Santa’s Sleigh: Framed Art


This is an exquisite gift to make for some people on your Christmas list or to use as a hostess gift or party favor.  You stil have time to put these together, provided you have the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits and a frame from your local craft or dollar store.



Sweet Sugarplum 5″ x 7″

Whisper White 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Pool Party 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″

Using the BIG Shot and the Santa’s Sleigh Thinkits:

Cut the Tree from Pink Glitter Paper 5″ x 3″

Cut the Sleigh from White Glitter Paper 5″ x 4″ and Silver Metallic 5″ x 3″

Cut the Deer from Playful Palette 4″ x 4″

Cut the Deer Bow from White Glitter Paper 1″ x 1″



When all the parts are cut, run the piece of Pool Party through the BIG Shot with the  Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

Adhere all the layers together and glue the sleigh, tree and deer as shown. Cut a 1-1/2″ piece of thick Bakers Twine to use as the deer reins.

Use a Basic Rhinestone for the deer’s eye.

The colors used for this project scream Winter and aren’t the typical red and green that are usually used. I love the Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White and Pool Party are really beautiful together, Don’t you agree?

Thanks for stopping by.  I have a lot to share with you in the new year. Lots of ideas swirling around in my head, so keep your fingers crossed that I can get them out of my head and turn them into projects. See you soon.






Easy Village Ornament


This is another quick and easy ornament idea. Any die can be used. For this one I used an old village die I have (it’s not from Stampin’ Up!)  🙁  The glass or plastic ornaments can be found at any local craft or dollar store.



Glass or Plastic Ornament

Acetate Sheets

A die of choice

Big Shot

Card Stock (This project used Whisper White)

Dazzling Diamonds or  white glitter

Multi-Purpose Glue



  1. Take your card stock and cut out your die by running it through the Big Shot
  2.  Cut a circle from your acetate sheet that will fit inside the ornament.
  3.  Adhere the cut out card stock to the acetate with a Multi-Purpose Glue. Set aside to dry.
  4.  Once acetate and die cut is dry, carefully roll it up and place it through the opening at the top of the ornament. Once it’s inside it should unfurl. If it doesn’t you can use a twissor to help it along.
  5. Add Dazzling Diamonds or White Glitter with a spoon through the ornament opening.
  6. Adding a bow is optional.

These packaged up in a pretty gift bag or box would make a great gift. A treasure for sure.

Embrace the day,





Jar of Cheer : Christmas Candle


Mason jars and jars in general are such a big trend right now. They’re inexpensive and can be used for so many things. Once only used for homemade jams and granola’s or such.  They’re now filled with ingredients to make cookies or breads, to hold small gifts, filled with miniatures to resemble snow globes and the list goes on and on. The Jar of Cheer on this card was stamped with a candle, making this mason jar a candle holder!


This card may sound complicated to cut and layer together, but if you make all the cuts and think about how they have to be adhered together you’ll have no problem. It’s quite a beautiful card and you should save the cutting dimensions to use in the future with other holiday or birthday cards.



CHERRY COBBLER: 6-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 1-1/2″and two at 3″ x 3-1/2″

POOL PARTY: 8″ x 5-1/4″ scored at 4″

WHISPER WHITE:  cut two  2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″  and 3-3/4″ x 5″

Designer Series Paper:  1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ Front Side Panel,  2-3/4″ x 3/4″ Table cloth and 3/4″ x 5-3/4″



On a scrap piece of Pool Party stamp the jar and the lid from the Jar of Cheer stamp set in Memento Black Ink. Cut it out.

Stamp the candle from the same stamp set in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White card stock. Color and cut the candle out.

On one of the 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ pieces of Whisper White stamp two pine trees in Emerald Envy Ink. Tear some Whisper White card stock for small hills below the trees and make criss cross snowflakes with a Pool Party Marker.

With Cherry Cobbler Ink stamp Peace and Happiness on the 5″ x 3-3/4″ oiece of Whisper White.



Adhere the two  2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″  pieces of Whisper White card stock on to the 3″ x 3-1/2″ pieces of Cherry Cobbler. One of the Whisper White pieces is stamped with the pine trees and the other is plain.

