Meet Rudolph!

*** UPDATE***
Tutorial has been posted here! ENJOY!

I have to apologize for today's and yesterday's post.  I know that you visit my blog for digital and paper crafting idea's and that these last 2 post haven't really provided either of those.  But, I just can't help it. I'm a crafter! I'm not JUST a paper crafter or JUST a digital crafter, I'm a EVERYTHING crafter. You name it and I've probably dabbled in it! (although since meeting Stampin' Up! I've gotten a lot better at that!) 


I don't know why, but for some reason, when Christmas creeps up, I like to start creating projects that have a little more longevity to them. 

Today I an sharing another Christmas decoration with you. Meet Rudolph!!! He is made from 1 strip of  the fabulous 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon, candy dots, Cherry Cobbler card stock and Cherry Cobbler ink. His antlers are just a few cut up branches from outside and I assembled him using my trusty hot glue gun!



One thing that is nice about rudolph, is that he is able to hold a sweet little treat in his "mouth" or maybe he could even carry a rolled up bill for those more money type gifts! ;)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you liked todays creation.
Happy Christmas creating!!!


MORE Mr. Snowman! Christmas Decoration!

I really hope you're not tired of seeing my Mr. Snowman. Because, as you can see, I have another creation of him to share with you!

Sorry for the poor photo quality. I created him last night and snapped a quick photo on my phone. I had hope to be home today before the sunset to take a good photo but obviously that didn't happen. Hopefully tomorrow, I can snap a good photo and replace this one! ***New Photo added!***

So, have you figured out what my snowman decoration is made of?
Besides his stuffing's and the hot glue gun I used, Mr. Snowman is completely made up of Stampin' Up! product!

He is made out of a mini muslin bag, stuffed with cotton batten! His scarf and hat are made out of the 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon (Have I mentioned that I LOVE THIS STUFF?) and linen thread. His eye's and smile are candy dots and his nose is Pumpkin Pie card stock, sponged with Tangerine Tango Ink, and rolled. Everything was put together with a hot glue gun. No sewing here!

I'm pretty happy with how he turned out! I love using things in a different way to be creative. I hope this inspires you to look at things differently and be creative!
Until next time, Happy creating!
OH! Don't forget about the current Holiday Sale, going on right NOW! Check it out!


November Paper Pumpkin!

Did you get this month's Paper Pumpkin?

I couldn't wait for it to arrive, as I knew it had something to do with christmas, just by the name of it on my Stampin' Up! order list! I was a little bummed when we didn't get a halloween themed Paper Pumpkin, so I was ecstatic to see a Christmas one!

Well... Here it is! A NOEL Christmas card with star garland and everything! I love the star garland! I wish we could buy it by the roll!


So... How many of you:
1: try to conserve the star garland, by cutting it up and not wrapping it around?
and
2: wondered to yourself, if you could make a similar garland yourself?
Well I did. Cutting up the garland, didn't work well- AT ALL, so I ended up wrapping it around and as much as I would LOVE to be able to sew garland like that, I probably couldn't and don't have time to anyways!

So... As always, I have created another little project for you, that you can do with the supplies of one card! How cute is this little box? I just couldn't resist making a little present!

You can make 2 cards and 2 boxes from this months paper pumpkin! I try to use only what comes in the kit along with a paper trimmer, however I did utilize my 3/4" & 1 3/4" circle punch for the topper, so hopefully you have those on hand.

Below I have include a diagram with some instructions! Click on the picture for a larger view!

Easiest way to break it down, is to cut your card in half @ 2 3/4", Cut 1/4" off the long edge and 1/4" off the short edge and you have the piece you need to make the sides. Feel free to ask any question!

To make the Bow, I simply looped little 2" x 1/4" pieces of card stock and attached them in the centre of my 1 3/4" circle punch. I covered up the centre with a 3/4" circle with a star stamped on it.

I hope you like my little box, have a great day and Happy Creating!





