Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February Fundraiser & a FREE kit

Hey y'all!   I'm excited to tell you about this Fundraiser I'm doing now thru the end of February!!  Next month is special for so many reasons.... it's my birth month, it's the month of LOVE, and it's also my store's 5th birthday!  I wanted to do something special that is close to my heart.  So, I'm going to donate all my net proceeds from my store during the month of February to my local
  Ronald McDonald House Charity!

You can read my personal RMHC story HERE.

So, to entice you all to help me reach my donation goal of $200.... I put together this ADORABLE "Valentine Kitty" kit that you will get FREE when you spend $10 or more in my store (in one order).  No coupon, no need to do anything else, I will email it to everyone who meets or beats that $10 order!!

For those who don't craft or don't care to receive this kit, but still want to donate to this worthy cause, you can donate ANY amount by clicking on this yellow 'Donate' button below.  *Please note that by using this donate button, you will be helping my local RMH charity, but will not receive any product in return.  THANK YOU!!!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Spinner Valentine & Free Digi Kit

Good Monday morning to ya!   In case you haven't read about it yet, we've added a monthly "Optional Theme" to our Year-Round Link Up!  Every entry using the monthly OC (optional challenge) will count as two per entry in the Link Up.  Winners are drawn every 15 entries!!  :)

This month's OC is to make a Kinetic Card (something with a moving part, can be the type of fold, or an actual moving piece like a pull-out tag, a spinning penny, or one of those spring-loaded wobblies, etc.)

I chose to make a Penny Spinner using the individual owls from the "Owl Always Love You" digi set.

ALSO... we have a FREE 3D Kit in our Facebook group this month!!  It's called "Owl Always Love You 3D" - you may use it for this optional challenge if you'd like, but not required, you may use ANY Imagine That Digistamp for the Kinetic challenge or Year-Round Link Up.  :)  

Here's a 2nd look ... the girl owl rolls to the end of the branch and back to her mate ♥  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Candy Cane Ornament Wreath

Hello & Merry Christmas friends!

Well, after a failed attempt yesterday to find just the "right" products from the Dollar Tree to recreate a candy cane ornament wreath that I watched a tutorial on Youtube for, I was determined to go back and grab some things to improvise and guess what?  I love the outcome!

SO, here's a link to the tutorial.  I didn't find this tutorial early enough in the season.  So our Dollar Tree only had ONE tube left of 7 all red ornaments (no stripes or fancy, but some were glittered, some matte, and some shiny) so I bought that, and then I bought 2 tubes of 15 small all reds, and 2 tubes of 15 small all silver ornaments.  They also had the metal candy cane forms to make the wreaths.

Then here's the kicker... I headed over to Bi-Mart and bought one set of 12 ( 4 each; white solid matte, red/white striped, and red solid shiny)  for $6.00.  So this project total, cost me about $9 - $10  (I had 2 tubes of small ornaments left over, but I also used almost a whole bag of glue sticks!)

Unlike the video where she put 2 larger ornaments side-by-side all the way down and filled in gaps with the smaller ornaments, (I didn't have enough of the larger ones to do that) I glued just one row of the larger down the middle (I didn't use mesh like she does, I just hot-glued it right to the metal frame and to the other ornament next to it) and then I glued the smaller ornaments down both sides.  This did leave quite a few gaps that I could have used more small ornaments to fill it, however I decided to get out our silver & white garland we've used on our Christmas tree for the past several years and I cut not much, maybe like 8" off the end of it.  Then I cut it into tiny pieces and hot-glued those in to fill the gaps.

What do you think??  Turned out pretty cute for improvising huh?

*Note to self:
Start shopping Christmas ornaments at Dollar Tree right after Halloween!!

Also try these wreaths...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Staircase Z-Fold Christmas Card

Happy Crafty Saturday!  I set a personal goal to TRY each of the "Fancy Fold Cards" on our recent blog hops.  Today I made my first Z-Fold card using this tutorial on Amanda's blog.  I fell in love with her card - so pretty in red and white and I loved her window, but I had to get creative since I don't have a window die cut yet (on my wishlist!)  