Adhere the 1-3/4″ x 5-1.4″ piece of Designer Series Paper on the front side panel

With the Pool Party piece opening to the right adhere it to the Cherry Cobbler card base.

Layer the 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Whisper White on to the opened Pool Party layer.


Next adhere the layered 3″ x 3-1/2″ Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White piece to the middle of the front side panel.

The other layered Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White square adhere to the middle lining it up behind the front flap.jar-of-cheer-details

Take the checkered 2-2/34″ x 3/4″ pieced of DSP and adhere ot across the bottom of the front flap. It should go across the bottom to resemble a tablecloth.

Adhere your stamped jar a to the front flap on the Whisper White over the checkered tablecloth.

Adhere the stamped and cut out candle to the inside of the jar.

Color a few Basic Rhinestones with a red Sharpie Marker and place them on the candle bottom as berries.

This card layout can be used in so many ways for many, many occasions. The colors and stamp sets can be switched out. I would recommend you write these directions and dimensions down for future use.

Just trying to keep you inspired!






Stampin’ Up!: Merry Mice Christmas Card


Welcome back! Of all the Christmas/Holiday stamp sets by Stampin’ Up! this “Merry Mice” set is among my favorite. Coloring is such a hot trend right now and this set is perfect for all of you who ;ove to color.  The mice in this stamp set are not only adorable, but they’re comical as well.




  • Real Red card base is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • Whisper White was cut at 5-1/4″ x 4″ , 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ and 1″ x 4’1/4″
  • With the Banner Triple Punch, punch a banner tail on one end of Whisper White strip. (see yesterday’s blog post on making the perfect sized banners)




  • Stamp the mouse holding the branch of a tree in Memento Black Ink.
  • On the background stamp small stars in Soft Sky Ink.
  • On the strip stamp, “It’s time to deck the hall” in Real Red Ink.
  • Stamp the background of the banner with stars in Soft Sky Ink.

Have fun coloring in the mouse. He’s really cute!



  • Layer and adhere the card as shown.
  • Add Dazzling Diamonds with some Multi-Purpose Glue.


This card will bring a smile to anyone’s face who receives it. Guaranteed.


Keep checking back for more great ideas.


Embrace the day,






Ghirardelli Candy Holder


These are quick and lovely little gits to make for teachers or co-workers. Leave them scattered on everyone’s desk. Using scraps of your favorite Holiday Designer Series Paper and the Envelope Punch Board these are a cinch to make. And what a treat they hold inside!


  1. Start with a 5″ x 5″  piece of Designer Series Paper. For these the Candy Cane Lane Paper was used- Perfect for wrapping gifted chocolates!2.
  2. Place the 5″ x 5″  piece of DSP into the Envelope Punch Board and punch at 2-1/2″, score and turn. Repeat this on remaining three sides.
  3. Cut two 1″ x 7″ strips of Designer Series Paper. One is to wrap around the package and the other is to make as bow. The bow directions are below. All the punches along the edges are done with the Envelope Punch Board.


Tape up three edges as you would to make an envelope, slide in the Ghirardelli Chocolate, close  the last flap and wrap it up with the one 1″ x 7″ strip of DSP that you didn’t use for the bow. Secure with Tear and Tape. Adhere the bow across the strip.\


Now fill a festive basket or two with these. Recipients will love them.

Make what you love, and love what you make!







Christmas Joy, Christmas Tree

christmas-joy-christmas-tree-headerI love how simple this card is and so relaxing to make with just a touch of sewing! Any color Baker’s Twine can be used and the tree can be decorated anyway you want. So sit back, paper pierce some sewing holes and stitch away!


The card base is Real Red card stock cut at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″. The Whisper White layer is 5″ x 3-3/4″.

Along the bottom of the Whisper White make evenly spaced holes with a Paper Piercer and Piercing Mat. Do thesse about a 1/2″ form the edge. In the middle of the card, Paper Pierce a hole on the top of the card about an 1″ from the top.


Thread a fairly fat metal sewing needle and simply go up and through one of the bottom holes into the top hole. Repeat until you’ve created your Baker’s Twine Christmas Tree.

