Christmas Terrarium

Merry Christmas guys! If you’re like me you’re probably still recovering after Christmas lunch…I swore I couldn’t eat another bite and there I was going for one more potato :)).

But this post is evidence that I did eventually manage to peel myself from the table and do a little last minute crafting. I saw this fabulous idea on Stampin’ Up’s blog the other day and I knew I had to make one. You can check out the original idea and project here.

Introducing the Christmas terrarium…

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How cute is this thing ?! It’s super easy to make and you only need a couple of things you probably have around the house.

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medium or large jar (depends how many things you want to put in it)

coarse salt (you can use fine salt if that’s the only kind you have but you get better texture with the large crystals; you can also mix in some glitter or mica flakes to give it some sparkle like I did here)

a few sprigs of rosemary (it smells amazing; you can also use some small pine branches)

elements for building your scene (you can use anything from small ornaments, die cuts, cupcake toppers – yup that’s what the Santa and reindeer I used are, you can spray paint some pine cones, literally anything will work)

trim to decorate the jar (I used some gold cord, a couple of bells and some wooden snowflakes, but any ribbon/embellishments will do)

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These would be great as a gift for loved ones or as a centre piece for the Christmas feast :). I hope you give it a try 😉

 

 

Festive Gift Box

Hey guys! Since today is Christmas Eve I wanted to share a cute gift box idea. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to impress someone. Often you’ll find that it’s the little, thoughtful gifts that make a lasting impact.

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I made this box using the Baker’s Box Thinlits (which I got as a present from my lovely friend and SU demo Gabriela Dachin (you can check out her blog here).

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I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to have a few box dies in your collection for when you need something special but quick.

I stuffed the box with an assortment of chocolates and tied it with some luscious Cherry Cobbler ribbon. For a final touch I added a little Reindeer Paper Clip (I love these and will be hoarding a few of them forever!).

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Of course you can use any kind of ribbon or embellishments that you have in your stash (I know I’m not the only hoarder here 😉 ).

Happy Christmas everyone and have fun unwrapping your presents tomorrow morning 😉

Polka Dot Santa Card

Hey guys! I’m back with another cute little Christmas post. Between a really bad cold and work I haven’t had much time for crafting so I’m quite behind on everything (including the blog).

Today I’m showing you a card made with one of my favourite holiday stamp sets, Santa Stache. This set also has an adorable nutcracker (people know I love all things nutcrackery) and some hilarious sayings. These images are also really great to use on tags.

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I used the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder for the background, then I stamped the dot from the Work of Art set on top of each raised dot using Old Olive, Real Red & Crumb Cake.

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I stamped the Santa with Memento Black Ink on a circle die cut and then I die cut his mustache from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for a little sparkle. I added some faux stitching to the circle and tied some cute ribbon at the bottom to balance things out.

I also added a cute little touch on the back because handmade cards are the best kind of cards ;)!

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Global Design Project #GDP011

Hey guys! Today I’m playing along with GDP. This week’s challenge has a theme  I love well, Christmas :)!

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I had initially planned to showcase a more elaborate home deco project but I ran out of time (crazy week!) and I decided to make a cute little card instead. Couldn’t miss out on the fun altogether 🙂

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I used the Peaceful Wreath stamp set which is just gorgeous. Last year I made loads of cards using Wondrous Wreath…

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…so when Stampin’ Up came out with another holiday wreath that matched the same framelits I was like get outta here…toooo awesome 😀

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I also used the luscious Woodland Embossing Folder for the background (so sad to hear it’s retiring).

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Check out all the other amazing projects on Global Design Project‘s website ;).

A sleigh in the night

Hey guys! It’s been a busy week but I’m back with another cute Christmas project :).

I’m using another one of my absolute favourites, the Sleigh Ride Edgelits.

I decided to use a dark navy blue background for the crisp white slopes. One of my favourite images of Christmas growing up was Santa flying across the globe in his sleigh pulled by his trusty reindeer. I guess it was (and still is) because it made anything seem possible. Dark things happen across the world everyday and it’s stories and symbols like Santa Claus that preserve hope.
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The inside of the card is also special:
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I loved the way it turned out so I decided to make a matching ornament. I used three white layers (each given enough dimension to pop) and backed them with a dark blue circle. I used another circle for the back and added a cute sentiment.
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I hope you like them!

A flurry of wishes (Crafty Christmas #1)

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing my first Christmas project of the season :). I know, it seems kinda early to be thinking about Christmas, but when it comes to hand crafting you have to plan ahead (like waaaay ahead).

Today I’m showcasing my favourite Christmas stamp set, A Flurry of Wishes. This one was love at first sight <3. My friends know I have a thing for snowflakes (and winter in general) and celtic knots so this was just perfect for me. And it has a matching punch, I mean what more could a girl ask for ?
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I’ve already made several projects using it but probably my favourite one is the banner I’m sharing today.
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The image just doesn’t do it justice. It’s got beautiful font, some gold for sparkle and plenty of snowflakes…it’s soft, yet crisp and modern at the same time.
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And since I loved it so much I decided to make some matching Christmas ornaments as well. These would make a great hand made gift for friends or family.
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Christmas, at least for me, is a reminder to look at the world with wonder, to allow yourself to feel joy and share it with those around you.