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Santa Tags & Toppers {Aleene’s Dry Adhesives}

Ho ho ho and Happy Friday!

There are only 16 days left until Christmas, so let the gift wrapping and party throwing begin!

I decided to get in Christmas mode by creating some Santa Claus tags and toppers!

I am not the best paper crafter.  Let's begin there.

But this time, I was armed with some brand new tools to assist me in my paper crafting...

Recently, I was selected to review Aleene's new line of dry adhesives.

I kind of feel like these products were created for me and all of my oopseys!  Their products are mess-free, and lucky for me, you can use them without leaving fingerprints!  (Leaving messy fingerprints seems to be my Oopsey trademark!)  These adhesives don't leave lines and you don't have to wait for them to dry because they're not wet!

Aleene's carries a tape runner, tacky sticker sheets, and tacky dot and line rolls.

First off, I created this Santa stuck in the chimney silhouette in Photoshop.

Using my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot software, I cut out the boots on black cardsotck; the legs on red cardstock; the snow and fur on white cardstock.

Then it was time to put Aleene's adhesives to the test!  I decided to make some tags and toppers!

To create a gift tag, you will need:

1 sheet of cardstock (I used white), about 5x7

1 smaller piece of patterned paper, about 4x6

1 To/From tag, about 2x3.5 (If you would like to print your own To/From tags, just click here.)

Santa pieces:  Boots, legs, fur, and snow

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Book Advent: Day 13 {Santa Belt Candle}

A new day, a new story at our house!  Little Man is getting really quick at spotting the books under the tree and tearing them open.  He loves just about ALL of the books we've read so far, and has them stashed in his crib because he begs to read them to fall asleep to.  (He reads books for 30-45 minutes to fall to sleep each night... never tears a page!)  Today's featured story was another one of my vintage Christmas favorites:
Poor Santa wishes he had more time to play with all of the toys he makes... he devises a clever plan to make time to play!
Today I was craving a "Mommy" project.  So during nap time, I created this Santa belt candle.  Well, at least it started out as a Santa belt.  I decide to make it a ruffle belt, so I think it looks more like Mrs. Claus than Santa Claus!  But that's fine with me!
For this project:
* I bought a red candle at the dollar store.  You can't get any cheaper than the dollar store!
* I wrapped the candle first in white felt.  I love all of my felt scraps left over from my quiet book!
* I tore a long strip of black fabric.  I created a ruffle and then sewed the ruffle in place.  I hot-glued the ruffle over the white felt.
* Next, I just added a gold button in the center.
  
It really brightens up my kitchen window ledge.

I love an easy project!

Christmas Book Advent: Day 1 {Santa Beard Countdown}

Welcome to Day 1 of our Book & Activity Advent!  It took me all day long to get this little advent rolling, but we made it!!  Our first book ended up being Little Man's bedtime story.  He loved it so much that he insisted on reading it twice and wanted to take it to bed with him.  Success!
Here Comes Santa Claus is a song book--Little Man's favorite!  The words are the lyrics to the popular song "Here Comes Santa Claus", and the illustrations are gorgeous!  I thought this would be a good way to introduce Santa to Little Man.  Even though my singing voice was atrocious, he must have loved it because he demanded an encore!
What better way to begin our book advent than with a little countdown made just for Little Man?!  This activity is something I did each year with my first grade students.  I taught year-round school, and we were off track during the month of December.  This activity was something they completed at home with their families to anticipate Christmas.
Say hello to a less-hairy Santa.  But don't worry, he won't be beardless for long because every day during the month of December, we will be adding a cotton ball to his face to form a fluffy, white beard!
For this project:
* I created this little poem in Photoshop using this Echo Park Paper kit.
* I found a cute Santa face here at Vector Jungle.  I just cut off the beard when I printed it out.
* I mounted all of it on a couple of pieces of green cardstock joined with coordinating scrapbook paper.
* Santa is looking jolly on our refrigerator.
EDITED TO ADD:
If you are having trouble printing the Santa, here are some tips:  Download the entire Christmas clip art pack.  In photo editing software, clip just the Santa face. Then insert into a Microsoft Word document.  Adjust size as needed and print!  I hope this helps!
Little Man loved putting the first cotton ball on Santa's beard tonight with his Daddy.  I have a feeling he will grow to love this even more as the days go on.  Little Man loves his routines!  We have plenty of advents around this house... lots of way to look forward to Christmas!
Come back later for a book and activity for Day 2!
Thanks for reading!
Edited to add:
Of course I would LOVE to share this Santa and the poem with you.  However, the Santa graphic is under copyright at Vector Jungle, and the digital papers that I used for the poem are copyrighted by Echo Park Paper.  I have received several comments from readers creating their own downloads for this activity.  Please be sure you are following the appropriate terms of usage!  We all need to be following copyright laws.  This is why I directed you to the link of the Santa clip rather than offering it as a printable.  Thanks for understanding!

