You’ve Been Grinched

Dec 5, 2014

Here’s a lit­tle some­thing fun to do with your fam­i­ly, this week­end. We “Grinched” some neigh­bors one year in our neigh­bor­hood and had a blast. That year, we also dec­o­rat­ed our Christ­mas tree super bright and funky and called it our “Grinch” tree. This is the one tree we still talk about to this day. You’ve Just Been Grinched! You’ve been select­ed as the recip­i­ent of this orna­ment. The Grinch made it espe­cial­ly for you. If you want to see presents under your Christ­mas tree, Christ­mas morn­ing, you must fol­low his demands. 1. Hang up a copy of his fes­tive face where all can see so you aren’t Grinched again! 2. Make or buy two orna­ments. 3. Send the orna­ments to two unsus­pect­ing friends-you must include a pic­ture of the Grinch and a copy of this let­ter so...

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Photo Ornaments

Dec 4, 2014

  These orna­ments were first blogged about on Decem­ber 13, 2007 and are an easy and fun orna­ment to make for an orna­ment exchange, to give as a house­warm­ing gift using their fam­i­ly pho­to or attached to gifts for fam­ily and friends. Just one thing though, be care­ful… these are very frag­ile! I know first hand because I broke one. I think I’m going to look for some clear plas­tic orna­ments as they will be more durable. Sup­plies Need­ed: Clear Orna­ments, Trans­parency, Maya Road Rubons, Rib­bon, Faux Snow Tools Need­ed: Coluz­zle (cir­cle), Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Print wal­let sized pho­tos in greyscale onto trans­paren­cy Cut out pho­to using your Coluz­zle or oth­er form of cir­cle cut­ter to appro­pri­ate size for your orna­ment Roll up trans­parency and place inside of orna­ment (you might need to flat­ten it out just a bit once it is...

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New Listings in My Etsy Shop

Sep 30, 2014

I real­ly enjoy nee­dle felt­ing and as you can see I’ve been busy. I find cre­at­ing some­thing out of a rolled up piece of wool fun and reward­ing. If you live in the DFW area and are want­i­ng to learn nee­dle felt­ing Car­olyn Ross (The Crafty Scrap­per) and I are try­ing to fig­ure out when I can teach a class. So be on the look­out. This nee­dle felt­ed cup­cake or petit four hol­i­day orna­ment is cre­at­ed from brown, beige, red and green wool. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 1.75″ in width and 2″ in height. The cup­cake sits in a vin­tage can­dy mold and can be found in my Etsy Shop.  Each acorn base is nee­dle felt­ed from wool in col­ors of Teal, Red, Orange, Gold, Green and Light Green then accent­ed with a dried acorn cap. The...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This orna­ment is going to do some seri­ous sparkling on the tree as I cov­ered each Maya Road Pho­to Frame Chip­board piece with iri­des­cent glit­ter. It shim­mers and sparkles beau­ti­ful­ly and will look gor­geous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an orna­ment like this one or sim­i­lar orna­ments below are the prod­ucts I used. Maya Road Pho­to Frames Chip­board, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iri­des­cent Glit­ter, Dia­mond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Ging­ham Trim,1  Hol­ly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jin­gle Bell, Black & White Pho­tos, Black Card­stock, Glue Stick, Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive, Scis­sors, Sand­ing Block Step Out for Mak­ing This Orna­ment: Remove cen­ter square from pho­to frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the pho­to frame, place Dia­mond Glaze over the top...

