Tuesday, December 31, 2013

All About Love Stickpins

Good Morning.  Now I know that Christmas is just barely over and the New Year is nearly upon us.  Where has the time flown?  You may remember that I have enjoyed participating in swaps at Art and Sassy.  I have been invited to be one of the hosts on the sight.  This is a fun place to swap projects and ideas and I feel quite privileged to be able to participate.  So despite the fact that my Christmas tree is still up, I wanted to post this Valentine's project now to introduce you to a swap in January that I am hosting.  If you would like to participate in the swap, click here and request to be added to the site.


This swap is all about stickpins and a place to hold them.  I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and the Cricut craft room to create this first stick pin holder.  The beads were a combination of Cousins and Blue Moon Beads brands as well as some from my stash.  The ribbon is the red ribbon candy from 3 Girl JAM.  Paper is from K and Company and The Paper Studio "Holiday" pack.  The charms were picked up at a scrapbook convention and did not state the brand on the package.  Floral stickpins from Joann's were the base for these pretty little pins.


The same papers were used for this matchbook type holder.  Holly Berry crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM was perfect to finish it off.  The matchbook is held closed with a tiny clothespin that I found in my stash and added a little bling was glued to the top.  The red piece was punched with a Fiskars punch to add a special touch.


The final holder was made by altering a tiny spool by Lara's Crafts that I picked up at Michael's.  I started by painting it with light ivory from Ceramcoat followed by 2 coats of Folkart's Pearl paint in Pink Chiffon.  A tiny bit of bling was glued around the top of the spool followed by a tiny bow using red ribbon candy from 3 Girl JAM.  The bow was finished off with a bit of bling from Jolee's Boutique.  The spool was wrapped in lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon and felt was stuffed into the hole in the center for the pins to sick into.




Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Candle

Merry Christmas!  I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating our Savior's birth.  I also trust that you know Jesus personally.  If not, wouldn't the day we celebrate His birthday be the perfect day to accept his gift of eternal life?  My Uncle Mike celebrated his best Christmas ever today.  He unexpectedly got to spend it with Jesus when he suddenly went home to Him this morning.  It is a huge joy to know that I will see him again someday because he had accepted Jesus' gift of salvation.  I pray that you have as well.


I gave several packages of homemade candy out this year to neighbors.  However, I have a couple of neighbors who are elderly and I didn't think they would enjoy the candy.  They also both have beautiful homes and probably don't need or want knick knacks and other such items.  I decided to get little scented candles and decorate them with ribbon.  I think it adds a little homemade touch, is inexpensive, and takes moments to prepare.  Of course a little 3 Girl JAM flair just pushes it over the top.

I used these gorgeous 3 Girl JAM products to take this little Walmart candle from nice to fabulous:
The ribbon was simply tied around the candle with a knot and the flair adhered with Glossy Accents.

Now I know that Christmas is over and you are done with your Christmas crafting, but this idea could be used for so many occasions.  How about a thank you gift for a New Year's party using the Thank you Flair, a teacher gift using the School Days Flair, or a little cheer me up using the Super Hero Flair?  The possibilities are endless.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

*The flair pictured will vary slightly from the one currently offered in the Christmas Flair package.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Dashing Through the Snow Christmas Cards

 Last year, the Cricut Craft Room opened up a few free images from Teresa Collins.  I missed out because they were gone before I could cut any out.  Guess what?  They're back along with a few others.  If you haven't signed up for the Cricut Craft Room, you really should.  It's easy to use and the freebies are great!


I had a great picture in my head that I had a difficult time bringing to paper.  I originally planned to use printed cardstock, but struggled to make that work. I made a few, but the solids were my favorites.


I used Ink-a-dink-a do's "Ornate Christmas" and on the inside, I used CTMH's Everlasting Holidays.


The printed papers used were all scraps from my stash.  I used the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge for the framed backgrounds.



CTMH Ponderosa Pine, Tim Holtz Festive Berries, and Memento Tuxedo Black inks were used for the stamping.


Kraft cardstock (possibly PaperTrey ink), and red and green cardstock from Recollections, Paper Studio, and Coredinations were used as well.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Days of Christmas - Days 4-12

I thought I would post the remainder of the tags for this years 12 Days of Christmas.  I will also show a picture of the "4 Messages" for day 4.  More details are in the videos.




