Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy Holidays - In Amethyst

It's New Year's Eve and this is my last holiday card for 2010.  The card is being entered in the Heart To Heart last challenge of the year.  I'm not really happy with the photo.  It looks much better in person!
I went outside of the box and used Amethyst inks and papers from Close To My Heart®.  Amethyst ink was sponged on the cardstock and some sparkles and chunky glitter were added.  It was simple, but created a nice effect.  Don't you think?

Don't forget to stop by on Sunday for my 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway Contest.  I think your going to like the prize!

As always, thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year.  Wherever you are, stay safe and warm!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shabby Chic Baby

The Shabby Tea Room posted the Shabby Chic Baby Challenge.  This is the inspiration photo:

I was inspired by the colors and the polka dots.  Since there are two baby girls due in the next few months at our school, I thought this was a great opportunity to get a head start on those cards.  Here they are:

 Since I needed some fabric, I used two layers of ribbon and a bow.  The aprons are vellum and I dressed them up with pearl buttons.  Don't forget to stop over at the Shabby Tea Room to see more great artwork!

Till next time.....

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

A few weeks ago, my friend Suz over at WinterHeart Paper Arts nominated me for the Stylish Blogger Award.  She is such a sweetheart and I am so excited!  I don't know Suz personally, but I'm sure we're destined to be good friends via the internet.  I will have to put "meeting Suz in person" on my bucket list.  Thank you Suz!!!!  There are some rules.  First I have to thank and link to the person who nominated me. I have to tell all of you 8 things that you may not know about me, and I have to "pay it forward" to recently discovered blogs, Here goes:

8 Things You May Not Know About Me:

1.  I am left-handed.
2.  I LOVE to shop.
3.  Christmas is my favorite holiday.
4.  Someday, I want to write a children's book.
5.  I love yard sales and antique shops.
6.  I know how to shoot a gun.
7.  I think it's important to think outside the box.
8.  People who aren't willing to try new things frustrate me.

My first nomination for the Stylish Blogger Award is Becky at Scrappin' Becky B.  Becky has it all on her blog.  From great projects and recipes, to fun family stories.  It's like visiting with your good friend!  She's another friend I need to meet in person!

I'm supposed to nominate more blogs, but for now, I just want to nominate one.  More will follow, I promise. 
 Now, I need to get to work on some more projects.  Stop by again soon!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

One Year Ago Today...

...I started a blog.  I didn't really have any expectations.  I thought I'd get a few followers, close friends and family.  One year (and 80 posts) later, I have 79 followers and over 5,000 hits.  Now, I know this is not a big deal in the larger scheme of things, but it is to me!  I love sharing with all of my new friends and I'd love to meet you all some day!  Your comments are what keep me going.  I love hearing that you enjoy my projects and that I have inspired you!  Please keep the comments coming!

That being said, I suppose it's time for a little celebration.  but, since we are right in the middle of the holidays, I think I'll wait a week, when things begin to settle down a bit.  I have a wonderful give-away contest for my followers.  I hope you'll check back to see what it is!  Until then, thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to stop by, read my blog, and leave me a comment or two!

Have a wonderful week!
Ann

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I Love This Show!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and you got just what you wanted!  I know I did, and I'm not talking about the Sons of Anarchy shirt.  As some of you know, I spent several days waiting for some test results.  I finally received them, and I am fine.  Yes, it is true.  Your health is everything!

Tomorrow is an important day for this blog.  Stop by tomorrow for more information!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Scandinavian Christmas House


This was the inspiration:

If you've been following my blog, you remember Valentine House and Halloween House.  Well, I wanted to make a Christmas House and the Shabby Tea Room gave me the opportunity.  This is how this house began:

I painted it with acrylic paint, covered it with the Mistletoe papers from Close To  My Heart®, and added the "gingerbread" trim using a Martha Stewart punch.


The roof was covered with heart punches from Mistletoe and Cranberry Gingham papers.
Next came the doors and windows from D1377 Around the Block stamp set.  If you look carefully, I made a wreath for the door using another B&T paper from Mistletoe and added some Sparkles.

A stamped tree from A1110 A Timber decorates the side of the house.



The roof and the ground were covered with chunky glitter and a grosgrain ribbon was tied around the house.  The perfect container for a small gift!

