Thursday, December 18, 2014

Altered Project: Season's Greetings Gift Box (Echo Park Home for the Holidays)

Are you frantically running around, trying to wrap last-minute gifts? Hopefully the project I'm sharing today will help with some of your wrapping needs. Target sells adorable gable boxes by Spritz. They come in a bunch of different colors and patterns and they're super fun to decorate for any occasion.

I altered this one with Echo Park's Home for the Holidays collection. Just a few pieces of chipboard, some stickers, sequins and a bow and you're good to go!

If you'd like more information about this project, please visit the Echo Park blog.

Thanks for visiting today and happy wrapping!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Card Share: Presents (Paper Issues Swag Bag)

This holiday card was easy to put together using four 3x4 cards that came in the Paper Issues Merry Memories Limited Edition Swag Bag. The tag, sequin and snowflake were also part of the kit. The remaining items came from my stash.

If friends and family are asking what you'd like for the holidays, here's a suggestion — Paper Issues offers a 6-month Swag Bag subscription. You can read all about it right here. The code LISA20 will get you 20% off so be sure to pass this code on to Santa and his elves. They like to save money too. :)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Disney 2014 (Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine)

Hi everyone! Today I have a pocket page spread to share with you about our summer trip to Disney. I used Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine because it went so well with the colors in my photos (which aren't "typical" Disney colors). As always, when I create pocket pages, I embellished both inside and outside of the pockets.

Here's a look at the left page which includes an animation-based sketch drawing I made at a class Alexa and I took at Hollywood Studios. You may notice Alexa wore her animal print ears everywhere we went (although she took them off to try on some Sully ears at Hollywood Studios; see below). She got them at Animal Kingdom during our 2012 trip.

This is the right hand page, showing a mix of photos from Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Downtown Disney and our resort.

I don't do pocket pages often, but I love them for times when I have a lot of photos to showcase and don't want to make separate layouts for each one.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Card Share: Birthday Boy and a Sketch (Paper Issues Swag Bag)

I can't say who this card is for, because the recipient regularly reads my blog. However, I can tell you it was easy to put together with items from my stash (some older pieces and some new additions) and the Paper Issues Swag Bag. The 3x4 cards that come in the kit are perfect for card making, pocket scrapping and layouts too.

My card was also used as the basis for the latest Sketchy Saturday Linky Party over at Paper Issues. Come play along for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store (there's a layout sketch posted too).

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

As we enter the final stretch to Christmas, I thought I'd share some easy, last-minute holiday gift ideas. Some are older, some more recent, but all are timeless and perfect for giving (or keeping for yourself if you're so inclined). :)

Ready? Clicking on each link will take you to the original blog post where you'll find more information about each project.

1. 'Twiz the Season Treat Jar. Transform a lidded glass jar into a super cute gift featuring Twizzlers red licorice sticks and a clever saying to go along with it.

2. Clothespin Holiday Card HolderCover clothespins with patterned paper, embellish, then clip onto a length of wide ribbon for a festive and unique way to display your holiday cards.

3. Holly Jolly Wooden Christmas Trees. Cover wooden tree shapes (or chipboard) with patterned paper and embellishments to create festive home decor.

4. Bitty Christmas Cards/Gift Tags. These 3x3 cuties are stamped and tied with twine for use as a holiday card or gift tag.

5. Merry and Bright Holiday Clothespins. This is the merry and bright version of the traditional clothespins shown above. How cute would these be clipped onto gifts?

6. Embellished Wreath. Freshen up a plain wreath with die cuts, chipboard, journaling cards, and small ball ornaments. 

7. Ribbon Spool Ornaments. Upcycle empty ribbon spool packaging to create fun holiday ornaments. Decorate both sides so you have two designs to choose from and display.

8. Santa's Belly Box Packaging. Use your die cutting machine to create fun treat packaging, like this box designed to look like Santa's belted belly.

9. Just Believe Gift Box. Decorate a store-bought gift box with stickers and other embellishments. Tie it all off with a festive bow. Fill with treats, a scarf, a pair of fuzzy socks, jewelry or a gift card and you have a quick and easy gift.

10. Last, but not least, I'd like to share the news that my hubby has taken his wood working hobby to a new level and opened an Etsy shop called First Class Pens. He hand crafts and hand turns gorgeous pens from wood, acrylic and stone. I'd love it if you'd stop by and "favorite" his shop. He's offering my blog readers a 10% discount on all orders placed by 12/18/14, using the code HOLIDAY10.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these ideas and you're now inspired to finish up your holiday gift making and shopping. You can even hover over any of these images for easy pinning. :)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rolo Pretzel Confections (Simple Stories Cozy Christmas and DIY Christmas)

If you stopped by yesterday, you saw the altered gift box I created for holding holiday treats. Today I'm sharing a layout about one of our favorite holiday confections which just happen to fit perfectly into said gift box.

I created this page with Simple Stories Cozy Christmas and DIY Christmas collections. Don't they pair nicely together? Kind of like chocolate, caramel and pretzels. :)

If you pop on over to the Simple Stories blog, you'll find a supply list and close up shots of this page. In the meantime, I'll leave you with the recipe for these sweet and salty treats:

Don't say I didn't warn you — they're addicting!

1 bag square waffle pretzels
1 bag Rolo candies, unwrapped
1 bag pecan halves

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2. Line pretzels up on the prepared cookie sheet. Top each pretzel with one Rolo candy.

3. Bake 3-5 minutes or until the Rolo begins to soften, but not melt.

4. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Top each Rolo with a pecan half, pressing in gently.

5. Cool completely.

6. Enjoy!

I'll be back tomorrow to share a holiday card. Until then, have a wonderful and crafty day!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Just Believe Gift Box (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I'd share a cute and easy way to package holiday treats for gift giving. I bought the polka dot gable box at Target (it's by Spritz), decorating it with embellishments from Simple Stories DIY Christmas collection.

Tomorrow I'll share a layout about one of our favorite holiday treats which are perfect for gift giving (that is, if you can stop yourself from eating them all) and just happen to fit into this box perfectly. See you then...

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