Christmas Gifts Reveal, Day 3

Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome to my third and final, Christmas Gifts Reveal post!  Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me so much love over the last few days!  I just love hearing from you all, especially when it's just me being me and not taking on any challenges or sketches or color combos or anything!  Today's gift isn't papercrafty in nature, but it does flaunt one of my other loves... sewing, and it was for my sister.
I paired it with The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond and had another, thrilled recipient on my hands.  Love you, Jamie!
And thank you, again, to all of you, for peeking in, not only today but all throughout this year, and for helping to make my 2010 so amazing!  Have a happy and safe New Year!

Christmas Gifts Reveal, Day 2

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I'm, finally, back, again, with another, Christmas, gift reveal!  It's been a crazy day, but I've got so much accomplished, thanks to my friend taking Ezekiel, to play with her son, for the day.  Thanks, Tammy!  You're the BEST!  Today's gifts were made for my nieces and nephews.
They're super, simple, art, supply pails, which I dressed up with Cricut-cut, patterned, paper circles adhered to the lids and embellished with cardstock-covered, chipboard, monogram letters...
and a bunch of ribbons to dress up the handles, including hemp twine and dyed, with Glimmer Mists, and crinkled, seam binding, ribbon bows.  Check out all these pics!  Here's Madison's...
and Grant's.
I didn't want to do too much dressing up when it came to the insides of the pails, because I knew that all the art supplies would be tossed in and pulled out, and whatever I might have done wouldn't have stayed looking nice for long.  Each bucket was, also, paired with a doodle pad before delivery...
and everyone was super excited!  Yihoo!  More happy recipients make all those late nights, on my end, so worthwhile!
Oh!  And I couldn't resist making a few more of The Purl Bee's Molly's Sketchbook: Rose Barrettes tutorial roses...
and stitching them to hair bands to bundle up the girls' markers.  The boys' were just tied together with ribbons.  Sorry guys!
Please check out here and here for more ways that I've put these roses to good use.  Hope to see you all back here, tomorrow, for my final, Christmas, gifts, reveal post.  We've got company coming soon, so I'm off running.  Have a wonderful night!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, & Green Gable (SU); multi-colored, diamond patterned (Bo-Bunny); yellow, doily patterned (Crate Paper); polka dot patterned (Creative Imaginations); all other patterned (unknown) Other: chipboard alphas (SU); hemp twine; white, seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); Yellow Daisy, Key Lime Pie, Jack Frost, Pink Bubblegum, and Candy Apple Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Harvest Gold, grosgrain & Plum Pudding & Enchanted Evening, saddle-stitch ribbons (PTI); various other ribbons (Hobby Lobby); plastic buckets (Stamper's Ink); felt (JoAnn Fabrics); hair bands; embroidery floss