Thanks for stopping by!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beverage Carrier - Repurposed

Everyone has seen these.  You get them at your favorite fast food places.  This happens to be a 2-beverage carrier.
You can get 4-beverage ones also, but this is what I had.  I turned it into this:
I wish my pictures were better, but it's been cloudy and rainy here for the last few days.  I started by covering the carrier with cardstock and background paper.  The papers I used are Mistletoe from Close To  My Heart®. 

I added the gold trim and Cranberry ribbon. 

The notebook is a mini composition notebook that has been covered and embellished.  That is where you can keep your lists for gifts, cards, shopping lists, the naughty  & nice list, etc.  It is held on with a binder clip that has been covered with background paper.  Inside is the tape, gift tags, and tissue paper.

On this side I clipped a pen to the top and stored the ribbon and bows.  I  was going to punch holes for the ribbon to run through, but then I had another thought.  This would make a great gift carrier too!  Imagine cookies in a jar on one side and hot cocoa on the other.  Or, crackers and cheese with a bottle of wine.  The possibilities are endless!

Here's one last look at the front.  Remember, you can click on the photos for a larger view.

 I'm entering it in the Paper Cubed December Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Car Show & Boat Parade

Today we spent the afternoon at The Lakes Festival of Lights celebration.  They had a fabulous Car Show and when the sun went down, a Boat Parade.  Here are a few highlights:
Did I mention this Shelby is for sale?  Um, Santa, I've been very good this year....

I just love blue!

Here they come!

Oh! Pretty!

Did I mention the weather was perfect?  It had to be close to 70 degrees. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gift Week

It's Gift Week and I decided to make a Treat Box.  The instructions are on Split Coast Stampers.  I used Mistletoe papers from Close To My Heart®, added some ribbons and brads, along with foil shreds and peppermint sticks.  I didn't add the gift card yet, but, you get the idea!
As always, you can click on the picture for a closer look. Be sure to click the link on the right to see more gift ideas at Heart 2 Heart, as well as The Shabby Tea Room.  There are only 15 more shopping days!  Yikes!  A few more of these with gift cards is sounding better and better!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Everyone Loves Cupcakes!

Especially cupcakes made from warm, fuzzy socks! 
You will need:  a pair of fuzzy socks, a rubber band, cardstock, stamps to decorate the cardstock, paper crimper, strong adhesive. 
1.  Lay the socks one on top of the other.  Starting at the toe, roll up the socks.  Wrap a rubber band around the socks and "fuss" with the layers to get that "cupcake look". 
2.  To create the liner, I "eyed" the shape and drew it on cardstock. It's really just a curved rectangle! Then I stamped the holly and berries, and ran it through the paper crimper to give it that authentic look!
3.  Wrap the liner around the rolled socks and use your adhesive to close it up. 
4.  Add a pom-pom to the top and you have one fuzzy sock cupcake!

Put it in a cellophane bag and it's a terrific stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift!
I found this idea at green bean crafterole and I just had to share it with all of you!  Now head out to buy all the fuzzy socks you can find and get busy!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Teapot


I've been busy today!  This teapot was made for the challenge over at the Shabby Tea Room.  It was a "Get in Shape" Challenge.  No squares or rectangles allowed!  I used Mistletoe papers from Close To My Heart®.  Stamped and cut out some holly leaves and added the sparkles.  The stamped image on the tea bag tag is from D1449 Father Christmas, also Close To My Heart®.  I made a bow out of Cranberry Ribbon. 
Thanks for looking and don't forget to head over to  The Shabby Tea Room to see more amazing artwork.

H2H Sketch Week

Here's what I did.

Here's the sketch.

I used Cranberry Cardstock and the Mistletoe Papers.  The embossed image is from the Father Christmas set (D1449).  Added some Sparkles and Cranberry Ribbon, and..... my version of the sketch!  All materials are Close To My Heart®.  Remember, you can click on the image for a closer look.  Don't forget to click on the H2H button to the right to see more artwork!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cowboy Christmas

Today was the Cowboy Christmas Event at Floyd Lamb Park.  I didn't see a single cowboy, but Elvis was there!  That's Vegas for you!  
There was a Farmer's Market,  a Car Show, and lots of vendors. It was a cloudy day, but there was no wind.  That made it a great day to enjoy the outdoors!

Here are a few pics form the day:
I told you Elvis was there!

Mater also made an appearance.

