Sunday, November 28, 2010

Prepping for a Christmas Red Hat Vendor Fair

I have now been busy making things to sell at my Red Hat Scarlet Sophisticates Christmas Party. We are having vendors this year to sell pre-party time. Mostly red hat vendors and a jewelry vendor and I was asked if I wanted to set up a table of wares and decided I would. I am making some Christmas cards and stocking stuffers and some red hat cards. Should be a lot of fun. So far I have made some 1x8 bags with York Peppermint Candies and one style of Christmas cards. I will be selling the cards as a boxed set of 6 and individually.

1x8 bags with York Peppermint Candies.

The polar bear was inspired by Nancy Dawson, she has instructions on her blog.

The snowflakes are from the Northern Frost Decorative Die Strip.

Look closely to see that I have used the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder on this card and a rhinestone in the center of the larger snowflakes. The blue snowflake is from the Northern Frost Decorative Die Strip.

More Thanksgiving Treats

I made these 1x8 little treat bags with Fall M&Ms for my red hat Scarlet Sophisticates group. Every year we go to Bob Evan's for an early Thanksgiving feast. I handed these and a little turkey nugget out all the gals. We do love our chocolate - LOL!

I had enough left over of each for DH to take and give out to his van pool the next day. I even had a request for the bags and toppers from one of my ladies. SHe was in charge of a craft project for the kids on Thanksgiving and thought these would be cute (and easy) for them to do and then write everyones names on them and use them for place setters as well. So I made another run up to Woodbridge the next day to take the bags and pre-punched scallops and pre-stamped images to her. She had to use Reeses Pieces in hers as neither of us could find the Fall colored M&Ms anymore.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sr. Ctr. Cards and Line Dancers

I went today for my monthly card making day at the Sr. Ctr. We made a Thanksgiving's Day card and a couple of Christmas cards.

This card used the French Foliage stamp set from the current Holiday mini. The words are from a retired set called Country Blessings and punched out with the new 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-large punch.

Look closely and you can see the embossed images on both of these cards. I had pre-done this using the Stampin' Up! Northern Flurry embossing folder. You could dress these up with some of the self-adhesive rhinestones or pearls that Stampin' Up! sells. I had also cut out a bunch of Bashful Blue snowflakes using the Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die, but they opted not to use them this time - I will come up with another card for next month using them. One of the ladies decided she was not in the mood to stamp today, so I did take one of my samples (these belong to one of the ladies that stamped) and dressed it up with a small Bashful Blue snowflake on a blue card like the one on the left and put it on the upper right side of the scallop and added a tiny pearl to it (forgot to take a picture of it). It really looked nice.

After we made cards, it turned out that they had the HeeHaw Line Dancers coming in to perform for the Seniors, so my friend Bobbie and I (she goes with me now) stayed to watch and have some lunch with them (they had a nice little spread of finger sandwiches and cake - Yum!

Here I got the Activities Director, Janie, joining them in their performance for the first couple of routines. They were very good.

At the end they did the Electric Slide and asked for anyone who wanted to join them, so I and one other lady volunteered to dance. Bobbie took my camera and sneakily got this shot of me - Ugh!

Afterwards, they put their hats on a couple of us for a photo opt....yep - that is me in the front row midde. My knees were killing me by the time we finished the dance, but I enjoyed myself as I love to do line dances. I would love to join a group like this, but my knees and legs (shins) would not allow it. Maybe someday if I ever get my knees replaced.

Happy Mail Days Again

Boy, I wish I could always get mail like this. It is so nice to get something besides bills and junk mail. Yesterday and today held surprises. Yesterday, I got the blog candy I won on Alicia Schukar's blog. What I won was a mystery and I promised I would share when I received it, sooooo... here is what I got:
A beautiful card and a roll of the Chantilly ribbon - LOVE IT!
I'd been wanting to get some, but always found something else I wanted/needed more at the time, so now I have some and can't wait to play with it. I've seen some beautiful cards with it...have the DSP and now the ribbon, so time to start CASEing some more cards - LOL!
Today I received another package from my cousin Deb, with the payment for yet another order from her and these items as well. I had seen them on her blog and LOVED them and was so pleased to be a recipient of them. Isn't the penguin adorable and the card is soooo pretty. She loves layers and does them so well. She did the penquin bag this past week when she made things at her local Sr. Center. Hmmmm, may have to go and get some hot chocolate and candy canes and make these next month when I go to my Sr. Ctr.

More Turkey Nuggets

Well, I made another batch of turkey nuggets, however this time I did add a waddle. I think they look more like a turkey now. So cute! See previous post for link to Kimberley's blog for her tutorial. I will show you how I made the waddle (learned this from someone else a few years ago).

To make the waddle, first punch out a scallop circle and then reinsert the edge of about 2 scallops (more if you need a larger one). Work around the edge of the scallop to make as many as possible from that circle scallop. It also kinda' looks like a worm, so you could make it a worm in a birds mouth or something.
This is a punch art turkey I made a few years back (another CASE) and is the first time I made the waddle - used 3 scallop edges for this one.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Turkey Nuggets

I was inspired by Kimberley Morris to make these cute little turkey nuggets for my red hat groups this month. They are sooooo darn cute and easy to make...Kimberley has a tutorial on her blog. I used the new Autumn Spice DSP from the mini catalog and Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and More Mustard cardstock to go with it for mine. One of my groups met for lunch today and received one...they loved them. I don't know that any of these little guys will be eaten, I think they were all given a pardon for this year.

The one thing I did notice after I finished these was that they don't have a waddle (you know, that ugly red thing that hangs down the side of their beak) I may see if I can make one to go on future ones (I have 2 more groups to make them for, plus I want to take some to my ladies at the senior center).

Monday, November 1, 2010

I Won Some Blog Candy!

Woo Hoo! I won some blog candy on Alicia Schukar's blog. I can hardly wait to get it and see what I got - she is being secretive - LOL! I will let you know once I get it!