Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Decking the halls...

The holidays are all about making hand-crafted decorations (and cookies, and gifts, and... and... and...)

So I started with a simple banner. It reads "Merry & Bright"...

These are individually cut triangles, strung up with a very thin silver string (through holes at each top corner of the triangle).

The "fringe" or "pleat" across the top is a 1/2" x 12" strip of thin scrapbook paper. I ran adhesive across the back of the strip and then roughly folded / glued it to the top of each triangle.

I ran the edge of the scrapbook paper along the edge of a stamp pad to give it some color and depth. And then used a friends letter cutting tool cut out the letters! The letters are then capped off with some silver glitter/glue to make it resemble a frosting of snow (sorta).

Are YOU making any decorations, gifts, etc this holiday season?

And yes, I think I'll be hanging some twinkle lights with this banner... but that will have to wait for the weekend...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Thankful" pennant banner... just in time for Thanksgiving!

Using a few pieces of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper I cut some triangles... and then decorated them.

I sure enjoyed hanging out in the craft room this afternoon...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Altered Envelope Scrapbook...for Christmas or anything else

Using Stampin' Up!'s Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper and the Holly & Jolly Rub-Ons we can turn medium sized envelopes into sleeves for scrapped pictures. Glueing them together creates an accordion-like book that holds all sorts of memories.

Take a gander...

It's easy to embellish each layer and page with stamped images, rub-ons or other embellishments. Stampin' Up! creates all sorts of ideas that will work with this project simply perfectly!

The backbone of this scrapbook is two 6" x 12" strips... so cut one 12" x 12" page in half, yes... THAT easy! They are overlapped slightly in the middle panel.

Have fun! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

let the holiday packages begin...

In this package went the following items: sugar cookies, toffee, sweet and salty crunch.

One uber-lucky individual is going to receive this package in the next day or two... who will it be?! who will it be?!

As you can see I have repurposed a cute little tin ... and decorated it for a fun pre-Thanksgiving gift.

I had so much fun putting this together and sending it off! I can't wait to hear from the very special person who receives this in the mail...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

All dressed up, with somewhere special to go...

What are you looking at?

You're looking at a 6" x 6" x 3" tin that's been dressed up to be so much more than that! Since I'm going to be stacking a ton of cookies in the tin I need to make the "walls" much taller.

This is where we started... by lining the tin with parchment paper. I adhered (or is it "adhesed"?!) the paper to the bottom of the tin so it wouldn't move around too much.

Then I found the STRONG tacky tape. I'm going to use this tacky tape to adhere the scrapbook paper to the tin. Have you used this stuff before? It's STRONG! It's like double sided tape... the red is a protective layer that peels off to expose the other side of the strong tape.

Next I picked a few coordinating (and double-sided) scrapbook pages. These are a few pages from Stampin' Up's "Greenhouse Gala" Designer Series Paper. I wanted to use the yellow side for the "walls" and the darker/floral side as a coordinating border that wraps around the bottom of the tin.

I started by applying the tacky tape to all 4 corners of the tin... and then got ready to apply the designer paper.

A quick peel back of the red layer and it's all ready to go...

And once the designer paper is in place I give it another layer of tacky tape, but from the thinner roll. This will hold the next layer in place as the sheets overlap.

Apply all 4 sheets... and there you have it.

Then I moved on to the embellishment phase.

Turning the paper over, again I used the thinner role of the tacky tape, placing it in strategic places and making sure the sheets would overlap. These strips are 3" x 12". Then I used the scallop edge punch on one edge.

Next I used the dotted scallop ribbon border punch for another layer ...

What else can I put on here? The brown layer was just SCREAMING for a little birdy to join the party...

So I think it's time to load up the cookies...

And then we'll close up shop, with a few more layers of parchment paper on top...

Now isn't it all just the most adorable lil' dressed up package you ever did see?!

And Gramma's recipe for sugar cookies sure is D-A-N-G good!!! This package of cookies was delivered to a very good group of people... I hope they enjoy them!!!

What have YOU altered recently?