Felt Santa Claus with Kunin Felt

A Cute Santa Claus made with Kunin Felt.

While at the Creativation Show last January in Phoenix,

I saw an adorable Gnome project at the Kunin Felt Booth made entirely from felt.

I fell in love with the project and knew immediately that I wanted to make it over into a

Santa Claus to make with the ladies during my annual Sue’s Holiday Workshop.

(I asked the Gnome’s designer Debra Quartermain and got her blessing.)

Here’s Debra’s Gnome Project and PDF Pattern on the Kunin Felt Blog.

I only changed the directions a little bit to make the Santa Claus.

Here’s what I used:

  • 9″ x 12″ Kunin Red Corduroy Felt
  • Kunin White Craft Felt
  • Two Small Pom Poms
  • Beacon Fabri-Tac Adhesive* or Felt Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Marker for Tracing
  • Gnome Pattern
  • Tan Marker
  • Small Wood Snowflake painted white

Directions:

  1. Download and print the Gnome Pattern from the Kunin Blog.
  2. Trace pattern pieces onto red and white felt and cut out.
  3. I made my Santa Hat a little larger than the hat used on the Gnome pattern.
  4. Roll red hat into a cone and glue.
  5. Glue white pom pom onto the tip of the hat.  You may need to snip the tip before gluing.
  6. Roll Santa body into a cone and overlap ends and glue.
  7. Lay beard in place on body.
  8. Place hat over beard (refer to picture) and adjust if needed.
  9. Glue both pieces into place.
  10. Glue mustache pieces to beard.
  11. Lightly add a little color using the tan marker to a white pom pom.
  12. Glue pom pom to the center of the mustache.
  13. Cut long, thin strips of white felt.
  14. Glue strips of felt onto the top brim of the hat and onto the bottom of the Santa body.
  15. Glue wood snowflake onto the Santa hat.

A special thanks to Debra Quartermain and Kunin Felts for this adorable project.

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Wild Whisper Christmas

Making a Christmas Card from non-Christmas paper.

You don’t always need traditional Christmas paper and embellishments to make

a Christmas card.

One of the perks of being on the Xyron Design Team is receiving product from partnering

companies like Wild Whisper.

I recently received Wild Whisper’s “forever & always” collection…

a soft mix of paper including backgrounds of banners and labels.

I considered making an everyday type project, but, since I’m currently in full blown

“Christmas Crazy”, a Christmas card was in order.

I cut out a few banners and labels from the background paper.

I added letter and number stickers to create my holiday embellishments.

My Xyron Creative Station* made quick work of putting the layers together.

I added a  small wood snowflake, sheer white ribbon and adhesive pearl rhinestones

to finish off the card.  I like the non-traditional soft peach and blue.   (It’s not my usual red.)

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Let it Snow Painted Canvas

A Simple DIY Holiday Canvas

Christmas came early for the Xyron Design Team  and I love a good present.

We all received a wonderful box of paints and supplies from Derwent Academy.

It’s been a while since I’ve painted with acrylics on canvas so I decided to keep it

simple and festive.

I painted my canvas with a mixture of Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue

and Titanium White.  I was going for a “snowy sky”.

I added a few stenciled snowflakes on the corners and then splattered the canvas with

titanium white paint using an old toothbrush.   (I kept it really simple)

I used random chipboard letters and painted them with a mixture of Cobalt Blue and

Purple Violet to make them all match.

After the letters had dried, I stamped them with silver ink.

I used my Xyron 9″Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the chipboard letters

before adhering them to my canvas.  I even used it on the large white wood snowflake.

I added the canvas to an antiqued silver frame for a cute Holiday Decoration.

Here’s the Derwent links to the products I used:

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Deflecto in the Kitchen

Deflecto in the Kitchen…organizing the dreaded kitchen cabinet

Are you hosting the party this year?

In an effort to tame the chaos (in my mind) during the holidays,

I like to find small problem areas around the house that I can work on a one at a time.

My kitchen cabinet next to my stove was one of those problems.

This is embarrassing to show.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a cabinet like this one.

It’s probably the most used cabinet in the kitchen and it showed.

Short girl problems in the kitchen…

This spoon is one of my biggest kitchen helpers.

Being a “short girl”, I use it more for pulling things off the shelves than stirring.

My cabinet needed more than just a good spoon

With the help from my friends at Deflecto.  (design team perks)

I got the kitchen cabinet project started.

I asked Deflecto to send me several of the medium caddy compartments*

from the Stackable Caddy Organizer*  (yes, you can buy just the compartments)

The medium caddy compartments were the perfect length to fit inside my cabinet.

(FYI…there are three sizes of compartments that fit into the stacking caddy organizer.)

