24 December 2010

merry Christmas

‎"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."- Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas

22 December 2010

holiday planner printables

Just a quick post... As I'm sure it is with many of you, we have relatives coming in for the holidays, so things here are a bit BUSY to say the least :) But I wanted to stop in and share a few new printables with you- perfect for your Holiday Planner! The links to download them can be found {HERE on my homemaking blog} in the sidebar under "Holiday Planner."

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21 December 2010

here for you

Here's another quick card to help someone cheer up! Another combo of Unity stamps {from April's KOM} in contrasting colors, embossed the background with a PTI plate, and there ya go :) I like the bright colors of this one- I think they're good colors to help brighten someone's day!

20 December 2010

frugal foodie gifts

Here are three great gifts for the foodies on your list! Not only are they themselves frugal homemade gift ideas, but they also feature some great frugal gift wrapping ideas! Here we go...

.: gift :.
Here's some homemade trailmix that I made for my dad- any local bulk food store makes this a real economical gift as you can make a huge bag of this mix and get quite a few gifts out of it {or keep some for yourself!}. Many grocery stores these days even have a section where you can buy dried fruit and nuts in bulk. In our mix we used- coconut, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and walnuts. I frequently also add craisins and peanut M&Ms.
.: wrapping :.
For the wrapping I simply cut a piece of an old paper bag, stamped it, crumpled up then inked the edges, and then wrapped with twine!

.: gift :.
Here's a simple 16 Bean Soup mix... what's included is just the beans {less than $1} and a bay leaf. Not pictured here is the recipe card I made up and tucked on top underneath the wrapping. The plastic container was leftover from some candies we'd bought.
.: wrapping :.
To wrap it I cut a strip from an old paper bag, then cut some tulle and wrapped it around. I used this same fabric for making ornaments {photos coming soon!} and had this frayed edge of the fabric left over. I thought it was perfect for this, so I wrapped that around the tulle layer!

.: gift :.
Here is your standard cookies-in-a-jar gift. Not gonna lie- I always love these!! Here's a link to the recipe I used {Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies}. This gift is going to my MIL and I already know she loves these cookies but doesn't have the recipe {until now!}. I left out all of the wet ingredients {of course!} and I packaged the brown sugar {well I used sucanat} in a little baggie right at the top of the mix, since that needs to be mixed separately. I know the recipe calls for adding the chips and craisins in last, but it's ok if they get mixed in with the rest of the dry ingredients.
.: wrapping :.
Another super simple one- I cut out a rough circle from some felt scraps, tied some twine and raffia around, added a snowflake button, and stamped a few snowflakes on the top of the felt. Done! :)

19 December 2010

Christmas card display

Here's our Christmas card display area! I knew something was missing from our living area- I really wanted to do garland down the stairs, but I'd already used it up on the front porch and kitchen... then I found an old clip out from a magazine of boxes strung up around a bedroom and i KNEW that was what I wanted to do along the stairs! I also didn't have a place to hang up Christmas cards yet, so I figured I'd combine the two :) It's a pretty cheap display to make too!

.: materials :.
scrapbooking paper
thick ribbon {to hang everything from}
little boxes

.: directions :.
I started with some big red ribbon that I had left over from our wedding and hung that up at the top end of the stairs, tied onto a little clear 3M hook. I had lots of little boxes stashed away {I keep everything... just in case I could use it for a crafty project later, hehe!} so I wrapped the boxes in leftover Christmas scrapbooking paper- you could use regular wrapping paper too, or kraft paper, even tissue paper, maybe stamp on the kraft or tissue paper and make your own designer wrapping paper ;) Then I added a few bows and strung them up on the big red ribbon. I added a few 3M wire holder hooks along the railing {you can see one in the below picture} because otherwise the ribbon would be too heavy and sag a bit. Then I added some coordinating scrapbook paper to the front of some clothespins and clipped those in between each gift on the ribbon. Each time I get a new Christmas card in the mail, I punch a hole in the inside/back and string some twine through it, tie a bow, and clip it up with the clothespins! From far away, it kinda looks like the clothespins are holding up the gift boxes, which I'm ok with, it's a neat effect :)

