Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snowman Hot Cocoa Box

One week to go until the BIG day! I'm busy finishing up some projects and gifts. One project I made yesterday are these adorable snowman boxes. They are sized just right to fit a pack of hot cocoa. In addition to the cocoa there is a snowman Peep and a candy cane in a goodie bag to add a bit of fun and flavor. I also wrote a little poem to go along with it and printed it out on a "snowball". These are for my son's classmates, hope they love them!

Isn't he cute?

Side view of the poem and goodie bag

Here's all 20 of them!

A close look at the poem.

Please feel free to borrow my poem if you'd like, I just ask that you give me credit. Thanks!

The snowman cutting file is from Scraptastical Kreations
Papers are core'dinations
Glitter foam snowflakes are Nicole Kids Foam Zone
White Gelly Roll pen
Red Curling Ribbon
Snowman Peeps
Cat's Eye Inks

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Welcome to the "Reason For the Season" blog hop. We're happy to have you all here with us today to celebrate the reason for the season. Each blogger will have their own interpretation of their reason for the season, and I hope that you find loads of creative inspiration along the way. 

We have an amazing line up of crafty ladies, as well as a generous amount of  awesome sponsors to help make this blog hop an amazing one!!

**To be eligible to win any of the giveaways in the hop today, you will need to comment on each blog in the hop and become a follower of all blogs in the hop as well. It is not a requirement, but I do kindly ask you to show our sponsors lots of love on their blogs and/or Facebook fan pages thanking them for their generosity in sponsoring this hop. I will have a link below to each sponsor's store, as well as their blog and Facebook fan page if applicable.**

I want to thank ALL of our sponsors so very much for their generosity. I appreciate each and every sponsor we have today and thank them a million times over!

Here are our AMAZING sponsors!!  It's a long list! 

Peachy Keen 
PK has sponsored a face stamp package ($25 value) 
PK Store - Click HERE
PK Blog - Click HERE
PK Fan Page - Click HERE

Timeless Twine
Timeless Twine has spnosored a 100 yd party pack
Timeless Twine Store: Click HERE
Timeless Twine Blog: Click HERE

Timeless Twine Fan Page: Click HERE

Unity Stamp Co. 
Unity has sponsored 10 Itty Bitty stamps
I'm doing 2 winners (5 stamps each)
Unity Store: Click HERE
Unity Blog: Click HERE
Unity Fan Page: Click HERE

Pazzles has sponsored a tool kit (1 winner)
Pazzles Website: Click HERE
Pazzles Fan Page: Click HERE

Xyron has sponsored 2 mega runners - 2 winners
Xyron Store: Click HERE
Xyron Fanpage: Click HERE

Make the Cut 
Make the Cut has sponsored one a copy of their program (1 winner)
MTC Website: Click HERE 
MTC Fan Page: Click HERE 

Pink by Design 

Pink by Design has sponsored a stamp set to 1 winner 
PBD Store - Click HERE
PBD Blog - Click HERE
PBD Fan Page - Click HERE

3 Girl Jam 
3 Girl Jam has sponsored a $15 GC to their store.  
3GJ Store - Click HERE
3GJ Blog - Click HERE
3GJ Fan Page - Click HERE

The Beary Scrap
The Beary Scrap has sponsored a prize package. 
TBS Store: Click HERE
TBS Fan Page: Click HERE
TBS Blog: Click HERE

Jen Shorey
Jen sponsored this stamp set (1 winner)
Jen's Blog: Click HERE

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs 
LSHD sponsored a $20 GC to her store (1 winner)
LSHD Website: Click HERE
LSHD Fan Page: Click HERE

Bugaboo Digital Stamps
Bugaboo has sponsored 10 images to one winner
Bugaboo Store: Click HERE


Gel-a-tins prize to be determined by Gel-a-tins
Store: Click HERE
Fan Page: Click HERE

The Scrapbooking Queen

TSQ Blog - Click HERE

My Creative Time
MCT has sponsored a super cute stamp set(1 winner)
MCT Store: Click HERE
MCT Fan Page: Click HERE
MCT Blog: Click HERE

Scrapadoodles Scrapbooking 
Scrapadoodles sponsored this super cute stack (1 winner)
Scrapadoodles Fan Page: Click HERE

Kristi W. Designs 

Kristi W Designs has spnosored a $25 GC to her store (1 winner)
KWD Store: Click HERE
KWD Fan Page: Click HERE

Your Next Stamp
YNS sponsored a stamp set (1 winner)
YNS Store: Click HERE
YNS Blog: Click HERE
YNS Fan Page: Click HERE

Charms 24/7
24/7 Charms donated this awesome set above (1 winner) 
24/7 FB Group - Click HERE

Lucy  - Close to my Heart Consultant
Lucy has sponsored some fun Glitter Gels (1 winner)
Lucy's CTMH website: Click HERE 
Lucy's Blog: Click HERE 
Lucy's Fan Page: Click HERE

Scraptastical Kreations 
SK $20 GC to the store (1 Winner) 
SK Website: Click HERE
SK Fan Page: Click HERE

NOW... let's get on to the hop!!!