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Hand Stitched Ornaments

Dec 5, 2013

I love to make hand­made items dur­ing the hol­i­days. I believe it all stems from my child­hood and mak­ing hol­i­day items with my mom. For as long as I can remem­ber she and I have made some­thing for the hol­i­days and these fab­ric orna­ments are fun to cre­ate espe­cial­ly if you like instant grat­i­fi­ca­tion. I did the stitch­ing one night and then stitched the back on the next. The images are Maya Road stamps that I stamped onto nat­ur­al muslin using Archival ink. I stitched a sim­ple out­line stitch all along the images, then using a pen­cil, light­ly wrote the name onto each orna­ment and hand stitched over it. Inside the but­ter­fly I added some Dia­mond Stick­les for a lit­tle sparkle. Once I had the images stitched I decid­ed to use a Maya Road...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your fam­i­ly had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awe­some turkey, stuff­ing and desserts. After din­ner every­one was stuffed and all us adults need­ed naps except Made­lyn and Bel­lie, they were run­ning around like the ener­giz­er bun­ny and were glued to Ans­ley’s hip. Made­lyn and Bel­lie LOVE Ans­ley. After 50 years, mom and dad final­ly have a table to sit the entire fam­i­ly. This has been one of mom’s wish­es for years and I’m so glad it final­ly came true. Thanks­giv­ing din­ner was a won­der­ful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Ter­ri (daugh­ter), Aman­da (niece), Steve (Aman­da’s boyfriend), Dad (San­ta), Brit­tain (nephew), Bel­lie (niece), Ans­ley (daugh­ter), Me and Made­lyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting togeth­er mini orna­ment kits for the hol­i­days and last night, I was able to put togeth­er this cute pho­to orna­ment kit. FYI, I have a very lim­it­ed amount of kits. The kit con­tents are list­ed below and as always come with step by step instruc­tions and a col­or pho­to. Please note, Fes­tive Berries Dis­tress Ink used to col­or the chip­board frame and Plat­inum Stick­les used to out­line the chip­board base and frame are NOT includ­ed. Kit Con­tents: 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Snow­man Pat­terned Paper 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Pol­ka Dot Pat­terned Paper 1 — Chip­board Page 1 — Chip­board Frame (Frame will vary see pho­to for vari­a­tions) 1 — Small Bot­tle Brush Tree 2 — Hol­ly Leaves 1 — But­ton 2...

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Stylish and Fashionable ~ Card

Oct 23, 2013

I love to cre­ate mini col­lages on most all my projects. I get great sat­is­fac­tion in com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple items to cre­ate a focal point on cards, tags etc. This card uses stamps from the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able stamp sets and pat­terned paper by Pink Paislee. I have a huge crush on their Cot­tage Farms Col­lec­tion. I close­ly trimmed around the brooch and boot using my favorite of all times as in for­ev­er, Fiskars Coastal Craft Knife. If you have not tried this craft knife do your­self a favor and give it a try. This knife fits per­fect­ly in my hand. To add a bit more dimen­sion to the card, because I don’t think I can ever have enough dimen­sion, I attached the brooch and boot to the card front...

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Books & Holiday Ornament Kits For Sale

Oct 18, 2013

I just added my books Delight In The Details and Delight In The Sea­sons to my online store. So if you’re want­i­ng to give a crafter an auto­graphed tech­nique based idea book that is filled with cards, tags, lay­outs and projects I hope you con­sid­er either of these two books. AND at the moment, SHIPPING is FREE. I also was able to cre­ate a few addi­tion­al hol­i­day orna­ment kits. These are the last of the kits so if you want one or all, you best pur­chase yours now as they are going fast. Once each kit is sold out it will be retired.  Each kit comes with step by step instruc­tions as well as col­or pho­tos. San­ta’s Angel Baby Orna­ment Kit ~ $12.50. Click HERE to pur­chase from my Etsy store. This kit does...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make. Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Orna­men­tal Christ­mas is a PDF com­pi­la­tion of my 5 very pop­u­lar orna­ment projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Hap­py Christ­mas Gift Card Hold­er Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greet­ings Bird Orna­ments The com­plete sup­ply list is includ­ed, which lists all the items need­ed to recre­ate each orna­ment. You may also use sim­i­lar items you already have on hand in your craft­ing sup­plies. This way you can recre­ate these orna­ments to fit your hol­i­day theme and style. Step-by-step instruc­tions for each project are includ­ed, with col­or pho­tos of each orna­ment as well as PDF’s of scanned vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed dur­ing my antique and thrift store shop­ping. You can fol­low this link to pur­chase an option­al Orna­men­tal Christ­mas Kit, which includes some of the sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate these orna­ments. Please Note: This tem­plate and...

