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Monday, December 15, 2014

Bags and Boxes at My Craft Spot!

Hello, sweet friends! I apologize for being unable to visit the last few days. My mom had to be hospitalized and after some horrendously scary moments, I'm happy to say she is doing better. I'll be around soon to visit you. ♥

Today begins a fun new challenge at My Craft Spot with the theme of bags and boxes! It's especially lovely giving treats and small presents in homemade gift packaging. I look forward to seeing your creations!

I made a happy little gift bag for a kiddo, along with a coordinating card. My card was playing reindeer games on me, rolling a bit for the group shot. ;)
My box was made with one of Kimberly's marvelous SVG files. This Curvy Box file comes with 3 different window options, or you can cut it solid.
The window is backed with pretty vellum, chosen as it reminds me of snowing love! :o) The festive sentiment is from the Christmas Chalkboard stamp set, which I heat-embossed in wintry blue.
The whimsical (and beautiful!) tree-shaped sentiment is from Merry & Bright, which I stamped in Cottage Ivy and Rich Cocoa Memento inks. It is stamped within a tree cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. My tag is tucked beneath Sky Blue crinkle ribbon and sweet jingly bells.
My card features one of the many fabulous sentiments from Tiny Tags Christmas, which is cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags metal dies. How I adore this precious stamp set. :o) I attempted some masking to incorporate Lady Bug Red, but then didn't position it perfectly after... sigh!
For my Rudolph, I used the Floppy Reindeer cut file from Little Scraps of Heaven. The Christmas tree is from Spellbinders' Fanciful Holiday, which is accented in Recollections red rhinestones. My snowdrift was made with Marianne Design's Fancy Edge with Lattice and my papers are from Doodlebugs Frosty Friends collection.

Be sure to visit My Craft Spot to see some of my teamies' sweet creations! You have two weeks for this challenge, so I hope you'll play along! :o) Thank you for visiting! Have a blessed day!

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Gift Packaging)
 *Christmas Cards All Year 'Round~ Anything but Square or Rectangle
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Bells and/or Bows
 *Love to Create~ Create a Scene
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Bling it On
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mini Christmas Cards!

Happy Tuesday, dear friends! I'm posting on the My Craft Spot blog today, sharing tiny Christmas blessings!

Craftily speaking, are you feeling the Christmas time crunch? This past weekend was my last chance to add to my contributions for the I Feel the Love Project Christmas recipients. We have been creating for sick children (and their parents) who are spending the holiday in the hospital.

Inspired by the incredibly sweet Tiny Tags Christmas stamp set, I tapped into my simpler side to create a set of mini cards.
Tiny packages... big heart! 
All of the beautiful Tiny Tags Christmas sentiments were cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags metal dies. The precious little mittens are hanging by a bow of Chocolate traditional twine. While I always love adding ribbon to my projects, I especially love it on small cards like this where detailing will innately be minimal. I used Harvest Wine crinkle ribbon here, one of my favorite shades.
The only thing sweeter than a festive cupcake is a miniature version delivered by Santa himself! (How I adore this stamp set!) The swirled frosting is accented with garnet (not black as it appears!) and green rhinestones and topped with sparkling holly and berries. Snow White crinkle ribbon and Chocolate traditional twine are my trims.
Lastly, a happy hot cocoa bear to bring joy to a precious child's heart. The cut file is Yummy Cocoa by KaDoodle Bug Designs. Garnet rhinestones accent the dollops of whipped cream for touches of peppermint. Sky Blue crinkle ribbon serves as a fluttery wintry breeze and touches of Star Dust were added throughout.

My papers are from various Docrafts Papermania collections and my bows are centered with Star Dusted Wild Orchid Crafts roses.
Thank you for fluttering on by! Have a beautiful day. :o)

Sweet challenges entered:
 *52 Christmas Card Throwdown~ Pick a Previous Challenge (August Stash: Glitter and Bling)
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Create Your Own.. which I followed!)
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Green)
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Photo Inspiration (Ruby, White, Forest): (Cupcake and polar bear cards)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Christmas/Holidays
 *SweetStamps~ Sparkle
 *The Ribbon Girl~ Anything Goes Card
 *Through the Purple Haze~ (Use a Sentiment)
 *Winter Wonderland~ North/South Pole (Polar bear card)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Friendship Gift Box!

