Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sizzix Mug of Cocoa Treat Boxes

My son turns 13 this week.   Of course, I've gone and let time slip away and I am not prepared for a party.  So, I thought I'd take these new Sizzix dies for a spin (Mug and Spoon and Scoreboard XL Make-it-3-D Box) and make some "Cocoa to go" treat boxes to pass out at the party as parting gifts.

I even went so far as to emboss silver spoons.  With snowflakes.  And made tiny little hand-tied bows.  I'm so proud of my handiwork.

I showed them to my son and was quickly informed that boys don't care about frilly stuff.  Oopsy.  Guess I'll have some happy co-workers instead.

(These are filled with a Swiss Miss cocoa packet, Kraft Jet-puffed Peppermint marshmallows and a Hershey's Chocolate Peppermint candy cane.  What is wrong with that boy?!)





*Thank you Eileen Hull!*

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Additional supplies: May Arts Ribbon, Tombow Xtreme Runner adhesive, We R Memory Keepers scoreboard/trimmer, K & Company Mod Holiday Designer Paper
 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winner! Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Thanks again to Amy Tsuruta for hosting the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  The goal was to have 300 participants but it was an "oh, so close" 298 participants by the deadline.
We were encouraged to offer up blog candy, a.k.a. prizes, to those who commented.  

I'm happy to announce my winner, via Rafflecopter drawing.......



DAWN from DesignsByDragonfly


Unity Stamps was generous to donate the Java Friend stamp set on my behalf, the same set I used in my creation.  Have fun with your new stamps, Dawn!  You can check out more stamping products at their website, http://unitystampco.com.  They have awesome deals every Thursday so bookmark their site and check in every week for great sales. 

Be sure and check out the launch of my new Facebook page dedicated to Waving My Wand.  "Like" it and share.  I'm having a big giveaway at 500 likes!

http://www.facebook.com/wavingmywand



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Saturday, December 13, 2014

5 minute easy, quick gift tags with Xyron

As I was wrapping presents tonight, I realized I was out of gift tags.  What to do?  Well as any good crafter does, we run to our stash and figure something out.  In this case, I grabbed some scrap Christmas paper I had on hand, my 2" circle punch,
some ink, stamps and my Xyron 2.5" sticker machine.


I had these $1.00 Christmas stamps that I picked up from Michael's hobby store last year.  I stamped the circles in black ink and white ink (for the black cardstock) before running through my Xyron.


After running the stamped circles through the machine, I added some sticker bling from my stash.  Some Jolees Boutique candy canes and some Hallmark peelies that I've had awhile.  All done, in about 5 minutes.  Easy, quick and cute!  Just stick them on the presents!


Additional supplies: Ranger black ink, white gel pen, scrap cardstock from K & Company, 
Martha Stewart and The Paper Studio, Recollections white pigment ink

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Greetings



 Happy Friday!  I have a sweet friend here, Mr. Owl, and he is just hanging out on a branch and chillin' in the cold.  I'm entering him in a couple challenges today. 


and





I made an ombre effect using a watercolor technique with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink, then added glittery snowflakes using Tombow mono aqua glue and sprinkled glitter.  The sentiment is from the Unity October 2013 kit of the month called Oh Christmas Tree and was partial heat embossed with embossing powder.  The Owl is also from Unity and called Wonderful Owl.  He was watercolored with Tim Holtz distress inks in Brushed Corduroy and the Gathered Twigs distress marker.  The branch is a We R Memory Keepers stamp from a mini set called Yuletide and it was stamped twice and watercolored as well. 

Enjoy your weekend and Merry Christmas!

Additional supplies: Ranger glossy accents, white gel pen

Old Fashioned Ribbon candy Mason Jar shaker card

I'm so happy to have been chosen to participate in the Christmas Card Craft Challenge from May Arts Ribbon.    My idea was to make old fashioned Christmas ribbon candy out of the ribbons, supplied by May Arts, for this project.  I chose to present this in the form of a Mason Jar shaker card.  Sweet!  Be sure and head over to the May Arts Ribbon blog Here and vote for your favorite.  Mine is the last entry.  Just leave a comment to vote.  Even if mine isn't your favorite, go look and vote anyway.  There will be prizes given out to those who vote, as well as to the winners.  Nice, huh? 









