Thursday, November 29, 2007

Coaster Fun! Frosty

OMG! I seen these on SCS and just had to try him. I think he turned out rather well. I am proud of this little guy. So as promised here he is a day late but he needed to dry good for my glue to stick.

You will need 5 square coasters

White 1/4 inch or so ribbon

White, Black and Orange CS

Large Oval Punch

1/2 circle punch

1/4 inch punch or your crop a dile for the mouth pieces

Corner Rounder

gray chalk for eyes

rust chalk for nose

Snowflake Brad

Red Ribbon for hat

White Acrylic Paint and foam brush

Ok to get started paint your square coasters with white acrylic paint and let dry really well. You want to be able to stick the eyes, nose, mouth and hat to this. Punch your holes along the side evenly. I used the crop a dile for this.

Next punch out with your large oval punch 2 white eyes. Chalk around them as shown in picture. With a small piece of Orange cut an angle for his carrot nose and round the end so it looks more like a carrot. I just winged this have no pattern for his nose.

With the crop a dile punch out 9 circles with the largest punch for his mouth or you can use a 1/4 punch. Crop a dile works great for this part and goes quickly. Next with your 1/2 circle punch punch out his eyes and high light with a white gel pen or marker. Put his eyes on the white oval pieces. Next put all your pieces on one of the coasters that you painted for his face.

Next you will thread your ribbon on the sides of the coasters to put the box together. With some crystal effects glue the bottom on your snowman box.

Next cut out your hat with black card stock. I did the brim about 1 1/4 wide and just a touch over the edges of the front of the coaster piece. Top part of his had is 4" x 2 1/2" high. Piece these together and add your ribbon around the upper part of the brim of his hat. With the crop a dile or a small punch, punch a hole for your snowflake brad. Attach hat to your snowman coaster. And your have created a Frosty Coaster box, now wasn't that just so simple?

I hope you all like him as much as I do. The original one to make his is on SCS here is her snowman. So my thanks for thinking of him goes to dfaust on SCS. I love him and will be trying more of your coaster creations.

My youngest son Travis now wants me to make one for his teacher at school for Christmas. So I guess I will be making more of him and maybe add a hot choc. package and some small marshmallows in a baggy. Then a candy cane to stir it. And stuff inside of Frosty.

Angel Hugs

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Such a busy day..........

Working on some coasters and they are not dry yet so I will share tomorrow. I have been working on them this evening. But so far they are not drying to well.
I didn't get to get anything else done as I was on the phone fighting with the title company on our home and land. They gave it away back to the guy that we bought it from so we are fighting to get that back and it took up all my time today plus! Was ordering gas today for heat for the house. And of course then you have all these phone calls in between. Kids homework and so on.
So look tomorrow for something fun to do.
Angel Hugs

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sparkly Frosty

Check out Frosty he is all in his glory! With all the metallic sparkles around him. I bought some foil Christmas wrap and run it through my sizzix with the snowflake embossing folder. And also did the same with some sparkly card stock I found at the dollar store one time. That is the silver background.

I stamped Frosty on Glossy card stock and colored him in with SU Markers. Cut him out and mounted him to the bluish foil. Trimmed the foil down so it is around a 1/4 inch all around him and mounted that to Real Red and trimmed. Did the same with the foil on the bottom I mounted it on Real Red card stock and trimmed 1/4 inch on each side. Mounted both pieces to the silver and onto Real Red card stock base. Then stamped Happy Holidays with black on Glossy card stock and mounted to Read Red and trimmed to 1/4 inch. Mounted this in the lower corner of the card.

It is a bit sparkly not sure what I think of it but this is the challenge card for the groups on Tuesday this week.

Here is the sketch for the challenge in case you would like to give it a shot. Again I got this sketch from Maria, I think her sketches are so fun to do.

The card itself will be going to my two cousins one is blind and can feel the embossing and the outlining of Frosty. And the other loves sparkles. They live together and my aunt is gone and my uncle is in the nursing home. So I hope they like their card.

Angel Hugs

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Life Little Pleasures

Sorry everyone I have been so caught up in life's little pleasures that I have neglected my blog. After Thanksgiving which was at my sisters house we got home late. Went to bed and was up at 3:30 am out the door by 4 and on our way to black Friday shopping. Wow, what a crowd but some great deals. I got a lot of Christmas shopping done. We hit several places, Walmart being first as my kids wanted several things to buy themselves also. So Walmart we separated and each stood by what we wanted and got them before they was all gone. This year they had it set up different here so it was so much easier to get to the things. Next we headed over to Fleet Farm as my son wanted a car jack set. Wow was that thing awesome and heavy. But, we ended up getting that, was surprised they had so many left. Then off to Target, dd wanted a game there and we also found some great movies we had been looking for and a price who could refuse. 3.88 each for some of them and 5.88 for the others. My kids of course loaded up on that one. They are also buying for friends so they got some good deals there. Off to Sears for a tool for my brother and then to McD. for breakfast and home. Took a long nap as I hadn't slept the night before.

