Friday, December 16, 2011

Merry Christmas Stocking

I ran out of cards again, so had to do some quick and easy ones for my last minute sending. I love the simplicity of these and they went together so quickly! Just what I needed this time of year!
Ingredients: Stitched Stockings, Inside sentiment from Come to Bethlehem
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Jewels, Organza Ribbon, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stocking Punch, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals
Inside I stamped the Merry Christmas and the stocking again in Not Quite Navy. Really a simple card, but fun to do!

Check out the clearance rack online! Up to 80% off on Stampin' Up! They have some of the old whale style punches on clearance (my favorite kind of punch!) and lots of really good deals! Order on-line and have it shipped right to you! Just click on the button on the top left and it will take you right to the page...set up an account and you're ready to roll! What fun! Great prices! Check them out!
I've gotten my first order from the new Occasions Mini Catalog going live in January, but haven't had time to play with them just yet! You will love all the new things coming!

Katie and I finished our first course of cake making last night. I've really learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it. Katie's already signed us up for course 2 coming in January! Last night we did roses and boy, did I have a hard time with mine at first! My frosting was just not right and after messing around with trying to get the right consistency, I was covered with purple frosting! Sticky! Not one of my favorite things! I did get a lot of practice making roses.  Hopefully next time, it'll go a little smoother! One thing that I learned last night, was that the frosting is a BIG thing when you're trying to make flowers! Katie did an awesome job on hers, and was the first one finished, while I struggled with the frosting. She made these beautiful pink roses.
Gorgeous, don't you think?
We're off to Disney today! I have the stockings all ready to finish in the car...just hand sewing to do on them now for the binding, then they will all be done...all 14 of them! I figure we have lots of driving to do in the next couple of days, so no problem keeping busy in the car! 
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus! What a wonderful season to stop and reflect on all the He has done for us! We are so blessed! I pray that you're getting done with all your preparations and can sit back now and enjoy the season!
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Frosty and Rudy

Tis the season...for being BUSY! I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and all the preparations and surprises! I'm in the process of helping Katie make quilted stockings for all of Dickson's family that are coming, getting shopping done, presents wrapped and mailed, cards finished and more cards made, and preparing for our trip to Disneyland! WOW! Can't wait! Then to top it off, Katie and I are taking a cake decorating class at our local Joanne's store with classes on Tues and Thurs nights. We've finished 2 lessons so far, and boy, have I learned a lot about cake baking and decorating! Here's a picture of our first cakes...

Katie made the cupcake one and I made the fish one. My poor cake had the eye squished on the way home, so my fish just wasn't seeing right! Sure tasted better than most fish though!
Not too bad for rookies, right? Holly, who is teaching the class has a cake business and has been so kind to share all her knowledge with us...even a wonderful cake recipe for high altitude. I didn't realize that Elko was over 5,000 feet! We split our cakes and put a peach filling in it between the layers! So yummy!!!! They didn't last long around here!

Have been busy too with doing some paper crafting. I made these for stocking stuffers for the kids and gave one to each of the ladies that came to the last Wrap it Up! class. I love them! They hold a Hershey bar and can be opened and closed so that you can use them again after the candy is gone. A very talented demonstrator, Michelle Suit shared the pattern for us on our demonstrator web site. Thanks Michelle!

Ingredients: Whisper White, Soft Suede Paper, scraps of Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Red Glimmer paper, Basic Black
Accessories: Buttons emboslit, 1" circle punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Owl Punch, Snowflake Die, Black Pen, White Pen, Candy Cane Christmas Fabric, Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Here's Michelle's Pattern for cutting and scoring (made super easy with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool!)
If you have any questions on how to do it, don't hesitate to contact me.
Elko held a Christmas Parade on Saturday night that we attended too. I was really impressed! The businesses that had floats did a wonderful job. They passed out all kinds of candy, pop from the Pepsi truck, jingle bells (one of the things that Faith wanted for Christmas!) and a stuffed animal to each of the kids at the end of the parade. They had a beautifully done ice sculpture displayed at City Hall, and lots of festivities for the people waiting for the parade. We had a blast!

I see a couple of scrapbook pages coming!!
I pray that as each of you are busy with the Holidays, that you take time to stop and pause and celebrate the reason for the season...JESUS! What a great time we're having celebrating His birth!
 Joy to the World!
Happy Stampin'!