Monday, December 23, 2013

Drumroll Please...

I am back to announce two lucky winners from last week's Scraptastic giveaway!

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And the winners are:
Kristin said...
My favorite christmas activity is all the good food I get to eat!!!
Such a great kit much fun!!!

Pam said...
My favorite Christmas activity is SLEEPING IN LOL But I also love decorating our house for the Christmas season. Inside and outside.

Congratulations ladies! Kristin will receive Scraptastic's Home for the Holidays kitadd-on, and stamp set. Pam will receive Scraptastic's This Life Noted kit for December, along with another fabulous stamp set. Please send your address to me at madelinefox [at] cox [dot] net, and I will pass them along to Jessica at Scraptastic. 

Here is another layout with the wonderful Home for the Holidays kit and add-on from Scraptastic. I used Susan Stringfellow's December sketch, which you can find HERE on the Scraptastic blog.

Little gold dots of Liquid Pearls embellish the red letter stickers below:

Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Home For The Holidays Give-Away!

Today I have a fabulous give-away to announce! Just in time for your seasonal scrapping, one lucky winner will receive their very own Home for the Holidays kit, add-on, and stamp set from Scraptastic:

Seriously, this kit is chock full of all the little miscellany that make creating pages fun. Layered chipboard stickers, vellum and gold die-cuts, exclusive wood veneers and flair. Check out the gold doilies on vellum...sooo pretty! Oooo...and don't forget about the stamps:

To be entered in the drawing to win this prize pack from Scraptastic, leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite Christmas activity. Entries end on Saturday night, and the winner, chosen at random, will be announced Monday on the blog.

A second lucky winner will receive the Scraptastic This Life Noted kit for December, along with another fabulous Scraptastic exclusive stamp set. 

Here's a look at one of the layouts that I created with the Home For The Holidays kit:

Down in New Orleans we don't have a "real" winter. There will be no skiing, sledding, or ice skating, and no snowy landscapes out my window. IF we get the rare snow, it's but a few flakes that melt on their way down. But we DO have a fabulously frosty cultural icon in our beloved Mr. Bingle. Here he is, centerpiece of a newly opened miniature golf course in the park. 

Nevermind that this photo was taken in the dog days of summer! Scraptastic's Home for the Holidays kit was the perfect accompaniment.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merry & Bright

Today I'm sharing a project of mine that was showcased on the American Crafts blog last Friday. The entire week was dedicated to holiday projects such as this, and now begins a week of neighbor gifts. There are lots of great ideas. Check it out if you haven't already! 

Here is my festive tree frame:

This holiday frame features several papers and stamps from the American Craft Autumn Crisp collection. I chose a fresh, updated color scheme and added details such as buttons, glitter stars, and stitched wording, along with a pretty embossed border. Detailed instructions are included below.


1.    Cut turquoise Willow Road paper (366521)-Autumn Crisp into a 9x12 rectangle.
2.    Cut white center of Maple Street paper (366516)-Autumn Crisp into a 7x10 rectangle, and adhere to center of turquoise paper.
3.    Stamp and emboss the turquoise paper in white, using the berry branch from the Autumn Crisp Pine stamp set. Arrange so as to slightly overlap the branches at each corner.
4.    Cut trees in the following dimensions (left to right as shown):

  • Pink, Park Place paper (366519)-Autumn Crisp (Height 4 ½ in. Base 2 ¾ in.)
  • Polka dot print, Warm Welcome paper (366160)-Polka Dot Party (Height 4 in. Base 2 ¼ in.)
  • Plaid, Poplar Place paper (366524)-Autumn Crisp (Height 5 in. Base 2 ¾ in.)
  • Brown polka dot print, 6x6 Paper Pad (366086)-Cut & Paste (Height 4 in. Base 2 ½ in.)
5.    Ink edges of trees and set aside for ink to dry.
6.    Generously spread Crystal Zazz glitter glue onto chipboard stars from the Cut & Paste Adhesive Chipboard Pieces pack. Set aside to dry.
7.    Stitch sentiment onto bottom of white rectangle, using stitching template and pink floss from Right Now Alpha (366082)-Cut & Paste. Adhere star sequin above the base of the letter “i”. (Hint:  With pointy pencil, mark scrap paper with phrase and use this paper to center words on background before punching holes.)
8.    Adhere trees as shown, leaving space for trunks, stars, and button toppers.
9.    Add trunks to trees by cutting and notching brown sticker from Cut & Paste 12" Epoxy Borders.
10.  Add trim to second tree, red and white ric-rac from Epoxy Borders pack. Sew red button on top.
11.   Sew white buttons onto fourth tree, with one on top.
12.   Adhere stars at the top of the first and third trees as shown.
13.   Add glossy paint to berries and let dry thoroughly.
14.   Place in 9 in. x 12 in. frame and enjoy!

This star garland, shared in my last blog post, was made from many of the same papers as my frame!

One compliments the other!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Paper Star Garland

Folding and weaving the pretty little 8-point stars seen below can be very addictive! Check out this easy to follow Instructional Video for the One Million Stars Project and imagine the possibilities. Make them large or small. Use ribbon, paper, or magazine pages for your strips. String them up to hang in a window or on a Christmas tree. They also make cute embellishments; add one to a card or scrapbook page!

This star garland, created for American Crafts' November 2013 Design Team Gallery, will be a colorful addition to my Christmas tree this year:

Each star is made from four 1/2-inch x 12-inch strips of patterned paper, and results in a 2-inch x 2-inch star. No adhesive needed! Just cut, weave, fold, tuck, snip. After doing a few, you can do it in your sleep...almost. ;)

Try it. Bet you can't make just one!

Patterned papers-American Crafts' Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste and American Crafts' Autumn Crisp.