Category vintage Christmas

The Ornaments

Each year, I make a set of ornaments to give as gifts. This year, I decided to use some of the vintage tart tins and Jell-O molds I’ve been collecting for years. I have them in all kinds of shapes – hearts, stars, bells, flowers…

I searched and searched in EVERY box, drawer, cubby, and cabinet in my craft room, and they were no where to be found. I even thought my husband might be sneaking into my craft room and throwing things out behind my back! I managed to find a few very old, rusty, grungy tins. They would have to do.

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I added a cut out of vintage sheet music to the background. Then I added a tiny bottle brush tree that I glittered, a teeny wrapped present, and a darling little Santa.

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A glittered edge of Platinum Stickles gives some added bling to the tart tins.

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The Swap

My crafty friend Audrey and I did an ornament swap this year. I always make two sister ornaments, one to give and one to keep. While I was conducting an FBI-level search of my craft room for a collection of vintage tart tins (more on this another day), I found this pair of vintage Santa boots. I knew they would be perfect for my ornaments!

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One of the boots was missing it’s white band of plastic “fur” at the top, so I replaced it with vintage tinsel trim.

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I added a bottle brush tree that I glittered and topped with a Tim Holtz mirrored star.

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The angels are also vintage. Audrey’s is holding the music book and mine has a harp.

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Vintage bead ornaments and a small vintage ornament decorate the front.

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Their sweet faces are just too perfect!

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The Project

Back in November, I taught at The Crafty Scrapper’s Christmas Carousel event. It was an all-day event, where I taught this 1-hour class five times. It was an exhausting day, but a lot of fun – especially for all the women who were crafting.

I used Prima’s “Sweet Peppermint” collection to make this Santa’s Visit gift card holder. We started with plain chipboard that we cut and scored into a little sleeve and drawer.

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We decorated the box inside and out.

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Some embellishments from Maya Road (bottle brush tree) and Tim Holtz (mini reindeer) are decorated and blinged to make Santa feel welcome.

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I wonder how many of the crafters are going to give away their boxes? I don’t think I could part with it!


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The Cards

Each year, I make a new batch of Christmas cards. They are usually a vintage style and almost always feature an image that evokes memories of Christmases past.

This year, I decided to use up some of the supplies that are hanging around the craft room. I combined the new Prima “Sweet Peppermint” papers with some older Bo Bunny, or whatever I had on hand.

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I usually make one style of card and then create a pile that are all identical. This year, I used a similar style on all the cards, but each is different. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

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Each card has a vintage book page, various patterned papers, and a beautiful vintage image as the centerpiece. Some of the images are from patterned papers and others are printed from vintage postcards.

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Wishing You a Fairy Christmas

Each year, I make at least one new ornament. I had a few ideas for this year’s ornament, and decided on a little fairy for my tree.

I started with an old image of a little ballerina. Then I dressed her in pretty laces and sparkly tulle.

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She has a Dresden foil crown that I embellished with rhinestones. Her wings are made from old sheet music.

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Her sparkly slippers are ready to dance among the Christmas tree branches.

I am adding her to Something Sublime’s Christmas Ornament Blog Hop.

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