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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Cards 2017

This year's Christmas Card is a diorama card or Shadow Box card.  I love the 3D look in these cards!  I used many dies to make the scene- Lawn Fawn for the snowy hills, Memory box for the deer and Marianne Designs for the trees and houses.

I saw many tutorials on Pinterest that inspired me to make this card.  The link below shows a similar card but I made my own sized card and had several tiers to my card.   But this link gives you the idea of how it is made-

The nice thing about these cards is that they can all be different.  I used different backgrounds and even a little different scenes.  There are 30 cards and at the end I didn't have any farm house in the scene or trees on the outside of the card.  

You can see that the top is open and that this card will collapse so that you can mail it!

 Many different paper collections were used for these cards-from Graphic 45 to Stampin Up.  I used some Washi Tape to decorate the envelope too!  This year's cards are done!  Onto more projects!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Baby Shower

Yesterday was my niece's baby shower!  Emma & Dylan are expecting a little girl in January!  My sister's and I were thrilled to be able to help out with the shower invitations!   We used the Sizzix Fold Along owl die.  I think they were so cute!

We help make the party favors too!  These little baby carriages are adorable! We made about 30 of them.  I think the lace edging really added to these buggies.

 We used the template from Niki Estes blog site.  I was able to match the circles with some of the dies I have so we didn't have to cut everything by hand.  You can find the link to the template here-

Here's what the fleet of carriages looked like at the shower!  They really hold a lot of candy too!

My "thing" is Papercrafting!  I look at each card as a gift of art!  But I have been seeing some pretty amazing decorated cookies on Pinterest lately and I wanted to give it a try! I think cookies can be a little gift of art too.  Well, not sure mine are yet but I am hoping with a little more practice ...mine might be too....Here are some pictures of the process.

 I cooked up a batch of onesies and bottles. This part of the process was fairly easy! I didn't thing decorating them would be too hard.

Next came the icing.  I used a recipe for Royal Icing.  I watched many videos and searched tons of blogs- there are many recipes for Royal Icing but I settled on one that used Meringue Powder.  It was surprisingly good.  I added the dots to the onesies using the Wet on Wet technique.  I am already talking like a cookie baker!!

The most fun was decorating these guys!  I need to practice some more!!  You really need a steady hand.   I am thinking I will give Christmas cookies a try!

Here is what the cookies looked like at the shower.  It took me quite awhile to decorate them but it was fun!  I didn't think they came out too bad for my first time!

But nothing can compare to this beautiful cake!  Dylan's Mom had a friend who made it for her!  So cute!!

Just a couple more pictures of the shower!  It really was a fun time!  I can't wait to say hello to Emma & Dylan's little one.  We were all so happy to be a part of this fun celebration!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Birthday Panda

This week I mailed off a Birthday card to someone I thought would love this little Panda Bear!  I just bought the die by Marianne Designs.  It can also make into a little Brown bear.  I think it is just adorable.  You can make it stand up or sit down.  How cute!

This is a Tri Fold card but it still closes up and can be mailed.  I just love this little guy!

I didn't decorate the back much but it has plenty of room if you want to add more to it!  Today I have been making my Lemon Icebox cake and Corn Scallop Casserole for tomorrow's Thanksgiving.  Our family is getting together at my sister's house!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone!  This is a short post but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Scene Stepper Card

I love this type of fold for a Christmas Card!  I saw pictures on Pinterest of the Scene Stepper card from Tattered Lace.  They sell a fabulous die that will make this card but it is sold out everywhere.  So I was very happy when I found Ruth's blog that had a similar card and she gave out a template!  Her card is so adorable!  Her template is in centimeters so I googled a site that will convert centimeters to inches.  The only change I made was when I scored the fold for the "floor" of the card - I scored it at 1.25 inches from the bottom of the card.  But you can make the floor higher up if you want.  

I used lots of shiny paper on this card!  The back ground of the scene is a very shiny star (holographic?) filled paper!  The floor is a silver glitter paper and I added glitter to the snow flakes.  I decorated the card with Graphic 45 paper and used several sheets using different green tones. 

This really is a fun card to make!  The link to Ruth's blog is below!  I was so happy to find it! Thank you, Ruth!

I have been busy making our Christmas cards for this year!  But I wanted to give our Grandson, Everett, an Advent Calendar this year.  He is 3 years old and when our other Grandson - Ezra was 3 , we gave him an Advent Calendar and his mother is still using it!  This year the calendar is shaped like a house. 

Again, I used Graphic 45 paper to decorate.  I love how it turned out.  It is a little bit of work to cover all the boxes with cardstock but worth it when you take the final look.  Now, we are trying to find things to put in the little boxes- AND I do mean little.  I carry one of the boxes with me so I can size up whether the item will fit.  

I found the Carolers and the tree at Michael's.   After I adhere them to the base - I may use some faux snow to put around their feet.   I made the wreath out of some boxwood I found at Michael's.  It really has been a fun project. 

I should mention that when we buy something that won't fit it in the little box- we put it in the drawstring bags you seen in lower left corner of picture.  The bags will have a number on it and we will put a note in the box that says - "Open bag number 1" or something like that.  The little Gingerbread peeps are one example.   I have found mini animals and some finger puppets that will work.  I didn't want the boxes to just have candy.   
Today is really cold!  Winter is here and I am so missing the warm weather we have had ...even in October!  But the holidays are coming and I love getting ready for them. Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  I think I will take out my Santa collection.  I know it's still early but I want to enjoy them for as long as I can.
  Hope everyone will have a fabulous day!!