November, 2012

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Joy Ornament Card

Hello All,

If you’re planning to make your own ornaments this year and giving them out as gifts this card is right up your Christmas ally.

Materials:

  • Brown, Pink, Blue buttons
  • Brown Ink
  • Stamp – Joy
  • Pop dots
  • Tape
  • Tacky Glue
  • E-6000
  • Pencil
  • Red ¼ Ribbon
  • Sheer White ½ Ribbon
  • Cream Cardstock
  • Brown/Chocolate Cardstock
  • Twine/Bakers Twine
  • Pattern Paper
  • Tag Punch or Die Cutting Machine

Creating The Card:

  1. Cut your card at 7 ¼ x 4 3/4, score it in half giving you 3 11/16 inches. If you’re brown card stock is showing white edges ink around it with brown ink.
  2. Cut your pattern paper at 4 ½, position your buttons on your pattern paper. Using your pencil make small notation where your button will be placed.
  3. Take your red and sheer ribbon and measure out about 2 ½ to 3 inches and cut 3 strip of each ribbon.  Tape your ribbon over lapping one another on the back of your pattern paper coordinating to where you will be placing your buttons. Take a small bead of Tacky glue making a line right to where your pencil marks. Hold down your ribbon one at a time and white a few moments to let the glue dry.
  4. Take your E-6000 and put a good portion of glue on the back of each button and place them over your ribbon and pencil marks. Give a few moments for your glue to dry.
  5. While you’re waiting for your glue to dry make three small red bows using your Red ¼ ribbon. Put a small amount of Tacky Glue over each button making them look like ornaments.
  6. Grab your twine, tape one end to the bottom of your card start wrapping it around abut tree times.  Once done tape the last end to the back of the card.
  7. Make a 2 inch tag using a tag punch or using a die cutting Machine on brown card stock. Cut a 1 ¾ out of cream color cardstock.
  8. Using any Joy stamp, stamp it using brown ink in the center of your cream color cardstock.  Adhere the 1 ¾ tag to the 2 inch tag and position above your ornament buttons. Once you have a fixed idea put two pop dots to the back of your tag and adhere it to the pattern paper.
  9. Now center and place your pattern paper onto your brown cardstock.

Snowmen Ornaments

Hello All,

Well this is the last week of November, were all these creations I have made will be placed on our fake Christmas tree. But before I do I have one last ornament, Snowmen. No tree can be complete without Snowmen. So get your kids in on this project, have them twist different color pipe cleaners, pick out googol eyes, and some nice pompoms.

However leave the gluing to mom and dad, the last thing we need is kids gluing themselves together, or their clothing to the table. You have no idea how hard it is to get them off that thing.

The Joy of Hot Chocolate Gift Card

Hello All,

Sometimes in life you just don’t want a fancy coffee drink. But some good old hot chocolate made at your fancy coffee place. So make your love one’s this easy to make gift card holder.

Joy  of Hot Chocolate

***If you do not have a die cutting machine or cartridges check out below for fussing cutting patterns offered free everyday by the good people at Scrapbooks ETC.***

Materials:

  • Red Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock
  • Red Foam letters
  • 2 coordinating Pattern Paper
  • Red Glitter Glue
  • Stamp w/ Embossing Ink or Cuttlebug Folder
  • Cricut Machine and a Child’s Year Cartridge

Step 1 – Card Base

Cut your red card stock at 3 7/16 x8 ½, score your card 3 ½ then form your score line score at 4 ½. Fold your card stock by doing so will give you a tri fold card with a little lip. Take your gift card and slip it between the small fold. Take your pencil and make a small mark on the edge of your gift card. Remove your gift card, take your stapler and staple about one centimeter away from your pencil mark.

Step 2 – Decorating your front

Turn your gift card holder over so the back is facing you. You should have a rectangle shape that measures 3 7/16 x 4 ½

Take your pattern paper and cut out a rectangle at 4 ¼; by 3 ¼ make sure that your staples are covered with the pattern paper. If you find that your pattern paper doesn’t cover your staples not to worry cut out a 1 ½ x 3 7/16 strip of green card stock. Use your scallop boarder punch or any other boarder punch that you desire, if you do not have a boarder punch you could use decorative scissors.  Cut a coordinating paper pattern about ½ inches and lay it over your green boarder.

