Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's not too late to start counting down...

SOLD OUT
It may be December 8th, but it's never too late to start counting down to Christmas.  In fact, the twelve days of Christmas countdown doesn't even start until the 13th!  Because I have had several people contact me about still wanting Shoe Pocket Countdown kits, I have decided to make another round.  You could start using this as soon as it arrives, or save it as a special surprise for next year.

 This second edition of kits will begin shipping on Tuesday, December 11th and will be limited in quantity, so if you've been wishing you had one, pick yours up asap!

This complete kit includes all of the products you need to duplicate my calendar:
1-shoe organizer
1- 12x12 Mistletoe by Bo Bunny cardstock sticker
6- sheets 12x12 patterned paper
1- sheet countdown number paper
1- Christmas Countdown Title (printed on white cardstock)
Coordinating Ribbon

All you need is scissors, a paper trimmer and adhesive and you are ready to go!

You will also receive detailed color pictures and instructions for assembling your kit. 

SOLD OUT!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Krafty Wrapping on Studio 5


Simple, clean and a bit retro....these are the words that come to mind when I think of kraft paper.  This year, I have crafted up 5 ways to bring a little "kraft" to your Christmas wrapping.

All of my gift wrapping began with a nice solid kraft paper.  The greatest thing about kraft paper is that it is available at a number of retailers and it is fairly inexpensive.  Try looking for it with the packaging and mailing supplies if it isn't readily available in the Christmas section.

To dress up my packages, I used a solid jute as well as a green bakers twine.  I love the way these simple ties are right in line with the "kraft" style.

1. Patterned Paper Piecing-
Get creative with your old paper scraps and your presents will never look better! To create these whimsical packages, begin by wrapping your gift in kraft paper, then pull out all your old patterned paper and start cutting.  A Christmas tree is so easy to make with just strips of paper.  I used 3/4" strips that were cut in 1/2" increments to create my tree.  Top with a button star and you are set to go.  A little black letter lining helps to define the tree as well.  

To create the "Polka Package," use a circle punch and patterned paper to cut dots for your package.  Adhere dots with glue stick or other adhesive.  You can make a quick tag out of one of the remaining circle punches tied onto a cute ribbon, or write directly on one of that adhered circles
2. Christmas Tree Wrapper-

This fun packaging is like a big Christmas Tree Hug for your gift!  Begin by wrapping your gift first in kraft paper.  Select a fun green paper to make your Christmas Trees. (*HINT* a lighter weight paper is best) These trees can be as tall or short as desired, just match them to the height of your gift.  Accordion fold your green paper to the width you would like your trees to be (you may need to adhere multiple sheets together to make it wrap all the way around your package).

Be creative in cutting your Christmas Tree shape from the accordion folded paper.  You can also draw your tree on your paper first to prevent mishaps. Be careful to leave at least some of the tree branch tips connected so that it becomes a wrapper.

Adhere the tree border around the package in a nice tight "hug".  Add buttons, rhinestones, stars or other elements to trees as desired.  Top it off with a bit of ribbon or jute. You can hand wright the name directly on your package or create a separate bow.

3. Hand Drawn Wrapping-

The possibilities are endless with this creative wrapping style.  Use a white gel pen, white sharpie marker, or even a white-out pen (my preferred drawing instrument)  to create designs on your packaging.  
*Hint* If designs will run over edges or curves, you will want to create your artwork prior to wrapping your gift.   If hand drawing an image frightens you away from this whimsy wrapping, try tracing artwork onto paper before wrapping.

You can do this easily by taping a pattern and paper to a window and tracing with a pencil. You can customize your design for the recipient or go with a generic Christmas theme.  Highlighting pieces of your artwork with a black pen or marker adds extra definition to this style.

4. Typography Gift Wrap-

Go for sleek and simple with a typography themed gift wrap.  To create this look on your own, wrap packages with plain kraft paper.  Use a digital cutting machine or visit your local scrapbook store to die-cut letters from patterned paper, old book pages, or newspaper. You can spell out entire names or go with a single monogram. Adhere letters to boxes and watch them transform from plain and ordinary to chic and retro.

5. Lacey Love Wrapping-


The effect of white lace against simple kraft paper is simply ethereal.  Enjoy a little creativity in your kraft wrapping by adding lace strips, doilies or total lace fabric to your package.

