Thursday, December 4, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 11

Well, it's last day of the blog hop eve.  I wanted to do so much, I just didn't have the cash to do everything.  Oh well, that tends to happen around this time of year, doesn't it?

What did I do today?  Well, I made another simple card.  I'm into simplicity this year.  I have about a squajillion and one things I have to do- and now I have rehearsals on top of it!  Yup!  I made the cast of Les Miserables!  I can't tell you just how excited I really am!!!

So, simplifying so I can get everything out and done is best for me-

This one is slightly more involved than the other cards I did.

Here's what I did:

Here's waht you'll need:
kraft A2 sized cardstock,
christmas paper
baker's twine
glitter glue.

Cut out a simple tree and glue it to the card a little higher than center.  (you want room for hte presents.)  cut out random squares and rectangles for your "presents".  tie a bow and glue it to the top of the tree.  add glitter glue dots in random pattern on your tree.  You can do red to make it pop better, all I had on hand was green right now.  (kids dried out my other supplies.)

tie twine around the presents and glue them to the card.  With a pen, a marker, or a stick pin where you stabbed your finger with blood, write "joy" on the bottom right hand of the card.  Or you could be awesome and use a stamp.  I didn't have a stamp.

Tada.  you're done!

Question of the day:  Star or Angel on top of the tree?

Here's the lineup:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 10

WOOT!  we're 10 days into it, can you believe it? :(

If you're here in the lineup, word.  If you're here randomly, please go to Lisa's blog- she's got some blog candy for you.

OK, so today's project is versatile!  You can use it for Christmas, or Valentine's day or just becuase you like red roses.

I made roses.  THEY ARE SO COOL!  and so easy to make!

Here's what I did:

(I'm having the hardest time getting my photos to me so I can upload them here.  I'm so sorry, please be patient, it'll happen when I can upload them.

Here's what you need:
red and green card stock
SVG file from (This one here)
3/8" dowel rod
green floral tape

Here's how you do it:

Mary and Leo are geniuses when it comes to svg files.

Question of the day:  how do you pronounce poinsettia?  In our house it's poin-set-TEA-uh.  not poin-set-uh.  There's an i there.  It's not silent.  URGH! (can you tell- pet peeve?)  Now, head on over to Jessica!  She's got something awesome for you!

Here's the lineup:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 days of Christmas - day 9

Hello and happy December 2nd, y'all!  Hope you're having a wonderful day.  (I am and I"ll tell you why in a little bit.)  Today is the 9th day in the hop and I hope that you're here from the lineup, if not, please start at Lisa's blog.  She's giving away blog candy that you can win.

So, why am I having an amazing day?  Well, last night I had callbacks for Les Miserables!  I have wanted to be in it since I saw Lea Salonga do it about 20 years ago!  TOTALLY in love with it (as was everyone at callbacks last night!) and I will hear something by noon tomorrow. :D

Anyhoo, on to my project:

A very simple card.  I like simple.

Here's what you need:
an ornament shape cut out (I fussy cut this.)
brown cardstock- A2 size.
glue stick.

Here's how you do it:
glue the ornament on to the folded card.

See?  it doesn't get easier than that.

Question of the day:  What is your favorite Christmas movie?  Mine is the Nativity Story, and Nat'l Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Here's the lineup:

Monday, December 1, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 8

WOOHOO!  Welcome back, you're with me this far.  I'm happier than a puppy with a chew toy!

First thing's first- go back to Lisa's blog if you're  not here from the beginning of the hop.

Today is day 8 and I have another project for you!  First, how talented are these wonderfully creative people I'm in this hop with?  They're like crazy gifted and here I am like internet explorer- eating paste.

This is today's project:

They were SUPER easy to do- so much so that your kindergartener can do this with you.
Here's what you'll need:
christmas paper
template.  (You can draw one easily- I"ll tell you how.)
glue stick
twine or string.

Here's what you do:
It's a lot easier to draw a christmas bulb than you'd imagine.  Do you remember cutting out symmetrical hearts when we were kids?  You'd fold the paper in half and then draw the 1/2 heart and cut it out and boom, you'd have a "perfect" heart?  That's what I did in card stock, EXCEPT- the top part is flatter, and you draw on a little square "tab" to the top.  When you open it up, it'll look like this:

So, you get what I mean.

Ok, so after you draw your template and open it up, you trace 9 of them on 12x12 christmas paper.  I was able to get 18 out of 1 sheet, which gives you 2 ornaments.  after you cut them all out, fold them in half with the pretty side in.  You can ALSO do this with 2 sided paper and alternate front and back.  (in that case do an even number of bulbs papers)  once they're all folded and creased, put some glue on one side and line the next one on top to match.  repeat and stack them all.  Cut a length of twine so that you can either put it directly on the tree, or you can string a hook on it.  glue it on and then glue the last side to the first side forming a 3D ornament.

