Sunday, December 08, 2013

Snow makes the best decorations!

I have never liked snow. 1--it's cold! 2--it's wet & cold! 3--still cold!  Growing up in the panhandle of Texas, we had our fair share of snow. Mom would bundle us up and throw us out the door. The boys would dig tunnels and make forts for their day-long snow ball fights. I would walk around a bit and be ready to go in. But mom wouldn't let me...I needed to play with the brothers. So I remember sitting on the porch, crying. Making my own icicles--which made me colder!
  Today, I am still cold all the time. Even in summer!  But I have fallen in love with snow...but only looking at it through my double-paned windows. I donned my heavy clothes and journeyed out to take a few pictures of the snow. (my scrap tools are mostly at the store, so no creating over this long weekend)

 We have 4 artificial trees on our porch, 2 large one and 2 on either side of the door. The snow on the branches is a great touch. I couldn't have done it better.  And here at The Funk's Botanical Garden we have constant updates on the pool.  So who could resist a picture of the snow drifts on the edge of the pool and the ladder? (The water is now a nice thin coat of we never long enough freezes  ice skate!)
  Hope you enjoyed the winter wonderland.
But for me, I'm Dream' of warm weather and keep Dreamin' too.

Pammie Kay

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Yesterday I got a chance to create!  Working at The Paper Crafts Store gives me a bunch of great products to choose from!!  I have been dying to play with the large Pop Bottle Caps from Maya Road.  I don't have the jumbo ones, but the large one.
   I have been making a lot Christmas cards with the new Kaiser Craft  "St. Nicolas" collection.  Of course, there are always scraps.  So I started putting different pieces together....and I like it!
 A 3" punch makes it easy to cut a background. I cut this out of the leftover corner of  "Santa Clause". It goes without saying that everything  I add, has a touch of inking to  it!  I usually prefer to use Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

  I love to fussy cut with my new Elizabeth's Crafts Fine Point scissors.  I have arthritis in my right thumb, and the ease of these scissors allows me to craft longer. So I cut out the bells in the corner, leaving a couple of leaves for texture. I outlined the edge of the bells with my Jelly Roll Stardust Pen. It adds a light shimmer. Some foam dots for more dimension holds it into the bottle cap. I didn't like the fact that the paper base "gapped" around the edges.  So I added a thick band of gold Stickles around the edge. I stamped on black card stock some sentiment and embossed it with white.Some bling to make the berries more prominent, satisfied my desire for more sparkles!
 My Crop-a-Dile punched a whole with ease through the top edge of the pop cap. I used a string of embroidery floss ( with a bead tied to the inside) to hang it up. I love the way it turned out...and with the Pop Caps selling for only 75 cents, it makes an amazingly affordable gift. I need to make one for my mailman, hairdresser, Shirley next door, our land lady....this list goes on!

So, with the weather threatening to shut us in...grab your supplies and create something special for your gift list.
   I'm Dreamin' of two days of keep Dreamin' too..

Pammie Kay