Try wrapping doilies in different directions across your gifts and you will get a totally different look. You will love the hint of vintage this wrapping inspires. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Last Chance for Christmas Countdown Kit

Sorry, Christmas Countdowns are all sold out. If you are still interested in purchasing a kit, leave a comment and if I get at least 12 names before December 1st, I will make another batch.

Just a reminder that the Shoe Organizer Christmas Countdown Kits will begin shipping tomorrow, November 15th!  Kits will only be available for purchase until Sunday, November 18th, so be sure to order yours today!

The kit comes with all the supplies you need to complete this delightful countdown (scissors, paper cutter, hole punch and adhesive and pocket presents are required).  Best of all, you should be able to finish the kit in 1 hour or less!

The complete kit will ship with:

1-shoe organizer
1- 12x12 Mistletoe by Bo Bunny cardstock sticker
24- 4x8 sheets of Bo Bunny Mistletoe patterned paper
1- sheet Bo Bunny Mistletoe countdown number paper
1- Christmas Countdown title
6-Yards of coordinating Ribbon
Color pictures and instructions for assembling your kit.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas Countdowns on Studio 5-2012 Edition

It's that time again.  Christmas is just around the corner and that means COUNTDOWN CALENDARS! Today on Studio 5, I shared 5 fresh ideas for your holiday countdown celebration.
The Bubble Countdown

This countdown couldn't be easier to create.  It is so simple, you might just make them for kids, friends, family and more.

To create this calendar:
1. Download the printable countdown numbers, print them on patterned paper, and cut out each one (a 1" circle punch makes cutting these numbers a snap).
2. Using a pair of small detail scissors, cut large bubble wrap into a tree shape. Use the pattern on the download to get a perfect image, be sure to avoid the bubbles you want to save.  Don't stress if you prick an bubble you were planning to use, you can always cut individual bubbles and "transplant" them in to your tree shape.  This is a great technique if you have a section of bubbles with one popped right in the middle.
3. Once you have your tree cut, apply adhesive to the back of each # and lightly press onto each bubble.
4. To finish the countdown, I cut a piece of patterned paper and used it as a backer in a black frame.  A frame gives great stability to the countdown.
5. Pop one bubble a day through December until Christmas arrives.

The Old Saint Nick Countdown

If you made Olive, Frankie and Tom, you will have to add Old St. Nick to your Collection.  My paper pieced patterns are simple and inexpensive to make on your own.  All you need is your own patterned paper, adhesive, ink and a few red pearls.


When completed, Old St. Nick is roughly 20" and can hang on any wall, door, or wreath hanger. You can fill this countdown with mini candy canes, notes, activities or more. The pattern also includes a "Merry Christmas" title so you can take away the "Countdown to Christmas" sign and you also have an adorable decor piece for your home.

The Old St. Nick pattern can be purchased for $5 and will be emailed to you within 48 hours of purchase.  

Old St. Nick Pattern $5




Gingerbread Village Countdown

I adore these little miniature gingerbread houses!  This original countdown makes a great holiday centerpiece.  It would also work fabulously on a shelf or mantle.

Each little box houses a holiday treat, activity or thought.  You can create your own village with just the gingerbread patterns (see below) and some white cardstock.  I did a village of 12 houses and displayed them with some iridescent snow flakes on an inexpensive platter.  
To create a gingerbread village of your own:
1. Download the three townhouse patterns below as well as the townhouse doors.

2. Print each pattern on cardstock as many times as desired on white cardstock.
3. Cut out and assemble each house as shown.
4. Place treats, notes, or activities in each box before sealing.
5. Punch a small hole in both sides of roof edge and tie shut with ribbon.
6. Attach doors with pop dots as desired.  

Shoe Organizer Pocket Countdown

If you want a countdown that you can really pack with goodies, this one is perfect for you!

