Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas cheer.....

I've been such a bad blogger lately so this post is full of this and that. First, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Christmas day can't get here soon enough for my kids. We still have some last minute shopping to do. I enjoy it though. My hubby and I have fun shopping for our munchkins. Our gifts will be wrapped with love and placed under our "evergreen" tree. :) I replaced our skinny tree with this one last year. The new one is beautiful! Well worth the $$!
I was able to get the kids still long enough to shoot some Christmas photos. I just used a cheap table cloth and my point and shoot camera to capture these. I used to edit them.

I had our Christmas cards printed at Wal-Mart this year. They had a better variety than Sams Club. I think they turned out pretty good. Considering, we bought seventy photo cards for $30.00. I was able to get three nice size photos on each card.
As some of you know, I'm a DT member for Zva Creative. Below are a couple projects I've created recently using their products. If you love pearls and bling. Zva Creative has a nice variety of styles and colors. You can find a list of supplies on their website.

Zva Creative Supplies used for snowman card: CR-02CB-101 (clear crystals) eyes; PE-02CB-110 (light blue pearls) hat; CR-01CB-109 (clear crystals) mouth; PEC-02CB-101 (large pearls) buttons; PE-02CB-127 ( pearl flourish) Snow swirls; FL-01CB-116 flower (white felt); pink gem brad

Zva Creative Supplies for owl card: CR-02CB-101 (green crystals); PE-02CB-132 (large flourish)


Thursday, December 17, 2009

deck the halls.....

On the 8th day of to do list slowly dwindling. Outside lights, check. Trees decorated, check. Garland around the staircase, check. Christmas cards and photos, check. I think I'm finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I still have plenty of gift wrapping to do and a few more gifts to buy. Hopefully I can get the gifts wrapped while all the kiddos are gone today. After tomorrow they will all be home for Christmas break. YAY!

I have a few GCD Studios projects to share with you today. They're from the new Christmas collection which can be found here. I created a table place setting and a centerpiece from the collection. I'm sorry the photos are dark and not real clear. My lighting was horrid. Night time photos are a pain for me and my little point and shoot camera!

To create the center piece I simply used a #2 pencil, patterned paper, a square punch, hot glue gun, and 3 Styrofoam trees of various sizes. To create the trees you punch out squares (it takes 3-4 sheets of 12 by 12 paper to make a large one). Put a square on the end of the pencil and then pinch and twist it around until it stays to the form of the pencil. Remove from the pencil and hot glue it to the tree form. Make sure the sides are touching on each one you put on the tree. This will ensure you will not have any gaps.

This is a close up of the base of the center piece. Around the base I added a twig wreath that is painted silver. I added a little bird I bought at the Dollar Tree to the wreath. The trees are setting on a crystal cake plate and a sheet of the scalloped gcd studios patterned paper. I also added a ribbon around the edge of the cake plate using a few glue dots.

This little humdinger is name holder. I took a clear bulb and stuffed it full of gcd studios patterned paper. I added some ribbon, bling, flowers, a gcd studios brad, and a yard sale tag.The base is the tube off my glue dots. I added some gcd studios patterned paper and buttons.

The plate is sitting on a piece of the gcd studios scalloped patterned paper. I layered one of their clear, patterned acetate sheets over it. The plate is from Dollar Tree. I hot glued assorted buttons around the edges.

The napkin ring mainly consists of a strip of gcd studios patterned paper, a die cut from the gcd collection, some bling, a bow, a hero arts sentiment stamp and a flower.

If you have any questions...feel free to email me at I would be happy to clarify any of your questions about the project or products I've used.



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Zva Creative blog hop announcement...

I just wanted to let you all know. The Zva winners have been chosen and their name will be announced sometime today on the following blogs: Teri Hilde Lynn M. Lynn G. Anabelle. We had a ball and we hope that you did as well.

Thank you SO MUCH for visiting my blog. You made my day with all your sweet comments. Please keep an eye out for another Zva Creative Blog Hop in the future.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Zva Creative blog hop.....

Our First Zva Creative Blog Hop!I am excited to be a part of the Zva Creative DT! We are joining together today to share a Christmas or Holiday Tag that we each created showcasing the beautiful products that Zva has to offer. I am hoping that you will take some time to join us in a little bit of fun!The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog: She is linking to one of the designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. There are 12 design team members, so be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Those blogs will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can. Our team is so wonderfully diverse, so we are hoping that you will discover a talent that you have not been aware of.This Blog Hop runs through midnight on Tuesday, December 8th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 9th. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

Here's the little tag I created for the blog hop. I started out with a piece of green cardboard packaging. I ran a small piece of it through the Cuttlebug using their new Christmas Tree folder. I then cut out around the shape of the tree and slightly sanded the top and edges. That only left me having to embellish it with my yummy supply of Zva Creative flowers, crystals, and pearls.

Supply list:
CRO-2CA-127 (pearls)
PE-02CB-103 (pearl border)
CR-02CB-107 (colored crystals)

Please hop on over to see:Becky Olsen


Friday, December 4, 2009

Scarlet Lime giveaway....

(click on the logo)
GCD Studios is giving away a Scarlet Lime kit......the deadline is Dec. 7th. So hurry by GCD Studios and leave a comment if you're interested.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Has it really.......

Has it really been over two weeks since my last post??? How crazy is that??!! Between all the sickness in our little hovel and my computer going out....things just haven't been the same!
I hope to post something crafty soon.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thankgiving! May your holiday shopping days be merry and bright! :)


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