Monday, December 31, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Tree Decoration

Such a festive time, with sparkling lights and colourfully decorated trees....This year I decided to try using some of those plastic hollow ornament balls I got on clearance last boxing day from Micheals, and make my own ornament.

I love how it came out, but have to confess it was a lot of work to get the image in there just right....picture me with tweezers trying to move it around while hubby holds the plastic ball thing....

The main image is a digi by Paper Garden Projects. which I printed twice, once the "normal" way, and once flipped to be it's mirror image (Using Silhouette software).  The printed, handcut and coloured with Copics.  The background circle (image also from Paper Garden Projectswas printed from the printer on to an Acetate sheet, then after it dried I rubbed gold ink on the edges.  The 2 images were then glued on either side of it.  All that wasn't the hard part, as mentioned, getting it in to the ball just so was.  After that I added some glitter stuff in to the ball to float around the bottom, and some ribbon treatment on the mouth/top of the ball.

After all that effort it's a good thing that the final product looked good!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Village

It is really fun playing with my new Silhouette and seeing what can be built using the digital die cuts.

Here is the start of a Christmas Village I'm planning, the first house being built using a house template in the Glitter and Memories digi pack at the DigiChick.

This was surprisingly easy to make.  First, I printed the pieces using my Silhouette on to SU Coordinations card stock, then pressure embossed the roof and main body pieces, and quickly sanded.  Folded them and glued everything together and added a Robins Nest dew drop for a door handle.  It was, really, shockingly easy for something so neat looking :-)

The nice thing is that the roof is a lid that opens and closes, so you can put one of those fake, battery operated tea lights in there, which looks really cool on the mantel :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gift Bag Tutorial

Here are a couple of gift bags I made using my Silhouette and templates from the Digichick.

You can see more bags using these fabulous templates on the Hybrid Chick website.

Monday, December 10, 2012

DVD Gift Bag

Here's a fun project I put together using my Silhouette using digi papers and images.  It was quick and easy and a nice break from colouring, and better yet, get's me a nice packaging for a Christmas gift.

I put together a tutorial to make this which you can see at the Hybrid Chick, following this link:

The papers and materials are by Paper Garden Projects.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Card Caravan - Holidays

Happy Sunday!  The holidays are rapidly approaching so the Hybrid Chicks have pulled together some lovely cards and projects featuring the holidays for the current Card Caravan.

Here are some cards I made for the challenge (you know I LOVE holiday cards, LOL!)

This first one features digital stamps from the stamp set Wish List Letter to Santa Bundle by Etc by Danyale.  To dress it up I put glossy accents over the stars, white craft ink over the embossed background panel, and then a little bit of a cotton swab glued to Santa's hat.

This second one uses paper from the Sugar Sands Christmas Beach Bundle by Etc by Danyale, sentiment from Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp Set by Paper Garden Projects, racoon from Loving Critters Digital Stamp Set by Paper Garden Projects, and Poinsettia made from Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp Set by Paper Garden Projects

This last coordinates  Snow Flurry Cut Outs by Paper Garden Projects, Tis the Season by Wishing Well Creations, The Merriest by Elise’s Pieces.

We hope you'll join us and play along.  The challenge is open to both cards and projects and is open for 2 weeks.  Please share with us the lovely holiday creations you are working on at the Hybrid Chicks challenge page.

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:
Craftymess challenge - Vintage Christmas
One stop craft challenge - Christmas friends
Speedy and Friends - Red and Green
Card Crafters Circle - December Celebrations
Emergency crafter - Deck the halls
Critter Sketch - Christmas anything goes
Love to Create - Holiday Cheer

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Releases at the DigiChick - Christmas!

Happy Thursday!  I always start to perk up around this time of the week since I know the weekend is around the corner :-). And for me it's kind of like friday since tomorrow I get to go on a course instead of to the office---I will get to wear jeans instead is a skirt, yay!

Anyway, another good thing about Thursdays, I've discovered is new releases at the Digichick, and today I've got some creations to share featuring the new Christmas Retrospective set by Quirky Twerp.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Card Caravan - Winter photo inspiration

Here are a couple of winter photo inspired cards I made for the Hybrid Chick, for the current Card Caravan.  They provided a beautiful winter picture for us to use as inspiration, and this is what I came up with.

This card (above) is made using papers and images from a new digital kit from Etc. by Danyale called Christmas Magic.  I printed the digital paper, frame, and bird on to card stock, cut it out (using my new Silhouette!), rubbed some brown craft ink on the edges of the background sheet, layered up the bird and frame with pop up dots and added some tule and pearls.  Super quick and easy!

This card features  lovely papers with swirls and tree from the Winter Caprice set by Sherwood Studio, as well as sentiment from an old SU set, and the fancy label die by Spellbinders.

I hope you will check out the challenge and play along with've got a couple days left to do so!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Recycling yogurt containers

So, that time is here where we are trying to put together gifts, both large and small, for all those people in our lives.  The malls are busy, and so are our craft rooms!

I have a few projects I've come up with over the years and recently that work well for me for Christmas gifts, and today I wanted to share with you a cute little decorating container that can be used to hold change, paperclips, or a plant, whatever the need is....and more importantly, it's made with stuff from around the house!

I've prepared a detailed tutorial, which is posted at the Hybrid Chick site, I hope you will check it out.  And of course, if you have any questions or need more details, please let me know.

And here's another finished picture of it, holding a plant (ok, I made a "new" plant for this with clippings, I hope they take!)

I have a couple of other projects coming up to share with you for quick and easy gifts, but would you take to time to fill in the little survey on the side, or in the comments, let me know what types of home made gifts you are making this year?