Products for Day 4: 12 Days of Christmas from Graphic 45, Snowflake brads from Hobby Lobby, 6x9 envelope, red and green cardstock (Recollections?), 3 Girl JAM Mistletoe and Goblin Green ribbons








Other supplies: Burlap ribbon from 3 Girl JAM, white embossing powder, Recollections green and red embossing powders, Cricut Craft Room

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Tags - Days 1-3

Welcome to the 2013 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.  Because I like to give the final gift and tag on Christmas Eve, the first gift should have been given on the 13th.  This tradition of secret gift giving to a neighbor has been part of our Christmas for quite a while now.  The video explains how it got started and how it works.  I was not able to finish these in time to have an extra set to give away.  I hope that it will be better next year.

Interested in this tradition for your family, but think its too late to join in?  Not crafty, but want to join in?  No problem.  Simply double up on a couple of days.  You can find the original tags by clicking here.  You don't even need to be crafty because the tags come ready to print if you prefer.  If you are interested, you can also go under the "Videos A-G" tab at the top of the page to see ones I have made in past years.


To start today, I am using the Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection.  I have several parts of this collection which you can see in the video.  I also used Goblin Green and both colors of Ribbon Candy crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.  Red and green cardstock from The Paper Studio, Festive Berry and Pine Bough Distress Inks, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (Cricut Cartridge), Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Versamark Ink, and lace, charms and white embossing powder finish them off.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mini Christmas Notebook

Mini notebooks are quick to alter and are so much fun to make.  They make perfect little stocking stuffers or quick gifts for co-workers.  I made a bunch last Christmas for the women in the ER.  You can make them super simple like the one seen here, or you can add a few extra steps and make it like today's post.  The simple ones take a matter of minutes and I find that they are great to have on hand for that forgotten gift.


Here's what you need:
3 Girl JAM - Mistletoe crinkle ribbon
3 1/4" X 4 1/2" Mini notebook
Holiday Inspirations tissue paper
Americana "Napa Red" acrylic paint
Tim Holtz - Christmas Adornments
Mod Podge and Scor-Tape
Stamps - Recollections (no name); Close to My Heart - Very Merry Christmas and Everlasting Love Holidays
Studio 18 bling- Holiday Home
Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs, Pine Needles, Festive Berries
2" circle punch
Christmas paper - scrap from my stash

I hope you enjoy this short video that will also show you the inside of the book.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Be sure to link up your holiday gift ideas to the current 3 Girl JAM challenge - Holiday Gifts with Ribbon

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Organization - Update on my Personal Journal

As mentioned in the previous post, I actually use a Christmas Journal.  It assists with plans, memories and so much more.  In today's video, I show you my journal, the additional tabs that I use, and how I set it up.  If you would like a more in depth video on how I made this, please see the video at the bottom of the post.  Thanks.

Supplies:
3 Girl JAM Winter Bundle
Pinque Peacock stick pins
(Other items detailed in the older video)


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

3 Girl JAM Holiday Blog Hop - A Christmas Journal

Welcome to the 3 Girl JAM Holiday Blog Hop!

If you came from Jovan's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened to visit today and haven't started the hop from the beginning, click here to start at 3 Girl JAM.  We have some fabulous projects lined up today and some special Guest Designers too.  We have all used some of the new Holiday Products (including: The Ribbon Candy Crinkle Ribbon Bundle, Christmas Flair, or the new Jute Ribbon and String Bundle).  I liked these new products so well that I found a way to use something from each bundle.  Don't they coordinate well?


To start with I created this large flower with the Red Ribbon Candy and the new flair.  To view a tutorial on how to make this, click here.


I then turned a composition book into a Christmas Journal for my nephew and his wife.  It includes sections for recipes, traditions, gift giving, photos, and recipes with a few already included.  I made quite a few of these last year and have a few to make this year too.  They make perfect gifts that will last a long time.   Jute ribbon, Green Ribbon Candy ribbon and some rose trim from my JoAnn's provided a great accent for the Tim Holtz Holiday Paper Stash pad that I used.  The video will show you a bit of the inside of the journal.


Now you might say, "Well that's pretty enough, but it's just something else to clutter the shelf".  I actually made one last year year and I love the organization it helped me with.  I will be collecting even more of our favorite recipes and memories to add to it.  Check back tomorrow to see my personal journal and how I used a few more sections to make it work for my family.

