Holiday preparations continue at my house, as I rush to get things ready before the family starts arriving tomorrow. After much time this weekend, I’m happy to say that the tree is up, and most of the decorating is done. Things are looking pretty festive around here! So now I can turn my attention to the next step….finishing up my gifts and getting them wrapped. This year I am really making an effort on giving handmade. Today I am sharing a quick and sweet gift idea on the Authentique blog, perfect for co-workers or neighbors, or just about anybody on your gift-giving list.
I’m thinking this little jar of hot cocoa mix is sure to be a hit with everyone this holiday. And I love how easy this gift is to put together in bulk and personalize with a fun gift tag. Simply add hot cocoa mix in the bottom of the jar, followed by your favorite toppings. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Authentique’s cut apart Enhancements sheets have the most adorable little journaling cards that work wonderfully as tags. These here are from the Tradition collection. I layered two cards together with a bit of lace and stitching for detail. Then simply notch the top corners and punch a hole for an instant gift tag. The fun little gingers, hearts, and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink.
I’ve been saving recycled jars for quite some time. Many condiment and jelly jars are just the right size, and after a coat of paint on the lid, make perfect gift containers. I dressed up the top of the lid with some die cuts, holly berries and leaves, and a holiday sticker popped up for depth.
Then a bit of ribbon and trim to tie on the tag, and you are done. So quick and easy. LOVE that!
So my friends, tell me….
How are your holiday preparations coming along?
Posted in Authentique Paper, Design Team | Tagged altered jars, Authentique Tradition Collection, DIY, handmade holiday gifts | 10 Comments »
It’s been a few days, and I’m happy to say I’ve made a wee bit of progress on my holiday decorating. My parents are arriving early next week, and my boy will be done by then with his exams, so I’ve given myself a deadline to be finished by then. I’ve been hauling out lots of pretties, but my poor tree is still looking pretty bare. Fortunately I’ve got lots of fun new ornaments to hang, including my winter white stars and holiday bouquet stockings. And today I have one more new ornament to share with a fun gift packaging idea I made for Authentique using Tombow adhesives, our product partner this week on the Authentique blog
I have a soft spot for snowmen. I started this little guy way back in January, but I’m afraid to say he’s been neglected until now. Now he’s all smartly done up with his little stitched pocket all filled with holiday treats and his shabby coffee stain finish. He’s made from scraps of leftover fabric and felt, with a small bit of hand-stitching. Love how he turned out.
I decided that with something as cute as this little guy to gift, I shouldn’t tuck him away inside a box, but rather let him become part of the whole gift packaging. So I came up with a pouch envelope idea that can hold all sorts of holiday treats and gifties, and is super easy to create using Joyous papers and die cuts and Tombow adhesives.
I’ve got the easy step-by-step directions up on the Authentique blog
, if you’d like to learn more. And be sure to leave a comment while you are there, for a chance to win an amazing prize package filled with Authentique goodies and Tombow adhesives.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful weekend!
Posted in Authentique Paper | Tagged Christmas, envelope, gift packaging, Joyous, Tombow | 15 Comments »
The Little Missy has informed me that I need to focus my energies on getting our Christmas decorations up. Here we are, halfway through the first week in December, and I’ve hardly gotten started. Makes me nervous to think Christmas is only three weeks away. I need to get the lead out. There’s still so much to do.
But along the way, I’ve been enjoying myself. You all know how much I love decorations! Still working on a few new ones to add to our tree this year, like these stockings I made with Holiday Bouquet fabric from Blend, our product partner this week on the Therm O Web blog.
These little cuties just make me smile. They are the perfect size for holding a few small treasures, and look great on the tree or tied to the top of gift packages. I lined them with Therm O Web fleece interfacing to give them lots of structure and shape, and then gave them a coffee bath for a shabby vintage finish.
I’ve got the step-by-step directions, including the supply list and pattern up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.
And some fun news….
Have you heard about our 12 Days of Giveaways!
Visit the Therm O Web blog daily through December 14th! We have a new giveaway each day that you won’t want to miss!
Our giveaway today is a good one for all those paper crafters…our friends at Die Cuts With a View are known for their amazing Paper Stacks. This giveaway is for 3 of their beautiful NEW Holiday Stacks! Plus we’ll send you a collection of some of our favorite adhesives to use along with their wonderful papers!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
Posted in Design Team, DIY Crafts, Therm O Web | Tagged Blend Fabric, Christmas, handmade, Holiday Bouquet, ornaments, pattern, stockings | 20 Comments »
It was wonderful to have so much extra time over this long holiday weekend to just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. I know Thanksgiving weekend is crazy shopping weekend for many, and a start to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. But for one who avoids all stores and shopping malls and crowds, Thanksgiving weekend is really rather restful.