Yesterday Dad was sick so I took Mom for her weekly hair appointment and then took her to do her Christmas shopping. They are always sick around the holidays so it was nice that it is all done and they don't have to worry about it anymore. They can stay home and stay healthy for the holidays. Got home from that and my daughter had got something that didn't work so had to take that bad. Then down to another town to pick my son up. He was staying at my xsil's. He went to spend the night and got home sick. So ended up being another long day. Today has been uneventful but didn't have time to stamp. So will start all again tomorrow. Thanks for all of you stopping bye and checking out my blog and for signing up for updates. I will be updating starting again tomorrow. I am sure things will have settled down by then.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a safe one.
Angel Hugs,

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

No time to stamp today getting ready for turkey day but wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and if your traveling a safe one. See you all Friday!
Just for fun leave a comment on what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving. I will start.
I am thankful that I have my family near me and that I still have my parents with us to celebrate the holiday season.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Acetate Christmas

Have you tired this yet? I have seen so many of these acetate cards I had to try at least one. So off I went to buy some acetate but got projector sheets instead, which is close to the same thing.

Anyway this is what I did. Cut acetate 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. Fold in half, I did not score it as I was afraid it would crack it. So hand fold it. I stamped using SU Craft White ink, and had to emboss it so I embossed in white also for my snowflakes. Next I stamped my image on card stock and colored him in. Cut him out and mounted to Lovely Lilac then mounted this to the center as best I could on the front of the acetate. Then stamp a verse on card stock for the inside to cover up the tape from attaching your front piece. Layer like you did on the front. I also did the opposite side the same way. I didn't take a picture of the back of the card but I stamped with a sign with snowballs and it said "For Sale 5 cents" and this is my back message.

Now if you don't have any acetate or projector sheets (sold at Office Max) then try this on some vellum. It won't be as see through but I think it would also look nice. On the inside you will see my son's fingers he was holding it open for me.

Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? We are celebrating at my sisters house. All I need to do is bring deviled eggs. How easy is that.
Angel Hugs

Monday, November 19, 2007

Origami Box

Wow, this was so fun to do and so easy now that I found a place that has a tutorial on it. I will share that with you in a bit.

This box measures 4 x 4 and is 2 inches deep. How cool is that you can put something bigger in this box. I love how it turned out and love the step by step directions.

Only thing SU on this one is the white organdy ribbon and then I put some checked red ribbon on that with adhesive and attached to the box. This bow even went on nicely. It's even straight!

So now it is your turn to go to this blog and make your own. Believe me they are so fun and easy to do and will make your gift so much more special when they know you made the box yourself. This is my son holding the box, all you see is his little hands but he wanted me to have a picture of it before the ribbon so you could see how much the ribbon adds to the box. And also how thick the box is. You can see I used patterned paper for the top and red for the bottom.

And then again here it is finished with the bow and all. Hope you enjoy and make one for yourself or for you gift giving. I know I am going to be making more of these. Angels Hugs

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Peace Christmas Bulb

Another really easy ornament to make. This one is made from a 3 1/2 inch round coaster. I used Mod Podge to the coaster and placed my designer paper over that, let dry and trimmed around. Did the same on the other side. This stuff makes it stick real good. Next stamp your image or images on whisper white card stock and and mount to matching card stock, in this case it was real red. I made mine a little longer than needed so I could trim them once glued on. Glue one side at a time and turn and trim from the other side so you get it even. Do the other side the same, trying to match up on the edges.

Then I punch out a tab punch and folded in half, used my crop-a-dile and punched holes for eyelets for the bulb holder. I did on all sides (4) total. Then set my eyelets and then did another hole in the center top and set that eyelet, glued on top of my ornament and then put fishing line through to hang with. That's it, it is that simple. And they turn out so cute! Next one I think I will run the tab punch through the crimper instead of doing the eyelets, think it will make it look more real.
Hope you enjoyed today's ornament.
Angel Hugs

Foiled Embossed Wrapping Paper

Look how cool this turns out! I love it and it is so simple. I bought some foiled looking wrapping paper at Walmart today. I got 3 colors now wish I would of gotten more. Think I might send hubby back for Red, silver if they have some ( didn't on the silver when I was there today). Anyway I got this teal color shown here but it don't scan that color. I got some gold which is going to be really pretty too and a darker blue.

Now these are thin wrapping paper but it works great. I got this hint from someone on one of my groups, so of course just had to try it. I really hope you do to and are as pleased with the results as I am.

So all you do is cut strips of wrapping paper and cut to size and with your cuttlebug embossing folder emboss them with what ever machine you have. I have a sizzix and it works great for doing this.

I have not been uploading to my blog because we had a few things happen here. First of all I got 3 of my fingers slammed in the car door by my youngest son by accident. I was fixing the molding around the door when he didn't see my hand and slammed to the door. Well like all 12 year old they don't do it lightly. Luckily I did not break any fingers but they sure swelled and hurt for a while. They are back to normal today. Then yesterday our dog decided to take a run when I opened the door. Now if you know Jack Russell Terriers they can move fast! We got in our cars and went after him only to find him chasing the police car. After about 6 blocks he pulls over and asks " Is this your dog!" No we are just chasing him cause it looked fun! Good grief how dumb. Anyway, he took off from him and down another two blocks before we caught him. In the mean time he broke a toenail way down and it was bleeding pretty good. Which of course cured our shopping trip for the day. His paw is really sore an he is limping around but it did stop bleeding and we didn't end up having to take him to the vet. We will if his toenail dies out then it will have to be removed or if it doesn't grow back in right. So now you know why I have been missing on my blog.

I will try and get an ornament posted yet tonight unless of course something else goes wrong. But, I just had to share this foil wrapping paper with you.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Easy Six Pointed Star

Another ornament for you to make. I got the tutorial on them from the Paper Pleasing blog. She has done an excellent job on this video and it is so easy to follow. Check it out and make some of your own.

I did do mine a little differently and added a eyelet at one of the points for threading my cording through for hanging on the tree. I figured it would have less of a chance to tear this way. On this red one I used a white eyelet to match the white in the words. On the blue one I used a blueish colored eyelet to match in. Now remember when doing these that you can have them different sizes. Depends on the size of your paper you cut out and how you cut your angle. Mine both turned out different and I used the 6x6 piece on both of them. Just cut my angle different.

So for this you will need either an eyelet setter and punch or your crop-a-dile. I use the crop-a-dile as it is one of the best tools I own. My oldest son got it for me last year for a Birthday present and I just love it. I also use the red liner tape for taping mine together it really is strong and holds really well.

So what are you waiting for go get out that designer paper, crop-a-dile, cutter and get going and make some of your own to embellish your tree this year. I am thinking I will be hanging mine from the arches in my doorway instead of my tree.

Again thanks for stopping by. And I really hope these are giving you some ideas for your tree.

Angels Hugs

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

More Pine cone ornaments

I so love making these. Each one turns out so different and so pretty. They look awesome on a tree. I can't wait to get my tree up this year to display the ones I have made for myself and that my kids have made. Each of my kids also made at least 2 each and I have 3 kids. Each year when they are on their own they can put these on their own tree and remember the times we had making them together.

So with that said here is a few more and as promised the directions or the site I got the directions of for you to make your own.

Now the directions a great tutorial is on Amanda Sewell's blog, so check it out and make your own. Get your kids in on this one. Mine when we made these was 19, 16 and 11. And they did beautiful jobs on them. Your kids will to. Now if you make one for your Christmas gift for someone, please share with me. Just upload them to your own blog and link to my blog in the comments area. Or if you upload to SCS you can link that one here too. I would really love to see what all yours turns out like.

Hope you all had an enjoyable day. We had such strong winds here from late yesterday afternoon until just a bit ago and it is almost midnight here.

Thanks for stopping by. Check back tomorrow for another kind of ornament for you tree. Also made from designer paper and super easy to do.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Beautiful Pine cones

Just a quick one tonight as it is really late and I need to get to bed. But wanted to share some of the pine cones I have made and gave away already this year. Again most of these have went to friends on a yahoo group I am on for an ornament exchange. I will share directions for these tomorrow along with a few more I have made that have flowers on them.
These are so easy to make. The hardest part is the pushing in of the pins, it makes the fingers a little sore.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 12, 2007

More 3D Snowflakes

These are the same as yesterday only I changed a couple of things in them. I think I like it better this way. I punched a 1 inch image and then a 1 1/4 inch matching piece to layer on so it matches the snowflake. And then these are all in blue.

My best friend in the cities loves snowmen and also blue is her favorite color so one will be going to her and 1 will be going elsewhere and of course one will stay with me. I mean I have to keep one for myself right?

We had a beautiful day today in Central MN. It was in the mid 50's. I loved it today. Hope it stays this way for awhile but I am sure it won't.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Snowflakes 3D

You all have to try these snowflakes they are so addicting. I will be making more in different colors and will share them to I am sure. I hope you like these. These are all done in red designer paper from Joanne's in those big paper books they sell.

