Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year - Quick Party Hat Idea

Happy New Year to everyone! It has been a busy yet wonderful holiday. I made these quick and easy party hats to wear tonight to ring in the New Year kind of festive looking. I got the idea from 
Whimsy Decor - who had a wonderful New Year's place setting idea.

I printed out a clock graphic from Graphics Fairy. I drew in the hands. 
I printed out a party hat on some music cardstock paper - also from Graphics Fairy. The party hat pattern I got from Oh Happy Day blog. I resized it to fill the page to make it large enough. 
I printed out "2012" on cardstock. All the cardstock I used was off white.

I used some leftover curling ribbon from Christmas presents to top the hat - and some sparkly garland that I haven't put on my tree in ages around the base of the hat. I just stapled the garland on. I used some gold elastic - left over from the gift wrap - for the tie that goes under your chin. 
I put the clock on the hat using a jewel brad - and I used double sided tape to adhere the 2012 banner. I think I will use these again next year and change the date. 
All the best to you in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wrapping Survival Kit

Do you know anyone that has wrapping issues? I am big on survival kits - and this kit is probably one of the handiest ones I have made. I only made one this year - but I am thinking of doing more for next year. I know that I could have used this gift wrapping survival kit on many occasions. Here is what I put into it....
1. Boxes - I bought these boxes at Stitches. They were the nicest boxes I have seen - I bought them for 50 cents too!
2. Gift Bags - I made an assortment of bags - but $ stores have a good assortment if you need to make this in a hurry.
3. Ribbon - I bought ribbon at a fabric store and put them on a fancy cards. I also included some jute to tie tags on. I attached all of these on a metal ring. 
4. Tags - I made tags, and printed out some tags for an assortment. I put them in a little glassine bag to have them all together.
5. Tape, scissors - and not pictured here - PEN. I put all of these in a plastic case so they are together and easy to find. 
6. Tissue - I bought a big multi colored pack.
7. Gift Wrap - I bought 2 colored rolls and a roll of kraft paper. 
8. Door Hanger - handy to let others know you would like some privacy.

Here are some close ups of my hand made items.

This is the card I wrapped the ribbon around. After cutting out the shape with my lacy labels cricut cartridge, I inked the edges. You can download the image below for personal use.
Right click on the image - click on copy image - paste into your favorite program - resize as desired -  and print. 

I put everything into a large burlap bag that I purchased at a $ store. To finish it off I added a survival kit sign and a bow. 

Here is the survival kit sign image. You can download the image for personal use.
Right click on the image - click on copy image - paste into your favorite program - resize as desired -  and print. 

I am thinking it would be a good idea to give my husband one of these - he always seems to have  wrapping issues. 
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Monday, December 19, 2011

The Best Gift Around a Christmas Tree.... Quick Gift Idea

I have always loved this quote, and then I saw this idea HERE on a blog called Your Creative Juices for a simple yet sweet gift idea using this quote.

I made the quote labels. I used a frame from Graphics Fairy, and a clip art from The Vintage Workshop. I did two gifts - one with a roll of wrapping paper and one with ribbon. I tied a bow in the wrapping paper and attached the quote tag. For the ribbon gift I made a cardboard ribbon holder and wound 3 yards of ribbon around it. 
The card was cut from the Lacy Labels Cricut cartridge, size 2 1/2. For the background of the card I printed sheet music from Graphics Fairy.

I gave these gifts out yesterday and they went over well. I am thinking they will be something that will be helpful for preparing for Christmas - with a quote that invites the Christmas spirit. 

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Treat Bags Made from an Envelope

This week I will be doing lots of baking, getting little gifts ready to hand out at work. Sometimes I get stuck at what to put the little goodies in that I make. These bags are a perfect solution. I learned how to make these treat bags earlier this year. These are a perfect size for putting candy in, and small amounts of baked goodies, as they are a little bit bigger than a candy bag that you get at a corner store. These are made from an envelope that is cut to fit in your printer.  To go to the tutorial Click here!
I used these graphics from the Graphics Fairy...
    Snow Girl - pictured above

There are many other graphics to pick from. The possibilities are endless. 

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Friday, December 9, 2011

A Merry "Kiss"mas Candy Jar

This candy jar has been on my to-do list for a while. It was an exciting project to do.
Here is how I made it:
1. THE BASE - I used a 5 1/2 inch terra cotta pot, spray painted it with semi-gloss black - about four coats. 

2. THE BOWL - bought a glass bowl from a dollar store. It was really good (thick) glass, which made the candy jar very impressive. I bought two bags of kisses - but to fill the bowl, I would have needed four bags. I glued the bowl on to the upside down painted terra cotta pot with epoxy glue. 

3. THE LID - I used a 5 1/2 inch terra cotta saucer. I spray painted the saucer with semi-gloss black. The  handle on the lid is a drawer knob that I spray painted black, and glued on with epoxy glue. 

I tied a bow on the dish to make it festive. 
Give this with a card that says, Merry "Kiss"mas, and you have a sweet gift.

I gave this gift out yesterday and the recipient was thrilled about it!
Gotta like that!

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

How to Speed up the Aging Process - A Rusting "Try"al

I seen a rusting recipe on Pinterest - and wanted to try it on some ornament hooks. My tree is going to be more rustic this year, and the silver hooks are not going to work - so another Pinterest idea got put into action. Here is what I did....
I bought some cool ornament hooks at the $ Store. I checked out the link to the rusting recipe from a blog called Lipstick and Laundry. You need to check out what she rusted - CLICK HERE TO SEE!
I cut the recipe in half and used a yogurt container. I stirred the concoction with all disposable utensils JUST IN CASE. Once you put your metal in it will foam up - so make sure you have a big enough container.  I used 1 cup peroxide, 1/8 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt.
The ornament hooks took one hour to rust. I have some bells rusting - I will leave them for 24 hours. I didn't want to chance dumping the remains of this recipe in my sink, or grass - so I dumped it in a ditch with weeds and gravel.

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Stuffed Muslin Ornaments

I wanted my tree to look different this year without spending a lot of money - and these muslin ornaments were the solution. For the ornament above I used the silhouette frame from Graphics Fairy for the outline, and Noel is from a free font called Christmas Cheer.  I made these ornaments using muslin, and I made them the same way I made the stuffed tags a while back - CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TUTORIAL
I did put on some of the ornaments a rusted ornament hanger. I rusted the hangers myself. CLICK HERE to go to the post on how to rust metal objects.
Here is another ornament, using the same silhouette frame from the Graphics Fairy with the Joy to the World in the frame that is one of the options with that graphic.
Here are a few other ornaments I made. We are putting our tree up tonight - I am very excited to see how it turns out. 

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