Thursday

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas! Pictures, Images and Photos

Peace Health Love and Happiness
to all my friends and family!
xo
Jules

Wednesday

Check this out...

Melt-a-way cookies!

My friend Sarah had this recipe for cookies on her blog once again this year, it was for her Grandmother Kima's cookies.
Now I don't bake very often because I am usually terrible at it! I really wanted to strive this year to try to bake a few things. Let me just tell you that these are sooooo wonderful! SERIOUSLY!!!!
You will just have to visit crafty Sarah to get the recipe!
I made mine very vibrant as you can see!!! Hahaha!
Sarah's are much prettier!!!!
But, they are deeelish, and that is all that matters!
Thank you Sarah for the great recipe share, my family will be so proud!





Friday

'ello!

I am disappointed that I was not able to make my creation for this weeks Cinema Challenge!
Work has kept me very busy....everyone wants to be beautiful for the holidays! Also I have had to make a TON of special ornaments for clients! That has been fun!!!!
I will just have to be late with some things for challenges....oh my always good intentions!
I really liked the inspiration this week, and
I have tons of this swimming in my head, you will just see them later!
I am off to bed...lots of hair to do in the morning, God bless STARBUCKS!!!
One rant before I sign off...No matter what anyone says Starbucks is better then Demon Donuts! I will pay the extra dollar to get my coffee made correctly!
(I have seen a bunch of blogs lately comparing the 2)
Do you know how many times I have walked away from the counter shaking my head at DD and just said "forget it, just forget it!"
AND my DH loves their donuts....well we go there through the drive thru and they say "we don't actually have donuts at this location" WHAT now com~mon, does Burger King run out of BURGERS???? It is in the TITLE!!!! Geesh!!!
Like I said God bless Starbucks! (yum)

Starbucks Pictures, Images and Photos


starbucks Pictures, Images and Photos

Saturday

I won!!!

I am honored to receive The Audrey Award for my Santa card that I made for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge Week #8 Miracle on 34th Street! What a fun challenge!
All the cards were just beautiful!!!

And this week the movie inspiration is none other then....

OMG I LOVVVEEE this movie!!! And just for the record so does my MOM!!!!!
I can think of a thousand projects to make for this one.
I will post my creation for this one in a day or 2!
I really think you should stop whatever you are doing right now and check out the beauties that Sankari & Amy created for inspiration this week! Then try to play along! Com'on you know you love to sing those darn songs!!! I sure do....oh....my poor dear hubby...this will be stuck in my head all week............Here ya go, come join me:



Monday

12 Days of X-Mas Contest

Sooo I entered another contest, and this one is on Paper Craft Planet blog.
If you haven't already checked it out you really should!!!
The theme is the 12 Days of Christmas. Today being day 4...."4 Calling Birds"
Do you remember being a kid and playing the game telephone? By the time you got to the end of the line the whole topic was messed up and you would just laugh and laugh???
Well, that is what I did today with a holiday twist!
So here is my 4 Calling Birds" playing telephone!
((yes I am aware it is silly...no one said it had to be serious))
So here is the conversation (in case you can't see it)
"Happy Holidays"
"Happy & Amazed"
"Hopping in the Maze?"
"Shopping at MACY'S!"
Plus I thought that the ribbon on the bottom looked like an
old phone cord...who has those around anymore???

Sunday

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge # 8

I recently discovered a new challenge blog that I thought was very interesting.
The two creative gals that created it pick a movie
every week for inspiration, fun huh!?!
So this weeks pick was
Miracle on 34th Street!
I love this movie, as most people do. Much like most remade movies I usually enjoy the original just a tad bit better then the new ones, although the remake was cute too. I am not sure why but things seem much more dramatic in black and white. When I was deciding my "take" on the movie I decided to make a black and white card. I started with my snow globe and put Santa's face in it, adding some stickle for snow. Then I created a night time snow scene, I love it in the winter when the snow is fresh and covering the trees, it doesn't look more magical then that! Using my white gel pen I wrote in the word "believe", then I stamped some candy canes around the border. I made a snowflake on black cs background and cut it out, also added a bit of glitter. I never made a black holiday card before so this was fun to get it to look pretty not grim.
The ladies at Cinema Saturday Challenge are giving away some yummie blog candy too so stop over there and say hi!
Or better yet get involved in these challenges!

My Talented Sister....

IS ON YOUTUBE!!! Please watch her videos and the drop by and say hi!!!


Her name was Lola, she was a show~BIRD...

