Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Holiday Fun 2009

GrandDaughter Mariah Christmas 2009
She lived in that hat all day long.  I guess I forgot what it is like to be 13!

Below she is trying to hula hoop to her Wii Fit game, it was so funny watching her. It is a game that is computer generated on the TV by stepping on this stool. You have  a remote in your hand and you do all the actions.  So in a sence you are doing all the work and if you do not do it right you fail.  So if she did not swing her hips just right or did not catch another hula hoop to earn exta points her game was over.  Then at the end it told her how many calories that she burned off doing that exercise.  But the best part is watching them move when they have no hoop and you just die laughing.

and here are some pictures of their dog Freddie

Don't you just want to love him?

He really is as sweet as he looks!

Showing us his new hair cut.  I want him so so so bad!!!!!!!

Alex and Freddie saying good-by for now.  Will send more after this weekend when I get together with my two daughters and family for our Christmas on Saturday to open presents.  That was the first time we could all get together so we decided to wait till then to share. We are getting together at Stephanie's house where these pictures were taken so I am sure Freddie will sneek in a few mug shots as well. Until then hope you enjoy and happy holiday let me know what you think.

Christmas Day Pictures 2009

Grandson Alex holding Birthday gift Magnetic/Peg Board
The left side is double thickness of corkboard and the right side has medal behind it so the magnets behind the wooden stars will stick.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Magnetic/Cork Board

Grandson Alex Smith's birthday gift
This is a late birthday gift for my grandson who turned 11 on Nov 14th.  I did not have the materials then but finally got around to doing it. It really did not take much time to make mostly it was finding the supplies (the galvenized tin and cork) then cutting out the metal and waiting for the crystal effects to dry was the hardest.  Basicly I got the idea from a class that my sister went to of Ronda Wade's but her's did not have the cork on it.  Ronda used chipboard for the backing but I had several sheets of artist canvas left from when I was oil painting and they worked just fine.  Then I cut my tin to size and glued it on with the crystal effects and weighted it done with heavy objects to let it dry.  After this I got to start the creating process. 

The cork that I found came in two thicknesses.  One was in a roll very thin.  The other which I purchased came in four sheets 12 X 12, 1/8" in depth.  I cut the cork to fit my board then doubled it and glued with crystal effects.  I was not sure if a single thickness would hold the pushpin tight enough that is why I doubled the cork. But as you can see from the picture I have the pins pushed all the way down. 

The stars are wood cutouts painted, paper added to front then inked around edge. A thin magnet sheet is glued to the back.  Alex's name is also wooden letters painted with acrylic paint then edged with ink and glued with crystal effects. I used the crop-a-dial to make the holes for the rope to hang.  Before adding the rope I glued down a jumbo antique brass eyelet in each hole to give it a more finished look.  If I would of had an extra large washer or bolt I think this would of looked nice also.  I need to make a trip to the hardware store and get some supplies for guy things, buttons only go so far.

I have lots of canvas left so plan on making some more to sell here around the apartment.  I have some smaller sheets 8 X 12 that I think would go great on the outside of our doors as a message board.  Thanks for looking let me know what you think.

PAPER: DSP Prestwick, CS Garden Green
INK: Garden Green, Night of Navy
STAMPS: Terrific Tags
PUNCHES: Small Tag, Tag Punch
ACCESSORIES: 12 X 16 Art Canvas, 12 X 12 Cork Board, Crop-a-Dial, Sticky Strip, Crystal Effects, Wooden Letters, Jumbo Eyelets Antique Brass, Acrylic Paint: Lush Foliage Green & Copehagen Blue

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mariah's Makeup Tray Christmas 2009

Mariah Elizabeth Smith
Make-up Tray Christmas 2009
Well how do you like?  This is for my 13 year old granddaughter Mariah this year for Christmas.  My sister Sandi made some last year for her granddaughters and I have been dieing to make some ever since, thanks for the idea Sandi.  This was so fun and fast to make.  The only hard part was waiting for the modpodge to dry and crystal effects on the beads. I did it all in one night and it was done before I knew it. I wish I could say it was all StampinUp products but sadly it is not but tryed to use as much as I could.



