Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Tag

Here's a vintage style gift tag I made for a basket of goodies I gave to a friend.

I cut the tag with my Cricut  then embossed it with my Cuttlebug and  inked it up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I cut the lamp post and holly leaves with my Cricut also. Then just added the poinsettia, stickles for the holly berries and the Merry Christmas banner. This also fit a challenge from the 12 Days of Christmas Crop over at Turtle Soup.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Let It Snow

It's Friday so that means it's time for another Design Team Sketch Reveal at My Scraps & More Sketches and there is the December Mini Crop beginning at Turtle Soup. I have a layout up for both.

And here is the sketch we used at My Scraps & More 

This was a great sketch to play with. Everything on here is from Fancy Pants Winterland Collection except for the wood title banner. I'm proud to say I finally used up all the paper from this collection that I've had for several years now. I still have a few small pieces left but they went into my scrap pile, so they don't count!

Over at Turtle Soup this layout is for the December Mini Crop Family Challenge that I'm hosting. You need to scrap a layout about family. This is my son-in-law and granddaughter on a winter hay ride and my two granddaughters on a sleigh ride. 

So come join us at My Scraps & More Sketches and see all the Design Team's takes on the sketch and of course we'd love it if you'd play along with us.

And be sure and check out the December Mini Crop at Turtle Soup. Lots of fun challenges going on and the crop lasts til Sunday, Dec. 28th.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Card Holder

Here's a quick and easy gift card holder I made for my step daughter. I couldn't believe how quickly it came together.

I took a toilet paper roll and just folded the ends in to make it a pillow box. Wrapped it in red and black cardstock and added the gold belt buckle. It looked too plain so I added the little gold tree embellie. It probably took me no longer than 15 minutes to make it!

This gift card holder was for a 12 Days of Christmas Mini Crop challenge at Turtle Soup.

Flower Moon

Over at Turtle Soup we are having a DT sketch reveal today. I love these reveals. It always amazes me to see so many different takes from the same sketch.

And here's the sketch:

I must admit, I struggled with this sketch. Everything I tried just looked so busy and seemed to take away from the photos. So I finally decided to go very simple and it worked! There's nothing fancy about this layout but I really wanted these photos to stand out. 
These photos were taken when we went to Sanibel Island, Fl. for a few days of rest and relaxation. It had been a stormy afternoon but just as the moon began to rise that evening the clouds started breaking. We were sitting outside on our ocean front lanai and couldn't believe how beautiful the moon looked. It was breathtaking!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Teams layouts at Turtle Soup and play along with us!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Turtle Soup Design Team

We're announcing the new Turtle Soup Design Team today! We're all so excited to welcome our new Design Team members and welcome back our returning members as well. We're also changing up some of our daily challenges, adding a Turtle Soup Magazine and we'll also be contributing to the Turtle Soup blog. This all starts January 1, 2015 and we hope you will join us to play along with our challenges and monthly themed mini crops.

Here's a cute photo collage of all our Design Team Members

Please stop by and check us out. We'd love to get to know you and see your work! And as an added incentive, we have monthly prize drawings for participants of our challenges and mini crops.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shaped Santa Card

I always try to come up with cute but different Christmas cards for my granddaughters. As I was walking through a local gift shop I saw a very large metal star with a Santa hat on it and I immediately said to myself "I could do that with paper". Here's what I came up with and it just happens to fit the Santa is Coming to Town challenge over at Cards in Envy.

I cut the star out with my Cricut so it would fit an A2 envelope and embossed it. The hat and mustache (which is actually a parenthesis) were also cut with my Cricut. For the face I used a circle punch then inked it and added rosy cheeks and eyes with water color pencils. I added cotton to the tail of the hat and lots of stickles to the band on the hat. I found the red nose in my stash, not sure where it came from but it works well here. This was a lot of fun to make and I know my granddaughters will love it!
This card also fits a challenge at the 12 Days of Christmas Mini Crop at Turtle Soup.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Challenge

We are having a 12 Days of Christmas Mini Crop over at Turtle Soup and my challenge is up today. I decided to make a quick and easy Christmas Card. I lifted this from Pinterest. It's another one of those all white cards that I seem to making a lot of lately.

This was so easy and came together quickly. I embossed three pieces of white cardstock with three different embossing folders and then cut them out to the size I wanted, wrapped some twine around them and added bows and pop dotted two of them on top of the third one. I then stamped Believe, heat embossed it and pop dotted it all on a white card. I love how it came out!

So if you're looking for some quick and easy ideas for Christmas cards, tags, gift boxes, etc., please stop by Turtle Soup and check out our 12 Days of Christmas Mini Crop.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Santa Card

I saw this card on Pinterest and just had to lift it! I thought it would be perfect for one of my granddaughters.

I didn't have any directions, so I just had to wing it. I used a scalloped circle for his beard and embossed it. Then cut a long triangle for his coat and hat and added two strips of black for his legs. I punched a circle for his face and cut his mustache out on my Cricut. I think he turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself.

This also fit a challenge at the 12 Days of Christmas Mini Crop over at Turtle Soup. We've got lots of fun challenges and games going on over there. Please come join in the fun with us!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bathing Beauties

It's Friday and we have another sketch reveal over at My Scraps & More Sketches today. We really had a fun sketch to work with this week. These are my two granddaughters, with some more silly poses, when they went to the brand new Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, MA last February. They had a blast at the indoor winter park there during February school break. Who wouldn't with all the bad weather last winter!

And here's the sketch we used:

I really liked this sketch. I used a new template for my paint splotches, twine for my circles and the burlap flower came from the floral department of Hobby Lobby. I printed out the Great Wolf Lodge logo from my computer. The paw print in the logo should be red but my printer was out of red ink! Oh well, it still works!
The title was cut on my Cricut using Lyrical Letters. This was a fun sketch to work with!