Using a Child’s Year on page 67 under the “Icon” section you will find a tea cup and saucer. Cut this image at 3 inches.  Using your scissors cut out the saucer portion of the die cut. Using some ink and sponge shade the outer rim of your tea cut. After shading you can emboss it with your favorite stamps or CuttleBug to give it texture.

To give your tea cut more depth you can cut a bit of brown cardstock measuring the width of the inner most part of the tea cup. I found making an oval works best when I glue it.  To make the marshmallow I just cut different small size rectangles and then nip the edges on one side.

The spoon is rectangle that has been rounded on one end and wedge between the brown cardstock and tea cup. I then used a bit of red glitter glue and free hand a heart at the end of the spoon. Then used that same glitter glue to add red dots to each snow flake.

I grab some red foam letters spelling out JOY and position them over the board and center my now hot chocolate cup onto the gift card.

Step 3 – Decorating you one 1 ½ inch Flap

Take some coordinating pattern paper and cover your flap leaving a ¼ boarder or enough to cover your staples.

Hot Chocolate SBE <—– Click here!!

 

Polar Bear Ornament

Hello All,

Last year it was all about the Owls and the year before that it was the Penguin. I say this year make it all about the Polar Bear. That’s right deck your halls with this cute little creation, and best part is it was all Dollar Tree items.  From her cute red nose to her fluffy ears each item I found at Dollar Tree.  The instructions are pretty easy just cut glue and paste. If you really want guidelines drop me a comment, I just make a YouTube video just for you.

Etsy Christmas Stocking Card using Stampin Up Frostwood Lodge made Cheap

Hello All,

Now I am all for Etsy crafter however some of the prices they offer for cards is just outrages, and as you know I am an economically frugal aka cheap. So if I can make it at home and save myself 20 bucks for 5 cards I will. So I rolled around in my scraps, took out my die cutting machine, some ribbon, then stamps, and got to work.

Side note: check out your local ads whether it’s Michaels, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby or whatever, and I will tell you why. You can find pattern paper cheap, for example Michaels is or was selling 12×12 pattern paper for 6 for 1 dollar, which comes out to 17 cents a sheet. I was able to make 5 cards under a dollar.

Materials:

  • 4 Strips of ½ inch Coordinating Pattern Paper
  • Tacky glue or Double Side Tape Runner
  • Cream Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • 1 ½  inch Snowflake Stamp (Optimal)
  • Green Ink
  • Greeting Stamp
  • Small Dots Stamp
  • Red Ribbon
  • Pink or Sheer Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Clear Glitter Glue
  • Pop Dots
  • 2 inch Stocking Die Cut

Card Set Up

  1. Cut your card at 7 ¼ x 4 3/4, score it in half giving you 3 11/16 inches.
  2. Cut your cream cardstock at 4 ½
  3. Put glue or double sided tape on the back of your ½ inch coordinating pattern paper strips.
  4. Lay two strip of pattern paper vertically at the top of your cream cardstock. Give a small gap at the top. Then crises cross two more strip horizontally to the far end of your cream cardstock. (see above photo as reference)
  5. Stamp a snowflake on to white cardstock and fussy cut it. This is optional as you can use any kind of snowflake. Place your snowflake at the intersection of your strips of pattern paper.
  6. Cut a 2 inch of the red, pink/sheer ribbon, and 4 inches of the twine. Wrap the twine in the center of your red and pink ribbon making a bow in the middle. Place a bead of tacky glue at the center of your snowflake and center your ribbon bow.
  7. Cut your stocking out of pink and trimmings out of white cardstock. Using your small dots stamps but green dots onto your white cardstock trimmings. Glue your stocking together.
  8. Glue your stocking underneath your snowflake.
  9. Stamp your greetings onto the far end of your card

10. Then add clear glitter glue over your card to give it a finished effect.

Ornament Transformation – King Boo

King Boo (Japanese: キングテレサ King Teresa) is the leader of the Boos and the main antagonist of the game Luigi’s Mansion, where he first appears to be Luigi’s nemesis. He is also an ally of Bowser, who has aided him in his various schemes. He is more than capable of devising and enacting villainous plans by himself, including his capture and imprisonment of Mario. Although not the biggest Boo in the Mushroom World, King Boo has abilities that far surpass that of the average ghost, and he wields a number of impressive magical abilities, including the ability to materialize objects. King Boo’s magical power is directly proportional to the number of Boos in his vicinity.

