Friday, December 20, 2013

Step Aside, Coffee - Last Minute Gift idea!

TGIF!  Unity Friends with Flair day!
Last minute Christmas idea browsing?  It's crunch time, which often means gift cards & quick craft projects around my house.  I love making felt coffee sleeves.  My sleeve is decked out for my gift with a fun tag and little libation from my local grocery store.

The coffee sleeve is very easy to make.  Simply keep one of the disposable cardboard ones you receive at your local coffee shop, unfold it and cut a similar shape from some craft felt.  Adhere some velcro to the ends of the felt for a quick way to adjust the size of the sleeve for different cups.  Decorate as you wish - I used some My Favorite Things felt, MFT & Spellbinders dies, and some embroidery floss for my decorated sleeve.  The tag pulls it all together, too.  Here's a better image of that...

As soon as I saw this little stamp from Unity, "Step Aside, Coffee," I knew it had a place in my stash.  Friends and co-workers I know can so appreciate the sentiment, and what a cute simple image!  Oh, and by the way, there's an awesome sale at Unity right now...  

Eat, drink and be merry!  Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 6, 2013

OH what a tangled mess...

Oh yes, Unity's Friends with Flair seems to know just how I feel... need to "craft for the soul" as Andrea suggests?  This was it for me.... My craft room is a total mess with all kinds of holiday madness.  I felt compelled to make this tonight as a little reminder for myself...

I used Unity Stamp Company Tinsel in a Tangle stamp set, colored simply with black and gold, some Kraft cardstock, patterned paper from Papertrey Ink and a little gold string & gold snowflake cut from a Martha Stewart paper punch.  

If you are organized and tidy during this busy holiday season, I congratulate you.  If you have some free time, please come by and help me fix up my mess!!!  TGIF!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Merry Monday #86 & A Merry Monday Success Story...

The Merry Monday challenge this week is to use a Chalkboard style.
I saw this early in the year and thought it was super cool.  I even wrote more than one Trendy Tuesday article for the Paper Crafters Library about the technique (one for the technique, and one featuring products with this style).  I've gotta tell you I struggle with the genuine technique.  My efforts at "chalking" black cardstock have just looked so messy.  So my next best option- a My Minds Eye Chalk Studio sticker that I stamped and embossed my greeting on!  

And now for my Merry Monday success story...
I have been playing with the Merry Monday challenge on & off all year.  Sometimes I created something in time to post to the challenge, and sometimes I just got a card made after the challenge week passed.  As I sat down after Thanksgiving to review what cards I would still need to make, I was so excited to see I have PLENTY!  Yes, Christmas cards were already prepared for the year, but it's fun to make more just for the fun of it!  This takes so much pressure off and gives me lots of time to complete more handmade gifts.  HOORAY!  Thanks, Lesley!  

Enjoy & have a great weekend!

Nitty gritty card details:  Papertrey Ink sentiment from Happiest of Holidays was embossed in Stampin' Up! craft white ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on to a My Minds Eye Chalk Studio sticker.  Comfort Cafe SU! DSP, Crumb Cake & Ridinghood Red cardstock used.  Cherry Cobbler bakers twine wound around layers and tied to a couple of craft foam mini-mittens.  One of the little foam hearts adhered near the sentiment.

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!