I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to make the ribbon candy.  I didn't do any research to see if this had been done before.  I'm kind of stubborn that way, haha.  So, after several failed attempts,  I finally figured out that I really needed some wire to help make this bendable and maintain its form.  Luckily, I had some old green wire ties in my stash that I've had forever.   We crafters hold on to everything, don't we?    I glued the wires to my ribbon with Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner, then added a few thin strips of American Crafts glitter adhesive tape.





Next, I made a panel card with a lovely piece of Christmas designer paper from K & Company, and added a border strip that would be wide enough to allow room for my candy ribbons and sequins.  I used some Thermoweb glue lines for this, so when shaking, the sequins wouldn't escape. I cut out a shape that was a tad smaller than the jar die itself.



I made the Mason Jar using the Sizzix (pictured/linked below) die and coordinating embossing folder.  I discovered I can use Sizzix Bigz dies with my Cuttlebug, found at pinkcricut.com that shows different combinations for mixing and matching dies and embossing folders with other die cutting machines.  Here's the direct link:  Sarah Hamer Designs (printable cheatsheet).  I also used the die to cut some acrylic sheets for my shaker.  Do you save empty acrylic bags?  I do.  Use them for shaker cards!  The acrylic cover was also glued with Tombow Xtreme, to the backside of my mason jar die cut.  It's much easier to apply the glue to the cardstock, than the acrylic sheeting.  Bonus tip!








I inked my jar up slightly with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink and Memento London Fog for the lid.  Then I added some Mod Podge magic dimensional glue and Glossy Accents for shine.  The pictures do not do this justice!


I also made peppermint swirls for my candy jar.  In this case, I had some May Arts Ribbon red 2 mm bakers twine that I formed on large Elmer's glue dots.  Aren't they cute?  And so easy to make.  Lastly, the sentiment is from the Unity Stamps October 2013 Kit of the Month called, "Oh Christmas Tree"; one of my favorite stamp kits.




It took me a good 1/2 a day to figure all this out but now that I know what I'm doing....next time will go much quicker.  I hope I've inspired you to give this a try.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!






Other Supplies: dark green heavy cardstock, Cricut scoring tool, Star cut from Martha Stewart Christmas paper, Wink of Stella glitter brush in Clear (over sentiment), Tim Holtz distress marker, Pretty Pink Posh clear and Christmas mix sequins






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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop plus blog candy!

 Welcome to the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, sponsored by Amy Tsuruta
 
 I'm happy to be participating in this event and am featuring the Unity Stamp Company in my project below, using Java Friend, Like a Snowflake, and a sentiment from the kit, Oh Christmas Tree.





I am also offering up some blog candy of my own to say Merry Christmas!  The prize?  Unity Stamps is donating the very set I've used above, Java Friend. 

 I will forward the winner's information and they will ship it directly to you!   How awesome is that?

  Unity Stamps is one of my favorite stamp companies because they use high quality red rubber for their stamps, making clean, crisp images. 
You will need to use an acrylic block for these cling stamps. 


Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below to qualify for the blog candy; leaving a blog comment is required.  Gain extra entries by following me on Pinterest, Instagram and/or Twitter.  Giveaway ends at 12 am CT on 12/15.  Winner announced on 12/15/14.

Additional supplies: Pretty Pink Posh Christmas mix sequins, Tim Holtz distress markers and brushed corduroy ink, May Arts Ribbon and bakers twine, MME Christmas designer paper, Pop Dots, Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner






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Below is the listing of official sponsors and prizes offered for those who link up a project.





