Christmas in the Making with craftymademoiselle

If you saw all the Rubbermaid totes of Christmas items I have been unpacking and placing (7 emptied so far!) about my house, you’d know that “ Christmas in the Making ”is no joke for me. It is a process I quite enjoy. I only wish I had a healthy dose of energy to accomplish the final results quicker. All the same, the end results come eventually-kind of like these cards. I shared the Blends images back in a November blog post and am just now getting to share the final cards. My apologies for the delay. I hope it was worth the wait.

I love this image of girl, presents, & cat (although I would love it to be a dog) and even think it could be a great birthday card image.

I think the color combination of Black, White & Bermuda Bay gives this card a bit of a vintage feel to fit with the stamped image.

Of course, Old Olive is more along traditional color lines for the holiday.

Framing things differently can give these images a fresh look. I love all the layered framelits Stampin’ Up! offers. The stitched framelits are one of my favorites.

A Merry Christmas in the Making would have to include making and mailing cards. I hope to get them all in the mail in the next three days. They are all created! Now to write, address, and mail. I’m a bit apprehensive this year as last month my mom received a card from me which my post office approved for regular postage and when she received it it was postage due for the difference between a forever stamp & the 70cent stamps. I hope none of my recipients get a postage due notice as I do get my p.o. to approve the rate. Apparently all post offices in the U.S. are not in agreement- sadly.

The last card share today and my wish for you…Merry Christmas! Or Holiday Wishes to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year. It is a great time of year of making, creating, and enjoying company.

As a year end celebration, Stampin’ Up! will be having an end of year sale as the holiday catalog products come to an end. They have to make room for some great new Occasions & Sale-a-Bration items in the new year.

Click this link to be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Happy Thanksgiving Gratitude Chocolate Gifts

Chances are if you saw me the last two days you received a gratitude chocolate from me. These simple to make chocolate wrappers make a bag of circular dollar tree candy (crisped rice or peppermint patties) into a quick place setting or hand out.

While I handed out a bunch of these chocolates individually to various people with whom I came in contact, this mini football (also found at dollar tree in pack of 2) was the carrier for ones I took to an appointment I had- the office staff is so kind, I like to recognize that!

DIRECTIONS:

1) Using your chocolate, determine the size of the Layering Circle which will be big enough to cover it. This will be your solid circle.

2) Then determine the scalloped die in the Layered Circles framelits which will frame your circle from step one nicely. You will make 2 of these for every 1 of the solid circles (unless you want designs on both sides).

3) Attach your scalloped circles to both sides of your wrapped chocolate using glue dots.

4) Attach solid circle to top of the scalloped circle.

5) Choose your decoration(s). I used the Colorful Seasons leaves, but you could do different colors and definitely make these for ANY OCCASION!  Try snowflakes or hearts,  use punches for flowers, gingerbread, Holly, or a multitude of critters with the fox punch.

6) Teeny Tiny Wishes has a saying for most holidays. I stamped that in Momento ink and punched with a retired label punch ( there are current punches and dies which will also work well- I was in a rush and still love this punch.

7) Add a twine bow with a glue dot, if desired.

That is it! I said they were simple.

And they brought many a smile to unsuspecting people. The guy collecting Goodwill donations gave me the biggest grin when I dropped off a bag of stuff and asked if he’d like a chocolate gift. That doctor’s office is counting the days until my next visit- which happens to be on St. Nicholas day, December 6th.  I’m wondering if they know appointments around holidays mean little gifts? They are excited to see what I come up with next. They smile, I smile. Life is good.

Have a great day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Extravaganza has begun!

Today marks the beginning of Stampin’ Up’s Extravaganza sales period. To start it off with a bang you can save greatly on select sets during this first 24hrs of the Extravaganza. Order online with me using workshop code E9C33N4F  and I will send you a special thank you in the mail.

Who doesn’t like a good deal?

Check out the two page list below for the stamps in today’s 24hour sale and products which are on sale today thru the 26th.

And remember to add the code E9C33N4F to your order to get something in the mail from me. 😀

Happy shopping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Die Cut Turkey with Stampin’ Up! Products

Time to think turkey with Thanksgiving just one week away. While I’m seriously thinking about homemade noodles more than the big bird himself, I thought it would be fun to create a turkey for the pre-holiday fun.

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Isn’t he cute? LOL!

With a few Stampin’ Up! Framelits & Thinlits, a Big Shot, Colorful Cardstock, glue, snips, and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, you too can make this fun little guy.

You’ll use all three sizes (each color cut with all three sprigs-picture only shows representing colors)  of the pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits, the two solid pine cones, and the  sprig will be trimmed for the gobbler. Colors could vary, but I used: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry.

The base of the turkey body is the next to largest scalloped circle in the Layering Circles Framelits. The legs are 2 of the medium size pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits- trim with snips as shown and attach to front of the scalloped circle.

