Well, that is only a few of my favorites from 2011 - I have many more but I narrowed it down to just these 7. I have great fun in creating whether it be for myself, my family or for others. I have to say becoming a blogger has helped me so much in exploring the many sides of my own creativity and learning other techniques. In the new year, I will continue to learn and explore so that my own creativity will continue to grow.
Thanks for stopping by and viewing some of my favorites from 2011!
I created this card originally for a challenge but by the time I got to link it it was already closed :( Oh well, I am though very happy with the way it turned out. The challenge required you to make a card using a snowman and it had to include a border, something metal, and be monochromatic. No matter, because a couple of new challenges are available:
I created this very simple layout as a gift for my mom for Christmas. The two pictures are of us wearing our Pink Christmas jammies. The picture on the left was taken Christmas Eve 2008 with just me, my Mom and my oldest daughter Kaitlyn. The picture on the right was taken Christmas Day 2010 with me, my Mom, Kaitlyn and my youngest daughter Jaidyn.
I used these items to create this layout:
Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge - for the font
Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge - for the jammies
The Ho Ho man came and boy weren't my girls surprised with all their gifts! I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has become a follower of mine. It really does mean so much to have others give you positive feedback. Thank you again and I hope you keep coming back! May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!!!
Just wanted to share a quick pic of our tree. Each year we choose a different color scheme and this year we chose snow white and blue. I'm not totally satisfied with the ribbon but it doesn't matter our 2 year old has been rearranging all of the ornaments anyhow!
The other day while at Michael's I picked up some of the un-finished wood and decided we would have a family craft night. So the other night we each had a un-finished wood ornament to paint.
This is my 2 year old Jaidyn painting her ornament:
This is my 9 year old Kaitlyn painting her ornament:
More pics of the kids and my husband working on their ornaments:
This is mine before it was finished:
Here is my finished project.
I used a really pretty ice blue and silver sparkle craft paint. I cut the snowflake from Cricut cartrdige Wrap-it-Up at 5 3/4 and then stickled it. Lastly I attached ribbon to the back that says, "Let it Snow."
These are my husband's and my oldest daughter Kaitlyn's projects.
They used red, green, blue, and silver sparkle craft paint. They also added some really chunky glitter and stickle. Kaitlyn also attached a Dilly Bean stamp - Snow Family that I printed out on cardstock and colored with Stampin' Up chalks. Both were finished off with some red ribbon.
Now this one was made by my 2 year old daughter Jaidyn...she had a blast painting her project and loved using all the colors. I finished it off for her by adding some bright pink ribbon.
Here they all are togther hanging from our living room window.
A couple years ago my mom introduced our family to the "Magical Dust." As the card reads, "On Christmas Eve sprinkle magical dust on your lawn. The glitter will sparkle in the moonlight, and help Santa find your house. The smell of the oats will guide the reindeer." So every year since we have practiced this tradition, now we are passing this tradition on to my daughter's 4th grade class. I know 9 and 10 year olds might not have the belief in Santa like they once had but maybe they could pass this on to a sibling or other younger child. So this Tuesday is Kaitlyn's last day before Winter break and along with the Magical Dust we will be sending her in with the Rudolph Treat Bags/Ornament/Gift Card Holder. I hope the kids like everything...I had such a blast making all of it!
Here are BOTH my daughters Jaidyn (2) and Kaitlyn (9) helping make all 30+ bags of Magical Dust.
Here are ALL of the completed bags:
I used these items to create this project:
Snack size Ziploc bags
Qatmeal - 1/3 cup
Buffalo Snow Flakes - 3 or 4 Tablespoons ** you can use regular glitter but the Buffalo Snow Flakes was more cost effective **
Red and white cardstock
Computer printer - to print out saying
Misc. Christmas stamps - for the Santa and Reindeer
Red and brown ink - for the Santa and Reindeer
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed my Magical Dust!
Today I share with you some little treat bags that I made for my daughter's 4th grade class for the last day before Winter break. What I also discovered after making just one of these cute little bags was that it can double as an ornament for the Christmas tree or gift card holder. The entire bag stands about 4 1/2 inches high, 3 inches wide and not quite 1 inch deep. I made 28 of these for my daughter's class!!!
I used these items to create these treat bags/ornaments/gift card holders:
Plantin SchoolBook Cricut cartridge - for the bag
Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge - for Rudolph
Martha Stewart punch - for the snowflakes
Red stickles - for Rudolph's nose
Misc. Christmas ribbon from Michael's
Here they are as ornaments on the tree:
I am entering this project in the following challenges:
The 2nd Sunday of December is National Children's Memorial Day. If you have not been touched by the death of a child then you may not know of this day. I have known of this day since 2005. On January 9, 2005 I was 29 weeks and 6 days pregnant with my son Aiden and while at work that afternoon I began to not feel well. I assumed I was having Braxton Hicks contractions but within in hours I was in severe pain and being taken to the hospital. Then the most awful news that can be given to a pregnant woman, my son did not have a heartbeat. I had had a complete placental abruption and my son was born still via C-section at 9:50pm. My entire life changed that day.
Later that year I was fortunate to get pregnant again in October but sadly I miscarried that baby at 8 weeks, who we named Kiran, on December 7, 2005. Just days later I went to my 1st National Children's Memorial Day ceremony and have been going every 2nd Sunday in December ever since.
The ceremony I attend starts at 6:30pm. There will be speakers, songs performed and then at 7:pm around the world candles will be lit. Everyone in attendance is welcome to come up on stage to light their candle and say their child's name over the microphone. This year I will be lighting my candle for my babies Aiden and Kiran, my nephew Chad (who was taken from us at 4 months to SIDS in 1993) and my brother Eric (who was taken from us at the young age of 42 in 2007).
Every day without my babies is a constant reminder of what I should have and don't. I MISS and LOVE Aiden and Kiran every second of every day and I know one glorious day we will be reunited. So tonight if you know someone who has lost a child at any age, for any reason just take a moment at 7:pm and light a candle for that child, so that their light will continue to shine even in death.
A new Thanksgiving traditional was started this year. I wanted to do this last year but never got around to doing it but with the help of my 9 year old daughter Kaitlyn we finally did it! I read somewhere about this project years ago and this is our "Give Thanks Basket." Basically the basket is where you keep strips of whatever color paper you'd like (I choose red, green and white) and throughout the year you write on a strip of paper something you are thankful for. Then next Thanksgiving you bring out the basket and read what your family has written on them throughout the year. Lastly, you make a chain-link garland out of the written on strips of paper and use for your Christmas decorations on your tree or wherever you'd like.
I used these items to create my Give Thanks Basket (ALL of these items I had in my stash):
basket (just one I had at my house)
leaves (from a Fall garland that had fallen off) - hot glued to the outside of the basket
wooden dowels - for the sign
jute packaging twine - for the sign
Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge - for the turkey
Sesame Street Seasons Cricut cartridge - for the leaves
Storybook Cricut cartridge - for the font
Studio G glitter glue
I am entering this project in the following challenges: