No crafty post for today!  Spending time with my family–relaxing and enjoying this special day. I hope you have a Very Merry and Wonderful Christmas!

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more?”

–The Grinch from, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 Author: Dr. Suess

Oh boy! It’ll be here soon!! Yep, Christmas Day is this week! (Like you needed any reminders. Ha, ha.)

This time on Seems a Little Sketchy, we have a beautiful Christmas sketch for you!  Sketch # 55 is shown below and is of course on the Seems a Little Sketchy Challenge blog.  Now, you don’t HAVE to make a Christmas card because by now, unless you need one last minute–you are most likely done with that.  But I do love to make Christmas cards and if I don’t need this one this year, it’ll go in my box for next year.

Our sponsor this time is Di’s Digi Downloads! I love her images! They are so cute! I have quite a nice collection of them but she’s added so many new ones, I need to go shopping on her site again soon.  I used one of Di’s digis that I purchased several months ago on my card for this challenge.  I had so much fun coloring it with my Copic Markers!  
  • Snowsuit, Hats, Headband, Penguin, Deer’s collar  R27 + R29  + R46
  • Scarf, Sled, Penguin’s Hat BG01 + BG05 + BG07
  • Girl’s Face E000 + E02 + E11 + R20
  • Girl’s Lips RV13
  • Girl’s Hair E35 + E37 + E57
  • Girl’s Eyes B0000
  • Reindeer E21 + E23 + E25
  • Reindeer’s Nose N5
  • Penguin’s Beak Y19
  • Penguin’s Face W00 + W01
  • Girl’s Skin Shadows BV01
  • Image Shadows, White Fur and Snowflakes BG0000
  • Jingle Bell C3
  • Girl’s Boots N5 + N10
Other Details:  I used teal and red cardstock for the card layers and matting.  Then I added sparkly snowflake stickers and a piece of Queen & Co. Red Snowflake Washi Tape.  The floral piece is from Petaloo Floral Embellishments with a Navy American Crafts twine bow and Teal Rhinestone brad from my stash.  The sentiment is an acrylic stamp from Papertrey Ink’s Signature Christmas collection.  I stamped it on to white cardstock with Stampin’ Up! Real  Red Classic Ink Pad.
Okay, now it’s your turn! The sketch challenge goes until our next challenge starts. Since we are taking a break for the holidays, you have until  January 12th to create a card, post it on your blog and link it to Seems a Little Sketchy.  There’s a $10 Gift Certificate prize  for one random winner from our sponsor, Di’s Digi Downloads!  Here’s your chance to get some of her adorable images!
In case I don’t get back to post again before Christmas–I want each of you to know that I appreciate you following and reading my blog and that I sincerely wish each of you a wonderful, happy and blessed Christmas!  Stay safe and well!

You make one!

My daughter has this gift for a friend that needed a sturdy box with a lid that lifted off because you just can’t  turn it every which way to wrap it up.  We looked for something to buy but found nothing–even at the Container Store–none of the boxes were what she could use. So I volunteered to make one!

I took my super duper Premiere Guillotine Cutter and some chipboard and cut out the pieces for this box, assembled it using instructions I learned from Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon, covered it inside and outside with pretty Christmas papers and viola! A gift box that’s just made for the gift! (Shhh that’s a secret.) And when she puts the gift inside, we’ll tie it up with a pretty ribbon.

I didn’t write the dimensions down but I think I can come up with them off the top of my head.   The box measures 7″ tall x 5″ square. So I cut four chipboard pieces 7″ x 5″.  For the bottom of the box, I cut one 5″ x 5″ square–all out of heavy weight chipboard.  For the lid, I cut one piece of chipboard 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and the four sides are also chipboard cut 5 1/4″ x 1 1/2″.   Next I cut brown cardstock into hinge pieces to fit the inside corners and outside corners of the box and lid.  Each measures the length needed and the 1 1/2″ wide.  I scored them all on the 1 1/2″ side at 3/4″ to create the hinge pieces.  I used Score-Tape to assemble the box, then I cut decorative paper to cover all sections.  The lid fits down securely and will keep the gift item upright, just the way it needs to be.

So there it is.  It didn’t really take that long to make. Maybe an hour total.  And if you find you have a gift that needs a sturdy box and you don’t have one—just be crafty and make it!

We’ve all got a busy few days coming up!  Have fun and enjoy them rather than stressing and working yourself into a frenzy.  I’m off to heat up some leftovers for supper and maybe I can convince hubby to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” with me!

Well, it’s time for our last Digi Haven challenge for 2013!  The theme this time was Red and Green.  I selected this cardinal on a holly branch as my digi image from our sponsor MYGRAFICO.  It’s from a digital set called Nature’s Christmas.  When I started coloring it with my Copic markers, I wasn’t sure if the beautiful scrolls were part of the bird (which a cardinal certainly does not have tail feathers like that) or part of the branch or just decorative but since our challenge was red AND green, I knew I would either color it red OR green.  So I went with red and it does make it look like part of the bird–well, maybe a little. Ha, ha.  However, I love the image and couldn’t help but make it sparkly by painting the bird, the scrolls, the berries and leaves with Stickles.  I used the Xmas Red color and the Crystal.  It’s is really sparkly in real life.  The Copic markers used were the R27, R29 and R46 for the bird, scrolls and berries plus G05, G07 and G09 for the leaves.  I used papers from a 6×6 paper pad called City Sidewalks by Recollections and tied a bow with some sparkly Darice red canvas cord.
So, are you still making cards for Christmas or have you “wrapped up” that part of your holiday. Perhaps you are planning on some last minute Christmas shopping over the weekend, but I do hope you will take some time for just yourself and create a RED and GREEN card for our Digi Haven challenge–it runs for 2 weeks.  After that, we are taking a bit of a break for the holidays but will be back on the January 10th with a Baby It’s Cold Outside challenge!  Oh yes, there is a prize from our sponsor to one random winner that links to the challenge–it could be you!
Take care and have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas!

Last week in a blog post I mentioned that I was wanting to buy a vintage aluminum Christmas tree to replace the one I gave to my daughter several years ago and that I was going to Miss B’s antique mall in town to search for one.  I found one and bought it!  It’s just the right size–four feet tall and I’ve put it up in my crafty room in front of one of the windows.  I had enough vintage glass ornaments to decorate it without having to take any off my big Christmas tree.

I think it’s beautiful and gives me lots of Christmas cheer.  I’ve put some of snowmen underneath it and a mini tricycle I’ve had for several years plus a vintage toy piano that I got for Christmas when I was a little girl.  Let me just say…that piano is pretty old but in really good shape and still plays a little tune.

So now when I’m in my crafty room creating I can enjoy my tree!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for my card that I’ve created for the Digi Haven challenge.

Have a great day!