Directions can be found here. Very easy to follow. So take a look, dig out some paper and go and make some and share them here with me. Link them in the comments area to my blog or if you have loaded one to SCS and share them with me.
You will need the following for supplies:

Designer Paper of choice.

CS of choice for the framing around the snowflake

Small and Regular sized SU Tag Punches

And to make them sticky on the backs I used the X sized xyron. They fit perfectly in this little machine. Just gets a little annoying with the sticky when taking them off but so much easier than trying to glue them yourself.

I also used the glue eraser SU sells too, to get the glue residue off once all stuck together, this little glue eraser is worth it's weight in gold.

Some cording for hanging

1/8 inch hole punch

Thats it so now go and get started.

I have scanned these with all 3 that I made and then I did them singly. I will share both ways, this way you will see a close up of each one. These will be going out to some friends. They all like red so I made these for them.

I will share other ornaments I made with you through out the week. Most of them have been sent out to an ornament swap I was in starting the beginning of the year. So I don't need to worry about them seeing them before getting them. We did the ornament swap for a one year period this one ends in Dec. You all should do this on one of your yahoo groups or with some stamping friends and have something made just for you from them. What great memories they all hold.

So come back and check my blog out through the week and see the other ornaments made.

This whole week I will try to stick to ornaments to inspire you for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Gift Box Cold Play

I am really disappointed in how blurry my camera made this look. Hope you get the general idea of them though.
I used the stamp set Cold Play on this one. I stamped the med. circle for the snowman on a scalloped circle and stamped his hat in black on white. Cut out his hat and mounted to the scalloped snowman. The box is Brilliant Blue stamped in white snowflakes. Attached a white ribbon around the sides of the box and tied in front. Going for my acetate tomorrow so will be able to finish that inside part of then. You can see more samples on SCS, on the inside it has a square opening and acetate is in that for a window.

This box opens up at the top and you can put treats inside. It would make a really nice gift box for some small jewelry or anything small for that matter.
Give these a try they are so fun and easy to do. I found the directions on SCS.

Sorry it had been a few days since I updated here. We have been working on winterizing the house for the coming snow. Living in Central MN. we have to be ready anytime for it to hit and this year we have been running late on getting it all done.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Going 3D Snowman

This card was a blast to make. I will share directions as I got this in a kit and figured out the directions on my own. So when the kit is gone I can still make them.
Going to be using this one for a centerpiece on my table I think. Turned out cute.

First of all you will need a sheet of cs on this one. I know what your thinking a whole sheet of cs, but, well worth it.

Cut 2- 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch pieces.

Score at 2 1/8" - 4 1/4" - 6 3/8". You need to do this to both pieces.

Now with your coluzzle center in the middle of the outer score lines. Make sure it is even all the way around. It is easier if you put both pieces together so you get all of them in the same spot, and they they will match up better when you put them together for the 3D effect. These will fit in a regular sized envelope. I believe they are called A4.

With the pieces coming out of the center, the ovals you can either punch them smaller with an oval scalloped punch or punch a 2 smaller pieces and stamp on them, color in and put a piece of string or ribbon in the middle of them. You want both of them facing out.

Because of copyright laws I was informed of by someone I had to remove the directions.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Criss Cross

Can you all believe it is November already? Wow, this year has just flown by me. Won't be long and the snow will be flying here in MN. And Christmas isn't far away.

I found and easier way and a less expensive way of making the Criss Cross card so had to try one. This one only takes a 1/2 sheet of cs instead of a whole one. I like that much better and is so much easier on the budget don't ya think?
So without further ado here is Joyce's blog that has the tutorial on it for making this inexpensive way of making this card. Follow these directions and you can make a card like mine shared here. They really are simple to do. Thanks Joyce for making a tutorial on this and making it so easy to follow.
For my card I used Lavender Lace although it looks darker in the scan. I think I need to adjust the colors on my scanner to SU colors. On the scan it looks more like Lovely Lilac which would have worked also I guess. The part that pulls out is Basic Black and has Very Vanilla layered on that.
The designer paper I bought some time ago and don't know where I got it or when. LOL, must be getting old my memory fails me sometimes. Anyway on the side of it, it said Hydrangea's. And what pretty paper it is. I just love the colors. If you noticed I used this paper for the card before this one. I only have scraps left now. :(
Stamp set used is a retired one again. I have a few angel stamps and love using them. This one worked perfect for this card. I love the angel at the top of the inside piece. The set is called Renaissance Angels. Image was stamped in Basic Black and colored in with chalks. The verse also stamped in Basic Black.
I used the tab punch to punch the tab this also was done with the designer paper. You use the tab to pull the message out of the criss cross.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.