Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Gift From My Downline

Look at what I got at our last stamp club meeting from my downline gals! 
You're going to die when you scroll down and look at what they made!
Classic, cute explosion box, right?

Au contraire!  Look at this little gem!  It's a cupcake made of a
styrofoam ball and covered with paper.  Cute huh?
But that's not all ...

Pull on the cherry, and out comes a gift card ...  GENIUS!!!

I was so thrilled to get this.  These girls really are the besty best!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Our First Annual Downline Dinner and Swap

Yay!  I'm so excited to say that I have a "downline."  Really they're all my
sisters from other mothers!  I love these girls! 
So here are some details from our First Annual Downline Dinner and Swap ...
We started off with the menu that I put together using My Digital Studio.  It was way easier than I thought it was going to be to create this!  The "menu" template was already in my software, then I just added a few ornaments, input the text, printed it, then added a few rhinestones, and voila!

And here we are!  From left to right:  Linda, Janelle, me, Christy, and Gina.
My artsy creative mom is in my downline, too, but she scooted out early
before I remembered I wanted to get a picture of all of us,
so imagine that you see her standing beside us, too, because
I don't know how to Photoshop. :)
So here are our swaps ...
We started with Gina.  Isn't this a fabuloso idea?  She used the Snowflake Bigz die and made a tree with the Silver Glimmer paper and some Dazzling Details glitter.  Awesome job!

Next was Linda.  What a surprise this was!  She made some peppermint sugar scrub
and a butterfly-shaped lotion bar and tied some cozy socks on to finish the gift.  Too bad this isn't a smello-blog ... these REALLY smell yummy! 

Up next was my talented mom.  Isn't this adorable?  Little takeout box full of goodies!  And how smart to stamp the gingerbread man on that color paper to make it look like a real cookie!
After those swaps, I was starting to feel a little inadequate with mine that I almost decided to tell them, oh, I forgot to make any swaps!  But I went ahead and handed mine out.  These are the cocoa packet holders from a previous post.  They were really a hot seller in this year's craft fairs.

And for the grand finale, Christy's swap.  Mr. Claus himself made an appearance! 
Isn't it super cute with his buttons and embossed belt?
We had a wonderful time chatting and swapping and eating.  This has been the best year ever!  Looking forward to the Second Annual Downline Dinner and Swap!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Swap from Christmas dinner

Look at the cute gift I got last week at the Christmas dinner and swap that Denise put together for us!! I took my printer's tray frame as my swap. (Pictures in a previous post.)
Denise read a little exchange poem, we shuffled our gifts as the instructions in the poem were read. And I got to take home this little jewel.
The box and bow were handmade and the JOY frame inside is covered with Designer Series Paper.
Cool, huh? Thanks, Mary! And thank you April for inviting me!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Candy bar snowmen

They're baaaaack!!!! I made some changes to last year's favorite stocking stuffers.

These ones have the faces and buttons made with different size circle punches instead of a printed version.

The hats and scarves are assorted fleece fabric. For the hat, cut a piece of fleece about 6" x 5", sew a straight line on the edge of the 6" side, turn the sewn fleece inside out so the raw edge doesn't show, turn up the bottom to form a cuff, put on the covered candy bar, gather at the top with twine, add a bell, tie a bow, then cut straight cuts in the top to form the frills.

The scarves are a piece of fleece about 3/4" x 12".

Friday, December 7, 2012

Santa's best friend treat

Santa's reindeer might get a little jealous on Christmas when he gives his other four-legged friends their gifts. Come see me and pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for your furry pals, and even those two-legged shaven kinds too!

I'll be at the Shop For Paws Retail Therapy for Rescues this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It's at the Whole Foods shopping center at the SW corner of Coit and Beltline in Richardson.

See you there!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Keller High School Craft Fair

Here at the craft fair jamming to Christmas carols!!! Come see me. I'll be here till 5:00.