Friday, November 30, 2012

25 DOC - Day 15 - It's ...

... a card. is a website where I found this adorable digi.  There are tons more like it there for you to choose from.  If you like My Favorite Things stamps, then you'll love that site.  She has many of the MFT images, but in digi format.  A lot more affordable if you ask me.  She also has an ETSY SHOP where you can purchase from.

Heather has donated 3 digital stamps from her shop to 1 lucky winner.  It could be you!!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

25 DOC - Day 14 - Frosty!!

A few weeks ago as hubby & I shopped for groceries at Walmart I came across a section that hosted cute gift cards and gift card holders.  These 2 in particular stood out to me because they were super cute!  I thought I'd take a few for fear that they might be gone when the time comes to actually use them, and as I kept walking the store the ideas started to flow.

Here's what I made.

It's an altered tag that not only carries these cute gift cards as "decor"...

... but also has a pocket in the back to hold the actual gift card.

And the best part is it will fit any size gift card.
And it doesn't have to be from Walmart.
No one will ever know that Frosty or the Christmas tree were Walmart Gift Cards,
because the bottom where the Walmart logo lies, have been cut off and/or covered.

You can add a mini tag in the pocket as well to state how much the gift card holds
and any message you wish to include.

All the trims that I used for this tag were from Misty's shop.  She has a great selection of gorgeous laces and trims, and even scrapbooking items like paper and stamps.

Misty has donated an Authentique "Festive" 6x6 paper pad for one lucky winner... if you wish to leave a second comment today you must first visit her FACEBOOK PAGE, like it, leave her a comment there and return back here telling me you've completed your mission.  LOL.

Thanks for checking in and I'll see you back tomorrow for a super cute card.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

25 DOC - Day 13 - Yes Virginia!

After I colored in "MOLLY" from Saturated Canary, I got to feeling that she needed to be on a vintage/shabby card.  I'm not used to doing these types of cards, as you know, so I struggled at first, but after I distressed the edges with walnut stain, it all started to come together.

I used copic markers, Fancy Pants "Winterland" 6x6 paper pad, a Memory Box Christmas tree die, 2 MFT dienamics flourish dies, Spellbinders die, 2 types of white trim that I distressed, Cosmo Cricket tiny stickers, liquid pearls, snowflake buttons, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Lindy's Stamp Gang "Scintilating Silver" Glitz Spritz, and white & green leaves.

As you know, Krista, the owner of SC, has sponsored 3 digital stamps from her shop for 1 lucky winner.  I wish you all good luck!!

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Challenge #31 - Saturated Canary Sketch

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

25 DOC - Day 12 - Instax Love [tutorial]

This year I fell in love with the idea of polaroids all over again.  I had one as a teen and then again when I got married since I used it for my Guestbook.  I had 2 albums in the back of the hall with a polaroid and tons of film for guests to take photos of themselves, add it to the album with their note to us... a different sort of "Guest Book".  So I was very excited to find out about Fuji Instax Cameras earlier in the year.  I got mine in a cute pink Hello Kitty style, (naturally), and have been using it consistently since.

[sidebar: have you seen the adorable HELLO KITTY SMASHBOOKs at Michaels?!?? OMG THEY ARE SUPER CUTE!!!!  Along with the cute HK accessories.] 

Let's continue...

I first saw this "polaroid frame" idea at Summer CHA.  No I didn't go, but I saw photos on Instagram of Heidi Swapp and other popular craft companies using this Polaroid Frame idea to take photos.  I thought it was so clever and cute, that I had to replicate it for My Son's 2nd Birthday Party.

I made something similar, except it was in the shape of an instax frame, a lot thinner and longer.

I purchased the foam sheet at DEALS for $1.  I knew I wanted it to be used for my December Daily album (which you saw in 25 DOC - Day 10), but I wanted it to be interactive, where I can change the date on it... you'll see later what I mean.

So I got to brainstorming and came up with the perfect plan.  Since I had so many people ask me how I made that one for my son's party, I took photos (this time) of the process to share the steps with you all.  It's a super easy & fun project that you can use every year and for other occasions.  I hope you enjoy it and make it for your family & friends to have fun with.

This poster board measures 20x30.

Score & Cut Measurements:
3" wide on the top.
2" wide on both sides.
6" wide on the bottom.

Be careful when cutting through the foam that you don't damage your table.  
I use a wood board that came apart from my jetmax cube to protect my table.

Let's Decorate!!

I picked up several items from the dollar store and went through my old Christmas decorations as well.

These vinyl window clings are super cute, but won't cling to the foam.  
I glued them to thick cardstock and cut them out, 
so that they'd have a surface that can be hot glued without melting.

My husband thought it would be a great idea to have actual Christmas lights on the garland,
so we found some portable lights and batteries at the dollar store,
wrapped them around the garland and decorated the top of the jumbo instax frame.