18 December 2010

tomorrow card

I just love this color combo! I put together a few Unity stamps from April's KOM- cut out the hummingbird and popped it up, added the background embossing with a PTI plate, and there ya go- perfect card to help cheer someone up :)
.: participating in :.
Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges #69- Ephesians 4:29 "encouragement"

birthday blues

Here's a quick birthday card I whipped up recently. I used one of my SU! stamps for the gifts, used my MS glue pen and topped it with some blue glitter {$1 bin at Micheals during Independence Day}. The I stamped the SU! sentiment, cut it out, and adhered with some MakingMemories colored staples! Super simple, but I love the pop of the glitter on the bows :)

17 December 2010

i ADORE friends with flair

Yup! It's that time again!! Friends with Flair Friday!! Woohoo! By now ya'll know that I love love LoVe my Unity :) Today is no exception, of course! So here's my card for today. Showcased prominently is the Unity eiffel tower stamp from Sept 2010's KOM "When I Am With You." Add in a little distressed edging, backed with some distressed black cardstock, pop a scrap of punched border, stamp some few fleur de lis circles in light light gray on the kraft cardstock, add another stamp in red at the corner, top off the tower with some black gems and bam! You've got a card :) The sentiment stamped on the inside is from March 2010's KOM "Rockin It Unity Style."

Now not only is the Kit of the Month club AMAZING {check it out for yourself here} but they always have INCREDIBLE sales going on... like the one right now! Check it out for yourself below, and click on the sale photo to go right to their website and order some yummy Unity goodness for yourself :D

16 December 2010

frugal sports-themed gift

My mom is a HUGE Yankees fan- seasons tickets, all the paraphernalia, the whole bit. So when I found these great vintage stamps on eBay, I knew I had to make something with them for her! So this is a great gift that you could easily customize for many sports, teams, or causes- the Post Office seems to have a few special stamps each month, and you can find vintage ones at a variety of places.
This is quick, frugal, and totally DIY! So I started with the stamps which were ~$1 each. I got this frame on sale for $5. Then I just added some scrapbooking paper and ribbon in Yankees colors, and bam! Instant sports memorabilia gift for under $10! After I photographed it I put the glass back in the frame- I just didn't want any glare ;)

15 December 2010

Room Decor Planner printables

Here's a sneak peek at my newest printable for your holiday planner, posted at His Frugal Servant blog! It has spaces to write about the theme & decor of your rooms, notes, and where you stored the decorations! Print out 2011's version to keep track of ideas for next year's decor! For more info and links to the printables, check it out below::

another Christmas card

hey ya'll! Sorry it's been a while... as I'm sure it is with everyone, Christmas is such a busy season! I just wanted to stop in and share another Christmas card I made recently. It was inspired by the PTI Gallery- such a boatload of ideas over there!! I'm entering this in ABC DT Challenge's "Non-Traditional Holiday Colors" too!

11 December 2010

Christmas wreath- a frugal diy

So here's our Christmas wreath! It's probably the decor item that I'm most pleased with this holiday :) It was not only super simple, but pretty cheap too! Here's a lil DIY breakdown for ya...

.: materials :.

.: how to :.
(1) start off by trimming and arranging the branches how you'd like them.
(2) take some wire and wrap it in and around the top of the branches. You don't have to worry too much about whether the wire shows since the ribbon and ornaments will cover it!
(3) string your choice of ornaments on individual wires and wrap around branches. Some wires I wrapped around the top and some wires I actually weaved into the middle area of the branches in order to get the ornaments to lay how I wanted them.
(4) Top off your branches with a big bow!
(5) String some extra wire to the back of your arrangement and use this to attach to a hook for hanging.
(6) Step back and enjoy your beautiful wreath!

