Blankets for Christmas

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Working at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, I have found myself unable to resist the beautiful fleeces the store sells. And, since I have lost 80 pounds, my internal temperature has been thrown off and I often find myself cold — especially if I sit and work on the computer, read or watch TV.

So, I took advantage of buying some fleece on Black Friday and prepared to make myself a blanket.

I found this blog post for the directions …

The plaid is the Luxe fleece … the deer is Blizzard fleece. Both are soft, but the Luxe is amazingly soft!

Since I gave Matt a new sewing machine for Christmas, I let him actually sew my blanket for me. He did a beautiful job and it is amazing! I absolutely love it. It is so warm and cozy and has just the right weight. And, it looks great in my living room.

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I figure everyone should have one, so I’ve been keeping him busy making blankets for gifts! They are still homemade and designed by me, so that still counts, right?!

A Banner of Joy

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Yesterday, I showed you my barn wood tree … one of the items on the tree is a Joy banner I made this year. Here’s how I did it …

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I started by cutting some paper out with the Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Die. Then I scored the top and folded it down, so I would have something to attach to the ribbon.

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I used other Tim Holtz dies to cut out the poinsettias, letters and ovals. Then I trimmed a few bits of paper from the stack I bought and added it to the front of each piece of the banner.

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I added Scor-Tape to the  backs of each one so I could adhere the ribbon, as shown in the photo above.

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Here’s the finished banner …

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… and here it is hanging on my barn-wood tree.

O’ Christmas Tree

joy_candy_spiegel3Christmas is coming a little slowly this year … mostly because I started a new job and even though it is only part time, it has thrown quite a wrench in my schedule.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love the music, the lights, receiving Christmas cards, finding the perfect gifts and making some as well. The one thing I hate is being stressed or feeling like I have to do something. Those feelings are coming on strong, so I am starting to scale back a bit … letting some things go so I can continue to enjoy the season. One thing I have given up on is the tree. I decided since it is still in the box and I have way too many other things to enjoy, I will just leave it there.

I did hang some of my favorite ornaments — the ones with a bit of red in them — on the tree my husband made me from barn wood. This tree lives in my house all year long. I change out the decorations for the season and also include photos and cards from others. And, although I was so busy, I completely missed fall, I did manage to put some special touches on it for Christmas.

I started with picking up a wooden star at Michael’s. I painted it with Distress Paint and hung it above the tree. Then, I added some store-bought garland and my the first card I received this year — from my friend Marilyn.

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I think it turned out pretty good … what do you think?

Potter Street Station

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I think this is my favorite layout ever … It has all of the elements of a great Mosaic Moments photo — close up photos, distance photos, photos of details and perfect color choices. It features Potter Street Station in Saginaw, Mich. This glorious old train station has endured abandonment and a fire, but there are still real efforts to preserve and restore the beautiful building.

I took these photos several years ago … we were on our way somewhere and drove by and I made Matt stop, turn around and go back so I could take photos of one of the most incredible abandoned buildings I had ever seen. Fortunately, he loves me and he endures my whims.

So, for years, I have been carrying around these photos, never finding the right time or place to turn them into a layout.

When I ordered the new Square Diamond Frame Set from Mosaic Moments, I knew it would make a nice page, but even I was surprised at just how magnificent it turned out!

Naturally, I made a video to show you how I created the page … click here to watch.

Note: I did receive compensation for making this video.

This die is currently sold out at MosaicMoments.com, but I have a few in stock, if you would like one.

Fir Trees

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These photos were taken on our trip to the UP in June. This was the day we decided the rain and cold wasn’t going to ruin our vacation and we bundled up and hiked through the wooded beach. It was so beautiful.

I used the new Fir Tree die from Mosaic Moments to embellish the page. I love this one because you can use it with or without the grid square.

I am imagining a border of these trees all decorated for the holidays, but I can’t do that until after Christmas, when I have photos to use!

Until then, I made a video to show you how easy it is to cut and put together this little tree. Click here to watch it!

Kreaxions Christmas Blog Hop

kreaxion_christmas_candy_spiegelWelcome to the Just Imagine/Kreaxions Blog Hop.
So glad you could join us!
We’ve kept it short and sweet so hop along to each blog, leaving a comment along the way. One participant will be chosen from the comments for a $10 Just Imagine Crafts gift certificate. The designers have tips, tutorials, and/or prizes so don’t miss out! The winner will be posted on the Just Imagine Blog and Facebook Page on Dec. 7. The punches the designers used will also be on sale for two weeks in the Just Imagine Store.
If you arrived here from Laura Cox’s page, you’re in the right place. If not, click here and start at the beginning!
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My card features papers from Prima’s Sweet Peppermint Collection. I created a card base and then layered cardstock and printed papers as shown. (I added Distress Ink to most of my edges for additional depth.)
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Next, I used Kreaxions Punch 902 and the Kreaxions Punch Mate to punch a short border. (If you flip over the punch, you can easily line up the punches.)
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Then, I trimmed the paper, so I was left with just this …
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I used scissors to cut the paper so I had two borders.
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I then inked each border and added them to my card front.
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After adding the final piece of paper, it looks like this …
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Thank you so much for stopping by!
There is one more stop on this blog hop … click here to see what Charity Hotrum created!

Above the Trees

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I was privileged to go to Boyne Highlands this fall — right in time to see the amazing autumn colors. There was breathtaking beauty everywhere I looked.

I used Mosaic Moments’ new leaf die (love the unique size and shape) to accent some of my favorite photos. And, of course, I made a video to show you how I did it! Click here to watch it.