Santa Brick Paver

I just officially learned what a brick paver is. I had seen one before, but simply didn't know its name. I saw the original project here at Mud Pie Studio and fell in love with it. It truly was easy, and I love how it turned out!

After searching at Home Depot, I learned the name of this little (but deceivingly heavy!) guy. I gave it several good coats of red paint. Then I used painter's tape to paint the black stripe with acrylic paint. The gold square was a little bit more tricky. I am simply not an artist and I was definitely not equipped with good artistic brushes! So I made a square stencil and did the best I could with a big foamy brush. Not too shabby. I quite like it, at least.
Then for the fun part. I got to use my Cricut for the first time to cut vinyl. I can't tell you how nervous I was. Vinyl is not cheap, so I didn't want to screw it up. The hardest part for me in applying vinyl is figuring out the spacing as you go. I am getting better, but I have learned not to completely adhere it until I am sure of its "happy place." Anyway, I couldn't stop "oohing" and "aahing" after applying the vinyl. Oh, I love this happy little Cricut machine.
So the plan is that when we have an actual front door that opens up to our very own yard (in other words, when have a house!), this will go out in our yard, on our doorstep, etc. Someday....
Well, this officially ends Christmas in January. It spread lots of the magic into the bitter cold month of January. To bridge myself into winter, I have one more Christmas-Winter project using leftover Christmas ornaments that I will share tomorrow. See ya then!

Win a Silhouette CAMEO {Plus Promo Code!} – NOW CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Isis Pedersen, our winner!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to YOU!

I have been bursting at the seams to share this exciting giveaway with you!

I sure was wishing that Santa would drop a Silhouette CAMEO down the chimney for me this year.  Well, the good people at Silhouette want to give one Oopsey Daisy reader a brand new Silhouette CAMEO machine!  Yes indeed.  One of you will be winning a Silhouette CAMEO, valued at $299!  

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But let's share the wealth with everyone!

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Wednesday’s Wowzers: Even MORE gift wrap ideas!

Happy Wednesday-Before-Christmas!

Whew, what a week right?  Visit with Santa.  Daily advent activities.  Christmas movies to watch and treats to bake. Tricks from "Tootles", our little Elf on the Shelf.  And wrapping gifts.  That's where today's Wowzers inspiration comes in.

Last week's gift wrap inspiration came at a perfect time for me.  I am wrapping our gifts a little at a time all week long. And guess what?  Literally in between wrapping my gifts, I am searching for more beautiful ideas on Pinterest.  I'm collecting all sorts of gorgeous gift wrapping ideas on my Gift Wrap Pinterest Board!  So I decided to share a few more ideas here on our Wowzers today!

 

Brown paper packages tied up with string really are one of my favorite things!  But this whole package is just perfect.  I love that touch of muslin, the vintage print, the twine, and the whimsical flower.  Well done, The Thrifty Crafter!

My sweet friend Kara (Creations By Kara) wrapped up her brown paper package with rolled paper roses.  These would be lovely any time of year!

