Saturday, November 18, 2017

Upcycled December Activity Advent Tin

Today I have a fun project to share.  I have a passion for upcycling and I love giving gifts and Christmas so I have combined all of those passions here today :)

I created a December Advent kit for my daughter and grand daughter (who is already 3 - where does the time go?!)  Anyways.  I thought it would be fun to include some crafts/activities for each day of December leading up to Christmas.  My daughter has always loved my advents -she especially loved the activity one I did HERE (wow, 6 years ago!) so I am sure she is going to love this one that her and her little one can do.

I first spray painted a thrift store metal lunch box.  Then I pulled out my Holly Jolly collection by Bella Blvd and played.

To create the tags.  I used the Mugs & Kisses and Santa's Gift Tag by SugarPea Designs.

The North Pole Sign is a stamp and die set from Hero Arts.  The striped paper worked well for the pole don't you think?

The trees in the background are cut from patterned paper with the Oh Christmas Trees die from MFT.

I then fussy cut the Santa and Snowman from the pattern paper.  The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions from the North Pole.  The main images are mounted on foam squares for some dimension.  I also added some glitter to the snow... I know my grand daughter will love that as what little girl doesn't like a little bling ;)

Now here is a peek at some of the things I am tucking inside.  Included: gift cards to Starbucks, gift card to our local kids play cafe, gift card for free swimming, also Christmas sticker books, stories, Jamberry nail wraps and lacquer, chocolates and molds, hot chocolate, card games and of course lots of different crafting/activitiy things.  (I will give the chocolate and such to my daughter separately as I know it will kill my grand daughter not to be able to eat the whole bag right away! LOL)

Just a little more upcycling.  I have had these tubes around for a few years.  They are tubes that my My Mind's Eye washi tapes came in and I always save them.  (I created a valentine themed gift from them HERE  I have covered the stickers with pattern paper.  Inside are some beads as my grand daughter loves beading onto pipe cleaners so red and white beads = candy canes :)

I had a lot of fun creating this little gift and can't wait to give it to them :) 

Be sure to click on photos for the products:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hohoho.... Jolly Holiday

I have another Very Merry card for you today.  Today I focused on the red and gray.

I have paired it up with the Jolly Holiday stamp set and the Scallop Squares die.  To add some interest, I mounted the images and frame on foam squares.  I then added some gloss to the deer's nose and glitter to Santa's fur trim.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

SFYTT at Reverse Confetti

Ok, I think I have officially completed my fall themed projects so be ready for lots of holiday/winter themed ones! LOL

Today I am playing along with the sketch over at Reverse Confetti... the SFYTT.  It is a fun one.

I used the Very Merry collection, I LOVE the colors in this collection.

I have paired it up with the new Scallop Stripe, Tag Duo and Happy Winter dies and the sentiment is from the Cool Friend stamp set.

Now for the sketch.... I hope that you play along!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Curtain Call guest designer

I am so excited to be guesting over at Curtain Call today!  Even more excited that the inspiration is acorns.... I love acorns :)

Today I have used the Into the Woods stamp set by Lawn Fawn.  Aren't those acorns sweet? :) 

I stitched the leaves and mounted the acorns using foam squares for some added interest.

Here is the inspiration photo, fun one isn't it?

Now I am pretty sure I have done all of my fall themed projects... tomorrow... onto the holidays and winter ;)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CLC... inspiration post... be sure to play

I am up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today with this fun card using Pebbles paper and a stamp set from Little Acres Creations - isn't it adorable?  Guess what else... I have an inspiration photo there too... perhaps you could play along, be sure to hop on over to see.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Guest designer for Addicted to Clean and Simple...

I am so excited to be a guest designer at Addicted to Clean and Simple... and if you know me at all... clean and simple are much harder for me to make than layered and lots of 'fluff' ;)

Anyways, the challenge is BOWS so I decided to use this very neglected PTI  Simple Gift Bow die... I have had it for awhile and never used it.

I then paired it with a new stamp from SugarPea Designs called Pinecone Greetings. The frame around the outside is the Basic Rectangle from Simon Says.

Now be sure to hop on over to the ATCAS Blog and see what the team has for you today :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bake the World a better place...

I had to play with the Pebbles sketch again, as I have so many little scraps of Pebbles paper just waiting to be used ;)

Today's card uses the Harvest collection along with some new Reverse Confetti stamps (Kitchen Love) - they pair nicely together don't you think? To carry out the theme... I added a die cut chicken wire background.

I clustered different elements from the Harvest.. chips along with bits of the pattern paper.  I also stamped and paper pieced the mixing bowl.  For the sentiment, I stamped it then cut it apart for more interest. 

We have a staff member who brings us homemade soup every Monday and baked goods throughout the year... I think this card will be perfect along with a little gift :)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A story to tell

I have been having a lot of fun creating fall cards and such that I just had to do a fall layout.  I love this photo that I snapped, everything I love... my tea, camera, magazines and of course fall :)

I used the Warm & Cozy collection by Pebbles as I thought it worked perfectly... that background paper was telling me not to cover it up so I clustered around it.  The sentiments are cut from pattern paper and the leaves and chair are SU! dies.

I also love my mornings... my family like to sleep in, thus it is for sure a quiet time for me.

Everyone has a story to tell.... and this photo tells so much about me! :)

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