Monday, November 26, 2012

Graphics Fairy's Brag Monday

UPDATE:  So, so, so excited!!!!  I posted this little bottle last week for Brag Monday on the Graphics Fairy Blog and woke up this morning to see that it is featured this week!  Thank you, Karen, for your wonderful graphics!  I visit her site every day.  It's seriously awesome!

LAST Monday's Post: I had a busy weekend of creative activities--kinda stylistically all over the place.  Nice to be happy--really comes out in my projects!  I made this little wonderland out of a repurposed spice jar, sprayed the bottom with aqua paint, put 3 ivory sisal trees inside with snow and mica flakes, put the angel images from the Graphics Fairy on the outside with gel medium, and continued the trim-out with vintage elements!  Will have to do some of these for Valentine's day!  Decided to link up with the Graphics Fairy's Brag Monday.  There are many gorgeous projects posted.  Her graphics are wonderful and free!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Craft Room Christmas Love

The cool weather, finally, along with a happy family, black Friday at the local thrift shops, and all the great crafting mojo on Pinterest have really gotten my creative juices flowing!  I swooped up a basket full of vintage decorations at Fibber McGee's Closet (near my house) and created a focal point in my craft room. The ornaments in the jar look totally like something I would have done when I was 8 or 9.  The tall red decoration is a felt-covered Pringles can with a scene put inside (my mother-in-law made something similar years ago).  Not totally my style right now, but the colors work well and sure brings back memories!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Ahem, ahem... in Southern California?  Well, maybe in the mountains.  It's finally looking and feeling a bit like autumn, except for the 85 degree days, but everyone seems to be rushing head-long into Christmas, including myself.  I had to laugh yesterday when I came upon a group of carolers dressed in full Dickens attire singing "Let It Snow."  It was so hot and sunny!  Maybe that's why we all want some snow, as my latest creations attest:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Been really sick this week with a bug that has been going around, so as I started to feel better, got on Pinterest and started to get in the Christmas spirit!  Here's a project I made a few weeks ago for my design team commitment to Oxford Impressions stamps using a vintage tart tin, a bottle brush tree, and little bits of embellishments. All the images are from Oxford Impressions.

The next piece shows off my newly acquired soldering "skill."  Ahem, ahem.... wouldn't really call it skill yet.  Really beginner's luck that it even came out usable!  lol!  Can't wait to make more crafts with these bottle brush trees and tart tins!  Michaels, please get larger sizes!  I'll take a hundred!!!!! The stamps are from Oxford Impressions.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kinda Lovin' Burlap

I've always loved elegant things, like silver and crystal, but I love nothing more than mixing elegant with rustic. So it's no surprise to me that I've fallen head-over-heels for burlap.  

Here's another decoration I put together tonight with an inexpensive resin vase I spray-painted black and then tied with a piece of burlap, black and white striped ribbon, and a rhinestone and silver-plated buckle that I repurposed from an old belt from Salvation Army.  (Love what I find there!)

Monday, November 5, 2012

One More Little Box

Tonight I finished my final design for the cookie exchange boxes at work.  Now I just have to duplicate them all once more--not my favorite thing to do as some of my crafting buddies know!  :-)
This one is probably my favorite.  I used Stampin Up crocheted lace, Bigz die to cut the scalloped top and bottom, SU's flower punch, and their paper.  Leave me a comment with your e-mail if you would like more info on Stampin' Up.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Little Boxes

I am making these little boxes for a cookie exchange at work.  Not sure what kind of cookies I'll make, but they'll go in a cello bag, and I'll prop the lid open.   I'll also make a tag so that the receiver can re-gift the box.  Now I have 5 more to go!