Thursday, December 15, 2011

BFF Open House Link Party #32 and BFF the creative imperative!

‘Twas 10 days before Christmas and all through the blogs, not a crafter was quiet as bumps on a log. The creative were busy, the cooks and the arty, it’s time to link up for our weekly link party!  OK stop groaning; I’ll stop :)

This week I’d like to introduce you to Jamie from the creative imperative. She’s been busy getting ready for Christmas, decking her halls in fine fashion. You may remember her from last week’s party features with her gorgeous ruffled tree skirt:
I also love her “O Holy Night” light. It’s a lamp she re-did ( you have to go see how she did the lampshade) and then wrote the words to the carol “O Holy Night” on the base in dry erase marker!
I don’t know about you, but when I’m waiting for the icing to set on a gingerbread house, I usually just lick the icing off a spoon or something. Jamie does creative things like this marshmallow tree:
And then puts it under a dome! Adorable.

Beyond Christmas, Jamie has done some amazing projects like transforming her son’s room into Spiderman’s lair and many other creative and inspiring ideas, so I hope you will go and visit her. It really is a creative imperative !
Now, time to see what everyone’s been up to….tick tock…counting down!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Please Don't Taste The Vanilla Bean Bath Salts

Since I became rather addicted to Epsom Salts this holiday season, I thought I should at least do one thing with them for which they are actually intended. Making homemade bath salts isn’t a new idea but here’s my take on it.
Vanilla Bean Bath Salts (2)
Vanilla Bean Bath Salt

Vanilla Bath Salt Ingredients
I followed basic guidelines I found online. 3 parts Epsom Salt to 1 part Baking Soda ( I found a big box of baking soda at Target with the cleaning supplies). Then I kinda improvised!
I figured if you can infuse sugars with vanilla beans, why couldn’t you infuse bath salts? So I did.
Vanilla Bath Salts Mix
I mixed my ingredients together, sliced open a vanilla bean, plopped it in there and mixed some more. Then I added just a few drops of vanilla extract for good measure.
Vanilla Bean  Salts
Fished out my vanilla beans and dropped them in the bottom of the glass jar I bought for my bath salts. I got the jar at Cost Plus where I also got my “scoops”. More on that later.

Poured in my salts and done. Well with that part. I wanted to pretty up my jar and since it was going in a bathroom, went with vinyl instead of paper to embellish the jar. Cut some shapes from the Damask Décor Cricut cart on my Expression in brown and gold vinyl.
Vanilla Bean Bath Salts
Tied some twine and ribbon yarn around the neck and added a little of this star garland I had in my stash
One of those things you pick up because it’s pretty and don’t know when you’ll use it?

Finished the top off with a gold vinyl cutout and a vintage button. Now for the scoop on the scoop. I was looking for individual spice or coffee scoops (you know how you get an idea in your head about what you want and how dare the store not have it?) and was about to give up and buy a pack of different sizes which I didn’t really want and then found that Cost Plus has a whole section devoted to tasting sized stuff! YAY! Spoons and Forks and Spreaders Oh My. I found these little square tasting spoons that I’m going to use as scoops!
Vanilla Bean Bath Salts
See? I still managed to find a way to use something for other than its intended purpose!
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yes Virginia. This Is A Christmas Card!

I could tell from the envelope that there would be a treasure inside. My life longiest BFF ( since 7th grade!) is a true artist. She’s one of those naturally talented people who for as long as I can remember could draw ANYTHING freehand without instruction.

She went on to expand her creative talents into sewing just about anything including her own wedding gown, home décor, art dolls,  gorgeous gifts…you name it. She’s done some very creative Christmas cards over the years but this is my absolute favorite:
It is a 3-D Gingerbread House! It folds flat to mail but with a easy twist, pops right into shape. I just had to share it. And this is so her…look at all of the details done by hand:
Twisted chenille stem candy canes. Ribbon candy trim and puff paint trees and snow!
Look at the sides and the roof!

And for privacy, I’m not sharing the inside but if you undo the bow, the doors open and there’s a pic of her gingerbread family complete with Santa hats!

How could I not share this? She’s not a blogger but since I am, what’s the point of having a blog if you can’t show off your BFFs?
Love you, you.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Glitter Is For Hanukkah Too! Hanukkah Card

I’m a glittermaniac lately so I was quite thrilled when I found glittered cardstock that I could use for some Hanukkah cards I wanted to make for friends.

Hanukkah Glitter Card
Michaels had their glitter cardstock 10 (12x12) for $10 last week. It’s hard to capture just how gorgeous this blue is in a picture but trust me it is!

