Sunday, December 25, 2011


May the peace and beauty of the season be with you always!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

100th Challenge Blog Hop at The Pixie Cottage!!!!

It's a very special challenge at ThE PixiE  CottagE this week as we are celebrating our 100th challenge!

To mark this special occasion we are having an "Anything Goes Christmas" challenge and also a blog hop for some very special prizes!

You should have come to me from Davi Long Reid and if not, then please go back to ThE PixiE  CottagE so that you don't miss a spot on the hop.

You'll need to collect letters from all the blogs on the hop to be in with a chance of winning.

Also, you must leave a comment at all the blogs as each one is giving away a PixiE CottagE Digital Image so plenty of prizes to be had.  The winner from my blog will be chosen from the comments, and will win a digital image of their choice!

Finally, when you get back to the ThE PixiE CottagE leave your name and link to your blog in the Inlinkz box for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Michelle's Scrapbooking!  We'd love for you to enter with a Christmas card/project but if you are only entering the blog hop, please add BH after your name. Only one "Blog Hop Only" entry per person.

So now you just need to leave me a comment and then hop along to Tanya Johnson to carry on with the fun!

For this 100th challenge, I made this little banner. 

I cut the backdrops and letters with my Cricut, embossed each backdrop with a Sizzix folder then edged each one with a gold DecoColor pen.  The letters were cut from a thick gold metallic cardstock.  I threaded each little pennant onto thin gold wire with a sparkly bead between each one.   I colored the cute "Not Even a Mouse" Pixie Cottage image with Copics, cut it out and mounted it on Spellbinders Holly Motifs.  I then suspended it with fine wire from the Merry banner.   The poinsettias were made with Spellbinders Poinsettia Creations, with sparkly beads added to the centers.  Below are close ups of the image and one of the poinsettias.

Stamps:  Not Even a Mouse, by The Pixie Cottage.
Paper:  The Paper Studio, not sure who made the gold CS.
Ink: DecoColor pen.
Accessories:  Cricut, Spellbinders Holly Motifs and Poinsettia Creations, Stickles, wire, beads, Sizzix Snow Globe EF.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Last Minute Gift at The Pixie Cottage

The theme at The Pixie Cottage is last minute Christmas gifts and cards.  As always there's a sketch  you can follow as well. 
You know how it is during the holidays...there's always one more little gift or trinket for something that comes up unexpectedly or last minute.  Last year at this time I was the "newbie" at work and really didn't know anyone well at all.  I chose not to participate in the name-drawing for Secret Santa gifts, because I didn't want anyone to feel obligated to buy something for someone they didn't know. There were two ladies that were very helpful with breaking me in and teaching me the ropes, and I made them each a little gift similar to this one pictured, just different colors and images.  They loved them!  :)

One of those ladies needed some little gifts for her daughter's classmates and asked if I could make up 15 of the mugs with an image that kids would like, and I went straight for "To Santa From Buffy" by The Pixie Cottage.  Last week I had stamped and colored a bunch of these images to use on Christmas cards.  I just love the chubby little bunny!  They have now been reappropriated; just need to color up a few more.  You can get this stamp from Michelle's Scrapbooking.

Buffy is colored with Copics, then I cut around the image very closely and attached it to Spellbinders Deckled Classic Ovals which I lightly sponged with Distress Ink.  I made the "mug"from Kraft paper, embossed some little swirls with copper EP. I then attached the oval to the front of the mug.  Inside the mug are two different flavored packets of cocoa, mini marshmallows in the cellophane, and two skinny chocolate covered peppermint sticks (that somehow managed to hide behind the cellophane).  Quick and easy little gift!

Stamps:  To Santa From Buffy, by The Pixie Cottage.
Paper:  Kraft CS, Neenah Solar White.
Ink:  Copics, Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Deckled Classic Oval, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, copper EP, ribbon.