Wednesday, December 17

Inspired by SoapHousemama

I always love to visit the purplemailbox and see what Ashli, aka soapHousemama, is creating. She is a powerhouse of inspiration, so if you haven't visited her blog, be sure to check it out here. Quite awhile ago I won this lovely tag from her which I hang year round in my craft area.
I had a couple of gifts I wanted to create, so using this tag as my inspiration, plus a couple of tags I purchased from SoapHousemama's Etsy shop, I started to play.
The base is black chipboard from a mini album, and I layered acrylic paints and textured it, plus added a little edge doodle.
Next I decided to add some tissue paper, so I tore little bits and applied in in some areas with glue and seal.
The tag bases are her lovely tags from Etsy, which I decided would make an awesome base, rather than me starting from scratch. I used scraps to make the trees, added the banner, glitter, then cut out the ballerinas.
 Added in some punchinella, wood, metal, flair buttons from CampfireDesigns Etsy shop (see the sidebar), glitter, snowflakes...I decided to tone down the trees, so "whitewashed" them with watered down white acrylic.


As the tag says, I do think these are "oh so lovely" and I hope the recipients do too! Thanks soapHousemama for some great inspiration!!

Now, since it is "Anything Goes" over at the Simon Says challenge, I am going to enter my little mixed media canvases here.

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Monday, December 15

Holiday coffee lovers hop winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by to visit during the hop! 71 comments, wow!! It was a great hop, and I know I had a lot of fun, both creating and checking out the tons of inspiration. Thanks again Amy Tsurata!!
 Twocraftingsisters is giving away a $10 Starbucks card for one lucky winner to enjoy their favorite holiday beverage.

And, drum roll please....here are the results!

Woohoo! #61...who is...

Congratulations Julie!! I will be in touch with you to get your mailing address and get it sent out so you can enjoy your coffee!!

Thanks again everyone for participating!

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Sunday, December 14

December Little Fat Book Pages

I wanted to share the pages I made for an art exchange. I used my Kit Terrific Klub from Captured Moments with Carta Bella "warm and cozy" to make all of these, then added the glass glitter.

Showing the backs...

And a close up of each little page...

 

 

I'm going to enter the sleigh page into the Simon Says Transportation challenge...dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh...

 

There is rather a snowy December theme here, just like I am seeing out my window. Happy December!

 

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Wednesday, December 10

Inspired by Red Cup: Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I love coffee, and am excited to be joining this hop that is all about beans, after all, what is better than crafting and coffee! I want to send out a huge thank you to Amy Tsurata for organizing this, thank you Amy! Thank you also to the amazing list of super sponsors!!
Sheila got me started on "red cup" season at Starbucks, and now I look forward to this event with some of my favorite beverages every year! So, when I started to think of coffee crafting, Red Cup was my muse. First, I'll give you a glimpse of all the projects I did, and then go into a bit more detail. Hope you are enjoying a cup of java right now!
Cards and cups! I filled these little espresso cups with a yummy chocolate Santa for a gift exchange.
Red and Kraft - who knew they would pair so well? I used the Tim Holtz "Merriment" paper stash for all my projects. The stamps are from Stampin Up. I stamped on several different patterns and cut them apart to layer, popped up a few elements to add dimension. "Coffee and friends are the perfect blend" - love it!
It's fun to see how different a look you can create with the same materials.
I had fun with the little espresso cups too. I made a template to fit the paper around the cup and to make the little hat.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please feel free to leave a comment to win some blog candy! (If your comment doesn't link to you, leave contact information) Be sure to comment by midnight, Sunday, December 14...a name will be drawn at random to win.....
A $10 gift card from one of my faves, Starbucks! All hop winners will be posted by Dec 20.

Looking for more inspiration from twocraftingsisters? If you click on the "coffee" label on the side, you can see some fun coffee projects Sheila and I have made in the past

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to hop on over to the Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop here for more great inspiration! Check out the super sponsors and more ways to win!

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Tuesday, December 2

Holiday Cards, Adirondack Style

Simon Says it's the holiday card challenge!

I was inspired by the camping trip my husband and I took out West this fall, as well as where I live, to come up with my Christmas card designs this year.

I love my Tim Holtz blueprint stamps, and the lantern and snowshoes were perfect. I stamped the designs on water color paper, used distress stains and ink to make the background, as well as the ribbons, and distressed and layered it up.

Starting to look like a snowshoe kind of winter with all the snow upstate NY is starting to get!

This old lantern brings back fond camping memories. I'm liking the rustic look to these.

Now for the addressing and writing the notes, so I can get these out in the mail on time.

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Monday, December 1

Advent Ruler/Card Display ready for today!

December 1 is here, and I have one beautiful decor item ready for the holiday season. It is a yardstick with these darling themed clothespins, designed by my good friend Tiffany from Captured Moments. Now that I am retired, I go to "Tuesday's with Tiffany", and over the last 4 weeks we worked on this. I love it!

In its entirety so you can see it together. I added a wire so I can hang it.
Now for the details...
Do you have a favorite pin?

This was so much fun making the detailed clothespins, adding some sparkle, and laying them out. Now I am just waiting for my first Christmas card to arrive so I can clip it up!

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Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Twocraftingsisters wishes you and your family a warm and fulfilling day today. We are truly grateful to you, our readers and friends!

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