Monday, December 24, 2012

The Tinsels and the Trees

The Tinsel family has a tradition every year of going ice skating and then buying a Christmas tree. They always pick a beautiful tree.

They had a great time skating but the kids couldn't wait to go tree shopping.

"Mom, my feet are getting cold! Can we go get the tree now?" asked the youngest daughter, Joy.

"Dad, I'm ready too. Let's go over to the tree farm next door and pick out the family tree," said the only son, Rudy.

Noel, the oldest girl said, "Mom, I want to pick the tree this year."

"That wouldn't be fair, Noel," said Mrs. Tinsel. "We all need to pick together."

The Tinsels had some hot chocolate then went next door to the tree farm.
"Look! Here is a beautiful tree!" said Mrs. Tinsel.

"Blue is my favorite color and it matches my coat! This is the tree!!" yelled Noel.

"Blue is good but I want this blue tree. It will fit in my room!"

Ohhhhh! A pink Barbie tree!! Can I have this one? Can I,  please?

"Can't we get a good, standard tree like this one? You know, green?" asked Mr. Tinsel.

"Nooooo!" replied the rest of the family.

"Which one should we get?" asked the dad.

"This one!!" yelled everyone.

"Right... er... uh...three trees it is!"

They brought the trees home and decided to pose for the annual Christmas card photo in front of the trees.  It was a beautiful photo of everyone, well, except for Noel. She always refuses to look at the camera.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Paper dolls and trees were cut, glued and glittered by me but were created by Claudine Hellmuth and they can be purchased in her Etsy store which always has wonderful creative things for big kids like me to play with.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Tags

I made some tags using the gorgeous images in Dawn Edmonson's Christmas Treasury Tutorial.
You get the images with the purchase of the tutorial and instructions on how to make them. I got the tutorial last year but didn't get around to making these until this year. 
I used my own scrapbook papers to make the backgrounds and some printed backgrounds from the internet.
There are also instructions to make these post card ornaments.

I made mine two sided. I used glossy accents to give some dimension to the berries. I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture.

I used a gelly roll pen and some snowy glitter to make it sparkle.
You can also get the tutorial from her Etsy Store.
It was a fun crafty project!

Here is a beautiful tag I won in a giveaway from Jewels at just Just Tickety-Boo.

I hung it in the tree! I love it!!! 
Thanks, Jewels!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Quilt Top

This is my completed quilt top for the Craftsy Block of the Month Class.
I couldn't wait to show it because I am proud of it and who knows when I will get to actually quilting it. I know that is what makes it a quilt but I don't have the backing fabric yet so it will be a while.
It is a little loud because ... Ok, it is a lot loud but I loved the colors while I was making it. I used the lighter fabric for the sashing which calmed it down nicely. I will probably use something light on the back too so I don't nauseate myself looking at the bright colors. I will go with calmer colors next time.
I hear Craftsy is doing another Block of the Month class for 2013 but there is nothing posted yet.
The teacher that did 2012 Block of the Month, Amy Gibson, is doing her own thing this year called "The Sugar Block Club." Each month you receive an email with a new quilt block pattern and a recipe. It only costs $7.95 for the whole year so I couldn't pass that up. I really enjoyed this past year learning about quilting.
Well, I have a few more days to squeeze in some Christmas crafting so I better get to it!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Oh, Christmas Tree!

I've been dying to do something creative and Christmasy but I haven't come up with any ideas until now. For some reason this popped into my mind in the middle of the night and I couldn't wait to get up and work on it. It is so dark and rainy here in Pittsburgh today so my photos aren't the best.

I recently saw these trees on The Graphics Fairy and wanted to use them for something. I printed the tree in two different sizes and sprayed them with adhesive and covered them in fine glitter from Martha Stewart. I love her glitter!! The adorable little girl is also from The Graphics Fairy. She is too cute!

I cut out a disc of cardboard and made a tab at the bottom of each tree and the girl and glued it to the disc.
I forgot to say that before I glittered the trees I glued toothpicks to the back to make them stronger. I used some seam binding pieces to hold the trees up.

I added some fake snow to the front and stuck small pieces in between the trees.

Then I found a tray and some beads and then added a glass dome. With the size of this dome I probably could have made a bigger tree. 

It was fun to work on! I hope you are having a fun, creative month!