Endless Wishes

You've probably already seen this card. It's VERY similar to the one Stampin' Up! designed to promote their new photopolymer stamp set: Endless Wishes (hmmm... I can't find it in the on-line store...***Update*** The stamp set is officially sold out! Sorry) I LOVE this stamp set! It has so many greetings that can be interchanged AND they're clear, so I don't have to get out my Stamp-ma-Jig in order to stamp them straight! I LOVE IT!

Well this little card, and my lovely up-line Heather Summers, inspired me to make a whole set of clean and simple christmas cards using the Endless Wishes stamp set.

They each have a different layout, a different greeting and a different colour combination but they all share the same clean and simple look!
Very Merry Christmas card:
Whisper White card stock
Pool Party card stock and ink
Bermuda Bay ink
Real Red ink
Rhinestones



Celebrate the Season card:
Whisper White card stock
Gumball Green card stock and ink
Pistachio Pudding ink
Real Red ink
Rhinestones



Merry & Bright card
Whisper White card stock
So Saffron card stock and ink
Crushed Curry ink
Real Red ink
Rhinestones



Be of Good Cheer card:
Whisper White card stock
Crumb Cake card stock and ink
Soft Suede ink
Real Red ink
Rhinestones


Christmas Wishes card:
Whisper White card stock
Smokey Slate card stock and ink
Black Stazon ink
Real Red ink
Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!

Surprise!

Wow! This week is just flying by! I actually have several projects to share with you, I just haven't made the time to sit down and post them! Yikes!

There are many reason's that I love Stampin' Up! but my number one reason would be: all the wonderful people I have met through out the years.

One wonderful person that I met because of Stampin' Up! would be my wonderful up-line: Heather Summers. I can't believe that I've known Heather for 9 years now and it all started because of one little Stampin' Up! party, that I went to with a co-worker.

Well Heather is going on a grand adventure in January. Along with her family, Heather is off to Australia for a year, and as much as it saddens me to see her go, I'm also very happy and excited for her!

We (The Simply Stars: her down-line) wanted to wish her well and have a little goodbye party for her before she leaves, but she is leaving in January, right after prime time Holiday Season. So we had it early to make sure most of us could attend. It was a great night and a COMPLETE surprise to her, which was a HUGE accomplishment for us.

So today, I thought I would share with you a couple of items that I created with My Digital Studio for her party! No party is complete with out a cute little banner! I used the "Be Awesome Today" DSP along with the "Designer Rosettes" download to create this Best Wishes banner. Once I cut everything out, I also added some Burlap Ribbon (Did I mention that I LOVE this stuff?) for the final result!

Another little item that I created was these cute little favours to thank everyone for coming. I just couldn't resist doing more MDS crackers! I kept these cute and simple! I used the same DSP download as the banner and bought some gift wrapping ribbon to tie them up. Each one has 4 Hershey Kisses inside!

Well Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!




Snowman Fun!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week! Today's post is going to be short as I'm busy preparing for some wonderful events!

I loved the little snowman that I created on this card, so much, that I decided to put him on a little package! I love these Mini Muslin Bags and I can't wait to decorate some more.

I created Mr. Snowman by sponge daubing in a circle punch-out, with Whisper White Craft ink and a little bit of Wisteria Wonder Ink (make sure to have a scrap piece of paper inside your bag).  I then dried my ink with a heat gun, so I could continue crafting but you could definitely, just let it dry for a day.

His eyes are 2 candy dots that I glued on for extra strength and his nose is a little rolled piece of Tangerine Tango card stock. I made his hat and scarf out of the 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon (I LOVE THIS STUFF!) and a bit of Linen Thread! I attached everything with Tombo glue (definitely have a scrap piece of paper inside your bag!)

Don't you think this would be cute with a package of hot chocolate, marshmallows and a candy cane? I do! Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Creating!

Letter Trees

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Do you know what I like best about after Halloween? That you can do all the christmas crafting you want!

So have you seen the muslin bags that are in the Holiday Catalogue? I have seen so many creative idea's done with these, that I just couldn't resist getting a pack.





