Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Perky Little Penguin Card

     Welcome to another Post for My Cricut Craft Room. This week Erica asked the Design Team to use a "perky penguin" on our cards. If you have been following my blog, then you know that Decemeber is a HUGE birthday month for us. Last week my grandson Nicholas in Florida turned 6. This week my grandson Benjamin also turns 6. Yup, we are a very close family, lol. Would you like to see the card I made for Ben?
     Since Ben can be a character, I thought he would love this penguin. I used the penguin from Winter frolic. The image is on page 57 and I cut all the layers @ 3 1/4". The beak is still rather small so I used a Quickie glue pen which is perfect for small areas. I also used a white gel pen for the eyes.
     I cut the layer for the hat and pop twice, once in red and once in yellow. The top of the hat has some Fun Flock to add some dimension (and because I couldn't find any small pom poms in my stash!). The background pattern is from DCWV Winter card stack with glitter.
     In order to make sure I had a perky penguin, I placed him on an action wobble. The trees are left over from some tags I had made and thought they went perfect with this project. I even added a few to the inside of the card. The foremost tree is raised with some pop dots.
     The "silly sixes" sentiment is from Pink By Designs "age is only a #.
     Well that's it for today. I hope you are all enjoying the upcoming festivities. Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends. Now please be sure to head back over to My Cricut Craft Room and see what my design team sisters have to share with you. 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Decorating For Christmas

     How are your projects coming? Anyone finish their shopping yet? What about wrapping all those gifts? Have you done any baking yet? I know, I know it can be overwhelming. For some reason though, I just can't get in the mood until I do some decorating. That is what seems to put me in the spirit of the season.
     I thought I would show you some of my decorations of what I have done so far. (It is always a work in progress, lol). All of these were without anything Cricut, however, I always keep coming up with ideas so this will probably be updated.
     Today I finished decorating the tree. I love to add ribbon and especially bows. This year I decided to do a spiral wrap with the new ribbon I got at Michael's.Here's our tree:
     I used 2 different sizes of sheer ribbon, the larger ribbon for the 2 bows for the tree top and 30 yards of a small size to "wrap" the tree. I also got a co coordinating solid ribbon with the same beautiful gold flourish to make my bows with.
     We have a rather odd collection of ornaments but collectively they work! I have a set of the nutcracker blown ornaments my mom gave us when my daughters were dancing in the production. The beautiful Christmas tree frame was a place setting that my daughter Amy used one Christmas Day for Dinner. We each had one so it was quite fancy. I don't know where she gets her party ideas from, lol. I still have some of the red ornaments with the snowflakes left from when my kids were small. Sadly some have gone by the wayside.
   I can't believe we still have all 3 of these Santas left! They have a paper mache face and real wool hair and beard.
     I have some tapestry balls that are from the Smithsonian Museum Store. Will you just look at the Santa with sunglasses! We have several clay ornaments from the grand children in Florida. Of course I have some snowbabies ornaments. In case you missed it, I have a post on one part of my snowbaby display HERE. Speaking of the Smithsonian Museum Store, my husband and I have been collecting some carousel animals for several years. He really loved these and I thought they were pretty different. While we usually incorporate them on our main tree, this year I decided to give them a tree of their own:

     The following pictures will give you a better idea of these unique ornaments.
     I thought this was a fun ribbon to use with these decorations. This is a really fun part horse, part mermaid. The gold color details are beautiful in person.
      We have a  horse and a camel.
     We even have a zebra, tiger giraffe and an elephant.
     I still have more to do: set up the village, decorate the mantel and oh yah, do some shopping now that I am in the spirit full swing. Let's not forget all those Italian cookies I have to bake!!!
     I'll be back with future posts on my ideas. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Chanukah to all my Jewish friends out there.

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