Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Wonderland Kits

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and Santa was good to you.

As I am looking out the window this cold, snowy December morning, it reminds me of glistening snowflakes and smiling snowmen and that's what our kits are this time around.



Sammy Snowman is covered with glittery snowflakes and "real" snow. With his rosy cheeks and warm scarf he is ready to put a smile on your face. Cost is only $8.00



Snow Letters are a fun way to bring a little of the outdoors inside while still staying warm and dry. Can you see the little traces of sunshine peeking through?
Cost is $18.00




The Winter Wonderland Saying is a beautiful reminder of walks in the freshly falling snow, of peaceful days and calm nights. Cost for this kit is only $12.00

I want to get these kits out to you as soon as possible so I will be taking orders until Friday, January 1, 2010. Kits should be available for pick up or delivery on Tuesday, January 5th.

I hope you enjoy these kits as much as I did. Email me (rushton_tracy@yahoo.com) ASAP before they are gone.

PS. don't forget, if you order all three you will get a $5.00 discount!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Santa Tags

We had our Activity Day Christmas Party last week. I wanted to give the girls something cute but I was running out of time!

I found these Martha Stewart Test Tubs I had bought for a Halloween project a year or more ago (sound familiar?) With my Silhouette, I whipped up a few of these cute little Santas and put them on a green tag. A little curling ribbon and some red and green M & M's and I was ready to go.






The girls loved them and they were so easy to do.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mini Albums

This doesn't look like Christmas but it is.

I finally got my Grandmothers books done. I posted the pages a while ago but this weekend I got the covers done and they are now bound on ready to be shipped.





I cut all of the embellishments with my Silhouette (a new blade is an amazing thing!)and I bound them using the Bind-It-All from Zutter. Two of my favorite tools. For the outside of my books I used the Cover Alls. But good luck finding them. I needed one more and hunted high and low, I ended up just using chipboard but I still like it.

If I can get with it, I will be posting some of the projects I have been working on the last couple of weeks. And watch for the next week or two as I will be posting new Winter Kits. I am so excited.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Taking a small Christmas Break

Its just a little tiny break. Last week was my daughter's Birthday. She is away at school so we put together a little goodie box for her. I made this Birthday Banner using my Silhouette. It was a lot of fun to do.



She loved it and it is now hanging in her dorm.

Happy Birthday....
And now back to Christmas

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stocking Tree

Every year its the same thing. We don't have a mantle so I hang, tie or tape our stockings to the banister. It works, kind of. Sometimes they fall off, or get knocked off or...

No more this year. This year I made a Stocking Tree and it is perfect.



I painted it white but it was still pretty plain so I spruced it up a little with some pine garland and Pinecones.





To give it a wintry snowy feeling, I added some white paint here and there. I am really happy with how it turned out and the best part, no more falling socks.

PS. I wasn't going to offer this as a kit, but if anyone is interested I will sell just the unfinished tree. Email me for information.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Candy Countdowns

First, before you get any farther, I know these pictures are awful. My front room isn't the best place for taking photos. Oh well.

This week we put together our traditional Candy Countdowns. They are so fun and easy to do, the kids pretty much do their own and I help with the knots.

Here are some photos with instructions to follow.









Supplies needed:
Plastic wrap
Ribbon ( I used curling ribbon this year but we have used fabric ribbon or yarn before also. Just what ever you happen to have on hand.)
Candy
Slips of paper with "elf services" on them
Number tags --I used two different ones. The round ones are from Kelly Brown at heartland paper that she used for a different countdown. (You will not need the secound page.) The others were done using my Silhouette.

Instructions:
1.Unroll a piece of Plastic wrap about 4 feet long.

2.Lay 24 pieces of paper with elf services down the middle of the plastic. (we do things like, help____ with a chore, Read a Christmas story to someone, Write 10 things you are grateful for, etc.)

3. Place a piece of candy on each paper.

4. fold the sides of the plastic over and "scrunch"

5. Tie a knot, with a number tag, between each piece of candy. Starting at the bottom with number 24 and work backwards.

6. Tie a tag with the childs name at the top. Tie another loop at the top to hang it up with.



How to use:
Each night before going to bed, cut off the bottom piece of candy just below the next days tag.
You should eat the last candy on Christmas Eve, just before Santa comes.

You can start this Countdown any day before Christmas. The kids will love it! (and so do the adults.)

I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Calendars

What? Its really December already? How'd that happen?