Tada!  they're pretty fast to do and SUPER easy to make.  and how lucky of a girl am I to find glitter gingham paper?  Yeah, that feeds my country side and my super-girly side at the same time!

Question of the day:  What is your favorite Christmas Carol?  Mine is Mary did you know, and O Holy Night.  Oh, and Linda Eder's version of Do You See What I See (or whatever it's called- the Perry Como version to this day reminds me of gremlins.).

Here's the lineup:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 7

I AM SO SORRY!  Last night was the iron bowl, and I was up late and overslept.  I thought I had it on a schedule timer, but apparently not.  Mea culpa.

Hello and welcome back!  Day 7.  I can't believe it.  If you're here in the lineup, awesome, welcome you're good to go, but if you're here randomly, please start at Lisa's blog so you don't miss out on the goodies!

I finally made something with paper!  I know, the paper junkie make something with paper this blog hop?  But I did!  And it's cute.

By now you know my computer is s-l-o-w-l-y creeping it's way back to me from HP so I can't use my silhouette.  BUT I can fussy cut!  I made a card, and I have no idea what the technique is called, (though I've seen it before) but I quilt, so I figured it's not taht different from making a log cabin quilt.

Here's what you'll need:
kraft cardstock
christmas paper cut into 1"x 2" strips.
3D sticker (I got this from walmart)
cookie cutter
glue stick

Here's how you do it:
I traced around the cookie cutter in the inside of the card cut to 4 x 5 1/2.  I cut out the star and started gluing strips of paper around the edges until it was covered how I liked it.  (I'm sure there's a tutorial on youtube or something to tell you how to do it.  I have no idea how to explain it to you or even what the technique is called!)

Embelish how you want, but I used a "holiday time Handmade Sticker" from Walmart I got about a bazillion years ago.

Question of the day:  How many presents are usually under your tree?   We do 1 want, 1 need and 1 spiritual gift for each child.  (that's 18 things in our home!) and we also stuff stockings.

Here's the lineup:

Friday, November 28, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 6

Hi there, again!

I really am glad you've made it this far with me and can you believe we're 1/2 way through?  I am kind of sad.  As you read this, I'm at a craft show in Pine Apple, Alabama.  It's their hunter's appreciation fest.  I wish I could comment on everyone's blog but that just has to wait until tomorrow as I don't have a way to do it!

Ok, first thing's first:  if you're here in the lineup, you are in the right place.  If not, go back to Lisa's blog and start there.

So, now that you're in the right spot, I made another ornament.  I know, don't get sick of them yet.  This one I did my own version and totally jacked from Pinterest.  My lazy version, anyway.  This is going to a friend of mine who absolutely loves hot chocolate.

Here's what you need:
clear ornament
2 packs of hot chocolate powder.  (swiss miss is my choice.)

Using a funnel, pour both packs of hot chocolate into the glass ornament.  Tap down.  Add sprinkles and layer next.  You can add marshmallows, (but my ornament was a little small, so the opening wouldn't fit my minis.)  or chocolate chips, or pretty much anything you can think of that goes wtih hot chocolate.  In fact, I think peanut butter chips on top would be amazing!

Sorry for the jacked up photos.  Good news is my computer is on it's way back to me.  (word!) Bad news is I can't find the cord for it.  It's always one thing or another isn't it?

Question of the day:  What is your go-to drink during this time of year?  Between hot chocolate, egg nog, russian tea, cider and wassail or even something a little stronger, what is your favorite?  I actually like them all!

Here's the line up, and don't forget to follow me if you haven't yet! :)

12 days of Christmas- day 5

Hey!  You're out of your turkey coma!  Welcome back!  I hope your Thanksgiving was full of awesomeness.

Who else is having a blast in this hop?  I'm loving every minute of it.  Isn't Angela talented?  I feel lost in the talent portion compared to some of these brilliant ladies!  If you're here in the lineup, welcome!  If you're here on your own- start at Lisa's blog at the beginning. :)

Ok, so I found out something interesting doing this particular project.  My punch doesn't like vinyl.  I go to punch out some circles in red and green vinyl and my punch gets stuck.  ugh.  I"ll fix it later, but seriously?  When I need it, it doesn't work?  No problem, I'll just fussy cut it (she said through gritted teeth).  Why didn't I just use my silhouette you ask?  -because it's still at HP getting fixed and of course, they have absolutely NO idea when it will be set straight.  GRRR, that's so frustrating.  And I can't find my cricut cord.  (for those of you looking at me strangely right now, know that I have 6 children and apparently 2 ghosts- not me and I don't know.)