Jeffrey, one of the stylists at work has a beloved baby African Grey Parrot. It is his BABY! The darn bird will even go in the shower with him!!! geesh too funny. Anyway she is a sweetie, I held her once and as soon as she hopped on my finger she shit all over the floor...I was glad it missed my shoe! Although some people say it is good luck to have a bird doo on you, well I can use all the good luck I can get!!!

When I brought the last batch of ornaments in to the salon Jeffrey went nuts over this little bird, and ask if maybe I could just make it colored like Lola... I didn't tell him, but I figured I could do one better!
Yes this is an original hand drawn/painted Lola on top of a tree, holding holly!
He is just gonna love it!!!
I couldn't get it to photograph right, but in the corner it says her name!




Monday

Sweet Peas

This is the little card I made to go with my gift that I posted yesterday!

Have a great week!

Sunday

First X-Mas Clear Brag Book

My friend Tami just had twins, Cassidy & Alexander!
Tami is a great stamper and right now she is dealing with some post pregnancy medical problems that will hopefully soon subside. Thankfully her twins are doing well, and better everyday.
With X-Mas approaching fast I just knew she would love this little book that I made for her to show off her 2 little cuties!
I picked this heart shaped clear acrylic book at Archivers, it is made of fairly thick acrylic and is even pretty heat resistant. Clear books are fun and challenging at the same time because you can see through to every page. I just love the layers!
So we start off at the front.
I stamped and embossed the snowflakes randomly on the front. If you click on the picture and zoom in near the ribbon there is even a tiny Santa in sleigh and a reindeer, but the ribbon fell a bit in front of it. As we open you can see how cool this really is!
The tree is still over the snowman. There is a nice big spot for a picture, that will show through the cover!Then the next page, you have places on both sides to put pictures, plus when you put things back to back it hides all your adhesive marks.
This is the last page, again lots of cute places for the twins pictures, and my thought that this last page would be a great spot for big brother Anthony's pictures with the babies.
This is my favorite page. I started this project with the pea pods. This stamp is from Queen Kat stamps. Originally it has a heart and is supposed to be a couple, but I thought with a little cut and paste it would suit the twins perfect...complete with hats of course!
It just doesn't get any sweeter! I can't wait to send it to her and then see it complete with pictures!

Thanks for stopping by!






"Thankful"

I have so much to be thankful for, I always try to focus on that whenever
I am feeling a bit dumpy. Then I realized today I had not made any Thanksgiving cards, I have been steaming right on to X-Mas mostly because I get so busy at work I have to get a lot of stuff done before. Don't I always say, I need to work on my Holiday cards in the summer, but then I get so many new ideas, new stamps...oh you know how it is!
Alas, todays card is not created using an new stamp the main "pumpkin" image is one of the first stamps I ever owned from Hero Arts. I always seem to go back to this stamp, probably because there is a lot to color, and I love to color. The DP in the background is some random sheets that I picked up while shopping, I can't even remember where. I embossed in black the lovely swirly with Baroque Motifs (SU) and "Thankful" is a dissected stamp from MFT. I used my CB to make the little oval around the greeting.
This card was fun to make, lots of inking & coloring.
I scanned this card in instead of photographing it because my camera is broken, I have been borrowing my sisters until I can replace my own, but she must have needed it back.
I think Santa (DH) is working on it!! {{crossing fingers}}
One of the things I am Thankful for is,
for you reading my blog,
thanks for stopping by!

Friday

Simply...Let It Snow!

I am ready for it, my snow blower is neglected!
Hey it is so cold right now here (Chicago area) that in my opinion if it is going to be this cold we might as well get some snow!
So bring it on Baby!
Yep you guessed it I am one of those crazy people that like the snow!
My friends and family will tell you that I am nuts cuz most the time I run around with just a long sleeve sweater on, no coat! Yet I always have gloves on!
Must be the Norwegian blood!
So today's card is a simple yet cute one! This little guy is an oldie but goodie SU stamp. I stamped him in brown on kraft paper then I daubed him with a little white and
glittered him with some stickles,
glitter only comes out good in photos one out of every ten times doesn't it? The red piece of paper is SU's new Riding Hood Red, which I like very muchly.
I punched the snowflake with the best-looking snowflake punch from dear ol' Martha, and daubed that with a little white and stickled it up as well. Add some ribbon and you are done...no wait there are some white snowflakes on the background that you can only see IRL!
~Peace to all~

Glass Ornament Slide Show...


I just can't get enough of these!!!