There is a tag added here but you can hardly see it in this picture but it has a flower in the center then I wrote "I Love You" in white gel pen.

The velium butterflies were done using the bigshot die with velium clear cardstock.  Then I sponged ink, purple on the large one and pink on the small one.  I added jewels and glitter to give it some sparkle and curled the wings on the top set ( I doubled each butterfly to give it dimention, then glued together with wire for the stem and a brad for the head). All the flowers and the butterflies were applied using wire this way I could play with them and move them were I wanted them.  I just threaded the wire through the handle of the wooden tray.  The wooden letters and the micro beads are glued on using crystal effects. I used the modpodge on the bottom of the tray while appling layers of my cardstock.  Make sure you use gobs of modpodge the more the better and no air pockets in the paper.  It will show milky white until dry.  After drying I applied two more layers but you can add as many as you want.  If I had more time I think I would of went to the store and had a piece of glass cut to cover the bottom so if Mariah spills she can clean it up easier.  Hope you enjoy let me know what you think.  Merry Christmas.

P.S. Woops don't forgot to paint the back of your letters as I did here.  Lucky thing I have not given it to her yet.
PAPER: DSP: Flowers For You, Tea Party  CS: Regal Rose, Lovely Lilac, Pretty In Pink, Clear Velium
INK: Regal Rose, Perfect Plum
PAINT: Acrylic Sweet Pea & Cherry Blossom Pink
PUNCHES: Spring Flower Bouquet, Scallop Circle, Scallop Square, Scallop Oval, Boho Blossoms
ACCESSORIES: ModPodge, Wooden Letters, Micro Beads, Crystal Effects, Jewels, Brads, Silk Flowers, Wire, Jute Rope, Bigz Beautiful Butterflies Die, Big Shot, Micro Beads Clear, Grommets

Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 Christmas Cards using Top Note Big Shot Die

Elf Shoes

Isn't this the cutiest? The left side is of the outside of the card and the right picture is of the inside of my card.  I got the general idea of the outside of the card online from Marie Shaughnessy, thanks Marie, I just love your idea.

The shoes are cut using the bigshot TopNote die cut down.  You can get  two sets of shoes from one note.  You use the 1 3/8" and 3/4" circle punch to form the top of the shape of the shoes. You cannot see because the flower is covering it but the tip of the shoe comes to a point from the circle punch.  The flower is from the Boho Blossoms punch with a brad in the center then put on with a pop dot to make it stand out.  The buckle is first punched on SU Brushed Copper cardstock with the Single Slot hand held punch then cut to size to make the buckle.  The oval saying is put on with VersaMark, Copper Embossing Powder, then heat set. I inked the edge of the Real Red cardstock with Basic Black ink to give it depth and flow, I also did the same on the inside on the Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp on the inside is from StampinUP "Bearing Gifts". I made 22 of these and only have a few left after sending out my  cards. Hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think.

STAMPS: Christmas Punch, Bearing Gifts
PAPER: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Brushed Copper, DSP Cutie Pie
INK: Staz On Jet Black, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, VersaMark
PUNCHES: Wide Oval, 1 3/8" Circle, 3/4" Circle, Boho Blossoms, Single Slot Hand Held Punch
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, XL TopNote Die, Mini Glue Dots, Gold Brads, Zig Pointy Gold/Silver Marker, SU Markers, Sponges, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercer Soft Mat, Copper Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Snail Adhesive, Sizzix Small Dots Embossing Plate, Sizzix Multi Purpose Platform, Sizzix Texturz Accessory Silicon Rubber, Sizzix Texturz Accessory Impressions Pad

