Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Treat Holders

Happy Halloween everyone.  I thought I would share my one and only Halloween project for this year.  I made these treat holders for my neighborhood trick or treaters and for a few friends. 
I love Reese Peanut Butter cups so I filled my treat holders with them.  Let's be honest here, I ate a bunch of them  One for me-two for the box, one for me-two for the box.  It was so much fun making these.
This little pumpkin box was a cinch to make.  Thanks for the help from Recollection and Michael's.  I hadn't seen these cute little kits all season.  I went into Michael's last Saturday night and there these were at 60% off so I grabbed the last package and made them up.  The only thing I added was the spider an the "Spooky" stamp.  Everything else came in the kit.
These are miniature milk cartons made with a Sizzix die.  I used Brenda Walton's Decorative Strip Medallions die to decorate them along with some Recollection stickers.  I made 20 of these today-so they make up fast and were super easy.
Here's just a little close up of the Medallion.  I added a Spellbinders Scallop die behind the smaller rosette and some banners at the bottom.  Really fun to make.
This is also a Recollection kit from Michael's  I added the spider web, ribbon bow, bat and stamped image.  I also trimmed the edge of the coffin with a Martha Stewart spider web border.  You can't see it in the picture, but it looks pretty.
This was a quick project that I finished this weekend.   I hope you have enjoyed it.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reindeer & Sleigh Brenda Walton Die Centerpiece

WARNING:  Sizzix die overload....hahahaha   Don't I just love me some Sizzix dies!!!   This centerpiece was created with lots of Sizzix dies with the main focal point being the lovely Brenda Walton Christmas Sleigh Favor Box and the Reindeer.  Oh how I just love those two dies together!  The centerpiece was created on a square silver tray that has been painted white and mounted on a candlestick.....both from the Dollar Store.  The big gold bow is also a Brenda Walton die.  The Snowflake in the background is from Sizzix and the "Merry Christmas" is from Cottagecutz.
Aren't these just awesome.  The Poinsettia are Tim Holtz Poinsettia die and embossing folder.  I used Barn Door and Fired Brick distress stain and inks to color these flowers and Peeled Paint for the leaves.  Little gold beads from Michael's were used for the centers of the flowers.
Oh, and here's another one I created in another color.  The designer paper was from the same Pink Paisley Christmas pad as the traditional color I did above.  I just loved this paper pad and had to do this color variation. 
Here are those luscious Tim Holtz Poinsettia again but in Cracked Pistachio tipped with Brushed Corduroy.  All those little white berries you see come from the Dollar Store.
The sleigh is filled with presents and bottle brush Christmas trees.  Those presents are 1" cubes I created myself with my Martha Stewart score board-tied with bakers twine, of course!  The 3D trees are Sizzix Brenda Walton Christmas Tree Die.  Besides Tim Holtz, Brenda Walton is another favorite of mine.  Her dies are so sweet and very easy to put together!
Look here!!!  Another color variation.  Of course, I just had to do a pink one.  Here you can see the lovely trees and Poinsettia again.  For these Poinsettia I used Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet.  The paper collection is digital from Nitwit Collections called Holiday Bouquet.  I just love that paper collection so much.  You will be seeing more holiday projects from me using that paper.
Lots of detail on these beautiful reindeer.  From the little bows to the snowflake buttons it's a feast for the eyes and did I mention it was a blast to create!!!  I love the marabou trim around the base.  It gives the whole design a soft festive ambiance.
So which color variation is your favorite?  I'd love to hear what you think.  It's hard to choose isn't it!!!  lol   Also, do you like making your own flowers?  I know that is one of my favorite things to do.  But, it does slow me up a lot while making my projects.  This Tim Holtz Poinsettia is one of my favorite.    My flowers are a big process especially these.  You have to die cut, emboss, stain, distress, paint with glue and sprinkle glitter, let dry, and then shape.  It take a while.  But to me it is personally rewarding.    Everything else went together fast.

I have included this video of my 3 projects in case you would like to see in more detail.  Thanks so much for visiting today.  Now get out those dies and create!!!!

As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Flowers Bought or Created and Why
Julia Spiri Challenge-  Anything Goes with a twist-Tic-Tac-Toe  (Flowers, Red, Fun)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin- Glitter and Sparkle
Crafty Creations- Not a Card
Decorate To Celebrate-Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge-Anything but a Card
A Snowflake Promise-Anything goes/ twist of the seasons
Creates and Makes Challenge - Anything goes/with optional twist use a die

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tim Holtz Inspired Gift Box with Altered Dollar Store Ornament

 Hello Crafters!!!!  Today I wanted to share a project created with one of those little Church ornaments that come from this years Dollar Store selection.  The church is so cute, I knew I would alter and create something with it.    
 The Church was alter with Sizzix Holiday Greens, and Yvonne Creations Poinsettia with little silver bead centers.  The flowers were colored with Tim Holtz Broken China Ink.  The Poinsettia leaves are colored with Peeled Paint.  I'm loving that forest behind the church.  It reminds me so much of the little white Churches here in the South.
 Don't you just love the Tim Holtz Sizzix Noel Sign.  It's just one of those go-to dies for Christmas Projects.  What makes it so wonderful is that you can cut it out on light weight chipboard for a sturdy little sign.  Hey Tim, do you think we could get a die like this that says "Believe" or "Joy"
 Here's the back.  My church is mounted on a Dollar General Christmas Gift Box.  I picked up a whole bunch of them on clearance last year for 10 cents a piece.  I altered the box with designer paper inside and out to match the project.
So I was thinking when I was putting this together that this would make a wonderful gift for your Pastor and his wife for Christmas filled with candy or homemade goodies or even someone special in your church family. 
And........just for's a pink one!!!  Haha.....I can't resist Pink for Christmas.  Isn't it pretty!  So I am off to make a "traditional" Christmas colored one next.  You know....plain ole red and  I can show it to you in the next couple of days or so.    Many thanks to all of you for sticking with me in my absence.   I have been crafting and have lots to share.  Be sure to come back as I will be posting again soon.  Until next time.....Happy Crafting!

Challenges Entered:
Altered Eclectics-Anything Goes-Altered Art
Rhedd's Creative Spirit-Anything Goes-Altered Art
Just Keep Crafting Link-up-Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge-Use lots of Pink
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge-Anything Goes Christmas
Crafting from the Heart-Anything Goes
Sparkle N Sprinkle-Use loose glitter
Pile it On-Sparkle