This countdown was crafted up using a classic vinyl shoe organizer.  I purchased mine at Walmart for under $6!  To create my calendar, I used the Mistletoe line from Bo Bunny Press.  If you would like to duplicate my calendar, you will need the following:

1-shoe organizer
1- 12x12 Mistletoe by Bo Bunny cardstock sticker
6- sheets 12x12 patterned paper
1- sheet countdown number paper
1- Christmas Countdown Title (printed on white cardstock)
Coordinating Ribbon

1. Begin by cutting the number paper apart and then cut the 12X12 patterns into 24- 4x8 pieces.  To get the most bang for your buck, cut the 12X12 paper first at 8", the 4" strip becomes your first piece. Then turn the remaining sheet and cut it into 3 4X8 pieces.  You should get 4- 4x8 pieces from each of the six sheets.  Slip one sheet in to each pocket.
2. Adhere cardstock stickers and number pieces to the front of the coordinating pockets as desired.  
3.Print and cut the Christmas Countdown Title and adhere it to the top of the hanger.
4. Punch holes along edges the space between pockets and weave your ribbon through it.  Tie bits of ribbon to the hangers at the top of the pockets. 
5. Stuff each pocket with a treat or gift for the day and watch December fly away!

Now, as if that isn't easy enough...You can also buy a ready to go kit of the Shoe Organizer Countdown!!!  The kit comes complete with the organizer, paper, stickers, ribbon and title to complete your own countdown.  You will even receive detailed color pictures and instructions for assembling your kit.  Kits will begin shipping on November 15th and are limited, so purchase yours today.

Shoe Organizer Pocket Countdown Kit $30-Sorry-All Sold Out!

Hardware Drawer Organizer Countdown
This utility organizer is super chic and contemporary...with a cutesy twist of course!

To create this Christmas countdown, I glammed up a 22 drawer hardware organizer from Home Depot (approximately $17).  This countdown was so much fun to make because each drawer is like its own little canvas waiting to be decorated.  The Aspen Frost line from Basic Grey was perfect for the task.  I used the assorted papers and embellishments to create each unique drawer front.

To create your own Hardware Countdown:
1. Cut pattern paper to fit the front of each drawer. Adhere paper to drawer fronts.
2. Decorate each drawer with stickers, embellishments, ribbon and bling as desired.
3. Print your countdown numbers on cardstock and cut to fit the pull of each drawer handle.  Adhere each number in place.
4. Create a sign for the top of your countdown by folding a 6x12" strip of patterned paper into fourths. Adhere two of the fourths together to create a triangle.  Adhere stickers or printed title and embellishments as desired.
5. Fill each drawer with a holiday goodie and open one for each day of December.

I am so excited for the holiday season to be upon us!  What a wonderful time of year to express thanks and love for each other and all that we have! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Countdowns are on their way

Sorry for the delay.  Pictures, kits, patterns and instructions are coming...

Shoe Organizer Pocket Countdown Complete Kit $30

How about a countdown kit that you can assemble in less than an hour and really pack with loads of goodies? 
This complete kit includes all of the products you need to duplicate my calendar:
1-shoe organizer
1- 12x12 Mistletoe by Bo Bunny cardstock sticker
6- sheets 12x12 patterned paper
1- sheet countdown number paper
1- Christmas Countdown Title (printed on white cardstock)
Coordinating Ribbon

All you need is scissors, a paper trimmer and adhesive and you are ready to go!

You will also receive detailed color pictures and instructions for assembling your kit.  Kits will begin shipping on November 15th and are limited, so purchase yours today.

Shoe Organizer Pocket Countdown Kit $30 (includes free shipping to U.S. addresses)

Sorry-this kit is sold out.

Old St. Nick Pattern with Optional Christmas Countdown

You can't have Tom, Frankie and Olive without Old St. Nick!
I am so excited for the holiday season to be upon us!  What a wonderful time of year to express thanks and love for each other and all that we have!  You can help countdown your holidays with my paper pieced Old St. Nick.
When completed, Old St. Nick is roughly 20" and can hang on any wall, door, or wreath hanger. You can fill this countdown with mini candy canes, notes, activities or more.  The pattern also includes a "Merry Christmas" title so you can take away the "Countdown to Christmas" sign and you also have an adorable decor piece for your home.

The Old St. Nick pattern can be purchased for $5 and will be emailed to you within 48 hours of purchase.  

To complete Old St. Nick, you will need: 6-8 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper, 2 sheets of white cardstock, 2 pieces of 12x12 chipboard, irridescent crystal glitter (the inexpensive kind), brown ink, ribbon, pearls or other embellishments as desired, adhesive.

