Hello all! Today I bring you a fun spin on the traditional plate of cookies and cup of milk for Santa.
Now if your little ones are anything like mine, they can easily sneak into something and grab a little treat for themselves! To secure Santa's milk and cookies this year, I decided to do a treat box from The Cutting Cafe.
I have had this little milk bottle that I got at Michael's for a few dollars last year. I washed off the image that it had on it and decided to apply my own with vinyl to match the treat box!
After all, the big man deserves his own little to go jug of ice cold milk!
Now, the Santa that we know prefers Cherry Cordials to any cookie. Which works out well because I was able to keep them in their wrapper and tied tight in the treat box!
Mix them together, and Santa will have a nice refreshing treat of ice cold milk and a few chocolaty cherry treats!
The Cutting Cafe Sucker Treat Cups (box portion of this file)
Ellen Krans Me and My Big Ideas Mambi Sheets stack
Hello all! I received a card order from a repeat customer. She debated for weeks on what she wants. Cardinals, maybe a wreath, how about a cardinal in a tree, no maybe poinsettia's, but most definitely snow. So I suggested combining all of her ideas into one card.
She loved the idea and gave me full range. This is my favorite type of card to make for a customer (free range) as it allows my creativity to roam.
After brainstorming the idea for this card, I felt that the starred gold foil I have here from Rinea. I also had some left over red foil from a recent project (will be displayed on the 21st).
So lets begin. First I decided to do a shadowbox card. Knowing that the client wanted the cardinal in a tree, but snow, trees, a wreath, and poinsettia's, a shadowbox card allowed me to combine all this into layers for more cohesiveness.
After creating the back layer of snowy skies, snow hills, and snow brushed trees,
I began on the male cardinal.
Originally he was the only bird I was going to make, but he looked so lonely I needed to add a female. I perched the female on the white snow brushed fence for depth between the two birds.
It is hard to see, but on the female I used my eBrush to tip the head and tail with red on the plain gold foil.
Next the poinsettia's on green sprigs of pine and holly.
To break up the green and add a bit more texture I popped in some bling from Jolee's Boutique (found at Joanns).
Materials Used: Rinea Foil Embossed Gold and glossy Red/Gold foil
Miss Kate Cuttables ~ Poinsettia Floral
Silhouette Design Store ~ Winter Cardinal Lisa Norris
I have had this project in mind for several months. I finally bit the bullet and did it. Honestly, I could do without the painting, but I loved how the wine bottles turned out! I saw this sentiment in a tourist shop in Montana over the summer and it has just stuck in my mind.
To start with, I had my husband make me a sign out of some scrap wood.
Just using some basic white paint and black acrylic paint, I went to work
To get the blend well, I took a dry cloth and rubbed it in one consecutive sweep down the board.
Once all the boards were painted, I let it dry
Then I took a dry paint brush, dabbed it in white and rubbed most of the white paint off of the brush to give the sign the brushed white look.
Then came the fun part, decorating! Before applying any vinyl to a painted surface, let it dry for at least a week.
First I made a stencil with some leftover vinyl and a dandelion file I have from the Silhouette Design Store.
After peeling the stencil off, I went back through with a brush and hand painted each element to change the color, soften the edges, and bring more depth to the dandelions.
With each project I do, I try to incorporate something personal for the client. However, this project is for my room so I wanted to incorporate some personal meanings.
The dandelions on the sign represent my husband and I.
The 'Live' bottle represents our two boxer dogs that have passed away, but were a major staple in our lives. The 'Laugh' bottle represents our son and the 'love' bottle, our daughter.
Once I turned the lights on in the bottles, it really came to life!
Artists loft white and black paint