Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saturday Leftovers

My grandsons were here Saturday evening while their parents had an evening out.  Matthew always prefers to come here rather than us going there because I have all the 'good craft stuff'.  We started out making a cake, always one of Matt's favorite activities.  Next he wanted to make an ornament for his mother.   He wanted to make it round and paint it blue, no red (last minute change).  I dug out a styrofoam ball and the paints.  Ahhh.... Nick's curiosity got the better of him and I was soon digging out another ball and both boys painted as I made dinner.   The balls were painted and propped up on toothpicks to dry.  After dinner Matt finished his project by adding a ribbon to hang the ornament and a little Merry Christmas banner.  He insisted on finding a box and wrapping it.  After adding a bow he pronounced finished.  Time to ice the cake and have a piece.  Then Matt remembered the origami wreath he saw in my stash.  Next project.  So I cut paper to make wreaths.  Unfortunately, his energy had run out; he asked if I could just make it for him; then he collected an afghan and curled up on the chair with his stuffed monkey to wait for his parents' return.
Moral of the story:  Don't cut paper for projects after 8pm or you wind up with leftover cut paper.

This is what I did with some of the leftovers and a  free digi image from Beccy Muir.  She has a great blog and some wonderful images, so if you have a moment check out Beccy's Place.

This last card will be my submission to Beccy's December Challenge.
And also:
Creative Card Crew Challenge #51 - Holly or Poinsettia
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge  and blog hop
Paperminutes Challenge #299 - Christmas cards with Christmas symbols (holly)

What about the origami wreath I mentioned?  
Since Matt went home Saturday night clutching his in his hand, I made another one today just to show you (and to use up some of the precut paper).
(All papers and stamps are Close to My Heart)
I dressed it up a bit so I could hang it on the tree.  I inserted a piece of glitter paper in the center, made the little banner, stamped and cut out 3 small ornaments which I tied to the bottom with gold floss, then added red gems all the way around, and red sparkle ribbon for hanging purposes.  I used 3" square paper pieces for a finished wreath 3" across.  The center hole is 1 1/4".  If you use 12" paper, your wreath would be 12".

I'm entering this wreath ornament in these challenges:
LEJ Designs Challenge #83 - Festive Fun
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #82 - Anything Goes Christmas
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #88 - Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge - Dec./Jan. - Anything Goes but No Cards
Anonymous Stamps December Challenge - no theme
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
Created with Love Challenge #70 - Anything Goes
Parade Your Crafts Challenge #10 - Christmas Projects
Stamp and Create December Challenge - Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #7 - Always Anything Goes
That Craft Place Challenge - Christmas Creations
The Ribbon Girls - Ho Ho Ho Christmas Challenge
A Gem of a Challenge #109 - Anything Goes
Stampin with the Dragon Challenge - Gifts or Decorations
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge #196 - Anything Christmassy but a card
Pile It On Challenge #48 - P is for ..... PAPER

There are some really nice projects on Joyce's 
which started yesterday.
Why not check it out?  
I love the easy hershey kiss snowflake place card Joyce made.  
And the card on Betty's blog is beautiful.  Plus she includes a tutorial.


  1. Very nice (and you must make sure they enter our Childrens Christmas Craft Challenge which begins this coming weekend!) Thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl Ho Ho Ho Christmas Challenge, Mary x

  2. gorgeous, love the papers used. thanks for joining us at created with love challenges. good luck
    caroline dt

  3. Beautiful creation and so nice to see something different to a card. Thankyou for sharing with us at That Craft Place. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon.
    Hugss Amanda

  4. Fantastic cards and wonderful ornament! Thank you so much for sharing these with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,
    Rene :D

  5. Wow, Debi, these are gorgeous. Love the paper you used and the gold accents are gorgeous. Your origami wreath is beautiful - I like how you added those little ornaments on the bottom.

  6. What lucky boys to have such a wonderful Grandma! I think it's wonderful that you did so many creative things with them Debi, I bet they had the best time.
    I love the cards you made with the left over cut up paper, they are wonderful! The wreath looks great too, I can see why Matt wanted to make one so badly.

  7. Super cards. Thank you for joining in with our Christmas challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

  8. Gorgeous cards with great use of your leftovers. Thanks for joining us at TPC. Pat K x

  9. Aww Grandkids sound like so much fun! Beautiful Christmas wreath! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at Loves Rubber Stamps Challenges and look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations again soon. Have a beautiful week! Laura

  10. What great leftover cards - you should show them at Pixie's Snippets Playgroun -

    Thanks for playing a long at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

  11. Fantastic Wreath hun, I love the colours you have used here, just perfect really, Debi, thank you for sharing with us at Scribble and Scraps, best of luck xxx

  12. Gorgeous cards and the wreath is beautiful, thanks for joining in with us at a Gem of a challenge, Good Luck.
    Kevin xx

  13. Gorgeous cards and ornament
    Thanks for sharing with us at a gem of a challenge
    Hugs Kelly

  14. That wreath is awesome!Thanks for playing at crafting from the heart. We hope to see you next time. Good luck.

  15. Wow this wreath is great. I like the lots of paper you used.
    Thanks for joining us at Anonymous Stamps.
    xxx Michelle(DT)

  16. Beautiful creations. Sweet clean and simple cards. Thank you for joining us at CCC. Hugs, Joanna DT

  17. Thanks for showing your beautiful artworks for paperminutes.

  18. Your wreath is fab hun I love it,
    Thanks for joining us this week over at LEJ Designs challenge blog.
    Good Luck with the challenge
    Marie (DT for LEJ Designs)

  19. Very festive mood have these cards. Thank you for participating in the Creative Card Crew challenge. Hugs Adriana DT

  20. Beautiful. I love your card Thank you so much for joining us at crafting from the heart. Hope to see you next time hugs Sharon ( DT) x

  21. Beautiful wreath. Gorgeous, traditional colours and patterns.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  22. Love these. Thanks for joining us at CCC Merry Christmas xx Jan

  23. Wonderful projects. I love the cards you made from the leftovers. Thank you for joining us in the Challenge at the Parade Your Crafts Blog

  24. Brilliant designs for our Blog Hop at Holly Jolly. Thanks for joining in and good luck! Hugs x

  25. Beautiful creation you have made :-))
    Thank you for joining us at "Crafty my life", I hope to see you again and good luck :-))
    I wish you Happy New 2014 and very creative .-)
    Hugs, Andreja

  26. Great projects, so traditional and... ecological! Thank you for joining our challenge at Pile It On and I hope you will come back again.
    Anna xxx


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