Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas cards with guest designer Andrea Green

 

You can visit Andrea’s blog for more holiday card inspiration by clicking the image below.Andie-dt-blog-profile

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12 Day of Christmas – day 12

12 Days

Day 12 – O’ Christmas Tree canvas
with Michelle

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For my last project I attempted a mixed media canvas. I’ve wanted to do one forever and I really enjoyed doing it! So much fun!

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I used some Martha Stewart texture effect and a stencil to add the texture to the tree, corrugate for the tree trunk/star and more Crafter’s Workshop templates to dress up the background.
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Thank you for joining us for the last 12 days for this little celebrate of the season.
Happy Holidays!

We will see you back here in the new year with more projects from the design team, fun challenges and more crafting inspiration.

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12 Days of Christmas – day 11

12 Days

Day 11 – with Michelle
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You can visit Michelle’s blog for more crafting inspiration by clicking on the image above

Hey everyone, today I have 2 projects for you!

The first is a Rosette Christmas tree, I got the idea from the cover of the CTMH book.

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Then I made some simple gift tags. They were really fast and fun to make!

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Michelle

Happy crafting!
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12 Days of Christmas – Day 10

12 Days

Day 10 – Holiday Ornament with Barb

Years ago I used to make these decorations with ribbon and decided to try again this year using paper. I live the way they turned out. It works so well using the double sided paper. The paper I used is from the ‘Tis the Season Collection.

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Supplies:
•one full sheet of 12 x 12 double sided Christmas paper of your choice. (I used Echo Park ‘Tis the Season “Snowflakes Falling”)
•three strips of double sided Christmas paper to measure 3/8×12 inches (I used Echo Park ‘Tis the Season “Dashing Reindeer”)
•straight pins
•3″ foam ball

Directions:
•Cut the 12 inch paper into 1 1/2″ strips. Then cut each strip into 1 1/2 inch square.

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•fold down two corners to form a point on each square. Half should be folded so one side of the patterned paper shows and the other half folded so the other side of the patterned paper shows.

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•Cut a slit from the bottom of the square to the bottom of the point. This will help the squares mold to the shape of the ball better.

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•Place the first square onto the ball, pinning into place.

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•Using a square of the same patterned paper (ie in mine, I used four black tips to start) Place the next square onto the ball, across from the first one, so that the tip touches with the first piece.

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•Then place two more, filling in the gaps, making sure that the tips touch. This completes the first row.

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•Using the second side of the patterned paper squares (ie, I used four of the snowflake tips) place a square between the points of your first row, with the point facing the same direction. Pin into place.

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•Add the remaining 3 squares to complete this row.

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•Continue on in the same manner, alternating rows of patterns, until the ball is filled. One sheet of patterned paper should be enough to cover the ball.

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•When you get to the last two rows, you will want to trim the bottom corners so that they won’t show.

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•When you get to the top, you should have a small space still open. This will be covered by your paper bow and ribbon.

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•Take your three strips of 3/8 x 12″ coordinating patterned paper and cut each strip in half.
•each half strip will be looped and then pinched in the middle to make a “bow”. Pin onto the top of the ball.

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•Continue with 3 more of the strips, laying them in different directions, and meeting in the middle. Pin to the ball.

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•loop on of the left over strips and pin to the ball to form your “ribbon” to hang the ornament from.

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Happy Crafting!
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12 Days of Christmas – day 9

12 Days

Welcome back everyone,

Today Barb is showing us some festive home decor. You can visit Barb’s blog here for more scrapbooking inspiration.

I made this cute little wall hanging using wooden photo frames and letters from Michaels. I covered the frames with the paper, and used the paper as the background inside the frame.

The collection I used is by Echo Park – ‘Tis the Season.

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Thanks for stopping by for another instalment in our 12 Days of Christmas series.
Happy crafting!

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12 Days of Christmas – day 8

12 Days

Day 8 with Fleur
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First up I made these cute ornament by recycling some old American Crafts ribbon and twine spools I got from the store.[Image: Fleur-Xmasrelease2-ornament+(2).jpg]

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And here is the Instagram December mini I am making. I decided to make 2 mini albums this year one will be a pocket stlye one and this one I used the Maggie Holmes Binder mini and it will be for my Instagram photos.

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I am so in love with the Bundled Up collection the Santa is so cute Smile

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Happy Crafting!
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12 Days of Christmas – day 5

12 Days

Day 5 – December Memories
with Joy

How many of you are doing a version of December Daily this year? 
I’m using a Simple Stories binder and 6×8 pocket pages.
I want to keep it simple so I can get the pages together each evening by printing out some photos at home and using minimal embellishment. Keeping it simple will help me get it done 😉

Let’s dive in!

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I used my Silhouette die cut machine to cut out several backgrounds for the plain 6×8 pages.
The digital cut files are from Kerry Bradford.com and the Silhouette store.

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Happy Holidays!
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12 Days of Christmas – day 5

12 Days

Day 5 – Etched Glass gift
with Joy

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To start your glass etching project you will need: a glass container or plate, vinyl, a digital die cutter or metal die to create a template, glass etching paste, rubber gloves, scraper tool and a hook tool. I purchased an inexpensive glass container from my local dollar store.

Start by cutting out the image you wish to etch from your choice of vinyl. The colour does not matter for this project. The weed the unwanted parts from the cut image.

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Weeding: is the action of removing the unwanted cuts/parts of your image. For this project I wanted the background, not the actual snow flakes.

The next step is not a necessity but I do recommend it. Cut and apply transfer paper to your image in aid in the placement your image.

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Remember to use your scrapper tool to burnish the transfer paper for good adhesion. Now remove the backing paper and adhere your image to your glass container.

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I recommend burnishing your image again once you have placed it on your glass container which will help your image be crisp after the etching process.

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Next apply etching cream according to the instructions on the bottle. Please USE RUBBER GLOVES (the cream is high corrosive and will burn your skin) and a spatula or popsicle stick to apply the cream.
The cream I used said to spread the cream in both directions over the image and let it sit for 5 minutes before removing the excess cream. You can put the cream back into the bottle for use on your next project.

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I used washi tape to protect the surface above an below the vinyl .

Rinse and remove any reaming etching cream with warm running water. Remove your vinyl template and dry off your container.

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Pack with some festive candies or your favourite baked goods for an easy holiday gift for neighbours and friends.

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Have fun making your holiday projects Smile


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12 Days of Christmas – day 4

12 Days

Day 4 – Capturing Traditions
with Sarah

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“I made this layout of my oldest son (4 years ago) opening his Christmas Jammies. It’s one of our family traditions to open jammies on Christmas Eve so we can wear them to bed and wake up with nice new jammies on for Christmas!”

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 What traditions are you going to document this year?
See you tomorrow 🙂

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