Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving? Already?

I was astounded to discover that it has been five years since I started making monthly treat boxes for the children at the local shelter.  Where does the time go?  I absolutely love finding something just a little different each month and although I know that the boxes end up ripped to shreds in the garbage, it is my great pleasure to gift the kids with something made with love. 
So here's a little look back at five years of Thanksgiving treats - love that turkey, right?

 Doorhangers 2013

2014  Candy corn shaped boxes -  two versions

2015 The tail of a turkey - took me forever to figure out how to stop them falling out!

2016  Left over halloween candy with a cute topper.

2017  So cute!  What would we do without Create A Critter?

2018  I am 'told' that the kids love to get a whole candy bar and so this is simply a wrapped bar with my favorite turkey. (This time with glitter!)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   : )  Christine

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Halloween 2018

Still crafting!

Treats for the shelter children.

Lawn Fawn pop up die.

Neighborhood and family treat boxes.

Halloween treats.   Thank you Pinterest!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!  : )  Christine

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Irish Unicorns?

Do your grand-daughters love all things unicorn?  Mine do and when I saw this unicorn bundle from Lori Whitlock, I HAD to buy it.  The bundle included a gable box which would be just perfect for St. Patrick's Day with a little Design Space magic.

I added shamrocks from Home for the Holidays, Anna's Seasonal Soirees, and CTMH Flower Market.  I imported ears from another Lori Whitlock file and welded them onto a diamond shape so they would stand up behind the shamrocks.  Lastly, I duplicated the horn and flipped it horizontally to make the horn golden and glittery from both sides.  Easy peasy!

There is a gable box in Tags, Bags and Boxes, and there is also a very similar unicorn image in DS by LoveSVG.  Check it out!

I'm linking my treat box up with the "Show us you Shamrocks" challenge at BBTB2 and the "St. Patrick's Day" challenge at FCCB.  It's always fun thinking up something a little different for the seasonal challenges!   Thanks for visiting on this sunny Saturday.  : )  Christine

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The 101st Day of School

Today marks the 100th day of Kindergarten for Master J.  Despite the fact that I saw immense growth in my own K-Kids when I was a teacher, I am just amazed at how much Master J has grown socially, emotionally and academically.   What a sweetheart!  He and Mama designed a T-shirt to wear, but of course, Grandma had to give her Easy Press a work out and I designed a shirt to be worn tomorrow on the 101st day of school.  (A big shout - out to Charlotte C. for her enabling.  I LOVE this machine!) 

I used a dalmatian from Create a Critter, and the Carousel font for the number 101.  The "I survived" sentiment is cut from the Candice font.  The tally mark is a rounded card template, sliced, diced and welded together.  This was hardest part of the design and just in case you ever need it, here's the DS file.

Thanks for visiting today. Happy Hundredth Day J!   : ) Grandma Christine

Thursday, February 8, 2018


The paper is sooooo beautiful, you have to let it stand alone.  Love this new collection from Graphic 45.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ).     Happy Birthday, E!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

You Melt My Heart - Penguin Valentine

When the new BBTB2 challenge pops in my feed on Monday, I generally check into DS and do a search to bring up images related to the challenge.  It's my quick way of reminding myself what's in the kajillions of images.  This week I searched for 'Penguins' and fell in love with an oldie but goodie from Animal Kingdom.  Then I went back to making Valentine cards, Valentine treats and looking for something to hang over the mantel. 

Valentine's Day!  A card for Master J. popped in my head  and here it is: -

I used a Happy Heart from Simply Charmed and removed the face using the contour button.  I stretched it out to kinda sorta look like an ice flow to ground my penguins.  The sentiment is from Holiday Cakes and the waves from The Quiet Book.  The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder.

I used the Country Life font for the inside sentiment - such a lovely, clear writing font. 

Now I can go back to the projects I SHOULD have been working on!   Thanks for visiting today.  : )  Christine

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Birthday Card with a Faux Stacked Diamond Die

You know, it does take an awful lot of self control not to spend over my crafting budget every month!  For instance, the Simon Says Stamp Blog recently featured THE coolest diamond stacked die.  I could really see myself using that die as a background accent for cards, page titles, wall decor pieces etc, etc.  But when you add in taxes and shipping - I just could not justify ordering it. So, I fired up the Cricut, found an image of a lattice of diamonds on the CTMH Artiste cart and duplicated, welded, attached and played with it until I got something kinda sorta like the SSS die.  And here's the first card I made with it for my friend M's birthday.

I love the clean look of this card and I think the spray of flowers from Heartfelt Creations added just the right focal point.  Lovin' it! 

The inside sentiment comes from the Anna Griffin Garden Cards and Embellishments cart. Here's a closer look at the Cricut stacked diamonds.   I glued three pieces together to add dimension.

I am linking my card to the Birthday card challenge at BBTB2 here and the Something New challenge at the FCC blog here.

It's so nice to be able to just 'play' after the Christmas scurry to get things finished and before Valentine's Day cranks into high gear.  : )   Thanks for visiting with me today.  Christine

Edited to add DS file number: 
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