Can you believe it’s Wednesday already? Tomorrow…the big turkey day. Already? This past week has gone by so fast! And when I say ‘past week’, I mean since last Friday when we ventured down to California to be with my side of the family for Thanksgiving. And on our way down, we had some hairy weather just outside Cedar City–where we saw so many accidents, including this:
It was pretty intense for about 20 miles of this. We probably saw 15 accidents, including a couple rollovers. A lot of people had slid off the road. Let’s just say it wasn’t a good moment.
And luckily we have friends staying at our house to take care of Otis. I think he knew we were leaving. Kass found a friend for him to stay with, but upon meeting them at their place a few days before, he was incredibly anxious and whining and I think he could sense what was going on. That, and maybe it had something to do with the pig that someone had in their condo next door. We also tried to take him to the groomer the next day, but I think he could still feel what was going on and we didn’t even make it out of our neighborhood. This dog, which usually is beyond excited for a ride, was pacing in the back of the car and whining with his leash in his mouth.
Yeah. That groomer thing didn’t happen. He just knew we were leaving and thought we were taking him somewhere else for that. So we thought it would be best to see if we could get someone to stay at the house and that seems to be much better for him. The cat, on the other hand, is with my sister.
But then last night we got a little of this to balance out our universe’s week in review.
A little day trip to Santa Monica Pier. Went there for the photo op and beach experience for the kids. My sister-in-law came too. We all ate at Bubba Gumps and had a great time all around. Great waiter at the BG too. So funny.
Been doing lots of stuff and if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll have seen some of the other stuff going on. I’ll do a recap next week. :)
In the meantime, let’s get to the business at hand!
On today’s lineup we have some great little treat/gift bags from Miss Naomi! These are perfect for parties, for little gifts for your neighbors or teachers…soooo many different things!
[ Designs | Christmas Countdown (gingerbread cookie cutter) / This+That: Christmas (christmas tree, merry&bright) / A Very Retro Christmas (snowflake+card) / Happy Holidays / December 25 ('cookies') ]
I just love the whole DIY of this! They look so cute and crafted. Who wouldn’t want a gift in these cute little packages? They are just lovely!
Here’s what Naomi has to say:
I decided to make some DIY treat bags! I loving giving away cookies and candy at the holidays and what better way than with a handmade treat bag! I am making these for all my kids’ teachers this year! If you are not a baker substitute out cardstock for the parchment paper and fill with a gift card! This is great for homemade candy as well.. I always make glazed almonds which are going in the bags this year! Fill with cookies or mini apple pies.. but have fun!
First of all, I Cut a 5 by 10 piece of parchment paper and folded it in half. I cut a 5 b5 square of burlap, and zig zag stiched the parchment to the burlap, leaving a hole up top to fill with treats. I then embellished with doilies, patterned paper, KBS journaling cards and KBS die cuts.. some I glittered and some I sprayed with ink mists for the perfect color to match my papers.
I then cut office tabs for the top, and when they are full, I will staple the office tab shut. I used my tiny attacher (mini stapler) and sewing machine a lot on this project as adhesive will NOT stick to parchment paper.. found that out the hard way. Anyway, hope this inspires to cook up something fun this holiday!
Well boys and girls. Tomorrow is the big holiday! Got something fabulous from Nichol to share too, so be sure to tune in.
Now, I’m wondering, who here is a big Black Friday crazy person out to get the best deals at the wee-est of early morning hours?
Not for me. I’ll just be staying here on my computer in the comfort of my home. ;)
Okay, so if you could only hear that in my head when I ‘say it….extravagAAANNNzzaaa…. Any time I thought about this week, it was always that….extravagAAANNNzzaaa. Just looked up the definition and it basically said, ‘an exciting show or event.’ And well, boys and girls, that’s exactly what we have going on with all this fabulous stuff from the KBS Creative Team!
Here’s what Laura has to share with us today:
[ Designs | Signed.Sealed.Delivered (square envelope) / Star Background (envelope) / Happy Holidays / Ho Ho Ho ('Merry Christmas' card) / Christmas Countdown (stars) ]
Sooooo totally love that Merry Christmas tin! I love the idea of creating a star banner and wrapping it around a tin. How cute is that? And the envelope and pillow box? Divine!