Stamp the “Christmas Joy” message from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set in Real Red ink. Using the Big Shot and the Bunch Of Banners Framelits, cut out the banner.

Adhere the layer onto the Real Red card base and have fun decorating your tree with Sequin Stars and paper punched circles. On the top add a pretty gem or star. What a great texture card!

Have fun making this unique card.






Merriest Wishes Holiday Card


My new blog design isn’t quite where I hoped it to be, but I can’t wait any longer to blog and connect with all of you. I do have some great Christmas and Holiday projects to share with you; so sit back and get ready for three weeks full of festive projects!


Card Stock & Dimensions:

  1. For the card base an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim was cut and scored at 4-1/4″,

      2. The Whisper White layer was cut at 5″ x 3-3/4″

      3. The Soft Sky layer was cut at 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ .


Die Cutting & Embossing:

    1. Run a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot with The Merriest Tags. Use the deer and pine tree die.

     2. Rub a 4″ x 4″ piece of Dapper Denim through the Big Shot, but this time cut out the solid ornament to use as the background layer.

    3. With the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, rune the piece of Soft Sky through thr Big Shot.



  1. Stamp “Merriest Wishes” in Cherry Cobbler Ink on the bottom of the die cut ornament lining up the curve of the hill and the curve in the text.



  1. Line up the two cut ornament layers and through the top loop tie a piece of Bakers Twine.
  2. Layer and adhere the card as shown.
  3.  Add Dazzling Diamonds for a bit of festive bling!


Make sure to stop by again soon for more Festive projects.






No Peeking Reindeer Plastic Ornament

No-Peeking Reindeer Ornament HeaderHere’s one more ornament, with a reindeer tucked inside, for you to make and believe it or not you still haave time! This is one of the ornaments I made using the blank plastic ornament balls from our local craft store.  They come two halves in a package, because they are meant to go together. For our purpose, half of the ornament is all you need. You can play around filling a whole ball and see what happens. Make sure you buy enough while they’re on sale. After all you have all year to make these.

No Peeking Deer Plastic Ornament


No Peeking Plastic OrnamentsAs I mentioned, he ornaments come two in a package and they’re really two halves of one ornament. They come in various sizes. These measure 2-1/4″ in diamenter  They have a plastic loop at the top which makes it convenient to pass any ribbon through for a hanger.


Here’s what to do:


  1. Once you have your plastic ornaments, cut one snowflake from Soft Sky Card Stock and another one from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper in the BIG Shot with the Snowflake Framelits. Tear the Dazzling Diamonds Snowflake in half to look like a snow drift and with Multi-Purpose Glue adhere it to the bottom of the Soft Sky Snowflake. This snowflake will work as the back of the ornament.
  2. With a White Gel Pen add snowflakes to the Soft Sky area.
  3. On Whisper White Card Stock stamp the tree from the No Peeking Stamp Set in Garden Green and the reindeer from the same set in Soft Suede and Real Red.
  4. Cut out the tree and the Soft Suede reindeer. Cut out the face and scarf from the Real Red reindeer and with Multi-purpose Glue, glue the face and scarf to the Soft Suede reindeer.
  5. Adhere the tree to the background and place some Dimensionals on the back of the reindeer to pop him out in front.
  6. Throw in some glittery berries.
  7. Along the edge of the ornament place small dabs of glue and affix it to the snowflake. Let it dry.
  8. Add some ribbon around the ornament and some Silver Trim for the hanger.

No Peeking Deer Ornament side

Be sure to check back for the tutorials for a clipboard 2016 Calendar. If you need 2016 small calendar pads go Sky Blue Pink.


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No Peeking Penguin Tin Ornament

No-Peeking Penguin Ornament HeaderThis is another ornament I made using small treat tins. These tin ornaments look adorable on the Christmas tree and would be great as a hostess gift, a Christmas favor, or teacher’s gift. They use few materials and can easily use up all scraps of card stock and use up any small embellishments you might have laying around in your craft arsenal.