Here is the complete line up: 

Nancy {you are here}

If you're coming from Kristy's blog, then you're on the right track. If you just happened to stop by my blog today, be sure to head on back to Kristy's blog and hop from the beginning.

For my project I made an ornament for the tree. I used a Bugaboo digi image, colored with Prisma Color pencils, and made one of these fun star ornaments that have been popping up all around to attach it to. I spritzed it with a gold shimmer and kind of wish I hadn't or at least had taken a photo before since I'm not too thrilled with how it looks on my image. I don't think it's too noticeable in the picture, lesson learned there, lol.

The first place that I've seen this ornament made was my friend Ceci's blog. She has a link there if you'd like to know how it's made. I switched mine up a little for this project so it laid a little flatter so I could apply the image.

Secondly, I've made this adorable card using the "Reason for the Season" file from Scraptastical Kreations. I used the print feature on my cameo and made the shaped card by outlining the image, then used the offset tool to create the shape. I then mirrored the image and welded them together. Voila!

Now it's time for you to head on over to Cally Ann

Thank you so much for hopping along with us today, and we all hope that you were filled with loads of Christmas joy, as well as loads of inspiration!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Wreaths with Handmade Paper Roses

Please stop by and visit my Etsy shop. I have some pretty wreaths up for sale made with beautiful paper roses. I'd be happy to ship them as a gift for you within the US, I  can even wrap it and add a gift card! FREE shipping!
Here are some links to items in my shop: 

Thanks for stopping by!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

December Magnetic Board

This cute Christmas winter scene is for my magnetic board, I keep it in my kitchen and change it up monthly. I have 3 adorable little polar bears decorating a tree for Christmas, if they ever get the lights untangled, lol.

Paper: DCWV, Recollections
Chipboard: K&Co.
White Gelly Roll Pen
Asst. inks and chalks
Magnetic board: Creative Memories

I am entering this into:
Cameo Creations White Christmas Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Scraptastical Kreations DT Challenge

The new DT Challenge has been posted for Scraptastical Kreations. This month it's a sketch challenge! Post your project using the sketch below as your inspiration and you could win $15  to spend at the SK store!!

Here's my card for a bit of inspiration for you. Too see what the rest of the DT has made stop over at the SK Blog! Post your project by the end of the month for your chance to win!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Homespun Christmas Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to A Homespun Christmas Blog Hop. Thank you so much for hopping with us, we hope this hop provides lots of inspiration on gifts to make for the holiday season. If you've come by from Kristy's blog then you're in the right place. If you've just happened upon my blog today you're not going to want to miss a thing so head over to the beginning and start at Christine's blog.

We have 2 sponsors for this blog hop.
The first sponsor is Scraptastical Kreations, she is offering a $20 Gift Certificate to her store. To be eligible to win the Gift Certificate please go to her Facebook fanpage and like the page (if you’re not a fan already) and also leave a comment on the fan page. 
The second sponsor is Hot Berry Designs she is also offering a $20 Gift Certificate to her store. To be eligible to win the Gift Certificate please go to her Facebook fanpage and like the page (if you’re not a fan already) and also leave a comment on the fan page.

For my Homespun project I made a wreath to hang on a front door. I took an inexpensive artificial balsam wreath, made paper roses and hot glued them on. I also added a bit of artificial baby's breath, some gold balls and a touch of gold ribbon swirled throughout. It's finished off with a nice big sheer ribbon bow. I love this one so much I may just keep it hanging on my door!

Here it is prettying up my front door.

Can you Eye Spy someone peeking out the door??
My husband being funny and holding up Zander for a photo op.

The wreath is from Christmas Tree Shops
Flower cutting files from Scraptastical Kreations - Elegant Florals, Flower #2
Ribbons - C&G, Christmas Tree Shops
Gold balls - Hobby Lobby

Here's the full line up in case you get lost along the way:

Nancy **you are here**

I must now send you over to the lovely and talented Cathie.
I hope you have enjoyed the hop and we've inspired you in some way.

~there's always a story!
Nancy :)

Win A Cameo!!!

Do you want to win a Silhouette Cameo, or know someone that would love to win one?? Here is your chance to get in on the Silhouette Cameo Raffle!! Tickets are only $5 each, with a max of 5 entries per person. Ticket number(s) will be sent via email once payment is confirmed! Drawing will be held via video on December 15th! There are a limited number of tickets being sold and they're going fast!! Get yours before they're gone!!!

Purchase your ticket here: http://www.scraptasticalkreations.com/item_370/Silhouette-Cameo-Raffle.htm

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Sweet Christmas

Today I have a sweet card featuring a very adorable moose from Scraptastical Kreations (original artwork by Kristi W). I have a special sweet someone in mind to recieve this card for Christmas!

