Sunday, January 3, 2021

Wow, It's Been A Long Time! Happy New Year!!!

Gosh, I can't believe it has been since mid Oct since I posted! I have been busy creating, creating Christmas gifts. So I kept very busy. Didn't feel like so much time had passed though, I guess time flies when you are having a good time. lol 

Anyway I'm here to share the gifts that I have made for Christmas this year. So it will be pic heavy. First off are coasters I made with infusible ink from Cricut. They came out pretty good so I was pleased. They were well received thankfully.

Next  up are faux cigar boxes I made into stationary boxes. I made three, have one left to make. Will save that one for a birthday gift or something. They are all decorated differently outside. The insides are the same, just decorated to match the outside. A dozen cards, a pen, a date folio, tags-large and small, and envelopes are what is inside each one. These took me a long time to complete. 

These are shirts and a sweatshirt I made. The shirts are foil iron on-silver on the gray and gold on the navy shirt, the sweatshirt I used flocking iron on-it's nice and fuzzy feeling. Love how they turned out. 

Next up is a blanket I used gray infusible ink on from Cricut. You can see the lines of where my heat press was, but that will go away. They weren't as noticeable with the naked eye. Thought this came out cute too. This was given with the Faith shirt and sweatshirt. 

I also made some signs from wooden plaques. Here are a couple of them. I used Dollar Tree florals to decorate them. I used white chalk paint to paint the inside of the frame, and a gel paint to "stain" the outside of the frame. Some vinyl and that is it. I loved how these came out as well. 

I also did some picture frames with vinyl and chalk paint. Forgot to get any photos of them though. I intend to make more, so hopefully I won't forget to take a photo once done! I think that is it. When looking at it on this post, doesn't look like I did to much, but sure felt like I did! lol 

So these are things that kept me from posting, visiting and commenting. I hope to get back on track with all that here now that the holidays are over. As always I'm so appreciative of you all and know how blessed I am to have you all in my blogging, email, mailing life! I also appreciate you taking time to stop in and visit with me here. Again, I know blessed I am! I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and that your New Year is off to a great start!!!

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Cricut Explore Air - I won this and a whole lot more just before Christmas from Mama Dares to DIY! Blessed!!!!

Print and Cut on the Explore Air and I printed off some of the papers I used on the faux cigar boxes with my large format printer, so 12 x 12 papers. 

Cricut Heat Press - Won this too!

Cricut Vinyl, Iron On

Dollar Tree florals

Shirts, sweatshirt, picture frames, blanket and sign frames are from Amazon

Faux cigar boxes from Maymay Made It but saw them at Michaels. They are from Darice and WalMart carries them online as well


Jules said...

Hi Brenda

Happy New Year to you .. .. .. I am hoping this year is going to be kinder to us all than the last one was!

Hopefully your Christmas was a good too.

I am really impressed by all of your projects .. .. they are all so beautiful. You come up with some fabulous ideas!

Take care and stay safe.

Love Jules xx

Liz said...

Oh WOW Brenda, you HAVE been busy. What wonderful gifts you have created! I’m sure they were appreciated by the recipients. I especially love the coasters, really lovely designs. Happy New Year and wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2021. xx

Bonnie said...

Wonderful projects, Brenda! I'm sure all these gifts were well received! I especially love the cigar boxes! What a wonderful way to present some cards!

Nstiz said...

WOW! These are so impressive. I cannot imagine doing anything like this! I have no idea what fusible ink is but it sure looks fantastic. Thanks for posting these awesome projects!

Karen Young said...

You certainly were busy!!! I feel like I was too, but my list of completed projects doesn't seem as long. Sad...

I Card Everyone said...

Brenda!! You have been as busy as any of Santa's elves! Each of your projects is so wonderful! I especially love the graphic tees, and the stationery boxes!
I'm so very happy to know that you have enjoyed your Christmas time - leave it to you to make sure all your friends and family had a gift from your heart!
Happy New Year, my friend! xx

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, what a fantastic group of gifts and no wonder you have been missing. I bet all your gifts were happily received, they are great. Congratulations on your win, those are nice prizes. Thank you for the lovely card you sent but I don't know how you had time with everything else going on.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WELL! your post has certainly been worth the wait, wonderful and beautiful work too Brenda, I've not done anything with infusible ink yet, I'm not sure that I even have the correct printer! Your stationery boxes are beautiful, I suspect well received too. Your cards are gorgeous and the T-shirts are just Super. Another great idea from you is the blanket, so cosy, then to finish it all off, your signs, just beautiful. Congratulations on work beautifully presented.
Keep safe
Faith x

Darnell said...

My dear you have been so incredibly productive and creative this past year with your designs for your Christmas gifts! You have so many very lucky family and friends who benefited from your talent and productivity! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration! I wish you all the best in the new year! Keep safe and well! Hugs, Auntie!

Sue - said...

Wow Brenda you certainly were busy before Christmas. Hope you had a good time over the holiday . Ours was very quiet with the restrictions that were in place, now they’re even stricter! Stay safe and well.xx

Carol L said...

Welcome to the new year and welcome back to blogging too! I'm floored with all of the gorgeous things you made for Christmas, and happy that you've been keeping busy with wonderful hand-made projects! The coasters are awesome and the shirts are one-of-a-kind beauties! I love the cigar boxes with the hand-made cards in them - what a useful and beautiful gift! The frames are all wonderful too and you've kept the true meaning of Christmas front and center with each item you lovingly made with your hands. The box with the "beware of rooster" brought back memories for me. We used to live next to a farm where the rooster roamed freely and often jumped over the fence into our yard. He was nasty, and scared my 4 year old son silly every time he'd start crowing when the sun came up. He spurred me a couple times when my back was turned too! Ole "weaver" was one dirty bird for sure! I guess every rooster should come with a beware sign LOL
Thanks for the memories, thanks for sharing and here's wishing you everything good in the coming year! Hugs!

Irish Cherokee said...

Whew! You certainly have been busy. That is some variety of craftiness you possess. All of the items are exquisite. I can see why you were occupied for so long. All of your items took time to complete. Excellent.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

Marilyn said...

Girl, You have been busy crafting! Love your projects. I especially love those buffalo check coasters! happy New Year!
Have a great day!

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh my goodness Brenda you were busy - love all these stunning projects, especially the shirts. those cigar stationery boxes are amazing!
Stay safe

Loll said...

Happy New Year Brenda! WOW! You have been really busy ... those look like they would have taken a long time. Great work on all the different gifts that you made. They are all so amazing! Evenyone that received one of your handmade gifts must feel very special! xx

Inkyfingers said...

Wow wow wow, Brenda! You have been amazingly productive and have produced some awesome gifts. I'm sure the lucky recipients were thrilled to receive your heartfelt goodies. And you won the machines that you made these beauties on??? I can't think of anyone else who would be able to produce this quality of work on new machines! I got my scan n cut a year ago now and I still mainly just scratch my head when I look at it lol! This is the year I will get to grips with it - let's face it, I have little excuse when we are locked down at home.
Hope you are keeping well.
Stay safe.
Carol x

Mac Mable said...

Wow are so creative Brenda and what thoughtful and unique gifts x. The stationery boxes are extra special and no wonder they took awhile to create x. You clearly made these gifts with love and no wonder they were well received. Sending New Year hugs x.