Thursday, December 6, 2012

how is it nearly CHRISTMAS?!

For reals- how is it this close to Christmas, THIS FREAKING SOON?!

How fast does time fly, these days?  It seems like it was just two days ago that I was trying to decide what I wanted to be for Halloween. 

I'm here to share a Christmas project with you classy people.  Yeahp.  I made a lovely piece just exploding with Christmas spirit.  Unlike me.  I'm not full of the Christmas spirit, yet.  But I will be tomorrow evening, when I stop by the liquor store after work.

So what did I make?  A banner.  Well, not really- it doesn't hang.  But it is banneresque.  It's made to sit on a mantle.  Or a bookshelf.  Or whatever surface is available. 


There is a TON of hot DIE action going on up there- can you spot them all?

I was playing around with Mr. Holtz's 'Vintage Cabinet Card' die (trying to make a cute card) when I noticed it standing up and thought I'M MAKE A BANNER!  Because, that's the thought that seems to be running rampant through every crafter's mind right now-  "Ooooh lookit!  I'MA MAKE-A BANNER!"

But again, this doesn't hang.  So we'll call it a SITTING BANNER.  Catchy, huh?


There's a close-up of the middle/word part.  Again- can you spot all the dies?   The only bits not done with a die are the letters.  I used the Cricut Expression 2 to cut the letters.  And how fun is Mr. Holtz's PINECONE die?!  It took me three attempts to get the pinecone to look right.  Then I gave in and watched his so-so-helpful video.  Yes, I break many male stereotypes but I still put up a helluva fight when it comes to asking for directions.  And boy are my arms tired.  I'll be here all week, folks!


I am obsessed with making these pinecones.  And: Since you can also use the pinecone die to make flowers- well, how is that for something being worth its money?  Another die worth its money?  The Festive Greenery strip die.  I love cutting a few different colored strips of paper and arranging and rearranging all the bits.  So fun.  So adaptable. 

And here's the parting shot: a close up of the end-pieces.  Why?  Because I love that reindeer die.  They look so...classy.  Have you notice how much I love that word?  Classy.... it just sounds...fun.  And classy.



What's everyone else up to, in the Christmas craft department?  An advent calendar or banner?!  You don't say! 

-kory

19 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Kory!! You need to enter it over at the Inspiration Emporium challenge, if you haven't already.

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    1. Awww! Thank you! I entered it! Thanks for letting me know- I love linking to those things with the linky-thingy. So much fun!

      and thanks again!

      -k

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  2. Kory this is very good banner you made... Really like the deers. I should try and make this for a gift for my mom or make it for gift.

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    1. Yes! Make one and then show me what you made! Let me know if you need any tips! :)

      -k

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    2. Ok will try it may not be like yours I have the Silhouette Cameo. I was thinking of cut out my mom name for the middle part. Maybe on the end print out small 3x3 pictures of her. Maybe put some butterflies and some flowers around her name. Let me know what you think of my idea if you see this? My question are what size is it for each banner and how did you make it stand up without falling over? If you want you can sent me an email to justiestil007@gmail.com

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  3. These are fa bu lous! Tim would be proud! xoxo, Madge

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm feelin' so popular with comments from stars like Miz Shelly AND Miz Madge! :-O

      -kory

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  4. My goodness Kory, I am in Love...yes, with a big L. I absolutely love that. You are the king. Wow.

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  5. 1. Kory, you need to post a YouTube video showing how to do this! How will it differ from Mr. Holtz's? Yours will have wine-induced commentary and something flair that makes it quintessentially, classy Kory.

    2. As for gearing up in the Christmas craft department? I've THOUGHT about making clay ornaments with co-workers. I've PONDERED making beaded wine charms for my ex-boyfriend. I've IMAGINED making a Christmas card for my City Manager/ultimate boss. And I've CONSUMED 14 glasses of wine over the last 10 days as I did so.

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  6. Love your blog, always good for a chuckle...I agree with Melissa, please do a wine-induced YouTube of this...and when you find a pause button to press so I can catch up with myself before Christmas please let me know cos time here in South Africa is flying just as fast!

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  7. OMG, this is fabulous !! I see Tim's dies Reindeer, flourish, snowflakes, pine cone, festive leaves, cabinet die... um ...styled labels... ok ( that was fun) don't know the others ! Love it!

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  8. This is beautiful, Kory. I want to make one of my very own. :)

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  9. so so cool!!! love every stinkin' detail!! thank you for playing along!!!

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  10. Classic, lovely, timeless! Well done!

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  11. Classy, classy, classy. Damn you're good! Sitting down banners - yes, I think so!

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  12. Hey, Now I'm the only one who hasn't made a banner....not even a sitting up one....maybe I'll tape my cards together (made with that classy deer set, of course)...You did a great job! It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I enjoy your blog- artistic talent...and humor, in one place!

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  13. this is wonderful - I love the reindeer!

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  14. I think you should be putting this one in a box and mailing it off to me, seeing as how my name is Joy and all.

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