Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Christmas Gift List Book {TBT}


Hello all!  It's Thursday and I'm sharing another Throw Back Thursday craft project from my blog. This one is from December 2012.  I use this book every Christmas!  It is one of my most favorite craft ideas/projects.  I use it to keep track of the dated ornaments I give to the grandkids each year. There is a set of pages with pockets for each child (though one is now {gasp} in college and one about to graduate from high school!}

Here's what I had to say about this project back in 2012:

"I used up some old Christmas papers I had in my stash to help me "Clear It Out" some.  The most fun item on this cover is the zipper flower!  I had seen this in a card crafting magazine but I'd never made one.  I bought a 7" red METAL zipper and cut it in half and then used red thread in long running stitches to gather it up into a flower, stitched the ends together, glued it to the cover of my book and then glued a gorgeous rhinestone vintage button to the center of the zipper flower!  The green seam binding ribbon has been crinkled with Perfect Pearl Mists.  I'm loving that style right now for ribbons and bows.     Oh yes, in case I forget...the book I altered is a children's book that I purchased at a junk store for $1.00.  I've glued some of the pages together to make them sturdier and then covered them with scrapbook paper.  I will be adding pockets and images to the pages during the month of December."

And a few photos of the inside pages--these are not all of them, just a few photos that I found on my blog from older posts.




I hope you enjoy this Throw Back Thursday craft project and I also hope that you are almost ready for Christmas because it will be here in a week! Yikes!!

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mini Toilet Paper TUBE Album Tutorial {Video + Snapguide}


Okay, here it is as promised!  The free Tutorial for the Mini Toilet Paper TUBE album!  I've done a video on YouTube where you can watch me make this album AND for the first time, I've used Snapguide to create a written/visual tutorial.


For still photos and written instructions of this project, check out How to Make a Toilet Paper Tube Mini Album by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

And here's the YouTube Video.  Click on the YouTube symbol to watch it in YouTube at a larger size.



These are really quick and easy to put together.  If you have a spare afternoon or evening you could finish one, maybe two of these before the holidays.  If you don't have enough toilet paper tubes, you can cut down paper towel tubes instead.  They will work just the same.

I have some exciting news to share about my crafting but not sure if I can share yet but I will say that 2015 is going to be a fun and great year!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ho, Ho Santa {Another Toilet Paper Tube Mini Album}


Hi crafty peeps!  I made another mini toilet paper tube Christmas album on Sunday AND I video taped the process for you.  I wanted to share the video today, but though I say at the start of the video that it is a "quick video,"  it ended up being about 30-35 minutes long which means....it is S L O W to upload on Youtube.  But the good news is--if you decide to make your own little mini album with this technique, you should be able to do it in about an hour.  In my video I sped up one section and did a few steps that are a multiple or repeat process off camera.  Decorating may take a bit longer depending how detailed you get with pockets, flaps and embellishments.  So my video still has about 3 hours to go to be uploaded, that means I'll post again tomorrow with the tutorial for this little gem.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Holidays {Dragon Style} and Saying Goodbye to Seems a Little Sketchy

If you are here for my Cards in Envy challenge post, please scroll down.  Thank you!


Well, I hate to say it, but this is the last challenge for Seems a Little Sketchy.  After this challenge, we will no longer offer sketches or challenges at Seems a Little Sketchy.   I will miss all the SALS Designers  and all the challenge participants but hope to see them and you around on the internet on other challenges and on your blogs.  I want to thank all of our fabulous sponsors that provided the images for the design team to use and for the fabulous prizes and thank you to the designers and the participants for so much inspiration and beautiful cards.

This challenge will  be running for three weeks with no commenting so the SALS designers can enjoy the holiday with their friends and family. Our prize from  Stamping Dragon Designs, our last sponsor, will be awarded  to one random entry  with the winner's name posted at the top of the challenge post on January 4, 2015.  The winner will receive a 5 Pound Voucher from Stamping Dragon Designs.  Don't worry, even if you live in the USA, you can still shop on line and use the voucher.  The sketch this time was lots of fun to work with and I was given Stamping Dragon Designs "Penny & LuLu Christmas Fire" digi image for my card.