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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this orna­ment cute. I love the whim­sy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this orna­ment came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vin­tage style. While clean­ing and orga­niz­ing my craft room I found a set of cook­ie sten­cils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dol­lar bin so I grabbed them main­ly for the snowflake and rein­deer. Well the oth­er day, while I was doing some seri­ous pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in the clean­ing depart­ment I was look­ing on Pin­ter­est and came across these real­ly cute rein­deer cook­ies click HERE and HERE. Inspi­ra­tion hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an orna­ment using the Gin­ger­bread Man cook­ie...

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Inspiration for a Crafty Weekend

Nov 30, 2012

Since I am clean­ing out and reor­ga­niz­ing my craft room, this week, which is total tor­ture but thank­ful­ly I have an awe­some neigh­bor, Jen­nifer who is help­ing me and keep­ing me on task. I just keep telling myself once I’m fin­ished it’s going to be so awe­some work­ing in it once again. These are just a por­tion of the emp­ty box­es I had to go through, emp­ty out and put stuff away. Car­o­line Lau is to blame for LOTS of these box­es. Any­way, I thought I would take a break and go through my blog post Archives and find some week­end inspi­ra­tion for you. I plan on mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts this year and if you are as well, well there might be a few things to inspire you. Some­times it good to...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m mak­ing a 25 day Count­down to Christ­mas project with my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie. As you can see from the pho­to they are lov­ing their new match­ing jam­mies. New flan­nel jam­mies are the best espe­cial­ly when you find match­ing ones like my mom did with a mon­key print design. Ok sor­ry, back to the project. Both lit­tle sweet peas will dec­o­rate 12 stan­dard sized card envelopes using stick­ers, self adhe­sive gems, then stamp the num­bers need­ed on each of their bags. Made­lyn will stamp the odd num­bers and Bel­lie the even num­bers. I will dec­o­rate enve­lope 25 for them to either use as a sam­ple or for inspi­ra­tion. Once all the envelopes are dec­o­rat­ed I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of can­dy and a print­ed strip of paper that has one...

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Season’s Greetings ~ Bird ~ Ornament Kit

Nov 14, 2012

This mini kit includes the fol­low­ing prod­ucts: 1‑Chipboard Bird w/ 2 chip­board wings, 2‑Vintage But­tons, 1‑Holly Leaf, 2‑Mini Fab­ric Flow­ers, 1‑Jump Ring, 1‑Silver Jin­gle Bell, 1‑Season’s Greet­ings Ban­ner, 1‑Sheet of 3–2” x 3”Vintage Sheet Music, 3–2” x 3” Vin­tage Ledger Paper & 3–2” x 3” Vin­tage Bin­go Cards I’ve col­lect­ed and scanned for your per­son­al use., Red & White Baker’s Twine, Col­or Pho­to with Instruc­tions Items NOT includ­ed: Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Dia­mond & Plat­inum Stick­les, and Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink To pur­chase the Sea­son’s Greet­ings ~ Bird ~ Orna­ment Kit click HERE to view oth­er items in my online store click HERE. I real­ly want to thank all of you who pur­chased my orna­ment kits and Hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls… you have kept me mighty busy with pack­ing and ship­ping....

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Santa’s Angel Baby ~ Ornament Kit

Nov 11, 2012

This mini kit includes the fol­low­ing prod­ucts: 1 —  Sil­ver Glit­tered Snowflake, 1 — Maya Road Dress Form Mini Album Page, Scanned Ledger, Book and Sheet Music from vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed, 1 — Pine Stem, 1 — Sil­ver Jin­gle Bell, 1 — Vin­tage But­ton, 17 — Glit­tered Beads,  Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Col­or Pho­to with Instruc­tions. Items NOT includ­ed: Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink,  Fes­tive Berries Dis­tress Ink (Option­al Plat­inum & Dia­mond Stick­les) Please note… I have a very lim­it­ed sup­ply of San­ta’s Angel Baby ~ Orna­ment kits. Once they’re sold out there will be no more. I just found 3 Joyeux Noel ~ Snowflake ~ Orna­ment Kits left over from The Crafty Scrap­per “Hol­i­day Mag­ic” event. This mini kit includes the fol­low­ing items: 1 — Iri­des­cent Snowflake, 1 — Vin­tage Light Reflec­tor, 1 —...