Here’s what Laura has to say:
When it comes to gift giving during the holidays, I have always been one to keep my wrappings and packaging pretty simple. If you look under our Christmas tree, you’ll see all of the presents wrapped, but not a single bow or ribbon on any of them. Kind of boring, I know. Turns out, I tend to use the same approach when it comes to creating my own paper crafted items for gift giving. Simple and quick. But hopefully, not boring. I whipped up a few quick projects with gift card giving in mind. I’m always giving gift cards to family members, and it’s fun to have something cute to tuck them into.
I used a tear-away square envelope from Kerri’s Signed Sealed Delivered kit, but before cutting, I added a star background from the Designer Picks Christmas kit to the envelope so that the front of the card would be covered in little cut out stars. I also cut a basic pillow box design from the Silhouette Store, and added just a few small stars from that same star background before cutting. I added my “Happy Holidays” sentiment, using a cut from the Designer Picks Christmas kit, to both the envelope and the pillow box.
To embellish this simple little silver metal tin, I created a long star garland to wrap around the tin. I cut a full 12×12 sheet of stars, from the Christmas Countdown kit, from black dotted patterned paper. I machine stitched them all together into a long strand, and then wrapped it around the metal tin a few times. I printed out the “Merry Christmas” art from the Ho Ho Ho kit, and adhered it to the top of the tin, tucking two corners under the star garland
Great ideas for little gifts and cards! Thanks Laura!
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Do we have a fun week in store for you all! The KBS creative team has been working their little fingers like crazy to bring you some very amazing gift ideas, just in time for the holidays!
I have been oohing and ahhhing for the past week or so. Tickled pink with the fun things these girls have made!
So I think we should just get started with Miss Layle! Check out this wonderful wood project that she made using the Jingle All The Way cut file! Of course, this would look awesome with any of those holiday phrases.
I’m gonna turn it all over to Layle here with the instructions so you can make one too! :)
I had my husband build the base out of 3 pieces of old fence wood slats we had in the garage. He screwed two pieces of wood across the top and bottom of the back of the slats to hold everything together. The base measures 21″ long by 17″ wide. Don’t mind the paint on the back, I was testing 2 different techniques before I started painting :)
If you don’t have old fence slats laying around, you could change the design a bit and use pine boards (I believe Home Depot will even cut them for you!). You wouldn’t get the same rough effect, but it would work just as well.
Cut the saying first on card stock, then cut a 2nd saying on vinyl to create a stencil. Mine was 11.13″ tall and 8.75″ wide. Incidentally, I bought the vinyl from Hobby Lobby – it’s their Paper Studio brand. Worked like a charm in my Silhouette! Since I hadn’t used vinyl before, I did a quick Google search for ‘how to cut vinyl on the Silhouette’; I watched a quick video and it was super easy to do.
Use the cardstock negative as a template for placing the vinyl stencil on the wood surface. Since most of the stencil is in a single piece, I found this was a much easier process when I had a helper to help keep the stencil from curling and to help place it without it tearing. Using the cardstock negative template makes it very easy to get the correct placement of letters.
Use a bone folder to smooth out any bubbles in the vinyl so paint doesn’t bleed underneath the stencil. Meet my helper – my 13 year old son, Sam :)
Dry brush over the vinyl stencil lightly with a foam paintbrush and cream acrylic paint (brushing with the grain of the wood); work quickly. If necessary, use a corner of the foam brush to apply paint in small cracks and crevices.
Remove the vinyl stencil immediately after painting, this will prevent a seal from developing when the paint dries and should eliminate and peeling of paint when you remove. In a few cases, I gently tore the vinyl stencil into smaller sections in order to make it easier to remove. I even used an Xacto knife in a few places to help lift the stencil from the wood.
No matter how careful I was when I painting, I had a few areas where the paint bled under the stencil. In these areas, I used a paper piercer to lightly scratch away/’clean up’ paint from where it shouldn’t be.
I used burlap and twine to create the banner – all materials were purchased from Hobby Lobby.
I started by folding a piece of burlap in half, then cut three half circles (about 5″ wide at the top) with pinking shears. I then folded each circle over a long piece of twine and adhered it with Tiny Attacher staples along the top of the half circle. I tied 4 brushed gold jingle bells (bells are about 1″ wide” – the container says 25mm) to 4 silver snowflakes, then tied each bell/snowflake to the banner. For the last step, I cut thin strips of red and cream chevron fabric with pinking shears and tied to the banner.
