I should not have made a comment about life settling a bit two weeks ago, as things got quite hectic after that!! I had a few unexpected events arise (nothing serious at all, but just the sort of things that altered my plans). One of those events was a trip to visit my daughter at uni. Her computer was on its last legs and then she spilled tea on the keyboard. I'd planned to get her a new laptop for Christmas so decided to head to visit her on the weekend to give her an early present. It was such a treat to see her and spend the day together. On our way home, my husband and I stopped in Toronto to see the Raptors play the Utah Jazz (basketball). We had an amazing time together, but now I'm feeling even further behind!! (It was worth it.)
With family, work, essays to grade and visits to my mum (and daughter!), I haven't done any crafting since my last project two weeks ago. It was nice to get back into my craft room to create. This week's challenge at My Craft Spot is 3-D Christmas. I saw some cute little bags at SVG Cutting Files and thought they'd be fun to make AND give away! I switched things up a bit as I don't care much for the "hair" on the boy file - but that's one of the joys of SVGs and personalizing cuts.
I used my Silhouette to cut the pieces and embossed the little bowties. After assembling the bags (six of them!), I usedTiny Tags metal dies for the little tags. Each one is stamped with the "Happy Christmas" sentiment from the NEW Tiny Tags Christmas stamp set. I also added a silver star to each. I used Small Alphabet metal dies to cut the stars. I finished everything off with some Green Twist baker's twine. Please head over to My Craft Spot to see the other lovely 3-D Christmas projects that my design team sisters have made. Plus, be sure to link up your own project for a chance to win this week's $10US gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop. Have a fabulous week!
Life is settling a bit. My mum is home and getting stronger each day following her heart surgery last month. She lives quite close so I'm able to pop by when she needs help. Thanks so much to those of you who have been asking about things.
This week at My Craft Spot, we are challenging you to use metal (real or faux) on your creations. I decided to use some of my red and silver metallic cardstock to create a Christmas card. I cut a metallic red mat and also cut some Christmas designer paper for my background. I then used the Small Alphabet metal dies to cut out my sentiment, using the same metallic red cardstock as I used for the mat. The colours likely look different due to my incredibly limited photography skills!!
Using a variety of metal dies - Tiny Doilies 2, Small Alphabet and Snowflake Border, I cut some snowflakes out of metallic silver cardstock. For an extra splash of colour, I added a red gem to the centre of each. The large, layered snowflake is popped for added dimension. Please head over to My Craft Spot to see the rest of the design team creations - and don't forget to use metal on your own project this week in order to link up to be eligible for this week's gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop!! Have a wonderful day!
Thanks to all of you who left such lovely comments for me last week during the My Craft Spot Christmas Stamp Release. It was a treat each day to read such kind words. The winner of the $10US gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop is #25, Pam from Scrap-n-Sew Granny!! Congratulations Pam!!! Please contact me at smallbitsofpaper at hotmail.com with your contact information so I can arrange to get your gift certificate to you. Happy shopping!!
It's theMy Craft Spot Christmas stamp release blog hop!! All week long, we've been sharing sneak peeks of projects created with the FIVE new stamp sets NEW SVG files. Today, you can see the full reveal. Plus, everything is available for purchase too!
For my project, I created a card using the NEWShaker Ornament 2 SVG file. I cut the backing in white and heat embossed the Peace & Joy sentiment from the NEWO Holy Night stamp set. The window was cut 7 times, with a transparency between the top two layers. This way, I could add some wonderful Berry Red and Snow Flurries sequins in my shaker ornament.
If you look closely at the red portion of the ornament, you will notice that it is also stamped with Peace & Joy - only smaller! The same sentiment is on the NEWTiny Tags Christmas stamp set, in miniature. I used VersaMark for a subtle pattern. The pretty silver borders on my card were cut with one of the Fancy Edges metal dies. I finished things off with some thin silver string and some gems. Thanks to the NEWMy Craft SpotSVG and sentiments, this card was quick to put together and yet still looks wonderfully Christmassy!
Kimberly is very generously giving a $10US gift certificate for the My Craft Spot Shop to be won at EACH stop along the way. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post for a chance to with the certificate from my blog. I will announce the winner on Monday. Here's a picture of all the NEW stamps!! (Click the picture to enlarge it.)
And if you click the logo, you can go and check out all the NEW SVG files!
It's now time to visit the amazingly talentedDeb's blog, Craftin' Chaos. Here's the full lineup for you too:
It's the last day of theMy Craft Spot Christmas stamp release party sneak peeks - although we're not ready to end the fun quite yet. Tomorrow, we'll celebrate the full reveal of the FIVENEW stamp sets (and some NEW SVG files too) with a blog hop - including prizes at EACH stop along the way! Everything will be available for purchase too. Today we are sharing projects created with the NEW Merry & Bright stamp set. This set has a variety of sentiments to meet your Christmas creating needs.
