Dec 18, 2011

Christmas cards

Since I went to the effort of making these cards, they really should get mailed, shouldn't they???

I must admit, I love living alone. Even though I have my own craft space upstairs, there's nobody to be annoyed when I do this with the living room....

Exploding Starbucks Box

Saw this box on Crafting With Class and knew I had to do it for a couple Starbucks lovers on my list. I love how it turned out.
I love the way an exploding box looks - just a cute little gift box til you pop the lid... then surprise! Starbucks card, mints, and a gift tag. The other one I made had cookies on the fourth flap, but I need a gluten-free option for the recipient of this one.

And now I would like to show off the most beautiful card I got last week - made my my sister-in-law Kim :)

Dec 11, 2011

Burlap Wreath

Thanks to my friend Eryn for finding this bubble burlap wreath pattern - I finished and hung mine up today AND-I-LOVE-IT!!!

Dec 6, 2011

stocking advent

My darling daughter wanted an advent made of paper stockings for her mantel. These stockings hold a family activity for each day (build a snowman, make cookies, etc.). I love her idea for the stuffers! Here are the stockings on her mantel - I think they're adorable!
The start - cut 24 stockings in various papers on my trusty Cricut. Cut 24 more in white, and 24 cuffs. Half the cuffs embossed with Swirls and the other half with Snowflakes.
I cut numbers 1-24, glued them on, then spruced them up with a bit of white gel-pen.
 Strung them all on a piece of ribbon on the mantel front. Looks so stinkin' cute!

Nov 15, 2011

Tim Holtz inspiration

I am in a tag swap and wanted to to use a Tim Holtz Christmas stamp borrowed from my pal Eryn - Christmas Miracle ATC stamp.

First I stamped and embossed with Versamark and black embossing powder, then used Faded Jeans distress ink to colour my tag. I used white gel ink to whiten Santa's beard and hair, a little red pencil to redden his nose and cheeks, and then some green Stickles to give the tree some shimmer.

Next I took some Tim Holtz music ribbon tape to make the ruffle at the top, and also cut and stamped a little Merry Christmas banner for the bottom of the tag. I cut a couple snowflakes out of CM shimmer CS using a MS punch. Attached them with glue dots and put a shimmery red rhinestone in the center of each.

Making these was a bunch of fun - I'll be doing more soon!

Nov 4, 2011

Simple Christmas Cards

I wanted to try my hand at the simplest of simple cards. I created these two using SU crumbcake CS. I scored the frame around the edges, then a stamp in the center coloured with my SU pens and a white gel pen. Love how they turned out, need to make a whole set!

Oct 27, 2011

Winter is around the corner

 While I'm all about fall right now, still having my pumpkins decorating the house, I'm starting to think about winter. I've been playing with canvases, vinyl and Glimmer Mist. I created the Halloween canvas shown in an earlier post, and now I've done one for Winter and I'm loving it!

Oct 11, 2011

Grasshopper Gallery

This is where I spend some of my time - such a bright cheerful atmosphere. Need something to do on a weekend? Come out to Irricana AB and check out the town murals and the gallery - bring your pennies to shop!
some clocks I made
the main shop

necklaces - bargain priced :)
Bobby pins - great stocking stuffer

badge lanyards

Oct 8, 2011

Give thanks...

I've wanted to make a Fall banner to go with my pumpkin collection for awhile. Last night I finally cut one out! My flags are 5.5" high - but I'd do them about 8" next time. Sorry for the lousy pics, but my camera battery is dead so it's from my cellphone which doesn't have a flash.

My friend Arlene showed me a link to these wonderful paper pumpkins, so I had to make a trio of them as well. Super-easy, super-fast. I just twisted paper and inked a bit for the stems, and curled the paper using the backside of a scissor blade. How cute are these?!

Oct 6, 2011

Vinyl vinyl vinyl

Here are some shots of my most recent vinyl applications. I thought I'd have fun with my Jimmy as you can see! My son wanted the grenade - and when a buddy saw it he said, "that's badass, where'd you get it?" "My mom." Buddy's response, "Not so badass now." LOL!
My back window... watch out!

...and it wouldn't be mine without dragonflies!

My son's back window

Front closet door - will be changed seasonally

brown vinyl with the orange pumpkin

Oct 1, 2011

creepy crawly canvas

One more post for Halloween today. I designed this subway art on my Gypsy using the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge. Original plan was to sell as a vinyl piece to put on a wall or window (which means removable but not reusable). Then I thought why not put on a canvas so it can be pulled out every Halloween! I layed the vinyl on a wrapped canvas and spritzed with two coats of Glimmer Mist. Once dried I pulled off some of the vinyl to let the white mask show through. Finally, a spray of Krylon to protect the finish.

I'll be making another of these I think - I really love the way it turned out! Canvases will be $20. Vinyl ready to be applied will sell for $10.

Thanks for looking!

Halloween Treats

Stampin' Up has started carrying these cool little skinny treat bags. I've put a few together so there's a little item for the kidlets available at the Grasshopper Gallery.
Fun part - filling the little tubes with candy. Skittles were amusing to sort into patterns, if a little bit tedious. The tootsie rolls were way easy - but I think most kids will pick the skittles :)

 Punch a little circle and a larger circle, stamped with a pumpkin, make a jack-o-lantern face, and sandwich the top of the bag between them. Just for fun I got a bag of plastic rings - bats and witches and skulls, oh my!