Heather at Whipperberry shared 2 fantastic gift wrap ideas, and I can't decide which one I love the most!  That wax paper bow is just amazing, but I can't get over how sweet the pompoms are!  Check out both ideas!

Speaking of pompoms, using coffee filters to create a pompom is incredibly genius!  Creature Comforts Blog is so, so smart!  I have quite a few coffee filters that are about to turn into lovely gift wrap accessories!

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Stocking Stuffers For Guys

This post was originally part of Kojo Design's Gifts for Guys series. 

 

I la-la-la-LOVE this Gifts for Guys series!

Guys are totally neglected in the crafting world, don't you think?

Don't tell my husband I said so, but I think that every guy secretly wants to be pampered.  I know mine does.  Especially when he's sick.  Or tired.  Or had a long day.

I have a theory that if my husband could go to a spa completely anonymously, he would do it!  Let's face it, he travels for work all week long, so he probably deserves it!  But this gift brings the spa straight to his stocking!

This year, I whipped up a couple of {simple} stocking stuffers to help pamper my man!  I created some homemade lip balm, body scrub, and foot scrub to stuff in his stocking.  He may pretend to be underwhelmed, but I happen to know that he will secretly indulge in these little goodies!

My hubby will literally turn around and drive back home if he is missing his chapstick!

So I knew he would appreciate my homemade lip balm.

This is SO easy!  To make your own lip balm...

1.  Gather your supplies.  You will need beeswax, organic shea butter, safflower oil, and your favorite organic oils.

2.  I grated 1/4 c. beeswax to start.  I combined it with 3 T. organic shea butter and 2 T. safflower oil in a plastic bowl.

3.  Then I started microwaving this until the beeswax melted completely, and the liquid was completely clear.  Then I added 2 tsp. of peppermint essential oil and just a touch of food coloring.  (I wanted this to be peppermint-like!)

4.  As quickly as possible, I poured the liquid into the chapstick containers I found at my organic grocery store.  I refrigerated this to be sure it hardened up, and it turned out beautifully.

Who knew it was this easy to make lip balm?!  I will be making more very soon!

I love Google.  I simply googled "brown sugar body scrub" and selected my favorite recipe!  Again, this was so simple to make with just a few simple ingredients!

I used a recipe for peppermint foot scrub that I found at The Idea Room.  Perfect for Christmas!

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Wednesday’s Wowzers

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

(I've been listening to that Andy Williams Christmas tune all week long!)

 

It is the most wonderful time of the year, but Little Man has been so sick that we really haven't left the house in the last week.  The frigid temperatures have encouraged us to stay inside even longer.  I tell ya... I've never been so anxious for my Little Man to feel like himself again!  I've decided that dealing with a sick toddler must be similar to dealing with a teenager.  Mr. Oopsey Daisy and I have been learning all kinds of new tricks and distraction methods for administering medicine.

But our decorations are up, and we are definitely enjoying our advents here in our home!  Little Man loves beginning each morning with our book advent.  Our Santa's beard is growing day by day, and we have plenty of other fun traditions keeping us busy here at home!  I love watching the magic of Christmas unfold for Little Man... this is such a fun age!

I adore these printable gift bags from 30 Days!  Aren't they lovely?  And the bakers twine is the perfect touch!

I love seeing projects that emphasize the real meaning of Christmas... you know, putting the Christ back in Christmas!  So I love that Kojo Designs created these 25 names of Jesus and used them as an advent... I would love to include this in our Christmas advent traditions somehow!  Great idea!

I've always loved stars this time of year.  I am in awe of this amazing "Wise Men Still Seek Him" sign from Laura at Corner House.

If I had a little girl, I would be sewing one of these lace Christmas tree shirts.  Right.  Now.  Go check out vixenMade for the tutorial... I adore this!

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Gingerbread House {2011}

Don't you love holiday traditions?!

We have oodles of them, and yet every year we seem to create even more!

