Scarf

While contemplating what to paint for the prompt of scarf, I was looking at the Christmas tree and this little felt snowman seemed to be waving at me. I made him from a kit back in the 1970s, and many of his friends also adorn our tree.

Felt Snowman Ornament
Felt Snowman Ornament

Sewing was never one of my strong points, but I remember enjoying sewing each piece and layer together and making the pipe cleaner broom. Actually, I’m amazed they are still in such great shape all these years later. Are you ready to wave goodbye to the holidays and move into a new year? One more day!

Candy Jar

The prompt today is candy, which reminded me of this candy jar my mom put out every year when I was young. The snowman head and hat were Styrofoam, and the hat was festively glittered. We would carefully pop the head off the glass jar to reach in for a sweet treat. The scarf was a simple red ribbon glued together.

Snowman candy holder

We also had a Santa version, and both were from the 1950s. Maybe Mom will comment below with a little more info about these cute jars. I love how these prompts bring back so many great memories. Does this invoke a good Christmas memory for you? If so, I hope you share it here!

Balloons

Today’s prompt is balloons.  This giant snowman is made of over 6,000 balloons intertwined in a basketweave-type pattern.  It stands four stories tall, took almost a week to construct, and is on display at one of our local shopping malls.  The latex balloon smell certainly permeates the air, and there are even signs on the doors warning those with latex allergies to stay away and use a different entrance.

Balloon Snowman

Balloon Snowman

In case you are interested, you can help “melt” the snowman at an official popping party this weekend.  Be sure to wear your earplugs!

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Yes, I know I have neglected this blog but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been extremely busy with my crafts. After taking the Watercolor Online Card Class for Card Makers, I found that I really enjoyed this medium. As mentioned previously, I always wanted to learn to draw freehand and how to use watercolors successfully without making a bunch of mud, which unfortunately is remarkably easy to make! I scoured various websites, YouTube videos, Pinterest, library books and magazines, etc., and I practiced many months and created projects that I now jokingly call abstracts. I finally found a real class to take where I could get some feedback and learn firsthand.

After 7 weeks of classes I finally have been able to make something I feel confident enough to share. The joke with my instructor was that the first week I used tons of paper towels, and each week I used fewer and fewer. The last class I used only 1 so maybe I got the hang of it a little. Here is my last class project. I know it is simple, but most of the paint is where it is supposed to be!

Watercolor Snowman - class project

Watercolor Snowman – class project

Also, because we are two days away from Christmas, I am sharing two Christmas cards I previously made.

The first one is a poinsettia image stamped on a piece of vellum and heat embossed in gold. I then took a second image, cut out the center portion, and pop mounted it on top of the base image to give it a little dimension. These cards were a lot of work but I enjoyed each step in the process and was happy with the elegant look.

2103 Christmas Card

2103 Christmas Card

Because the making of this year’s card coincide with my watercolor classes, of course I had to use a little watercolor technique on this card. I made a panel with a simple multicolored wash background and let it dry. I then stamped the snowflakes, heat embossed them with white powder, and mounted the panel to sparkly white paper. The sentiment and chain of gems were also heat embossed in white. I thought a little more sparkle was needed and because sequins were all the rage this year in the world of cardmaking, I opted to add just a few.

2014 Christmas card

2014 Christmas card

May you be surrounded by the love of family and friends this Christmas!

October Crafting

My goodness, what a busy month – October is really flying by!  I’ve been busy with a wonderful trip to Nashville for my niece’s wedding and lots of crafting projects in between.  I hate having down time in the car so I stamped lots of flowers before we left and cut them out almost the entire trip down and at least half the trip back.  I was happy to get that tedious work finished and it made the time in the car go a lot faster.

Then I have been spending a lot of time prepping to put together a scrapbook for Hawaii – selecting the photos, getting them in chronological orders, coordinating them with keepsakes, embellishments, papers, and journaling.  Big trips like this are so overwhelming for me to scrap, but I am always happy when I am finished.

Terri & Emily

Terri & Emily

Terri and Traci organized a Saturday scrap day at a local church and I was hoping to get a big portion of the Hawaii book finished there.  I didn’t get as much finished as I would have liked, but I did have a great time sharing the day with my friends.  One of the goals of the day was to make cards for the Caring Hearts card drive which sends Christmas cards to nursing homes throughout the United States and Canada.  I made mine at home the day before so I could focus on the scrapbook, but I enjoyed watching everyone work so hard on their creations.

Dove Christmas card

Dove Christmas card

My daughter, who is not especially fond of crafting, spent the better part of the day with us which of course made me happy, and she made some nice cards for the drive.  I loved watching everyone in action and enjoying the paper, ribbons, glue, sparkles, and friends.

Carrie and Kim

Carrie and Kim

Emily & Carrie

Emily & Carrie

Judy & Carrie

Judy & Carrie

Kim and Carrie

Kim and Carrie

Traci the Cricut Queen

Traci the Cricut Queen

Photobomb Fun

Photobomb Fun

Some of Carrie's Cards

Some of Carrie’s Cards

More of Carrie's Cards

More of Carrie’s Cards

My crafting goals for the rest of the year include finishing the Hawaii scrapbook (hopefully within the next 2 weeks), making two special crafting projects for Christmas gifts, making yearlong sets of cards for my mom and my mother-in-law, getting my year of cards together, making my Christmas cards, and filling a large size flat rate box of Love/Valentine cards made for Operation Write Home.  Wish me luck!

Lovely Crafters

Lovely Crafters