I was delighted to receive pieces from this darling collection and put them to work on a few holly jolly projects.
Since Mr. Claus himself will be visiting in less than a month, I decided to help Maggie prepare her wish list. To do this, I created a pocket by stitching two of the Twas the Night Bookmark Tags together.
Before stitching, I added a few decorative embellishments to the pocket, including a slice of doily, a strip of washi tape, a sequin, and one of the Pretty Little Studio Balsam Fir Paper Ribbon.
To make sure this works as a pocket, I didn't stitch across the top. I left it open so a tag could be slipped inside for Santa.
I made sure to wrap part of the embellishment cluster around back, creating a quick front/back embellishment approach. To complete the back, I added Maggie's name, using stickers from BasicGrey, and sprinkled on a few small toppings (heart and star).
For Maggie's wish list, I simply noted a few things I knew she'd love using a Shipping Tag from Pretty Little Studio and my typewriter.
I then inserted the tag into my stitched pocket. Top things off with a little homemade popcorn ball and, of course, a glass of milk, and you've got a gift the big man in red will cherish.
Now, time to go back in time to last Christmas. I'm so happy to finally have a layout done about that joyous time in our lives. This line was just the ticket for completing such a project.
I was immediately drawn to the various stars in this line and knew I wanted to incorporate them throughout. Since Maggie is our own little star, it only made sense that the page be about her. And no time shines quite like Christmas time, so it was a perfect pairing.
I cut strips from the 8x8 star paper to create the border on the left side of the page.
I used this same paper on one of my grid pieces, as well as a slice of doily and this darling Pretty Little Studio flair.
As fun as a good banner can be, I decided to turn one of these cute Spruce Pine Bunting Flags on its head instead, making it a Christmas tree.
The ornaments are dots to letter Is in my Making Memories sticker sheet. The trunk is a letter T from the same set.
These fun file-folder tabs offer much creative potential. Unfortunately, they were a bit large for my grid purposes. No problem. I simply altered them a bit to dress up a few of my pictures.
On a layout where I want to include as many photos as possible, I'm all for space-saving solutions when it comes to journaling, which is why I created this flip tag.
To create the journaling flap, I simply stitched one of the sassy Twas the Night Bookmark Tags to one of the Shipping Tags (similar to the tags shown below). By scoring along the seam before stitching, it created an easy-to-open door.
Hop to shop!
From this hop, you'll want to shop. The Pretty Little Studio shop has so much to choose from, and much of it is under $5, so this prize of five buckaroos will hook you up with a ticket to some new delights. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, Dec. 6.
Hey, kid, hop and roll; hop on!
Great news! Every hop stop has a giveaway attached, so you'll want to visit each of the sites and leave a love note at each stop along the way for more chances to win.
Next hop stop on the list: the incredible Maggie Holmes. Tell her I said hello while you're there, okay? :)
For a complete list of hopper bloggers, check out the Pretty Little Studio blog.
And don't forget to visit Pretty Little Studio for complete information on all the happiness happening today with their fabulous Cyber Monday sale. It's only a two-day event, so you'll want to act fast!
Thanks so much for visiting today! I always love hearing from you and appreciate your support!
First, Congrats to my Bravissimo winner, Savannah. Or perhaps bravo is the more appropriate sentiment for this occasion. Savannah, your sweet comment has randomly been selected. Please expect the following brand spankin' new Making Memories goodies soon. :)
Next, in the spirit of giving, I thought I'd send out another Follower Freebie. This box o' creative happiness is going to Ashley.
Cute Ashley, please e-mail me with your full name and mailing address with "Follower Freebie" in the subject line, and I'll get your box sent out. Thanks so much!
Always fun to give a few thing away. Without much more to say today, I'll leave you with this tidbit:
Find joy in the little things today, my friends. Happiness is all around us, sometimes we just have to look a little harder to see it. Thanks for being part of my daily happiness.
This giveaway is part of the Studio 5 segment I did today, which was all about medallions.
Like that? You can watch more of my segments on the Creating Keepsakes website. Thanks for your interest and support!
