Toilet Paper Roll Gift Card Holders

 Chalk ink, embossing folder, toilet paper rol
Chalk ink, embossing folder, toilet paper roll
Inked embossing folder with toilet paper roll
Inked and Embossed Toilet paper roll
Inked and Embossed Toilet paper roll

Steps to prepping the roll.  Apply the ink directly to the embossing folder before you run through the machine.  After you have embossed the roll, you can sand the roll to enhance the embossing.

Dots up side
Dots up side
Dots down and ink color
Dots down and ink color

Wax Christmas ornaments

The goose is getting fat.  Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God Bless You!

It’s Thanksgiving this week and 4 weeks later it will be Christmas.  There always so much to do and sometimes those dollars and cents get away from us so we make our own Christmas ornaments and in true crafty fashion we usually make them from things we already have on hand, after all a “penny saved is a penny earned“.

I’ve been making these wax ornaments since the 60’s.  They’re easy to make using left over candles – recycling at its best – and they look so pretty on the tree since the wax glows when it catches the light.    You can also make them from beeswax for an “antique” look and color them with “Rub’n Buff”.
BTW:  This is a adult craft and not recommended for children.

Wax Christmas Ornaments
Wax Christmas Ornaments

Wax Angel Ornament
Wax Angel Ornament
Here’s How:   Melt wax in a double boiler.  I have an old one I use only for this.  Place PLASTIC
cookie cutters onto wax paper.  You can use a variety of sizes and shapes.  Don’t let the wax overheat.  You’ll know when it’s ready by dipping a metal spoon into the liquid wax.  If the wax coats the spoon as soon as you pull it out, then it’s at the right temperature.  Spoon wax slowly into the cookie cutters.  It should be about 3/8″ thick.  Don’t worry if some of the wax seeps out around the sides, you can break it away when the wax becomes hard.   Let the wax harden then gently pop the cookie away from the wax.  The little angels were made by pouring wax into a candy mold.  Let these harden in the freezer for 15-20 mins, then tap the mold sharply on the counter – the shapes will pop right out.  The best thing about this project is, that if one of the ornaments breaks, or doesn’t look right, you just pop it back in the double boiler.  Definitely a “McGoof proof” project.  Once all the ornaments are made I thread gold or silver thread onto a tapestry needle, then heat the end of the needle in a candle flame and push through the top of the ornament.  When using a candy mold, make a hanger first by knotting the ends of about a 4″ piece of thread, then placing it into the mold before adding the wax.

More ideas to come so, ya’ll come back now!

Yours truly,
Julie 🙂

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

‘Tis the season to think about sending Christmas cards, so here’s an idea for you.  You can cut a letter size piece of cardstock in half to create two, 8.5″ x 5.5″, pieces which, when folded in half will each make a “Quarter Card”, or look in the “dollar” bins at Michaels for a package of plain cards and envelopes!  It doesn’t matter if there’s something on the front, because this will be covered up.  Pick two scraps of coordinating/complementary papers cut to half the height and the width of the card.  Glue, one above the other onto the front then glue a piece of ribbon over the area where they meet.
Now here’s the fun part.  Create the saying in a circle in Microsoft word, using the drawing toolbar, then add an image at the center.  If you don’t have access to images and can’t find any clip art that you like, check out my images  (Images for Personal Use).  You can drag these onto your desktop then import them into your Word doc and re-size as needed.
Print the monograms onto white card stock then cut the circles you created with either a circle punch, or a set of nesting dies.  Mat with additional colors of card stock, using larger plain or decorative punches.  I used Spellbinders’ Nestability™ circle dies and Pinking circle dies to make mine.  Glue the monogram pieces together then attach to the front with foam squares or circles for a little dimension.  I also added some crystal stickers between the wording.  Here are some samples for inspiration  Enjoy!
Julie McGuffee Card A
Angel Card
 Red and Green Christmas Card
Red and Green Christmas Card
Christmas Tree Christmas Card
Christmas Tree Christmas Card

A little something special.

TREAT BAG TOPPERS 656774 Is the Sizzix die featured today.  If you have school aged children this die will come in so handy.  It is great for teachers gifts, classroom parties and as a token of appreciation to many others.  I love to bake so I see this die coming in very very handy.  I also thought the extra pieces for embellishments would make nice cards,  I used one of the treat toppers for a purse instead of using it as a topper.

Sizzix Treat Bag Die Cut project

Tools:Sizzix Big Shot, Scissors
Materials – Clearsnap Chalk ink, 3D pearl pens, Crafters Warehouse Stencils, Prism papers,  Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®, Hero Arts Stamps

Great Purse-onality Card

I made the little flower by using a quilling technique.  The die cuts I used are border dies and I just knew they could be used for more.  I also used the same quilling technique for the flower on this piece.

Thanks Treat Bag

I hope you have enjoyed this post.  Come back soon for a tutorial on how to make the quilled flowers.

Quilled flower - top
Quilled Flower - Scallop top view

Vintage Holiday

Vintage Crystal Ornament Trio

Who says recycling isn’t a great thing?  Upcycle an old lighting fixture by piecing out the crystals and turning them into ornaments.  What? You don’t have a spare vintage light fixture lying around?  That is okay.  This type of crystal can easily be found at flea markets and salvage stores.  If you have never been to either one,  you really should go.  If you want to purchase new crystals you can find them at Hobby Lobby and many other big box craft stores.  For this technique try to find flat back crystals.  For complete directions check out the December Issue of Crafts N Things Magazine.  It is available via subscription on their site or on the newsstand at most big box stores.

Tools : Needle nose pliers with cutter, Microtip Scissors, Sandpaper, pencil

Materials : Kaisercraft – Winter Wonderland Collection paper and green crystals, Toner – Copper wire, Clearsnap Chalk ink – Chestnut Roan, Ilovetocreate – Aleene’s® Paper Glaze, Vintage Crystals, Misc. ribbon

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