Sunday, December 30, 2012

As the Year comes to an End....

... I always feel the urge of finishing some of my
unfinished projects.
It's like de-cluttering the house around this time of year,
starting the new year on a clean slate!
Well, at least I have good intentions,
I have not made it to the de-cluttering part yet;)

I have been working on this scarf off and on since the early fall
and I really wanted it finished before cold weather hits.
Looks like I got it done just in time before our first good 
and measurable snowfall this week.
The pattern for the scarf is from the 
Ravelry website.
 The flower band is my own creation.
I'm not a huge fan of something tight around my neck,
but I still wanted the scarf look finished without the 
bulky knot.
  So I crocheted a small band which ties around the scarf 
and is held together by a bottom in the back.
 Finished of with a crocheted flower and a pretty bottom 
to add a little bling to the scarf.
The flower-band can be easily adjusted, 
up or down.
After seeing them everywhere,
I just had to try one myself.
"Owl Hats"!
I know Christmas is over but I wanted to share one more 
Christmas card with you all.
Made for my sons girlfriend, 
she is a huge "Hello Kitty" fan!
Kitty and Santa hat are cut with the 
"Doodlecharms" Cricut cartridge.

And yes, as this years comes to an end
I would like to thank each and everyone of you
for following my blog, leaving wonderful comments,
sharing your creativity and 
being such a great inspiration to me.
Thank you!
To all of you
Prosperous, Healthy and Creative New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The time you been waiting for....

... finally!
After three prototypes and a few small changes...
... here is the finished 
"Seal Family Christmas Card"!
 The tag was stamped with Stampin'Up! "Winter Post" set.
Pine branch was cut with Tim Holtz "Tattered Pinecone" die cut
and the back panel is dry embossed with Cuttlebug "Snowflake" 
embossing folder.
 The skates are from Stampin'Up! "Winter Memories" stamp set!
 Poinsettias are a Marianne Design die cut.
The picture frame was cut from Cricut "Fancy Frames" cartridge.
I lightly background stamped the picture panel with Hero Art "K5354",
then added the skaters and layered the stamped panel behind the frame.
Skaters are from Stampin'Up "Winter Post" set.
 Well, I hope it was worth the wait?
It sure took me a little longer then expected, 
I made 50 cards,
and each single one was anxiously awaited 
by family and friends. 
Over the last few years it became a somewhat
expected tradition to send a handmade card
and I hate to disappoint!
 I almost forgot
the inside of the card.
I love this sentiment,
it has such a deep meaning!
Stampin'Up! "Home for Christmas" set.
Our Christmas tree with all my snowman ornaments!

From our house to yours
a wonderful, safe and peaceful 

Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, December 7, 2012

All wrapped up in...

... the spirit of Christmas cards and crafts!
Sorry everyone, it's been a while since I posted anything,
but as you can see my stamp-room looks a little 
on the crazy side right now.
And I have to admit I'm doing it to myself,
dragging my heels to the last minute to get my 
Christmas cards made.
Up at 6 a.m.
 The insights and backs of my cards are all stamped.
 The help just arrived.
 Line production in poinsettia making.
 A sneak peek of this years Christmas card.
I will reveal the whole card after I mailed off
the last ones.
Don't want to spoil the surprise for the recipient!

Well and here is the other reason I been absent
"I have been out shopping".
Love this time of year with all the Christmas Bazaars,
Craft Fairs and Antique shows.
I'm always looking forward to our Homemakers Bazaar and the 
local schools Christmas Bazaars. 
So many talented local artists!
So much to see, so many ideas to take home and try out myself!
And my downfall..
... there is one every weekend!
 Found the ice skates on ebay for $7.00...
 ... And this skinny snowman at a local crafts store.
 He used to be a tobacco stick, who would have known! 
... an old  sleigh from an antique store...
... and last but not least,
this used to be an old mirror I bought for $6.00.
Add white spray paint and chalkboard paint
and this beauty adorns my kitchen wall now.

I hope you enjoyed looking around
and maybe
I got you in the mood to visit a
Christmas Bazaar near you!
Thanks for stopping in
Happy Crafting!