Xyron Holly Days

Xyron Holly Days

Xyron Holly Days are here!

Xyron is partnering with some of their favorite crafters over the next couple of weeks to give you some fresh crafting ideas for the holiday season.

You can check out the projects here.

Make sure to come back tomorrow (12/4) as I will be the featured crafter. 

You won’t want to miss out on Xyron’s Holly Days Giveaway where you have a chance to win more than $900 in prizes for you and your craftiest friend!

There are many ways to enter!  https://gleam.io/TPTJI/xyrons-happy-hollydays-giveaway

Must be 18+ years old and live in the United States.  Giveaway closes 11:59 pm PT on 12/15/2021. See rules for more details.

Use my Special Discount Code:  CREATIVE15 for 15% off Xyron* through 12-31-2021.

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How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

Welcome your guests this Winter Season with a Snowflake Door Hanger

that you can leave up until Spring.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

The White Snowflake Welcome Door Hanger measures 10″ and is happy hanging as a

Holiday Welcome on your front door or just hanging out on the wall.

Add it to the center of a wreath for even more pizazz.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

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How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

Directions:

  • Cut the Welcome Snowflake out of StyleTechCraft White Ultra Metallic Vinyl* using the Welcome Snowflake SVG file and a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.
  • Remove the excess vinyl from in and around the snowflake and cut letters.
  • Paint the 10” Unfinished Wood Circle* with one or two coats of black acrylic paint.
  • Lightly sand over the painted area with a Sanding Block* to smooth the grain.
  • Drill a small hole in the top of the wood circle for hanging.
  • Trim the paper around the vinyl snowflake and lay it onto the wood circle to determine the placement of the red stripe. Line the tip of the snowflake with the top hole.
  • Place a pencil mark on each side of the first double line. Draw a line between the two pencil marks.  Measure two inches down from the first pencil marks and draw a second line.
  • Place Removable Painters Tape* above and below the pencil lines.
  • Paint the area within the two-inch strip with red acrylic paint.
  • Lightly sand over the red paint to smooth.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • Cut a 10” x 10” piece of gridded vinyl transfer paper*. Remove the backing from the transfer paper and place it over the vinyl snowflake welcome.  Rub over the transfer paper* with a vinyl scraper tool to make sure that the vinyl has transferred.  (You can use a bone folder or credit card to rub over it if necessary.)  Remove transfer paper.
  • Add the piece of natural twine through the top hole for hanging.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • To make the bow, you’ll need approximately 24” of ribbon.
  • Fold the ribbon in thirds.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • Gather and wrap red twine around the center of the ribbon a couple of times and tie tightly. Add jingle bell to the twine and tie again.
  • Using a hot glue gun, glue the bow to the top of the wood sign, glue greenery under the bow.

Red Snowflake Welcome 10" Wood Door Hanger

The Red Snowflake Welcome is another example of what you can make.

I used a walnut stain on the wood base and a dark red metallic snowflake for a completely different look.

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Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Add a little “WOW” to your Holiday presents this year…

with a sweet Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament.

The Holiday Shaker Tag made using The Shaker Ornament Die and a few Holiday Shaker

Sprinkles is the perfect addition for those who like to shake the presents.

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Go ahead and shake it…

The nice thing about the shaker tag is once they’ve opened the present,

they can use the Winter Globe Shaker Tag as an ornament.

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Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

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A Tip Just for You…I love to use my Xyron Creative Station to add adhesive to the paper when creating my projects. And now Xyron has given me a “special discount code” that you can use CREATIVE15 for 15% Off Xyron* through 12-31-21.

How to make a Elegant and Easy Christmas Card

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

Elegant and Easy, Quick and Simple…

that pretty much sums up this beautiful Holiday Card made with the Believe Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

Don’t tell my family, but this may be this year’s Christmas Card.

