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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Denami Design Faces

Hi Everyone!

I am excited about something I just made.  Snow people from Hershey Nuggets and Twix Fun Size Bars!  I saw some snowmen that were made from Hershey Nuggets on Pinterest and decided I'd make some.  While I was looking through for something to use for the snowman's eyes, nose and mouth I suddenly had an idea.  I knew that I had a Denami Design face stamp in with my Halloween stamps.  A stamp that I have used many times to stamp a face on a Denami Design pumpkin.  So I dug through my Halloween stamps, found the stamp I wanted and stamped the image onto a piece of 1" x 3" tag.  I adhered the strip of tag to a Hershey Nugget, added a hat, and my snowman was done.

The hats are fingertips snipped from dollar gloves.  I prefer the smoother "hats" to the fluffy ones and plan to pick up a few pairs of the smooth gloves. 

Well, I liked the little snowman heads, but then I thought why not make a full size little snow person.  I decided that Twix fun size bars were exactly what I needed.

Isn't she adorable!  I think I am going to package them up in sets of three. 

Here's the link to the stamp I used for the faces, right here.  Here's the link to some other adorable faces.  You have lots of great choices!

Enjoy what's left of this evening!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gift bags Day One

Hi Everyone!

I've been giving my sisters, Paula and Pam, card sets as gifts for years.  Most of the time those gifts have arrived after their birthday or after a holiday.  Well, this year I changed things up big time.  I set a goal and I achieved it.  I am guessing that as I type this e-mail Paula's gift is arriving in Washington and Pam's is arriving in California. 

This year I didn't send them cards.  I am sure they both have a lifetime stash of them by now.  This year I made them gift bags with coordinating tags.  They can put gifts for their friends inside the bags. 

I posted a question on Facebook asking if people decorated one side or both sides of a gift bag.  Some people responded that they decorated just one side, while many others responded that they decorated both sides.  I decided to decorate just one side of all of the bags. 

I pulled out my 12" x 12" paper pads, some Martha Stewart Christmas borders, twine, and border punches and got to work.  My plan was to "dress up" the papers that I had.  My goal was to use supplies that were already in my stash.  I put a 2 to 2.5 inch header across the top of most of the bags and added a strip of a Martha Stewart border to those headers.

This was a paper from last year's Recollection's Christmas paper pad.  I added some tiny pompoms for the reindeer noses, wiggly eyes with tiny "pupils" for their eyes, bows that are from a roll of bows ribbon, and some sparkly stars that I bought at the Dollar Store years ago.  There are trees near the reindeer so I decided to add a Martha Stewart border that had trains delivering Christmas trees.  Note that the gift tag has a scrap of that train border on it. 

Next up a bag with a piece of holly patterned paper on it.

Note the holly border that coordinates with the patterned paper.  I used a Sizzix die to cut out the holly for the embellishment in the center of the bag.  The red scalloped circles and the white standard circles were cut using Nestability dies.  I used a Swiss dots embossing folder to emboss the white circles.  The holly is attached to the white circle with foam tape and the entire circle is adhered to the bag with foam tape.  The holly berries are buttons.  The holly sprig on the gift tag is a dimensional sticker.

That's it for today, but I have other bags to share another day.

Have a nice night!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hershey's Nuggets

Hi Everyone!

If you search for "Hershey Nuggets" on Pinterest you will find a variety of adorable ideas on ways to use them to create a candy gift.  I put the 8 packages of 4 candies each that are shown below together in no time at all. 

The directions can be found at this link.  The pretzel bags that the candies are stored in were inexpensive and easy to find at Michaels in the candy making aisle.  I used some removable adhesive to adhere the candies to the paper tray.             

I used a Sizzix Scallop Tags Combo #2 die to cut my tags.  The sentiment was created from an Inky Antics wooden stamp, but I am guessing you have many different sentiment stamps that you could use. 
Have a great day!

I "wisk" you a Merry "Kiss"mas


Today I have another idea from Pinterest to share with you. 

I only made a couple of these, but they were so easy to make. The candy kisses slipped easily into the whisk.  They also slipped easily out of the whisk so I put a clear bag around them and added a strip of patterned paper to cover up the top of the bag.

I typed the sentiment on my computer and used a Sizzix Tags die to cut it out. 

I am planning to pick up a bottle of Wisk laundry detergent for Marie and adding a similar gift tag to it. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Reindeer Noses

Hi Everyone!

I know that it has been months since I posted anything on my blog, but I am hoping to at least post some of my cards and projects that I am making for Christmas and then we'll see what happens.  I use my blog as a place to store my ideas and then I use the search feature on my blog to me locate a specific creation.

Marie recently gave me Dan's old tablet.  Before I go to sleep at night I read on it for a while and then I ooh and aah over the amazing ideas that are posted on Pinterest.  Today I made multiples of some of those ideas to use as stocking stuffers for Robbie, Marie, and my sisters. 

First one of my favorites, reindeer nose.  I love the way my header turned out.  I used my EK Success reindeer punch to create the reindeer.  I cut the reindeer out of dark brown and kraft tag.  I trimmed the antlers off of the dark brown reindeer and then I adhered the brown tag to the kraft tag so that you could see the kraft antlers.  I used foam tape to adhere the reindeer to the header.  I added a rhinestone nose, a wiggly eye, and a cool fabric bow that came from a strip of bow ribbon that Toni gave me. 

On Pinterest the red nose is usually shown as a gumball.  I would have been happy to use a red gumball or a red hot ball, but couldn't find either one at Target so I decided to use Lindor chocolates that are wrapped in red paper in place of the gumball.  The brown "noses" are malted milk balls.

I typed the sentiment on my computer and printed it on patterned paper. 

The snowman idea is often made with a roll of Rollo candies.  I bought some Rollo candies, but they never made it to my crafting table.  Yeah, Robbie I am talking about you!  So in place of the Rollo candies, I used rolls of Mento candies. 

I cut the fingers off of some pairs of dollar gloves to use for the snowman's hat.  I used a variety of rhinestones for the eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons.  The scarf was created with a scrap of ribbon. 

That's all for today, but I will be back tomorrow to show you some of the other fun things I have been creating. 

Have a great day!