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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Joy

Rarely do I want to keep an order from my {Little Craft Shoppe} for myself instead of sending it to the customer. 
That was not the case this time.

I am completely in love with these letters.  With the color - her idea, not mine - with the pattern, with the message.

Aren't they just so pretty!?  I hope the recipient of this gift loves them as much as I do.

Don't they just complete my Christmas mantle?  I may have to make a few of these for myself!!
 
Joy to You

Friday, December 7, 2012

Grandparent Gifts

 My Parents rarely read this blog, but if you're looking at this, Mom and Dad, you're going to ruin your own Christmas surprise!  Look Away!
I spent a few days trying to come up with a gift my son could make for his Grandparents that they would actually like.  No offense to all the home made kids gifts out there!
I had seen {This idea on Pinterest} to turn your childs artwork into an {awesome titanium keychain} and really wish I had $80 to spend on a grandparent gift...so I kept thinking.
I saw these supplies at my craft store and it got my mind going.

Had my son draw pictures especially for each grandparent.

He loved this part.
Then I scanned them onto my computer and used Paint and Picasa (I love Picasa) to dress them up a bit: 
I did do colors at first, but found that the keychains were just too small.  They worked best in black or brown and white for me.  Colors would probably look great if you used a larger key chain.  The image for my keychains was 1" square. 

So, I printed them, and cut them out to size.  This is when I decided to just use the white background and brown drawing.
 
I used Diamond Glaze - which is a crystal clear embellishment glue used for scrapbooking.  It dries fast, but not too fast and can cover an image without damaging it, which was my goal.  So, I put a bit of glue on each piece of glass which came with the brown keychains. 
 
Then, I sandwiched the drawings between the glass: picture on one side, name on the other. Then, you just slide the glass into the frame.

You can't really see it from this angle unless you blow it up really big, but the silver one has his name underneath the drawing.

And the others have a window in the back with his name on it.

I'm pretty happy with them, but more importantly, so was my son.

He helped every step of the way and was so proud!  He could not wait to wrap them up! 

We put them in jewelry boxes and tied them up with ribbon.  Then, I wrote the description of the drawing on the card so they'd know what it was.

They'll be on their way by the end of the week!  And a bonus is, they're super small and light, so shipping will be a cinch!
 
Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gingerbread Party

We all love Gingerbread!
Who wouldn't love a Gingerbread Party!!?
Super cute this time of year with all the red and white.
I love the snowflakes hanging down!
Cute little cupcakes.  What a cute way to decorate them!!  Candycanes and M&Ms.  Cute!
Super cute santa hat pops!
Love the decorated hot chocolate mugs!!  And a red plate full of white marshmallows.  So cute!
These would be fun for the kids to make at the party.  Dip marshmallows in chocolate and put sprinkles on top. mmm
Super cute cake pops - with my favorite peppermint on top!! Yum!
What an adorable way to serve fudge!!  I love this idea!
Once again, great idea to have a gingerbread party.  Make a super cute table for people to decorate their gingerbread cookies.  I love the snowflakes and all the red!!
And aren't these flocked branches so cute!!?  Love that the elf is watching the fun.
Cute idea to give everyone an apron too.  What a fun party from {Kara's Party Ideas}!
 
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rudolf Treats

Cute gift idea from {Lisa Storms}.
Cake pops upside down with m&m nose and frosting/food coloring eyes.  But, I especially love the pipe cleaner antlers!!
 
Merry Christmas!
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