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

If you’re a fan of clean and simple cards, it doesn’t get much easier than this one.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 9407

Directions:  

  • Cut a 2 ½” x 5″ piece of cream cardstock.  Place the cardstock into the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.  Crank the handle of the Sticker Maker to run the paper through the machine.  As it runs through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Cut a gold foiled paper and run it through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Place the “believe” die sandwiched between the Mini Maker cutting plates.  Turn the handle to run the die through the Mini Maker Die Cut Machine.
  • By running the paper through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini* first, it creates a sticker out of the die-cut piece.
  • Cut the gold background and stars using the adhesive gold foiled paper, die, and the Mini Maker.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Cut a 3 ¾” x 5″ cream cardstock layer.  Place the gold foiled believe background, believe words and gold foiled stars directly onto the cardstock layer.
  • Place several thin 3D foam squares* onto the back of the cardstock layer.
  • Adhere the layer onto the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” cream card.
  • Tie a simple gold ribbon around the front of the card.

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Card-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 6066

How to make a Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card 

using the Sweater Embossing Folder* from Sizzix* and Eileen Hull.

I have a “thing” for cable-knit sweaters. (just ask my family)

So it comes as no surprise how much I love this new embossing folder.

It’s perfect for creating quick and easy cards.

Sizzix Eileen Hull 3D Sweater Embossing Folder       Sizzix Big Shot

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Warm & Cozy Embossed Sweater Card

Directions:

  • To create the embossed sweater layer, place a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of cream cardstock into the Sweater Embossing Folder*.  Place the embossing folder onto the Sizzix Big Shot* platform.   Crank the handle of the Big Shot* to run the embossing folder through the machine.
  • Adhere the embossed layer onto the blueberry cardstock layer. Adhere those layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cream cardstock base.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the wood snowflake and adhere to the front of the card. Add the adhesive pearl to the center of the snowflake.
  • Tie a small bow and glue it onto the top of the snowflake.
  • Using a computer generated font, print the words “warm & cozy” onto a piece of cream cardstock.  Cut the cardstock into a strip with a v notch on each end. Place thin foam mounting squares under the cardstock strip and add to the front of the card under the wood snowflake.

FYI…This is a thick card.  You will need extra postage to mail it.  (It might be best to hand deliver.)

Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder

Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

The Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder is great for sticking a little money

or a Starbucks gift card.  Who wouldn’t love getting that for Christmas?

The card uses the Coffee Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The sleeve around the coffee cup uses the NEW Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Plate*.

Coffee Die Set from The Maker's Movement    Maker's Movement Alphabet Die Set

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Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

Directions:

  • The tri-fold card was made from a 5 ½” x 9 ¾” piece of Kraft Cardstock. I scored the cardstock on the 3 ¼” and 6 ½” mark.
  • Adhere the green plaid layer to the gold cardstock layer. Adhere onto the front of the tri-fold card.
  • Assemble and adhere the die-cut pieces of the coffee cup onto the front of the card. The red plaid pieces and vellum coffee lid have been made into stickers using a Xyron Creative Station.  The “coffee sleeve” was embossed using the sweater embossing folder.
  • Remove the backing off the gridded transfer paper. Apply the transfer paper over the word “Holiday”.  Gently rub over the transfer paper to make sure the word has transferred.  Apply onto the top of the card.
  • Add clear adhesive enamel dots to the lid of the coffee cup.
  • The transfer paper is reusable. Use the transfer paper to apply the small snowflake onto the cup.
  • On the inside of the card… Open the trifold card. Adhere the thin red plaid adhesive strip to the top of the cream cardstock layer.  (Leave a 1/8” margin on the top) Trim the excess paper strip.  Using the transfer paper, transfer the word “Enjoy” under the red strip.
  • On the third-panel measure and mark 1 ½” on the outside edge of the panel. On the inside fold of the third panel, measure and mark 2 ½”.  Draw a line from the 2 ½” mark to the 1 ½” mark.  Cut along the line and the inside fold to create a diagonal pocket flap.  Adhere the thin green strip to the top of the diagonal panel and trim excess.
  • Punch a small hole in the center of the green panel and attach the small cream tag with twine. Apply the small red plaid heart to the center of the tag.
  • Add adhesive to the bottom and side of the flap. Adhere flap to the center panel.