Patchwork TopNote Die outside

Patchwork TopNote Die inside
This is my second card for this year.  This one I got the idea for the outside from, thanks.  This was a very time consumming card.  First you have to punch out all the 1 1/4" sqs to form a 5 X 3 1/2" rectangle to place on the bigshot to cut out your top note from.  I glued my squares to my chocolate chip cardstock and left a little space between each square to give it that quilted look.  I used SU stamp "Holiday Best" inside the Ivory HodgePodge Hardware on the outside, applieing this before glueing  down to card.  I also added my ribbon before adding my layers.  The Originals Apline 5/8" ribbon matched so perfect here I just loved it.  I was not sure on what to do for the inside but saw all the negative pieces left over setting on my table from the topnote cutouts I though why not use them.  So I traced the outlie of the note first in pencil.  Then inked the background of the card in Always Artichoke using a sponge going over the line just a little.  Then I glued on the topnote.  I used SU stamp "Perfect Presentation" with Always Artichoke ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then punched it out with the Designer Label Punch.  I continued to layer with River Rock, Real Red, and Old Olive and cutting around each layer to contunue patteren.  Hope you like this idea

STAMPS: Holiday Best, Perfect Presentation
PAPER: DSP: Holiday Harmone & Paper Dashing, Cardstock: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
INK: Chocolate Chip, Real Red Marker, Always Artichoke
PUNCHES: Designer Label Punch
ACCESSORIES: Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Paper Piercer, Aqua Painter, 5/8" Originals Alpine Ribbon, 5/8" Sleigh Bells Ribbon

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fancy Treat Boxes-Reindeer and Santa

Reindeer and Santa showing side view of fancy box.

Front View of Reindeer and Santa
Here are the last two fancy favor treat boxes. I can just see them filled with candy canes, mixed nuts, trail mix, chex mix, or candy kisses.  I think they would look great on someones dest at work.  Look below for the other two, snowman and elf that goes with the set.

PAPER: Soft Suede, Whisper White
INK: White Gel Pen, Black Journaler
PUNCHES: Eyes: Large Oval, 1/2" Circle Punch, Nose: 1" Circle Punch, Ears: Wide Oval, Face: Top Note Sizzlet Die, Horns: Sizzix Flourish #2
ACCESSORIES: Red Micro & Red Glass Beads, Ribbon, Tacky Glue, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, XL Fancy Favor Die Cut Box, 2-Way Glue

PAPER: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
INK: Cameo Coral, White Gel Pen
PUNCHES:  Sizzix Top Note (face, beard, mustach, and hat), Trim on Hat: Scallop Oval, Eyes: 1 1/4: round, 1/2" round, Nose & Mouth: 1" round
ACCESSORIES: Pom Pom, Mini Glue Dot. Tacky Glue, Snail Adhesive, Sticky Strip, Sponge Dauber, Big Shot & accessories, XL Fancy Favor Die Cut, Sizzix background plate Flourish: for ovals on hat, mustash, and beard.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fancy Treat Boxes-Christmas

Snowman and Elf Fancy Favor Treat Box
Well I finally got two of the four complete of this set.  Are they not sweet?  Sorry about being so slow lately in posting but have been kine of lazy and just laying around recovering. Went to the doctors yesterday and lost all the water weight plus seven pounds more so am on top of the world right now.

But to get back to my projects these are cases from several places but mostly from Sandy Haines, I think that is how you spell her last name. I changed the hat on the snowman and the ears and collor on the elf.  They are not real big but it is a good size goodie box and would look great with either candy canes or candy inside. Hope you enjoy making these as much as I did let me know your comments, thanks.

PAPER: Whisper White, Basic Black, Only Orange
INK: Cameo Coral, Basic Black Journaler, White Gel Pen
PUNCHES: Eyes: Large Oval, Small Oval, Mouth: 1/4" circle, Hat: Top Note Die, Snowflake: Sizzlits Die Merry Details.
ACCESSORIES: Top Note XL Die, XL Fancy Box Favor, Big Shot, Sponge Douber, 2-Way Glue, Dimentionals, Snail Adhesives, Sticky Strip,

PAPER: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, More Mustard, Whisper White
INK:  Cameo Coral, White Gel Pen, Black Journaler
PUNCHES: Big XL Fancy Favor, Big XL Top Note, Ears: Wide Oval Punch,3/16" Corner Rounder Punch for tip of ears, Eyes: Large Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Nose: 1" Circle Punch
ACCESSORIES: Bell, Cordurory button, Tacky Glue to hold down bell, Snail Adhesive, Sticky Strip, Wire to adhear bell, Sponge Douber