Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blog Candy Winner! Inspired Cityscape and Christmas Crafts

Happy Saturday everyone! Before showing my offerings today - I'm excited to announce the winner of my blog candy! There were 61 comments and Random Number Generator chose #32 as the winner and that is:

Bunny B who said...
I read you every time you update as you're in my reader :) I love your creations!!! Happy Holidays!!

So Bunny - Congratulations!! - send me an e-mail (julia.aston@comcast.net) with your address and I'll get that package right out to you!

And thank you all for your wonderful supportive comments of my blog - they really made my week!

First up for my projects to show you today is my card for the Inspiration challenge on Split Coast. Stef chose another fun ETSY site 'Block Party Press'. I chose this fun city scape necklace for inspiration.
I immediately thought of this Amuse city scape stamp that I stamped 3 times and embossed in silver. I adhered it with foam dimensionals and cut it to fit the full width of the card.I didn't use my embossing buddy before embossing the sentiment (Vippies)so the little extra flecks that stick with the static would look like stars in the sky. The embossed stars are from the Take a Bough set from Papertrey Ink. I embossed the large star with silver on black, cut it out and adhered it with a foam dimensionals.

Stamps: City Scape: Amuse, Stars: PTI Take a Bough, Sentiment: Vippies
Paper: grey Bazzill, white: PTI, Real Red, Basic Black: SU
Accessories: silver embossing powder, embossing pad, hot gun, foam dimensionals


And next I want to share a couple of fun Christmas crafts I found while surfing some blogs.
I found this cute idea for pops at this site although Ashley made them for candy canes. We're having a Christmas craft sale at church and I thought these dressed up our yummy chocolate/rice crispy lollipops that Jeannine made. The stamp I used here is from Papertrey's 2008 Holiday Tag collection with Ripe Avacado Ink from PTI.

Next up is this adorable little coaster frame for pictures with Santa (or any picture!) that I found on Lorri's blog here.
I added a picture of my sister Marcia and me (I'm on the left age 4!) Could my bangs be ANY shorter?!?!?

The picture is just clipped on so the purchaser can remove it and slip their photo right on. I used a heavy weight coaster for this and covered it with designer paper from SU. I punched a tag (Pure Poppy PTI) and stamped Merry Christmas from the All I Want for Christmas sentiment set by H&M Stamps on it. I attached the tag to a white card stock rectangle (2 1/2 x 3 1/2) and attached that to the covered coaster. The belt is 1/2" black grosgrain ribbon and the belt buckle is made from a 1" square of Summer Sunrise card stock (PTI) I punched two slots on it using the slot punch from Stampin Up to slide the ribbon through.

Lorri had attached magnets to the back of her coasters - but I made an easel stand for mine using a piece of coaster as shown. I scored it to allow it to bend and attached it with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive - that's also what I used to attach the DP to the coaster.

Today I am so thankful that we have heat and electicity - we had terrible icing north and west of us on Thursday night (we just had torrential rain where I live) and my son lost his utilities at his condo so came with April and his two dogs to stay overnight with us (power was restored today to them) - and my sister lost her utilities and a giant tree branch fell on her car and blew out the back window crushing the trunk. Another beautiful birch tree out front came up by the roots and fell against their roof! But we are thankful there was no damage to her house or to them personally. They have been told their power may be out for 4-5 days so they hurried out to by a power generator - luckily they have a wood stove and running water.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired by my crafts today to make some of your own!

12 comments:

Ashley Bowen said...

OMG! These are so FAB! :) I love all of your projects! Your pops came out awesome!

Hugs,
Ash-

~amy~ said...

Sweet projects Julia...I have that cityscapes by amuse and haven't inked it up yet :( Thank you soooo much for the card!!! You are sooo sweet...I haven't gotten to my bloggin' friends yet...hopefully early this week:) Have a super weekend!!!

Theresa said...

Wow, these are fantastic, Julia! Truly inspired!

SmilynStef said...

Love how you used that cityscape stamp ... fabulous inspired creation.

One4Joy said...

wow, oh, wow, Julie, you have really been inspired! I love your IC card...just a perfect interpretation with the buildings..love the bold graphics of it.

then I was reading down and I come upon a Santa pic that I tell you could be my and my sis! I'll have to dig it out and blog on it. That is certainly a cute idea. Thanks for sharing

And thanks for the chance to win blog candy, I'm still a perfect "0" on any blog out there in the blog-o-sphere!!!

Got your card, like Amy, mine might have to be Happy New Years' cards. love the elegant simplicity of it.

Have a blessed Sunday

Lauri said...

So glad you have made it through the ice storm! We just got rain (and lots of it) here in CT. As usual, your card rocks! At first I thought you made the necklace as well!

Bev said...

Really cute projects. Glad you are one of the lucky ones. We are to get bad weather starting tonight and for the next three days. Hope it is just rain, snow, sleet and NO ice-that is bad news.

Curt in Carmel said...

These projects are wonderful! So creative and festive. You did a great job! I LOVE your card. What a perfect interpretation of the necklace! Amazing job! Best, Curt

Shirley said...

All three projects are just perfectly right for the season!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

What fun projects. I love that cityscape card...the sentiment is wonderful with that one popped up star!!
hugs, Jami

Lisa said...

Wow I love this, I have done photo xmazs cards in the past but nothing as creative as yours, thank you for sharing.

dpkennedy said...

Love your skyline cards! Thanks so much for sharing your little finds too...awesome projects! Great when you want to give a "little" something!