Old St. Nick Digital Pattern $5
(PATTERNS EMAILED WITHIN 48 HOURS)



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

When 1,2,3...Cheese... just doesn't work!

For a single gal with no kiddos, a photo shoot with two silly nephews can be quite the lesson in patience.  As much as I love these little cuties, they gave me a run for my money during this shoot. Luckily, they are so cute, we ended up with lots of great shots to choose from. We did these pictures at the old Union Pacific station in Ogden Utah.  The bright colors of the vintage trains make the perfect backdrop for a rough and tumble photo session.  A couple of uncooperative subjects helped me work on my patients, it also helped me get creative in my technique.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the Fisher boys, along with the creative tips I used for capturing the shots.
If you're happy and you know it...keep that frown!  Sometimes a pouty, whiney face is the best way to capture the sweetest shot.  I love this picture, because it is real and shows lots of personality!
Hit the floor-If you can't seem to get a cooperative face from your silly subjects, try shooting feet, hands, or even backs.  A different angle adds variety and character to your picture portfolio.
Balance is key!  When I have wiggly, giggly subjects, I often place them in a spot where they are just a little bit precarious.  It sounds evil, I know.  Here the boys had to balance on a train track.  This kept them from shaking their feet and moving around.  Their focus was on sticking to that track! You can also create a game out of it..."who can balance on the track the longest?"
Capture the silliness.  I love this picture of Porter because it reflects his fun loving, rambunctious personality.   When subjects get nervous or bored of looking at the camera, you can get a more natural face by having them look to something silly to the side of you.  Different angles also add great variety to a portfolio of pictures.  
The world isn't always black and white, but your photos can be!  When all else fails with lighting. background, clothing, weather...black and white seems to do the trick.  If you have a photo that just isn't sparking, try turning it to black and white or a vintage sepia.  You will be amazed at how a so-so picture can really pop when you remove the color.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spider Web Pillow from The Shabby Creek Cottage

I am crazy for Halloween decorating!  I admittedly have more decorations for Halloween than Christmas.  So, when I saw this cute Spider Web Pillow from The Shabby Creek Cottage, I knew I had to share it with you. Changing out the throw pillows on a couch is a fun and simple way to bring a holiday in to your living space.  Check out her full tutorial on how to make this great graphic piece for your home this October.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Frankie Countdown Kits

The canvas countdowns may be all sold out, but did you know that you can also make FRANKIE in to a Halloween Countdown?  Here is just one way to turn this spooky hanger into a day by day treat tracker for Halloween!
You can order the digital Frankie Pattern today and get crafting within the next 24 hours!  Or, simplify the creative process and order the complete kit.


Purchase the FRANKIE PATTERN Here
$4 (patterns will be emailed within 24 hours)
Pattern includes color photos of project, instructions and cutting pattern.

Purchase the complete I LOVE FRANKIE KIT here
$22 (includes FREE SHIPPING to all US addresses)
 
Kits include: 7 Sheets of Fancy Pants Patterned Paper, 1-12X12 Chip Backer, 1-10x10 Chip Backer, 1-5X10 Chip Backer, 20 yards of raffia, 2 yards of tulle, Color photo, instructions, cardstock pattern

Monday, September 17, 2012

Canvas Countdown Kits-Sorry SOLD OUT!

For those of you who need a quick fix to the Halloween countdown dillema, the Canvas Countdown Kit is a perfect solution.  These kits are so simple to assemble, the canvas even comes painted for you!

Kits will begin shipping on 9/20/12 and include 1 pre-printed canvas, 30 pre-cut squares, bakers twine, countdown printables, color photos and instructions for assembly.
(NOT INCLUDED IN KIT: mod podge, foam brush, candy/trinkets, distress ink and needle).

Kits are $18 and include FREE SHIPPING to any US address. Kits are limited so order yours today. 

