Thursday, December 21, 2017

Reindeer Food

Every year I have made reindeer food for Rachel and Sarah, and now for Jennifer and her friends at school.  This year was no exception, except that I got it done just under the wire as my daughter decided to take off the week before Christmas and needed the food ASAP.  I saw a bunch of different treats on Youtube, but I saw one using the plastic bottles and decided to make that one.  You can put anything you really want for the treat, as long as it is edible and safe for the little critters outside.

First I mixed everything together and then put them into the little treat bottles.  I decided to wrap a piece of tape around the top as the corks did not stay in too tight - ask me how I found that out! 

I then copied the poem and cut them out and mounted them on some CS.  There are a lot of them on the web.

For the actual holder, I used CS 11 1/2" X 2" and scored it at 2 1/4", 3", 5 1/4" and 6".  Before putting it together I used my 3/4" circle to punch out the hole so the tube will fit in nice and snug.  Then I cut out some DSP 1/8" smaller for decoration and adhered it together.  On the top of the holder, I used my scalloped punch.

I used some felt Christmas decorations I had and decorated the front of the holder.  I then tied on the poem through the hole with some twine.  I packaged each holder in a decorative plastic bag with a few candy canes, and tied them off with the little reindeer tag.

I then put them into a basket and sent along a bag of candy canes - slowly I'm using them up!!

Jennifer loved passing them out to her friends.  She is so excited.  They are going to go to New York City tomorrow to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.  Tomorrow is the last day of school for the girls, so everyone is ready to celebrate.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a very Merry Christmas!!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rudolph Pillow Box Ornament

Here is a cute twist on the Tags & Trimming Thinlets.  When I was searching Youtube for some ideas for making my stockings that I posted earlier, I came across this adorable VIDEO from Rejoice & Create.  She just turned the stocking around and made it into a cute Rudolph Ornament.  I thought it was so cute, so I made it for Jennifer and her friend to hang on the tree.

I loved how they turned out.  They are pretty easy to make.

I wrapped them each in a decorated bag and clipped them together with these cute bookmarks.

I just punched them out, one for the front and one for the back,  and colored them in and then hot glued them with a jumbo paper clip placed inside.  They love to use bookmarks and I thought they needed some for their Christmas books.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Tags and Trimings Stockings

Well, it is definitely looking a lot like Christmas!!  Snow is falling outside and boy is it cold!  My to do list is getting smaller (thank goodness) and I can see my desk finally in the craft room!  When I first saw this stamp set and dies in the Holiday Catalog, I knew that it would be on my shopping list.  I love pillow boxes, and the fact that you can make this adorable stocking as well just makes this set.  I decided to make these for my daughter to take to the Wellness Center and I gave myself a project!  But I loved how they turned out.  They were definitely worth the time and effort.

It is also a good way to use up some of those paper scraps that we have laying around.

I die cut all my pieces first, as well as the pieces that I wanted to use for decoration.  I then put on the tear and tape and put everything together assembly style.

I had stockings everywhere!  Then I noticed that they started disappearing - the little elves were at it again.  I ended up making 50 of them.

Some I made with greetings and some without.  I decided I would get some candy canes to put inside the pillow boxes.  I was in Sam's club and saw this container and decided to get it.  Unfortunately, I had left my glasses at home and thought it said 100 candy canes which would be perfect since I planned on putting 2 inside each box.

Well, as you can see, the count is 500!!  Needless to say, everyone is getting extra candy canes this year!

Here's one basket ready to go and an extra basket of candy canes!!

Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday traditions.  Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Birthday Card with Embossing Paste

I know everyone is doing Christmas items, but a birthday snuck up on me so I tried out this birthday card video that I saw at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts blog.  I love her videos as she is so thorough and explains everything so well.  I had not used my embossing paste in a while and wanted to try it again.  Following her instructions, it was really easy.  I liked the look of putting the Dazzling Diamonds in the paste.

