Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Exciting News from My Craft Spot!


It's looking to be a FABULOUS New Year over at My Craft Spot!  Starting Monday, January 6, Kimberly and the rest of the design team will be showcasing FIVE new stamp sets and FOUR new sets of metal dies!  Each day of the stamp release party, we'll introduce you to new products and end things off with a blog hop on Saturday - with prizes along each stop of the way!  Kimberly will also be giving away prizes each day over at My Craft Spot.  How fun!

To get in on the party early, post this party button on your blog (or Facebook, Twitter, etc.!) - and then head back to Kimberly's post HERE to let her know you've done so.  One lucky blogger will win the My Craft Spot stamp set of their choice!!  

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AND....  There is a NEW My Craft Spot online store!!  Thanks to all you crafters out there, Kimberly's store has grown and grown until her blog could no longer handle all the goodies she's got for you!  The new store has all the My Craft Spot products and it wonderfully organized - plus has a shopping cart to make things easier for you.  Be sure to check things out HERE!!  (And if you spend $25 during the grand opening, Kimberly will include a FREE package of snowflake sequins for your crafting pleasure!!) 

Happy New Year!  I'll see you back here Monday for the My Craft Spot stamp release party!!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Card for the Crossing Guard


I know I recently posted a Christmas card for the crossing guard, but that card was for last year.  Here's the one I made this year!


I used Create a Critter 2 for the sweet little mouse and hats.  I used D'Vine Swirls to embossed the white portions of the Santa hats.  The STOP sign was created with Going Places and George and Basic Shapes.  I finished things off with some Cherry Red baker's twine from My Craft Spot.



The patterned paper I used is from DCWV's 'Tis the Season stack.  The little mouse and sign are popped for a bit of added dimension.



I used two sentiments from My Craft Spot's Jingle All the Way stamp set to complete the inside of my card.

This will likely be my last post before Christmas so I'd like to take this time to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!! xox

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Tree Gift Bag

My life has been a bit of a blur the past few weeks with the end of semester wrap-up.  As of 7:30ish last night, I finished grading the final paper from my students.  It feels SO good to be done and to have my evenings back.  That said, I've still got a fair bit of baking to do, although that might wait until the end of the week.


I did manage to find just a little bit of time to craft last week.  This week's challenge at My Craft Spot is Wrap It Up (gift packaging).  A few weeks ago, I saw some clip art with a tree containing a variety of sentiments.  I used that as my inspiration to make this gift bag.   


I hand cut all the branches - and used a variety of My Craft Spot sentiments to stamp the festive sayings: Jingle All the Way, 'Tis the Season, Think Snow and Christmas Banner sentiments.  Each branch was inked and then embossed with Distressed Stripes.  The stars were cut with the My Craft Spot Small Alphabet metal dies.  (The set of dies has a few fun shapes too!)  I used an argyle folder for the mat. 


I also used Stamping All Around Christmas for the "To" and "From" on my little tag - and added a star to that as well.  The "No Peeking" is from the Jingle All the Way set too.  I tied some fun yarn and my bag was complete!

This will be our last challenge of the year at My Craft Spot, so I do hope you'll be able to join us!  We've got lots of fun planned for the new year and I'm looking forward to the holidays to get started on that!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Winter Wishes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!  Our world is white here and the temperatures have been a bit cold (although they're supposed to head above the freezing mark later this week).  At My Craft Spot, we're adding some sparkle and shine to our lives with this week's challenge! 

Although I did pack away some of my craft supplies for our time of transition (living with my mum while we continue our house hunt), I did bring a number of items.  I tend to be incredibly organized with everything labelled.  However, for some reason, I did not label the bin with my stamp blocks and cleaner.  I was just about to write an incredibly apologetic email to Kimberly and, from my seated vantage point, I saw my cleaning spray through the side of a clear bin and knew that all was good in my world once again!!


My card was a quick one to put together - but a difficult one to photograph! It really does look better in person.  The little snowflake in the middle of my card was cut with a Sizzix die.  I used a face stamp from the Jar Full of Fall stamp set to give my snowflake a bit of personality and used two blue gems for his rosy cheeks.  The larger stamped snowflakes are from White Christmas and the little ones are from Jar Full of Christmas.  I also used White Christmas for the "Winter Wishes" sentiment on my snowflake-punched border along the bottom.  I finished everything off with some little gems on my snowflakes and some glittery silver to dot the i's of the sentiment.

Please head over to My Craft Spot to see what the rest of the design team has created for our Sparkle and Shine challenge - and then link up your own project for a chance to win this week's prize!