Scrabble Tile Ornament

This post was originally included in Sweet C's Designs' {Give Great Gifts} series.  Courtney has been sharing fantastic gifts all month long... be sure to check them out!  While you're at it, check out her vintage ski Christmas card display!  Love it!

Hello my friends!

This might just be the last time I post until Christmas.  Mr. Oopsey Daisy has finally arrived back in town after 2 weeks of busy travels, and we are in full-time Christmas mode.  Today's Scrabble tile ornament/gift embellishment is a quick-and-easy gift you can pull off in just a few minutes.  For the procrastinators (like myself!)...

I don't know about you, but time is short for me this holiday season.  Today I am sharing a quick-and-easy tutorial for creating a Scrabble Tile ornament.  You could give this as a gift, add it to a gift wrapping, or use it as a favor!  The best part is it's easy!

You know you're a crazy crafter when...

You take a brand new (but slightly dusty) Scrabble game and raid it for crafting supplies!

I searched my local thrift stores for a used Scrabble game, but came up empty!  Instead, I ransacked our very own game of Scrabble!  I justified this because we have never played Scrabble in our house.ever. It was begging to be used!

I started out by picking out the letters I wanted to use...

I love me a "Holly Jolly" Christmas!

I tried out a few types of glue, but I finally settled on the good stuff:  Gorilla Glue.  I have found that the secret to my success with Gorilla Glue is using the tiniest amount possible!  The hardest part of this project was waiting for the glue to set up.  I waited about an hour.

To make this an ornament, I hot glued a ribbon loop to the back.  Easy peasy!

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Bling Bling Christmas Tree

This tutorial was originally shared at Sumo's Sweet Stuff "Spread Christmas Cheer" series.  Be sure to check out Summer's fab series for more great Christmas ideas... PLUS tell her congratulations on her new baby girl!

Christmas is practically here!

Are you ready??  {I'm NOT!} But I'm excited for this fun week-before-Christmas!

Today, I want to share one of my latest and greatest Christmas projects:

This "Bling Bling" Christmas Tree is sparkly, shiny, and simple, too!

Typically, I don't love gold, but when Christmas comes around, I love to decorate with something sparkly!  This little tree has made a grand entrance with my Christmas decor.

Are you ready to make your own?

Let's go!

Last year sometime, I found a box of gold buttons at JoAnn's.  They were all different shapes and sizes.  They have been sitting in a drawer all year, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make good use of them!

For this project, I also used a styrofoam cone, some gold ribbon, and gold bows I found at the dollar store.

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Wednesday’s Wowzers: All About Gift Wrap!

 Happy, merry Christmas season

Like most of you, this week I am busy baking, shopping, running errands, cooking, and {almost} gift wrapping. Time is short, but I find myself still running to Pinterest for last-minute inspiration!  So today's edition of Wednesday's Wowzers is dedicated to gift wrap ideas.  So if you're like me and have gift wrap on your mind, you might just find yourself inspired to try something new!

Here are some fresh new gift wrap ideas:

I LOVE everything about this packaging:  The Baker's twine, the newspaper, the glitter, and the monogram tags!  I found this little beauty at Allora Handmade.

These pine cones, twine, and pine gift wrap from HGTV are so beautiful and natural.

Which row do you love the best?  I'll take them all!  Love this red, white, and aqua from Camille Styles.

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Gingerbread Man Theme Day

I have been missing Mommy School.  A lot.  But let's be honest--Christmastime is a crazy time!  I haven't found a second to spare.  But I have wanted to enjoy some fun Christmas activities with Little Man.  So I compromised.  Instead of attempting daily activities, I decided to do weekly theme days.  It's basically an all-day party!

 

Last week, we had an entire "Gingerbread Man" day.

You might remember that we had a similar gingerbread party last year.  It's so fun to see how much more I can do with Little Man in just 1 year!  We had so much fun with last year's party that we decided to make this a tradition!

Little Man loves our Christmas book advent SO much!  Every morning he wakes up and runs downstairs to discover the latest Christmas book wrapped up under the tree. On this day, he woke up and found "The Gingerbread Man" story book.  He wanted to read this over and over again all day long.

We ate gingerbread pancakes for breakfast.  YUM!

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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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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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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!

 

Keep Calm and Jingle On {Plaid Simply ScreenKit}

Hello my friends!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Colorado!  The snow has been falling, and I finally have my Christmas decorations up.  This holiday season, "JOY" has been my mantra.  I am trying to avoid being overwhelmed and focus on spending quality time with my family.  So I decided to make a little something for me!  Not for the house, not for a gift, not for Little Man, but for me!

I think it will be fun to have a shirt I can wear each Christmas season!

Keep Calm and Jingle On!

I had so much fun creating this shirt.  I had the chance to try out something brand new to me:

Recently, I was selected to review Plaid Crafts' Simply Screen kit.  I couldn't wait to try this out!  I've made shirts using freezer paper stencils and flocked heat transfer vinyl before, so I was interested to see how this kit would stack up to the other methods!  After conquering the learning curve of this simply screen kit, I am excited about all of the possibilities!

Creating the screen

The most difficult part of the process was creating the screen stencil.  I read and re-read the directions over and over again.  But it still took a bit of practice.  Here is what I did:

1.  I started with a plain red t-shirt found at my local Hobby Lobby.  I created my "Keep Calm and Jingle On" artwork in Microsoft Word and just printed it out on regular printer paper.  I love that I can customize my artwork!  Plus I didn't need to reverse the image or have to print it on some kind of transparency. It really was simple!

2.  I followed the instructions to stick my artwork to the blue screen, and then used the squeegee included to be sure that it would stick well.

3.  With the paper side face up, I used painter's tape to secure it to the bottom of the actual exposure box.  I realized that the only way I could get crisp, clean lines on my stencil was by placing a sheet of glass on top of everything.

4.  It took about 25 minutes to expose the screen.  I followed the directions to soak the screen in water and scrubbed away until the screen revealed crisp, clean lines on my stencil!

Tips

The instructions recommended using 10-lb paper, but I only had 20-lb paper on hand.  So I experimented with the test strips until I found the right exposure time.  I just needed a couple of more minutes than the instructions recommended.

I found the the screens that came in the refill pack actually worked better than the other screens.

Placing a sheet of glass on top of the artwork/screen in the exposure box was key to my success!  Finding a piece of glass that would fit across the entire screen was a little tricky, but it made all the difference for me.

Instead of using the attached plastic tub in the box, I found it easier to scrub the screen gently in my kitchen sink.

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Christmas Tree Wall Art

This post was originally published on Positively Splendid's "A Swell Noel" series.  Check out all of the fabulous ideas over at Amy's place!  You will definitely be inspired!

Do you remember my spring flower wall art?

Spring seems like forever away, but I am so excited for all of the wintry Christmas fun just around the corner!

A few weeks ago, I was gazing at these happy little flowers and decided that I needed to do a Christmas spin-off of this original project.

Tis the season!!

Here is my Christmas tree wall art!

It's a festive touch to the very same frame!

I had so much fun putting this project together.  Come along to see how to make your very own...

I began by taking these little lovelies out of their frame.  I love these colorful flowers!  They add so much pizzazz to my craft room.

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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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