Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

These ornaments are gorgeous on the tree with the Christmas lights reflecting in the glass and the glitter sparkling. I made them for my girlfriends and family. It's not too late to make a couple for your tree.

For each ornament you will need:

Two 2" x 2" Memory glass
8" length of wire (a thinner gauge because it's going to be sandwiched between the glass)
Christmas patterned paper (I used Sandy Lion)
Various rubons, stickers, small alpha stamps...
3D embellishments
Metal letter
Glue pad and glitter
Metal tape ~ 1/4" wide
Thread or yarn for hanging ornament

First fold the 8" length of wire in half and threaded beads on each end. About 8 or 10 beads depending on their size. Curl up the ends of the wire so the beads don't fall off.

Trim the patterned paper to fit the Memory Glass (2" x 2") Get creative with rubons, stickers, punches... and decorate each 2" x 2" surface. Just remember to use flat embellishments because it's going to be sandwiched inside the glass slides. The 3D embellishments can be added on top of the Memory Glass later.

Sandwich the wire between the two pieces of patterned paper and then the two glass slides. Be sure not to cross the wires (you want as little bulk as possible). Leave a 1/4" of the wire fold sticking out the top to form a loop for your hanging thread.

Apply the metal tape around the edges of the glass slides to hold it all together. Cut the tape so it fits around the beaded wire. It is easy to work with. Just keep rubbing it till it lies smoothly.

Drop your metal letter face down on the glue pad. Get it nice and sticky, lift off the glue pad and drop it in a bowl of glitter. Adhere the glittered letter to one side of your ornament. On the other side add some 3D stickers.

String a lenght of thread through the wire loop at the top of the ornament and it's ready to hang on your tree.

Friday, December 19, 2008

We have some very exciting news to share....

As of about 1/2 hour ago our Full Service 1 Hour Digital Photo lab was put to work! Yipppee

It's been about 8 months of planning and finally it's all go!

Jeff and I have been kept really busy getting it all ready to release and tonight we've been able to print off some amazingly beautiful pictures!

We're so excited to offer this service to Fort St John!

Our lab is capable of pictures from small wallet sizes to 12"x24"

Prints start as low as 21 Cents per 4x6 and include some fun and creative unique sizes such as 6"x6" and 8"x8" as well as the popular 12"x12"

We're having so much fun with all the varitey of pictures we hope to share it with you soon.

To Celebrate it's arrival we're offering a FREE 5"x7" print with a $20 photo order. Just print the coupon you should have received by email as you'll need the code in store for your special offer.

If you don't receive our weekly emails please just send us an email at and we'll get you added to the list so you'll receive more great offers in the future!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Jeff & Lynette Kitt

Unforgettable Memories

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Origami gift box

This pretty little box is about 4” square and 2” high. Perfect for a small gift.
You will need two pieces of 12x12 pp or cardstock. Trim ¼” off 2 sides of the paper you are going to use for the box bottom. This will make it easier to fit the lid on without warping your box.
Fold your paper in half, open up and fold in half the opposite way. Open up again and fold all four corners towards the center.
Fold your paper in half again; once lengthwise
and then widthwise.
Now comes the tricky part. You are basically folding the sides around the bottom of the box. Pull in the sides and then fold the end over and into the center of the box.

Fold in the other end of the box.

For added stability and neatness, glue down the bottom flaps.
Use the second piece of 12x12 pp or cardstock to create a lid for your box.

Decorate the box as desired.

Wouldn't this gift box look cute under the tree made out of Xmas papers with a pretty poinsetta flower on top?

I googled Origami and found this video of a guy making this same box out of a Xmas card. What a neat idea for recycling those cards. If you’re having problems following my instructions and photos watch the video. You’ll get it immediately.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

And the Winner is.....

Congratulations to
Rhonda Zeunert!
Christina from Energy 98 was just by and drew her name for our annual Light a Light Raffle in support of the Fort St John Hospital Foundation.
All together there was $360 raised for the Foundation!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Little Christmas boxes

Breanna(10) has been crocheting beaded bracelets and necklaces for her teacher and friends. Shhhh! Don't tell Mrs. Martin what she's getting ;) Aren't they pretty? And very simple. Just chained silver thread with shimmery beads every 5th stitch.
Yesterday we started building little jewellery boxes to gift them in. And they double as Christmas ornaments. I got the pattern for the box on the Scrapbooks Etc website. They made theirs with cardstock and then paperpieced patterns for the front. Very cute!
For my first box I used the embossed snowflake paper by Love, Elsie and added a bling snowflake for sparkle. Breanna used the checkered Love, Elsie for her first box and positioned a bling snowflake over the snowflake in the pattern. She decided to set an eyelet in the ribbon hole for a more finished look.
We also made a couple boxes with Sandy Lion pattern papers and 3-d stickers. They are so quick and easy to make you can bet there will be a few on our tree this Christmas... quite a few.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Treats.

There are so many neat ideas out there for Xmas. If you've been cruising around the web you've no doubt stumbled across a few fun ideas. Here are some of my favourites.

Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas. There are tonnes of technique instructions and there is a daily draw for some great comments. So go learn something new and comment for a chance to win todays draw.

The Pink Paislee Blog has some beautiful ideas for Christmas complete with instructions.

The Making Memories blog has giveaways happening daily.

The Upsy Daisy blog has a couple of pretty ornaments and directions to make them. I think they'd look pretty on a vintage style tree.

Check out the Scrapbook & Cards Today site for some unique card ideas.

Looking for a gift box in a unique size? You could adapt this template from Splitcoast Stampers.

If you find some fun Christmas ideas leave a comment with a link so we can check it out.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Quick Christmas Gifts

New amongst all the freight are these cute die cut fold able mini albums by Carolee's AdornIt! I think they make great Christmas gifts, especially if you need to make a few. I made mine for the Grandmas in our family. The best part of all is you don't even need scissors. You just pop them out and fold. I used green ink, some pop dots, ribbon, and flowers to dress them up a bit. Super cute, super easy! That's what I'm about this time of year!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Prima's Dec Sketch

Check out Prima's blog to see some beautiful layouts using this sketch. Their design team is so talented!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Stars for Christmas

Check out this great tutorial on making Origami stars. I used Xmas patterns from Reminisce and made quite a few of them this evening. They are quick and easy and look so pretty as ornaments. The one pictured here is made with five 4 1/2" squares.

I used a glue dot in each join to help hold it all together. The center is made with a punched jumbo star and a Bo bunny metal brad. I used a 7" length of sheer ribbon to create a hanging loop.

After cutting my 4 1/2" squares I had 3" strips of my patterned paper left so I made some smaller stars from the 3" squares. I think I may use a few of them in the different sizes to create a wreath.

If you have problems following the photographed directions just watch the videos at the bottom. It will all become clear. These stars are really simple and so pretty.