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 Countdown

I love the idea of making an advent calendar. I just never get around to doing it. But this year is different. I bought the bare frame from Sa Crafters at the big scrapbook convention last summer. I spent Thanksgiving weekend putting it together, painting, and decorating.

I used images from Graphic 45’s Nutcracker Sweet collection (from a few years ago). I embellished with some new and vintage Christmas items from my collection.

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The drawers are covered in vintage sheet music with numbers embossed with red glitter embossing powder.

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The tree is a craft store bottle brush tree that I bleached a light green color, and then decorated with alcohol ink-dyed beads and tinsel trim. (Did you notice the snowflakes, a nod to the Waltz of the Snowflakes? And the candy canes for the Peppermint?)

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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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Winter Fun

Happy December! Today I’m sharing my most recent project for The Crafty Scrapper: a canvas project I made using Carta Bella’s new “Snow Fun” collection.

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I started with an 8×8 canvas. I painted a border using Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, then layered a dark blue cardstock under the “Shimmering Snowflakes” patterned paper.

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I added snow to the bottom using modeling paste and Deco Art’s Snow-Tex. A nice sprinkling of glitter brings it to life. I added some fun embellishments to create a winter scene: Maya Road bottle brush tree (with more snow and glitter), wooden deer, and embossed snowflake.

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A vintage paper doily is layered under a Tim Holtz Found Relatives photo. I used one of the Carta Bella stickers to create the “Winter” banner.

Wishing you a holiday season filled with wonder and m...

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