Thursday, December 29, 2022
Given how the last week has been it's kind of fitting that I'd almost forget my last party of the year. Oops! So here 'tis...all party, no features and apologies. Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year filled with more creativity and whatever sparks your joy!
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Happy Home Stretch Creative Peeps. It's GO time! Hard to believe, isn't it? Actually organized enough this year to have everything done including gifts wrapped with just cooking left. Picked our son up from the airport yesterday and looking forward to just hanging out and enjoying time together. I hope that whatever you're doing...staying home...traveling...hosting...ordering takeout...whatever...is peaceful and joyful. I committed to reducing my stress this year and not trying to overdo it.
This week I shared some Hanukkah gifts I made. The same technique can be used for any occasion or just everyday decor.
And of course, there were lots of inspiring and creative projects shared at last week's party so let's take a look at a few! Wishing you all the joys of Christmas and love and light in the remaining days of Hanukkah!
We love seeing red cardinals in the trees and they are such a symbol of Christmas. This Cardinal Sign from Artsy VaVa is just perfect for the season!
This "Hot Wheels" Christmas Ornament is such a fabulous idea for car lovers big and small. From Me and My Inklings.What a great way to honor toys that may no longer be played with or to purchase new in honor of someone's favorite vehicle.
If you're taking a potted poinsettia or amaryllis as a hostess gift, Saved From Salvage has a great way to dress up a Hostess Gift and make it more special.
Finally, My Thrift Store Addiction shared a delicious holiday treat. Chocolate Filled Puff Pastries in Christmas shapes! Pretty and delicious.
Stay warm and safe with the crazy Winter weather that's hitting everywhere!
Monday, December 19, 2022
Sharing some Hanukkah candles I made for friends. While I'm not Jewish, the Hanukkah story resonates with me as one of perseverance against the odds and a reminder to never give up. Always thrilled when recipients of things I make are happy with them!
- Plain Tall Jar Candles (Dollar Tree)
- Alcohol Inks
- Gold Leaf and Adhesive
- Gold Adhesive Foil (Cricut)
- Digital Cutting Machine ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2)
- Mod Podge Matte
- Vinyl Gloves
I ordered a box of alcohol inks from Amazon and selected two shades of blue. Remove the stickers from the candles and clean with alcohol to remove any residue.
NOTE: Make sure and protect your work surface. I used an empty box.
This was my first time using alcohol inks so I just winged it. I turned the candles upside down and then started dripping the inks down the candle, alternating the two blues. The ink dries quickly, but just to ensure it was really set, I let them sit for a couple of days after I was all done.
I decided to seal them so went over them with a coat of Mod Podge Matte. Once that was dry, I applied gold leaf adhesive (Mona Lisa) around the top, then applied gold leaf using a stiff bristled stencil brush.
Gold leafing is MESSY so I used the same box to catch the excess.
In Cricut Design Space, I chose a font I liked and sized the word "Hanukkah" to fit the length of the candle, then cut it out using a gold adhesive foil. Then applied to each candle.
I also made some gift tags for the recipients to use for their own Hanukkah gifts. I love using scraps to make gift tags, so I grabbed coordinating colors along with some sequins and washi tape to embellish. I cut out some dreidels and stars from some of the scraps.
I cut out the tag bases from blue cardstock, then just went about decorating them.
Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating!
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Is it just me or does it feel like it was just Summer and all of a sudden it's December? I know what the calendar says and I know we had Halloween and Thanksgiving but it just hit me that we're 10 days away from Christmas and 3 days away from Hanukkah and it seems so surreal, like an out of body experience. I mean I've been busy decorating and prepping and shopping but still...
Here's proof! I shared this year's Holiday cards for Christmas and Hanukkah earlier this week,
along with a vintage-inspired Ice Skating sign for outside.
Likewise, I know how busy you all have been creating Holiday goodies for home, friends, and family! Let's take a look at some of the ideas from last week's party because if there's one thing we know as Makers...10 days is plenty of time to whip something up!
I absolutely ADORE this idea shared by Storyteller's Cottage to host a Literary Holiday Tea Party! It could feature a seasonal or favorite book.
How cute are these Gnome Scarves from Sew Crafty Crochet! Easily worn all Winter.
Whether you're ahead of the wrapping game or you need last-minute tags, these Snowmen Tags from Whitehouse Crafts can't be beaten for cuteness or ease!
