Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Double Fold Winter Christmas Card

Good Afternoon!

I have a card to show you today that I call a double fold card.  I cut a piece of card stock 6" x 12" and then scored and folded 3" from each side into the middle.  The finished size is still a 6" x 6" card and it looks really cool when you open it up.  I've used Winter from Saturated Canary again and a 6x6 paper pack from Memory Box.

Here it is...enjoy...

Front of card
Opening the card!!!
Card fully opened!
View of tag and post card!
Close-up of Winter colored with Copics!

My Card Recipe:
     Digital - Winter by Saturated Canary
     Stamps - Christmas Icons & Christmas Tags by LOTV, Bright Spirits by Verve, Giving and Receiving
          by Penny Black
     Paper - Bazzill White and Mistletoe 6x6 paper pack by Memory Box
     Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts (some white edges are painted with BG70 and E41)
     Paper Punches - Branch, Alpine Snowflake, Large Snowflake and Glacial Snowflake by Martha
     Metal Die - Christmas Stacker Tree by A Cut Above, Dainty Duo by Dienamics, Leafy Branch by CC
          Designs, Lovely Fence, Bloomy Tag & Spruce Tree by DooHickey, Classic Oval Large and Small by
          Spellbinders, and Label Eight and Decorative Label Eight by Spellbinders
     Inked Edges - Vintage Photo Distress Ink
     Sparkle & Shine - Stickles Star Dust and Glossy Accents by Inkssentials
     My Stash - Ribbon and Pearls

Colored in Copics:     Face E0000, E00, R01     Eyes E43, E23     Lips R20, R22     Hair E43, E44, E59
Blue B53, BG70, BG72, BG75     Brown Uggs E23, E25, E27, E29     Beige E41, E42, E43, E44
Snow B0000     Outline C00

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Have a great day!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Nikki - Season's Greetings

Hello friends...hope you had a great Tuesday! 

I'm so happy to be back at my crafting desk coloring the day away!!!  It's sooooo fun and relaxing for me...

During the last couple of months I acquired quite a few Saturated Canary Digitals that I have not colored yet so after organizing, labeling and filing them I finally sat down and pulled out my Copics and started coloring.  Today I finished a card using a digital called Nikki.  I really love her cute little skirt, her scarf, gloves and that great big bow in her hair!  She is the cutest Ice Skater ever!!! 

Yea, I know... it's another Christmas card, but I made it in blues instead of reds and greens!  I need about 30 cards for next Christmas so I have to keep making them throughout the year.  I will be making other cards too so, stay tuned...




My Card Recipe:
     Digital - Nikki by Saturated Canary
     Stamps - A5 Verses Set 10 & Christmas Icons by Lili of the Valley and Sparkling Season by the 
          Greeting Farm
     Paper - Bazzill White and 6x6 paper pack Poppy Finch by Memory Box
     Flower - Prima
     Paper Punches - Doily Lace Punch by Martha Stewart
     Metal Die - Label Stacklet 3 & Make a Snowflake Set of 6 by Taylored Expression, Border Frostyville
          by Memory Box and Carousel Bird Cage by Poppy Stamps
     Inked Edges - Vintage Photo Distress Ink
     Sparkle & Shine - Stickles Star Dust, Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and Glossy Accents
          by Inkssentials
     My Stash - Ribbon and Pearls

Colored in Copics:     Face E0000, E00, R01     Lips R20, R22    Grey Shading C00
Blue/Green BG10, BG32, BG43, BG45     Blue B21, B23, B24     Ground/Ice C00, C1, C3  

Thanks for stopping by...

See you again soon...


Thursday, January 3, 2013

James Bear Deck the Halls

Good Morning!  I've finished another "late" Christmas card today...I'm still making them for next Christmas!  This one is using the James Bear Deck the Halls stamp from Lili of the Valley, you can find them HERE.  The card shape is made using a large die from Go Kreate which you can find HERE.  I love their dies because they make die sets large enough for a nice 6x6 card, but you do need to have a Grand Calibur by Spellbinders to cut them out because the dies are to large for the Cuttlebug.

I am still using the Homemade Holidays 6x6 paper pack...I have enough paper left for one more card I think!!!  Amazingly I was able to make 5 different cards with this one 6x6 paper pack.  I LOVE these paper packs because they are already color coordinated for me and some, like this one, have little card tags included.  So much faster than trying to decide on my own papers one by one...

Here is my card for today...enjoy...

Front of card

Inside the card

Close-up of Copic Coloring...Bear is done with dots instead of strokes!