So here's what I did today:

What you'll need:
1 dollar store candle
vinyl in red and green.

Cut out 5 of each color circle.  I started to use a punch but yeah, no.  I then traced around a bottle cap that I found and fussy cut 10 circles out.  Peel and stick in random order (that's an oxymoron!).  Tada.  simple.  I would have added twine as a bow up top, but I didn't have any that matched.

Question of the day:  Since it's black friday, what is your least favorite thing about Christmas?

Here's the line up.  Oh, and if you haven't, follow me!  Ok, now go to Jessica's blog!  See you tomorrow!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 4

HO HO HO!  or Yo ho ho if you're in a piratey mood.  But either way, how are you doing today?  It's a fine day in Alabama and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving today!  I will be finishing up all the things I"m cooking in the morning and throwing the turkey in by 11 so it can be done by 3.  I have a 22 pounder- (and yes, it takes less than 4 hours for my bird- I do it by temp, not timer.)  How big is yours?

Once again, if you're starting here, please go to Lisa's blog and start there.  She's giving away some awesomesauce blog candy and I'd hate for you to miss that.  If you're here in the lineup, then welcome!

So I said that I'm keeping a country theme, but this isn't really country.  I had this brilliant idea looking at my candle holder- I got this about a million years ago from a store called The Christmas Tree Store.  it's only in a few locations, but you can easily turn a vase or candle holder red by using alcohol inks or glass stain, or possibly even a spray paint.

What you'll need:
1 large cylinder vase (red is kind of the color you'll need)- not tapered unless you're good at math and possibly aligning the planets or some other complicated junk.
black glitter card stock.
Gold glitter card stock
tape and glue.

How you do it:
measure around the vase and cut a strip of black cardstock 1 1/2" by 1" longer than the measurement.

Cut a "buckle" rectangle out of gold card stock with a rectangle inside it.  My rectangle inside was 1 1/2" x 2" and out side was 2 1/2" x 3".  Glue this to the black "belt" and let dry.  Tape the belt to itself around your vase.  Tada- Santa's belt buckle!

You can't tell in the pictures but the gold paper is also glitter paper.  Again, crappy phone camera vs. my Nikon and a down computer.

Question of the day:  What tradition can you NOT do without?  We have 3.  1- we go Christmas light seeing with hot cocoa (coffee for Dad) and blankets.  2- we have a gingerbread house decorating contest every year and 3- I do Christmas pj's the night before Christmas (I make them for the kids and the hubs and myself) and we watch the Nativity Story with popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies.

Head on over to Jessica's blog and see all the awesomeness she has and if you get a chance, don't forget to stalk me over there with my other favorite stalkers! ;)
here's the lineup:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

12 days of Christmas0 Day 3

Hello again!  Welcome back.

How is your hop so far?  I'm so lucky to be doing this with some seriously talented ladies!! Once again, if you're here for the first time, you need to start at Lisa's blog and then come through.   I'd hate for you to miss out on the awesome blog candy she's giving away.

Ok, so I know I said no more ornaments, but I have to have another one.  I use ornaments for more than just tree decorating (and you'll see that in a later post.... oooh, something to look forward to) and they're a HUGE part of my Christmas season.

So, what did I do today?  Snow!  It doesn't snow in South Alabama (though with how wonky it's been with the weather, you never know what this year will bring!!)  I have snow today.

What you'll need:
Clear Glass ornament (I used round)
epsom salt.
Ribbon or fabric

You're going to want to run your epsom salt (and you don't need a lot) in a coffee grinder.  I used a baby bullet becuase it's what I have available to me.  and I blended until it looked like snow.  Then I took a funnel and filled the ornament only a litlte ways.  surprisingly it gets heavy, and the thingie can and will pull out of it.  Ask me how I know.   So, keeping with the country theme, I added more homespun fabric.

My daughter said you could turn this into a melted snowman by adding little polymer clay beads and a polymer clay "carrot" nose.  I agree with her!   It would totally rock that way, and be super cute!

Ok, question of the day:  What is your ideal snow day?  Mine is it snows on Christmas only and then is a beautiful 74* for the rest of the year.

So, Here's the lineup in case you need it:
1. Lisa ~

2. Scrappin Madge ~

3. Beth McGee ~

4. Amy E. ~

5. Denise ~

7. Cely ~

8. Pam -

9. Alicia ~

10. Anna-

11. An'Jenic-

12. Angela-

13. Heather-        <----------------- YOU ARE HERE

14. Jessica -

15. Miranda -

16. La-Vie Borde-Perry ~

17. Sandy-

18. Carla ~

19. Lori ~

20. Ashley W ~

21. Robin L. ~