It doesn't look like I did much today, but, believe me, I was in my stamp room most of the day!! First I made two of the little Christmas ornaments that were on splitcoaststampers.com the other day. Here's the link to the tutoial. They're very cute – they're poinsettia ornaments made from paper towel tubes, designer paper and mulberry paper. (Ok, I know we don't have mulberry paper any more. But you can use a dryer sheet. I dyed one tonight with a watercolor crayon and aqua painter and it worked fine. You could probably also use refill and water, or even chalk – but I'll have to try that later and get back with you!)
I'd just like to say I had so much fun making these that I made dozens, and everyone will get one for Christmas. However, that wouldn't be true. I am seriously glue challenged, so by the time I was finished making two, I was covered in Tombow Multi and 2-Way glue pen. And glitter, of course. Even Mike was covered with glitter, and he wasn't even here. I actually threw away the first attempt. But the second went better, and by the time I finished the third one (which was really the second one), it was getting fun. But now I'm out of paper towel rolls.
Here's what they look like. They're gorgeous with light coming in from behind them – which, of course, you can't see in the scan. A photo would have been better – but I'm downstairs and my camera is up. And my feet hurt, because it's getting cooler and I have to wear real shoes. I always feel like my feet are suffocating in the fall because they're not used to shoes! (Well, that's more info than you wanted, huh??)
They're actually quite pretty in person. And I got to use up some of the retired Mulberry paper I've been hoarding.
The rest of the day I spent prepping for a workshop. Here's what I made for the Door Prize.
I got this idea from my friend Cindy last weekend. You just put two envelopes together, decorate them, and put cards and envelopes inside. This one holds 4 Christmas cards and envelopes. I'm very sad – I'm almost out of Holiday Treasures designer paper – and I know it will retire in a couple months. Should I stock up or not? Probably not. They'll have something equally wonderful next year, and I absolutely must stop hoarding paper! While looking for Mulberry paper today, I also found some of the velvet card stock we carried years and years and years ago. But it's really pretty when you stamp on it (with an iron and no ink). I used it for the spine of notebooks.
Back to my card portfolio….
Besides the Holiday Treasures, this uses the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Flower Fusion & Flower Fusion Too Accents & Elements, and Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads. Oh – and wide Old Olive grosgrain ribbon. The card stock is Ruby Red.
So thanks, Cindy, for another great idea. If you're free tomorrow at 2 and live in the Winchester/Frederick County area and want to stop by the workshop, Donna would love to have you. It's at my stamping office on Front Royal Road. Be sure to let me know if you're coming so I'll have enough supplies.
Have a happy weekend!