Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wintery Vintage Cottage!




OMG ... adorable doesn't hardly cover this sweet little cottage! This was my New Year's Eve project to keep me busy while waiting for midnight to roll around :)

This template from Lauren Meader and stamp set from PTI has been on my 'to do' list for weeks, but I was waiting until I had some uninterrupted time to play with these goodies!!

This little pink cottage is made from everything that I absolutely adore! It's very girly, soft and sweet! I purposefully did not use holiday colors as I plan to disply this in my formal Victorian dining room all winter long. Wouldn't a whole village of these little houses all decorated differently be simply darling???
Just Us Girls is sponsoring a challenge this week - make a project using a template. This will be my submission for the challenge!
Supplies: cardstock - Blush Blossom (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI), The Glitter Sweet Stack (DCWV), vintage sheet music (Heartwarming Vintage); My Timeless Template - Homemade (PTI); stamp set - Homemade (PTI); lace and trims (Webster's Pages); vintage embellishments and cream pearls (Melissa Frances); pink rhinestones (Basic Grey); buttons - Blush and Vintage Cream (PTI); pine bough punch (Martha Stewart); Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon & dazzling diamonds glitter (SU); Mica Flakes.
You just have to give this sweet cottage a try. When you make yours, please link back so I can see your creations!
Have Fun and Happy New Year to you ALL :)

Wintery Vintage Cottage!







Wintery Vintage Cottage!







Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas with my little Girl!!!







Here's Mommy and Hershey (my 'daughter') on Christmas Day! She was such a good little girl this year that Santa brought her a new *PINK* and brown sweater, hat, matching collar and even a teddy bear toy to play with!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!

Dashing DASHER!!


So, so, SOOOOOO cute! I just love this little Dasher framed in a gold frame for the holidays! I added some Tulip White Dimensional Puffy Paint on the bottom and loaded that up with White Mica to look like snow. Then I added Diamond colored stickles to Dasher's antlers for added sparkle. Lastly, I hot glued some Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around his neck with 3 little jingle bells. ADORABLE!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

2009 Brunch & Holiday Cookie Exchange!




The annual Brunch & Cookie Exchange I've hosted for 14 years running here in NC was again a huge success this year and a fun time was had by all ... especially ME :)

Mr. Winter *tried* to spoil things by making a visit with a storm the day before, but here we only got rain and it was dry the day of the party, so we didn't have to worry about icy and dangerous roads, thankfully!!!

We had lots to eat including Peppermint Chocolate Mousse, Spinach & Mushroom Quiche, Key Lime Tarts, Cinnamon Muffin Melts, Almond Truffle Fudge Brownies, Warm Mulled Cider, Champagne Mimosas, flavored coffees (including Gingerbread!), Warm Brie Cheese Black Raspberry Crescent & Cherry Oatmeal Cobbler!

The cookies, as you can see from the photos, looked amazing and tasted even better.

A big thanks to all who attended, baked and brought treats to share! Merry Christmas to everyone and a Very Happy New Year too :)

2009 Brunch & Holiday Cookie Exchange!





Thursday, December 17, 2009

December Club Project!


Love, love, LOVE this little snowman with his belly filled with marshmellows!! This is the second project we made this month at clubs! The sets are Two Cool Dudes and Punch Pals from SU and I used the Sweet Treat Cups for his tummy, filled with marshmellows to look like snowballs!!!!

Colors are Bashful Blue, Real Red and Whisper White. I embellished with Red Chunky Glitter, Dusty Durango marker for nose, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP - flocked - (yum!), Red Polka Dot ribbon and a build-a-brad for the center of the tag. I tied the tag on with silver elastic cord.
I used the word window, 1/2" circle punch, scalloped circle punch and 1 3/4" circle punches. The addition of a hot cocoa packet and candy cane completes this Snowman Soup Project!!!
Toooooo cuuuuuutttteeee!!!!
Enjoy:)

December Club Card!


How cute is this little creation??? This is one of the projects the gals made at the December club this month! It was super easy peesy and such a quick and pretty card. There's lots of shimmer using SU's Gold Shimmer Paint (added to a sprayer bottle with alcohol) and Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist too! I antiquied the edges using SU's Soft Suede and a sponge. The cuff is a paper doilie I shimmerd with Gold and then I cut out 2 snowflakes from one of the Big Shot dies -- one I glittered (yum) and one I spritzed with Gold Shimmer Paint. I tied them together with a button and gold elastic cord and then tied some yummy ribbon around the whole mitten.
Super warm and snuggly card ... I hear we're in for a bit of cold weather and perhaps *SNOW* in the next couple of days, so this card is perfect to send out this week! We NEVER get snow in Raleigh, NC!!!
Enjoy :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Countdown!!!


This is a project I made last year, but I revamped it this year adding a *few* more embellishments and making it a bit more Victorian to go with the style of my home! It's so fun to change the card each morning counting down the days until Christmas Day is here.

Time is going by MUCH TOO FAST, don't you agree???
Enjoy and happy holidays :)

Stamping with the BUNCO gals!






This Sunday I'll be hosting our annual Holiday Bunco Party!! Each year we skip playing bunco just for December and instead we feast (*yum*), do an ornament exchange and an activity usually surrounding a holiday craft.

Last year we all made wonderful candy confections gingerbread houses! They were stupendous ... all the colors, candies and creativity :)

This year I volunteered to do some paper crafting with my friends, so we are all making 4 holiday cards/tags! I prepped everything yesterday and here's what I came up with.

Aren't they adorable??? What do YOU think?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cookie Party Invitation!


Each year one of my favorite things to do is host a brunch and holiday cookie exchange! To me, it symbolizes the official kick off to Christmas and holiday week! My family *LOVES* all the different cookies, candies and treats we have in the house during the holidays from the exchange and it allows me to save some time ... instead of spending hours and hours in the kitchen making several different kinds of cookies, I make one batch and end up with 12 or so different kinds! It's so fun and I can't wait until next Saturday to see what this year's event will yield as far as treats goes!!!
This is the invitation all the confirmed guests for this year's event received from me. I made it with my new Cricut and it was easy peesy!! The back has all the when and where info. One of my friends loved it so much, she added it to her Christmas tree as an ornament! So cool! These would make cute package ties or tags too!
I hope you're all having fun with all your holiday preparations and festivities :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

HONORABLE MENTION on PTI - 2nd month!!

WOW ... for the second month in a row, one of my designs using some of Papertrey Ink's great products has been choosen for an honorable mention in the 'Best Use of Note Pad' category!

How cool is that? Thanks, Nichole!!!

My project is the middle one -- the vintage 'Dear Santa' note pad with a 'Naughty or Nice' rub on at the bottom ... so cute :)