Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sweet Centers Reindeer Tutorial

I bet you thought I forgot that this was the day I promised my Sweet Centers reindeer tutorial.  Well, the day almost got away from me, but I was able to squeeze in the tutorial.  The above card was made with all Stampin' Up products, except the candy, of course.  Follow along and I'll show you how I made this little guy.

Above are the basic elements of the reindeer, although I will be adding a few shapes as we go on to embellish.  You will need the following:

* 1 large oval in Creamy Caramel (I cut mine by hand and then sanded the edges), make sure it is no bigger than a standard A2 card base.
* 3 Large oval punched in Creamy Caramel  (cut one oval in half to make the eyelids).
*2 Small oval punched in Whisper White
*2 1-inch circle punched in Chocolate Chip

Punch a hole towards the botton of the wide end of your largest oval.  Place this shape over your card base and mark the center of the 1-3/4-inch circle with a pencil.  This will give you a center for punching.

Again, using the 1-3/4-inch punch, punch a hole in the card base, using your pencil mark to guide you.  Put base aside for later.

Sponge the edges of all the Creamy Caramel shapes with Creamy Caramel ink.  Sponge the cheek area of the large oval and the inside of the punched oval shapes (the ears) with Pixie Pink ink.  I use binder clips to hold my sponges.  This helps me keep my fingers less inky.  I have each clip labled with the color, so I don't accidentally use black for brown, etc.

You will need the following additional shapes:
4 Word Window punched in Chocolate Chip
1 2-inch circle in Whisper White
1 Scalloped Circle in Chocolate Chip.

Now to the fun part, adding the features to your reindeer!!!

Place your Sweet Treats cup in through both the hole in the card base and face of your reindeer.  I used glue dots to secure the cup to the card base while I put everything together.  The face is not adhered to the card yet. 

Using a Chocolate Chip marker, make a line as above.  On the eyes, use a white gel pen to add a line and two dots, as above.

Score a line down the center of each ear shape and fold and half gently.

Cut two of your Chocolate Chip Word Window pieces in half and adhere them to the two long Word Window pieces as above to make the antlers.  Adhere the antlers and ears to the head, as shown above.

Adhere the chocolate chip circles to the Whisper White ovals and then add the Creamy Caramel eyelids.  Adhere to reindeer face.

Adhere the scalloped circle to the face and trim to the shape of the oval.  Adhere head to base of card.

Fill the Sweet Centers cup with red candies or red buttons, etc.  Remove strip from adhesive on cup and add the 2-inch Whisper White circle.  I added a little "pull" with the Slot punch.

You are done!  Add embellishments as you wish.

P.S.  I added a little smile and eyelashes to my reindeer, as my daughter said he looked sad before.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 

Til next time,

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What Fun We Had

Well, my first craft fair is officially over, and what fun it was.  I honestly think that crafters are the most wonderful people in the world (I really mean that!).  It was an exhausting and wonderful experience.  See below the Smilebox I put together of pictures taken at the fair.  I hope everyone that attended had as much fun as we did and thank you Hope, Gayle, Joyce, Nicole, Kay, Victoria, Kris and Thea for being as wonderful as you are.  You made it so much fun!!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Today Begins the Cottage Holiday Craft Fair

Smiley from  As you know, I've been working nonstop on projects for the Cottage Holiday Craft Fair here in Castro Valley.  Well, all my creations have been made, priced and set-up and now its time to SELL!!! 

I'll be working the fair this afternoon and then all day tomorrow, so if you're in the S.F. bay area, please stop by.  We have several local artists participating.  There's cider and goodies to sample and lots of crafts to buy. You literally could get all your Christmas shopping done in one place.  We also have raffles throughout the day and even a stamping area for the kids.

I hope to have pictures to share on Monday, and then its back to regular posting.  I have a fun reindeer card tutorial coming up on Wednesday, so be sure to check back.

Til next time,

Saturday, October 10, 2009

HEADLINE: Crafter Buried By Supplies

I have been buried in projects for an upcoming craft fair and haven't done anything other than work and create for over a week.  I'm finding that I'm not very talented at mass production. Free Smiley Courtesy of Anyhoo, I hope you all can make it to the fair.  We have some very talented crafts folk involved, so it should be fun.

Here's the info:

When:  October 24 and 25

Where:  19228 Almond Road, Castro Valley, CA

Time:  10-5

Activities:  Snacks, children's stamping table, adult make and take, raffle prizes.

What to buy:  Papercrafts, food gifts, ceramics, jewelry, ornaments, wall art and much more.

Be sure to come by and say Free Smiley Courtesy of

Until next time, or until I finish all these projects,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cake Class

I haven't posted much in the way of papercrafts this week, as I have been trying to finish up a cake class through Wilton.  I spent many an hour this week creating gum paste decorations and baking cake and so forth.  Well, the effort really paid off on Tuesday, when my cake all came together.  It was such a fun and yet exhausting experience learning about buttercream, royal icing, fondant, and my favorite medium, gum paste.  Although, I don't think Duff on Ace of Cakes should have any worries regarding my starting my own cake decorating business, I feel I have aquired skills that will carry over into other aspects of my creativity.  Cake decorating class also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone a little, which is always a good thing.  Now to work off all the cakes I've been sampling these past few months!

Til next time,