When the banner was done, I laid it on top of the wood base, figured out where I wanted the banner to hang and then hammered a nail in each corner. I left about 1/3″ of the nail sticking out and then wrapped the twine end around the nail a few times and tied a knot. I left the long ‘tail’ of the twine attached.
For the last step, I wrapped the outside edges of the wood base with red and white chevron Washi tape to add a bit more color.
I loved putting this project together, it was so much fun! Can’t wait until the end of this month when I can put it out with the rest of our Christmas decorations :)
I think one of the top questions I’ve gotten since I’ve been in business is:
Do you have commercial licensing?
And now, I can’t tell you just how excited I am to finally say:
Why, yes. Yes, I do.
It’s going to take some time go through the store and add them all, so if there is something that you’ve just been waiting and waiting for, holler at me via e-mail and I’ll get that done first. You will know if there isn’t one available for a kit if the Licensing Option drop-down box isn’t there.
But I know that first and foremost, people have been wanting commercial licenses for my latest holiday kits…and they are ready!
And, and, and…this brand new one too! :)
This kit has more of a respectful, religious tone for those wanting focus more on the true meaning of Christmas.
So now, you’re probably asking yourself,
What exactly does the commercial license entail?
Well, to quickly summarize, this is geared for the small business crafter. It is not intended for digital reproduction in any fashion. For full details of the licensing agreement–personal or commercial, please check HERE.
I’m so excited to finally be able to offer these!
I’m thinkin’ the same thing you are…it’s been a long time comin’. ;)
So a while back I serendipitously put this little color scheme together. A simple casual pushing aside of things I’d been working on, created this montage of color goodness.
I was smitten.
I needed more!
So I went on a quest through the squares of visual goodness on that lovely thing called Pinterest and this is what I found.
[ Sources top to bottom: fancy room / bedding / pillow / hello yellow / fashion / living room / pencil+papers / living room ]
love. love. love.
So I made up this color scheme…and kind of thought I needed the navy in there, just for fun–since the jeans were in the fashion ensemble anyway. Thought it looked really good with the whole combo.
Now’s your chance to play along! Right now is the perfect time to use these colors to create a Thanksgiving or fall page or card. Link up when you’ve done your magic using this color scheme and some KBS designs! I’ll draw one random link-up for a $25 gift card. It ends Monday, December 2.
Have you taken your family Christmas card photo? Need an awesome way to scrap it? Well, look no further, my friends because Nichol has one hum-dinger of a page to do just that!
[ Designs | Jingle All the Way (title) / TwentyEleven (byline and date) / This & That Christmas (bell) / Christmas Countdown (holly) / Believe Banner (banner) ]
Ooooh, that banner is just darling! And I love how she mixed the December 2011 up at the top! And hanging the glittery bells?
Here’s what Nichol has to say:
I have an entire album dedicated to the photo cards we receive from friends and family each year for the holidays and I have another one for the photo cards that we send out each year. I am slowly getting this one caught up to the other one, even though I still have a ways to go! Kerri’s cut files help me create pages that I love! Her new “Jingle All the Way” title is my favorite! I knew when I saw this design that I would have to use it immediately! I cut it big to make it stand out on my page and added her “Believe Banner” and month and date designs to my page as well. The bells and holly are nice holiday touches that round out the design and now I have another finished layout to put in our album!
Here’s a couple more pages for this same album I created awhile back with Kerris’ files: 2009 Layout
Now on another note, have you seen what Miss Becky Higgins has been up to? She’s been redesigning her site! [Insert jealous moment here--on account-a that's what I've been wanting to do for a couple months now. Oh, and expect the tweaking to commence here at KBS...just fyi.]
It looks great! Here’s a sneak peek at it below, if you haven’t seen it. And if you haven’t checked it out yet? What are you waiting for? Because seriously, did you know that she has 13 Christmas card designs
from some amazing artists……for free?
And have you heard about her creativeLIVE event
going on starting tomorrow?
Wooowee….this girl is busy! Love her dearly.
