Thursday, December 15, 2011

No Stamp Christmas Cards

I'm back today with a couple of quick and easy Christmas cards that I put together the other night. 

I made large rosette out of some My Mind's Eye paper and sponged the edges with gold pigment ink.  The pearl clusters are from Michaels and the cute Santa sticker is from K & Co.
For this card, I used the leftover piece to make a smaller rosette and added some ribbon and bells.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas paper, PTI kraft and ripe avocado cardstock, Recollections pearl clusters, K & Co stickers, blue ribbon, jingle bells, Brilliance galaxy gold ink

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Glittery Tutorial

Hi!  I'm here today with a tutorial on how to make glittered ornaments.  I apologize for the terrible pictures in advance, I didn't realize they were turning out so bad until today! :(  The materials you'll need for this project are clear glass ornaments (not the iridescent type), fine glitter, and Pledge Tile and Vinyl floor cleaner, yup you read that right, lol.  You'll also need something to protect your surface with and a towel to clean up spills.

Step 1:  Carefully remove the top part of the ornament taking care not to crack it.
Step 2:  Squirt a liberal amount of Pledge into the ornament and very lightly swirl it around making sure you coat the entire inside.  Don't shake it, this will cause bubbles that will mess with the finished results.
 Step 3:  Pour the excess fluid back into the bottle and let it drain slightly.  If there are any bubble lightly tap the ornament or pop them with a q-tip.

Step 4:  Fill the ornament about 1/3 of the way with glitter and shake until all the sides are coated.

Step 5:  Pour out the excess glitter, carefully replace the cap back on the ornament and admire your handy work.

That's all there is to it.  Easy peasy, right?  I hope you enjoy making your own glittered ornaments!  If you have any questions, post them in the comments section and I'll try to answer them quickly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Time

Wow, why does it always seem like Christmas just sneaks up on me?  This year's no different, I'm rushing around trying to get everything done before the 25th, but this year, thanks to Pinterest, I at least had an idea of how I wanted to decorate the house.

I decided to go with bronze, chocolate, and gold this year.  We also bought a new Christmas tree and we went with a slim line tree.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but it's just the right size for the front window.  Since there was a huge gap of wall next to the tree, I decided to add a decorated teardrop garland to fill in the space.

For the mantle and throughout the house, I continued the same color pattern and incorporated lots of mercury glass onto the mantle decor.  The mercury glass Christmas tree was my favorite find this year.  I found it at Hobby Lobby and it was the only one I ever saw there.  I'm so glad I picked it up!

I kept the coffee table rather simple and uncluttered since the table is at the same height as my dog's tails and they always seem to knock off whatever's on it.  I used candle sticks to make the candles seem like they're different sizes and filled the tray in with leftover picks and ornaments from my other projects.  It was a quick and simple centerpiece.

Today's Aldo's birthday so I'm rather busy making his birthday dinner but I've got a couple of cards and other Christmas goodies to post later on this week.

Thanks for stopping by!