Now, here's how to make your own medallion base (the fluffy back part).
1. Cut a strip of flexible material (paper, fabric, crepe paper, burlap, felt, etc.) into a 1" x 12" strip.
2. Knot the end of a string several times, and run a basting strip along the bottom edge of the material.
3. Pull the fabric tight along the string to form the medallion shape.
4. With the medallion shape formed, stitch the two ends together and snip any excess thread. With that, you have your medallion base. Now it's just a matter of adding a delightful center.
Here are a few things you can make from a medallion base:
A medallion card
A medallion banner
A medallion gift bag.
A medallion gift bag (would also look cute on an Easter basket).
A medallion wreath, good for Valentine's Day or any other day of the year!
Medallion treats, made using my new cotton candy machine. Yum!
I hope these ideas get you in the medallion mood. For a chance to win the Bravissimo line from Making Memories, please leave a comment between now and this Friday, Sat 19. I'll randomly select a winner from the comments received.
Speaking of fantastic pens. I recently had the pleasure of receiving as assortment of JetPens, and I love them! They have pens for any and all of your pen needs, from gels pens and brush pens to craft pens and and so much more! And they want to spread the holiday cheer by offering one of you a $25 gift certificate to pick and choose your own assortment of awesome pens from their website! Simply leave me a comment here between now and Monday, Dec. 27 and I’ll randomly select a winner. Trust me, this is one prize you’ll want to win. :)
It’s starting to look like my lantern decorating is becoming an annual Halloween tradition. Last year I had fun decorating the lanterns in this post and this post. And this year I’ve been at it again. Here are a couple of my creepy creations, each created with vinyl from Stampin' Up! and lanterns (and a vase) from IKEA:
I was excited to see this blood red lanterns this year, just right for a little vampire bat decor. I vant to suck your blood!
I love the shadow this style of lantern casts.
I couldn’t resist doing another spider lantern, but this time I used a jumbo-size lantern. It makes a freaky statement!
My vinyl fun didn’t stop at lanterns. I also adhered it to this tall, skinny vase.
I added some Stickles (glitter glue) from Ranger to the letters for a sparkling finish.
It looks like a spider has already moved into my vase. She appears to be a widow. Eep!
I made this flower with a little crepe paper, a spray-misted doily, and a bitty spider cupcake liner from Martha Stewart Crafts.
Note: Please keep in mind that these lanterns do get hot. Follow product instructions to ensure your safety. Thanks!
Enter to Win
Now’s your chance to bring a little vinyl boo-ty into your home. I’m giving away two sets of vinyl designs from Stampin’ Up! Simply leave me a comment here by Sunday, Oct. 17 and I’ll randomly select two winners to receive the following images:
The Prizes Continue
See another one of my lantern designs on the Creating Keepsakes blog and enter to win even more fabulous vinyl.
See a Demo
I’ll be on Studio 5 today at 11:00 AM sharing my lantern creations. If you’re in Utah, I hope you’ll tune in for the frightful fun! Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!
Since this day holds a special place in my heart, I want to celebrate it in a big way. For starters, I’m sharing this Celebrate card. Like my projects in previous posts, this one was created with a cupcake liner that I cut down and adhered to a doily. The center of the fair ribbon is a second liner, which has been spirally wrapped to create a flower. (Thanks, Cindy Tobey, for the idea!) The next time I make a card like this, I'm going to adhere the fair ribbon to a pin so it can be removed and worn by the person doing the celebrating!
Speaking of celebrating, I'm going to my monthly card group tonight, where we’ll honor this hobby we love by exchanging handmade greetings. We each bring a dozen of the same greeting, and we swap them, leaving with 12 unique cards. Fun! I’ll be sure to post all of the cards from this event on here soon.
And what would a party be without a giveaway? I want to celebrate with you by awarding three lucky winners with a big box of paper crafting goodies. To enter into my random drawing, simply leave a comment on this post, stating what it is you love about creating or receiving handmade cards. From the comments received between now and next Saturday, Oct. 9, I’ll select my winners.
Happy World Card Making Day!