Thursday, December 14, 2017

12 "Tags" of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie: Jar Eleven

Goodness, we're creeping down to the very last of these aren't we! I've got something fun up my sleeve when they are all done, so I'm a little anxious! I had quite a lot of fun with this one painting the base red with gold speckles and making that ribbon rose.

Linda's tag from the Funkie Junkie blog provided quite a lot of inspiration. I used the Christmas colors and grabbed a little of my own burlap to wrap around my jar. 

The whole thing was pretty simple when I got inspired to roll my own ribbon rose from my plaid ribbon. I wanted a rose or a flower, but was having trouble finding one in my stash I I wanted to use plaid like Linda. When I made a bow with it, it wasn't making me happy. After rolling the rose, I added some vintage holly to mimic the little sprig she used at the top of the bow and then I was pleased. In fact, these are so flat I can see making some for a scrapbook page or two!

I'll be back very soon with Jar Twelve and a fond farewell to the Funkie Junkie Boutique who sponsored this challenge. She is drawing winners on my birthday so I'm hoping for a very special birthday surprise of a gift certificate to the store! If not, I'll content myself with a 10% off coupon!

Anyhow, happy Thursday to you! Friday is just around the corner....excuse me while I put on my mittens...that pesky white stuff has showed up here in NY....


Monday, December 11, 2017

Blue Eyes & Not Just a Paint Job

I got a phone call the other day from a really nice lady. Habitat had planned on paying for her house to be painted the previous summer and then the good weather got away from us. It nearly did this summer too. We did manage it though and she was so grateful. I am guessing her home is over 100 years old and another not for profit ahead of us had installed new windows. It was during that window install that I met Arlene. She was super sweet & running the show from her kitchen table. See, Arlene can't get around too well, but she is as sharp as a tack. She isn't quite as old as her house but I imagine kinda close.

Chris, her contractor was finishing up some pretty fancy trim around the outside of those windows & he popped in to sign some paper work. It was right about then that Arlene mentioned his pretty blue sexy eyes. I didn't disagree with her and I was super proud of her in that minute managing to embarrass a grown man contractor. You go girl!

Recently we stopped in to see her freshly painted house and she asked me if I could print the photo I had taken of it for her. The point of the photo was for some social media bragging but I could see her point. It's not like she can just wander out her door and look at her paint anytime she wants since she's in a wheel chair. It sounds like it's the talk of the neighborhood as the house has always been white. Quite glad to give this house a fresh coat of paint to help it last and give a nice old lady some bragging rights! She might have also fallen in love with the head painter too, but that's another story. Didn't disagree with her on that one either.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Very Merry Christmas Shabby Card for THE CUTTING CAFE

I had an urge the other day to make a special Christmas card for a friend's Mom who is struggling. I mean, we are all struggling in one way shape or form, but some of us have a heavier burden to bear. It's always nice to get a fun hand made card and hopefully even just for a few minutes it helps.

I pulled out a couple of fun things to play with while making this card. My first step was to cut out this really pretty stocking from THE CHRISTMAS SHAKER CARD SET from THE CUTTING CAFE. I didn't want to make a shaker though, because I wanted to use a new embossing folder that had roses. I inked up the embossed part and added a gold strip & flower ribbon to the top.

I added a really pretty Mom die cut from Amy Delightful along with a `present. I have fussy cut a bunch more from the printable, so I can't want to make another card!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12 "Tags" of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie: Jar Ten

Goodness, I've crept into the double digits with these jars for the Funkie Junkie tag challenge! So exciting! It's a little sad too, which is probably why I have used a little blue on my project here!

Linda's tag at the Funkie Junkie Blog was very subtle this time 'round. She did use some silver and a color that I interpreted as gold and then there is that green blue color...SNOW FLAKES TOO! I was inspired by those as well.

Aside from the ones I used around the center of the jar, I decorated the top too. I used the leaves to make a kind of snowflake pattern and then actual flakes are the flowers with gold pearls centers. So much fun.

I used a snowflake under the jar too. Really love this jar! Such a fun little topper too!

