Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

Everyone in the Pansy Patch would like to wish you and yours a wonderful, Happy New Year!! 

See you next year!!!

Nancy                  Rachel                    Sarah

Monday, December 30, 2013

Snowman Door

Before the holidays come to a close, I wanted to show you what I made for the girls front door.  I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was so cute.  It is so easy to make.

I used my Cricut cart doodlecharms to make the circles.  For the eyes, my circles are 4" and the mouth and bottom of the snowman the circles are 2".  I freehand cut the carrot nose out of pumpkin pie CS and tied him up with ribbon.  Since their front door is metal, I used magnets to hold the pieces on.  There he is greeting everyone as they came in for the holidays!  Rachel wanted one for her room as well and she used the Tombo glue trick.  When the holidays are over they'll just put them away until next year.

Everyone is getting ready for New Year's Eve.  Joe and I stopped bye to see our new little granddaughter Jennifer today.  She is really growing fast.  She is up to 8lbs. 8ozs. and is now 21 inches long!  What a joy!  Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday break. 

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cricut Window Display

Awhile ago, I started making some window displays for the Wellness Center.  Depending on the holiday, I cut out the items with my cricut and then put small drops of Tombo glue on the back of them and let them dry overnight.  Then my daughter takes them to work and puts them up in the window.  After the holiday, they peel right off and she stores them to use again for the next season.  I forget where I read about the glue technique but it works great.  I had made a lot of different snowflakes in the past for Christmas, but this year I decided to make something different.  The picture was hard to take as it is on a window, but I think you get the idea.

I used the Christmas Cheer cricut cart for all the items.  I used colored pom poms for the reindeers - of course, red for Rudolph and brown for his friends.  I decided to put packages in the sleigh, a tree on the ground and sprinkle candy canes around the sky for decoration.  I used a peel-it on the sleigh which says Merry Christmas!  My favorite part were the reindeers!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!  My husband and I decided to go food shopping early this AM and we came out to snow - everywhere!  It was a slippery ride home and as soon as we got into the garage the snow stopped and the sun came out and melted the snow away!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

Below is a picture of the Christmas wreath that Sarah wanted to share with you.  She made this at Girls Scouts for the family's door.  I think she did a great job!

All of us at the Pansy Patch would like to wish you and your family a Joyous and Wonderful Christmas!!

 Nancy                Rachel                   Sarah

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Angels

I have another Christmas angel for you today - I just fell in love with these when I saw them.  There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to put them together.  I liked how Dawn from DOStamping did hers.  The best part about making them is that you use your bow maker die from SU!  I love that you can use something to make different items.

Here's a bunch of them that I made my daughter to take to work to give to the other nurses.  Another good thing is that you can use up some scrap paper as well.  I decorated some of the faces with some tiny gems and some I stamped using Peachy Keen face stamps.

Here's a closer look.  Rachel and Sarah already took theirs and I picked out a cute pink one to give to our newest little angel - Jennifer!  Everyone will be here on Sat. for Xmas and we can hardly wait to see her again.  We're already fighting over who is going to hold her!

Here's the final basket of angels waiting to go to their new home!  These really came together quick.  I tied them up in a plastic bag with some ribbon and used the Merry Christmas stamp from Tiny Wishes for the sentiment.  I also put some on the top of presents - which are finally all wrapped!

Well, it's going to be a busy few days.  The last day of school is tomorrow for the girls and we're all going out to dinner to celebrate.  The weather is suppose to be in the 60's this weekend.  Crazy weather!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Monday, December 16, 2013

Angel Punch Out

I have another angel for you.  Last year we made these cute angels into ornaments by punching a hole in the top and stringing a ribbon through for hanging, but this year we made a few to put on some special cards.  I found this angel punch on Valita's Fresh Folds Blog and fell in love with it.  It looks more involved than it is and comes together pretty quick.  These angels disappeared fast and I only have 3 left.  Instead of hand drawing faces, I used some Peachy Keen stamps I had and put some crystal effects on their heads as well.

Here's another Medallion tree that I made for my sister-in-law.  I made a lot of these last year on this post.

I have to remember to start a lot earlier next year on my Christmas goodies, as I am running out of time and didn't make a lot of things that we planned to make.  Presents are wrapped, cards are mailed and now we start baking.  The girls only have school this week and then they are off until after New Year's and we have a lot of plans.  It is really cold here but it is suppose to warm up later on in the week, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Festive Flurry Snowflakes

I decided to make these really cute snowflakes for my daughter to take to the Wellness Center for Christmas.  I was brave and ordered 3 packs (30) to make from SU.  If you are interested in making these there is a lot of how-to videos on Youtube.  I have to say they weren't too hard to make, but they did take more time than I thought they would.  Hot gluing the two different snowflakes took a lot of time, patience and a lot of glue.  Once I realized that I couldn't rush the process things went along smoothly.  The glue needed a least a minute to set up for each one.  I set up everything assembly line and before long it was done!  I have to say that I'm really happy with the results and can hardly wait to see the looks on the patients faces. 