Instead of shopping, I’ve been busy putting up my tree and working on my Christmas decorations. Every year, I like to add a new handmade ornament to my collection. I have to say that I am quite smitten with little felt and fabric ones. This year, I made up some winter white stars to hang in my tree and tie up in my packages. And instead of hand cutting all the pieces, like I usually do, this year’s ornament was super quick and easy to craft, thanks to the help of my Sizzix star die.
In years past, I would have downloaded a star template, traced it onto fabric, and hand cut each and every star. How nice it was to simply die cut the fabric instead, taking just a minute or two to cut an entire stack, with no pinning, no tracing lines to erase or avoid, no extra snips to cover up. Talk about your time saver!
Once the stars were cut, I added a simple stamped sentiment in red ink. The Joy is from the Sizzix Hero Arts Snowman Stamp & Die set. You’ll be seeing more of that set from me later this month, because that snowman is to die for……..haha!
Then a simple hemp cord and a vintage pearl button. A bit of soft felted fleece for the backing. Sweet and simple. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.
So tell me friends…what did YOU do this weekend? Any holiday decorating for you?
Posted in Design Team, DIY Crafts, Sizzix | Tagged Big Shot, Christmas ornaments, felt ornaments, Sizzix/Hero Arts, Snowman Stamp & Die set, Stacked Stars Die, stars | 18 Comments »
Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Things were very quiet here at our house, but that’s just how I like it. To me, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about the celebration of family and home, and I am so grateful to have both, thankful that my boy was home from college so that my little family could all be together for the day. So when the BasicGrey team was asked to create projects sharing what Thanksgiving means to us, I could think of nothing more fitting than documenting my two biggest blessings together on one of my favorite type of projects, a funky junk upcycled thrift store frame.
Little compartmentalized frames are a great way of adding a bit of festive cheer to your home décor, while documenting all the things you are most grateful for. This frame was the perfect fit for highlighting my two biggest blessings, my home and my sweet family.
I try to always keep my eye out for frames like this on my junk hunts. You can often find unusual pieces for a real bargain. Then just add photos and a few basic scrapbooking supplies for a unique and personal decor accent that’s super inexpensive to make.
I know you’ve seen this photo before, but it’s a real favorite of mine. Those two kiddos definitely hold the key to my heart.
All the papers and embellishments are from the Persimmon collection. I have to say I’ve got a major crush on this line! I used my most favorite paper in the upper left corner along with a beautiful die cut transparency sentiment label. Instant easy title block.
The little house was paper pieced using an adorable new house die from Sizzix and a variety of papers from the 6×6 pad. I added a fun chipboard bird and a couple of die cut banners and tiny alpha stickers. I like to remove the glass from the frame so that I can build upwards and add layers and depth. I think it adds a lot more interest that way.
The rest of the team has some truly amazing Thanksgiving projects to share with you on the BasicGrey blog that I know you will love. And anyone interested in some Black Friday deals? Now through Monday, you can save big on select Bundle Kits from BasicGrey, including 25th&Pine, Capture, Monograms, and more. You can find all the details here.
And speaking of Black Friday….are any of you out there Black Friday shoppers? Braving the crowds today? Not me! I try to stay as far away from any stores or shopping centers on this day as I can. Nope, I much prefer staying snug at home over Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe I’ll tackle some Christmas decorating instead. But whatever YOU do, I hope you have a very wonderful day. And thanks so much for stopping by!
Posted in 2013-2014 BasicGrey Design Team, BasicGrey | Tagged altered frame, home decor, Persimmon collection, Thanksgiving | 16 Comments »
Yes, the best day ever…that’s what today is starting out to be. Thanksgiving break has begun. I’ve got my boy home from college, and my girl off from school. My little house is complete, and all is right in my world. That is, until I start trying to make pie later today and everything falls apart!
But for now, best day ever….and a little card made with the Persimmon collection on the BasicGrey blog. 6×6 Papers, layered pieces from the Die Cuts & Transparencies pack, a title sticker, trim, and fun candy buttons. The gorgeous flowers are chipboard shapes, popped up with foam dots, cause this girl likes things bumpy.
I’m hoping the weather cooperates so that I can get some photos of my pilgrims and turkeys to share with you all later today. It’s been so gloomy here this week. And hoping all my friends in the states have a very, very happy Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for stopping by friends. Wishing you all the best day ever!
Posted in 2013-2014 BasicGrey Design Team, BasicGrey, Card Making | Tagged Persimmon collection, Thanksgiving cards | 16 Comments »