Hand-Made Christmas

Each year I try to make something handmade for the kids or the home for Christmas. This year I decided that we needed new Stockings…something fun. They are lined and plenty big for Santa to get his hand in while filling. It was fun choosing fabrics that matched with each individual person’s interests and likes. I didn’t have a pattern for the cuff so I measured across and added a little extra for the seam allowance. I’d suggest a half inch more if you make these,  it was a tight fit.

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This next photo is of an ornament that my son made me on his 3-d printer. This is his field of study at Washington State, hence the Coug stocking. This sphere came out real smooth, it’s a cleaver process how these printers turn a plastic cord into something completely different.

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70th Birthday Gift Box!

We have been invited to help our neighbor celebrate his 70th birthday today. Chuck and I have a couple of things in common. One is that we both have lived most of our lives in the same house we grew up in ( he has been in his MUCH longer than me!) and the second is our determination on finding ways to keep the multitude of deer from eating everything in our yards! He and his wife have a lovely family and they are one of the reasons I like where I live so much.

One crafter I truly enjoy following is Pootles in the UK ( http://pootles.co.uk)  mainly for her tutorials on boxes.  Lately, Sam has been showing off her wonderful little gift boxes for “sweeties”  and such using the Stampin’ Up! dsp stacks.  But later this week, she mixed things up by using a 6×6 piece of dsp  to make a rectangular box with an open top. You can see it here .  A fabulous box, but for my gift it was just not tall enough. So I omitted one of the scores and closed the top like a milk carton.  I love this wood looking paper and  these tiny clothes pins add to the rustic charm. I’m really loving the feather dies and stamps from Stampin’ Up!  You will definitely be seeing more of those here in the future!
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Paper: My Minds Eye dsp and nv red
(Scored along one side: 1 3/8, 2 3/4,4 1/8, 5 1/2  and the other side 1 3/8, 5 1/2)
Stamps: Wish Big by Savy Stamps.
Embelishments:velum from Stampin’ Up! and clothes pins from Michael’s
Dies: Stampin’ Up! Deco Labels Collection (2014-2015 catalog pg. 230) and Feathers Framelit Dies  (Holiday Catalog pg. 42).
Embossing Folder: Spider Web by Stampin’ Up!
Check out the coordinating Four Feathers stamp set, you can purchase both sets and save15%!