Sunday, December 28, 2008


We made it through Christmas Day!!! I don't know why we make it so stressful on ourselves. The hustle and bustle, shopping, cooking, on and on. And then it's over, just so quick! I think my biggest problem is that I procrastinate and then I feel hurried to get it all done. I think for next year, I'm going to order stuff online instead of going to the mall or Walmart. After over a month of asking tons of questions Dakota now knows the truth about Santa (and the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy), so although it's kind of sad, it will be much easier next year. We have always emphasized the birth of Jesus is what Christmas is all about, but to a small kid it's hard to get away from all the Santa stuff with gifts as the big thing. I hope next year will be easier and more relaxed.

I have been wanting to share this with ya'll since I made it. Don't laugh, yes I am crazy! If you haven't figured out from my blog banner, I like pink flamingoes. This is kind of a new obsession of mine, but I have been collecting pink flamingo ornaments for the past couple of years. Well, I felt like they deserved a special display all to themselves, so I found this white pre-lit wreath and ta-da!! I did add some colorful fish and the cute little blue beach chair, along with pink netting instead of ribbon, some bright green sparkly fern like plants and some green balls. I love it!! This is going to go in my stamp room (when Mariah goes to college, part of her room is going to be my stamp room!!), but for now, it's just hanging in the dining room window. I am going to pack it up with the rest of my Christmas decorations until I get the room all set up. It really does not go with the rest of my Christmas decor.
I am kind of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decorations. I have a 7 foot, pre-lit tree with the multi-color lights (didn't use to like that, but the tree was on sale for $30.00, so I have learned to live with them, lol), decorated with every Christmas ornament that I have been collecting since I was in 5th grade. My mantle is decorated with garland and ribbin and stocking holders. I have two Christmas villages on display, one on top of the tv cabinett and the other on my sofa table. Something new I added this year is a louvre door decorated with garland and lights. It was originally going to be used to display only cards, but after Dakota pulled down two of the stocking holders on the mantle and broke one of them, I decided to hang the stockings on the door.
I got that I idea from my bestest crafty friend Melissa. Thanks Mel!!

So I hope you all had a very good Christmas and that you have a very Happy New Year! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

This is the second Faux Mosaic picture frame that I made for my bestest crafty friend Melissa. I am so happy to say that she loved it!! It is made to hold a 12x12 scrapbook page to display. I made it the same way as the smaller one from my last post, except I did not make a border for this one. The paper is just a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper. I chose this paper with the roses on it because it matches Melissa's living room. I just cut the pieces randomly. I have enough paper left from the 12x12 sheet to make another project. I think that the next thing I work on will be a cigar box. I have one all ready to alter!

I hope ya'll had a terrific Christmas and that Santa was good to you all!

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Paper Mosaics

This is a plain wooden picture frame that I got from Michael's for $1.00. I used the faux mosaics kit from Tera Leigh to turn it into this now beautiful frame. I am so pleased with how this turned out. This one is for my cousin Stephanie for Christmas. I really hope she likes it! But I mean really who wouldn't?! I made another frame also and will show it to you maybe tomorrow if the craziness of Christmas Eve allows. So the first step is to paint the frame with the faux mosaic "grout" which is the consistency of paint with fine play sand in it. After it dries, you glue pieces of paper that has been cut into different shapes with the faux mosaic glue. This is where you can really get creative and do a fancy design or keep it simple. While you are gluing the pieces onto the frame or whatever you are altering, brush a thin coat of the glue over the top of each piece of paper. After it dries completely, you apply the sealer to each piece of paper only. This usually takes atleast two coats. The more coats of the sealer, the more depth it has and more reallistic it looks. I took this frame to work and no one could believe that it was paper.
Thanks for checking in today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas ornaments

I made these for the girls the building where my Mom works. Each one has the same image of an Old World Santa on a music sheet background, but the embelishments are different. I am so pleased with how they turned out, so now I have to make myself some! I used coasters from Chili's restaurant for the base (and yes, I asked the waitress if I could have them!). I started with the musical note paper glued to the coaster. The santa is from a clip art website that I printed off, cut to size and glued. I embossed the whole piece with Irredescent Ice ep. Each one has an SU! Pewter Jumbo Eyelet with a piece of 7/8" Ivory Organdy Ribbon for the hanger. The holly leaves are silk and embossed with Irredescent Ice ep. My friend Melissa made the silver snow flakes using her Cricut and then dipped the pieces in silver ep melted in a melting pot. The poinsettia is from Season of Joy stamped with Ruby Red on Very Vanilla cs and embossed. I used buttons, beads, burgundy organza ribbon, fibers, silver chord and other various ribbon pieces. I only have two or three coasters left, so I might have to go and have dinner at Chili's to get some more!!
Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. I have done a lot of craft fairs recently, a kid's birthday, getting ready for the holidays, oh the list could go on and on. I have not made any cards lately, just trying to get all the craft fairs done, so I had been focusing on altered stuff. While I was scouting around in Michael's for some deals, I ran across a book on altered picture frames. One that caught my eye was one that was made using a kit by Tera Leigh. It's called Faux Mosaics and I had to order the kit to try it out! In the next couple days, I will share the two frames that I made last week.

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!