The first thing I did was to completely empty the cabinet and wipe it down.

I tossed all the outdated spices and discarded old medicines.

I put like items together for easy grab and go.

I removed the lids from a couple of the clear compartments to use with taller items.  

I love that the compartments are stackable.   That helps eliminates wasted cabinet space.

These really do come in handy when cooking.

Take it a step further in your organizing by labeling all the bins.

The finished kitchen cabinet all clean and tidy.

It’s been a week since I reorganized the cabinet and thanks to my new organizing

compartments it still looks great.

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Christmas Magic Mini Tag Album

How to Create a Christmas Magic Mini Tag Album…

I decided to create a mini tag album using the left over paper and stickers from my

Creating A Miniature “Christmas Magic” Room with Graphic 45 and Xyron  project.

It’s a cute way to show off a few of your favorite holiday photos.  (It  also makes a nice gift.)

How to make a Christmas Magic Mini Tag Album                                 (*amazon affiliate link)

  • Create a chipboard tag by running two pieces of  Graphic 45 Christmas Magic* paper through the Xyron Creative Station*.  Cover both sides of the chipboard with the paper.
  • Cut Chipboard using a Tag die-cut to use as the front and back cover of the album.
  • Accent the edges of the covers using a Gold DecoColor Paint Pen*.
  • Create small tags by placing a sticker on a small piece of chipboard.  Add a coordinating piece of paper onto the back of the small tag.  Trim around tags.
  • Cut extra tag pages using the die-cut and Christmas Magic paper.

  • Embellish the cover with stickers, ribbon, wood snowflake, jingle bell and additional tags.
  • Add a medium sized book ring to hold the album together.

 Graphic 45 Christmas Magic 12×12 Collection Pack*

If you haven’t seen my Christmas Magic Mini Room you can see the full tutorial here.

Products Used:

XYRON 9″ Creative Station*                Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Collection Pack*

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Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign

How to Create a Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign with a Simple Button Bow.

I really enjoy working with vinyl and love coming up with simple Holiday DIY projects.

The Happy Holidays Sign was one of the projects we created in last month’s Holiday Workshop.

For my sign, I used Styletech Craft’s Ultra Metallic Glitter Adhesive Vinyl in red, green and

white.  The Ultra Metallic Glitter Vinyl has a white backing which ensures the colors stay bright

and true no matter what surface you apply it too.

To start my project…                                                                                 (*amazon affiliate links)

  • I used a piece of Wood Hardboard*.  (it’s like a hole-less peg board) I cut mine 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″.
  • Drill two small 3/8″ holes in the top of the board to use for hanging the sign.
  • Paint the board using DecoArt Black Chalkboard Paint*.
  • Lightly sand the board using 3M Sandpaper, 220-Grit*.  This smooths the board and allows a little bit of the brown board to show through for a vintage look.
  • Wipe the board with a clean soft cloth.

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  • I applied the words on the chalkboard using Styletech Clear Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • I applied the word “Holidays” first and lined the word “Happy” over top.
  • Cut a small white snowflake using white ultra metallic vinyl and add onto the sign above the word happy.
  • Create a “Button Bow”  for the top of your “Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign”.
  • Directions for “button bow” below.
  • Add twine to the two top holes for hanging.
  • Glue Button Bow onto the top of the “Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign” using craft glue*.

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How to Make a Holiday Button Bow…

  • Fold ribbon in thirds.  (like your getting ready to tie a tie.)
  • Gather and wrap twine around the center of the ribbon a couple of times and tie tightly.
  • Add a jump ring to the jingle bell and add onto one end of the twine and tie.
  • Add button to both ends of the twine and tie to the center of the bow.
  • Trim the ends of the ribbon and twine.

Ask for Styletech Craft vinyl at your local craft store

or online at ATSMCRAFT and limited availability on Amazon.

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Creating Holiday Tees with Personality

Creating fun and funny personalized tees for the Holidays

are a snap with the help of Joy® Embroidered Iron-on Letters.

My grandsons are good sports and will usually let me take their pictures for my projects.

We took this picture the day before Halloween.  They weren’t really into Christmas pictures.

In the picture, Nicholas is giving me his best “grinchy” face.

His mom said his shirt should read “Grandma made me do it”.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Wash t-shirt to remove any residue or sizing.
  2. Set iron to cotton setting or follow garment care label.
  3. Remove letters from sheet.
  4. Position letters with shiny side down.
  5. Cover letters with a fine cloth.
  6. With firm pressure iron cloth over the letters for 25 seconds.
  7. Turn t-shirt inside out and iron the back of the letters for 25 seconds.
  8. Allow to cool for one minute before handling.

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters and number sheets are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

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