Wednesday, January 20, 2016
These festive goodies are from my always inspiring friend, Lorna...
Absolutely adorable gingerbread candy cane toppers!
Lookie! A sweet treat cup topped with a fun wintery scene, an Asian inspired holiday card, and oh my, the cutest gift bag to hold all the goodies! Just LOVE the very cool Christmas light garland Lorna made to drape over the front of the bag!
These fabulous paper pieced treasures are from my crafting bestie, Kris! A super cute paper pieced holiday penguin gift bag, an intricately paper pieced, irresistible Pochacco gift box and a super fun interactive Christmas card~
See how the two sides of her card pull open to reveal photos of her beautiful kids...how neat is that! Definitely need to learn how to do this!
Happy holiday mail surprises from my creative blogging pal, Karen!
Absolutely LOVE her beautifully stamped and colored Christmas card. Penny Black images are just too adorable! Karen's creations are always so professionally done...hubby said "How come she didn't make her cards this year?"
I always look forward to receiving Karen's super cute coaster calendars in the mail each year. Always an intricately stamped, colored and paper pieced treasure to proudly display on my fridge!
Don't you just love this NEAT candy sled from my sweet and creative pal, Gwen? Rows of yummy chocolate stacked upon each other and a pair of candy canes for the blades...oh my, this is so darned cute I don't think I'll ever have the heart to take it apart!
Thank you to my sweet, generous and immensely creative friends for all the wonderful crafty surprises! Looking forward to another fun and inspiring crafty year with you all!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Gave out a few gift cards this Christmas, and always enjoy dressing them up in gift card holders so the recipients will have something fun to unwrap. Here are a couple pizza boxes I put together to hold gift cards from California Pizza Kitchen.
SVG Cutting Files and added the USPS logo to the sides and back of the truck.
SVG Attic. Thought this would be a fun way to surprise my daughter and son in law with an airline gift card for an outer island vacation.
And last, I put together this kawaii rice cooker box to hold a gift card to a Japanese specialty market for a special aunt.
And that's about it for my holiday projects for this past year. In my next post I'll be sharing some of the amazing handmade holiday cards and gifts I received from my super talented crafting buddies...and then I'll be done with my late Christmas posts...I promise!
Saturday, January 9, 2016
WHOA!!!! It's a NEW YEAR already and looks like I was left in the dust! I guess it may have seemed that I fell off the face of the blogging world, but only because I was struggling to keep up with the holidays. As a result I'm embarrassingly late in posting my holiday projects... I hope you'll bear with me for my next few posts as I scramble to try to catch up.
Every Christmas we make batches of Chex mix for hubby to share with his co-workers. In the past we've given them in plastic jars I've decorated, but lately it's gotten more difficult to find the jars on sale so we opted to do something different this time. Picked up these cute take out boxes at a local restaurant wholesale supplier and decided to give these a try.
Kept it simple by tying on a big bow with some wide grosgrain ribbon and adding a homemade Santa tag. Cutting file for the Santa comes from My Scrap Chick. This came together much quicker than decorating jars, and so much easier to carry to work. Definitely will do this again next Christmas.
And here's Latte's gifts to her friends...a jar of people treats for her sweet friends at the pet clinic, and goodie bags filled with doggie treats for her canine pals.
For these, I used my favorite furry puppy from Little Scraps of Heaven's "Puppy Love" cutting file together with the holly border from Kadoodle Bug Designs' "Holly Bear" file.
Here a few of the tags I put together for our gifts. Used metal dies for these. Snowflakes dies are from Die-namics "Let It Snowflake"; peeking teddy is from Cottage Cutz "Peeking Santa Bear", and round tag from Lawn Fawn "Stitched Circle Tags". Had fun making these...wish I had time to do more!
And finally, the holiday cards we sent out. Started working on these in November but ran into printer problems which set me back and ended up taking way too long to finish. Photo on the front of the card is our sweet furbaby Latte wearing a string of battery powered fairy lights Used Sizzix "Stars and Swirls" embossing folder for the white panel backed with silver metallic cardstock from Hygloss. Ornaments were die cut using Memory Box "Classic Ornament" die, strung with silver metallic cording.
On the inside, a simple accordion flag pop up style card inspired by a holiday card by my friend Patti of Creations By Patti blog a few years back. Tutorial for Patti's card can be found here.
I used photos taken during a recent Disneyland vacation for my "flags", increasing the dimensions of the card slightly to accommodate the width of the photos. With hubby's help scoring the cards and with backing the photos, we were able to get 80 of these in the mail just in time.
Okay, on my next post I'll be sharing some of the fun gift card holders I put together for holiday giving. Hope you'll stay tuned!