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Joyeux Noel ~ Holiday Magic Ornaments

Nov 2, 2012

These are the two make & takes I will be doing all day or until I run out at The Crafty Scrap­per tomor­row, Sat­ur­day, Nov. 3rd. Each orna­ment is only $10.00 to cre­ate. I have a lim­it­ed amount of kits which are first come first served. As you can see, it’s going to be some­what of a glit­ter fest at my table but I think orna­ments with glit­ter look so fes­tive sparkling on a hol­i­day tree. All the “Hol­i­day Mag­ic” fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m. Click HERE to read fur­ther details about this awe­some event. The Crafty Scrap­per 308 South Col­lege Wax­a­hachie, TX 75165 972.923.3151 Look­ing for­ward to see­ing every­one....

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Memories made

Dec 27, 2011

The day I became an aunt was such an amaz­ing day. My sweet niece Aman­da was the first to come along and make me an aunt. She would come and stay with me and Alan for two weeks, each sum­mer. I would sit out­side on the patio and watch her as she poured water from a lit­tle pitch­er to a cup for HOURS straight or watch her play dress up, then as she got old­er show her how to put on make up and sur­prise her at a foot­ball game when she was cheer­ing as well as many oth­er spe­cial moments. Each time we were togeth­er we watched or talked about the movie Cin­derel­la. We’ve watched it so many times I can hon­est­ly say, I lost count. But since it is my favorite movie...

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Gentlemen’s Ornament or Gift Tag

Dec 1, 2011

I love the detail you get from the Gen­tle­men’s Puff stamp in the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Fine and Dandy Stamp Set. Each fine line in the Puff can be seen and it makes me so hap­py. This project can be used as an orna­ment for your tree to rep­re­sent the men in the fam­i­ly or attached to a gift and used as a gift tag. The back is cov­ered with the blank mar­gin from a piece of vin­tage book page. I used two Maya Road Rec­tan­gle Foun­da­tion chip­board pieces as the base for this project. One com­plete rec­tan­gle front was cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music. Then just the out­er piece of the sec­ond rec­tan­gle was stamped using the fir tree stamp from Lit­tle Red Wag­on by Pink Per­sim­mon. I used Jet Black Archival Ink...

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Ornamental Christmas PDF

Nov 23, 2011

Many of you asked if I planned to offer the “Christ­mas Wish­es” and “Vin­tage Orna­ment Trio” class­es I taught at The Crafty Scrap­per as an online work­shop. Well the answer is yes, but I did some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent this year. Instead of an online work­shop where I post some­thing each day like I usu­al­ly do I (well let me clar­i­fy, Alan) cre­at­ed PDF’s for you to down­load. I took addi­tion­al pho­tos and added addi­tion­al instruc­tions to the PDF’s so it will make it eas­i­er to recre­ate the projects, since I’m not actu­al­ly stand­ing in front of you giv­ing you all the instruc­tions. Click the badge on the left to go to “Orna­men­tal Christ­mas” on my “Work­shops” page. The PDF down­loads include step by step instruc­tions, col­or pho­tos, com­plete sup­ply lists for both incor­po­rat­ed...

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How about some more sneak peeks…

Nov 17, 2011

This sneak peek shows images from three dif­fer­ent stamp sets. I love how you can mix and match all the stamp sets to cre­ate lots of unique projects. Tomor­row, I will be show­ing you some sneak peeks from a few design­ers I asked to cre­ate sam­ples. I can­not wait to show you what they cre­at­ed. You will see how the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets are so ver­sa­tile and per­fect for all cre­ative styles. And I’m hap­py to tell you, Car­olyn own­er of  The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas ordered the entire Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion line. I heard they shipped Tues­day, which means they might be in her store, this week­end. And Michelle with Paper Tales in San Diego, CA plans on car­ry­ing the line in her store soon. Become my Friend On Face­book and share this...

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