Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Gifts/Minibook/Gifts in a Jar/Snowflakes

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to you Glad...-John Greenleaf Whittier

These are a few more gifts I have been finishing up this week. My girls made the beaded snowflakes using a wire form by "The Beadsmith". It made the project more fun not having to come up with your own form. I would think Michaels or ACMoore would carry these.

The minibook is filled with fun "Friend and Girl" quotes for my friend and neighbor.

These wonderful "Gifts in a Jar" are only 3 of the several I am making. The bowl made up 6 jars of a 9 bean soup recipe. I put all the spices in a small sealed bag and is included in the jar. I put several recipes together with the help of "Taste of Home" Digest. I would include a link but blogger has thrown me into confusion with a new design being put in place (I assume that is what is going on). I'm not sure how to use my blogger anymore. That will have to wait until next year after the holidays.

I'm going to try to link up to the parties that are on my sidebar so check out eveyone's last minute gift giving ideas Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Blog Hop

The following 3 projects are for the Creative Scrapbook Diva Christmas Bloghop. 12 days filled with projects to help gift giving, cards and decor.

My pillowboxes inspiration came from Michelle's day 6 challenge. She has certainly made for than I have but I am going a bit crazy with all the combinations of paper and embellishments for these little cuties.

I run the box through my bigkick while still flat for the embossing.

Luisa's day 4 challenge is a banner using her cricut her snowflakes and letters.

I used chipboard letters over sheet music flowers I made from my dad's collection.

My last post has a more detailed banner I made last week with an extra layer of lace flowers and each letter has a beaded ribbon. This one is more simple but I think I may tie some small bells or wreaths in between each letter. These banners would be great for spring/Easter as well as Christmas!

The glass glitter edges the ovals and covers the letters and center star.

For Sandy's day 3 of the bloghop, I helped my 4th grader finish the little book. This will be for her classmates to sign for the teacher. We included a very nice Christmas quote inside the front cover.
This will make a great keepsake ornament. Thanks for the idea Sandy!

I have been having fun with my "sparkles" snowflakes (same star and snowflake as the pillowboxes) from Quickutz (used with the bigkick).

This mini book I made quite a long time ago but I planned the ribbon a bit better. If the ribbon is glued between the cover and the inside paper, it can be placed anywhere for tying or hanging. The pearls were added last on this book for hanging in a craft room.

My pillowboxes are linked to This Party

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Handmade Gift/Banner & Tea Cup Tues.

For my banner, I used glass glitter, handmade lace flowers from strips of lace and my fathers vintage sheet music copied onto cardstock.

To see a tutorial on how to make this banner see, Terri at Artful Affirmations. She has the most beautiful homemade ornaments and teacups!! See Terri for Teacup Tuesday links.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tea Time Tuesday
I am also linked to this Tea Time Tues.