Monday, December 31, 2012

The "Write" Gift - Postcards

Here are the postcards from last Monday's "Write" Gift.
Supplies used:
  • Anna Griffin stamp
  • Biblical Impressions Stamps
  • Postcard Stamp (Penny Black)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The "Write" Gift - Notecards

Featuring the ntoecards from Monday's "Write" Gift.
Supplies used:
  • Stamps
    • Anna Giffin Stamp
    • Scripture Impressions
    • Rose Stamp (from Dollar Tree)
  • Pastel Inks
  • Pearls
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelet Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart)  
This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

The "Write" Gift

Here's a gift I've called The "Write" Gift since it features lots of writing supplies...
something the recipient enjoys!
 Here's what's included:
1 journal
1 fun pen
1 devotional
1 set of notecards
1 set of postcards
1 set of min notecards
1 matchbook
1 personalized notebook
1 little treat bag of Lindt White Chocolate Truffles
Check back later to see the notecards, postcards, mini cards up close!
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Homemade Fudge

Here's how I used a few of them......I filled them up with homemade fudge!
 Chocolate Fudge
1/2 cup butter
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 can evaporated milk
15 oz. marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chocolate chips
Butter a 9 x 13 pan and set aside
In a medium sized pan, combine sugar, butter, milk, and marshmallow creme.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.
Continue to stir and boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Add vanilla and chocolate chips.
Stir till chocolate melts.
Pour into buttered pan.
Cool till set.
(I refrigerated mine after 30 minutes to set it up quicker)
 Cut into squares.

This post linked to:
Whatever You Want Wednesday
I Gotta Create

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gift Basket

Remember this post (Christmas on a budget) from last year?
Above is this year's take on it....using one of the big bowls from this post.
Some ideas on what you could include inside:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Teacup Calendars

Here are two magnetic teacup calendars I made to include w/Christmas gifts this year. You can find the free printeable 2013 calendar here.
Simple and easy design -- ready to hang on a fridge or any magnetic surface.
The one on the left is actually a recycled greeting card front!
This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Here's the card I made for my sister's December birthday!
I used my homemade flower soft for the "fur" cuff and added some sweet little pom poms just for fun!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Paper Sleds

Here are two little paper sleds I made to use as gift tags or tree ornaments.
I found the free template here (she used them as gift card holders -- cute idea!!).
Here's a closer view of my "rose" decoration:
I used the smallest of Tim Holtz tattered flowers and this tutorial to make the flowers.
 This post linked to:
Whatever You Want Wednesday
Word Art Wednesday
I Gotta Create

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dangling Ornaments

Here are two fun cards I made using a branch stamp and mini ornament stamps.
Stars and Glitter add extra sparkle!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Simple Nativity

I made these cards using templates from an old Paper Crafts Magazine (2006).
Supplies used:
  • Sewing Machine
  • Chalks
  • Sharpie Marker (faux stitching)
  • Buttons
  • Glitter

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Get Well Soon Gift

Here's a plate of Carmel Cinnamon Rolls I made as a Get Well Gift for a man in our church who recently had surgery. 
I got the recipe from Chef In Training -- they were yummy!
Here's a little secret to making up an attractive food gift for not a lot of money: I shop thrift stores for LIKE NEW specialty plates/tins/bins/bowls/etc.  
I bring them home and wash them up good and then create attractive gifts to give for birthdays/get well gifts/ etc.
The one above is from Dayspring -- you can see it here (and also see that it sold for $10 plus $10 shipping!) -- I only paid something like $1 for it!
Often I find things that stores have donated to thrift store -- still new w/tags attached!
I included one of my recycled greeting card tags (this post) to dress up the gift and write a little note on!
Some more "cheap" containers waiting to be filled this Christmas:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Trees

I got the idea for these cards from an old Paper Crafts Magazine (2006).
I punched strips of green cardstock with my floral lace border punch (Martha Stewart), and glued it to a white piece of cardstock.
Next I traced the pattern of the tree on the back and cut out it out.
Not wanting to waste my paper I did some "upside-down" too.
You can find free tree templates here.
(NOTE: I made mine a bit skinnier than this template.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Recycling Christmas Cards

Today I'm sharing a great way to recycle all those pretty Christmas cards you receive each year and can't bear to throw out, but also don't have room enough to save forever.
Here's a great solution: Make them into pretty gift tags to use on packages/food gifts/etc.
For these fun tags I used the Scallop Nestabilities
Blossom II Nestabilities
 Scallop Square Nestabilities
These pieces are just cut out with scissors -- waiting to be recycled into a handmade card this season!
Punch a hole -- add a "To:" and "From:" and your set to go.
More ways to recycle Greeting Cards:
  1. Make Them into Gift Boxes (these use new unused - extra - cards you might have)
  2.  Several Fun ideas here -- tags, ornaments, etc.
  3. A journal made from cards
  4. Greeting Card Placemats for kids
  5. Cute handmade Cards
  6. Pretty Tags
  7. Used as jar toppers in food gifts -- really cute!
  8. Make and Advent Calendar --Another one--- Yet another one
  9. A craft for the kids -- make a house out of old cards
  10. A Christmas Garland
  11. This snowglobe card would be a great way to use old Christmas cards! 
This post linked to:
I Gotta Create 
Our Sheltering Tree

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Sleighs

I got the idea for this fun sleigh full of gifts from this Pinterest Pin.

Supplies used:
This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Popsicle Stick Sleds

I'm bumping the post I had scheduled for today because I can't wait to share these fun little popsicle stick sleds I made! 
I'm using 3 of them  as tree ornaments, the rest will probably end up tied on a Christmas packages.
Truth be told -- I think they'd look adorable on the front of a Christmas card or as favors at a Christmas party too!
I love the look the stamped snowflakes give the sleds....I used white pigment ink to stamp them with. 
Here's a closer view of the snowflake arrangement in the top corner. 
 I used the branch punch (Martha Stewart), a bow, and snowflake punch to dress it up.
I also added some homemade white flower soft to the snowflake for a frosty impression.
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