Scraptastical Kreations - Cherry Moose-mas
Peachy Keen -  PKSC 11
Paper - Recollections, American Crafts
White Gelly Roll Pen
Cat's Eye inks
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Random Bling

I'm entering this into :

Thanks for stopping by today!!
~there's always a story!
Nancy :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shaped Snowman Card

Today I have a fun little shaped snowman card to share. He's from Scraptastical Kreations file "Polar Fun". I embossed him with snowflakes and added a bit of bling and bells to fancy him up. Cute!

I'm entering him into:

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story!
Nancy :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bah Humbug!

RCS #12 - Famous Movie Pets Layout Challenge

This has to be one of my all time favorite pictures of our cat, Zander. My son put this toy over his head and as you can tell by the look on his face he didn't seem to appreciate it much. He's really a good sport and let's us put all kinds of stuff on him lol, however, his face in this picture is just priceless. I thought "Bah Humbug" made the perfect caption, lol. 

Paper - Cloud 9 Design Seasonal
Scraptastical Kreations cutting files - Fancy Frames, Border Set
Random rick rack ribbon and button

Thanks for stopping by!

~there's always a story!
Nancy :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

It's Turkey Time!!!

If you're looking for the Thankful Hop click here or scroll down (if you scroll down you can check out my really cute turkey ;)

When I saw this file in the Silhouette store it cracked me up and I just couldn't resist. Isn't he just the cutest thing?? Once I had him all put together he looked like he needed something so I added the "Give Thanks" banner and tail feathers with cut files from Scraptastical Kreations. He stands about 6" tall.

Scraptastical Kreations cut files- "Turkey Time" & "Banner Blitz"
Paper - Recollections, DCWV, Oriental Trading
Timeless Twine
Googly eyes, Oriental Trading
3D Turkey Silhouette file

I'm entering this into Cameo Creations - Anything Thanksgiving Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story!
Nancy :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thankful Blog Hop November 10, 2012

Welcome to Day 1 of The Thankful Blog Hop. If you happened upon my page today and would like to start from the beginning head over to Melanie's blog for the full lineup. If you came over from Kristy's page you're in the right place!

This is the time of year we really reflect on what we have to be thankful for. One of those things I am thankful for is scrapbooking and all the crafts, supplies and people that go along with it. A very talented group has gathered today and tomorrow to share projects that all have the word ‘thank’ on them.

In addition to seeing a lot of awesome creations, there is some blog candy available too. If you comment on everyone’s bloghop post you will be entered to win the goodies. You don’t have to become a follower of the ‘Afternoon Scrapper’ blog too, but it would be great if you did. The prize is a mix of paper, stickers, mists, stencils stickers and more as pictured here:

We all have so much to be thankful for every day yet sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life we tend to look past what's truly important. Living in NJ and seeing what so many people are going through all along the east coast from the recent hurricane and Nor'easter has given me a new appreciation for all we have.
With that new appreciation in mind I decided to make up this "be thankful" board. Every day of the month of November we can write down something we are thankful for that day. I discovered the inspiration for my project here and thought it was such a fabulous idea I had to make my own. 

I made the board about half the size of the original. First, I took a 12" x 12 1/2" piece of chipboard and adhered a piece of wood grain look paper. Since I was making my board smaller than my inspiration I needed to overlap my envelopes to be able to keep them a decent size and still have 30 of them.

 I made up these pockets with my Cameo, altering a Silhouette file to make it work for my needs. Then I made a pattern of the front of the envelope and cut out pieces from coordinating papers and taped them on. The pocket size is about 2 1/4" x 3", the back flap is 3 1/8" x 3". 
I scored them at 3/4" in from the left side then taped that section of the back pocket to the board to create a "hinge". The hinge is folded behind for the first envelope on each row to hide it.

The cards for the inserts are 2 3/4" x 4". I scored them at 2", folded in half and slipped them into the envelope.  

This gives us 4 sides to write on. I'm hoping to use these cards for 4 years, being able to look back at what we've written over the years will make this project even more special and probably give us a good chuckle or two.

You can see how the envelopes lift up on that "hinge" to access the one below. The numbers were cut on my Cameo and glued on.

 I made 2 holes on the top, tapped in some grommets, threaded a ribbon through, put a wooden bead on each end and tied the ribbon into a knot for hanging. Ta da!

The leaves and flourish are cut files from Scraptastical Kreations
Papers are DCWV, Cloud 9 Designs and The Paper Studio
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Zig glue pen
ATG tape gun

I have some blog candy for you also! Please stop by my Facebook page and leave me a comment, 1 winner will be randomly chosen from all comments on Monday Nov,12. I'd love it also if you "liked" my FB page and followed my blog but that's not necessary to win. Here's the fabulous prize up for grabs:
6 yards of Autumn-like ribbon

I'm your last stop on the hop for today. I hope you've been inspired by the fabulous projects you've seen along the way! And remember to come back tomorrow starting with Melanie again for more fabulous creations!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)