17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie

Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps


Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches


17 Turtles:  $15 Store Gift Card
A Muse Studio/Chris Franco:  Cup of Good Cheer stamp set
Add a Little Dazzle:  $25 Store Gift Card
Butterfly Reflections Ink:  Prima Coffee Break
Color Cast Designs:  Coffee Lovers kit
Create a Smile:  Monster Party stamp set
Hero Arts:  A Little & Today's Special stamps/Cup 'O Joe Shadow ink
Kraftin' Kimmie:  $25 Store Gift Card
Kreative Kymona:  Fancy Mug Giveaway
Latina Crafter:  Cafe Wood Veneers + $25 Store Gift Card
Neat & Tangled:  Warm Wishes stamp set
Newton's Nook:  $15 Store Gift Card
Paper Smooches:  $25  Store Gift Card
Pickled Potpourri:  $7 Store Gift Card
Poppystamps:  Tea Cup Stack Die
Reverse Confetti:  $15 Store Gift Card
Stamp Academy:  2 classes
Stampin' Up/Veronica Zalis:  $20 Store Gift Card
STAMPlorations:  $10 Store Gift Card
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:  Coffee Cup Prize Pack
SugarPea Designs:  $20 Store Gift Card
Sweet 'n Sassy:  Pick Me Up Clear stamp & die set
The Alley Way Stamps:  Tea Par-tea stamp set
Two Paper Divas:  Your Warm My Heart stamp set
Verve Stamps:  $25
Whole Wild World:  Coffee before Talkee mug

●●Sponsorship prizes are eligible via random draw from linked hop participants only●●


Monday, December 8, 2014

Gift Guide - Top 10 Gifts For Crafters

Welcome to the Holiday Gift Guide Blog Hop.  Find great ideas for any gift, by checking out my fellow Gift Guide bloggers below.  There is something for everyone on your list!  Be sure and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $100.00 Target gift card - perfect for purchasing some of the crafty gifts that are mentioned below.

Are you the lone crafter in your family?  Is your significant other or family totally at a loss when it comes to gifting you with crafty things to make you smile or, better, yet, jump up and down on the bed?  Don't feel bad.  I'm right there with you. 

Being a very crafty person myself, and being on a design team, I know good and well what the popular and most wanted items are.  However, I did do an informal poll to get some input from other crafters and have compiled this short list, with a few honorable mentions.  Scroll down and have a look.  If you are the craftee, bookmark and then share this with your family so they know what to get you!  If you're shopping for a crafter, bookmark this for future reference!



1.  Without a doubt, the most asked for item right now is the Silhouette Cameo or the Cricut Explore.  These die cutting machines allow the crafter to link up their computer and download all kinds of free or paid file images for use in crafting.  That is just one of the features.  The average cost is around $230-$300.  You could probably get a great deal around the holidays though.  There are usually Black Friday deals involving both products, including bundled deals that would really make your crafter smile.  (Honorable mention - a couple more expensive machines are the Brother ScanNCut machine (which I would love to have!) and the KNK Zing Air.  These could set you back easily $400-$450.  But oh, the joy.) 

2.  A gift card.  You can not go wrong with a gift card.  If you can't be bothered with picking out a more personal crafty item, go to your local hobby store and buy a gift card.  Or better yet, find a local independent scrapbook store and give them some business.  The crafter in your life loves to shop independent stores for unique crafting items that can only be found at independent stores or online.  My advice?  Shop local.  The crafter in your life does enough shopping of her own online.

3.  Storage.  This is a big issue with every crafter I know.  We never have enough storage.  If you're a do-it-yourself kind of guy, build your crafter some shelves or a bookcase or two.   Is your crafter a DIY kind of person?  She might like to restore some old bookcases.  If this is the case, scout out some local thrift stores, and buy her a gift card to purchase paint and supplies.  For ready-made storage, one or two of the IKEA Raskog carts (pictured above in teal) or the Halifax cabinet would make some nice, right-at-my-fingertips, storage.  (Honorable mention - if you have lots of money to spend, how about a Craft Armoire?  The Original Scrapbox can set you back $1500, or you can sometimes find a deal for under $200 at the Tuesday Morning store).

4.  A sewing machine.  This is a top item not only for the sewer in your life but for paper crafters as well.  Stitching onto paper is super popular, believe it or not.   Check out the award winning Singer 7258 or the less expensive Brother LS 2125i for the novice.