Card Creation Details:
  • Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch # 80
  • Penny & LuLu Christmas Fire Digi Image by Stamping Dragon Designs
  • Copic Markers
  • Designer Paper Pad, 6x6, "Merry L ittle Christmas" by My Mind's Eye
  • Papertrey Ink White Cardstock
  • Snowflake Punch
  • Red Rhinestones
  • Acrylic Sentiment Stamp
  • Detail White Opaque Embossing Powder
  • Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen
Here's the sketch:
Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch #80

I hope you will join us for our last challenge on Seems a Little Sketchy by creating a card using this sketch and linking it to the challenge blog post.

Happy Crafting,

Holiday Cheer { Cards in Envy Challenge}


It's time for a new challenge over on Cards in Envy!  It's our last one for 2014.  Our first challenge for 2015 will be on January 5th, so you've got lots of time to make a card {even with the holidays because you do need a little YOU time!}  Our theme for this challenge is "Inspired by a Christmas Carol."  All you have to do is create an A2 (4.25" x 5.5") card that is flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing that's inspired by a Christmas Carol or song AND share in your blog post what song inspired you.

Can you guess the song that inspired me?  It's "White Christmas."  I had the idea and wanted to emboss everything in white but it didn't really show up well.  At least I didn't think it did, so I went with the illusion of "white" by used silver embossing powder on a white background.  It makes me think of "White Christmas" and that's what matters. Ha, ha.

Card Creation Details:

  • Papertrey Ink White Cardstock
  • Cuttlebug Dotted Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot
  • Hero Arts "Merry Christmas Tree & Reindeer" Stamp set with Sizzix Framelits Dies
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Stampin' Stuff Detail White Embossing Powder (for the sentiment)
  • Light Blue/Grey Cardstock (for the sentiment)
  • White Celebrate Satin Ribbon
Okay, that's my "Inspired by a Christmas Carol" card.  Let's see what you've got by sharing it with us at Cards in Envy!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Holidays {Santa Canvas}



It's been a pretty awesome weekend!  Got most of what I wanted to get done accomplished--not all, but most!  Finished up a mini album, picked out and purchased the ceramic tile for our kitchen backsplash, started working on my Santa canvas Friday night and finished it up on Saturday morning. Later we had  dinner out at the Brazos River Cafe with friends, drove around (well hubby drove us around) and looked at Christmas lights  and then we all went to see "A Tuna Christmas" at the Theatre Off The Square in Weatherford.  It was actually pretty good, worth several laughs and even hubby liked it, didn't fall asleep and had a good time.  We really enjoyed the dinner, company and the show! Hope to do it again one day.  Then today we've had rain!  And I've spent a bit of time in the crafty room working on cards for two challenges that go live tomorrow.   What I did not get done was post this early today nor post my how to video for the toilet paper tube mini album yesterday.  I did get the second toilet paper tube album made AND I video taped the tutorial but still need to edit it so I would say that it will be on the blog Tuesday or Wednesday this week.


I also did a video while I made this canvas.  It has to be edited too.  Lots of background noise from the house and cats so I'm going to do a voice over on it and probably speed up some of the process so the video won't be so long.  I hope to have that video on the blog by Friday if not sooner.

I so love how this canvas turned out!  A few weeks ago, I saw one on Pinterest except it was with spring flowers and a butterfly. It was gorgeous! I remembered that I had a small (10"x 10") canvas from a kit that I'd never done lying around SOMEWHERE in my craft room.  (The kit was colors that I did not like--not sure why I had it, but I'm glad now that I did! Ha, ha.) I had to hunt for the canvas and decided that it would be perfect for a Christmas canvas.  I want to go on the record to say that I am NOT an artist as far as drawing and painting goes, nor am I that great at mixed media but I did discover certain steps while creating this that has me hopeful for those of us that struggle with this.  I will share how I did the background and added dimension to this in my video so do check back later this week.  If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to either follow me on Bloglovin or by RSS (feedburner) or by email.

Happy Crafting,