Saturday, December 6, 2014

Stamping Boutique - Monthly Challenge, FaceBook (November)

Hi all,

This is my 2nd post today. I keep forgetting to post.

Come back tomorrow for a sketch challenge post for FTHS!

Card Recipe ~ Ink: Prismacolor Pencils. Paper: PTI Kraft and Scrap DP. Ribbon: Stamping Up! Black and some sheet ribbon I got @ Hobby Lobby.  Three brads in the middle rounded it out.

Sooo. Stamping Boutique has a FB Page where they also host a Monthly Challenge.  The November Challenge was  - Use 3 brads, 2 designer papers, 1ribbon with any Stamping Boutique image. And I won the challenge. I'm excited.  I got to choose three images. So, go to the FB Page - Stamping Boutique. There, you can find info about the shop and Challenge Blog too.

I love this card. I'm going to make a few more.

Blessings All,


A Little Horse... StampingBella

Card Recipe: Ink - Copics. Paper - PTI & Scrap. Flowers - The Paper Studios, Spare Parts, Glitter Gems. Ribbon: StampinUp! 

So my cousin Laurie turned the big 6-0 this year. Um no, I didn't forget. Well, not technically. I remembered easily 100 times, I just forgot to send her a card or call.

I know - I hate when that happens. But honestly, it was such a great excuse to use this new StampingBella Image called Little Horse. HAHA! Check out the new blog for StampingBella too and go play in the challenge.  I always forget to, but so!

If you want to be in the know, you have to love Bella. Yes. Yes you do. Because I said so.

And now, I'm off to play with my new stamps that I just got today and work on my Christmas Cards so I can pretend to send them out on time.

Love & Hugs,


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Easy to Make - Advent Wreath

Happy Wednesday All!

I hope and pray your day is going well. I made our Advent Wreath this year, and I wanted to share it with you. I hope you like it:

From the top:

One more picture of the lit candle - this week:


Honestly, it was SUPER easy. Thank you HOBBY LOBBY!

I had been looking for ideas for spiffing up our Advent Wreath. We have one. But it's one we use yearly AND we wanted something different. And I'd been seeing all over Pinterest Advent Wreaths made from Mason Jars, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Materials Used:

  • Mason Jars (Free, I already had them).
  • Sprigs of fake greenery - $2.99 each/half off currently - 4
  • Purple Sparkly balls - $1.99 each/half off currently - 6
  • Silver floral embellishments - $2.99 each/Half off currently - 4
  • Pink/Purple/White Votive candles (Free, I already have boxes)
  • Wired Ribbon - $8/half off currently.
  • Glue Dots (Free, I already have them)
  • Wire Cutters and Scissors
What is that, like $20 bucks? Not bad, I guess.

How I did it:
  • Took wire cutters and cut the long stems off the greenery.
  • Reworked the greenery (like you do a fake Christmas tree, to get it to look like you want).Laid them on the platter, ends to the center.
  • I stuck the floral embellishments in the greenery where I thought I wanted them to go.
  • I put glue dots on ribbon and stuck it at the top of the mason jars, then cut some greenery/long silver ball strip (you see in the pic) and put it in each jar.
  • In the big jar, I filled it with a couple sparkly balls and some greenery, then I put a larger votive in the top with a ribbon around it.
  • I placed the votives in the jars, the jars on the platter - AND added extra ribbon.
  • The biggest part of my time was cleaning the glitter, etc. off our table (see the brush in the picture).
Our Advent Wreath and Jesse Tree take center stage on the Dining Table. That is where we eat dinner, during Advent.

This is the first time I've ever made one and I'm pleased. But I do think I have a more simplistic idea for next year. Rather than cut the greenery, i'll simply buy a wreath and stick the floral embellishments in it. Simple.

Blessings all.

I hope and pray you are enjoying your Advent.