Monday

House Mouse

How cute!!!
Just tell me what could be more adorable then these little mice?
edit(hahah ok so I ment bunnies hahaha) I stamped them in Grey and colored them in with my SU markers. I used Tim Holtz tea stain ink sponged about in the background and around the edges, pretty easy. I then just simply finished it off with a vintage holiday "joy" at the bottom.
I generally keep all my cards the same size because I have lots of envelopes, and this stamp pretty much filled the card, so I kept it simple.
Orange is not your typical holiday color...but I thought it looked cute!!!

Sunday

Thank you for visiting my "new" blog!

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Formally Pixie Shire...
sadly I deleted it!
I was attempting to delete a different blog that I had neglected too long and before I knew it,
I did it I clicked the wrong one!
So no tears, no more complaints, I just hope I can find all my "old" blog friends that I had conveniently linked from my sidebar!
So welcome...out with the old and in with the new!!!

Saturday

Scissor Bella Ornaments...

One of my favorite things to be working on is glass ornaments. I have been making tons of them and even better I have been selling a bunch as well. I am a hair stylist (hence the scissor Bella) and the 2 owners of the salon I work at have been so nice to let me set up a little area with my goodies! So as a little thank you I made them each an ornament! the one I practiced on (Bella in blue) came out cute so she is going on my tree!
(It is sure hard to get a good shot of clear ornaments, so forgive the pictures.) After I stamped Scissor Bella on the transparency paper (using stazon) I let it dry, then flipped it over to color it. I have found that paint markers/pens work the best. They give you the most vibrant color. I then stamped little snowflakes and embossed them so that when I was putting it into the ornament the side would not rub it off. I hate having to pull it back out and redo it!
So I made one brunette...


and one blond just like my bosses! Oh they turned out so cute! Naturally I had to put little Santa hats on them, I just drew them in with the paint pens.


Did I mention it was hard to takes pictures of the ornaments...well it is even more difficult with a crabby cat sitting in your way!
She not only likes to be the center of attention...





She gets irritated when she can't play with things!


Enjoy your Sunday everyone!





Tuesday

Origami Tree Tutorial

(Sorry this got lost with my old blog, here is the tutorial reposted)


Above is a few examples of this fabulous little tree! Now let me show you how to make it, once you make one you'll be hooked! The first one is the hardest, you will get the hang of it then you will make a ton of them!!!
Your basic supplies will be:
  • double sided patterned paper
  • paper trimmer
  • bone folder (it helps make nice creases)
  • adhesive
  • card stock of your choice
  • silver cord & bling brad (if you want to copy this tree topper)

Start by trimming your patterned paper into squares. You will need 4 squares each one of them 1/2 inch smaller then the next.

For example the sizes I used for this tree are, (from largest to smallest) 3 in, 2 1/2 in, 2 in & 1 1/2 in.



Then you will fold each from corner to corner.






So that it looks like this when you are done.






pinch and push the 2 sides in like this, then crease it so you have a triangle.




then take 2 points and fold it down so it looks like a little arrow.




When you have them all done then you will tape then to your card. I usually start at the top and sort of nest them inside of each other.


Then I put the little trunk at the bottom.


I did a little scratching on it for the "bark" effect.




Then I wrapped some small pieces of silver cord around my brad and stuck it on the card stock at the top of the tree. Using my bone folder I frayed the ends.




And there you have it!!!


So if you make one of these little beauties, let me know so I can check it out!




Monday

Aww looky what my Mom made...

For her dear friend who has a holiday birthday!
My Mom loves glitter! See!!!
It came out really cute, my Mom is kind of a newer stamper
so this card only took about 5 hours (hee hee)!
It sure has a lot of love in it!



Sunday

Holiday Cards...

Hoppy Holidays, forgive me if I posted this one in my last post on my old blog,
I couldn't remember?
If you have already seen it just simply scroll down a bit.
Anyway, here is my little flocked frog he is so cute and fuzzy, unlike real slimy frogs! I used my CB folder on the "red" and also some great patterned paper in the background. The full photograph doesn't do it justice here is a zoom:

Merry & Bright
Simple & Easy
With all the cards we send out for the holidays it is nice to find a style that you can do a lot of, this is one of those cards, just a little versamark, silver embossing powder and my heat gun and it is ready to spread the cheer baby!!!

OK, so this adorable card is so CASED right off the wall at Archivers!
I changed it slightly but not much!
Other then a little black embossing on the penguin and "Peace & Love" it is all about the punches!
Then add some bling and baubbles and presto you have a very cute card!
People are still penguin crazy this year.
I will be back soon with more ornaments!
I also have to redo my posts on the origami tree tutorial and glass ornaments.
I am lucky to have got the blog up and running this far!
Thanks for coming back!