Saturday, December 19, 2009

Just Us Girls Challenge #12...and more My Time Made Easy

Happy Saturday everyone!!  It's so hard to believe I only have 6 more days until Christmas!  UGH.  I left this weekend open to finish up my shopping and to send what are sure to be belated Christmas gifts to my family in Michigan...BUT as luck would have it, we are expecting 15-24 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow!  Keep in mind I'm in Northern Virginia and we didn't have ANY snow this morning...We're already working on about four inches as I type (I think).  So, I suspect I'll be snowed in all day tomorrow which is kind of a mixed blessing.  I love "snow days" where we just relax and enjoy spending time together, BUT...that pesky shopping is weighing on my mind!  ;]  Anywho...enough about my woes :)


Today marks week #12 over at Just Us Girls!!  Hard to believe we are finishing up our third month already.  Seems like just yesterday we decided to branch off on our own and start this new challenge blog.  We are so THRILLED that you all seem to enjoy our variety of challenges and on the flip side, we LOVE seeing your gorgeous creations each week!!  Soooo, why not keep up the eye candy and play along with our awesome color challenge this week?!  Tracey is our host and selected this STUNNING palette:

I decided to use one of Lauren's new templates being offered through her store, My Time Made Easy ™ LLC instead of making a card.  I chose the Holiday Sled© template and made it into a gate to hold my wreath! 

I cut my gate from kraft paper and smeared Tim Holtz' Vintage Photo Distress Ink using the edge of the ink pad.  To create my bolts and the handle for my gate, I ran black cs through my paper crimper in two directions to give a wrought iron look.  I punched the handle using the SU! Round Tab Punch and trimmed a vertical section from the middle.  I adhered the two pieces side by side on a smaller piece of cs and rolled it around the fat end of a stipple brush to make it "pop up".  I attached it using small black brads and two tiny pieces of Scor Tape.  Looking back at this project, I have to say I'm most proud of this silly handle :O)  LOL 

I used a pipe cleaner to shape my circle for the wreath and tied bits of PTI New Leaf satin ribbon around it.  I added some "berries" using red, wire, craft stamens, added a big, red polka dot bow with jingle bells and hooked it over my gate.  If you're wondering where I incorporated "raspberry" into my project, welll.....do you see that little bird nestled in the center of my wreath?  You guessed it!  It's stamped in raspberry ink :O)

On the back I did use the sled rails but I trimmed the curved edges off so that I could use my gate as a wall hanging also.  I love the vintage look of this...like an old gate with a fresh wreath on it.  I think I'll display it with my holiday decorations this year ;]

Well...that's all I have to share today!  I'll be back in a day or two with my Cutesy Cover© project that coordinates with my In A Pinch© project from yesterday :O) 

Please be sure to stop by the rest of the girls' blogs and leave some love!  They're sure to inspire you with their amazing projects!!  All of their links are in my left sidebar <-------

If you play along be sure to link your post over at JUGS using Mr. Linky and use keyword JUGS12 if you upload to any online galleries!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a wonderful, safe, relaxing weekend :]

25 comments:

Laura.K said...

Wow. That's just gorgeous. So many delicate details. I love it.

LeAnne said...

You should be proud of EVERYTHING on this awesome creation--the wreath alone is stunning! VERY cool "hardware" you created....just genius! I am hoping today to check out Lauren's stuff since it was so busy yesterday! Congrats & good luck!

Our Little Inspirations said...

I just LOVE this ribbon wreath!! It's awesome!! The handle is very creative, and the whole project is amazing! I should have plenty of time to play along with you today, because the snow you're getting is heading to PA where it's already snowing sideways here:)

Lauren (mytime) said...

THUD!!!!!!! That is beyond amazing. Im in awe. It is the perfect size and look so real! LOVE it. I can't get over that handle! WOW-speechless

Lisa Kind said...

OMGosh! Only you could take a sled and turn it into a gate! This is fabulous and so out-of-the-box creative! Love it, Kristin!

Dana Gustafson said...

Ummm, helloooooo GORGEOUS! Will you just LOOK at that sled gone gate?!!? Kristin you are on serious fire right now and I am so enjoying everything you have made. I also can't wait to get my hands on some of that gorgeous snowflake paper you made for Lauren. So glad for you!

Stampin' Pam said...

WOWWWWWWW this is stunning and SO creative Kristin - the sled/gate is fantastic and the handle - well you SHOULD be proud - it's very well put together. You are amazing GF as usual.

Katie Cotton said...

adorable! I love it!!!!

MarieL said...

Absolutely sweet. Great job altering the sled.

Silke Ledlow said...

AWWWW - Kristin - this is BEAUTIFUL AND SOOOO CUTE!!! I love it!!!

Happy Holidays!!! Hugs ~S~

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Kristin, you are so amazingly creative! I am just blown away with your take on the MTME Sled template! The ribbon wreath is gorgeous! You did such an awesome job with this week's color challenge-I am sure Tracey will be proud!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

oh my, I did not know you where in VA, how cool...I always follow VA blogs and bookmark them in my favorites...so you are now in.

I am 30 miles west of Charlottesville...I have met another gal that lives within 2 hours...I want to plan a retreat or play date with VA stampers.....would you be willing to help me, I have never done that before?

Under my profile on my blog, there is a place you can PM me from SCS, I will give you my email if you do that.....I hope to chat soon.


have a great snowy weekend, be safe and stay warm!

enjoy *~*

Tammy Hershberger said...

Kristin, this is very, VERY adorable!!! What a sweet idea, and that little wreath is fabulous!

Alicia said...

Kristin, this is so cute! Love how you made the ribbon wreath! This sled is too cute!

Sue Lelli said...

OMG! That gate is just so creative! And your hinge is AMAZING! You should be so proud of it! I LOVE that you made something out of the norm. Just FAB!

Mary J said...

Really great project Kristin! I love everything about it!!!!

Catherine Doucette said...

WOWZA! This is just stunning...now I may have to go and try this template :0)

Courtney Baker said...

Very cute! Love this!

Kathryn B said...

I love your sleigh Kristen! It's stunning! I must have it myself! Congrats on your new venture!

Maria Levine said...

Fabulous job with the challenge and the template!!!

Karen said...

Love that you turned Lauren's sled into a door! The hinges and handle are perfect and that ribbon wreath is just delightful!! Hope you weren't totally snowed in....looks like you'll be having a white Christmas! :>

Davi said...

Wow I think that this is pretty fabulous Kristin!! So creative... the handle etc. and that wreath is just tooo fun!!!

dpkennedy said...

I would be proud of this too! This is awesome! Your attention to detail and creativity is amazing! Oh, I think I need to try and make one of these! How cute to hang these (and some sleds) from gift packages and then use as ornaments?! Kristin, this has just totally blown me away! I LOVE IT!!!

Laurel said...

Wow. This is awesome. How creative. I love how you distressed the edge and made bolts and handle out of black cardstock. Who would have thought??? Don't look at the one I made. It is awful in comparison to this masterpiece! :)

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