The part that holds the brains and the batteries got hot glued very easily to the back sides of the frame.
Incidentally, I purchased 2 sets of lights so that the garland would be well lit.
The other battery pack is on the other side of the back of the frame.

Since I wanted this frame to be used also as a photo op for my December Daily album, 
I decided to incorporate interchangeable numbers.  
The only way I thought I could make this (without a die cut machine)
was to purchase black vinyl letters (68 cents each at Lowes),
and stick them to heavy cardstock.
This way I am able to reuse them as the days go by,
without having it stick to my frame.

P.S. You might need double 1s and 2s. (12/11 & 12/22) - Just sayin'.  hehe

I cut the numbers out from the cardstock and added half-cut velcro pieces to the tops of each one.
The fuzzy size was adhered to the number and the rough side was adhered to the red
Christmas tree on the frame.

You only need to adhere the fuzzy part to the numbers from here on out,
because the 2 rough pieces will stay glued to the frame.

I hope that makes sense.

When you interchange the numbers,
you can use "2" and "4" for Christmas Eve
and the rough base is ready for the fuzzy part to stick to it.

Make sense??  lol

Using black foam Thicker Alpha Stickers, 
I added the word "DECEMBER" using the number 3 backwards to form a capital "E" 
because I only had 2 small e's.  

Ghetto or Smart?  lol

I also added clusters of ornaments to the top of the frame over the garland with hot glue.

Here is a photo of the frame with the lights off.

Lights On!

The numbers can be removed and the date changed to whatever day you want to use the frame, OOOOOR, simply buy 2 numbers that represent Christmas Eve (24), Christmas Day (25) or the day of your office Holiday party (21).  Or, if you're like me, you'll get all the numbers and have them handy for a fun impromptu photo!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful.  Thanks for checking in today and see you back tomorrow for more Christmas creativity!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

25 DOC - Day 11 - 24

I've had this wood sectional tray in my possession for about a year in the hopes of altering it and never got around to it.  It was only $1 at Dollar Tree and I got a few for some friends as well.  As I scoured my craft closet for supplies, I found it and knew I'd have to use it just for this special occasion.

I wanted to create a "scene" for this Christmas Printer's Tray that told a story of "Twas The Night Before Christmas".  I wanted each square to represent a different room inside a house that Santa might be visiting.

I first painted the wooden tray in red and it didn't look right, so I painted it 3 shades of white until I found the right color.  I used BoBunny "Blitzen" 6x6 paper pad to create the scenario backgrounds and lined all of the "floors" in each "room" with red velvet cardstock that I found at Michaels.  I die cut a few pieces, like the lamp post and the snow on the roof top, and even the "24" is a cut out of the same red velvet sheet.

Many of the items I used I already had in my possession, like the charms that are under the trees and the stickers, but all the extras like the trees, bells, stockings, wood bench and even the word bubble was purchased specifically for this project.  The tree came in a few sizes and in gold so I sprayed it with Mister Huey's and altered the look of it.

It might seem odd to some people seeing so many Christmas trees in one house, but I've seen photos on Instagram and Facebook where people have trees even in their kitchen!  So having a tree in the living room, dining room and den didn't seem so odd... lol.

This "chimney" section was created with a brick background that I Googled and cut to fit the squares.
I made my own chimney opening (behind Santa) with some felt and black cardstock...
just by eyeballing the measurements.

Santa himself - "Naughty. Nice.  Not Sure." is a super cute stamp set by UNITY STAMP COMPANY that I was able to purchase a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale at 50% off and color him in with copics.  The texture on his beard, hat, coat and boots that you see was made by using a Marvy Snow Marker pen and heating the liquid with a heating tool.  His list comes separate in the stamp set, but I wanted Santa to hold it, so I cut a slit under his glove and tucked it in there.  Perfect fit!

This was a 2 day project, but would've been quicker if it weren't that I had company come over to spend some time with us... I had such a blast making this come to life and I hope you were inspired to alter something this week.  It makes a great decor piece for your fireplace or counter top.
Even a great gift for that person in your life whose such a Santa-Holic!! 

UNITY STAMP CO was very excited to help sponsor this event and right away sent over some goodies for the winners, so let's show them some love today and head over to their FACEBOOK PAGE and LIKE it and also LEAVE A COMMENT, then return here and tell me all about your journey.... hehe.

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The photo above shows everything they sent.  Well over $50 worth of stamps.  I will be dividing this into 4 prizes, the more the merrier.  They will go into 2 of the Grand Prizes boxes and 2 other random packages.  No one will know what they get until they open their box.  It's Just Like Christmas!!!  hehe...

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me here today and good luck to you all.

Have a blessed day.


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