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MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice Merry Christmas. I learned a new technique using very fine glitter and foam or any double sided adhesive.  Stay tuned, I will show you how to get this polka dotted effect.

For my secret santa exchange, I wanted to give everyone a little something but time and my wallet limited me from being extravagant. Luckily, most of the holiday materials at Michael’s were discounted. The Christmas cookie cutters were 40% off, being 99 cents each.  (Although, Sur La Table was selling it for the same price a month ago). I remember seeing these cookie cutter ornaments from Martha, and it seemed easy enough.

This is also a great way to use all the scraps you have left over from making your cards. Trace the wider side of the cookie cutter, then cut.  Tie a ribbon to the ornament.  Then apply a thin line of glue to the non-cut side of the cutter and press paper in place, let dry.  Pink Paislee really decked hers out.

This is the first gift tag I made this season.   If you have the Making Memory Slice machine and the Mistletoe design card you can get this exact tag shape, but any shape will do. You might not be able to tell in this photo, but I used foam tape on the tree and snowflake to give texture to the tag.

How to present baked goods:

Tin cans were available at Michael’s and they’re pretty cheap.  A 7-inch tin was about $5 bucks. Measure the length from the bottom until you hit the side handle.  It should be about 6-inch in length.  Since I only have 12×12 scrapbook paper, I cut two 12×6 rectangles and wrapped it continuously around the can. The side handles can be a bit of a hassel so I used ribbon to cover the rest of the can since it’s easier.  Then I traced the tin top and cut out the circle to finish the cap. This tree is also from the Mistletoe design card. I added rhinestones to ornament the tree.  Anything can be embellished with rhinestones,  I think the term is called ‘bedazzling’. After the tissue paper and the cookies, Voila! Fin.

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brown paper packages tied up with string

One more day til Christmas!  Are all your presents purchased? Gifts wrapped? Cards mailed out? There’s always that ONE person’s gift you pushed back til last minute, just so you could enjoy the holiday rush at the malls.  When rushed, these quick and easy Christmas cards will save you more time than running into the store.  Just cut out shapes of different paper in different sizes and stick them all together.  It will look like you spent a lot of time on it.

The minimalist should appreciate that single stamp.

snow business

We made at an attempt to go ice skating on an outdoor rink at Nokia LIVE in downtown LA but the rink was so tiny, it didn’t work out.  There’s a huge outdoor rink in Woodland Hills but it’s a bit far.  I think it’s worth the festives.  Who’s down to go?

Frosted window panes…

Less than one week til Christmas and I still have a lot on my check list:

  • buy secret santa gift
  • buy white elephant gift
  • Disneyland
  • ice skating
  • watch Love Actually
Things that I can check off:
  • sent out Christmas cards
  • bought NYE outfits (no typo, I have three outfits.  Hey, a girl needs options.)
Are you guys ready for Christmas?

rustic winter

Annually since 2003, my girlfriends and I do a secret santa gift exchange and for almost half the time, my bestie, Tracy always draws my name.  In recent years, we’ve gone digital and websites will select our names.  Both elfster.com and secretsanta.com have assigned my name to her. This year, we decided to mix things up and use drawnames.com. If she gets me again (which will make it 4 years in a row), it will be confirmed that all these websites use the same algorithm to assign names (or we’re just meant for each other).

Tracy, I’ll help you out this year.  Here is my pinterest: Chritsmas wish list, in case you’re stuck on what to get me.  As for the rest of you, feel free to browse as well (my birthday is coming up!)

C&C: Crafts and Cousins

After being out all day in a hungover state (not my cleverest idea), it felt good to have a chill night in with my cousins. All my female cousins are extremely artistic, they: draw, paint, graphic design, edit videos, dance, etc… I’m actually the runt of the family.

It’s always nice to wind down with some holiday music, mint chocolate chip cookies and crafts.  I went on a downloading spree and got everyone’s holiday album:

Lady Antebellum

She & Him

Michael Bublé

Justin Bieber

Taylor Swift

Next on my list download will be the classics:

The Carpenters

Frank Sinatra

Bing Crosby

Nat King Cole

Santa’s Diana’s workshop and her elves.

Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

25 days of Christmas

I have the biggest weak spot for holiday embellishments.  Of all the materials and tools in my “studio” (a tiny desk piled up with boxes of ribbons and stamps), I believe that more than half are Christmas related.  I have two Christmas paper pads that I’ve barely made dents in, but I can’t seem to resist adding to my stacks.  My latest was the Recollections Signature Paper Pad “The 12 Days,” which is available at Michaels.  Besides the french hens, dancers dancing, and pear trees, the patterned sheets can really add the rustic vintage feel that I love to any card.

miss you most at christmas time

I use to own Charlie Brown Christmas on VHS, but now it’s available on hulu.com. I’m so thankful for technology.

 

Santa Baby

My dad is still on Thanksgiving holiday and called off work yesterday and today.  We got to spend some good quality time together, watching Miracle on 34th Street.

I got inspired.