Christmas Gifts Reveal, Day 1

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I'm back, as promised in my earlier, Christmas Rewind post, and so, stinkin' excited to, finally, get to show you all the Christmas gifts, that I made for family members this year.  I'll reveal them all, to you, over the next three days; but today, I'm beginning with my parents'.
I had so much fun combining papers, die-cuts, and embellishments for this photo tray!  Putting all patterned papers and photographs aside and beginning in the top left corner, you'll find a "December" bingo card and felt, flower embellishment, pierced with green, leaf, stick pins.  I used The Purl Bee's Molly's Sketchbook: Rose Barrette Tutorial, the same one that I used way back here for one of my niece's birthday headbands, for the felt flower, obviously, not finishing it with the barrette itself.
Moving across the top row, I added a scallop, die-cut trim, just to the left of our family photograph...
as well as a die-cut, "KEEPSAKES" tab...
which echos itself, in a different color, in the die-cut, "FUN FINDS" tab found in the bottom left corner.
I just love the effect of the transparent doily taking up four cubbies!  The "JOY" banner swings free right above it.  It was made by Cricut-cutting diamonds from Old Olive cardstock; folding them in half, over a length of yellow yarn, which was anchored, at either end, with mini clothespins; and decking out their centers with the circular, alpha stickers.
The base of the next cubbie holds a stamped, on Whisper White cardstock, "DEC 06 2010", label holder, which tells when the photograph was taken...
but the last, decked-out quadrant is, probably, my fave!  It boasts a trio of old, fire-sprinkler deflectors, that my hubby brought home, with him, from work.  He said that I could do whatever I wanted with them.  So, I embellished their centers with a few, Ruby Red buttons and stamped, in Old Olive ink, on Old Olive cardstock, and hand cut leaves to morph them into flowers.  Lovin' it!
Plus, you cannot beat this reaction to my parents finding out what they were.  Just love that I was able to use something unique to my hubby's job as a project manager/estimator for Bamford Fire Sprinkler Co., Inc.
A handful of scrap ribbons dress up the handle and complete the look.
I had so much fun creating this piece of art, that I decided to put another tray, that I had ordered, to work, boasting more family pictures, for my in-laws.
I used some of the same goodies from paper to embellishments and mostly the same design.  However, after papers and photographs were applied, a turquoise, felt flower replaces the hot pink one above...
and a fancier, die-cut trim dresses up the edge of our family photograph.
While the die-cut, "KEEPSAKES" tab is the same...
the other, in the bottom left corner, was changed to a turquoise, die-cut, "MEMORIES" tab.
I changed out the transparent doily for a white, paper doily, boasting a soft aqua die-cut, and swung a "NEWLIN" banner above it.  The banner was made, in the same way as the "JOY" banner above, from Melon Mambo cardstock; circular, alpha stickers; a length of thin, aqua ribbon; and mini clothespins.
I added the same, dated, label holder...
but changed up the old, fire-sprinkler deflectors, just a bit, with aqua buttons and kept the same stamped, in Old Olive ink, on Old Olive cardstock, and hand-cut leaves.
A few, more, scrap ribbons, tied around the handle, complete the look.
Like I said before, this is the first of three days of Christmas gift reveals, coming your way.  I hope you enjoyed today's and will come back to check out the others.  Thanks so much for peeking in!  I've had guys in and out, all day, adding insulation in all kinds of random places and winterizing our house.  Thankfully, they took some of that Mississippi Mud Cake, from before, with them!  There is, however, lots of cleaning up to do.  I'm hoping that the last three guys will be on their way soon.  I'd, really, like to take advantage of the kids' rest/nap times to, actually, get something accomplished.  Until tomorrow, have a wonderful Wednesday, ya'll!
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9); QwikMark, date stamp (Stamp-Ever) Paper: Old Olive & Whisper White (SU); yellow, doily patterned (Crate Paper); green, penmanship patterned (Studio Calico); pink, design patterned (K&Company); black, polka dot patterned (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Old Olive (SU) Other: hot pink felt (JoAnn Fabrics); green, leaf pins & transparent doily (Maya Road); die-cut trim (Basic Grey); die-cut tabs (October Afternoon); George & Basic Shapes, Cricut cartridge (Provo Craft); mini clothespins (Canvas Corp); yellow yarn; circular, alpha stickers & bingo card (Jenni Bowlin); Ruby Red buttons (SU); fire-sprinkler deflectors; antique silver, label holder & tray (7 Gypsies); wide, velvet, pink ribbon (off a pair of jeans from JCPenney); Harvest Gold, grosgrain ribbon (PTI); all other ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9); QwikMark, date stamp (Stamp-Ever) Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, & Melon Mambo (SU); pink, design patterned (K&Company); green, penmanship patterned (Studio Calico); aqua, heart patterned (Sassafrass); green, text patterned (7 Gypsies) Ink: Old Olive (SU) Other: turquoise felt (JoAnn Fabrics); green, leaf pins (Maya Road); die-cut trim (Basic Grey); die-cut tabs & doily center (October Afternoon); paper doily (Wilton); George & Basic Shapes, Cricut cartridge (Provo Craft); mini clothespins (Canvas Corp); circular, alpha stickers & bingo card (Jenni Bowlin); aqua buttons (Jesse James & Co. Grandma's Grab Bag); fire-sprinkler deflectors; antique silver, label holder & tray (7 Gypsies); wide, velvet, pink ribbon (off a pair of jeans from JCPenney); all other ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

Christmas Rewind

The festivities began, on Christmas Eve, at my parents' house, with my Mom and Dad, of course; my Grandpa; the cousins, Grant, Deidra, Hunter, Adina, Ezekiel, Madison, and Jenna (from left to right, in the photo below)...
my big sister, Jamie (pictured with her kiddos)...
my little sister, Jana, and her husband, Corey...
and my little brother, Jason, and his dog, Buster.
We enjoyed a yummy, soup lunch, put together by all of us; were reminded of the Christmas story, complete with an interactive, manger scene (Everybody got to add their piece as it was introduced in the story.)....
had a little time for prayer...
opened stockings and gifts from everyone; and just enjoyed time together.
Oh!  And look at this sweet, little, doll house headboard, that my Dad made for Adina!  Please teach woodworking to my hubby, Dad!  This is just beautiful!
And a few, more, Christmas Eve pictures, just because I love them.  What a sweet pair!
Here's Adina all covered with chocolate lips...
and swooning over my big sister's dog, Penny.
And finally, one of me with my handsome hubby, just because there, simply, aren't enough of those.  I'll have a few, more pictures, of Christmas, with my family, to share, over the next few days, during my Christmas Gifts Reveal posts, which all begins later this afternoon.  So, please be sure to check back!
Fortunately, we had an uneventful drive home (The warmer temperatures kept what little snow we did get from sticking.) and were ready to celebrate, yet again, after a good night's rest, on Christmas morning.  Ezekiel took charge and told BJ that he was giving him a break this year.  He read us Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki.
Then, he quoted Jesus' birth, from Luke 2:8-14, from memory (See here.), prayed for us, and declared it time to open gifts.  Too funny!
But what a blessed Christmas it was!
Even our table was filled with more food than any four people, alone, can possibly eat, including Cinnamon Raisin Bread Custard, cheesy eggs, turkey bacon, and yogurt parfaits for breakfast...
and a brine turkey, that my hubby doctored so diligently (He said that it was the best turkey he'd ever eaten.  It just fell right off the bone!  I've never seen that with turkey before!); mashed potatoes; Green Bean Casserole; cinnamon Jell-O, minus the whipped topping, which all got used for Jesus' birthday cake; and homemade, dinner rolls, fresh from the oven, with apple butter, for dinner.
Oh!  And Mississippi Mud Cake, too, which I'll never make ever again. It was super, stinkin' yummy, but it weighed 10 pounds!  For real!  Yikes!
From my family to yours, may your 2011 be filled with loved ones and bring you extraordinary peace and joy!