Sunday, November 28, 2010

Soldered Ornament

Hi!  It's been a great weekend...but I think it might be possible to blow away today!  Lauren and Paul left seems quiet here.  I've been soldering  most of the last two days.  Lots of special orders to fill.  Here's one of this year's ornaments.
  The image is a vintage one from my collection.  There's a little bit of a glare at the top of the ornament...hard to get a good picture of something glass!  The back is stamped manila folder. 
 When it was finished, I polished it up and added some pretty red ribbon at the top and crystals to the bottom.  I noticed that the challenge at Paper Issues includes Christmas, so I think I'll post this over there, too.  Looking forward to a great week!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cutting Cafe and Thanksgiving

(If you're looking for the Pixie Dust entry for today, just scroll down.  Thanks!)

The Cutting Cafe is having a great sale now through midnight Saturday (PST):  Buy one get one free (of equal or less value).   Use the message section in PayPal to write in your free selections or send a separate email listing your free choices.  Regina is also offering gift certificates.  Find all the details on the sale and certificates here. Regina has added some great Christmas sets recently.  I used the Christmas banner set and the Night Before Christmas background set to create this card. 
  The colors Regina used worked great with this vintage image Santa.
  (The sets also come in black.) 
 I love the swag banners, there are bells, snowflakes, stockings, and the stars that I used.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Here are a couple of pictures of the table.
I just love, love these turkey plates.  They make me happy to take them out of the cabinet and put them on the table.  They just seem festive!  I was very honored to have my placecard featured on the Paper Issues blog yesterday.  This is our front entry with our fall flowers and the paperback pumpkin I made last year.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to enjoy your family!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Spring Bird for Pixie Dust

I just love these journal die cut cards!  They are perfect for cards, layouts, and for this cute bird hanging decoration I decided to make.   Everything (except for the twine) is from the Pixie Dust Paperie November kit.  I even used the flower packaging (the doily right behind the bird).
  I think this would be great for Mother's Day - just add a note on the back and Mom's got a pretty card that works as decoration! 
 The Pixie Dust November kit is awesome - gorgeous papers, flowers, brads, ribbon...  You can get it now through Nov 28th (EST) for 15% off!  Just use this code:  thanksgiving.  Make sure to use all lower case letters.   Go take advantage of this great deal!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving at Pixie Dust Paperie

Hi!  I can't tell you how wonderful my house smells!  The pumpkin pie is cooling and the pecan pie is almost ready to take out.  Next in:  sweet pototato casserole.  I'm in heaven!  Just dropped in for a moment to share a Thanksgiving Sale at Pixie Dust Paperie.  Everything in the Pixie Store is 15% off!  Shop November 24 - 28th (EST) and use this code:  thanksgiving.  Make sure you use all lower case letters.  Happy shopping!

I'm also sharing one of this year's Thanksgiving cards.  I just realized I hadn't posted it yet.  
A Hearty Thanksgiving Greeting to You: 

May your Thanksgiving be happy
And when dinner is through,
May the biggest part of the wishbone
Be held by YOU!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Accordian for Pixie Dust

My grandma loves pictures of her great-granddaughter, Lauren.  So, when I saw how easy it would be to turn that darling Echo Park Christmas paper in the November kit from Pixie Dust Paperie into an accordian card, I knew it was perfect for my grandma. 
 The front is accented with the pretty seam binding ribbon and stickers from the kit. I glittered up a die cut star, too.  
 This little snowman from the sticker sheet is the cutest!  And there's Lauren all dolled up in her Christmas best.
Each photo is tied with baker's twine.  The little date stickers are from the sticker sheet.
Lauren is now 24, so it's been awhile since these pictures were taken.  Grandma's getting a cute card and a walk down memory lane all in one! 

Be sure to check the Pixie Dust blog...there's new inspiration every day!

Save Thanksgiving!

