Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some Photos from the Bahamas

This is Count Basey Square at Port Lucaya, Bahamas.

This is a picture of Golden Beach. The same beach where parts of The Pirates at the Caribbean parts 2 and 3 were filmed. When it is low tide most of this picture would be a rippled white sandy beach.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

As the Sunsets

This is a photo I took at twilight and had to alter it a bit with Photoshop Elements.

As the sunsets and my holiday organization and planning time dwindles I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you.

I have met so many wonderful crafters recently and I am so blessed for that. I appreciate all the inspiration that they provide me with.

I am not sure how many, if any posts, I will be getting in until after the holiday so I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Winners from the Create It Green blog hop

The winner of the Amy Butler pad of Specialty paper is Cheryl from She Stamps.

The winner of the two Stampin Up! stamp sets is Patricia May from The Whyte Paper.

Please e-mail me at with your address.

Congratulations!! And Thank you to everyone who made the Create It Green blog hop a big success.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Green Christmas ornaments

These ornaments are made from plastic fruit cups. When my children eat a fruit cup for a snack, I keep the plastic cups and wash them out.

For this project I painted them with silver paint. When dry I drilled a small hole in the top to insert a ribbon so that I could hang it on the tree. Then I embellish it with ribbon, punched out leaves, old fake berries and holly that my mom had saved and in one case crystal effects and glitter.

The final touch is to add a charm that hangs by a white thread.

Another option would be to drill the hole a bit bigger so that you could put a light from a strand of Christmas lights through it. Then you could have a strand of bells that light up.

The next ornament that I have been making is made from the tube of the paper towel. I flattened the tube and cut the tube into 1/2 inch strips. Then I took my gesso and painted all the circles to make them stronger. Once they were dry then I sewed on some beads. The final step is to use red sticky tape to attach the petals and add a thread to hang it by.

Please leave me a comment, for a chance to win a pad of Amy Butler's recycled specialty paper. I will draw the winner's name on Monday at 2pm EST.

How to create Coffee Filter Flowers

One of the Create It Green followers had asked for a tutorial on how to make these coffee filter flowers so I thought maybe others would like to know too.

You will start with a regular coffee filter. You can recycle the one that you used in your coffee maker, just through the grinds in the compost and rinse it off and dry it.

If you don't use a coffee maker on a regular basis, take a coffee filter and soak in either tea or coffee. The tea makes a lighter tan. Then let it dry.

Once the filter is dry cut out the middle like in this picture. Then take a needle and thread and do a whip stitch where I have made the lines with a marker. When all the way around pull the string tight and it will give you the petals. The outside part will make a flower like the pink one and the inside circle will make one like the dark purple one.

Tie your thread off. Then I just rubbed some ink on the edges to give it some color. The chalk inks work the best on this. Then the final touch is the button. You may either glue it on or use embroidery floss to sew it on.

The card below is an example of what you can do with it.

Please leave me a comment to win two Stampin Up! stamp sets, Organic Grace and God's Beauty.

Create It Green Christmas Blog Hop

Today is the big day. The design team and contributors from Create It Green are excited to bring you a "green" Christmas blog hop. It starts at 12:00 noon EST and will run until 10pm tonight with tutorials, green crafts and prizes.

We will start off showing you some small green projects and then starting at 1pm we will be showing your some tutorials.

This is the order of the hop for 12 noon today.
Christi (she has some awesome projects on her blog)

This first card is made with parts of the box that held candy canes. The scallops and the main image are from the candy cane box. I used vintage lace and a Christmas sticker that came with labels in the mail. I roughed up the edges a bit and added some brown ink to try to make it look old.
This next card was made using parts of vintage jewelry. I went to the antique store not long ago and they were selling bags of old costume jewelry and other little bits in the bag. So I bought some and took all the jewelry apart so that I could use them in different projects. I believe the plaid circle used to be a part of a button. The wreath was an earring. The image is a scrap piece of part with a sticker for the saying. The chipboard ornament is left over from last year. I painted the ornament with gesso ( which is what artists use to prepare a canvas before painting) and then added glitter before it dried.

Please come back here to visit me at 1:00pm EST and 4:00 pm EST to see some tutorials and win some prizes.

I hope you have fun today. Please bare with us since this is our very first blog hop.
Please go visit Cyndi now.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Give away- week 3

This is a stamp from Outline Stamps. This type of stamp is used to make jewelry.

Here is a link to what you can make.
What you have to do to win this product is as follows:

1. Post a Comment
2. Extra points will be given to:
a) followers of my blog
b) those whom post the give away on their own blog

I will draw a name on December 10th around 2pm EST.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Making Embellishments

These are some of the embellishments I have been making. The white one is even made from a used dryer sheet. The fabric is from Heather Bailey.

I have also used some of my scrap felt to make some of these embellishments. I used embroidery floss and beads to dress them up. My son even made me the heart.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Count down

Hi there,
I am sorry I have been so busy with planning for the Create It Green blog hop this coming Saturday that I have neglected my blog.

Our family is also starting to count down for our trip to the Bahamas soon.

So many things to do at this time of year.

I am so excited about the blog hop. It is Create It Green's first and I hope it will go smoothly, if we have a few bumps in the road, please be kind to us and consider the time of year.

I will get back to Friday Give- away this Friday.