Monday, December 21, 2015

Simple Teacher Gifts for the Holidays

Hi folks! Thought I'd share the small teacher/office assistant/bus driver/neighbor gifts that I made this year. Since I have a lot of gifts to give in this category, they need to be simple, quick and inexpensive.

These chocolate covered pretzel rods check all those boxes.

The layered gift tags only require a pass through the die-cutter, and some quick stamping for the bell on top. Very simple and quick.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Then we have the amazingly good Trader Joe's Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods. They come individually wrapped (perfect for gift-giving) and come out to only 50 cents each. Very inexpensive.

You can see more information on this project at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog.

There are only a few days left for the sale at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps ... use the code "gingerbread" for an additional 10% off ANYTHING in the store from now through December 31st!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Our Family Christmas Cards 2015

Hi Folks! I'm so excited to share our family's 3D Christmas card for 2015! I've got details on the card itself on the Winnie & Walter blog, but I thought I'd share a few additional things in this post.

Here's a picture of my trusted, non-card-making friend who's helped me put my Christmas cards together for the last 3-4 years. It's become a tradition now. We chat, eat some lunch, and have lots of fun. Having a date on the calendar for her to come over right after Thanksgiving helps alleviate any procrastination tendencies of mine.

Here she is putting the jump rings and stars on the "O's" with pliers. There are very few people who are detailed enough to help me make my cards, as you might imagine. I'm so grateful for her help!

Here's the word tree on the back of our Christmas cards. Has anyone noticed that there are fewer newsletter-type cards in recent years? Maybe everyone feels pretty caught up during the year due to Facebook? Or people don't have time to write? Or people are just really happy sending photo cards now that the quality is so good? I'm not sure, but I'll probably be the last one sending a newsletter ten years from now. I'm a sucker for traditions : )

Here's a look at the full-blown assembly line. I see my paper cutter, extra paper, glue, hole punch (the holes on the stars needed to be bigger so they would swing better), pliers (for the jump rings), photo spray adhesive, sizzix, water bottle, and NERF BULLET. Do you see the blue bullet with the orange tip in the middle, left side? These have invaded EVERYWHERE in my house. Including my Christmas card assembly line.

Not done yet! After finishing the cards, I stamped some "we have moved" cards on 110# business-card-sized paper with our new address. I was so happy to have these in the mail! I didn't do anything creative for about a week afterwards. 

Sure hope you are having, or have already had, a joyous holiday season! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge

Hi Folks! I'm so excited to be asked to participate in the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge this month! When I saw the gorgeous inspiration board below I knew immediately that I wanted to create something with layers of white dies. And a pop of red. Message received loud and clear : )

Side note: here's Julie and I at CHA in January. Yes, I was beyond thrilled to meet her in person. Yes, she is the sweetest person ever. Yes, I'm in love with all the fun and funky products she creates for Ellen Hutson. Yes, yes, yes!!

Here is the card I made following the inspiration board. Lots of layered white dies, with a pop of red. I felt like I should add something else, but I'm glad I stepped away. That sentiment has such a presence on its own, and stamping it in red (instead of black) is all the attention it needs.

Because I was still feeling the need for "more" I applied this inspiration photo to my December Daily attempt for this year (which will get worked on in January, I just can not fit it in during December).

Here's another of Julie's sentiments from Holly Jolly. Again, its got such a presence that it can totally stand alone, embossed in gold on vellum, for a front piece to the next page.

This page has the layered, white dies, only more densely laid to create a more solid circle to frame the photo. And the pop of red turned into more of a feature of red, but I'm OK with that. It's Santa after all!! 

This year, our visit to see Santa was very different than in prior years. This is the first year I had The Talk with my oldest son. I knew this day would come, but I kept hoping for one more year. With Logan in Middle School this year, I figured there was no escaping, so I pulled him aside and watched another piece of childhood slip away. He claims to have known for two years, but was completely surprised about the Tooth Fairy! I plan on printing out my on-line journaling for that day and slipping it behind the photo, away from prying eyes.
The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!! To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. Look for the inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit your project.
I sure hope you're able to participate, or check out all the inspiration in this monthly challenge. I've always fond of monthly challenges, with all the time given for you to put something together, especially around the holidays. More time = less stress.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Coupon Code for CAS-ual Fridays!

Hi Folks! I'm happy to share a coupon code from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps with you ... it's good for an additional 10% off ANYTHING in the store from now through December 31st! This includes items in the Sale Section, like my favorite Flurry snowflake dies, as well as sets in the Retiring Section, like Rad which has the best sentiments for teen boys. If you've been thinking about picking up some of these sets, now's a great time to do it : )

Just use the code "GINGERBREAD" when you're checking out.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza

Advent Calendar Extravaganza
Advent Calendar Extravaganza square

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

Hi Folks! What a fun idea, right?! I'm over on the Winnie & Walter blog today with a card for Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza. 

The Take a Bow cutaway goes through canvas like a dream. Just the texture I was looking for! Head on over to check out the other inspiration and leave a comment there for a chance to win : )
Thanks for stopping!