 

Last night, we ventured out of the house for one of the very first times.  Little Man has been very sick for over a week now. With the frigid temperatures outside, we just haven't left the house very much for fear it will make his infection worse.  But we bundled up last night to join with Grandma, Pop, aunts, uncles, and cousins to create our very own gingerbread houses!

My parents started this tradition while they were dating, and my sweet Mother has it down to a system!  She has a pattern for each piece of the house, the perfect gingerbread recipe (perfect for gingerbread house constructing, though a little tough for eating!), and an amazing frosting recipe that works as cement.  This year, she even gave us our very own Santa candle to perch on the top of our houses!

Forgive me for the picture overload, but I am really quite proud of how our house turned out this year!

Normally my hubby holds back a little bit for fear my OCD will quickly correct his decorating style. :) So this year, he created a 3-car garage on the side of the house.  He has decided he prefers building to decorating, and that is just fine with me!

 

We save all of our candy all year long so it's good and stale!  We also water down some of the frosting and use it as a snowy glaze to paint over all of the candy.

 

 If you would like print your own gingerbread house pattern and recipe, just click here to view last year's post!

Have fun!

 

Christmas Book Advent

Alright folks.  It's the day after Thanksgiving, so I am in "go" mode for Christmas!

Do you have that silly rule about not listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving?  I do!  Today I can listen to Christmas music guilt-free!

How do you look forward to Christmas?  We have several Christmas advent calendars:

* We have the Christmas tree countdown that I shared last year.

* We also have the classic felt Christmas tree calendar.  We will be pulling a felt object out of the calendar each day and pinning it on the tree!

* Of course we are continuing the Santa Beard tradition by adding cotton balls to Santa's beard every day until Christmas.

* Last week, I also shared this Super Saturday story book binder we made at my ward's Super Saturday.  We will use this as our family scripture study, sharing a scripture, song, and special Christmas story every day until Christmas.  (By the way, I have received tons of e-mails requesting that I share this with you.  I love sharing ideas with you, but I don't feel right about sharing someone else's work.  I simply made the binder cover in my class--the content of the binder was created by someone else.  Feel free to take this idea and make it your own!)

* Just like last year, Little Man is SO excited for our Christmas Book Advent.  I am sure many of you do this very same thing!

Every day during the month of December, Little Man will find a book wrapped up underneath the Christmas tree.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE Christmas books.  I can't wait to share some of my favorites with Little Man.  So several days ago, we wrapped up all of our books so they're all ready to go!   I combined several of my favorite books from our own storybook library along with a few books we'll be checking out from the local library.

Here are some of the books that we'll be reading this year:

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Merry Christmas, Curious George

The First Night

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Santa's Toy Shop

Gingerbread Man

Here Comes Santa Claus

Mortimer's Christmas Manger

Little Robin's Christmas

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

The Baker's Dozen

Franklin's Christmas Gift

Jingle Bells

Frosty the Snow Man

Froggy's Best Christmas

Polar Express

A Piggie Christmas

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell

What Santa Can't Do

Snowmen At Christmas

The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree

Rudolph

The Mouse Before Christmas

Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad (Little Critter series)

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Room For a Little One

The Little Drummer Boy

You might notice that there are more than 25 books on my list because I am having a difficult time narrowing down the final book list!

I wrapped up our books in plain brown paper and used scrapbook paper scraps and my scalloped paper punch to dress them up a bit.  We plan to work on number recognition with the number/date tags on the books.

 

You may remember last year's book advent.

Every day in December, I shared ideas for crafts and activities based on our Christmas book for that day.

We will be repeating many of those same activities this year!

What books will you be reading this Christmas?  Do you have some good recommendations?

PS Don't forget about the Black Friday sale on the Silhouette!  Check out the secret page for the Silhouette Cameo here.  Almost everything in the Silhouette store will be 30% off.  If you use the promo code "OOPSEY", you will score an extra 10% off, for a total of 40% off!  The deals will be good from 12:01 AM on November 25th until 11:59 PM on November 28!  Maybe you can go do a little shopping??  :)

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