The colors I used were Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Lemon Lime.  She has all the measurements in her video.  I also used the Happy Birthday Thinlets die with the adhesive paper.  I love how this makes it so easy to adher on your paper.

Here is the inside sentiment.  I even made an envelope with my punch board!

It's hard to see, but the paper matched perfectly.  Well, I'm almost finished my goodies for the Wellness Center that I'll post soon.  Then I have to start of the goodies for Jennifer's class!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

December Planner

It seems like yesterday that I posted my November planner and here it is time for December's.  I so enjoy doing this every month.  It is so neat looking at the calendar all decorated.  I didn't have a lot of time this month, but I was happy how it turned out.

I used the following stamp sets for this month - Tags and Trimmings, Seasonal Chums and Labels to Love.  My DSP was Candy Cane Lane and I used my tree punch as well.  I also used some washi tape around the HO-HO-HO that I had picked up from Michael's.  It's hard to tell, but I stamped some stars on the paper as well.  Our decorations are up, and we finished the tree yesterday.  I'm waiting for the girls to come by this weekend to put the manager set up.  I started this when Rachel was only 2 years old and it has become a tradition.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Emoji Magnets

Well, I hope everyone survived the Thanksgiving holiday.  Everyone is back to work and school and the rush for Christmas is on!  Over the weekend, I was checking out my photos and I realized that I had not posted the cute little emojis magnets that I made for the kids going back to school for their lockers.  I got this idea from - Hedgehog Hollow.  She made a work station for her daughter, but I decided to give the kids each  a tin to use at school in their lockers or at home.  Jennifer uses her on the refrigerator.

I ordered the thinlets die from Sizzix and used magnets that I already had in my stash.  After cutting them out, I backed them with several pieces of matching CS giving them extra strength.  Then I decided to Mod Podge them so they would hold up better.

I didn't get pictures of all the emoji faces, but I think they turned out so cute.  The girl's loved them and so far they have held up pretty good.  I hope everyone started their Christmas shopping with Cyber Monday.  It is hard to believe that Friday is December 1st.  It is suppose to be 60 degrees here on Wed. which is find with me.  Have a great week!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Goodie Bags

Well, the clock is winding down to Thanksgiving, and I'm just getting in under the wire.  Tomorrow I start with some of the preparations, but finished up my goodie bags for some friends and family.  As most families, the kids love to eat and bake during the holidays.  I decided to make these cute apple bags for them.  I wrapped up two apples along with some yummy carmel for dipping and packaged them in a cute bag.

Since I finally had my cricut unpacked, I used it to make the apple that I adhered on the front of the bag and my little apple tags.  I wrapped them in a clear bag and tied them off.

I then tied the handles together with some ribbon and tied on my little tag.  Here's what the final bags looked like.

The kids will get the apples and the adults will get some other special goodies that they like.  I was so excited to find Chinese apples in Wegman's today along with some chestnuts.  We are going to do some serious eating this weekend!  Everyone in the Pansy Patch wishes all of you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Candle Holder

A few weeks ago, I watched a Facebook live with the Cow Whisperers Creative Cards and she showed us this cute holder for these adorable candles she found at the Dollar Store.  Here is the version she put on her blog - Coffee Candle Holder.  She made a cute Christmas holder on her Facebook Page.  I searched all the Dollar stores around here but couldn't find any, but I did fine these cute candles that I thought would be perfect for my daughters.

I used some CS and cut off a 3 1/2" piece off the short side.   On the long side, I scored it a 4" - 6 1/2" - 7 1/2" - 10".  I used some scrap DSP paper for the pieces - cut at 3 1/4" and then turned it and cut at 3 3/4" - 2 1/4" - 3/4".  I used these pieces to decorate the holder. 

Before I glued the one piece to the back I used my 2" circle punch to cut a place for the candle since it was 2".  It was a bit too small, so I just trimmed one side slightly to make the hole big enough for the candle to fit it.  I placed them in a cello bag and tied it together with some cord. 