For the garland, I cut out one of the border strips from the "Deck the Halls" digi paper pack HERE.  And for the window scene, I used the "Sweet Deer" HERE and the trees are from "Gingerbread Scene" HERE.  For both sentiments, I just typed them out in dark red.  :)

I went over select petals of the poinsettia with a red sparkly gellyroll pen, select holly leaves with a green sparkly gellyroll pen and the flower centers with a gold sparkly pen.  The last photo shows an up-close view of the sparkle.  :)

*Note to self:  Pay attention to Amanda's note about the staircase triangle BEFORE you start cutting your slats!  I had my triangle going the long way and didn't realize it until I had all my slats glued onto the stair base :(  Had to rip them off and start over with the other triangle.

Thanks for visiting! *Ü*

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas Crackers - Treat Box

This is my 2nd project on the Fancy Fold Blog hop, I made a Christmas Cracker box.  For the tag, (sorry it's a bit blurry) I used the new Scallop Circle Sentiments.     

 I got 4 of these mini candybars inside this li'l gift box :)  SWEET!
I have to apologize to my teammies as when I first posted this at TCP and FB, I mentioned that I used my Envelope Punch Board for this.... but I had quickly forgotten that I had not. I searched for Envelope Punch Board tutorials for treat boxes and this other one tutorial came up and I followed it. I was having so much fun making it that I didn't even realize I wasn't using the punch board at all! LOL. Which in hindsight would have made it so much quicker to make!! So, I found a very similar tutorial that actually uses the Envelope Punch Board HERE and I made quite a few more following that tutorial. I made one for each guest at our Thanksgiving table this year....

Thanks for visiting! :) 

Pop Up Book Card

My first project for our Fancy Fold Blog Hop is a Pop Up Book Card using this month's Featured Set, Reindeer Carols (FREE to those who link up using any "Imagine That Digistamp") for the front, and I used a sentiment from White Christmas on the inside.

 This looks like a regular square card, but the surprise is on the inside...

Inside pops up like a book!

digi sets used....

for more inspiration, hop on over to The Creative Playground to start this hop!

Fancy Fold Blog Hop with Imagine That Digistamp

Hello hoppers!!  I hope you're here via our blog hop, but if you found me aside from that than I invite you to start at the beginning and join my teammies on a Fancy Fold Blog Hop today!  I have provided the whole hop list at the end of my post *Ü*

I started the hop with a pop out book card & a Christmas cracker treat box over at The Creative Playground.  Now I'd like to share some fun li'l treat bags with you as well as a Tutorial & Free Downloads to make the Christmas set...

I saw these similar (Hershey) Nugget Wrapper Treat Bags on Pinterest last week and thought they'd be so easy and quick to make up using my own digis and papers.  I also made them to print onto the Avery Address Labels 5160 so it's as simple as printing, peeling and sticking around the nuggets!

Nugget Wrapper Tutorial

  • Nugget Wrappers (download here)
  • Nugget Toppers (download here)
  • Avery Address Labels 5160 (or compatible) for the quick & easy way ... OR if you don't already have those, you can print them onto cardstock and cut them out and use tape to adhere
  • Cardstock in coordinating color for the tray, 5.75"x 2.5"
  • White Cardstock for the topper, 8.5x11"
  • Pretzel cello bags
  • Bag of Hershey Nuggets candies
  • Baker's Twine, or ribbon, raffia, etc. enough to tie
  • Hole Punch

  1. Print Nugget Wrappers onto Avery 5160 labels (or white lightweight cardstock) There will be 5 sets of 6 on a sheet (so you can make 5 treat bags with one sheet!)  Wrap 6 nuggets with one each of the 6 designs of labels
  2.  With your coordinating cardstock cut to 5.75"x 2.5", score the two long sides at 1/2" and fold in.  Add your nuggets to the tray and slide tray & nuggets into the pretzel bag.
  3. Print Toppers onto white cardstock, cut apart.  Score & fold in half at 2.5"
  4. Fold the top of pretzel bag over and slip the Topper over excess bag.  Punch 2 small holes near bottom of Topper & run twine through the holes and tie small bow.

Now on to the rest of our BLOG HOP!!

                         Kris ------ You are here