Tuesday, December 27, 2011

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things.....

  First off Id like to wish you all warmest wishes throughout this holiday season.  I hope that everyone made the most of the holidays whether surrounded by many family and friends or shared with only one special person it is a time to reflect on all those things that are important to us.  I was truly blessed to be able to spend some quality time with my husband and kids over the last 2 weeks as well as some dear friends while we celebrated a Christmas wedding.
  Although I know the holiday season is all about what you give as apposed to what you received, I would like to share 2 of my favorite presents that waited under the tree for me Christmas morning.
  This first one is a project my husband made for me based on a similar storage unit i saw online.  I designed this one with slanted shelves to keep the liquid and mica powders in the bottom of the bottles and so that I could easily see the tops of each of the bottles.  With so much space I was able to fit my Tim Holtz stains as well (a happy accident).  I'm so thrilled with how this project came out that I can hardly wait to get back in my craftroom to play.  I have a couple more storage units in mind now to house my ink pads and glitters and any other products I can fit on those little shelve.

   My second favorite thing (aside from the beautiful garbage can my brother bought me...) is this gorgeous vintage (circa 1950) stamp stand that holds all my Tim Holtz blending tools.  It has room for 26 of them I believe and adds such unique character to my scrappy space.

  Thank you all for stopping by to visit and share all your wonderful comments throughout the year.  I look forward to hearing how you all spent this holiday season. Love and Hugs    Glynis

 The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.  ~Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Mini Challenge

 I was chatting away with some scrappy friends one morning and catching up on watching some of my favorite YouTubers when i stumbled across an older Kathy Orta video I had not seen before. After sharing with my friends they decided it would be fun to challenge me to do something with it.  The original was a cupcake theme mini and the inside was constructed of paper bags.  I decided to modify slightly to use envelopes instead.  So here is what I came up with:

 Each of the insert fronts has been decorated slightly different using a combination of Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies and and my Noel Cricut Cartridge.  All the berries throughout were made using my 1/4" hole punch and glossy accents.

 I cut off the ends of my envelopes to make them perfectly square and then glued the cut off end to the fronts to for a pocket for tags of all shapes and sizes.

 In each of the envelope pages I inserted a card so that half was inside and half out.  This created the effect of having a flap on the front of each page that could be pulled out to see the photos attached on all sides. I had so much fun creating this little mini and feel so blessed to have those like Kathy Orta to inspire me.

At the bottom of the mini i created a Trifold with smaller envelopes. The two outer ones have flaps attached to the fronts of them for more photos or journaling.
This project was a great jumping off point to the start of my christmas crafting. Hope to post some more projects in the next coming days.
Thanks for stopping by :O)