Sunday, December 11, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Event: Day 12

On the 12th Day of Christmas My Crafty Friends Gave to Me.....

A Crafty Idea by Juliana: Music Sheet Christmas Ornament

To see pictures of this beautiful ornament you can visit Juliana's blog here


A Crafty Packaging Idea by Karla ( KARLAS001 on You Tube)......

and a Mini Album Gift Idea.....


Some Christmas Card Ideas by Jani 

card one I used paper from me&my big ideas,glitz spritz desert moon cactus gold,ribbon from a salvation army haul and metal glitter butterfly from and old barrett, say it in pearls,flowers from yardsale.second card I used paper me& my big ideas,ribbon from a salvation army haul,glitter from martha stewart silver,flower from prima, all images are found online,third card two shades of green,moon shadow mist gossamer gold  I painted on her hair, ribbon from salvation army haul and flower from prima. 
Visit Jani's blog here 


A Crafty Decor Idea by Kimberly

This is a 11 x 14 Canvas Fram.  I painted it Gold and turned it over to use the side you wouldn't use.  I incerted a paper with Christmas Music paper. I show how to make the tree on my You Tube Channel.
and I also listed photos on how to make this your self on my Blog.


Thank you Everyone for stopping by everyday to check out all the awesome ideas! Doreen and I will be getting all the giveaway presents out this week to all of our winners!
I hope you all have a safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our crafty friends♥
Patti & Doreen

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

On the 11th Day of Christmas My Crafty Friends Gave to Me.........

A Crafty Gift Idea by Nancy Dynes ( TatteredTreasures on You Tube): Altered box and Iced Snowflakes

I was so excited when Patti and Doreen invited me to participate in their 12 Days of Christmas event! I created this altered box and set of Christmas ornaments to share with you. Today I’ll show you how to take a cereal box and some plastic packaging material and turn them into these vintage inspired ‘iced snowflake’ ornaments. I just love taking items we would normally toss out and upcycling them into something to treasure. My best wishes to all for a happy Christmas!

A Baking Idea by Patti Carrow:  Soda Cracker Cookies
This is a popular cookie at Christmas time in my house. This recipe was given to me by my Mother In Law. When she was alive she would make these every year and if she didn't the Grandkids would complain! I now am in charge of making these delicious cookies every year! I don't mind making them at all because they are my favorite too, and they are so easy to make even in large batches!

Joanne's Soda Cracker Cookie's
2 sticks of butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
soda crackers ( about 1-1/2 rows)
aluminum foil
baking sheet
medium saucepan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay soda crackers in a single layer on foiled lined baking sheet. set aside. In a medium saucepan put the 2 sticks of butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil on medium heat stirring constantly till all the butter is melted. When it starts to boil set your timer for exactly 3 minutes. Stir the butter/ brown sugar sauce for the 3 minutes. When the timer goes off remove from heat and pour over soda crackers. Spread evenly making sure each cracker is covered. Place in oven for exactly 7 minutes. Remove from oven after the 7 minutes is up and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Wait a few minutes for the chips to melt and spread evenly. Refrigerate for several hours. remove from fridge and peal away the aluminum foil from the bottom carefully. Now break off pieces ( you can cut them if you want them even) and add to a container. Make sure you keep these babies in the fridge to keep them crunchy! 

These cookies make great gifts! 
Also, my kids still like to watch them bubble up when they are in the oven! They thought it was magic when they were younger! Think of it as 7 minutes of peace and quiet! 

Thank you Nancy for your amazing project!!!!

Day 10 winner is........

Boni she said...
wow everything we need soft lights ,beautiful door frame and welcoming bread . I wish I was at your house for Christmas <3 wonderful as always

Congratulations Boni!!!!

Tomorrow is the last post for the 12 Days of Christmas Event!!!!! Hope you all can stop back and check out the last few projects of the event!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Event: Day 10

On the 10th Day of Christmas My Crafty Friends Gave to Me.........