I used my Labels to Love stamp set and punch and tied that on with some 1/8" ribbon.  I thought they turned out really cute.  I plan on giving them to my daughter's when they come for dinner on Thanksgiving.  I have something else planned for the girls.  Well, it is definitely fall around here.  We even had some snow and more is forecast for this weekend.  We were out looking for a Christmas tree earlier today as ours hit the dust last year after 25 years!  I couldn't believe the prices they are asking.  Maybe we'll get a real one this year. Have a great weekend.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Leaf Punch Cards for the Holidays

I decided I had better make some Thanksgiving cards before its too late.  I have seen so many of these adorable cards in Pinterest and decided to make one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.  I used the Painted Harvest leaf punch for both cards.  You could use any colors that you desire.

I used the sentiment greeting from the Painted Harvest for the Thanksgiving one and the other was a Christmas Greeting.  I punched a bunch of leaves out of different colors and then started placing them in a circle starting at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions and then filling them in.  I loved using the foil and the glimmer paper in the Christmas one.   I thought they turned out pretty nice! 

The weather here has been so cold, windy and miserable.  It is suppose to warm up a bit tomorrow.  The girls were off from school today due to Veterans Day but no one ventured outside much.  We are heading over to NJ tomorrow early to visit with Jennifer.  Their little church by them is having a breakfast and we love going to it.  Hope everyone is keeping warm and have a good weekend!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

November Planner

I'm about 4 days late posting my November Planner - but better late than never!!  I love decorating these calendars.  I used Painted Autumn DSP and cut out some pumpkins from the same DSP.  I love all the sentiments from the Painted Harvest stamp set and used one of this at the top of my page.  My Happy Thanksgiving stamp I have had for years that I got at good old Michael's $1 bin. 

Do you like that great washi tape?  It's the Year of Cheer Specialty tape.  I love washi tape and am using it more and more.  The cute acorns are stamped from the Count My Blessings stamp set and my funny turkey I have had forever.  I just love his cute face looking down at the sign - EAT HAM!!

It's been getting pretty chilly here, so we have been bringing in all our plants.  I have two Christmas Cactus plants and they say you are suppose to put them outside to rest and then bring them back inside when it is fall so they will bloom for Christmas.  Well, someone forgot to tell them that. 

They are both loaded with so many blooms!  I don't think they will last until Christmas, so I am enjoying them now!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween Coffee Cup Treats

I have been seeing all these adorable coffee cup designs all over the blogs and decided that I wanted to make some for Jennifer's classmates, as well as for the Wellness Center.  I'm sure you can get these cups in a variety of places but I purchased mine online at - Webstaurant Store.  I ended up making 50 of them, but it really didn't take as long as I thought it would.  I started by making a template of the cup by taking one apart for the proper dimensions.  These are 5 oz. cups.  It was a great way of using up some old Halloween DSP and scraps.  I made two different designs.  The one for the Wellness Center I used the stamp from the Spooky Cat stamp set punching it out with the Everyday Label Punch.

Using assembly line production helped move this project along.

I punched out a circle for the top and glued it on.  I purchased some straws from Hobby Lobby and cut them in half to put in the top of the cup.  Then I die cut a bunch of Spiders and adhered them to the straw.  Of course, I put some chocolate goodies inside.

Here is a sampling of different styles I made.

Here is the box all ready to go to the Wellness Center.

I used the Seasonal Chums stamp set and dies for the ones that I made for Jennifer to give all to her friends, as she wanted their names put on a tag.

I think they turned out so cute! 

Here is a picture I took somewhere during the process.