No Peeking Penguin OrnamentOne of the cutest stamp sets to use for these is the Stampin’ Up! No-Peeking set. Sadly this is a retired set, but so many other sets woll work just as well as you’ll see with my other blog posts. So, make sure you check back. Let’s get started…


Again, here’s a picture of the tins I purchased and used:


White Christmas Ornament Tin


To see how the hole was made and the hanger was made CLICK HERE. On this bead head pin I added red beads.




All the stamping was done on scraps Whisper White Card Stock.




I stamped the tree in Garden Green Ink and one penguin in Memento Black and another one in Real Red.




The tree and black penguin were cut out. I then cut the hat and scarf off the red stamped penguin and adhered it with Multi-Purpose Glue to the black stamped penguin. On the hat pom-pom I added a rhinestone.


A 2″ Circle was punched out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the background. It was affixed with Multi-Purpose White Glue right over the bead pin head.


The tree was glued on as well as silver sequin stars.


I placed six Dimensionals on the back of the penguin, so he would stand away from the back and a glittery snowball was placed in the penguin‘s hand. Again, the snowball was cut from an artificial berry stem.


Around the tin I glued a piece of 1/8″ Red Striped Ribbon. With the same ribbon I made a bow and affixed it to the top front of the ornament with a Glue Dot.


Punch a Large Circle Scallop from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and adhere it to the back of the ornament with Multi-Purpose White Glue.


And, there you have a cute penguin ornament to hang on your Christmas tree or give as a gift.


Embrace the day and craft on!












White Christmas Tin Snowman Ornament

White Christmas Snowman Ornament Header
I’ve been working on these ornaments with miniature scenes in them and I’m loving making them. Last year I bought a box full of these wilton party favor tins on sale. At first I wanted to make them into games of some sort, which I’m still figuring out, but for now I decided to make some into ornaments. And, I’m finding out the sky’s the limit on creating these.

White Christmas Snowman Ornament

White Christmas Ornament Tin


As I mentioned, I purchased these small favor tins. They have a 2″  diameter and are 3/4″ high. They come with a lid with an acetate covering in the middle; perfect for show-casing a scenic ornament such as this one.







Lets get started on how these were made:


White Christmas Ornament Tin Hole




I had to first think about how to hang these White Christmas Snowman Ornaments. I got out my handy-dandy Crop-A-Dile and punched a hole very simply with this tool. Cut through “Like Butter” some would say.





White Christmas Snowman Ornament DetailThen I had to decide what kind of a hanger I wanted. A ribbon would have been the most obvious choice, but since I bead I decided to raid my beading supplies. I must have at least a centillion beads. In case you’re wondering that’s 1 followed by 303 zeroes!


I strung a few blue and silver beads on a bead pin and inserted the bead pin through the punched hole. On the tin’s inside back I placed a strip of Tear and Tape Adhesive, which held the pin in place.


Now for the fun part:




I started by stamping many small images from various stamp sets on Whisper White card stock in Memento Black Ink. For example, the snowman is from the White Christmas stamp set and the house is from the Cozy Christmas stamp set. After stamping, I cut all the images out. Some images I used are from cut out Designer Series Paper as you’ll see in future posts.


3D Style Button "Tips"


It’s best to make these by stamping any small images onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut out the pieces. When you think you have enough stamped, colored and cut out images go ahead and play around with them.





I punched out one 2″ Circle from Night of Navy card stock and one from Whisper White.


On the Night of Navy circle I punched out stars with the Confetti Stars Punch.


I affixed the Whisper White circle to the back of the Night of Navy circle with Multi-Purpose Glue. Then both layers were adhered tot he inside back of the tin with more glue. These layers went right over the bead head pin securing it even further.




To make the snow scene-the stamped, cut-out house was adhered to the Night of Navy sky. For the snow cotton batting was glued on. The snowman was glued and stood on top of the batting. A glittery snowball was placed by the snowman. The snowball was cut from an artificial berry stem.


The lid was glued on and on the outside a Large Scallop Circle was punched from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and glued to the back.


A string of pearls was added around the ornament’s circumference for that added snowball appeal!


You still have time to makes these and if you have children they will love making these as well. Check back soon for another ornament idea.


Craft on!






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