A Crafty Decor Idea by Violet Foskey: A Altered Candle Jar


Another Crafty Decor Idea by Kari Sanchez: A Pine Spray for over your Door

First off, it is greenery I put over my door or a Christmas picture and usually I just put white lights in it and hang it up but since I am getting a purple tree I thought ah ha! I can finally decorate purple and silver like I been wanting to for years...have to admit that it took some time and yet was a lot of fun to come up with it.  Also didn't realize I ran out of a lot of I improvise...and I made two projects instead of one for ya to see how we can use the flowers I learned to make...which was a lot of fun!!!

Take the greenery and fluff it up ...especially if it has been in storage...hehe...

then I use a ribbon I was given by my pastor's wife for me just because....she knows how I LOVE I just put it throughout the greenery and tied the beginning and the end of what I wanted to use...I love how it is full of texture and silver bling....then I had a little piece leftover to make a bow and tied that to the bottom below.


Then I made some of these pretty purple flowers out of different color cardstock...which was a lot of fun but does take time to make and you can see by my pic you can make them any size basically I did just that from small to a larger to give it dimension.  You cut a square of cardstock and i do like 2x2, 3x3, and up....then you cut a circle then you cut the circle all around the shape so you can twirl it up but also near the end make a small circle so you can use that as a base to stand the flower and then once you twirl it up you let go a bit and then the flower comes out and on the circle part of the last part of what you cut is your base to hold the flower and I glue gun mine but you can use any strong glue like Helmar or Aleene's.

  Then I cut out some green leaves to give my flower some real life...hehe. 

Then I just glue gun the flowers all over the greenery and voila!  So pretty! I wanted to add pearl gems to it and mist it up ...then I found out ...gasp...I am out...then went to look for my flowers will be blinged up some more later but I think it looks cute as is.  Hope this at least inspires you try your hand at making something like this and it can also be used as a center piece for a table and have candles added...(didn't have that either)....

well I had so much fun making the flower that I made another project...

I made a pin that you can wear anytime of the year but also makes a great gift and in any color but I decided to make this for me...hehe...
I used a piece of lace from what I ordered actually from Ooh-La-La-Vintage Store....the have awesome lace ribbons and more...yummy...anyways to get back on track here..I cut a piece of white lace and trimmed 2 inches...folded in half and glued it to make a little poof then added some flowers (put a white bead pin centers) and a leaf and voila...a cute pin to wear! 

Thanks for letting me be here to give some gift/Christmas ideas...Merry Christmas to you all.
In His Love,


A Recipe from Violet Foskey for Banana Walnut Bread

Banana Walnut Bread

Preheat oven to 350
1 & 3/4 c all purpose flour
2/3 c sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 & 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
Place all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
2 ripe medium to large bananas
1/3 c vegetable oil                         
2 medium eggs
Place wet ingredients in a blender and mix until blended together well.

Pour wet mixture in with dry ingredients and stir with large spoon until blended well.  Blend in 1/2-1 cup of chopped walnuts.  Pour blended mixture into a well greased bread pan.  Bake @ 350 until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.  Yummy!  Yummy!

Thank you Violet and Kari for some awesome decor ideas!

The winner for Day 8 is..........

Rosie Cooper she said...
Thank you Lina and Kimie I love easy things to craft at Christmas that are easy to do but look great when done
Congratulations! Please email me with your snail mail address!

Please remember to leave a comment so you can have a chance to win a surprise Christmas gift in our daily giveaway!

Only 2 days left on the event!! So please stop back tomorrow for more great ideas!!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Event: Day 9

On the 9th Day of Christmas My Crafty Friends Gave to Me..................

