Santa’s Helpers Wine Charms

Hi all!  I’m not sure if any of you are sticking with me and my random absences.  If you are, say hi and let me know you are here! And, a big thank you from me!

I’m here today with a set of fun wine charms featuring the Santa’s Helpers set from Craftin’ Desert Divas.  I just loved that little llama when the set was released and finally added it to my collection recently.  I decided to make some wine glass charms with Shrinky Dinks.

Here are my sweet little helpers prior to shrinking.



Pre-shrinking (please disregard my really nasty toaster oven pan)


Post shrinking and also post reading the directions to see the recommendation to cover your pan with foil.

CDD Wine Charm Collage

And here they all are!  Aren’t they cute?  I created a wine bottle tag to go along with the set.  Each little helper is on a jump ring and strung onto a charm ring with some beads.  They really were quite easy to put together and came out really cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon (or in three weeks!)


Challenge Submissions:

Simon Says Stamps – Furry Friends

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas


Christmas Cheer & Happy New Year

Hi all!  I’m here with a über-CAS Christmas card.  I ordered from Concord & 9th and just adored the new Christmas sets.  I hadn’t tried coloring on kraft cardstock, so I decided to give that a try.

CAS Penciled Lights

I stamped the Christmas light wreath in Sweet Tooth ink from MFT.  I then embossed over it with white embossing powder.   I picked traditional Christmas colors and quickly colored in the lights.  After coloring, I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx and embossed it with clear.  I found white wasn’t crisp enough for the small sentiment.  To top it off, I added some Wink of Stella to each light.  Since I’m considering this an option for mass production, I didn’t add any further embellishments. {Plus, I think I need to expand my selection of Nuvo colors — it currently consists of two.}

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!


Challenge Submissions

CAS on Fridays — #116 Color Me Pretty, use pencils or markers

The Merry Christmas Challenge — #34 Anything Goes Christmas



Flurry of Love

Hi all!  Some crafty friends and I participate in a very small card swap.  Our theme for December was a shaker card.  I’m finally getting mine in the mail tomorrow — It didn’t take a long time to complete them, but finding the time was another story!

I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to create the shaker pocket and a relatively flat shaker card.  I filled it with snowflake sequins, star sequins of various sizes and colors and some micro beads.  The pocket fits perfectly behind the large Rectangle Frame die from MFT {I used the stitched frame from Blueprints 13 as a guideline for creating the pocket.}  Each frame is cut from a piece of Basic Grey designer paper.  I die cut and stamped three of the sweet Birdie Brown Warmest Wishes on Neenah Solar White and colored them with Copics.  The sentiment is stamped on a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX.  I did pop up Birdie Brown and added a pearl to her matching paper pieced scarf and some Stickles to her hat.   She’s very sweet!

Challenge Submissions
A Snowflake’s Promise – anything goes with a winter/Christmas theme
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Baby It’s Cold Outside

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FTHS #132 — Jingle Bell Birdbrain

Hi all!  It’s Christmas week!  It certainly came up quickly!  I’m going to keep this a quick post just because we are all busy!

Today the last sketch challenge for 2015 is up at the I {Heart} Sketches blog.  The challenge will remain open until January 3.

I love this Jingle Bell Birdbrain — seriously cute!  I’m not thrilled with my coloring — I would like him to not be quite so orangey.  However, he’s sporting the holiday sparkle on his hat and some jingle bells with Glossy Accents.  The sentiment panel was bumped out a touch in order to not cover up too much of the Birdbrain.  I went for a CAS card again — quick and easy!
Hope you’ll get some time to play along with us!  Remember, it will be open until January 3.  I’m not sure if I’ll be back again this week, but in case I am not — Warm Wishes for a wonderful Christmas!  

Challenge Submissions
A Gem of a Challenge — Anything Christmas Goes
Sweet Stampin’ — Merry Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

FTHS – A Family of Snowmen

Hi all!  As you likely know, if you are frequent visitor of my blog, I am a big {understatement} fan of the Green Bay Packers.   I watch a lot of football — we all do in my family {the kids, not so much – they don’t have the attention span for an entire game}.  When my daughter was first born, we were given an adorable ornament of a snowman family and they are wearing green and gold scarves & hats.  It’s adorable, but I’ve always felt bad that my son isn’t on there.  {Even though that is silly because he wasn’t even a thought then!} So with the Christmas Greetings Snowmen, I was able to create a personalized piece of decor for our family, including my son!

I love how this turned out!  This is a 5×7 frame, so I was able to print the snowmen quite a bit larger than usual.  I colored them in varied shades of green and gold.  I opted for a cardinal on the head of the last snowman because that was the mascot of my high school.  I then stamped our last name with an alphabet set on the banner.  Having a short name can really work in your advantage some times!  I then matted it on a piece of green card stock and added in some Stickles snow and sequin “flakes.” 
And here you can see the adorable ornament we had received back in 2005.

Challenge Submissions

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FTHS #131 – A Meadow of Snowmen

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  Can you believe it is only 11 days until Christmas?!  I think I’m pretty set as far as shopping.  Baking may not happen this year — it all depends on our kitchen.  It is still currently a construction zone, so cookies may not happen, unfortunately.

Today I have a card for the newest From the Heart Stamps/I {heart} Sketches sketch.  It’s a lovely CAS sketch!

This sweet In the Meadow Snowmen image is a scene within an image.   It makes for a really simple and easy card!   So I printed the image on Neenah Solar Crest white and then colored it simply with Copics.  I used my Rectangle Frames dies to cut out the frame and make this a really super-quick card.  The frame is actually cut from a Christmas designer paper and then I cut the image from the same frame as well so that I could just layer it into the frame.  The twist this week is to add snow, which I did with some snowflake sequins and some Stickles along the meadow and some random “flakes” on the trees and snowmen.
Hope you’ll get to play along with us this week!  Make sure to link your card up at the I [heart} sketches blog for a chance to win and a $1 store credit just for playing along!

Challenge Submissions
A Gem of a Challenge — Christmas Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – Snow Scene
Winter Wonderland — Snow People

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Peace Cutout Tree

Hi all!  Try not to be too shocked by the number of posts lately!  I had some days of really helpful creative mojo and was able to get quite a few things done!  I’m here today with another super CAS and quick Christmas card.

Now, I will admit that I do not send out homemade cards – save to a few people.  For the most part, I send out a family photo Christmas card. When you have young children, it seems to be the most popular card — especially since the kiddos change so quickly from year to year.  However, if I was sending out cards, this would be a fairly quick and easy card for mass production.  It definitely fits in the “mail friendly” group.
I cut a piece of Pure Poppy (PTI) with the Blueprints 13 frame, as well as the Christmas Tree Cutout die at the same time.  I taped my tree down with a bit of washi to prevent it from moving.  I then cut out a scrap of shiny, metallic snowflake paper with the tree, as well as some black for the tree stump. Before gluing everything down, I stamped the star from an old, retired MFT set in VersaMark and embossed it with silver.  Then I glued down my red panel and laid in the tree segments.  Finally, I finished it off with a silver peace die cut.  

Challenge Submissions
Addicted to Stamps and More — Clean and Simple
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge — Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by today!