Over at the Paper Issues blog, they are running a "Save Thanskgiving" challenge.  Lamenting that stores seem to forget Thanksgiving, putting out Christmas decorations at Halloween, they decided that Thanksgiving needed its due.  So true!  I love the colors, love pumpkins, turkeys, leaves...  all the things that go with fall.  Dennis and I love having our family gathered at our house for Thanksgiving lunch.  We're busy cleaning this weekend and getting out the Thanksgiving china.  I finally designed my Thanksgiving placecards today. 
 I got this vintage food label image from Laura's Vintage Garden in digital format.
  That cute kraft doily is die cut with one of Papertrey Ink's new dies.  To finish it off, I added a vintage button, some striped ribbon and glittered some little leaves with MS Fire Opal glitter.
  Love, love that color glitter!  I can see from my picture, I need to clean up my glitter a little!  Since we are heading into Thanksgiving week, I want to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Merry Christmas Tree for Pixie Dust

I just love the papers in the November Pixie Dust kit.  And I love little Christmas trees.  This is a take off from a Martha Stewart tree.  I used several papers from the kit, including the pretty blue packaging from the flowers!  Thsis tree really is amazingly simple. 
 All it takes is graduated squares and a base.  I happened to have an old office spike that I used.  I made several last year by using Sculpy to make a rounded base, made a hole, and baked it.   Then stuck in a yarn needle.  Easy! 
 Top with a star and lots of glitter!  Check out the Pixie Blog for more instructions.

Edited to add:  I don't know what happened, but this post did not post when it was supposed to!  I am sooooo late getting this up! 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cutting Cafe Ornaments

The shape of these ornaments is fabulous!  When I saw the Ornament Fun set from The Cutting Cafe, I was drawn immediately to this ornament.  I transfered the file so that I could use my Cricut, which is so wonderful (no using scissors, you know).  I cut 4 for each ornament, so they would be 3-D. 
 Just added some of my seam binding ribbon and cute reindeer that I bought last year.  I hung them on one of my little trees to take pictures.
  I love how they look!  I usually decorate a couple of little trees and give them for Christmas presents.  I think I'll be including some of these ornaments!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Baby Card

I love baby cards, especially ones with vintage images!  They are just so sweet!   This is a special request card I made awhile back.  It needed to be certain colors to fit in the nursery.  It's very interesting:  I've had several requests lately for baby girl cards that are green, brown, and pink.
  They must be the new baby girl nursery colors.  Have you noticed the same trend?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cuteness at Pixie Dust Paperie

It's so cute!  And part of this month's kit at Pixie Dust Paperie!  When I opened the box and saw that CUTE little blue banner, I thought how cute it would be hanging in a little girl's room.  On a mirror or a dresser...   Even though it's darling on its own, I decided to enhance it a little.  (And girly it up, of course!)   The pretty Prima paper is perfect as a backdrop! 
The green paper with the butterflies and flowers are a great accent.  I strung it on the darling baby blue nubby fiber that comes on the ribbon card.  The Prima roses from the kit are so pretty and I love the way they finish off the ends. 
 I used an aqua colored stamp pad to add depth of  color to the blue seam binding ribbon.  All of the brads are from the kit, too!  It's just chock full of little goodies!  These pictures are little washed out.  It was overcast when I took the pictures, so the lighting is not great.  Now that the time has changed and the season is changing, I'm going to have to figure out best times and places to take pictures!  Be sure to check out the Pixie blog for more November kit goodness!

Edited to add:  I took another pic this morning.  This is a little better as to color - not so washed out.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Crepe Paper Wreath

I  love this wreath!  I've been seeing crepe paper wreaths where the crepe paper is wrapped around the styrofoam ring, but I wanted something a little fuller.  I suddenly flashed back to elementary school when we made dogwood tree blooms with pink crepe paper squares for a unit on Washington, D.C.    We learned how to wrap the little squares around our pencil erasers and glue them into place.  I did the exact same thing with this wreath. 
 I began by wrapping the crepe paper all the way around and then starting placing "dogwood blooms" all the way around the wreath.  I was only about a fourth of the way through when Dennis came in and said, "Peach?"  I told him to just wait and see! 

The little primitive house was cut with my Cricut and I added a bottlebrush tree.  I thought it still needed a little something, so I added a glittery star and some pretty acqua seam binding ribbon.
  I'm not so happy with these photos, but hopefully you can see it okay!  I am happy with the way the wreath turned out...especially after Dennis questioned the color choice!

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