I generated the menorah from my PrintShop program , printed on a textured cardstock, and then went over the candles with an iridescent Stickles glitter glue.
Glitter Hanukkah Card
I also accented the dreidel. Mounted this on gold glitter cardstock and then on the blue.

I made the main panel for the card from a spongy blue paper with a strip of the blue metallic and added a row of gold glitter ribbon. Hey, if you’re going to go glitter, go all in!
Hanukkah Glitter
To finish, added a strip of blue rhinestones I had in my stash ( more from last year’s after season Michaels binge).
Hanukkah Glitter Card

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BFF Open House Link Party #31 Wrap Up and Features

Once again, a huge thanks to everyone who linked up at Friday’s BFF Open House. I hope you all enjoyed meeting Lesley from Freaking Craft.

I continue to be inspired by the incredible creativity that’s shared each week. Here are just a few highlights:

Jamie, from the creative imperative shared this gorgeous ruffled Christmas tree skirt.
It’s so pretty, you could just skip decorating the tree!

It would look fantastic in a room with this Nagoya Wreath, shared by Michele from The Scrap Shoppe:
The wreath is named for the stencil she used on the fabric she painted and then in a genius move, she mounted this on a charger.

Since I love ordinary materials transformed into things of beauty, I was stunned to learn that this trendy tree started out as moving boxes:
Go visit Tracy at Screaming Sardine to see how she did this.

The minute Mr. Chocolate sees this, I’m going to hear about it until I make one. Jenn from Rook No.17 shared an AMAZING Restoration Hardware knockoff that has to be seen to be believed:
The original is a wallet busting $995. Jenn estimates her cost at $25. I know which price I like!

And finally, you know I have to include a chocolate feature right? And what goes better with chocolate than peanut butter? And what’s better than FUDGE?! Trick question because the answer is nothing!

When you’re done drooling, go visit Carlee and Alyssa over at LadyBirdLN to get the recipe!

If you were featured, please fee free to grab a button (which for some reason does not want to be centered)

Have a creative week and hope to see you all again on Friday!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stay Away Hoarders People. Wherein I Use My Paper Scraps.

I wonder if the Hoarders producers have ever thought of doing a crafter’s edition? Specifically paper crafters. I always have scraps left over from making cards and there’s no way I’m just going to throw them away. Not after I fell in love with all of that paper in the first place. But I confess, the scraps add up. Tags are the perfect way to use them.
Christmas Tag Supplies (2)
I cut tags out using my Cricut Expression ( Plantin Schoolbook cart) and gathered up some scraps from my Christmas cards to cover the tags with and punched shapes from other scraps to use. I usually have a stash of tags from the office supply store but I actually ran out and had to remember which cartridge had a tag shape!
Christmas Tag Step 1
Trimmed my scraps and laid out two pieces for each tag.
Christmas Tags Step 2
I tore some of the pieces and left the others as they were cut because I was also going to use up some scrapbook borders I used in my cards.
Recollections Borders
Then I just played with different combinations and added some of my punched shapes, glitter glue, self adhesive rhinestones etc.
Christmas Tags Closeup

The one on the right actually used a scrap of glittered ribbon that was left over.

Christmas Tags 2

Christmas Tags 3

This is also a great way to use up those onesie twosie embellishments.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

BFF Open House Link Party #31 and BFF Freaking Craft!

OK folks. I’ve begged. I’ve pleaded. But time will just NOT slow down! SO here we are already at the 2nd Friday of December snowballing towards Christmas!

I know everyone’s been busy in their workshops so can’t wait to see what you creative elves have been up to! This week, I’d like to introduce you to Lesley from the blog Freaking Craft! Let me tell you, she’s hilarious in addition to being a talented and creative kinda gal.

When she’s not busy as an actor, educator, wife to her wonderful hubs and mom to her cute daughter, she’s well I’ll let her tell you:
i discovered the world of crafting. and i have to admit,
i freaking love it.
but more than that, i love to take something that i've most likely purchased at a thrift store/goodwill or at a yardsale and transform it into something that freaking makes me smile.
She makes me smile too. Take a look at these gorgeous DIY mercury glass trees:
and her gorgeous ( complete with hilarious tutorial) DIY vintage glass ornaments:
Lesley has had some awesome printables that she has generously shared. I love the one she has for Christmas.

Really, I hope you will pop over to Freaking Craft and visit. I know Lesley would love to have you. 

Now, time to link up! Rules are simple. If you made it, link it. Please link to your specific post and not your main blog page and no advertising or shops please. Tis the Season to be jolly so won’t you also go visit at least one other busy elf?