Rudolph and I are now BFFs!
 I know what you're thinking.  Where are the pictures of the cars?  Well, there's Mater!!! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Three Tier Christmas Tree

This little beauty was a cinch to make!   Cut 3 graduated circles from the Close To My Heart® Mistletoe papers.  Sponge some ink on the edges.  Fold each circle in half four times.  Open up the circles and add some sparkles.  At this point I had to tweak some of the folds to get them the way I wanted.  Push each circle onto a wooden skewer, top with stars punched from metallic paper, and you have your Christmas tree!
This tree can be any size you want - depending on the size of your circles.  So break out the punches, your compass, or the plates to trace! 
Enjoy! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thank You - H2H

The challenge for this week at Heart To Heart is to create a Thank You project.  Since my husband's Great Aunt just sent us some beautiful tablecloths and dresser scarves that she made, the timing was perfect.
I made this card using the Close To My Heart® Mistletoe papers.  The sentiment is from a long-retired wood set, and the buttons were made using Martha Stewart's button punch/embosser.
I hope Aunt Millie likes it!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Black Friday

Let me begin by saying, "I DID NOT SHOP TODAY!"  Yes, I am shouting!  I didn't shop in honor of my sister-in-law, Jane, who  has been working in retail her whole life.  I think it's outrageous that retail employees have to be up in the wee hours of the morning so people can shop.
Now this is a lot coming from the "Queen of Shopping", aka Me.  I always went shopping on Black Friday.  But that was before retailers told me I had to get up in the middle of the night to get the best deals!  Sorry, I just won't do it.  And don't get me started on the stores that were open on Thanksgiving.....

OK, off my soapbox and on to the real purpose of this post.  Here is what I did on Black Friday:


This tree is a $20 tree purchased from Walgreens several years ago.  I decided to dig it out and make it "just a red and gold tree".  It sits in my dining room and I just love how it turned out.  I did some more decorating around the house, but our big family tree is not up yet. 
Stay tuned for more holiday decorating.  It is my FAVORITE time of the year! 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Explosion Boxes

I made these little boxes for the ladies that work in my office.  



 You will need:
 7 1/2" square of cardstock(stamp as desired) for the box.
4  1/4" square of cardstock(stamp as desired) for the lid.
Ribbon

Score the 7 1/2" cardstock at 2 1/2" &  5".  Turn cardstock a quarter turn and repeat.  You will have 9 squares scored on the cardstock.
Score just the 4 corner squares diagonally.
Fold all score lines, folding the diagonal ones in toward the middle of the box.
Score the 4 1/4" piece of cardstock at 7/8" on all sides. 
On the 2 opposite sides, cut the vertical score lines until they meet the horizontal ones.  These will be your tabs.   Fold all score lines and tuck the tabs inside.  Use a strong adhesive to form the box lid.
Fill as desired, put the lid on the box and tie with ribbon.

The ladies loved them!
Now it's your turn!  Let me know how they turn out!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Make It "Girly"

The challenge at H2H this week is to make something girly.  Here's what I came up with:
I used an older stamp set called "Fashion Flair".  The BFF is from C1361 Buttoned Together.  Add some sparkles, lace, and paper flowers and you get girly! 
 Now I really need to get to work on some Christmas projects.  Be sure to stop back to see those!

A Million Reasons to Believe!

Check out Macy's Believe Site!

I believe... in the spirit of the season, in making wishes come true and that you're never too old to write a letter to Santa! Get in the spirit... check out Macy's Believe site today!

I personally know of two children who will benefit from Make a Wish.  I hope you will help!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Luminaria

The challenge at Paper Cubed is to create a votive holder or candle decoration.  The instructions were on Split Coast Stampers and the stamps are CloseTo My Heart®.  The "windows" are covered in vellum that were brayered with ink.  Head over to Paper Cubed for more great ideas!  http://papercubed.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Card With "Shape"

This week's Heart to Heart Challenge is to create a card with "shape".  No squares or rectangles allowed.  Here's what I came up with:
I've had this swimsuit pattern for a long time and never used it.  It was traced on cardstock and then the card was covered with Silhoutte background and texture paper.  Some Cranberry ribbon, Just Blooms flowers-inked with Cranberry, some bling, and voila!  A Card With Shape! 
 Be sure to click the H2H button on the right to see more shape cards!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ice Cream Parlor Stool

I saw this little stool at an estate sale.  Since I have an ice cream parlor chair, I thought it would compliment it perfectly.  Needless to say, it needed a little work!  Here it is:

Before

After
 And, no, I don't have any ideas why it has a Star of David on it.  But it now looks better than the chair!  I guess I'd better get to work on the next project!