Quick and Easy Gift Ideas - Day 1

Hi everyone.  Christmas will be here before we know it.  The last three years I've blogged about last minute Christmas ideas you could make in under 60 minutes.  Well, it's that time again and I've got some new projects to share.

I created pointsettias using Makin's ClayⓇ white and red clays and a push mold.

I added color to each pointsettia using Plaid Metallic paint then adhered the pointsettias to the frame. Joy to the World, from Joy Clair's Merry Christmas Sentiments, was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and placed behind the glass.

If you need to create something quick for the holidays, stop by the next 10 days and  I will show you some fun, quick and easy projects.

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New Joy Clair Release

Hi everyone, I'm on the Joy Clair blog today with 2 new stamp sets released this month -  Dog Gone Christmas  and Send Me.

I began by creating a background of dog bones and paw prints, adding just a hint of color to the bows.

I created a card from black cardstock and matted the stamped panel with red cardstock.  The dog house and dog were colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut and matted with cardstock.  A strip of red was added across the car and the sentiment was die cut and added to the card.

Next, I used the Send Me stamp set to create bookmarks.  I created  bookmarks from kraft cardstock and added embossed panels on top.

I stamped a number of elements and colored them with Copic Markers.  I then fussy cut each and added them to the bookmarks.

To finish I added ribbons to the bookmarks.

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Christmas Tri-Fold Acrylic Album

Hi everyone, I'm on the Clear Scraps blog using the Clear Scraps December kit.  This kit includes Clear Scraps Scallop Tri-fold, Window Shaker and Holiday Chip word as well Echo Park's Wisemen Seek Him collection.

I used the Tri-fold acrylic frame to create a decorative home décor piece.


I wanted to add a hint of color so I used my fingers to add gold paint around the edges of each panel.
For the front of my tri-fold, I die cut 4 layers from the pattern papers.  Oh Holy Night is from the sticker sheet.  I matted it with pattern paper then added it above the die cuts.


Using Spellbinders dies, I die cut assorted layers for the center of each panel.


For each panel,  I cut apart a banner sticker, placing it near the top of each panel.


Then I used ribbon to tie the panels together.


The possibilities are endless when creating with a Tri-Fold acrylic album.


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National Cocoa Day with Joy Clair

Hi everyone, did you know it's National Cocoa Day?

I'm using one of Joy Clair's newest stamp sets - Christmas Cocoa.

I used Memento London Fog ink and stamped snowflakes on the card.

I stamped the mug in Tuxedo Black ink and stamped the whipped cream with London Fog Ink.  I fussy cut the whipped cream and added it to the mug with glue dots.  Snow flakes were added to the mug and dew drops were placed in the center.

The mug was matted with black cardstock and then added to a doily that was then added to the card.  The phrase was stamped and die cut and added with foam adhesives.

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Candy Sticks

Hi everyone, I'm on the Just For Fun blog today with a Christmas card.  With less than 2 weeks until Christmas, here's a quick Christmas card.

I began with a sheet of kraft cardstock onto which I stamped assorted Christmas phrases from the Sentiments 1 stamp set.  I love the variety of sizes and fonts available on these stamps.

Once the background was done, it was just a matter of deciding how to add the jar of peppermint sticks.  I used the Canning Jar Small stamp then added the peppermint sticks inside using a masking technique.  Then I fussy cut the jar and added it to a black die cut circle which was added to a red die cut circle.  Merry Christmas was added to the right side of the card.

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Bird Friends

Hi everyone, it's my turn on the Skipping Stones blog and I've used the Heartsong Stamp Set.

I cut apart several elements from the set, matting each with cardstock.  I colored the bird with Copic Markers and also fussy cut it.

The stamped elements were grouped together on the card on a scalloped die cut.

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Christmas Tags with Makin's Clay

Hi everyone, I'm on the Makin'sⓇ Clay blog with a new Christmas project.  Getting ready for Christmas, I realized I needed tags.