CANVAS COUNTDOWN $18

SORRY-CANVAS COUNTDOWNS ARE NOW SOLD OUT.  CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE FUN KITS!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Halloween Countdowns on Studio 5

You can definitely start to feel the nip of fall in the air and that means Halloween is on its way!  Hooray! I even got to wear boots for the first time today!  It has become a yearly tradition for me to create Halloween Countdown Calendars to bring my favorite holiday.  These countdowns can be stuffed with treats, activities, toys, trinkets, etc to bring the Halloween spirit into your home throughout October.
I had so much fun creating four new spooky countdowns for this years Studio 5 "Countdown to Halloween Segment.  With four unique countdown ideas, there is something to fit every one's style.  There is even a kit for one of the countdowns, so putting these together can be a snap.  So, without further adieu...here are my 2012 Halloween Countdowns.....
Earlier this year, I created a bridal shower that was all about "Mason Jars".  I loved crafting with the clear containers so much that I decided to carry the theme over into Halloween. 

To create my Mason Jar Countdown, I selected 13 jars in a variety of shapes and sizes.  I created variety in the colors and finishes of jars with Martha Stewart Glass Paints.  These fabulous paints come in a variety of colors and sheens, so you can get just the look you want.  I paired the glass paints with the spray attachment to create a smooth, even finish with no brush strokes.  Creating my own spray paint was so much fun!  I went to town painting.  The best part is, it doesn't smell like normal spray paint and it becomes permanent on the glass after baking.  (I baked mine at 350 for 30 minutes).  The new paint line is available through Michael's craft stores or online through the Plaid.
In addition to adding a color coat to several jars, I used My Mind's Eye's "Lost and Found Halloween" line to label and decorate the jars.
The chipboard shapes and die-cut images made this countdown come together in no time.  I also added ribbon and bling and filled each jar with a treat, toy, or spooky activity.  Get creative and make this countdown functional for your family.

I love this simple "Witchy" countdown because it is bright and fun and easy to create.  This countdown began as a plain paper mache witch hat (available at craft stores or online).  First came a coat of black spray paint and  then I mod podged a black pattern paper over the hat.  Next, I used my cropadile tool to punch holes along the brim of the hat. I tied a variety of bright ribbon colors through the holes and around candy, securing the candy to the hat brim.  I topped off my hat creation with a custom label (you can print and cut one for free below).  I created a small medallion (scroll to bottom of post to see the instructions for creating a paper medallion) and layered paper and the label together.  A few crystal stick pins and ribbon added the finishing touches. 
To print your own label.  Save this image and print it to the size you would like. Cut around the edge, ink, add crystal accents as desired.  Attach with pop dots to medallion or directly to witches hat.
You can also download a PDF Version of the Witch Hat Label. 
Nothing says Halloween like a spooky graveyard.  These coffin boxes are a spin off from a Martha Stewart party favor idea.  I adapted Martha's template to three different sized coffins that make a perfect little countdown.  You can easily recreate my Halloween Coffin Countdown by downloading my coffin box templates. (Note:templates are three separate files)

I used Bo Bunny Press' double dot line to create my coffins.  I love this paper because it is monochromatic and double sided. That means you get a soft pattern on the inside and out of your coffin.  I printed my coffin pattern directly onto the black sheet so that I didn't have to cut and trace, but you can easily print the pattern on white card stock, then transfer it to your coffin paper.
Cut out 13 coffins in a variety of patterned papers and sizes.  Then, assemble the boxes with a strong adhesive.  I placed a small amount of Spanish moss in each coffin before added my labels, treats and trinkets.  This adds to the spooky vintage feel.

The coffins can be finished off with my "Thirteen days of Halloween Tags" and some randomly wrapped twine.  I displayed my graveyard on an inexpensive silver tray.  Using a bed of Spanish moss helps to create stability and hold coffins upright on tray.  In addition to a treat in each box, I placed a card and trinket for that number. So, on the 1st day of Halloween a goblin gave to me....one tarantula.  On the 7th day of Halloween a good witch gave to me...7 creepy crawlers, etc.  The dollar store is a great place to stock up on duplicate holiday trinkets to fill your boxes.

Working with canvas is so much fun.  It is like creating your own little work of art.  You can download the Full Instructions and Canvas Countdown Printables  to create my Canvas Countdown on your own. or you can purchase the full kit. Kits will begin shipping on 9/20 and include the pre-designed supplies you need to create a canvas on your own.  The canvas even comes painted for you! (NOT INCLUDED IN KIT: mod podge, foam brush, candy/trinkets, distress ink and needle).

I hope you enjoy crafting up some spooky spirit for your home.  Start working on your countdowns today so they will be ready for October 1st!  Happy Haunting!