Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

 
Hi everyone, Happy Christmas Eve to you all. As you can see I am having major blog issues and since the Holidays are upon us I won't be resolving this problem right away. I'm sure you understand. Anyway, I just would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you so much for all of your kind words of encouragement.
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Let's See Some Red and Green!

The holidays are upon us so at Meljen's Designs this week we would like to see some Red and Green on your projects for our "Holly Berries Challenge". 
For my card I decided to work with another one of Meljen's great pre-colored images. This one is called "Christmas Cocoa" and you can find it right here.
 
 
The DP is by Studio Calico, from their "Wonderland Collection". The pretty brads are by the Paper Studio. The wired ribbon I've had for quite some time, but I think I bought it at Walmart. I added some faux stitching to finish this quick and easy card up! A perfect card for this busy time of the year!
I am sure the rest of the MD team have some beautiful projects over on the Meljen's blog for you check out and get inspired by, to get you creating a great project of your own to share with us. Check it out right here.
hugs,
Nancy
 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Own Little Elf

I've been seeing so much about the cute little Elf on a Shelf. He just keeps showing up everywhere! I love the idea but hadn't been able to find one while out shopping, so I decided to make my own version! This little guy is bigger than the original Shelf Elf, but I think he is so cute. I have had the pattern for years [from an old McCall's magazine], and have made at least 100 of these little guys. [I used to be involved in a lot of Craft Shows]. I've always made them in the traditional Christmas colours of red & green. I even adapted the pattern to make it into a Santa. But believe it or not I never made one for myself! Well, it was time for that to change, he,he,he.
 
 
I purchased all of the fabrics used to make my Elf from Thrift Stores. Mostly men's shirts! The body fabric was a remnant I found at Value Village! His elfie shoes are from a pair of old brown jeans that had shrunk in the wash and were now too short.
 
 
 
While at the thrift store, I found 2 pretty wreaths filled with these Christmas berries to use on his hat and the antique jingle bell was a gift from my daughter...thanks Jazz! I added a bit of real blush to give him rosy cheeks, round button eyes and I found a piece of leather cord, on my husband's work bench, to tie around his waist. [Shh, don't tell Dan, he'll never miss it]. It took me the entire morning to make this little Elf, but I'm happy with the results and am sure this little guy has found a home at my house!
 
 
I didn't give him a mouth, wasn't sure about that part. Maybe he needs a cute little line smile. What do you think? Let me know.
Remember the new challenge is up at Meljen's Designs... it's Christmas Tags!
Blessings on your day and thank you so much for stopping by.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenges:

CRAFT - Christmas
DLART - Elf Antics [just came to life & already dancing on the dining room table!]
Crafting with Dragonflies - Christmas D├ęcor
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a Card
Love To Create - Holiday Gift/3D Project
Anything But A Card - Create Anything You Dream Up
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

***Quick and Easy Gift Tags

 
 
Good morning everyone. Did you get any of your Christmas shopping done over the weekend? If you did and you are now wondering how you will ever get all the wrapping done here are a few quick and easy tags you can whip up.
 
 
 
Here is a close up of each one:








 
To do these all you need to do is start with a tag shape. I die cut mine with a Spellbinder die but you can purchase pre- cut tags at  Staples or any stationary stores. Then I hand cut the Designer Paper,[leftover overs from my scrap box], to fit inside the tag, leaving a little border from the original tag showing around the edge. I punched a doily and a flower using another couple of dies, but you could use pre-cut ones from the dollar store if you wanted to. The sentiments are from the Meljen's Shop. You can find them right here. All I did was used Ultra Fine Tipped Sharpie Markers and a Gold Paint Pen to colour in the letters & little stars, bells, holly leaves, Christmas tree and Snowman!  I punched a hole, added a eyelet and a piece of twine in the top. You could just punch a hole and put a pretty reinforcement around it to give it a bit of added strength. {I did add a bit of ink to all the edges for distressing}.
See, told  you it was easy!
Hope this is a fun project you will try.
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
 
Bearly Mine - Christmas Sentiment
Clear It Out - Anything Goes
Songbird - Use one or more Dies