I found 5 Desktop Calendars for this month. So lets take a look





These first two come from 4shared.com
I just found them and I have never tried them before but for those of you who don't want to add photos this is perfect for you.





These next two are from A Cherry on Top (0ne of my new favorite website!) They also have one that doesn't use photos and one that does.



This last one is from Shabby Princess, of course.

Hmm, decisions, decisions. Which one are you going to use? I still haven't decided. I might have to change my desktop every week this month.

Well it's almost not December 1st anymore, I am going to bed. Good night!

PS. To all those who ordered Christmas kits, they are done and ready for pick up or delivery, just email me and we can make arrangements.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Ornament

Every year, my sisters, sister-in-laws and my mom, do an ornament exchange. We each make 8 of the same ornament and then exchange them at Thanksgiving. We have been doing it for many years and some of them are so beautiful.

Here are the ones I did this year.



I was very happy with how these turned out.

If you are interested, here are the instructions

Supplies needed:
1 1/2" block
9/16" eye screw
ribbon
photo
embellishments

Paint and sand the block.

I sized my photo to 1 1/4" and printed it on to regular cardstock. Cut out and ink the edges.

Find clip art and print it out on cardstock also, cut and ink (I actually used my Silhouette and some print files.)

Mod Podge the Photo and embellishment.

Use a black Sharpie Pen and write the date on the bottom *Optional

Screw the eye screw into the top of the block. Tie a bow around it. Add another piece of ribbon for the loop.

Hang this little ornament on your tree to enjoy all season long.

Try starting this new tradition with your family. A Family Ornament Exchange. You will be glad you did.

Check back next week and I will post all the ones I receive.

PS If you are interested in ordering 1 1/2" blocks please email me.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Advent Calendar ideas

You can not deny it any longer. I know you still haven't bought the turkey or made the pies but Thanksgiving is just next week. If you are like me, Thanksgiving is the kick off for the Holiday season. We love to have family around, go shopping, watch movies and Decorate the Tree!!!

The weekend is also a great time to work on Christmas projects. Every year we do a "candy countdown" with the kids. Its very simple and easy to do. I will share our candy countdown with you sometime next week. But while I was "surfing" I found two super adorable advent calendars and thought I would share them with you.



This first one is done with the Silhouette. I love the vinyl above it. For instructions visit the Silhouette blog. (if you have a Silhouette, you might want to book mark this site, they have some amazing projects and ideas.)



This second one is posted here, its my favorite but there are other ideas using the Kiaser Craft Advent Calendar also. The paper is Graphic 45.

So on your "to do " list this week don't forget to buy the turkey, make some pies and plan a project or two.

Have a great week.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Blocks

They are done and I am so excited to share them with you. Three new Christmas blocks ready to be put together and enjoyed.





This first kit, "Nativity Saying" is a perfect way to remind us of why we celebrate this wonderful day. The Traditional colors match the rest of the kits. The largest block is 14 inches long and the lettering is all vinyl. Cost for this is $12.

These next two kits are for all those doubters...



Ho Ho Ho is a perfect little reminder that Santa is on his way. Along with the fun colors and beautiful ribbon, there is a stocking, a wreath and even a little sign asking Naughty or Nice? Cost for this kit is $13.



Our last kit is Believe. This is the biggest block set I have ever done. The tallest block measures over 7" tall and its total length is over 2 1/2 feet long. It would look great sitting under the tree or on top of the mantel. It is decorated with Mistletoe and Holly and just a touch of gold. Cost on the Believe kit is just $18.

I also was able to get more supplies for the Noel so I am taking new orders on this kit as well (cost $10)



I will be taking orders until the end of the week. (Friday Nov. 20) and will try to have orders filled by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Please email me rushton_tracy@yahoo.com to place your orders.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Calendars and Kits

Hello ladies, Did you think I had fallen off the face of the earth? All I can say is Whew! What a couple of weeks this has been. I have been busy doing Super Saturdays, Halloween costumes and Big Fancy Dresses and little tiny suites for the musical at our Middle school.




Now that those are all done, I am ready to jump back into things.

I think that I have talked to most of you in one way or another and all the kits that have been ordered should be ready by Thursday or Friday of this week. I will email you when they are done and we can arrange pick-up or delivery.

I am now taking second orders on all of the fall items but I am quickly running out of paper and don't know that I will be able to get anymore in time for Thanksgiving. If you are interested in ordering one of the fall kits please email me ASAP (rushton_tracy@yahoo.com) and I will get them out to you as soon as we can.

