Friday, December 30, 2011

Salsa gifts

There's an unwritten policy at my DH's work and that is that you have to buy a Christmas present for your boss(es) and employee(s). Ugh. He spent as much on his bosses and employees as he did on me. As you can tell, I'm less than pleased with the dent this made in our Christmas budget.

Anyway, enough of my complaining. My DH is known for his salsa. It's good but it's hot. And I don't mean a little bit hot. I mean A LOT hot. Like, make-you-cry-and-sweat hot. Too much for me even though I beg him each year to make a batch that's milder. He tries. He really does. But I think his taste buds are all burned off and he can't tell what's mild anymore. So, along with a Target gift card, all his work recipients got a jar of "medium hot" salsa. And he asked me to fancy them up a bit.

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I punched a 2" circle from Pure Poppy, stamped it with some old Christmas stamps (don't recall the mfr but the designer is Danielle something - helpful, aren't I?). Tied a bow of black and white plaid ribbon around the neck of the Mason jar, cut a small length of leaf ribbon, a Tiny Tag die cut, and a bell that I had previously spray painted. I bought a bag of bells at Michael's and they were bright gold so I just spray painted them white. It took quite a while for them to dry.

Used a glue dot to stick the snowman gift card to the top and voila! A cute gift left on many desks at DH's work.

Stamps: Tiny Tags (PTI)
Other: plaid ribbon (Michael's), bell (Michael's), leaf ribbon and white twine (PTI)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Thank Yous

Here's the quick and easy cards I whipped up for my kids to send their thank yous.

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I stamped off once with the circles from Grunge Me so that they would be lighter and fade more into the background. Added a felt star and "thanks" and all done. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. :)

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My DD11 followed this same design but made them herself using a less traditional and much more girly color palette: pink circles and turquoise felt star. It works and they're done. Can't ask for much more than that.

Stamps: Grunge Me (PTI)
Other: Pure Poppy felt (PTI)
Ink: Basil and Slate (Fresh Ink), Corner Chomper

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 Christmas card + letter

Last year I went easy on myself and did our annual Christmas card from Shutterfly. It was done in early October and was one less thing I stressed about as the season neared. This year, however, I decided to go back to making a card and including a letter.

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I used the Front and Center die from Papertrey Ink to create a pocket in which I placed my letter. I just scored the die cut a couple inches from the bottom, folded it, and sewed up each side to create the pocket.

I am so thankful for wonderful online friends Deb and Jennifer who sent me die cuts and a die so that I could make my vision for this card come to life. PTI happened to be out of stock of the "merry" die and they came to my aid. So thankful for them!

"Christmas" was embossed with white embossing powder to really make it pop against the red. The holly die cuts were stamped with a rubber stamp that I've had for ages. It gives a nice textured look to the dies. They were just so plain without it.

And you can't tell from these pictures but this particular card I die cut "merry" from some sparkle paper I picked up at Michael's. It was even already self-adhesive so it made assembly a breeze.

Three dots of red glitter Stickles for the berries and it's all done.

And here's the card with the letter inserted in it.

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I hope you all had a merry and blessed Christmas. I'll be back in a few days to post the thank you cards I made for my kids to send out their thank yous.

Stamps: Wonderful Words: Holiday (PTI), Country Burlap (JRL Design)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse (PTI), white sparkle self-adhesive paper (Michael's)
Other: Front and Center Die, Wonderful Words: Holiday die, Holly Jolly die, Christmas Red Stickles