Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fun with Blue Moon Beads part 2

I spent Christmas Eve making myself some presents. I'm always making things for others and it was nice to take some time to make something for myself. Ok, so I still took some time to make something for my mom and sisters too. Hard habit to break ;) 


I've been a little obsessed with Paris and anything French since I was in high school. I took french in HS and Community college. I visited Paris and southern France a few years ago and I still love it and I'm planning to go back.

 I knew I wanted to make this fish necklace since I saw the pendant and chain.


So pretty even in the back :)


 This seahorse is for my mom. She loves anything ocean themed.

She's one of the most peaceful persons I know, always Zen. Hakuna Mattata is her motto. 

I'm planning to make one of these bird necklaces for each of my sisters, my mom and myself. Each one will be a little different, just like each one of us. I've got 2 down, 2 more to go!

Hope your Christmas was wonderful and that your new year will be too. 
I found most of these beautiful beads at just in case you're wondering ;) 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

 Happy Holidays Everyone :))

Some of this year's Holiday cards.
The naughty and nice card is for the hubby...guess which box I checked?! Lol.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

On the 5th day of Christmas with DCWV...

5 Party Ideas with 5 of our Holiday stacks

Evergreen Stack

#1 a mini cake box perfect for little favors and small gifts 
(I give you the measurements and instructions at the end of this post) 


The Crafty Christmas Stack 
#2 a gift can with a beautiful sentiment 
     This is a flower tin from Michael's that can be recycled to hold a little gift.
The paper says 'If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away' 
The First Noel Stack

Decorate the top with a rosette 
#3 Napkin rings 
     Add a little something to any gathering, big or small.
The Traditional Holiday Stack
#4 & #5 A garland and a wine glass marker 
     You can make tons of wine glass markers with your scraps. The Winter Holiday stack is perfect because of its glossy texture, it won't get as affected by moisture as your other papers. To make this I punched a circle then folded it in half. Then I used a smaller circle punch (or you can use scissors) to cut a half circle shape from the folded edge of the big circle. Make a slit that goes to the middle and that's it (like a donut with a slit going to the center). How big you need to make the hole in the middle really depends on the stem size on your glassware. 

     The garland is made out of the Evergreen stack, just punch circles and sandwich them along a ribbon. Then punch smaller circles or holiday shapes to stack on top. It can decorate a tree, a table or a wall ;) 

The winter Holiday stack (wineglass marker)
The Evergreen Stack (garland)
To make the mini cake box start with a 12x7 piece of paper. Then score as indicated. I used my scor-pal, made it much easier.Then cut the flaps to the center as shown. 


Fold as shown below and glue the flaps. Make sure the 2 small flaps are on the inside. There you go! The top of the box needs to be tied down with ribbon or washi taped on the sides to stay closed (just like a cake box). The possibilities for decoration are endless ;) 

If you want, you can make a little half circle slit on the very front flap so it will be easier to flip open (see first box picture at beginning of post).It will also give people an indication of where to open the box.  



Hope you've enjoyed these ideas. 
Feel free to leave me a question or comment ;)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DCWV & Hampton Art Bloghop Day 1

Hello and welcome to day one of the two-day DCWV/Hampton Art Holiday Hop! 

    DCWV and Hampton Art are two companies that go above and beyond to provide a wide selection of products from classic, to vintage, to trendy and modern. So, when we decided to team up it was only natural that we would want to show you some variety.

     Day #1 of our hop is all about vintage! Whether you are talking lace and pearls and soft weathered colors or distressed, grungy, and aged, if you love all things vintage we have some beautiful projects to show you today!

Here's the list of blogs you'll be visiting today, in case you get lost:

Karla  Der ( )  <-----------You are here

    If you have come here from Beverly Sizemore then you're on track! If not, you should go back to the DCWV blog and start the hop from there! 

     For my project I used the Heirloom Christmas stack by DCWV as well as Christmas stamps and inks by Hampton Art. I've included the pictures of the products at the bottom for your convenience. 

     The pictures in this LO are *almost* 10 years old...which makes me feel pretty old. But I thought they would be fitting for a vintage type LO. The journaling is about how that little tree, penguin and snowflake have become Christmas traditions since our first Christmas as a married couple. 

      To make the LO, I distressed pretty much everything! I bent the edges of the papers with my fingers, then I sanded them and added gold from the basics ink pads. The ribbon is crochet trim that is also distressed with gold ink. The heart is a wood veneer piece distressed with Triumphant Red ink. 

     I incorporated the stamps in my LO as accent pieces here and there (can you spot them?). 

     I also made a border out of the Peppermint candy stamps, then cut it apart and used it in a few places on my LO as a repeating element. 


    This is a quick way to make a gift bag pretty and harder to peek into! It's a 12x12 paper with a slit in the middle as wide as the gift bag handles. I slid it over the top and there, a pretty cover. Just secure the bottom of the paper to the bag with a couple glue dots. 
    Then I made this tag to go with it. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. If you're impatient like me, and you don't wait for the ink to dry completely, it will smudge and give you an even more vintage look. Like your tag has been around a while ;) Use some pretty trim and seam binding and you're done! 
     I think that ballerina image is just beautiful! It can be versatile too. I see myself using it for LOs and cards throughout the year.

     DCWV and Hampton Art are giving away awesome prizes during the blog hop. Leave me a comment, the more blog posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win ;) Plus I would LOVE to know you were here and be able to visit you back. 

3 winners will receive a holiday paper goodie box from DCWV! 

Now go on to Gloria Stengel ( ) to continue the hop :)

Products used: 
Triumphant Red

Nutcracker sweets 2 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cool finds at Marshall's

I don't usually post finds from stores, but I couldn't resist. Look what I found at Marshall's today. I LOVE the colors and patterns of the ribbon ($9.99 for 24)! I had to have it. And look at the cool metallic twine (2.99). And the Birthday stamps? $1.49! 

I don't think the picture does it justice. The colors of the ribbon are just so great. The row with the mint candy ribbons has such a great vintage look in person! 
If there's a Marshall's near you, go check it out :) 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fun With Blue Moon Beads

 My sister's got her own personal jeweler. She puts beads together and tells me what to make her. The necklace design is mine, but the earrings are her idea. 


These were her B-day presents. It was fun working on these with her :)