5.  Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Grand Calibur...do any of these names ring a bell?  Probably not for you, but for your crafter, these hand crank die cutting machines are on the must-have list.  I personally own a Cuttlebug, made by Provo Craft, and love it.  What does it do?  You can use it to emboss paper for texture, cut images with coordinating dies....what can you not do is the question.   Listen to your crafter.  Sneak around and find out which of these machines would make her day.  They range in price from $49 to $89.  Again, many deals to be had on these machines during the holidays. (Honorable mention - Teresa Collins Cut N Boss or the Ebosser, pricier at $200, but these are electronic, not hand crank)

6.  Membership.  What does your crafter like to do?  Stamping?  Jewelry making?  Wood working?  Paper crafts?  There are numerous companies that offer memberships of all price ranges.  Buy him/her a 3 month membership or go for an open ended membership.  There are Stamp of the Month club memberships,  Kit collection memberships... there are even companies who offer video classes.  Does your crafter love to learn?  Sign up with Creativebug.com.  They offer video classes and workshops on everything and I do mean everything.  Some are free but there are also paid membership services.   Learning how to knit or paint or learn advanced techniques......the list is endless.  Snoop around and find out what supplies your crafter loves, then go online and find out if that company has any membership programs. 

7.  Punch boards.  This is on the hot list.  We R Memory Keepers, a division of American Crafts, has a whole host of punch boards.  These are used to make paper crafts such as boxes, gift bags, envelopes and more.  The envelope punch board is pictured above and is my current number one pick.  Your paper crafter can make her own envelopes.  I know what you're thinking; envelopes?  Who knew?  Yes, we crafters are in love with innovation and gadgets and if we can make our own envelopes to match the size of our crafty cards, then we are at one with the world.  These are very inexpensive, most are around $15.  Or, you could spend around $80 and get a set of 5 punch boards.  

8.  Bling.  Crafters love shiny, sparkly stuff.  Glitter and rhinestones are in almost every crafters' stash.  Doodlebug Designs makes awesome glitter (aka sugar coating).  You can buy these individually or by the set (12 pk).  Queen & Co makes cute rhinestones, buttons, washi tape, etc.  There are tons of bling companies out there.  Ask the hobby store sales person to pick some out for you.  Put some bling and other basics like adhesives and ribbon in a basket with a gift card and you are golden!

9.  Camera.  Does your crafter like to blog?  If so, she probably takes pictures of her crafts and posts them online.  She needs a really great camera.  If I had my choice, I would go with a really nice mid-level digital SLR camera such as the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.  This sells for around $600.  With this camera, your crafter will stop complaining about her pictures.  Trust me.

10.  Last on my must have list is a really nice desk or craft table.  Some of us have been working on a t.v. tray or fold up table that belongs in the garage.  Give your crafter a nice work space.  South Shore makes some really cool crafting desks, from the fold up table pictured above in black to the Crea Craft table which is my favorite.  These range in price from $175 for the fold up to around $245 for the desk with storage. 

I hope this list will help you in shopping for your crafter and make their next birthday, Christmas or "just because" gift more special.  

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas cards and Girl Scouts

Last night, I spent my evening with some fun girls; the Girl Scout troops of Heflin, AL.  These lively girls were from Troops 20240, 20112 and 20263 and included Juniors, Cadets, Brownies and Daisys.



We had so much fun making Christmas Tree cards and Ornament cards and they did such amazing work!  My scrappy friend Nancy Hilton came along to help and between the two of us, we were hopping from the get-go. 

                                                     

I wish I'd gotten a close up of one of their cards because they really were amazing. 
We glued, cut, stamped, glittered.....you name it. 

I'm not sure what was the most fun but they really seemed to love stamping.  Girls after my own heart!  I brought along the Unity Stamp Kit, "Like A Snowflake" so they could stamp snowflakes in the sky above the trees.

                                                    

They were so proud of their work too. 

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I'm looking forward to being invited back again for another crafty project.  
Merry Christmas, girls!  

. I'll be sharing this project with the Unity Friends with Flair challenge, found here:  


and the simon says Stamp Christmas holiday Challenge found here:


                

Additional Supplies: Elmers glue sticks, American Crafts adhesive glitter tape, Christmas designer paper including K & Company, Memento London Fog inkhttp://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-christmas/