Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jungle Bell Cuff

My daughter's school does a lot of fun things the week before Christmas. One was Jingle Bell day so I looked for some stuff in my craft supplies to match her cream and gold Christmas shirt.
I made this sweet Jingle Bell Cuff for my daughter using a canvas cuff and some various Maya Road trims. Then I stitched the smaller bells to the middle all the way around the cuff. I also strung two larger bells onto coordinating seam binding and tied a little bow to make her a necklace to wear for the day.
Here she is the next morning wearing them. :) We study in the car every morning before school, and she was ringing her necklace every time she knew the right answer. She's a cutie.

Are you counting down to the new year?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wrapping Christmas Presents

I had a lot of presents to wrap this year, and I put my scrapbook stash to good use embellishing the packaging.

 This top package was for my daughter's teacher. I covered her initials in Silver Vintage Glass Glitter, layered them on a Canvas Corp. burlap flower, and added some aged copper jingle bells to the top of the box.
 This was a package of chocolate and almonds I wrapped in burlap, tied with the ribbon from a blanket I bought, and stuck in a gold-glittered stem from my stash.
I added a Maya Road flower to large gold-trimmed ribbon I found at Michael's. Inside was yummy chocolate covered popcorn my daughter and I made.

 I couldn't get this one quite how I wanted, but I had fun trying. :)
This last piece is a Maya Road envelope I layered with Stampin' Up ribbon and diecuts to make a pocket to hold giftcards for Sofie's teacher. :)

Did you use your stash to help embellish your gifts this year?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Handcut Snowflakes

One of the special projects my daughter wanted to do on Christmas break was hand-cut and glitter snowflakes so for her first school day off I helped her cut the papers, and set up a glittering station for her.

 She was gushing over the opportunity to glitter to her hearts content.
 Hard at work.
 The purple one with the (accidental) smiley is mine.
At the end of our project I realized she was sitting in the chair with my husband's wool suit jacket. It's safe to say he will glitter wherever he goes..

Anyway, it was fun to recreate a project I'd done as a child and we hung the snowflakes in a banner across our mantle. :)

Are you recreating any childhood crafts this holiday season?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Altered Mouse Traps

This year my biggest Christmas project was making altered mouse traps. Well, actually, rat traps. It does not have a pretty ring to it, and I think that was a hindrance in the end. :) Live and learn.
 Nevertheless, I give you my idea for holding holiday cards or stockings. :)
 I covered the bases with distress stains.
I loved all the different possibilities. 

If you'd like to make this ornament too:

*first disarm the mouse-trap*

1. Cover the diecut numbers with the sticky backed foil, and cut out.
2. Emboss with Tim Holtz Christmas embossing folder.
3. Using VerDay Paints cover -
the numbers with bronze, the chipboard half snowflake with iron, the chipboard tag with copper, and the metal on the mouse trap, binder clip, and the Tim Holtz Trinket with a mixture of those paints.
Ink the top and back of the mousetrap using Broken China Distress Stain. Use a q-tip to get the hard to reach areas.
4. Use Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to cover the sides.
5. Stamp snowman using black Stazon under the metal clasp.
6. Ink the edges of the tag with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, and outline the tag with a black pen.
7. Clamp the binder clip to the right side of the tag.
8. Using pop dots affix the tag to the top square of the mouse trap.
9. Adhere and layer the two pieces of burlap ribbon to form a square.
10. Glue the foiled numbers over the burlap pieces.
11. Using red tape, adhere the red beads to the bottom of the tag.
12. Attach the snowflake to the left side of the tag. Add white button to the top of the snowflake.
13. Tie a loop from which the hang the mousetrap with the black twine on the top hook.
14. Feed the white seam binding and the red dot ribbon through the top hook at the same time with the red dot ribbon on the bottom.
15. Tie a bow with the white seam binding, and tie a knot around the bow with the red dot ribbon.
16. Use the red ribbon to feed through the chipboard tag and trinket, and then tie a knot around the left side of the metal clamp of the house trap.
17. Outline the black outline of the mousetrap with silver stickles. I went right inside the black outline to create a double line.
18. Pat yourself on the back for finishing! :)

Happy holidays!

Rusted Tussie Mussie

This is a sweet tussie mussie I made recently using VerDay paints. I can't quite decide what I should put inside. I was thinking of making a bookpaper bouqet.

 I added some 7Gypsies rub-ons.
 A large burlap flower and champagne ribbon.

 I adhered vintage black lace to the inner rim for a final touch. :) I do love this cone. The colors inspired the vintage mum I made for our Vintage Mum Swap! :) Pictures soon.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ornament Swap

One of the Christmas parties I went to last week was an ornament swap. I decided as I was shopping and creating to "go big or stay home" and thus my floofy ball of sequins was born. :)

 I started with just the ball covered in pink and plum sequins. Then I added this oh so shabby flower that I'd inked up.
 Then I had to cover my hot-glue stem so I added this bubblegum vintage sequin flower by Maya Road with coordinating stems for the backside.
 Then so it would sweet to open I hand-stitched pink tulle into layers of brown coffee filters, and filled the bottom with pink, cream, wooden, and bookpaper embellishments.

To finish it off I wrapped it in burlap and added a couple bookpaper roses I made to the top.

It was fun, and I got a sweet trinket to take home too. Merry Christmas everyone!


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