Friday, November 30, 2012

Children's Ornament Series, Part Three - Scalloped Christmas Tree

Welcome back to Part Three of my Children's Christmas Ornament Series.  Today's ornament is this adorable scalloped  Christmas Tree.

This ornament was created with many Stampin Up products including; the retired Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die and the Secentsational Season Framelits featured in the Holiday Mini.  These were used to cut out the fun foam shapes.  The white scallop is cut out of the thicker 3/8" foam that they sell at Hobby Lobby.  To finish the ornament off, I also used Cherry Cobbler Twine, Rhinestones that I colored with a red sharpie marker and Gumball Green Stitched Ribbon.  


If you have missed Part One or Part Two of this series please come check out the Poinsettia and Snowflake ornaments.  If you don't have these supplies at home, this will also be available in kits.  Please visit my Etsy store, Melanie Makes for details.

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Children's Ornaments Series, Part Two - Sparkly Snowflake

Welcome back for Part Two of my Children's Ornament series.  If you missed my post from yesterday with the Poinsettia Ornament, come check it out here.  Today's ornament is just as easy to assemble and another wonderful ornament craft to do with your children.

This Sparkly Snowflake was made with two Stampin Up Snowflake dies.  One is a retired die Snowflake #2 and the other is in this year's Holiday Mini Catalog, Snow Flurry die.  I used layers of white fun foam alternated with glitter paper.  These layers are held together with a rhinestone brad. 

This ornament is also available in an ornament kit, please come check out my Etsy store, Melanie Makes.  This would make a great gift, stocking stuffer or activity for a play date.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Children's Ornament Series, Part One - Poinsettia Ornament

If your like me, you are always looking for cute crafts to do with your kids.  With the holidays coming and kids home from school, this Poinsettia Ornament fits the bill. 

In looking at Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die, I noticed the the middle sized flower looked very much like a poinsettia flower.

With this inspiration, I decided that I could make it into a really cute ornament.  To make it kid friendly, I used red and green fun foam.  For the center, I used a EK Success Flower Punch and a yellow rhinestone.  

I am offering kits of this ornament and well as several others, come check them out at my Etsy Store, Melanie Makes.  This would make a great gift, stocking stuffer or activity for a play date.

Thanks for stopping in and as always happy crafting,


Monday, November 5, 2012

Simply Thankful

Here are some fun simple thank-you notes that I made up recently to thank my friends for a wonderful birthday dinner.

I used some new stamps sets that I just received from Stampin Up.  The flowers are from a set called Summer Sillouettes and the sentiment is a set called Friendly Phrases.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Super Simple Sailor Costum

With having a new baby a little over a month ago, I knew the kids costumes were going to have to be easy.  No major sewing for me this year.

While vacationing near Willimington, NC, we visited the Battleship North Carolina.  At the gift shop Grammie bought the boys sailor hats.  They both really liked them, so that got me thinking about Halloween.

All we would need is a pair of navy blue pants (staple in any boy's closet) and a plain navy blue shirt.  We had a reversible belt with white on one side, so all we needed was the sailor collar.

I found this Sailor Collar Pattern online and used it for my template.  I also had some white flannel on hand to sew the collar out of, but you could use almost any fabric.  I was thinking of putting ribbon around it to finish it off, but I discovered that my sewing machine had some fancy stitches that would work nicely.  I used that stitch and sewed around the collar.

Fancy Stitches on Sewing Machine

Sailor Collar Stitching

 Here is the final product:

I love the way this turned out, so I thought I would share with my fellow crafting friends.  I hope everyone had a safe Halloween.