For my project, I used the NEWCurvy Box SVG file from My Craft Spot. Don't you just love the fun shape?! Once assembled, I imported the sentiment from the NEWMerry & Bright stamp set into my Cameo software and traced around it, also creating an offset shadow. Once cut, I stamped and embossed the sentiment. I used some wonderful solid and striped baker's twine and a few little bells to decorate my box too. Please head over to My Craft Spot to see the rest of the Merry & Bright projects. Plus, leave a comment for Kimberly for your chance to a $10US gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop! See you tomorrow for the blog hop!!
It's Day Four of theMy Craft Spot Christmas stamp release party and today we are sharing projects created with the NEW Christmas Chalkboard stamp set. This set is full of beautiful sentiments for the Christmas season, all of which can be used to achieve the chalkboard look on your projects. All week long, we're sharing creations made with one of the FIVE new stamp sets (and some NEW SVG files too)! Everything will be available for purchase on Saturday. Be sure to hop along in our blog hop over the weekend for your chance to win a gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop.
As soon as I saw the NEWChristmas Chalkboard stamps, I knew that my first creation using this set would be "O Come Let Us Adore Him". I was delighted to find My Scrap Chick's Nativity set with shepherds and sheep as the images were just what I had in mind to go with the sentiment. After cutting, inking and assembling the sweet characters, I layered them (with the little lamb popped) over some starry night paper and ground which was created using Fancy Edges metal dies.
After stamping my sentiment on some blue vellum, I cut it out using a Scrapping Life Cards metal die. They look like they were meant to go together! I then added a wee star cut from Small Alphabet metal dies. I just love the way the little shepherd and his precious lamb are looking up at the star and realizing its incredible significance as they journey forward to welcome the newborn king. Please remember to visit My Craft Spottoday. The rest of the design team has created some wonderful projects to showcase today's NEWChristmas Chalkboard stamp set. Don't forget to leave a comment for Kimberly for your chance to win today's prize: a $10US gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop! Have an amazing day!
It's Day Three of theMy Craft Spot Christmas stamp release party and today we are sharing projects created with the NEW Tiny Tags Christmas stamp set. This set contains LOTS of little sentiments that all coordinate perfectly with the Tiny Tags metal dies (and can be used without too). All week long, we're sharing creations made with one of the FIVE new stamp sets (and some NEW SVG files too)! Everything will be available for purchase on Saturday. Be sure to hop along in our blog hop over the weekend for your chance to win a gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop.
For my project, I decided to create a set of little 3x3 Santa cards. I love this fun face file I found at My Scrap Chick! Isn't he cute?! After cutting all the pieces, I embossed Santa's hat, mustache and beard and inked the nose a bit before assembling him.
I used Tiny Banners and Toppers for my sentiment, and used one of the NEW Tiny Tags Christmas stamps. Ho Ho Ho is just perfect my jolly little Santa cards!
If you haven't been by already, please check things out at My Craft Spot to see all the projects created by the rest of the design team. While you are there, leave a comment for Kimberly for your chance to win a $10US gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop.
It's Day Two of theMy Craft Spot Christmas stamp release party and today we are sharing projects created with the NEW O Holy Night stamp set. This set contains a variety of beautiful sentiments. I decided to take one and add a bit of whimsy to it. All week long, we're sharing creations made with one of the FIVE new stamp sets (and some NEW SVG files too)! Everything will be available for purchase on Saturday. Be sure to hop along in our blog hop over the weekend for your chance to win a gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop.
This hot cocoa pouch was created with a cut file from My Scrap Chick. (I only realized as I was writing up this post that the paper for the mug is upside-down!! Oops!!) After everything was inked and assembled, I stamped a sentiment from the NEW O Holy Night set onto the speech bubble (which came with the cut file). After that, all I needed to do was add the hot chocolate pouch! I'm hoping to make some more of these as little gifts to give over the holidays.
Be sure to head over to My Craft Spot to see the rest of the design team creations. They're amazing!! And, while you're there, leave a comment for Kimberly for your chance to win a gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop.
I am happily married to my "Dream Come True" and we have been married for 22 years. (Woohoo!) We have been blessed with three wonderful children. Our daughter is studying midwifery at university and we have two boys still at home. I am employed as an integration facilitator at a local college, supporting students with mild intellectual disabilities as they fulfill their dreams of obtaining post-secondary education. I also teach part-time in the Children's Mental Health certificate program through OntarioLearn and am an active volunteer and council member with our local chapter of Autism Ontario. When I do find free time, I love to use small bits of paper to create cards of all sorts.