Finally, Oreos have been a staple of my Holiday cookies forever. They're fun to decorate and make festive. These Iced Wreath Oreo Cookies from Me and My Inklings are no exception. Aren't they pretty?!
Alright Peeps...let's see what you've been up to this week!
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Something you may not know about me is that I was a figure skater for about 10 years. The Olympics were never going to be a thing (although I did skate at the same rink as someone who DID go on to medal and one of my coaches was also an Olympic medalist) but as a result, I love everything to do with ice skating except being at the point now where I'm likely to break a hip!
I've had a pair of skates as part of my decor for years and this year, decided to put them outside on the bench by our front door.
- Wood Art Panel 11x14. These are available at art supply stores as well as Michaels, JoAnn etc.
- White and Black Acrylic Paints
- Black Vinyl (I used Cricut Glossy Black) and Transfer Tape
- Ice Skating Themed Cut File (I found this one at Creative Fabrica)
- Digital Cutting Machines (I used my Cricut Explore Air 2)
The intent of these boards is to use the flat side but I wanted a framed look so I used the underside. Painted it with a couple of coats of white and let dry while I sized and cut the vinyl.
I downloaded this file from Creative Fabrica where I'm a subscriber, and uploaded into Cricut Design Space and sized to fit within my sign. Cut and weeded, then applied the transfer tape.
I set that aside and painted the edges of the board with black acrylic paint. I wanted to match the "old fashioned" look of the sign so a few worn spots here and there where the white shows through.
Then I laid the vinyl where it looked about right, burnished it with my Cricut burnishing tool, and done!
The outside bench is covered so even if we do get some rain it's safe enough so I didn't seal it.
We found this cool wreath last year at an art fair. It's made from the wire bristles used to clean chimneys! I also made this giant Santa Mailbox a few years ago that shares the bench.
Monday, December 12, 2022
I will always be a person who sends snail mail cards. Papercrafting remains my first love and I'm honored that so many of my friends choose to save and even display them as part of their seasonal decor. That means the world to me. Sharing this year's collection of Holiday Cards in shades of icy blue, metallics, and black and white.
- Park Lane Paper Stack First Snow (JoAnn)
- Recollections Paper Stack Black and White Winter (Michaels)
- Black and White 110lb Cardstock (Recollections, Michaels)
- Silver and Gold Cardstock (Recollections, Michaels)
- Layered Cut Files (Creative Fabrica and Craft With Sarah)
- Digital Cutting Machine (Cricut Explore Air 2)
- Tape Gun
- Foam Tape
- Misc. Embellishments
These are the two paper stacks I used in my cards. I was on the hunt early this year. Each stack has a selection of foiled and plain papers and the Park Lane stack is double-sided.
My cardmaking tends to follow a similar process:
- Cut base from 110lb Cardstock to 7x10 to make a 5x7 card
- Score using bone folder and scoring board (Martha Stewart)
- Cut metallic panel 5x7 and attach to front of card
- Cut patterned paper to 4.75x6.75 and attach to metallic panel
TIP: Something that helps me is changing the colors of each layer in Cricut Design Space to match the end result I want. It helps me remember which layer to cut in which color.
White card base, metallic panel, and scrapbook paper panel
Here is each layer of the "Star Tree" card cut out. I usually work from the base layer up which helps me better position each layer. Apply with spray adhesive.
Once you have your layers together, attach your completed focal to your card with foam tape, and embellish away!
For this "Twirly Tree" card, I selected one of the trees from a collection from Creative Fabrica and cut using coordinating glitter paper, white, and silver. Mount using spray adhesive then attach to card using foam tape. For this one, I embellished with tiny clear self-adhesive rhinestones. Background paper is from the Park Lane stack.
I'm never content to do cards in just one style so for this Layered Ornament card (image is also from Creative Fabrica) I used the Recollections Black and White Winter stack, cut the image from black, white, and silver and again used tiny rhinestones and some larger black ones to embellish.
Same process for this Layered Star card, again Park Lane Stack/Creative Fabrica, and embellished with iridescent snowflake and bright gold sequins and rhinestones.
And then finally, this Star Tree card against background paper with metallic trees.
I also make a few Hanukkah cards and got this amazing Menorah cut file from a wonderfully generous Maker named Sarah who blogs at Craft With Sarah
I think it's so beautiful!
They're on their way to their recipients and I hope the like them as much as I loved making them!