Friday, November 30, 2012

Rosette Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone,
Happy Friday :)
Today I'm sharing with you a Christmas tree made out of rosettes. If you are not familiar with making rosettes check out my video HERE.

Mom told me about this tree she made and I got to see if yesterday. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one. She found the instructions through the Gentleman Crafters blog and he made one using THESE instructions from Archivers. I had a blast making this last night.
There are two things I would do differently. There are three layers on the bottom the same size. I would make the third layer a 1/4" smaller so that it doesn't look like the tree has a step up. I would probably do that with all the layers that are the same size and I would also ink the edges. I still want to add a little glitter to look like snow and I'm thinking this would be fun to use a punched edge with too.
After making this last night I know one thing....I need a new hot glue gun...if you all have any recommendations please share...I have the worst gun there is, my finger was so sore last night having to squeeze the trigger so hard to get the glue to come out...I certainly need a new one.

Here are a few pictures of my finished tree.

For the top I added a small rosette like the instructions said but I think I need to add a little something to that too.

I used a little cork topper for a jar I have as the tree base but it's too small. I need to get a paper mache box for the base and cover it with paper.

This is a great project as a way to use up some old Christmas paper you have around. I'm going to make a few more. One for my desk at work for sure. Hope you all have a great weekend.
Hugs and happy crafting,

Monday, November 26, 2012

CWC 11/26/12 Christmas Gift Bags

Happy Monday Everyone,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have a few Christmas gifts that will need gift bags so I decided to make a few of my own with materials I had on hand rather than going out and buying them. Here is a video on how I put together the one above :) I put to good use the little tags I made with the leftovers from my holiday cards.

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I hope you enjoyed today's video.
Let me tell you about our Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time at my parent's house with my sister, brother and his family. You know how there is always one thing that goes wrong during the holidays...Wednesday the smoke/CO detector went off saying there is CO in the house...ugh...we called the gas company and they came out and checked to find no CO in the house. Yeah!!!! Thanksgiving day around 12:30 in the afternoon beep beep beep....NO!!!!! This time we left the windows closed like the guy the day before told us and called the gas company...he didn't find any CO either. He goes and checks the furnace and notices something is wrong and says...I can't leave you like this...we're going to have to shut it down...WHAT!!!! so to make a long story short this poor/kind man stayed for two hours Thanksgiving day and managed to temporarily fix our furnace so not to have to leave us without but we will have to have it replaced. Luckily our faulty detector went off before something major happened. On the upside it is the very last large expense that we knew we would have to do sooner or later in the house. At least it will be safe and we'll be toasty warm this winter. So that was my Thanksgiving holiday, we didn't let it ruin our family time and we already have three estimates in the works for the new furnace.
Friday mom and I did some major xmas shopping. We started out at 5 am Friday morning and shopped for almost 9 hours.  We are happy to report that we are done and ready for gift giving. Just need to wrap those presents. The tree is up and the house is decorated, let the holiday begin.

I hope you all have a great day.
Hugs and happy crafting,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

December Daily Tags

Hi Everyone,
Tomorrow is the big day, turkey day :) Friday mom and I are hitting the stores for Black Friday shopping, and then Friday night when I'm just about ready to crash from a shopping marathon Scott, Ethan and I put up the tree. Just the lights so that Saturday I'm ready to go with decorating the house from top to bottom. We did the outside lights this past weekend.
Today I wanted to share with you what I worked on over the weekend. They are my tags for my December Daily album. I'm working my way backwards with the dates and still have more to go (lots more). I'm using the December Countdown stamp set from paper trey ink and stamped them out using Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado ink. I alternated the colors and the wreaths so each one looks a little different. Then I cut  out a whole bunch of different die shapes using PTI dies in vintage cream cardstock which I inked with walnut stain ink and I'm using to make my tags.

Here are my Christmas Eve and Day tags. I stamped out December in PTI kraft ink on all the tags and also added to these the Christmas Eve and Day stamps. For the 25th I used Tag Sale #3 die, added some seam binding that I dyed to match the scarlet jewel ink color, some snowflake wood veneers, and then stamped Santa using the Santa Stationary stamp set also from PTI. The 24th is a real simple look with just some glitter on the edges of the die cut.

Here is a picture of all the ones I got done so far. Still have lots more to do and hope to get a little time in my room today after I drop Ethan off at school and hit the grocery store.

Have a great day everyone. I probably won't have any other finished projects this week as the rest of the week will be spent with family but I'll be back next week.

Monday, November 19, 2012

CWC 11/19/12 Winter Hills (Video)

Good Monday everyone,
I can't believe its Thanksgiving week already. Is the turkey purchased? My 22lb turkey is in the fridge defrosting :) Dinner is at mom's but I'm making the turkey here this year so that mom can work on everything else (like those yummy apple pies).
So who went to see Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 this weekend? I went with my sister and niece on Saturday and I want to see it again. It was fabulous, but I won't say anything just in case you didn't see it yet..Okay enough yacking...
Ready for today's video :)Be sure to watch to the very end...I added a few little funnies from the video.

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Hope you enjoyed...A link to the seam binding is below. If you want to see a video on how to dye your own CLICK HERE
Have a great day everyone and see you back here later this week,
Hugs and happy crafting