Makin's Clay - Light Adobe Brown, Concord Blue, Red, White
Makin's ProfessionalⓇ Cutting Mat
Makin'sⓇ Clay Push Mold - Christmas Décor, Christmas Nature
Makin's Clay Cutters - Christmas, Christmas A, Christmas C
Makin'sⓇ Clay Roller and Cutters Set
Beacon Adhesives - 3-in-1
Joy Clair stamps
Memento Inks
Whisker Graphics Twine
Pattern Papers

I started by conditioning Makin's Clay, then rolling it out on the cutting mat.

Using a variety of clay cutters, I created an assortment of clay elements.  Then I conditioned additional clay and used it in the push molds.

Look at all these amazing clay elements that can be used for a variety of projects.

Now it was time to create my tags.  Using left over scraps, I assembled my tags, I used Beacon Adhesives to adhere the clay pieces.   The pinecones were inked with brown ink and the ornament was inked with red ink.

The mitten was inked with black ink before adhering to the tag.  A snowman was added to the other tag.

Both sizes of pointsettias were created from red clay then added to the tags.  Sentiments were then added.

Makin's Clay elements are light weight and add no weight to a project.   They were perfect to add to my tags.

What do you think?

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My Happy Place

Hi everyone and welcome.  Skipping Stone is participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I've used Coffee Volume 2.

This fun set includes both a cut decorative mug which I colored with Copic Markers.  Once I fussy cut the mug, I used foam adhesives to place it on die cut squares.

The phrase was tucked under the mug.

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Happy Holidays with Clear Scraps

Hi everyone, I'm on the Clear Scraps blog with the Clear Scraps December kit.  This kit includes Clear Scraps Scallop Tri-fold, Window Shaker and Holiday Chip word as well Echo Park's Wisemen Seek Him collection.

Today I've use the Holiday Chip word with the paper collection to create a card and coordinating envelope.  The chip word is 2" x 4" and is perfectly sized to make a statement on all your projects.  I've used it as the focal point of my card.


Cutting cardstock to 6" x 12", I scored it to create a 6" x 6" square card.  Then I cut pattern paper and inked each layer before matting them with cardstock.  I also matted several stickers with cardstock.


I adhered the 3 panels together, then wrapped them with ribbon before adhering them to the card.


I painted the chip word with gold paint.  After it dried, I adhered it to the card, adding the stickers to the card with foam adhesives.


Using another sheet of pattern paper, I created the coordinating envelope.


I cut assorted papers to fit the envelope creating a panel which I wrapped with ribbon before adhering to the envelope.  A sticker was matted with cardstock, fussy cut and added to the envelope with foam adhesives.



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Joy Ornament

Hi everyone, my newest post on the Proxxon blog i a fun new Christmas sign I've created for my home this season.   It was easily created with the help of some amazing Proxxon Tools.

I drew an ornament shape on plywood using a plate, freehanding the top of the ornament.

I used the Proxxon Jigsaw to cut out the pattern.

Once the pattern was cut, I used the Delta Sander to sand down the rough edges.

Using Plaid Ultra Dye in Infra Red, I painted the ornament using a brush from the Plaid Ultra Dye Brush Pack.  Then I used a stencil with molding paste to create a 3 dimensional design.

Once the molding paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and sprayed on some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

Using the Precision Rotary Tool with a small bit, I drilled several holes in the panel.  I wanted to add some foliage and needed a way of anchoring the foliage in place.

I created a bow using the Bowdabra.  I placed Bow wire in the Bowdabra, then place the ribbon in the channel, leaving a 6" tail.

I placed the ribbon in the channel, twisting it on each pass.  I created a 5 loop bow making the top loops smaller than the bottom loops. 

I pulled the bow out of the Bowdabra and tied off the Bow wire.  After fluffing out the bow, I tied it to the foliage.

I wrapped thin wire around the foliage and then threaded it through the holes in the ornament.

Finally, I painted the edges of the ornament with Folk Art Brushed Metal Acrylic Paint in Silver.  Joy was die cut from cardstock and Rinea Foiled Paper, then foil was added to the top to finish the ornament look.  

What do you think?

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