Hello, crafty friends! I'm posting on the My Craft Spot blog today, sharing this pretty little friendship gift box! :o)

Like many of you, I am ecstatic that Kimberly is delving into SVGs! The Present Box cut file is fantastic and the options with it are endless. Ever since I made a Christmas one, I've been antsy to create a non-holiday version. One reason I love this file is that it can be used for any occasion... or just because. :o)

The purpose of this one is to celebrate friendship! I am blessed with an especially lovely friend and I used some of my favorite My Craft Spot products to design her a box of happiness. The slightly dark pictures better portrayed the paper colors, so I kept them as is.
She treasures nature, so frolicking around the box are butterflies from the Jar Full of Flowers stamp set. I colored them with Copics in blues and purples, fussy-cut them out, and sprinkled the wings with Glamour Dust.
The sweet sentiment is from Stamping All Around Spring, which I cut out with the coordinating Tiny Doilies metal dies and layered with one of the gorgeous Tiny Doilies 2 metal dies. The shapes in that set are so beautiful and I always enjoy an opportunity to use one. To hang it, I glued it to the bow portion of the Memory Box Precious Snowflakes set.
The big poofy bow that comes with this cut file is spectacular and I love adding a little surprise to its center. Since the theme of my project is ever-blossoming friendship, I tucked in a rose and placed the tiniest butterfly atop it. She's my special messenger to wish my friend joy every day. :o) (I truly am this sappy.)

The pretty papers are part of an early Christmas gift from my sweetheart. :o) They are from Maja Designs' Vintage Autumn Basics collection and are inked with Walnut Stain distress ink. The sweet roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Have a blessed day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Calendar)
 *Dream Valley~ True Blue
 *Live and Love Crafts~ With Love
 *Love to Create~ Get in Shape
 *Love to Scrap!~ Shape Shift
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ Sprinkle It (I sprinkled Glamour Dust on the four butterflies)
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sentiment-Focused at My Craft Spot!

Happy December, my sweet friends! I hope you had a sparkly weekend. :o)

Today begins a fun new challenge at My Craft Spot! This week we want to see creations featuring a sentiment as the focal point. With so many gorgeous stamp sets available, the hardest part is choosing one to design around. :o)

I still have several Christmas blessings to make for charity and my loved ones, so I used this challenge to showcase one of my favorite sentiments from Kimberly's newest release. :o)
Doesn't this greeting fill the heart with joy? It is from the O Holy Night stamp set, which I adore! It so beautifully celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. ♥
I framed the heavenly words with snowflake flourishes from Kimberly's Ornate Labels- Christmas stamp set. The lovely papers are from Pion Design's Silent Night collection, which I've been saving for this perfect sentiment. The heartwarming scene is surrounded in nature's beauty, courtesy of stunning flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Pretty crinkle ribbon in Light Denim lies atop a layer of wide lace from The Ribbon Girl. The bow is centered with a Wild Orchid Crafts scalloped pearl and I tucked several Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourishes (right and left) into my flowers.
A little closer in on the bottom blue paper to better show the pretty snowflakes, which are centered with tiny pearls. The heart pearl and metal filigree corner are also from WOC, while my card base was created with Cheery Lynn's Horizon Square Boutique Stacker Frames. The central focal point is cut out with a Spellbinders Standard Circle (small) and layered upon a Picot Edge Circle.
Thank you for fluttering on by today! I wish you a day of love and joy. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Tis the Season
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Inspired by a Song (O Holy Night)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *SweetStamps~ Christmas Spirit
 *Through the Purple Haze~ All About Christmas

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and a My Craft Spot Sale!

Hello! Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! I pray your holiday is filled with God's love and light... an abundance like no other. :o) I've been a busy little bee preparing for this special day, but craftiness will return to my blog in a few days!

I'm also popping in to tell you about a fabulous sale at My Craft Spot! :o)

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Have a sparkly day, everyone! :o)

Monday, November 17, 2014

3D Christmas at My Craft Spot!

Happy Monday, sweet friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. :o) Today begins a new challenge at My Craft Spot! We're turning festive with a theme of 3D Christmas! I'm excited to see what you talented peeps link up!