I kept my first attempt with them simple. My bags are no where as amazing as the ones I have seen, but I like the simplicity and cuteness of them.

I used the stencils from the Build-a-Banner Kit and sponged daubed the letters in Gumball Green Ink. (I placed a sheet of card stock inside the bag, just incase the ink soaked through to the back. The ink never reached the paper but I still would recommend it... just incase.)

The star and tree stump are made out of card stock. For the star I used Daffodil Delight card stock and Crushed Curry Ink and for the stump I used Soft Suede card stock and ink. I crumpled and re-daubed them with ink for the textured look. I attached them and the Candy Dots with tom-bo glue. DEFINITELY have a your sheet of card stock in between!

I thought these would make cute little christmas goodie bags for the kids, I just might make some for all the little kiddies in my life!

Have a great day and Happy (Christmas) Creating!


The Day After!

Happy -Day After- Halloween! Did you survive? I'm happy to say that we did and had a great time!

So, as you have noticed my blog was pretty quiet this week... and I am sorry, but it wasn't for lack of creating. I was busy creating Halloween costumes for my 2 boys!

I know that you visit my blog to see Stampin' Up! stamping/digital ideas but I hope you won't mind if I stray a little today and share my kids Halloween costumes with you. Technically they are a paper craft and they use some Stampin Up! material...
Since I am no longer employed, there just isn't a lot of room for "extra's" in the budget, which meant no buying of Halloween costumes this year. But that's OK!  One of the best things I loved about Halloween as a child, was making my costumes! I don't think I ever had a store bought costume!
I decided to make my boys some cardboard box costumes and (besides the 2 colours of spray paint) was able to creative them using stuff that I already had around the house!
For my youngest son, I made him a fire truck. He LOVES fire trucks right now and I just couldn't resist! I made his truck out of a wipes box! I sliced the box to give it a bit of windshield look and added cardboard bumpers and ladders. I created the head lights by using Stampin' Up! treat cups! Then I paper mached it all to give it more stability.
I spray painted it red and then painted in the white, silver and black details. The Wheels are actually coaster boards that I painted black. The "hose" on the back is actual rope glue gunned to the box. The windshield, the lights, the grill and the hub caps are all created out of Stampin' Up! cardstock that has been sponged with ink for the desire effect.

Windshield - Pool Party Ink and Card Stock.
Grill - Smokey Slate Ink and Card Stock.
Lights - Treat Cups, Daffodil Delight Ink and Card Stock.
Hub Caps - Whisper White Card Stock and Smokey Slate Ink.

We did a trial run to see if my son would wear it... and he did. He wasn't happy about it, but as soon as we gave him his bottle, we were able to get some pictures that didn't look like we were torturing him!
He had a great time last night thought, even in the pouring rain!

For my oldest son, he decided that he wanted to be Mater from the movie Cars. Talk about making it easy on mommy. Ghesh!

His was a little more complicated! I constructed his out of a diaper box, 2 coke cans, doweling and a Stampin' Up! embellishment container! I added cardboard bumpers, roof (eyebrows), side mirrors and paper mached it all for stability. His wheels are 4 tin CD lids that I painted black. Mater's Eyes, teeth, headlights, windows and back bumper were all made from Stampin' Up! card stock, sponged for it's desired effect!
Eyes - Whisper White, Basic Black and Pear Pizzaz Card Stock inked with Garden Green and Soft Suede Ink and lined with Garden Green Marker.
Teeth - Whisper White Card Stock.
Headlight - Pool Party Ink and Card Stock.
Bumper - Basic Black and Daffodil Delight Card Stock.
Windows - Pool Party Card Stock and Ink

I also rigged up a little tow cable to put on his back. made out of coaster board, doweling, toilet paper roll, rope and a paper mached hook.

We bribed him with chocolate on his trial run to get some pictures! Lol It worked!

So that's what I'm been up to for the last week! I hope you like them!

Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to my craft room to create some stamping projects to share with you soon!

Happy Creating!
Too excited to stand still!