Saturday, December 28, 2013

Holiday Treats.

It's been a busy season, so I pretty much missed out on posting any holiday crafts, but...that doesn't mean I wasn't making anything.  I kept busy with making some delicious homemade gifts for friends and family including candied almonds, chocolate covered coffee beans and peppermint bark. I found my recipes from different websites.

My Baking Addiction has a great recipe for candied almonds.

Post image for Candied Almonds


A Southern Fairytale has a chocolate covered coffee bean recipe.

chocolate c overed espresso beans


And I found a tasty Peppermint Bark on Pinterest.
Candy Cane Bark
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and have a safe New Year's Celebration!


 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Operation Tag!

Hi everyone!
I was on facebook the other day and I saw that Leslie from Trendy Twine was gathering birthday tags for her mom that she is attaching to a string at her mom's birthday party. If you haven't met Leslie yet, click here to visit her twine store. She comes up with awesome colors of twine that are great embellishments for all sorts of crafty projects.

I think tags are so fun to make because they are small so I know I can finish it within an hour, plus they just look so good whatever theme you go with. I told her I was in, and went with a Fall theme for mine, including 5 different Fall twine colors. I was going to do a grid look, but I really liked the look of the twine crossing at an angle instead. It reminded me of a rainbow.

I had a lot of fun being a part of this birthday celebration, thank you Leslie, for letting me join in on the surprise.

                                                            Happy Birthday Janice!!!



 
 The pumpkin and maple leaf are from SVG Cuts retired free files, the small maple leaf is a punch from Michaels.
I also used the Victoria embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Then I rubbed a white pigment ink pad over the raised areas and used my Kaleidoscope embossing powder.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Themed Thanksgiving Album

For this album, I used some pictures from Thanksgiving with my family in 2009. It was a fun day at my oldest sister's house and she did such a great job hosting Thanksgiving that year. It was filled with all of the things I love about Thanksgiving, including games,  traditional foods, coffee with pumpkin pie and followed up with a bon fire and sorting through Black Friday deals in the paper. I will always cherish these times, so it was really great re-living it by making a mini album of that special day.









 
I used some really fun files from Lettering Delights, both the album and the elements are from LD. I just loved that owl, it's so cute! I also used Fall colors of my Trendy Twine and the papers are a mix of digital and scrapbook papers. My favorite are the ones from Imaginisce. I also used some markers from Ranger, the distress Picket Fence and Antique Linen.


 
To make some of my embellishments I just poked some holes and threaded my twine through them.

 
Stay tuned for some more fun Fall projects.
 
 



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Is On It's Way!

I have been busy decking out for Halloween and have been greatly influenced by Pinterest this time around. I always love decorating for Halloween, but this time I am decorating our first house instead of an apartment, so it's much more fun and exciting.

Lets take a look at some of the fun things floating around Pinterest, and now our house!



Easy Party City decor. The Domestic Curator: FUN OUTDOOR HALLOWEEN DECOR
Halloween party for teens!

Halloween Decoration Ideas
Halloween Tissue Paper Pom Poms by ThePomPomShop
Coffee Filter Wreath

So that is where most of my inspiration for my Halloween crafts came from this year, do you want to see how mine turned out? 

Let's start in the entry way...outside:

 
Empty water jugs that I stuffed with orange holiday lights and used contact paper for the faces.


 
Those sticks are from an oak tree in our back yard. They make pretty good props that I used in different spots.

 
For the Trick or Treat letters, I used some black cardstock and cut the letters with my Sizzix eClips.
Some of the fonts are from Miss Kate Cuttables. If you use a cutting machine and haven't checked out her store, she has a freebie every single day and her selection is growing daily as well.

 
I made this wreath using berry garland some cloth leaves, burlap and ribbon. 

 
More shadows through the windows.

 
I made a white paper pumpkin and  for the  witch hat I made the spider web using a white gel pen.
 


 

 
My spooky coffee filter wreath.  It took a whole pack (200) of white filters 8-12 cup size.
 

 
 
To create the Trick or Treat Banner I used my eclips again and cut out more letters from Miss Kate Cuttables.

 
 
 I used an old book for the base of my bunting, then layered a doily followed by the letter and finished it off with glitter.

 


 


I also got this idea from Pinterest...it says Bottle of Boos, and it has some ghosts, but they are hard to see.
 


 
I really love chalkboard art, so I created my own framed chalkboard by repurposing an old picture frame. I just painted the frame white and the glass I painted with Martha Stewart's chalkboard paint.

 

 As you walk in the door these fun cat, rat and mouse shadows are really fun!


 I have a fun color changing bulb in that little lamp.


 
And here I made some tissue paper pom poms as well as tulle balls and big rosettes.

 
This is what the shadows look like with the holiday lights on.


 
And here is the outside of our house again. But I wanted the walkway solar lights to be more festive, so I painted transparency paper, cut it up and stuck it inside the solar lights. They look much more fun this way.

 
I used yellow and orange paint.


 
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been up to. Have a fun and safe Halloween!
 

 
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