See! Super simple! And cheap too... the ornaments were left over from other arrangements I had done, but I got the big ones in a larger set for $5 and the smaller ones in a big set also for $5. The ribbon was left over from other bows I bought, but that roll was $5 at most. The branches were free {yay}... call them a "gift" with purchase of our Christmas tree ;) So for the amount of each product I used, the whole wreath couldn't have cost more than $10... and you'd pay at least twice that in most stores!

.: linked up at :.
Weekend Wrap-up Party @ tatertots and jello

10 December 2010

Etsy Holiday Special

I've just posted a few gift tag sets to my etsy store!! Feel free to check them out :) And I've extended my Cyber Monday sale through the whole month!

Orders placed in the month of December receive free gift with purchase! Every purchased set of holiday cards will include a free set of 10 handmade Christmas gift tags! Every purchased individual card {non-set cards} will include a free handmade bookmark! Every gift tag set purchased receives an extra 5 tags free with their set!

holiday menu printables

Here's two more printables sneak peeks that I have in my holiday planner- Thanksgiving Menu and New Year's Menu Planner sheets! If you'd like to download them, check them out over on my homemaking blog :) Don't worry, I'll be posting more cards & projects over here soon, I promise!! ;)

09 December 2010

Christmas tree

Here's a sneak peek at our Christmas tree this year- our first tree, since DH was deployed our first Christmas together! If you'd like to see more, feel free to check it out on my other blog... it's a throwback to the vintage color theme of silvers & teal- love it! :D I also included some DIY and frugal tips!

07 December 2010

Christmas Menu Planner

Here's a sneak peek at the second day of sharing my inserts for my holiday planner! I've even made them printables- you can download them over on my homemaking blog- His Frugal Servant! Feel free to head on over and check them out!!

06 December 2010

Christmas Budget Planner

Here's a sneak peek at the first day of sharing my inserts for my holiday planner! I've even made them printables- you can download them over on my homemaking blog- His Frugal Servant! Feel free to head on over and check them out!!

03 December 2010

holiday planner

So here is my holiday planner! Pretty, huh? Well, I think so ;) I should have taken a photo before I put it into the cover.... overlooked that... but it was a slow process to get it wedged in there so I didn't wanna take it back out to photograph :-/ Some of the last photos here I had to adjust the coloring to reduce the glare, but all in all it photographed OK!

So this is the first of a few posts where I'll share my planner with you! I'll share the dividers and the charts and lists over the next week or two. Some things I'll post over on my {homemaking blog} and leave a link on here for ya :) Anyhoo, on to the cover!

Started out with a binder I already had laying around. Love love LOVE my new PTI stamps, this is from their All Booked Up set. I'll have some more projects comin up soon using that set too, so keep an eye out ;) I love Christmas papers, and am always afraid of using them all up, so this was the perfect solution! I took scraps of some of my favorite papers and put them behind the planner label! Toped it off with some MS twine, Recollections gems, and another PTI stamp from their 2009 Holiday Tags. This planner is really for next year- it will run from Sept. through Dec. including Fall Harvest, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays {so as you can see, it's a bit late to be using for this year!}. Actually, I'll be able to use some of my lists as we're hosting Christmas for our families, which I'm wicked excited about!! Fun projects to come, no doubt, so keep an eye out for those coming soon too!! So anyhoo, the gems and general decor for the album tries to combine both fall and Christmas colors,

Here's the binding of the album... used up some more scraps, oh! And the great hunter green paper is SU! The gold shimmer paper is Making Memories :)

Here's a perfect example of blending the two major holiday seasons- fall and winter. I tried to transition the fall leaf punches into the snowflake punches {both MS, by the way} and added in a few Recollections gold pearls- perfect for both fall and Christmas.

Here's a close up of the verse in the corner- from PTI's Silent Night. Everything comes from the Lord and so every season holds something to be thankful to Him for- thus I thought this a wholly appropriate quote for the planner :)

Well, that about wraps up this post- if you're still with me, thanks for comin along for the tour of my planner cover ;) hehe. I'll be sharing the insides soon, so stay tuned!!