For my project, I made my first ever Christmas Tussie Mussie. (They're also known as Christmas cone ornaments... but it's more fun saying tussie mussie.)
Whenever my mom sees these cones in Victorian or holiday magazines, she turns all dreamy. Since she doesn't own any, I made her one for her Christmas tree. :o) You can fill them with treats or whatever your heart desires. For heartfelt wintry wishes, I combined two Pion Design paper collections: My Precious Daughter (tiny pink hearts for the sentiments) and Silent Night (for the snowflake cone).
Since we're nature lovers, I filled it with nature's beauty. Peace & Joy is from My Craft Spot's O Holy Night stamp set, which I stamped upon the sweet heart paper and cut out with the Lacy Banners metal dies. This is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets from Kimberly! I love it to bits. I inserted a Wild Orchid Crafts crown pearl pin through the lacy banner and nestled it in the arrangement.

My cone is bursting with white and Pink Mist Wild Orchid Crafts roses, along with pine branches and tiny pine cones. For the berries I used pale pink mini poms. Polar White Flower Soft is sprinkled throughout as snow.
My second sentiment is also from O Holy Night, which I cut out with the Ribbon Banners- Wavy metal dies. I love the elegant fonts in this set! I set it atop a heart from Cheery Lynn Designs' Two of Hearts set. The crinkle ribbon for the hanger and bottom detailing is also from My Craft Spot, which I used in shades of Petal Pink and Snow White. The bow is centered with a WOC scalloped pearl.

I used a 3D cone cut file from the Silhouette Online Store for my base, but removed the hearts along the top so I'd have room for my ruffly sheer ribbon. :o) I trimmed it with more roses for a pretty border. Spiraling down the cone is tiny pom trim from JoAnn's, which I paired with a flat-back pearl strand from The Ribbon Girl. A few snowflakes from Cheery Lynn were added at the last minute for extra dimension.
I hope my mom gets as much joy from it as I had creating it. I made it with all of the sparkly Christmas love my heart holds. :o)

Be sure to visit My Craft Spot to see sweet creations from some of my teamies! I hope you can play along with us this week. :o) Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a day of love and blessings. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Christmas Creation with Ribbon
 *Dies R Us~ Christmas
 *Live & Love Crafts~ Favorite Christmas Color Combo
 *Love to Create~ Make it for Christmas
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Winter Holiday and Ribbon/Trim
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Use Lace, Ribbon, or Twine
 *Winter Wonderland~ Christmas Decoations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Joy, Hope, and Peace

Hello, sweet friends! I'm sharing some Christmas cheer on the My Craft Spot blog today. :o)

One of the sweetest ways to deliver festive love is with the new Tiny Tags Christmas stamp set! Tiny Tags are innately adorable and I appreciate that Kimberly included both whimsical and divine sentiments for the season.
As many of you know, most of my projects are donated to a beautiful non-profit to bring sparkly love to those in need of extra love and sunshine. The I Feel the Love Project always dedicates our Christmas collections to children (and their parents) who will be spending the holiday in the hospital. This year our love will be sent to a children's hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and this is my newest card for them. Since they cannot be home, I made a decorated house scene to warm their hearts.
The banner is truly the most important part of the card. This is my Tiny Tag version of the prayer flag project! (I am eager to sew an actual one... hopefully soon'ish.) Are you familiar with it? Essentially you create a banner for a particular cause/prayer and hang it outside. As it flutters in the breeze, the prayers of our heart are sent upward to our faithful God. My goal is to create one per month next year for 12 people/organizations in need... it would be such a joy to mail it to them after they've fluttered for a while, as a reminder to them that they are never alone.

For my card, I chose two of my favorite sentiments from this set to encourage the recipients to grow ever closer to the One who can heal the precious child. They are cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags metal dies and strung with Cherry Red traditional twine.
The exterior of my Impression Obsession Brick House is decorated with rhinestones as Christmas lights and the windows are backed with festive scenes. Naturally my sweet little house is overflowing with love, evidenced by the heart-shaped puffs of smoke from the chimney. ♥︎ The sweet pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The fancy snow drift was made with Marianne Design's Fancy Edge with Lattice die. My card base is made with Cheery Lynn Designs' Horizon Square Boutique Stacker dies and my snowflake background paper is from Papermania's Bellissima Christmas collection. The frolicking deer are from the Memory Box Deer Trio set.

An angled view to better show the embossed house:
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a blessed day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: RAK!)
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Faith Based)
 *Creative Card Crew~ Christmas Joy
 *Jingle Belles~ The Great Outdoors
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Celebrate Kindness (This is made for a non-profit to deliver love to sick children and their families)
 *Party Time Tuesdays~ Anything Goes
 *SweetStamps~ Lovely Layers
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Use a Punch or Die
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment

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