage Shadow for his too. I'll keep you posted on it!
Thanks for stopping by today.