Now it's time to Hop on through and get inspired for the Holidays!
Your next stop is the fabulous Abby
If you get lost along the way, here is the full line-up.
Guest Designer Ashley- http://especiallymade.blogspot.com/
3 Girl JAM- http://3girljamchallenge.blogspot.com/
We are having a Special this weekend on these products.
Use code: HOLIDAY to save $10.00 off your order of $20.00 or more when you buy one or more of the 3 new products!  OR- if you just want to try one- each 3GJ Design Team Member will have a special code for 10% off your order (just grab anyone's code!).  Using "CP10" will show Julie that you hopped over from here.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Don't forget to link up your Holiday Projects below for our current challenge!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Altered Jar

Good morning. I really hope you are all staying warm and cozy.  Today I have an altered jar to share with you and I hope you see how easy it can be to make a quick gift container.  If you look closely, you can see a little tiny bit of the brand new Red Ribbon Candy ribbon.  It is absolutely beautiful!  Even the pictures can't prepare you for the stunning beauty of this bundle.


Supplies:
Jar
Red Ribbon Candy crinkle ribbon
My Mind's Eye "The Sweetest Thing" enamel dots
Studio G flowers
Folk Art pink chiffon pearl paint
Gesso
Lace - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Hot Glue
Muslin
Pink tulle (Inside the lid)

I started by finding a tiny jar at my craft store.  I then searched my Pinterest boards to find those posts that I saw last spring and summer on coloring jars.  I settled on the one found here and cut the recipe in half since I was using such a tiny jar.  Once the clear jar was turned to pink, I was ready to grab some items from my stash, my glue gun, and some paint and go to work.  You might be surprised to find how much you can fit into those little jars.  I packed this one pretty full.  There's even a surprise on the bottom of the lid that you can only see by viewing the video (because I forgot to take a picture).



This little beauty was designed for someone who likes pink, but can you imagine how adorable it would be in Christmas colors?  Speaking of Christmas, are you ready to hop along with the design team and guest designers tomorrow?  We have a special 3 Girl JAM Holiday Blog Hop and I can't wait to see all the projects that will feature the brand new items in the 3 Girl JAM store.  There's going to be some pretty great candy up for grabs too.  See you soon.

Catching Up, New Videos and a 3 Girl JAM Announcement

Good morning everyone.  I trust you are having a great day.  If you live in the west or mid-west, please stay safe and warm with all the snow you are getting.  I trust everyone had a great time of celebrating thankfulness with your family.  I know that I did, but boy were we busy.  I had actually taken vacation time and ended up super busy the whole time.  God is so good to us.

Catching Up
 
Back in October, I posted about upcoming posting plans as well as a giveaway that I was tying to my thankfulness posts.  Unfortunately, I have been too busy to keep up with all of those posts and projects.  Also, there were not comments made on the thankful posts telling me what others were thankful for.  I am going to put off the giveaway that was mentioned until I can see if it is even feasible to have the 12 tags completed.  I will update you as I am able.

While considering the design for this year's 12 Days of Christmas Tags, I have decided that I will only make 1 or 2 videos.  It won't be all about techniques this year.  If you want to play along, I will be using the Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection.  This collection is simply gorgeous.  You can purchase either the 12X12 or 8X8 collection as I will likely use both.  I have other pieces to the collection as well including one of the stamp sets, but you should be able to come up with a similar variation of the tags if you choose one of the paper pads.  The rest is "bonus".  If you are interested in the previous year's posts which have explored more techniques, you can find them listed under the "Videos (A-G)" tab at the top of the page.

I also am continuing the Christmas card tutorials and have a fun card coming soon featuring the Teresa Collins Silhouette images that I found free in the Cricut Craft Room. There will also be some other fun projects including some Christmas Journals.

3 Girl JAM Announcement
On Friday, December 6, 3 Girl JAM will be having a fun Christmas blog hop that you will not want to miss.  We will be featuring new products and have some guest designers.  There will also be some great blog candy, so come and hop along.

New Videos


I recently uploaded a couple of videos on YouTube that I want to share with you here today.  The first video is a flower making tutorial.  I make these flowers all the time, but this was a big one and it features some brand new products from 3 Girl JAM.  I hope you enjoy this step by step tutorial.  **Hint - this flower will be featured on my blog hop project.**


The next video is a revisit of the Thanksgiving organizer I showed a few posts back.  I update you on how it helped with my holiday planning.


As we hustle and bustle through the holiday season, don't forget that the true meaning of Christmas isn't the gifts, the parties, or even the family time.  It is a time where we celebrate the most precious Gift - the coming of Jesus, our Savior.  I hope you will take some time to reflect on this precious Gift and see if you have accepted this Gift and claimed it as your own.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.