Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Cookies in a Jar

Continuing in the gift spirit of my craftiness of late, I finished one of my "gifts in a jar" projects. This project ties in with the My Favorite Things Stamp Club Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. Being the requirement is to use MFT stamps, I pulled out my Winter Blast set. I came up with the idea to do Snowball Cookies as it would go well with the little penguins in the set who are playing in the snow. I also used the snowflake stamp that comes with the little penguins to provide custom patterned paper like I did for my last project. I hope the person that receives this likes it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper - Solid Blue by K&Co, Solid Black by DCWV
Stamps - Penguins, Snowflake and Seasons Greetings from MFT Winter Blast, Scalloped Border from MFT Punch A Bunch
Extras - Border Punch by EK Success, Ink by Color Box, Ribbon from Target, Jar from Michaels, Recipe from here

Monday, December 14, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes Box

In keeping with my Christmas gifts, which I really need to get a move on, here is another little cupcake box transformed with Waltzingmouse Stamps. I have been meaning to have another excuse to bring Sewing Box Christmas out again and here it is! I used the various snowflakes that are found in the set for this one. I followed the Card Patterns sketch for inspiration. And because I couldn't find just the right patterned paper in my stash, I decided to make my own and I absolutely love how it turned out, just by using two of the smaller snowflakes from the set. I hope you agree. :) This box also follows the SPCC #27 color challenge.

Paper - Solid light blue by K & Co, Solid Kraft and White by Wausau Papers, Solid darker blue by DCWV
Stamps - Waltzingmouse Sewing Box Christmas, Ink by Color Box, Embossing Powder by Stampendous
Other - Box from Joanns, Border Punch by EK Success, Fiskers circle cutter

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Little Sweet Cocoa

Just a little fun card with the Sweet N Sassy "Sweet Cocoa" digital stamp. I thought he was too cute to pass up and in the process of finishing and sending out cards, cuteness always helps! :) I even tried an easel card this time around. It was pretty easy when it came down to it and here I thought they were so hard.

I've also entered this card into the Caardvarks Digital Challenge. Be sure to check out their Hero Arts Digital Kit Showcase throughout the week!

Paper - Solids by Wausau Papers, Printed by K & Co.
Image - "Sweet Cocoa" by SNSS (Digital Stamp), Colored pencils
Embellishments - Ribbon by Craft Elements/Joanns, Sentiment by Studio G, Ink by Studio G, Buttons from stash, Cord from stash, Easel Card Template from here

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Treat Box

Happy Wednesday! The week is about half over, although I know a lot of my Midwest friends are enjoying a snow day today. I do find that I'm missing having snow a little bit. It doesn't quite feel like Christmas is upon us as much when you are here in California, although we are getting a bit of cold weather.

I was able to still work on my running plan, now doing the Gateway to 8k, yesterday. It felt good to get back on track to running...never thought I would be saying that! I don't think I ever posted about DH and I's first 5K. We signed up for the Clinton, Iowa Symphony of Lights 5K over Thanksgiving as we were visiting my parents for the holiday. The park that it takes place at is just about half a mile north of my parents' farm. I made it through by running the entire 3 miles! It was good to have my DH there to coach me through the course. I think he had fun doing it too. :) Here's a picture of us right before we walked up to the race:

It was a little colder during the 5K than what I was used to here, but I'm proud of us for both doing a 5K successfully!

Anyway, enough about the Midwest....on to this post's project, right?

So this project is one of the gifty ones I'm doing this Christmas as presents. I was at Joann's the other day and of course went to the clearance aisle to see what I could find. This is what I found:

This little find was only 97 cents! I knew for 97 cents that I could figure out something. And I sure did...here's the final result:

For this project I proceeded to take the little box apart in its three pieces, recovered them with Bazzill swiss dot paper, and then reassembled. Once the box was all put back together I needed a design and for that I consulted some of my favorite sketch blogs and decided to use the Mojo Monday sketch as my inspiration. The sketch looked super fun to use. I even got to use the deer from the Stampin Up Sleigh Full of Toys set I had recently purchased. I thought they made a nice focal point.

So I plan to put a little something in each box for the recipient, but then what to do with it later? It's my hope that those that get these little boxes might use them for something special. I thought I might try it out as a little candy box during the photo shoot. Don't you think it's cute?

I have a few more of these to make, but now that I've successfully done this one they should be easier the next time around. I hope you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for stopping by!

Paper - Solid swiss dot by Bazzill, Patterned paper by K & Co
Stamp - Reindeer from Sleigh Full of Toys by Stampin Up, Cocoa ink by Color Box
Embellishments - White ribbon from stash, Brown ribbon by Craft Essentials, Red bling from Michaels, Sketch inspired by Mojo Monday #116, Cupcake box from Joann's

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy Holidays Cardinal

The ladies at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot are such enablers! I feel in love with their projects when they previewed the new Home Shopping Network exclusive Cuttlebug embossing folders a while back. Of course, then I had to get a set myself! I was really into the flurries folder, and plan to use it for our Christmas cards yet, but I thought I would try out some of the others too.

The card I made for this post uses the cardinal embossing folder. I love how this folder is a scene in itself. I decided to emboss the cardinal on dark brown and then proceeded to use embossing powder to add color to various areas. I did some of the same technique to the ornaments, which are yet another folder from the HSN set. I embossed an entire sheet of the ornaments and them carefully cut out two of them, adding some silver embossing for their accents (my "bling" for the challenge).

I think this card is very peaceful. I plan to give it to someone really special this holiday season. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper - Kraft and Dark Brown solids by Wausau Papers, Blue/Red solids by DCWV
Embossing - Cardinal and Ornaments Cuttlebug embossing folders from HSN exclusive, Embossing powders by A La Mode
Stamp - Recollections "Happy Holidays", Ink by Color Box (Cocoa)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Robot Birthday

I'm finding these little robots quite fun to play with when I have a guy birthday card to make. I pulled them out once again for this little card based off the Card Positioning Systems sketch 145. We'll be heading off to his birthday party here this afternoon. I hope he likes it.

Paper - DCWV Solids
Image - Stamp by Recollections "My Little Robot", Embossing Powder by A La Mode, Coloring with colored pencils
Extras - Brads from stash, Edge Cutter Scissors from stash, Cuttlebug Embossing Plate "Happy Birthday", Star die-cut with Silhouette

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Swapping Sistahs! Part 2

It's the beginning of the month once again and that means my friends and I are posting our latest card swap projects! This time the crafty kit was provided by me, showcasing glitter, pink, and blue. I found the polka dot paper in a random run at Ross (I have lots of it now) and wanted to see what these ladies could come up with it.

Here's the full kit:

And here's my creation:

I needed some crafty mojo last night when I was working on it (yes, I waited until last night...such a slacker!) so I headed over to Tuesday Morning Sketches for a sketch inspiration. I then also remembered that I had this cute little girl image from Melissa of TMS from a previous prize. I thought I would try my hand at coloring a bit. It's just Crayola colored pencils in my stash...no fancy Copics. I think she turned out pretty cute though. I was able to use all three papers, the metal embellishment and one of the ribbons, although I decided to turn it blue so it stood out more.

Be sure to check out the other's creations! One of them I got to see firsthand since it came to me in the mail.... :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper - Pink Striped by Quick Quotes, Polka Dot by Making Memories (Animal Crackers), Blue Swiss Dot by Bazzill
Ribbon - Martha Stewart Thank You Ribbon (altered from pink to blue)
Extras - Flower Embellishment by Making Memories, Image from RAK, Colored with colored pencils, Dimensionals on circle area, Sketch by Tuesday Morning Sketches #22