So happy this challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. It's always a highlight of Christmas and I'm enjoying my growing collection! So fun!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Very Shabby Gift Box & Ornament for Visions of Sugar Plums Day 3

Goodness this was rather simple to create. Mainly it was just a really sturdy box and then I put some pretty paper on it! Had some fun decorating it! Love pretty flowers and some vintage foliage! This box can be yours, just leave me a comment and let me know what you like about it!

The feet were rather easy to attach. I just poked a hole through the box and attached sparkly brads!

I'm including this sparkly snowflake ornament with some hand dyed seam binding too!

Alright, since you are here to hop, here are some other peeps that are playing along today too with Visions of Sugar Plums! Our host, Lori has some fabulous give aways and is also having a challenge!

How do you win?   

1.  Start by leaving a comment here that you would like to win. 

2.  Visit all the other blogs and leave comments.  

3.  Lori will pick up your name from here, check all the other blogs and put your name in the "hat"  as many times as you leave comments.  Example:  Leave 14 comments = your name 14 times in the "hat". And then her husband will draw a winner all old school! Happy Happy!

Here is the line up:

For more fun, want to play along with Lori's Christmas Challenge? It's running from today until December 16th and the prize is a $20 gift certificate to Mama Elephant!

Enjoy Hopping & linking up your challenge! 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Very Vintage Box for Visions of Sugar Plums Day 2

A few weeks back I made this itty bitty gold box for THE CUTTING CAFE using the Tissue Box Cover (one of our sponsors here over at Sugar Plums) and I knew that I wanted to save it for my give away! So, leave me a comment here to win! 

Since you will likely tuck a gift into it & pass on, I am also sending you some goodies to decorate your own! Most of them are little vintage things that I've squirred away and now I'm sharing some!

Now back to our hop so you can enjoy all the give aways and cool ideas! Our hostest Lori
 is giving away the most yummy stuff!

How do you win?   

1.  Start by leaving a comment here that you would like to win. 

2.  Visit all the other blog's and leave comments.  

3.  Lori will pick up your name from here, check all the other blogs and put your name in the "hat"  as many times as you leave comments.  Example:  Leave 14 comments = your name 14 times in the "hat". And then her husband will draw a winner all old school! Happy Happy!

Here is the line up:

For more fun, want to play along with Lori's Christmas Challenge? It's running from today until December 16th and the prize is a $20 gift certificate to Mama Elephant!

Enjoy Hopping! See you back here tomorrow with my last fun giveaway! Hugs!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Very Shabby Victorian Christmas Wall Hanging for Visions of Sugar Plums Day 1

It's here! Happy Dance! Visions of Sugar Plums and my give away is upon us again! I've got a very Victorian Shabby frame up for grabs! It's my SEVENTH year participating and giving away things really put me in the spirit of Christmas!! A huge thanks to Lori at Choux Choux Paper Art for hosting and wrangling up a team of awesomeness for a hopping good time!

This wall hanging came with all this cool detail, but sadly was a icky shade of cream that I cleaned up with some white paint and brown accents. A cool detailed Victorian sticker stars at the center of the pieces with lots of vintage foliage and glitter. I love a fun upcycle project!

I even rubbed some gold paint along the edges to match the "JOY" banner at the top! So fun!

So, just leave me a comment that you'd like to win and I'll pick a winner soon and get it sent your way!

If you'd like to keep hopping here are the links for today:

For more fun, want to play along with Lori's Christmas Challenge? It's running from today until December 16th and the prize is a $20 gift certificate to Mama Elephant

Happy First Day of Sugar Plums! I'm back with two more days of fun give aways!

Friday, December 1, 2017

On the Side Layout for Another Freaking Scrappy

This was a stash busting page but done with newly taken photos! Another Freaking Scrappy is back with a new challenge. This one is to use the word Merry or Happy and the color red or green! Now I have my first Christmas page done and dusted!

I used up a piece of super busy Christmas paper I had in the stash and cut circles out of it so the red paper behind would show through. Some of the little embellishments have been hanging out in the Christmas stash for ages! The photos however, are brand spanking new! Just this past weekend we were off to the Festival of Lights in Corning which we got to enjoy with both kids who were actually with us and not in the parade! Last year they were short a couple of people so I actually marched (eek!). 

