Monday, November 30, 2009

Parade of Lights Layout

Christmas is such a bright and sparkly holiday! I love all the shimmer and shine, so naturally that translates into my Christmas scrapbook layouts.
I used lots of glitz for this Parade of Lights layout. I love these glittery chipboard letters... I'll be so sad when I run out!
I made some crepe paper rosettes and glittered the edges of them for some extra sparkle and texture.
I also added some gold sequin stars for more shimmer and shine... it is a parade of lights layout after all! ;)

I've got lots of fun Christmas scrapbook goodies in my shop, so be sure to stop by and get some so you are ready to get all those holiday photos scrapped!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

...and the winner is...

I had my #1 helper draw a name for me. He was very happy to help, but was a little disappointed to find out the drawing was for my shop and not something to do with him! ;)

Congrats goes to Jami! Yeah! I'll get those out to you next week! Thanks to all who entered the giveaway! Be sure to keep an eye on my shop this week... more new goodies going in!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Oh my it's Black Friday! Last day for giveaway!

Well I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, my family and I sure did! It made me miss my Gram a bit... we always used to sit down with a cup of coffee and look at the ads together at the end of the evening to see where we wanted to go. We always went shopping and then back to her house for turkey leftovers. She loved shopping!

Speaking of shopping, I thought I'd share some of the new goodies coming to the shop! Be sure to stop by my shop and snap up some Christmas gifts (maybe even get something for yourself... ;))

Shabby Vintage Ornaments- several styles coming! Hang them on your tree, from a wreath, on a garland, or tie them on a package for a topper that doubles as a gift!They are made from heavy chipboard so they are really sturdy!

Classic Christmas Journaling Cards - so bright and cheerful you'll need two sets 1 for scrapbooking and 1 for gift tags!

Jumbo Collage Tags- these tags come in 8 different styles designed by me and measure 3 1/2" x 5". Then they are embellished with glitter tied up with handmade yarn pom poms, vintage style tinsel, and seam binding. They make great tags for packages etc because once the unwrapping takes place these tags make adorable Christmas decorations!

Don't forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway! So leave a comment here! (see previous post for details...)

Have a great day and happy shopping!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh... there is just so much to be thankful for! Family, friends, my faith, jobs, the simple everyday things like healthy children, food on our plates, and a home to keep us warm. Things I sometimes take for granted but never want to forget how truly blessed I am! I know I've been buzzing around in a Christmas frenzy lately, but Thanksgiving is really one of my very favorite holidays. It's one of the only holidays that the stores haven't figured out how to commercialize to the point of insanity. It is a day not filled presents, costumes, baskets, or games, but a day to stop and be grateful. A day to slow it all down, hang out with family and friends, and remember how good we really have it. Everyday should be thanksgiving... but since the craziness of daily life can sometimes make us forget or keep us moving too fast I'm so glad there is a day of Thanksgiving where we all take time to be grateful!

I'm so thankful for all of you out there who support my shop and creative endeavors... without you none of this would be possible, so thank you! Have the most wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Yummmy! and a Giveaway...

This is one of my families favorite holiday appetizer. You can whip them up in a snap, but be warned, you may want to double the recipe cause they go fast!
(click to make it bigger)

Don't forget to leave comment here to be entered in the giveaway! You can enter once a day through Friday and then I'll draw a winner Saturday. If you purchase something from my shop, your name will be entered again!
Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Easy as Pie Project!

Hello! I'm really getting into the holiday spirit here, so I thought I'd share a quick and easy twist on a classic Christmas craft... paper chains! This is such a great project to make with your kids, grandkids, etc. and best of all it only requires a few basics.
You'll need some vintage sheet music, a paper trimmer or scissors, and a glue stick.
The just get to work! I cut my paper strips 1/2" by 3 1/2" because I wanted tiny little rings, but you can make them any size. Let your kids cut them out or pre-cut strips yourself for little ones to glue.
If you wanted to make an even more "grown up" chain you could add ink and some vintage glass glitter to the edges of the rings.

This project is going to look so cute on my piano this Christmas! It would be super cute on my tree too! Happy Crafting!

Be sure to leave a comment here to enter for this weeks giveaway! (see previous post for details) Stop by my shop too and see all the new Christmas goodies going in!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Giveaway and Shop update!

So here is the first giveaway! It's a biggie! One lucky winner will get a package of my new Christmas Cheer Mini Journaling cards, a package of To and From Label Journaling Cards, and a cute Toy Soldier Collage Greeting Card! I created all these goodies for my shop, and they will be popping up there soon as well! To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post! You can enter once a day through Friday, and then the winner will be drawn Saturday. If you purchase anything in my shop this week you will get an extra entry in the drawing too!

Be sure to stop by my Etsy store today and do a little shopping! Today is the start of my Christmas update, so lots of new goodies will be going in, including some ready to give gifts, crafty supplies, and fun vintage treasures!

