Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top Ten Blog Hop 2017

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying the Top Ten Blog Hop 2017 so far. You should have arrived here from the incredibly talented Keren Tamir's blog, but if you got lost along the way, here is a list of the ladies participating in the blog hop. You don't want to miss any because there is so much inspiration and it's all in one place!

I would have liked to have shared even more projects, but I have a few layouts that are being published soon so I cannot share them right now, but be sure and follow my blog to get updates as the spring of 2018 will be very exciting. Without further ado, here are some of my faves of 2017.

Thanks for hopping! Next up is the talented Heather Leopard. I am pretty sure you will love what she has created.                  . 

Happy hopping!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Decorating For Christmas

Hello friends! It's so close to Christmas and this year I have taken a special liking to decorating my home. I thought I would share some photos of my tree this year.

I wanted decorate my living room in non-traditional colors. I love the red, green and white, but I wanted to be a little different so I went for teal, which has to be one of my favorite colors, lime green or citron, silver, and pearl.

Pier One Imports had these beautiful angel wings. They are so soft and I thought they would add some softness to the tree since there is a lot of texture going on. I also bought lots of tree picks this year. Some were from Michael's, and some were from a beautiful greenhouse that decorates their store in Christmas decor this time of year. I picked up some cute white doves that clip onto the branches as well. Syd my dog wants to help. Haha!

 This is what my living room looks like at night. The blue lights give it a unique glow and the tree looks totally different at night.

I had a wreath that was decorated in the same ornaments as the tree, so I placed it on top of my picture hanging over the fireplace. For my mantle, I added a flocked snow garland with clear lights, some silver stocking hangers and stockings, some ribbon trees that I crafted a few years ago and a tree and lamp that lights up.

Every year I make at least one new purchase to add to holiday decor. I spotted this adorable candle at Bowrings that lights up and the glitter swirls around inside when it is turned on.

The exterior of my home is also decorated in blue and white. This year my husband added these Kaleidoscope LED lights that project a design onto the exterior. It looks like water reflecting. I love them!

Yay! It snowed a little this week! There was a lot of snow here in November, but it all melted and there has been record breaking temperatures this December so far. Hopefully it won't be a brown Christmas and it will snow a lot on Christmas Eve after all the travellers are at their destinations. 


Maybe next year I will add a tree to my kitchen! My home is rustic, so I think I will add a small tree with kitchen tools, buffalo plaid and woodsy ornaments.

I also decorated my studio with a pink tree and some items that I have crafted ovcr the years. Maybe soon I will add a post of my studio. It has to be tidy first. Haha!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you and your families have a wonderful time this Christmas full of health, happiness and new adventures for 2018.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Some Festive Layouts

Hello friends! Christmas is just around the corner and although it is a very hectic time of year, I like to take a moment to breathe and create. Today I thought I would share a few layouts I created with the gorgeous December Creative Kit for My Creative Scrapbook. 

For this layout, I wanted to create a "pointsettia" to place my photo on. I basically drew some petal shapes with a pencil in three sizes, hand cut them with some scissors and assembled three different patterned papers and nested the petals and popped them up with some foam squares. 

After the petals were all glued down, I added the chipboard title and some stickers and machine stitching in red thread. 

 For the layout below, I took two heart paper punches and arranged them in somewhat of a christmas tree shape. Once I was satisfied with the placement of the green gingham hearts, I added some word phrase stickers to the mix near the bottom of the tree added the poinsettia brad from the kit to the top of the "tree" and added brads and small circle stickers here and there to fill in the empty spaces in the tree.

 I really love the buffalo plaid paper in this kit. For this I added lots of stickers to the layout.

For the layout below, I wanted to use the ribbon and the poinsettia paper in the kit as well as the stamp set. I also used a square paper punch and arranged the green gingham paper punched squares in the shape of a tree and outlined them in a black fine line pen.

For the stamp "joy" I stamped the word "joy" onto a piece of white cardstock in embossing ink and with some black embossing powder, I heat embossed it and then when it was dry fussy cut it out and placed it on the top right corner of my layout.

I fussy cut lots of the little flowers and arranged them on top of the green gingham punched squares and also tied the red ribbon into small bows and arranged them around the tree. I added the "happy holidays" stickers to the bottom right hand corner for the page's title.

I'm glad you stuck with me. This was a photo heavy blog post. I was able to create five layouts and seven cards with the December Creative Kit. I loved working with this kit. 

This kit and many more are available at My Creative Scrapbook. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!