The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits will help create the remainder of the face and body.

Trim the Cherry Cobbler gobbler from the sprig from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using your snips.

Adhere the two pine cones with glue and add the beak on top of the small pine cone, the gobbler below the large pine cone.

The misshapen circle will then be adhered under the gobbler when it is attached to the head.

Attach the middle size swirl from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to the face you just built.

Flip over and begin attaching the feathers (colorful pine sprigs). You may wish to add or omit the smallest swirl for stability as you build you turkey and turn it over to look at it (I used it).

Once all the feathers are attached, add the largest swirl behind them.

Attach to the legs/scalloped circle piece (legs are completely in front of the circle, not behind).

Finish by adding eyes punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

I hope this year you’ve found many things for which you are grateful.

Thank you for visiting. My Stampin’ Up! friends (YOU!) are on my gratitude list. Thank you!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Punch Art Critters: A Horse, Dragon, AND Unicorn with the Fox Punch

Today’s post shares how to put your Stampin’ Up! Fox punch to even more use by creating 3 more punch art critters. I’ve put the horse, dragon, and unicorn together in this post because creating them begins in a very similar fashion.

First, let’s take a look at the horse:

Poor little guy looks pretty sad that he can’t reach the Sprinkles of Life apple on the other side of that fence. Surprise-That fence is also created from the fox punch! (Those bonus directions are at the end of this post)

You’ll notice that the differences between the horse and dragon are small. Of course the change in colors is first, (the dragon looks cute in shades of blue, orange, red, and purple too!) but otherwise there is just an addition of the chest oval and a fire breathing swoosh. The tuft of hair can go either way based on preference. So, I wouldn’t count that as a difference to create this critter.

If you don’t have the now retired Owl Punch or Cucumber Crush cardstock, try making small modifications: change up the colors and use a black marker to draw in the eyes (pupils).

Lastly, take a look at the unicorn. Color changes and added flowers from the Sprinkles of life stamps & punch (the adorable compliment cupcake is made from that set also) aside, the only differences from horse to unicorn is the split circle nostrils and horn.

Unicorns are so popular now again, I’m sure this one will look great on a card.

These critters are very easy and so is the fence. With all the animals I created it just seemed natural to create something which would also look cute on a card or scrapbook layout and a corral to keep these critters seemed just right. Here is that simple bonus punch art:

You can make a second version of this fence (as seen above with the horse) by making the posts larger.  You just need to use the next section (above the white line on the diagram above) to get the larger post.

Thanks for stopping by. If you create any of these guys, I’d love to see your finished projects in the comments. Have fun!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Combine Stampin’ Up! Hello Friend With Holly Berry Punch to make Seasonal Wreaths

The changing of the Seasons is upon us (there were snowflakes yesterday!) and that means new decor which includes seasonal wreaths.

Halloween is now over and I’m already playing Christmas music and watching Hallmark Christmas movies, but I also like to remember and celebrate harvest-aka a time of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving really was the most enjoyable holiday when I was growing up. Extended family, food (homemade noodles are my favorite), and playing with cousins. Great times and lifelong friendships with cousins developed over those good old days gathering together for the Thanksgiving meal.

So, I don’t want to skip this holiday season, although I’m also planning & decorating for the next. I’m mingling Thanksgiving decorations with Christmas at the moment, before the harvest season passes and the rest of the Christmas decorations come out. Like that, I share with you a mingling of the two for today’s cards. If you want Seasonal cards, these wreaths cover both holidays & will be the base for future seasonal creations as well.

Hello Friend is a great set in the Annual Stampin’ Up catalog which can easily get overlooked. It is the set created as a companion to the project kit of the same name. However, it is simply a great stand alone set to have- especially if you like wreaths.

 

Hello Friend stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

 

Add to it the great Holly Berry Punch & Holly Berry Happiness stamps and your wreaths will have bows and berries too!

The Layering circles framelits cut the wreath out nicely creating a nice wreath shape for a card front or scrapbook page.

The fall wreath shown below was created by inking individual areas of the stamp with the  SU! Markers and huffing on the stamp immediately before stamping to paper to re-moisten any dried ink which may have happened in the marker-to-stamp inking time.

I created the diamond paper with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

And yes, I did hand cut (aka fussy cut) the hello after also inking with markers.

As you can see in the next sample, changing ink & paper colors, plus adding the berries from that same Holly Berry punch can turn this into a Christmas card. The sentiment comes from that same Holly Berry Happiness set.

You may already notice how easily it would be to add the flowers from the Hello Friend stamps to create a Spring or Summer wreath.

These two sets marry together nicely to create wreaths for all seasons. As someone who can’t seem to stamp enough wreaths, I’m very happy to be able to create many varieties with just two stamp sets, a coordinating punch, and the ever so useful Layering Circle Dies.

Until next time…

-Joanne