Harry Potter Book Ornaments

I wanted to try something a little different while making some new ornaments for our Christmas tree.  This year I decided to try these Harry Potter book ornaments.  They were very easy to make and Hobby Lobby had the needed ornament ball. 
Instead of using a red ribbon like was done in the tutorial I went with a color coordinating ribbon.  Sadly all I had in my stash were the thin ribbons, but that's okay since these are for me.
Now I just need to get my tree up since I'm behind the eight ball on that one.  Tradition has always been my birthday or Thanksgiving and I missed both of them this year.  But I will get it done this weekend.  😊

Grinchy Mugs

From lights to cutting boards and now mugs.  Not sure what I'm going to do when I run out of fun things to put vinyl on.  Of course I'm saving for a good heat press, but until then....
I have a couple more fun mugs to share with you.  This time they're Christmas mugs.  I found this wonderfully fun Christmas Grinch Hand file over at Cuttable Designs and thought it would work great on these mugs.  Now this file was originally created to have a monogram in the center of the ornament but I wanted a solid bulb so I released the compound path and filled it in.
I love how the colors of the vinyl pop against the white mug.  Someone is sure to love these fun mugs.

And now I'm off to enter this card into the following challenge:
Hiding in my Craft Room - Any Holiday - Ends December 3rd

Ginger Cookies

Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card to share with you.  This one features one of the adorable gingers you'll find in the Baking Fun Gingers set from Marjorie Ann Designs.  These little guys are always so much fun to piece together and those cute little faces are sure to bring a smile to everyone.
I know it doesn't show up very well in the picture, but I decided to keep this card plain and simple by using a pre-embossed card blank.  Sometimes cards are just better that way and it keeps the design from getting lost with all the background fanfare.
The stamped sentiment is from the Gingerbread Christmas stamp set by Cardz TV Stamps.
And now I'm off to enter this card into the following challenge:
Hiding in my Craft Room - Any Holiday - Ends December 3rd

"Crimson Tide" Elephant Mugs

It's nice to finally be getting back into my craft room after being away for almost two weeks.  I've been out sick, on vacation and then yesterday celebrated my birthday and had the best one I've had in a while.  Not only was I surprised with a fabulous get together with my husband and children but I was also surprised with one of my children moving back home!  Talk about one happy momma - that was definitely me. 
Last night after work I sat down at my crafting table and started putting together some of the projects I've had planned for Christmas.  And today, I'm sharing with you my set of "Crimson Tide" Elephant Mugs.  I'm a big Alabama fan, right along with several of my in-laws.  (My husband and his sister are the only Auburn fans in the family.)  So with that being said when I saw this Elephant Alabama Cuttable Design from Apex Cuttables it was a definite must have.  This was so very easy to piece together and I LOVE the way that the design turned out on these white mugs. 
I used my go to Oracle 651 glossy vinyl for these mugs.  Not only is it a more "permanent" vinyl but it's more resistant to fading and can withstand the handwashing better than a generic type vinyl.  Now I just need to get some more brown vinyl so I can make some of the ones with the football design.  That's right there's several designs to chose from in this file.  Four total to be exact, and they're all cute as can be.
And on the flip side of my mug I just had to place the Alabama "A".  As for my mugs, well those came from the Dollar Tree.  Gotta love the deals you can get there. 
Now to go get some more of these cuties made....

Beaded Fairy

I made several of these Christmas fairies last year.  Only they were done in the traditional red and green colors.  These days I'm seeing quite a bit of blues, silvers, pinks and other soft/cooler colors as the norm for Christmas decorations.  So with that in mind I decided to make a few of these up in a teal and peak color.
I bought this kit years ago from Mary Maxim and now it's no longer available.  A company called The Beadery made this kit and still makes several others.  Over the years I've purchased several of their kits and have always loved how easily the ornaments were to put together.  Thank goodness I saved the patterns so that I'd have them for when I wanted to make more.
As for my beads, I buy them from a craft company called Bolek's Craft Supply.  They have great prices and fast shipping.  I've been buying supplies from them for 30 years now and have never been disappointed.

Feel Better Harvey

Perhaps it's because I am under the weather myself but today I have chosen to share a simple get well card with you.  This one is simple because I allowed the pre-made, embossed card blank to do all the background work for me.
For this card I used one of the adorable hippos from the Harvey Under the Weather file by Marjorie Ann Designs.  There are six different 'poses' to choose from in this file but I decided on the one with the soup since I've already had chicken noodle soup from Chic-fil-A twice this week.  When I'm not feeling well there is nothing better than their chicken noodle soup.
It doesn't show up all that well in picture but I embossed the steam coming off the soup with my swirls embossing folder.  I then lightly brushed some blue ink across the embossing to help the steam stand out somewhat.
The stamped sentiment is from the stamp set Tissue Time by Craftin Desert Divas.

Bulbasaur Mugs

Today's project was inspired by a posting I saw in one of my crafting groups.  One of the crafty divas in the group has posted a picture of some coffee mugs she altered to look like various Pokémon characters.  And since some of my boys, my husband and a couple of friends play Pokémon I thought I'd try my hand at making some as well.  But first I had to find colored mugs.
My first trip to the store found me a couple of green mugs, so I decided to start my collection off with a couple of Bulbasaur mugs.  Bulbasaur, I have learned, is a grass/poison Pokémon who is part of the seed species and that the "growth" on his back is actually a seed.
After doing a google search, I found the image I wanted to use for his face.  I opened the picture in my Silhouette software, selected the image, inverted the colors and then did a trace.  Then using my Oracle 651 from The Vinyl Spectrum vinyl I cut and layered the pieces on the mug.
I'm really pleased with how simple this one was to create and hope that I'm able to find other colored mugs so I can have a couple different sets.  And so the search begins.