Here's a close up of the finished product.

On the back I decided to stamp a greeting with the Endless Wishes stamp set I had just purchased and used my white craft ink with the little snowflake to finish it off.  I really liked putting 2 different stamps sentiments together on a block to stamp.

I wrapped them all in plastic bags and tied them up with a little poem I had used the other year about snowflakes.

Here's the poem:

Snowflake Legend
Long, long ago, a shining star
Led the way to a CHILD born in a
Manager.  It is believed that SNOWFLAKES
Are little pieces of that gleaming star that
Guides us to the light of the world,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

I put everything in a basket with some ribbon and decided to add some candy canes to go along with the snowflakes!

I'm sure everyone is rushing around like crazy trying to get everything done in time.  I spent most of the day shopping today getting last minute items.  We are suppose to get a snowstorm this weekend and wanted to try and finish up before it starts.  I always have the family at my house the Sunday before Christmas and before I know it will be here.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Monday, December 9, 2013

Paper Pumpkin Noel Christmas Cards

I signed up to receive the monthly Paper Pumpkin from SU.  For November they sent out cute Christmas cards to make.  They must have known that I needed some help in this area.  The package included enough to make 4 cards plus their envelopes.  They came together really quick and easy and I have a lot of the stars left over for other projects.  What I like about each month are the stamps that you get, as well as the ink spots.  I hate to buy ink when I'm not sure if I'll like the color, so this way I get to try it out first. 

A lot of the bloggers out there have videos on the Paper Pumpkin kits, and I saw this on Rachel Tessman's blog and really liked it.  She had a lot of other ideas that you make with the kit.

It is definitely snowing outside, but as my husband reminds me - it is December!!  The girls had a delayed opening today for school and are hoping for no school tomorrow - so they're happy campers!  I'm not finished with my shopping yet, so I hope it melts fast!!  Have a good week!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Friday, December 6, 2013

Triple Circle Christmas Card

I really don't make a lot of Christmas cards.  A few for my family and close friends and that's it.  I think because I'm more involved in making items for the Wellness Center for my daughter which I really enjoy.  This year I saw a framelit by Sizzix - the Triple Circle Flip It and really liked it.  I think the best thing about this set is that is comes with 10 different pieces to use.  Some for the outside and some for the inside which I could use on other cards as well.  I thought it was a pretty good deal.  Here are two of the cards I made.

The other thing I liked about this framelit was that I could use up some of my scrap paper.  I don't know about you but I find I have a lot of it hanging around!  Last year I had purchased from SU the stamp set - Jolly Bingo Bits -  which fit perfectly in the circles.  I can see using these framelits for a lot of other occasions.

Well, the decorations are up just in time as a storm is rolling in this weekend.  The girls are looking forward to some snow.  Hope your weekend is filled with making lots of holiday memories.

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pumpkin Bread & Box

We hope that everyone had a great holiday weekend!  It's hard to believe that another Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is sneaking up.  Everyone at the Pansy Patch had a great time.  We were so thankful this year for our newest member -Jennifer Faith - and the complete recovery of her Mom!  The day before Thanksgiving, Joe and I with the girls babysat for Jennifer.  What a joy that was!  It has been a long time since I changed a diaper and fed someone a bottle - especially a preemie - but everything went well and we had a good time!  My daughter is going to have two willing babysitters this summer!  We had Thanksgiving at our house and it was definitely filled with a lot of happiness, love and fun - everyone fighting over who was going to hold Jennifer!

I usually make a bunch of cookies around this time of year to give out, but with all the excitement going on I was short on time for Thanksgiving.  I saw this great recipe for Pumpkin Bread and box tutorial on Stamping up North and decided to try it out.  The boxes were really easy to put together and so was the recipe.  I used little aluminum loaf pans I had purchased in Walmart's and they fit perfectly.

I decided to make a belly band so the bread could be removed easily and the boxes reused if they wanted.  I can see plenty of uses for these little gems!

The girls helped us decorate for Xmas on Friday and we spent most of the weekend trying to finish up.  I love to see the house all decorated with lots of goodies and lights!  It definitely is one of my most favorite times of the year!  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah