Friday, December 16, 2011

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying the hop.  You should have come from Charlotte's blog.  Doesn't she do great work?  She lives really close to where I live but I have never gotten to meet her.  Maybe someday we can meet for lunch or something.

I am so excited about Christmas.  There has been lots of fun and excitement at the Rogers' house. First and most importantly is Roscoe (the swap eating dog) got a bath!!  Dad had to give it since mom had to go to work and make doggy biscuit money, tee hee.  Isn't that so sad I didn't get to help.  We have my dad, my sister and niece and nephews coming over on December 23 then DH's kids coming over on Christmas Eve.  Christmas Day is going to be spent with just DH and I celebrating the birth of our Lord together.  Roscoe will be there too.

The house is mostly finished decorating except for some things on the walls.  I usually hang a ribbon around the walls of the living room and dining room.  Then I put all the cards I have received this year and the special ones that I have received in years past.  My BFF Patrice has a number of cards up on the Wall of Christmas Fame.The two she sent me this year are no exception to the rule.  They are just great.  She is so talented!

This blog hop is about winter holiday or winter decorations for the house.  I am still very much in the mood to do Christmas stuff.  I usually am still in the mood to make decorations and presents through the end of January.  Since I need more decorations this year I decided to make a Christmas banner that says NOEL.  I made the letters out of the Red Glimmer paper.  You can also change it up and have a celebration for your friend LEON or use it for your child's first birthday (ONE).  Stampin' Up! came to the rescue with all I wanted to use to make everything great.

This is a picture of my banner that is above my Santa Claus table in the front entrance hallway.  Notice the Santa right in front of the antique thread spool on the right of the Santa holding the Christmas cards?  Roscoe has adopted that one this year.  He has taken it down 4 times.  Twice I found it on his bed.  Once dad saw it in Roscoe's mouth as Roscoe was on his way outside and once I saw him just starting to take it down.  I finally moved it up to the top of the book case where he can't get it.  I just moved this Santa back here for the picture.  FYI I also made the Santa mail box and the snowman and tree on a chalk board.  This was in my "I think I want to do decorative painting stuff" phase that lasted the one class I made these.

Mr. Big Shot, Perfect Penant Biz Dies, Simple Letters Alphabet Dies and some of the great embossing folders got a work out with this decoration.  Thanks heavens for Mr. Big Shot.  He makes everything so much easier.  I love how everything coordinates.  SU has taken the guess work out of everything going together.  They even tell you what colors go with the DSP.  I used the Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Real Red and Winter Cobbler cardstock. 

OK, I am going to ask a question and see who guesses the answer. I'll give the answer at the end of the blog.  Look at the Cherry Cobbler Rose.  What did I use to make the Rose?  It will probably surprise you. 

Back to the description.  I used the Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper (DSP) with the coordinating buttons for the Rosette Banner.  

There is a coordinating Pines and Poinsettias stamp set with this DSP.  You can see it on the background of this banner. 

Did you see that cute green wreath and the holly and berry?  That is made with our Winter Wishes Stitched Felt that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Can you believe that catalog is only available through January 3?

With this next banner I used my embossing folder with snowflakes, sponged Real Red ink on top of it.  Then I punched snowflakes and put two coordinating papers together.  The red dot on top of the snowflakes is one of our great pearls that are colored with a red permanent marker.

OK now it is time to reveal the answer to my question.  Did you guess the Owl Builder punch was used to make the rose?  I got the idea from Valita's Designs Fresh Folds.   Just go to her blog and see what she has done with these.

I hope you have a wonderful and special holiday season.  I am sending you hugs and Roscoe is sending you licks.  Now you will go on to the great Shari's blog.  If you get lost here is the home page of the SU STARS