Friday, December 20, 2013

My 2013 Christmas cards

After meeting Tim Holtz I was so inspired by his creativity that I decided to follow his designs to make my Christmas cards this year.

 For materials I used just one set of his stamps, distress inks ( vintage photo,barn door, tumble glass and crushed olive), some twine, ribbons and  a set  of his tinsel twine in silver.

A made a dozen cards for my family and friends in a breeze, each one different that the other.

Using the basic elements but changing the colors.

Hoping that they brought holiday cheer to their recipients.

Thank you so much for reading and for this wonderful year on the blog. 
Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

DIY Santa Topiaries

I volunteered this year to create centerpieces for our Christmas party at work. Looking for options I made this cute trio of  Santa topiaries for the buffet table.

Using very simple materials: Tin cans (Target Dollar Spot),small topiaries (Dollar Tree Stores),ribbon, a small dowel,cotton balls, white felt sheet and basket filling.

First cover your topiaries with red paper using glue. Attach the cotton ball as your top and a strip of the white felt as the border.

Prepare your tin and insert a little piece of dowel. I used a Styrofoam piece that I had leftover from a package to create stability.

Assemble your pieces together and decorate as you wish. I used silver metallic basket filling, a red bow and a stamped circle in each one to read: Ho Ho Ho.

Very easy and festive project.

 Thanks for reading and Happy holidays.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Our Circus Christmas

Every year my daughters and I decide what theme we are going to use for our Christmas decorations. We do not like the traditional decor and always try to incorporate a fun twist to our holidays. This year we decided on a Circus Christmas.

 It was a hard challenge because it is hard to find items already made with this theme, so we decided to make our own.

For the tree ornaments we used chipboard Christmas ornaments that we painted and decorated. 

We have clown noses, pin wheels,stars and clear ornaments filled with peanuts. We used a string of paper tickets as a garland.

For the table setting colorful plates adorned with popcorn baskets that we got at two for a dollar at the Dollar tree stores.

The centerpiece for my table is a carousel made out of paper. I made this carousel using scrapbook paper and printables. It was very fun to make. It is mounted on a lazy Susan so it really turns around!

Here is a view of my dining room.

We found these awesome gift bags and wrapping paper at World market stores. This really pulled the theme together.

An array of fun items made with printables are found all around the house.

This was I would say one of the most fun themes we have used for Christmas. Thank you for reading and your comments. Wishing everybody an awesome holiday season.