Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It is official.....Christmas is here! I have a few last minute things to get done today and then in the blink of an eye we will be visiting with family, opening presents, and eating way to much! ; )

I have a card to share with you that I created for the Cricut Circle last year. It uses the Gingerbread Cartridge. I used pearls for the eyes and liquid applique for the frosting. I added a doily, seam binding, and a vintage button to finish it off.

Chances are, I probably won't post this weekend, so I want to take this time to wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas!!!! I hope you create wonderful memories with your family and loved ones! : )

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Western Christmas Tree

It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost here! I feel pretty organized this year (for a change) and the only thing I have left to do is finish wrapping my gifts! Today is my kids' last day, so last night I got their teachers' gifts ready for this morning. Cortney has her Christmas choir concert today. There is nothing better than hearing these kids sing.........they don't hold back and definitely embrace the Christmas spirit!

I have an altered project to share with you today. I used a styrofoam cone and completely covered it in lace, glitter, and twine. I found these rusty stars at Michaels and used them here. The star is on rosette that is brand new by Provo Craft. It is called, Crown Rosette. I used sheet music to create it.
I used a spray adhesive over the entire tree so that the glitter wasn't lumpy or too thick. I just wanted a light coating!

Have a wonderful, productive day today! : D Thank you for popping by during this busy time of the year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merriest Wishes.....

Good morning to you! Today is my first official day off! I am still in my jammies and I LOVE it! Now mind you, I have a zillion and one things to do.....laundry and cleaning my house would be a good start....but maybe later! ; )

I have a Christmas card to share with you that uses the Cricut Craft Room. I absolutely love this program by Provo Craft! And the best part is? It is free! You just have to sign up for it and start creating! I used the Christmas Cartridge and cut the holly at 1" and used the layers. This is what is decorating the top of my ornament.....along with some seam binding and jingle bells. The ornament was also cut using the Christmas cartridge at 4". I used all of the layer functions and added a piece of vellum behind the openings to soften the look of the patterned paper behind it. The oval was cut at 4 1/2" using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. The scalloped oval was cut using the Elegant Edges cartridge at 5".
The sentiment is by Amuse Stamps.

I added a clear acrylic piece by Prima to the bottom of my ornament.

I am off to get something done today......... : )

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by for a visit!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

There Are Days.....

There are days when my heart aches with knowing my daughter will not be able to do many things. Sometimes I allow myself to go into a deep dark place and I can't pull myself out. But there are also many days where my heart aches with joy. Today was one of those days. Every year Brian and I bake with the kids. Or should I say; "kid." Cortney usually lasts all of about 5 minutes and then she starts to crab and whine and has no desire to be in the kitchen with us. This year was different. She "wanted" to help. She stayed in the kitchen with us for nearly 2 hours! She helped us bake, and belted out her singing voice to sing along with the Christmas carols playing in the background. She stirred..........

.....She helped Daddy put the Hershey Kisses in the bowl while waiting for the cookies to bake.....

....She helped put the rolled up dough into the sugar.......

....So she can shake the bowl! She needed a wee bit of help to ensure the sugar didn't go flying everywhere....... ; )

Our first batch.......Cranberry, white chocolate oatmeal cookies! YUM!

The second batch were these Peanut Butter Blossoms. Which, by the way, Cortney LOVED! The chocolate all over her face was proof of that!

My son is going to be 15 soon, and I am so glad that he isn't too "cool" to bake with us. He loves to cook and such and is actually pretty good at it! Someday when he is all grown up, he will be a self-sufficient bachelor! ; )

.....Never trust a man with an orange spatula! ; )

Today is my last day of school! I am so excited to have two weeks off! I love not having a rigorous schedule to follow, and spending a bit more time as a family, instead of heading off into 25 directions, like we normally do! : D

Have a great day!!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

JustRite Christmas....

Good morning to you! I am fortunate enough to be able to spend the day with hubby while the kids are at school. He worked 6 straight 14 hour days and decided to take the day off. We are going to finish our Christmas shopping, have lunch, and just recharge the ole' batteries!

I have a Christmas card to share with you today that uses the O' Christmas Tree set by JustRite. I embossed it in silver embossing powder. I used my paper cutter to slice around the tree. The edges were inked a bit. The trunk was stamped in brown Memento ink. The snowflake is by Spellbinders. I did a bit of machine sewing and added mica flakes everywhere!

For the bottom of the card I hand cut the pink paper, added glossy accents and loaded it with the mica flakes. I added pink pom poms to the bottom of my tree. I tied seam binding and added a smaller snowflake, also by Spellbinders. I tied 3 of my self-painted jingle bells, (tutorial HERE) with twine, and added a little "snowball" to the center! ; )

I loved hearing about all of the projects you are working on! I would love to see them! If you post your pics on your blog, please let me know so I can stop for a visit! : )

Off to get ready for my big "date!" :D

Ribbons and Rosettes Winner! chose number 45! This means that Cathy has won!
Cathy said...

Homemade ornaments are so special, most of what is on my tree is homemade. I love yours, sooo pretty.Right now i am working on cards and decorated treats for a few customers. Merry Christmas.

Thank you everyone for playing along......I will have another giveaway later this week, so stay tuned! : )