A Crafty Decor Idea from Lina :  Upcycled Christmas ornaments


A Gift Idea also from Lina: Mini Notepad

Make Sure you stop by Lina's You Tube Channel and subscibe because she is going to do a giveaway for new subscribers! Here is a link to her channel


A Creative Gift Idea by Kimie: Altered Clothespin Magnet and Card

HELLOOOOO Everyone!!
Here is a easy and simple gift idea that could be givin' not just at Christmas time; but anytime of the year. I love to make handmade gifts ( which I'm sure WE All when coming up with this idea I thought to myself, "What could I make that would be useable and enjoyable ALL the time"
 Hey why not a "Altered Clothespin Magnet w/ Card"!! 

  When the Hoidays are over the card can be put away with all the other cards we collect and still use the "Altered Clothespin Magnet" for ohter things: Hold pics on the frige or office, "To Do List", or a "Crafting Must Have" list !!! LOL!! 
" Endless" I say!!

Items Used:
*Clothespins- plain wooden ones form Walmart: you could take apart & paint or crakle paint yourself OR Michaels sales magnetic clothespins that are in many different color plastic ( with the magnets already on them).
*Magnets- you can find @Walmart in the craft area
* Tule /Lace-awesome finds I must say at Oh La La Vintage Treasures
*String Pearls
*Hot Glue Gun
*Any Other Yummy Embellies- You might have in a hore vault! LOL!
Hope everyone enjoys my gift idea for this 12 Days of Christmas event!!
Special Thanks to Patti & Dorren for inviting me to partake in a AWESOME event!! I had a blast!! HUG TO YOU BOTH!!! :)

Thank you Lina and Kimie for your creative gift ideas!

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the daily surprise Christmas present giveaway! 

Day 8 winner of the giveaway is......

Jani's altered Art she said...
patti I love the skates they are so baeutiful. You are so talented

Thank you for stopping by and checking out all the great ideas for today! Stop back tomorrow for day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Event!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Event: Day 8

On the 8th Day of Christmas My Crafty Friends Gave to Me.............

A Crafty Gift Idea by Vang : Vintage & Shabby Chic Dove Ornaments


A Decor Gift Idea by Patti: Altered Ice skates Wall Hanging

To see how I altered these skates watch this video........

Thank you for stopping by today! Make sure you stop back tomorrow to see more great ideas for Christmas! 
Don't Forget to leave a comment to be entered in the daily surprise Christmas present giveaway!

Day 7 winner is..........

~VIRGINIA~she said...
Happy Birthday Linda!
Those napkin rings would look amazing for a dinner party. And so easy to make. Thank you Tricia.
I love how you did your box Pam. Very shabby chic. Thanks for sharing Hugs Virginia

Thank you Vang for your beautiful project and participating in the event! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Event: Day 7

On the 7th Day of Christmas My Crafty Friends Gave To Me........

A Decor Idea by Tricia: Napkin Ring Holders


A Gift Idea from Pam: Altered Box

HOLA EVERYONE!!!! I am excited about this post for a couple of reasons! FIRST>>>It is LINDA's BIRTHDAY and SECONDLY>>>>> it is DAY 7 of the 12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS OOH -LA- LA VINTAGE TREASURES BLOG HOP EVENT!   Thank you Patti and Doreen for including me in such a fun event!

My project is a simple gift using something old and making it new again with a shabby chic flair. A wooden box discovered at a yard sale, a vintage playing card, items in my stash and beautiful products from OOH- LA- LA VINTAGE TREASURES ARTFIRE SHOP turned into an WONDERFUL birthday gift! Give it a try! Simple, quick and elegant.

You can use any box to alter. I found this wooden box at a yard sale for $3! AWESOME find! Using crackle paint,  I painted it blue. I did not paint the inside as it was already padded and I like that! 

Using the bottom left side of the Webster's Pages "Ladies & Gents Framed Beauty" paper that I purchased from OOH LA LA VINTAGE TREASURES, I used the bottom of the box to trace the oval that I would use on the lid of the box. I knew the oval I traced and cut would be smaller, but that is what I wanted. I inked the edge of the oval and adhered it to the lid with quick drying glue. Using a second sheet of the same patterned paper, I fussy cut 2 flowers from the sheet, inked the edges and placed them to the side. 

