Saturday, December 26, 2009

Just Us Girls Challenge #13

Merry Christmas everyone!  I know, yesterday was the big day, but we type these posts in advance so as I sit here typing, it IS Christmas.  A nice, relaxing evening with my family...tummy full of ham and pie, and watching Christmas movies.  I love the holidays spent in peace

So, today my daughter and husband made my Christmas very special.  My daughter bought me a scarf I have been wanting and some expensive VS perfume that I've been eyeballing for a YEAR, with her own money!  I cannot believe she spent that much on me!  She is so generous...such a sweet girl :]

My husband bought me the one big thing I really wanted - a sewing machine!!  YAY!  No more hours of hand stitching...that's for the birds!  Now I just have to figure out how to use this thing ;o)  LOL  Wish me luck!!  I'm sure I'll be googling tutorials.

I'm excited to announce that Just Us Girls decided NOT to forego a challenge over the Christmas holiday!  We did this primarily because this is one of those holidays that a lot of people find some relaxing craft time away from work!  So, we went forward with the 3-D/Template challenge.  This week is extra special, not only because sweet Dana is hosting but also because we have our first sponsor, Kelleigh Ratzlaff!  We all used one of her templates from the Digi Chick for the challenge.  They are so much fun!  BIG thanks to Dana for making the arrangments and Kelleigh for her generosity!!  Our challenge to you is to use one of Kelleigh's templates, another company's templates, or create one of your own.  An optional twist is to use the color blue!

You'll see that I kind of forgot about the blue part until after I finished my project :|  Whoops!  Sorry Dana :[  I chose Kelleigh's Hexagon Box for my project and created a Santa!  He's holding lots of my favorite treat - Reese's Peanut Butter cups!  YUMMM.

For the middle layer I printed the large box at 85% the regular size.  I printed it onto some MTME Pretty Printables paper that I designed.  I thought the red/gray Throw Me A Line paper would be perfect for his "pants" and the red That Hit the Spot paper would be fab as his shirt!  I was so happy with the end result!  It turned out just as I had imagined :O)

I drew an arm and mitten on cs, cut them out and just held them on felt and trimmed around them twice to get both arms/hands.  I glued the mittens to the arms with Zip Dry and glued some Bernat Lu Lu yarn around the wrist.  I did the same for the hat :]  Isn't it cute?! 

The beard is actually a section of chenille stems from Michaels.  I trimmed one and glued the chenille using Zip Dry.  Added a red, felt nose, some googly eyes and pink cheeks, and my "head" was done!  After I added the belt, buttons and arms to the middle and bottom layers, I was finished with those!  So super easy :O)

We certainly hope you can play along this week!  Kelleigh is offering some goodies over at sure to check it out and add a link to your project using Mr. Linky to be in the running!  You will also be in the running for our next Chic of the Week also!!  If you upload to any online galleries, please use keyword JUGS13 so that we can see your creations in one place!

Don't forget to stop by the team members' blogs for some awesome eye candy!  Seriously, you won't believe what these ladies came up with this week!  SUPER inspirational!!  Kelleigh is a guest designer this week so please stop by her blog and give her some love also :)

I hope that you and yours had a relaxing, warm, peaceful Christmas with those you love.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Holidays!  Be safe ♥


Mona L. Pendleton said...

Oh my gosh Kristin! This set of stacked template boxes have sooo much personality!!! I love your patterned paper & that buckle makes for a perfect polished project :)

Lisa Kind said...

Kritin, Kristin, Kristin! Where does your creativity end? This is FABULOUS!! I actually have a snowman made this way (only it was a purchased one, not handmade)! Love your use of the GREAT paper you created and all the details that went into this design! Amazing!

Great news about the sewing machine! I actually bought one a while ago (just for crafting...I have another expensive one that sits in the closet!) that I haven't even taken out of the box! Can't wait to see what you create with yours!

Stampin' Pam said...

Kristin!!!!!!!! OMGosh girly - I LOVE your santa - reducing the large box down was a very clever way to get that third sized box and the papers are FABULOUS - I must say a VERY talented designer cooked those up and they are wonderful *grin* Hexagon boxes was a popular choice for templates eh? BUT I can't get over your Santa - I have to save this idea for next year since I have the hex template also. All the little details down to the belt buckle, arms and mittens, beard and shirt cuffs - JUST over the moon perfection. Glad to hear that you had a lovely Christmas and got a SEWING machine! WOW you are so good with the hand stitching can't wait to see what you come up with with the machine now! Don't know what kind of machine you have but Gina K has several great tutorials on StampTV for the Janome sewing machine. Have a great weekend. My time is rapidly coming to and end here :-( so I'm taking advantage of EVERY moment with my girls and future SIL and DH.

HUGS to ya - I'll be in touch soon.

Jen Johnson said...

Too cute! I love the santa!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Such a cute Santa, Kristin! I love it! And I actually have a Kelleigh template, so maybe I'll actually play along??? Ya' think? It could happen!

Congrats on the sewing machine! Can't wait to see your new speedily-stitched cards!

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

This is adorable!!! I've totally seen these in stores, too. I think you might be the first person who has created a Santa with MY templates!! YAY! This is very exciting for me!!

Maria Levine said...

This is totally amazing!!!! Your santa is too adorable!!! Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas!

Mary J said...

Hey Kristin! Sounds like you had a fab Xmas! We had a lovely quiet time too at my parents, but I woke up with a bad cold and managed to keep up the Xmas cheer to the late afternoon, then went home to sleep the rest of Xmas off! Ho hum, at least I got to open up my pressies! Sounds like a fun challnege - I'm going to really try to complete it in time! xxx

Silke Ledlow said...

Happy Holidays Kristin!!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful must have been a very good girl this year...he,he,he!!! How sweet that your daughter bought the gift with her own money...I know it makes it extra special :)!!!

Your gift box idea is FABULOUS and totally cute!!! Love how you presented too!!!

Enjoy your new sewing machine!!! Hugs ~S~

Lauren (mytime) said...

Scratching my head as to WHY you only have 9 comments! This is the best! Im just in love. It couldn't have turned out more perfect! Love the paper too :D You can tell how much time and thought goes into ALL your projects!
Or send it to me?

Lauren (mytime) said...

Oh forgot to mention hwo crazy fabulous those arms and face came out! LOVE IT!

Dana Gustafson said...

Kristin, Kristin, Kristin! Oh how you knock my socks off every time!! This is SO cute and can easily become a part of your holiday decor collection when you are done with the treats inside! I love it! You put so much heart into your projects and it shows. Great use of your fab new digi papers too!

And the sewing machine news is so wonderful! Have fun with that! Although, I hope you pull out the hand stitching once in a while for old times sake...I just love your precise little stitches!

Katie Cotton said...

well this is just adorable!

Karen said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe that you were able to see a Santa from a hexagonal box!! Your Santa is just too stinkin' adorable and I just love how you used the papers that you designed for MTME on him....they work perfectly!! Wonderful!! :>

dpkennedy said...

This is so cute! You are so clever!!

Davi said...

Kristin, thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouraging works. :) Your santa boxes are way creative. I love his beard and his belt so fun!! Have Happy Happy and Blessed New Year!!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, this is toooo cute! And so clever ... love it!

Andrea M said...

It's a bit late but Merry Christmas! Holy cow, your daughter is SOOOO sweet!
Happy new year! Wishing you and your family happiness and success in 2010 - hope it's the best one yet! I'm so sad I haven't been able to participate in the challenges but am having a wonderful time with family! Your project is stunning! Looking forward to the upcoming challenge :)

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