Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just one more Christmas card.

I had planned to blog this about a week ago, but everything got so busy. It's not the New Year yet, so it still feels like Holidays. Better late than never. This one is for a sketch challenge over at the Some Odd Girl blog.  You can check out all of the entries here.

I used the Silhouette machine and one of the "free shape of the week" images offered by Silhouette for the base of the card. The stamp is a digi from Some Odd Girl called Elf Kaylee (colored with Copics) and the pattern paper is some old Heidi Grace.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quick Candy Mold "HOW TO"

If you are looking for a quick and easy treat this holiday season, try making candy using candy molds. In this post I will show you how to make these cute Christmas tree light bulbs.
Here is what I used:
Candy molds, clean dry paint brush, luster dust, and candy melts.  I also used candy sticks (not pictured), but you can make them up as little candies instead of suckers if you don't have sticks.
I use 3 molds at one time, so they make up really fast...15 suckers at once.

Pour some of the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for about 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until completely melted.  These molds don't have a lot of small detail, so I just spooned the melted candy into the molds.  After they are filled up, add the sticks - make sure they are covered good.  I like to tap the mold on the counter top to make sure it fills in good and so that air bubbles are out.  Put them in the refrigerator until they are cooled and solid...about 10-15 minutes. Once they have set up, you can just break the messy edges off if you have any. 
Now that they have hardened, they will pop right out of the mold.  You can apply the dust right away.  You don't want the dust getting on the other suckers, so it is better to work on them individually.  I like to use a paper plate or napkin as a dusting station.  Dip your dry brush into the dust and "paint" it on by wiping across in one direction.  Go back over it to make sure the loose powder is all off. 

How cute would these look in different colors like red, green, blue and yellow??
Here they are all wrapped and ready to go to a Christmas bake sale.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Tags

You know those wrapped Christmas gifts and holiday goodies are going to need the perfect gift tags.  Maybe the two I have here will give you a little inspiration. 
This Snowman Tag was made using an older Stampin' Up stamp. I used Copic markers to color him.  The snowflake punch is from Martha Stewart and the pattern paper is from a Michael's paper stack.  I added some bling and a little glitter too.
This is a tag I plan to use when I give baked goodies. The fun thing about this tag is that it is scented.  You read it right...scented.  Kind of like a scratch and sniff sticker. The embossing powder I used on the gingerbread men has a yummy smell to it. Isn't that cool?  I wish you could smell it! Not only does the tag smell good, but your craft area smells nice after using it too.
 I used: Gingerbread Kaylee clear stamp set from Some Odd Girl, Sugar & Spice scented clear embossing powder from Stampin' Up, brown ink, and Copic Markers.
Here you can see the how shiny the embossed image turns out.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Snowballs Anyone?

Today I am sharing a small holiday gift idea that you can make pretty easily.  I used my Silhouette cutting machine, my printer, a Some Odd Girl digi stamp, and white gumballs.
I am linking this project up to the Some Odd Girl Annual Hol-ODD-day blog hop. If you would like to link up or hop along, go here for all of the details. The hop lasts from Dec 3rd through Dec get on over there and check it out.
You could use any size white gumballs for this project, but I like these "Snowball" kind.
Using my Silhouette and a sheet of pattern paper, I cut out the milk carton shape. Other than folding, there isn't much assembly to this container.  Then fill it up with gumballs and give it to your gum chewing friends as a fun little gift.
This is the front of the carton...with Snowball Tia.
 The side view.  I just printed out the label, inked the edges, and wrapped it around the entire carton.

 I used a double sided paper, so even the inside of the carton is cute.

Here is a close up of Snowball Tia. She is a SOG digi stamp. I used Copics to color her and a puffy heat embossed gel for her snow ball. There is a little glitter on the snowball, but you can't really see it here.