Monday, December 19, 2011

Sugar & Spice and All Things Nice

Christmas is fast approaching and it feels nice!  My sons are home from college and our house is buzzing with activity.  It is funny how much having two more people in the house changes everything.  Our dog Bijou is beside herself with joy that her buddies are home.  I know how she feels!

This week's A Muse Studio Challenge Blog theme is Sugar & Spice and All Things Nice.  I love candy canes as does one of my nieces.  I have a small vase on my dining room table filled with the red and white canes.  Not only are they great to snack on, they make a great decorating accent.  So of course I wanted to use this cute candy cane image from the a|s Holiday Tags set.  So many great images in that set!!!

I hope you enjoy this week's challenge and be sure to post a link to your posting to enter to win the prize.

Monday, December 12, 2011


Thankfully there are no snowflakes on the ground now but I am sure that is only temporary given that I live in New England!

I am the host of this week's A Muse Studio Challenge Blog and I chose the theme of SNOWFLAKES!  I love them and prefer to look at them through a window while in a nice, warm cozy building and not through a windshield.  Last winter I got hit by a guy not paying attention to the little buggers coating the road and he slid right into my car.  Not a fun day!

Anyway, the project that I made using snowflakes is a gift card holder.  This is super simple to make and can be used for any occasion.

Cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/4" x 7".  Score it at 3" and 6".  Fold cardstock to create Make a belly band 1 1/2" x 7"  in coordinating colors.  Using an A1 envelope, seal it and trim off the sides just a hair to create a sleeve.  Fold the envelope in half so the sleeves are facing up.  Using a 1 1/2" circle punch, punch each sleeve opening to create a finger notch (optional).  Stamp front of envelope as desired and attach using adhesive on the back of the envelope to the inside of the cardstock.  Bend belly band around the gift card holder and adhere ends together.  Decorate band and outside of gift card holder as desired.  Insert a gift card and a To/From card into each of the sleeves and  Voila!  A gorgeous, super simple gift card holder!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Blog Hop - Anything Goes

Are you ready for the holidays?  I cannot say that I am ready but I am looking forward to spending lots of time with family and friends.  My kids will be home from college for three weeks!  I miss my guys - it is not the same at home without them.  Even our dog Bijou misses them terribly!

Anyway this month's A Muse Studio Consultant Blog Hop theme is 'Anything Goes'.  I have been hosting tag workshops and they have been a big hit!  Everyone loves the tags and I have heard a few people say they do not want to give them away.  Pretty funny!  Handmade tags really make the gift seem that much more special.