Happy Thanksgiving & Black Friday!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  My day was spent with family and was a great day.  We ate too much, played with the little ones and scoured the Black Friday ads.  So, did you go out in the crowd early this morning.  Not me this year — I will go out mid-day just to get the tradition of Black Friday and the whole holiday season started.  Just doesn't seem like Christmas if you don't go out and do a little Christmas shopping.

I will spend most of the day designing for next weekend's Christmas Buffet.  I'm a bit behind this year — but I will get finished up today.  I design 10-12 gift items to make for family and friends.  I post out the pictures, descriptions and quantities available.  My customers sign up in advance for the items they wish to make — then next Thursday & Friday we have classes where they come to make the gift items they chose — so much fun and we all love to give hand-made items.

Here's a little sneak peek of what I have started.

Jimmy Duranti SnowmanThis little guy is SO ADORABLE — he holds a piece of chocolate inside — I used a York Peppermint Patty inside mine.  What a great little Secret Santa item to leave on a co-workers desk.

Keep watching for more fun ideas.

Peekaboo Christmas Card

Peekaboo Christmas

This card was made with the Peekaboo Frame Die.  Your friends or family would love receiving this special surprise card. 

Peekaboo Christmas Inside

You just pull the ribbon and the front of the card piece slides to reveal your holiday greeting.

To recreate this card you need the following supplies:

Stamp Sets:
     Petite Pairs — 122497 (clear), 128706 (wood)
     A Round Array (on sale now) — 129090 (clear), 129087 (wood)
     Smoky Slate — 131202
     Basic Gray — 121044
     Island Indigo — 122923
     Whisper White — 100730
     Winter Frost Designer Series Paper — 132341
     Island Indigo Stamp Pad — 126986
     Big Shot – 113439
     Peekabook Frame Die (on sale this week) — 124587
     Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon — 109070
     Dimensionals — 104430

Banner Pocket

Banner PocketThe banner kit in the Holiday Catalog is FABULOUS!!!  There are stencils in the kit that you can use to decorate the banner panels with stripes, polka dots, or chevrons.  There are even alphabet stencils so you can spell out a child's name and put the banner panels in a frame to hang in a little girl or boy's bedroom or play room.  This time though I used two of the banner panels to make a pocket to put a little treat in.  Wouldn't this be cute for St. Nicholas Day next week.  You could tuck a couple of goodies right in here.

If you want to recreate this project you will need these supplies:

Joyful Christmas Stamp Set — 131805 (clear)  1318802 (wood)
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock — 119685
Old Olive Cardstock — 100702
White White Cardstock — 100730
Black Stazon Ink Pad — 101406
Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon — 132135
Banner Simply Created Kit – 132699
Sticky Strip — 104294
Dimensionals — 104430