Saturday, December 31, 2016

Candy Pocket Treat

For the month of December, Tombow sent me and the other team members a package of Adhesive Dots. I have used these before and love how strong they are. For this month's project I used the dots to adhere the snowflake to the medallion and the medallion to the pocket. We made these at our December Ladies Night Out with 33 ladies attending. They all loved the project and L♥VED the Tombow adhesives that were used. (also Mono Multi Liquid Glue)

The Adhesive dots are colored which is perfect for seeing exactly where you need to place them. They fit the punched snowflake center perfectly.

Here is a card my great niece made using Tombow's Irojiten's Colored Pencils and 3 Adhesive Dots with glitter rubbed over them.
I am entering the candy pocket in DL.ART's Thankful Thursday Anything Goes Challenge 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Review: For the Record

For the Record by Regina Jennings is the latest book I've read from Bethany House.
Cover Art

Betsy Huckabee is from Pine Gap, Missouri, a tiny town in which she lives with her aunt and uncle and works for her uncle's newspaper. Betsy writes articles trying to capture attention from someone in the bigger cities. No one is taking her seriously and she is getting frustrated. She comes up with an idea to write a series of articles for a big city newspaper about a story she has created herself with the new sheriff in town as inspiration.

The antics between Betsy and the sheriff (who has issues all his own) cracked me up and kept me reading til the end without too many breaks.

This is the 3rd book in Regina Jennings Ozark Mountain Romance series, but the author did a great job in writing that this really can stand alone. However, after reading this, I would really like to read the first two now.


**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Recycled for Christmas

I bet you are all shocked! Four posts in four days! LOL

Today I am sharing a project I made for this week's Cutting Cafe challenge. Regina challenged the design team to create a project using a jar/tin/recycled container. Oh how the ideas flowed and I had ideas for jars and tin cans and then I remembered I have over 100 of these in the basement. My mom buys LOTS of peanuts (because dad loves peanuts and she makes salted peanut rolls) and fruit that comes in these containers. Knowing that I like to make something out of containers like this and I was looking for something to use for a camp craft, she's been saving these for me for a couple years.

I finally got around to actually doing something creative with them. We have used them for freezing our apple cider and I like to use them for tea bags, hot cocoa mix, chex mix, crackers, etc and have them sitting out esp when the kiddos come home. Now after decorating ONE, I can't wait to do some more. This time, I will have a fun coordinated set for the Christmas goodies I have around when the kids come home.


As you can see in the first photo, the lids are blue. I spray painted the top and sides only with a hammered metal paint. I also had a hammered brown, but I think next time we go to the city, I will see if I can find a black and switch out lids. What do you think? Think black would look better?

So, for the deets...I used Cutting Cafe's 3D Christmas Tree Set and resized them to fit the panel I had cut for the front of the container. Then I just inked them with PaperTrey white ink and adhered them with Tombow's Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I wasn't sure what adhesive to use to adhere the whole thing to the plastic container, but tried the Mono Multi and it worked perfectly.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums ~ Day 3

This has been so much fun creating for Lori's VOSP. I hope that you have been inspired and have taken a chance to win some great prizes. If you are here from Greta Hess' blog, you are in the right spot. If you happened upon my blog, be sure to start at Lori's blog so as to not miss all the wonderful inspiration.

Today is the last day of the hop and I have a combo gift card/candy treat project to share with you today. I was inspired by 2 different youtube tutorials on how to make these. I created the size according to BJPeters channel and the tips from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

The pretty designer paper is from Bo Bunny's Altitude collection and the solid is from a company I used to design for that is no longer in business. The sentiment I typed and printed myself.

The black that you see where the notched end is on the right is the gift card. It fits right inside.


Here is a closer look at the Hershey Kisses inside. Five fit perfectly.

Challenge Info:  The challenge is to create a project with a Christmas/Winter theme. You can go and get the details on how to enter HERE.   The prize is $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  

Here is a list of the companies who are giving prizes:
The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

And here is a list of everyone playing today. Be sure to start with Lori's (our host) blog as all the details on how to enter for prizes and play along in the challenge is on her blog. Leave a comment on each blog as well. Every time you comment, your name gets entered for the prizes. 

Thank you for stopping by and for all your kind comments the last couple of days. Now it's time to head over to the super talented Lisa Bzibziak.

Here is a list of the designers posting today.
Debbie Fisher {you are here}

Monday, December 5, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums ~ Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of Lori Hairston's Vision of Sugarplums blog hop! WOW! Wasn't yesterday's hop full of fun and inspiration?! If you came here from Greta Hess' blog, you are in the right place. If you are starting here, be sure to go to Lori's blog and get all the information you need to enter the wonderful prizes she has available.There are prizes for commenting and prizes for participating in her Christmas/Winter challenge.

Today's post is a fun gift to give that has a personal touch. I like to crochet dishcloths and try to have several on hand for when I need a little something. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, Bath and Body was having a HUGE sale and I ordered some fun scented hand soaps to go with my crocheted dishcloths to give as gifts as I need them.

I do a very simple dishcloth after trying several patterns. I found that if I crochet 27 and then half double crochet until it is square, I can get two dishcloths from one skein of cotton yarn. This variegated colored yarn went perfectly with this sun ripened strawberry soap.


Challenge Info:  The challenge is to create a project with a Christmas/Winter theme. You can go and get the details on how to enter HERE.   The prize is $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  

Here is a list of the companies who are giving prizes:
The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

And here is a list of everyone playing today. Be sure to start with Lori's (our host) blog as all the details on how to enter for prizes and play along in the challenge is on her blog. Leave a comment on each blog as well. Every time you comment, your name gets entered for the prizes. 

Now it's time to head over to the super talented Lisa Bzibziak.

Here is a list of the designers posting today.
Debbie Fisher {you are here}

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums ~ Day 1


Welcome to the first day of Visions of Sugarplums hosted by Lori Hairston! I am honored to be playing along with some very talented designers. This is a 3 day event filled with lots of inspiration and prizes along the way. Be sure to read to the end to see how you can enter to win.

I am going to be posting all 3 days and to kick it off I have some fun stocking stuffer ideas. While I was laid up for 6 months and unable to walk for 3 of those, I did a lot of youtube watching and found some fun ideas to create. One of my favorite youtubers to watch for crafty ideas was lyriclover810. I created these first two items from her tutorials here and here.

This first one is a hot cocoa pocket with a straw stirrer. How cute is that? It is so simple. Just take a long business sized envelope, seal shut, cut at 4" from each closed short end and cover with designer paper. I added a ribbon and mini tag with a punched snowflake and sequin.

This is a mini Hershey pack. You can click on the link I provided above to see lyriclover810's tutorial

 

She also shows how to make a nugget pack here, but I made mine fit on a "tray" and got the inspiration from several sites on Pinterest.

and then some covered mini notepads. I've been making these for years. They are the perfect little gift to have on hand when you need a little something to give.



Challenge Info:  The challenge is live right now. You can go and get the details on how to enter HERE.   The prize is $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  

Here is a list of the companies who are giving prizes:
The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Here is a list of everyone playing today. Be sure to start with Lori's (our host) blog as all the details on how to enter for prizes and play along in the challenge is on her blog. Be sure to leave a little love along the way on each blog as well. The names chosen for the prizes come from the comment section on Lori's blog.