My Card Recipe:
     Stamps - James Bear Deck the Halls by Lili of the Valley, Bright Spirits by Verve and Christmas
          Mini Icon Tags & Christmas Sentiment Tags by Lili of the Valley
     Paper - Bazzill White & Read, 6x6 Paper Pad Handmade Holiday by Simple Stories
     Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts & Petaloo
     Paper Punches - Snowflakes and Garden Trellis by Martha Stewart, Leafy Branch by CCDesigns
           and Vintage Leaf by DooHickey
     Metal Die - Label Stacklets 2 by Taylored Dies and Nesting Circles & Nesting Scalloped Circles
          by Lifestyle Crafts.  The card shape is made using a large Frilly Square #2 by Go Kreate.
     Inked Edges - Distress Ink Vintage Photo
     Sparkle & Shine - Stickles Star Dust and Glossy Accents by Inkssentials
     My Stash - Ribbon and Pearls

Colored in Copics:  Bear - Dotted E30, E31, E33, E35     Blue - BG70+BG18, BG18
Red - R24, R27, R37, R39     Yellow - YR20, Y21, Y11     Green - YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Grey Shading - C00

Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a Great Day!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Christmas Cookie Jars

Hello again!  Here to tell you about another Christmas item I made.  This time it is Christmas Cookie Jars.  I made about 10 of these jars and my daughters and I gave them as gifts.  My granddaughter also gave one to her teacher along with a snowman she made and a batch of the cookies that were the same recipe as the jar ingredients. 

I did find one of the recipes on Pinterest but the others were from a Betty Crocker Cookies in a Jar Book I found at the grocery store.  After layering the dry ingredients from the recipe I closed the jar and added a bow and some jingle bells.  I printed out the "Additional Ingredients" and the "To Prepare Cookies" part of the recipe, mounted it on some pretty Christmas paper, added some little Christmas tags and some snowflakes and tied this to the bow on the cookie jar.  You can't see this but I also added a set of measuring spoons to each of the jars just for fun.

Extra note:  If the ingredients do not completely fill the jar just crinkle up some wax paper or plastic wrap and set onto the top of the ingredients to keep them from moving around and getting mixed up inside the jar.

Here are a couple of the jars I made...

Front of jars look like this
Side view of "Christmas Cookies in a Jar" mix...can you see the crinkled plastic wrap at the top?
Side view of "Prancer's Peanut Butter Cookies"
Here is the Recipe for the "Christmas Cookies in a Jar" that I used...
1 qt. glass jar
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips
Additional Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a 1 qt. glass jar, layer the sugar and brown sugar, packing well between each layer.  Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; spoon into jar.  Top with oats, cranberries and chips.  Cover and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
2. To prepare cookies:  Pour cookie mix into a large bowl; stir to combine.  Beat in butter, egg and vanilla.  Cover and refrigerate for 30  minutes.
3. Drop by tablespoon full 2 inches apart onto un-greased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  Yield: 3 dozen

My granddaughter and I made each of the cookie recipes before I made the jars just to be sure they were yummy!!!  And yes these are!!!

Thanks again for stopping by...


Bottle Brush Christmas Trees

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

I haven't posted in a while because it's been so busy around here...I'm so ready now to get back to my crafting!  I did however finish a couple of Christmas items that I am going to post today.

The first one is a few of the Bottle Brush Christmas Trees I made.  I found these on Pinterest, of course!!!  I Love Pinterest it's so addicting and fun to search.  They have so many clever ideas for Holidays, Parties, Recipes, Clothing...almost anything you can think of.

Anyway...I saw these trees and had to make I made four, three silver and one gold.  The picture is just the three silver trees of which one is made with silver, blue, green and white, and the other two are made with silver, pink and white.  The gold one was made using gold, red and a tiny bit of green, it's very lovely but my daughter took it home before I could get a picture of it!  All of the items came from Michaels Craft Store except the silver and gold bottle brush trees, they came from World Market.  All of the items are hot glued onto the tree.

Here is  a picture of the silver trees...

My Recipe for the Bottle Brush Trees:

     Hot Glue Sticks

     One Bottle Brush Tree from World Market either in silver or gold.  They come on a round wooden stand which I cut small enough to fit into the tea light holder.  Then I hot glued it into the tea light holder cup.

     One Tea Light Holder Cup in either silver or gold.

     Small and Tiny Christmas Ornaments in your chosen color scheme.  I used 10 small ornaments, 7 extra small ornaments and 6 tiny ornaments.

     I also used...20 silver and white berries cut from some Christmas sprigs, 10 metal pieces consisting of flowers, a snowflake and a butterfly, 5 clear mini bead balls and 5 pearl beads.  One silver tree has a string of pink tiny pearl beads wrapped around it and the gold tree had white tiny pearl beads wrapped around it.

Please note that the amount of items you may need will depend on how you want to decorate your tree...this list is just what I used for one tree.

Thanks for stopping by...
Happy New Year!