Stay tuned for lots of great Christmas inspiration, easy gift ideas, tutorials, recipes, giveaways, and more all month long! (between now and Christmas that is...;))
Have a wonderful Monday everyone!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Sunday!

Hey there! I hope you are all having a great weekend! I've been crafting my little fingers to the bone here. ;) I just love this time of year! The holidays always inspire me to create. How about you?

I thought I'd share a layout with you today. I used some of my Little Bit Country Journaling cards. (I haven't got these in my shop yet... they are coming soon though...)
I was trying to use up some of my older supplies on this layout, and I'm really happy that it all came together to look new!

I did a lot of distressing on these pages with sandpaper, ink, tearing, crumpling, and staples. I love to distress... no matter what you do you just can't mess it up! :)

and now.... a little reminder about my the Christmas update in my Etsy shop... it starts tomorrow! I'm going to start adding the new goodies to my shop mid morning and the update will probably go throughout the week. It will include ready to give gifts, crafting supplies, decorations, pretty packaging, and vintage goodies! I'll be having a giveaway here on my blog too, so be sure to come back tomorrow to enter! I'm also going to be having some Christmas fun on the blog with easy handmade gift ideas, tutorials, decor inspiration, recipes and more so be sure to come by and join in the fun! See you tomorrow!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Enjoying every minute of fall...

We've been trying to get out and enjoy as much of fall as possible before the snow flies... which in Montana could be any day now. We have quite a few large cottonwood trees in our front yard and it always results in mountains and mountains of leaves to jump in. The kids love it, and honestly so do I!

I've been having fun getting to know my photo shop program more and more. I just love these fun white photo frames from the House of 3- they just add so much to interest!
I've been making a bunch of super cute vintage inspired tags, cards, and signs for Christmas too. They'll be making their debut to my shop along with lots of other goodies during my Christmas shop update. It will start the Monday before Thanksgiving. I'm also going to be doing giveaways, and sharing ideas and instructions for Christmas gifts, decorations, recipes and more. Be sure to join me in the fun!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sneak Peek of the New Christmas Shop Goodies

Ok, here is a quick little peek of the new goodies coming to my shop! I'm going to be doing a big Christmas update starting the Monday before Thanksgiving. Be sure to come by and check it all out. There will be things to craft with, ready to give gifts, vintage goodies, package trimmings and more. I'll also be doing giveaways, decorating ideas, craft/gift ideas and tutorials, along with some fun recipes and more on the blog! Please join me for some Christmas cheer!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My little cutties!

I know Halloween was a while ago, but I couldn't resist sharing my little darlings! This probably is the last year that I will get away with dressing them alike. This year we had the characters from Peter Pan in our house! My hubby even got into it with a pirate costume (complete with one of my fancy sparkly earrings which he is never going to live down ;)).
Darling Peter! Oh how I miss those curls... I gave in and finally got Connors hair cut. sigh...
Lovely Tinkerbell... I think her favorite part was the glitter spray we put in her hair. She loves glitter even more than I do!
...and the fearless (and very handsome) Captain Hook! It was a stressful day for the Captain, big events always throw the poor kid for a loop!

Don't forget about the big Christmas update coming to my Etsy shop! It starts the Monday before Thanksgiving. There will also be giveaways, fun gift making tutorials, decorating ideas, holiday recipes and more on the blog, so STAY TUNED! Sneak peeks coming tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bits of Fall...

Hey there! Anyone out there still??? I've been seriously out of touch lately. Life has just been so busy, I haven't wanted to give up a drop of time with my kiddos, hubby, etc! I have been doing a lot of crafting lately, which has been wonderful!!! I have lots of fun things planned for the Christmas season including a big holiday update in my etsy shop, fun decorating ideas, recipes, easy-peasy gifts you can make with your children... and a whole lot more! The glitter will be flying, so stay tuned!

Today I'm sharing a little bit of fall around my house. First, this is a little Fall sign I made for our dining room. I love fall decorations because they go up in Sept and last through November! It's great!!!

I layered paper, vintage sheet music, buttons, and silk flowers to make these big blooms.
Add in a cute little Jenni Bowlin bingo card, some vintage lace, and vintage inspired festooning (the fluffy trim around the bottom half) and it was finished!
This is Thanksgiving/fall wreath I made from strips of muslin, a vintage bingo card, a glittery gold bird, and a few other odds and ends. There may be a tutorial to make a Christmas version of this in the near future! ;)

So... on to my Etsy Shop- Pink Owl Paperie, there will be a big Christmas update coming to the shop starting the Monday before Thanksgiving. It will be a mix of goodies to create with, ready to give gifts, and of course some vintage treasures. I'll be sharing a few sneak peeks over the next week, so be sure and stop by to check them out! I'll also be doing a giveaways starting that same Monday, so stick around for some holiday fun!!