Thankfully I got to enjoy the photography of a local that always takes epic photos and posts them! He gave me permission to use on my page! Loved the jeep with the grinch the most!

Hope you get a chance to play along and get a page (or two!) done! Happy Friday and First of the Month!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fake Snow All Over & Wearing of the Glitter

It was a quiet Thanksgiving break. The oldest had to work and the youngest had Snowbird at Harris Hill. I decided to start decorating so at one point the fake snow was covering the floor, I was wearing more of the snow with accents of glitter and I nearly dropped a tote on my foot which resulted in some screeching on my part as I pinched a finger. Decorating is hard work!

I got crazy this year and actually pulled out a curling iron to get those ribbons to curl all pretty like that. I really like how they turned out. I put a few less ornaments on this year. I did add all the icicles from a previous Twelve Tags. Just needed to touch up a few wee things with the hot glue gun. ;-)

I also set up a display with my current Twelve Tags for the Funkie Junkie. Only three left to go! Goodness! The fun will be over soon.

Aren't they cute! I'm kinda thinking I might hide them locally like they do 'round these parts as a RAK and post them to Steuben County Rocks. This way I have the joy of making them and the joy of passing them along....and I don't add to my stash! Unpacked this year and was like woaaaaahhhh nelly too much stuff!

Still, it's fun to unpack past projects. This one is all blue birds! I made those Vintage Holly Birds back in 2015 for Visions of Sugar Plums.

Speaking of that....It's on it's way!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Happy Crafternoon Cardmaking Potluck

It's that time of year! (Unless you are Lizzy Hill of course and THAT time of year is all year...) It's Christmas Card time! A group of us gathered down at Angel's house this past weekend to stamp, cut, and assemble.

It's like a cardmaking pot luck where you bring enough cut card pieces and embellishments for everyone to make two cards from your kit. You get to enjoy everyone's stamps, ideas, and also snack. I came home with 14 homemade cards and a full belly! Just about every card is different and range from sparkly to CAS.

Well, perhaps the card was designed CAS, but then when you add a double bow and extra sparkly strips....

Some like these little bear ones came all ready to assemble and were precut and stamped. I hadn't tried this paper line before either, so was really fun.

Somebody asked as we made cards if we really sent all of them out. To be honest, I totally do! In fact, I came home and made a few more just in case. In fact, I'm gearing up for the Pratt Family photo...Lexi and I have been brainstorming what everyone will wear, including the dog.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 27, 2017

12 "Tags" of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie: Jar Nine

Goodness gracious, I have only three more times I can play along with Linda's Funkie Junkie challenge and it will be over for this year! I feel like I've just gotten started!

She's been using some very non-traditional colors for the past couple and I've loved it! A huge thanks to the Funkie Junkie Boutique for hosting. They are having a huge sale at the moment so hop over when you are done and take a peek.

Really loved that blue that she used for the night sky so I painted my bottle that color. I also grabbed two trees and added some glitter snow and that polka dot deer. Then I did manage to find one last jingle bell. It's a little oversized, but its cool as it's rusty!

I used three different kinds of glitter on this one bottle....Isn't that fun!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unicorn Horn Ornaments & Wild Roses Platter

I've been stalking our Habitat ReStore these days for vintage Christmas because who doesn't love a really cool mercury glass ornament or some velvet holly. I spotted this platter in a huge rack of plates out of the corner of my eye. I am always on the look out for hand painted plates and this one was super cool.

It was hand signed E.D.J. on the back in gold. I was super impressed with the shading myself. I am pretty sure these are roses. I thought for a bit maybe cherry blossoms although I could run with maybe both? Anyhow, super pretty. I am expanding my plate wall a bit. Grandma Skip started it with her pretty plates and I've been collecting since.

This little shabby chippy wall art is also on the agenda for the long break over Thanksgiving. I have some things to make for Visons of Sugar Plums! I usually give away three hand made things and so far I've got two planned....maybe three if I can figure out a good way to use those unicorn ornaments!

Happy Wednesday! I'm off getting glittery & eating good food the rest of this week!