Well, yesterday was absolutely divine. We had ‘First Thanksgiving’. A sort of precursor, if you will, for the big turkey day itself. You know, we just don’t get to eat enough turkey dinners and that’s what makes it so danged good. I’ve been craving it for some time now. Just couldn’t wait any longer. And in case you are wondering, we are doing some things early this year because Jordan leaves for Florida on December 18. So yes, they decorated their Christmas tree last night after ‘First Thanksgiving.’
We only did turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes + gravy, rolls and green beans. Everything from scratch. There’s no ‘instant’ when it comes to a real turkey dinner.
The only thing that wasn’t completely from scratch, was dessert.
An apple-spice cake.
It’s such a simple thing, but oh boy does it taste so good! It’s kind of a mix between already made and scratch. So we kind of got the ‘scratch’ part.
I love it because it makes an awesome dessert to slice up in about 2×2″ squares and put on a lovely cake plate.
And you’re saying to yourself (or to me?), recipe please.
I would be happy to oblige. :)
OLD FASHIONED APPLE CAKE
1 box spice cake mix with pudding in the mix
1 21 oz. can of apple pie filling (w/cinnamon)
*cut apples into small chunks
5 T. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 c. softened butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare streusel topping. In a medium bowl combine all topping ingredients with a fork. Mixture will be crumbly. Set aside.
Cake. In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients. Blend at a slow speed until completely moistened, about 1 minute. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Do not over mix. Spread batter in a greased and floured 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle with streusel topping evenly over batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until center springs back when lightly touched.
Serve with slightly frozen cool whip. Cake is best served on 2nd or 3rd day. I’ll usually make it the day before an event and it’s great. The streusel topping gets moist and soft and it’s really good that way.
Test it out for yourself this holiday season. It’s a been a big hit for my family. A big thanks to a friend for sharing her recipe with me. We love it! :)
Christmas will be here before we know it. We even have one tree up with some lights on it–only because we bought it last week and Jordan is leaving before Christmas. And yesterday we decided to get up some lights on the house before the weather goes nasty–starting today.
Lots of crafting and creating and all sorts of fun stuff going on right now before the true mayhem begins.
And that’s what’s so awesome about the kit that is now available today. A continuation, if you will, on a fabulous theme to go along with Jingle All The Way. I’ve been holding onto it until my commercial license options are up and going, but things never seem to go as planned, and I’m done waiting. :) So, if you want to use this at a commercial level, hold tight, hopefully it’ll be in place soon. Don’t want you to have to buy it twice. (P.S. watch my blog and FB for the news when ‘commercial’ has come to town…should be soon.)
The kit comes with five phrases for your cutting pleasure. But wait, there’s more! (You know I love saying that). Each title also comes on six different stylized 3×4 cards so you can add them to a tag, to your page, to a Project Life….what ever tickles your fancy!
The cards do come in one PNG, otherwise you just have a bazillion files to deal with. And if you don’t have a graphics program like PS or PSE, but you do have Studio? Ohhhh, there’s a way to separate them there too! Take a look:
And my sweet creative team have had this in their hands for a bit too, so here’s what it looks like in action–coming from the ever-talented Miss Layle!
[ Designs | Ho Ho Ho ]
Totally love this idea! Right down to the definition paper (hello??) and the stars added to the outside of the frame. Oh, and sparkle me happy to, will ya? Fabulous, Miss Layle!
Here’s a bit from Layle:
Oh how I love decorating our house for Christmas! Each year I pick up a few new decorations to add to my collection – whether it’s pillows, ornaments, trees – you name it, and if it’s Christmas, I love it!
This year I decided to make a few pieces to add to my collection. This frame was SUPER quick and easy to make. I picked up the 8×10 frame from Walmart and cut down the red glitter paper from American Crafts to fit inside. On top of that I added a page cut from a dictionary. If you look closely, the page has the Christmas definition on it :) I cut the ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ from black card stock, adhered to the center of the dictionary page, then inserted inside the frame. To add a little more sparkle, I colored Studio Calico wood veneer stars with Krylon gold leafing pen and then adhered them on top of the glass with small glue dots. I’ll set the frame on an end table or on a shelf, but you could even hang if you wanted.
Thanks for letting me share!!
No, thank you Layle!
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