I am also taking individual orders for all of the winter/Christmas kits that are on so you can email me for those also.

Don't forget to check back later this week as I will have NEW Christmas projects posted.

For those of you who wait for the Desktop Calendars I have one for you.




This one is from Shabby Princess and so far is the only one I have found for the month of November. I will keep looking and post more as I find them.

In the mean time, I hope you all enjoy this new month. Its a great time to bundle up, stay indoors and work on those Christmas projects.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Fall Shapes

The Halloween shapes were such a hit that I decided to do some more only this time I stepped them up a little. All the kits come base painted and match perfectly with the fall blocks I posted yesterday. They go together quickly and easy and are fun to do.


Pumpkin Kits $12. This is a super easy kit and perfect for a beginner or to do with your kids.



Sitting Scarecrow Kit $15. He is so cute and just waiting to remind you that fall is fun!



Turkey Shape $15. This Little guy would make a great table center piece as you welcom your Thanksgiving guest.

You can order all three shapes and save $5.


Fall Signs $15

These large Fall signs are so versatile. Each sign is 3" tall and range in length from 10" to 16" and can be stacked together, separately or combined with the shapes.







If you love these and can't decide order all three shapes (with the discount) and the signs and I will throw in a bonus shape at no charge.

I will be taking orders until Friday October 23. So please email me (tracy_rushton@yahoo.com) with your order.

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Fall Kits

I have some new fun fall projects just for you. I hope you enjoy these. The colors are a blend of the "new" blue that you will see cropping up in new Home Decor and Clothing in the next year, mixed with the traditional fall colors of brown, rust and burnt red.




Fall Saying $10. This is a very simple kit and very easy for beginners. I put the focus on the lettering and not a bunch of floofy stuff.



Autumn Blessings $17. This is the biggest Block set we have ever done. The colors are warm and inviting and the leaves look like they have just been raked up from the yard.

You can also get both kits for $25.

If you are interested in ordering any of these kits, please email me (rushton_tracy@yahoo.com) by Friday October 23.

Check back tomorrow for the Fall Shape kits.

PS. If you are looking for the letter kit, I have run into a bump with the wood and am trying to get things going soon. I will let you know as soon as things get worked out.

More Enrichment and group kits

I have been putting together kits for more enrichment groups and thought I would share them with you. Even though they are for groups, I am taking individual orders on them also.



Love Blocks $10. I love the Pink and Black on this kit. They are perfect for Valentines, a girly room or even a self in your family room or office.



Blue Snow Blocks $10. No you are not seeing double. I did a snow block already. This block set is more blue for those who like a true blue snowstorm.



Winter Blocks $12. This is my favorite kit. It is done in pinks and browns and has hints of coziness even though the snow maybe outside your window.

If you are interested in ordering any of these kits please let me know by Friday October 23. (rushton_tracy@yahoo.com)

If I can help you with your Super Saturday please let me know.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Snow Kit

I have been working on some kits for different Super Saturday groups. (and one Fabulous Friday.)

Most of them are doing the Noel Blocks along with others. Here is just one other kit I am doing for one of them.



If you are interested in doing the Snow Blocks the cost is just $10, so let me know.
Check back in the next couple of days as I will be posting a lot of kits this week.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

More October Calendars

Okay I realize that October is already here; but I also know some of you have not done your Desktop Calendars yet. I found two more that are super fun and decided to share them with you.



This first one is from Bo Bunny. It is perfect for those ubber cute Halloween photos.



This one is form Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine and has more of a fall theme to it.

So now we have four to choose from. Hmmm I might have to put a new one on my computer every week.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I won

Me, yes thats right, me! I never win but I did last night and big time!
This was the grand prize at the Digital Scrapbook Ladies Night out that we went to.



I haven't had much time to play around with it but what little I have done I have loved. To see what it does, click here.

Because I am sharing ideas on this blog I thought I would also post a couple of digital layouts I did for the Activity Days slide show . (Keep in mind I am a novice and still very new to all of this.)







Whats on board for this week? I am working on a dress for my daughters Homecoming Dance and some new fall and Christmas projects. Check back soon.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Looking for something to do tonight?

I have been trying my hand a little at digital scrapbooking. There is a great event tonight and I think I am going to grab my mom and sister and head over. Its only $5.






Digital Scrapbook Open House
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Miller Conference Center
9750 South 300 West Sandy, UT
So If you are looking for something to do tonight, come and join us. If you see me, be sure to say Hi!