 Yeah, that way too much info for a polymer clay and glass ornament. lol

Reindeer Ornaments

Hello Everyone,

I think this month I will be depicting to ornament transformation. There is so much one person can do with ornaments. They are no longer confined to just traditional Christmas color.

Okay so these are still in the traditional colors but the form has change. It no longer just a plain old bulb.

 

Materials:

  • Glass bulbs (I would recommend plastic since you don’t have to glue down the pipe cleaners)
  • Green, White, and Red Pipe cleaners (Dollar Tree, pick up some today)
  • Green, White, and Red felt (Dollar Tree, more bang for your buck)
  • White & Black Pompoms (another Dollar Tree buy)
  • E-6000 (not a Dollar Tree buy need to go to hardware or craft store)
  • Googol Eyes (Dollar Tree)
  • Glue dots or Pop dotes
  • Red, White, Green Glitter (Dollar Tree)
  • Red, White, Green Glitter pens (Dollar Tree)
  • Bling (optional)

Honestly this was one of the most cost effect projects I have ever done! Anyway back to the project, it would have been a lot easier if they were plastic. I would have just cut holes for the pipe cleaners and ears, however since I didn’t I rolled with the punches and did what I know best. Improvise!

Step 1 – Glittering the Bulb

Glitter the inside of my bulb. There are so many methods on YouTube and tons of products it’s safe to say I don’t need to give you a how-to on this part.

Step 2 – Creating the Antlers

Fold two pipe cleaners in half. Starting at the fold end, begin to twist together. Stop twisting about a third of the way. Pull the ends apart and fold each of those and then twist until you reach the center. Twist the remaining ends back together.  Coil the end in to a small spiral having the middle sticking out. This will be the base of your antler that will be gluing down with E-6000 to the glass bulb.

Step 3 – Creating the Ears

Cut two 2’x2’inch squares and fold them in half. From tip to tip on the folded end cut a half oval. This will give you your ear. Then cut two 1 inch circle out of the same colored felt. Fold one of your circles in half make a small insigne in the center of the folded circle. Repeat to the second circle.Pinch one end of your oval shape ear and slip it through one of your circle part way. Flip the small piece to the side and glue them together. Let dry before placing them on the bulb. Once dry glue the round circle end onto the blub.

Step 4 – Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

Snatch some glue dots or pop dotes and adhere them to the bulb, this will be your guideline to position your black pompom for the nose and white pompoms for the mouth. Once you have glued your nose and mouth with E-6000, remove your googol eyes form the glue dotes or pop dotes and adhesive with E-6000

Step 5 – Final Touches

Grab your glitter glue pen and go around your felt this will hide any glue that might have seeped out on to the felt or glass. Take some bling and deck your antlers out.

 

Christmas Penguin Blubs

Hello Everyone,

 

On November 11, 2011 I aired my very first YouTube video that showed one of a kind project. It was a video response to Friday Funbits hosted by Natasha Hensel, a very awesome designer and crafter. I fell in love with her website that she is the reason why I moved my blog from Creating Things to Unique Designs. The level of refinement in her work made want to show something better than just someone that Creating Things.

Since I haven’t posted this fabulous project as of yet I thought it was high time I did. To make this yourself check out the video below.


Penguin template

Penguin template

Alice in Wonderland Mini Album by Natasha Hensel

Hello All,

I’m never one to pass up a good deal especially if the deal is amazingly gorgeous and free. Natasha Hensel from cleversoiree.blogspot.com is doing a raffle/giveaway of her Alice in Wonderland mini album. Now I have been eyeing at this mini since the day of its creation, she raffled it off last year and the winner never PM (Privet Message) her to pick up her reward.

Natasha Hensel  - Alice in Wonderland Mini Album

Natasha Hensel – Alice in Wonderland Mini Album

Which is really is a shame, but since this lucky winner didn’t that means I have another chance to win. But its only one for one week starting October 31st – November 8th . Take a look at her site at: www.cleversoiree.blogspot.com/2012/04/wild-orchid-crafts-halloween-in.html for details and once you do check out her other awesome stuff she makes. Or click below to view her YouTube Video.

 Good luck!