I think this is a great little treat that can be used for any occasion.  I have seen them decorated for Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc.  What a great versatile cup.  We had a great time celebrating Jennifer's birthday and Halloween. 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Jennifers Birthday Card

Well, it's a little hectic around here between Halloween and Jennifer's birthday.  Hard to believe our little pumpkin will be four years old tomorrow.  It seems like yesterday that we were all rushing to the hospital for the emergency C-section on our daughter.  She is growing by leaps and bounds.  I usually make Jennifer a recordable card for her birthday.  SU doesn't sell them anymore, and I have one more left in my stockpile.  She loves them and has them in her room.  For some reason, this year's card was hard to make.  I had a lot of ideas but nothing that I was happy about.  I had to get down to business this weekend as time was running out.  I started out with the base card in Pretty N' Pink.  It is a retired SU color but I have a few sheets left.  I used my # of Years framelits to cut out the number four in some pretty glimmer paper I had on hand and then mounted it on two cutouts of cardboard to make it stand out. 

I used the # of Years stamp set for my sentiment a well.  I had such a wonderful surprise last week.  My friend Martha from Florida sent me a surprise package - it was a misti!!  I have been thinking about it since a lot of my friends use it but it was not top on my list.  Well, this is the first card I used with it and what a pleasure!  I ended up having to restamp my sentiment and it was so clean and neat!   Loved it!!  I used the framelits from the Birthday Delivery set on the DSP for the presents and party hats.  I then decided to add some ribbon I had in my stash on the front to finish it off. 

For the inside I used the framelits again for the cake and ribbons.  I thought it was pretty neat that the one of the cakes had 4 candles on it.  I used one of my Action Wobbles for the cake and twine for the balloon strings.  I was happy how it turned out.  Well, I hope everyone has a great week and a wonderful Halloween!!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Goodies

Hope everyone is having a good week!  Fall is definitely in the air around here.  I guess I'm going to have to get out some jackets to wear!  Today's post is one of the trays I made up for my daughter to take to the nurses at the hospital in her unit.  I have been making these cute ghost lollipops for years and the kids always ask for them again and again  They are just lollipops wrapped in a coffee filter which has been stamped with a face and then a little bow tied around them.

The cats are made from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  These little guys are filled with a Hershey kiss.  They are all over the blogs.  The holder is made with a piece of paper 4" x 1" and scored at 1", 2", and 3" and folded into a triangle and glued in place.  I stamped a piece of paper with the cat stamp and punched it out with the cat punch.  Then punch out another plain cat for the back.  I glued in the front piece first to the triangle and then the back.  The best part is to place a Hershey kiss in the triangle.

Of course, you must taste a few to make sure the candy is fresh!!

Come back later this week to see the birthday card that I'm making Jennifer. 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Spooky Halloween Card

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  The weather was so beautiful here.  We had Jennifer for a sleepover and it was so nice to spend time outside.  After she left, I put together her Halloween card.  I saw it on Pinterest and knew she would love it.  She has 2 cats at home along with her faithful companion dog Willow.  My daughter has instilled the love of all God's creatures to her - with the exception of the occasional bear that wonders through their yard! 

I loved how this card came together.  I used several dies, paper and accessories which I will list in the recipe below.  I decided to decorate the inside as well along with the envelop.

I love how the dies cut out the DSP images.  I think Jennifer will love it!

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Paper - Black, Spooky Night DSP
Ink - Basic Black
Stamps - Spooky Cat
Accessories - Top Note Die, Patterned Pumpkin Framelits Dies, Cat Punch, Twine

Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Card - Pumpkins

Well, another Friday is here!  I have been working on my goodies and hope to get them done in time.  I needed to make some more Halloween cards and came across this cutie on Pinterest.  I changed it up a bit and loved how it turned out.

It was a pretty simple card to put together.  I used SU's Large Polka Dots embossing folder and stamped the circles with a small pumpkin face I had.  I used SU's Chalk Talk framelits die and stamped it with the pumpkin and face from the Fall Fest stamp set.

The Spooky sentiment is from a stamp set I had won from Cardz TV - More Spooky Sayings.  It is such a great Halloween set.  On the inside, I used the stamp from the Halloween Treat stamp set.

I love that little spider!  I have used this stamp set so often.  Then I just tied some black and white twine down the side and it was complete.  Don't you just love it!  I love the cute little faces!  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  It is suppose to be a warm one here, so we intend to be outside!!

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