I hot glued lace around the lid and let it set. I hot glued flatback pearls on the lace and let it set. I found it easier to hot glue both the lace and pearls a 1/2 inch at a time as the hot glue sets quickly. 

I hot glued the lovely bouquet (top) and the flowers (bottom) are also from the OOH LA LA VINTAGE TREASURES ARTFIRE SHOP! (The flowers were a thank you gift from Patti and Doreen and went PERFECTLY with my project!) 

I adhered a vintage playing card to the "mirror" on the paper. I hot glued flatback pearls around the card's edge. I adhered the flowers the I previously fussy cut with foam dots to give them dimension. I hot glued flowers and leaves that I found in my stash and about an hour later..........

I loved how this project turned out! OOH LA LA----the bouquet really makes the entire box pop! Stop by OOH -LA- LA VINTAGE TREASURES ARTFIRE SHOP and check out the awesome goodies for sale! 

Have an AWESOME DAY!!!!

Here is a video with more details!

The winner of Day 6 of The 12 Days of Christmas Event is.........

Anita she said...
Thank you Colton----you take after your Mother----very artistic.Your wreath is great.
HUgs, Anita

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance win a surprise Christmas Gift

Thank you Pam and Tricia for your amazing projects!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Event: Day 6

On The 6th Day of Christmas My Crafty Friends Gave to Me..........

A cute kids crafty idea with Colton Stilwell:

Mr. Cutie Colton

Colton's wreath:

This is an EASY project that uses materials most people have at home. Paper/ styrofoam

 plates are cheap as is tissue paper. My lil guy LOVES his wreath and is displaying it proudly

 on our front door. Grab these basic supplies and craft with your kiddos!!! Great memories

 are sure to come out of it!!

 1. Paper or styrofoam plate. Using something round and cut a hole in the center.

 2. cut lil squares from green tissue paper... glue centers to plate.


3. tear little pieces of red tissue paper and roll into balls.

4. Glue balls on green "leaves" 
 5. make a bow and using wire or pipe cleaner, tie bow to pipe cleaner or wire.

Thank you Colton for making this beautiful wreath for today's 12 Days of Christmas Event!!


Now it's Colton's Mom, Tanya with a cute wreath frame

GREAT way to send a lil Christmas cheer and a photo of your child to a loved one. This is an

 easy project that requires only a few supplies. This can be altered to use any shape and can

 be added to for a fuller wreath. Limitless possibilities!!

Punch or Cut with your Cricut.. 3 different sized squares... or whatever shape you would like.( 

24 total) this will be 6 of each kind and 3 of each color. Assemble by alternating color pieces

 and gluing them together at 90 degree intervals.( OR.. Use a hole punch and a brad and brad

 them together as I did) Punch a 1/16th hole ( hole punch) at both top corners. Using your 

Cricut, punch, or even hole punch.. punch out 9 red 1/4" circles and 3 red 1/2 " circles. In the

 center of the layered scallops ( squares above) , glue 3 grouped 1/4" red circles. Place it on

 every other one. Next, glue the 1/2" circles to the center of the other scalloped squares. Add

 little highlight to the circles with a white pen. Add a photo and then tie a bow.. Ta Da... What a

 GREAT gift for anyone!! ( This can be altered so many different ways by adding more layers,

 different shapes and colors)


A Decor Idea by Doreen:

12 Days of Christmas Event winner from Day 5 is...........

PurpleFuntastick Creations she said...
Wow...stunning and love this! I will have to try my hand at making one...but mine will have to be in purple...hehe...thanks so much for sharing your tree and banner...Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)
Don't forget to leave a comment because you may be a winner of today's surprise giveaway!

Thank you Colton, Tanya, and Doreen for your amazing projects!