Saturday, December 13, 2008

Letters to Santa

I just wanted to show everyone this cute Christmas craft I made.


  • Crystal Light container
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper
  • glue
  • wire
  • paper piercer
  • ribbon
  • embellishments

I had saved my Crystal Light container to make a bank for my son. Then I saw an ornament at Target that was similar to my tube and it inspired me. I simply cut out scrapbook paper and glued it arounf the container. I cut circles to glue on the ends. I poked holes in the container to put the wire through and embellished the wire with ribbon and a few metal charms. My boys wrote letters to santa and put them in the tube and hung it on the tree. Santa snuck in at night and took the letters and left them letters in return.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Family Tree

During this time of year our hearts turn to our families and when I saw these simple, excellent trees (just $5!) at IKEA, I instantly knew what I wanted to do with them!
I started out by making a family tree for myself, but then I realized that my mother-in-law would absolutely love this and I set out to make one for her first.
I began by drawing the leaves on regular white card stock in waterproof ink. Since I did it free hand, I had to re-do a lot, but for just 18 leaves it wasn't a big deal. Then I wrote the name and birth year of each person on the family tree (using the waterproof pen).
I also made a plaque with my husband and his siblings for the trunk.
Next I used water colored pencils (3 of them) to color in the shading on leaves. Watercolor pencil marks can be washed over with water on a brush to blend the colors and I used this technique. After the leaves were dry, I pressed them into a clear embossing pad and used Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and a heat gun to give the leaves a gorgeous shine as well as make them stronger.
To hang them on the tree, I used a box cutter to cut small grooves into the plastic coating on the tree. I looped wire through a small hole on the leaf stem, added some beads and tied a simple square knot at the back. I set the wire loops into the grooves and added some super hold glue with a really fine tipped tube. Voila! A family tree! (now, how am I going to wrap this thing?)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

answering craft class questions

I'm sure my friend Shannon would love to have more people attend her classes. She does the class a month ahead. For instance, last night I made my snowman wreath for January. She is done with classes for December, so her next classes will be at the beginning of January and they will be Valentine crafts. She does a wreath every month and two other crafts. Usually one of the crafts is a hanging set of letters. The wreaths are $20 and the other crafts are usually a little less than that. All you need to take with you is your money. She supplies everything you need. Email me at and I can forward her next class schedule to you. She lives in South Jordan. -Anisa

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nativity Wreath

I have a friend that teaches craft classes in her basement. She sends out an email with a choice of 3 crafts. We sign up for the craft and the date (she offers about 5 different dates). You go to her house and she has a craft room set up in her basement. She basically has all of the supplies and the sample and you get to chat with friends and craft. I have been going to these classes with my sister in law and we make a wreath every month. This is our cute wreath for December!!! - Anisa

Monday, December 8, 2008

Martha Stewart

First off, I am not a huge MS fan, but-that said- I do like some of her ideas. Some favorites are the glittery pumpkins and a baby quilt made of mens dress shirts. When I discovered these I discovered something else as well. Something I love. She has a new craft project for every day of the week!!! Do you know what that means????? No more crafters block! Wahoo!!! (Not that I'm having any of that...) Click here to go see for your selves all the wonderful things there are to create! Have fun, but don't stay up too late. :) And I will leave you with something to pamper yourselves with, snowballs