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Five Simple Christmas Ornaments made with Kunin Felt

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

How to make Felt Christmas Ornaments…

I’ve found, I’m beginning to love creating handmade stitched ornaments.

It may take a little longer than gluing or sewing, but I find it relaxing.

And… Kunin Felt is the perfect material to use.

A big Thank You to Kunin Felt for sponsoring this month’s Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 7483

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Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt.

How to make a Felt Poinsettia Ornament:

  • Making a felt flower is simple, and you won’t need any fancy tools. (I learned how to make petal flowers many years ago from Martha Stewart.com.)  
  • Draw a simple petal shape onto a piece of cardstock for a pattern.
  • Trace the petal shape directly onto the felt. (Cut inside the lines when cutting out your petals so that the line doesn’t show.)  You will need 10 petals, eight for the flower and two for the leaves.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

  • To create a soft delicate-looking poinsettia, I inked the flower petals with red ink and the leaf petals with green ink.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

  • Thread the needle and thread, leave a long tail after the knot. Using a simple running stitch, thread the petals for the flower.  (I used the black thread for easier viewing.)

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

  • Next, remove the needle and gather the ends of the thread and cinch the petals together. Tie a knot.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

  • Glue a “fancy” button into the center of the petals.
  • Glue the leaves under each side of the flower.
  • Cut two circles out of the cream felt. (jar lids make great patterns to trace)
  • Stitch around the circles using a blanket stitch. Before you sew it closed, insert a small amount of polyfill and stitch it closed. Glue the flower onto the front of the circle.
  • Using a darning needle, add a gold thread to the top of the ornament for hanging.  
  • Tie a ribbon bow and glue it onto the top of the ornament.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

Another simple (well kind of simple) ornament to make is the Christmas Tree ornament.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

How to make a Lacy Cream Christmas Tree Ornament:

  • Create a simple tree pattern using cardstock.  
  • Cut a rectangle, draw lines from the top center of the rectangle to the bottom two corners.
  • Cut the pattern out and trace it onto the felt.  
  • Optional: Cut a small rectangle to use as a tree trunk.
  • Using a variety of laces and trim, stitch it on the front of the “tree” with need and thread. (Stitch the ends inside of the felt.)
  • Align the felt pieces and stitch together using a blanket stitch. Before you sew it closed, insert a small amount of polyfill.
  • Add adhesive pearls onto the front of the Christmas Tree Ornament between the lace strips.
  • Add a piece of gold thread for hanging and a small gold bow.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

As much as I love the first two ornaments, the red and green ones are my favorite. 

I made the green Christmas Tree ornament bigger than the cream one.  

  • I interwove red and white rick rack to make up the trim. I handstitched the rick rack trim onto the front of the tree shape.  
  • For fun, I stitched red and white Xs in between the trim.  
  • The tree is put together like the others, with a small amount of polyfill in the center.
  • Red and white twine was used for the hanger, with a red and white button on the top of the tree to finish it off.

How to make the Red Poinsettia Embroidery Hoop Ornament:

  • Create a Red Poinsettia using the flower directions above.
  • Open the embroidery hoop and place a piece of fabric over the center ring. (I used an old gray cable knit sweater.)   
  • Place the outside hoop over the sweater and tighten the embroidery hoop. Cut the excess fabric from the back of the embroidery hoop.
  • Glue a cardstock circle onto the back of the embroidery hoop.
  • Measure and glue the pine craft stem around the outside of the embroidery hoop.  
  • Glue the red poinsettia to the front of the embroidery hoop.
  • Add a piece of twine to the top to hang.  Glue a ribbon bow onto the top of the ornament.

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 7669

This soft and pretty Mitten Ornament was made similar to the other felt ornaments.

Except I used a mitten die to cut out the felt pieces.

If you don’t have a mitten die, search online for a mitten outline to size and use as a pattern.  

Making Christmas Ornaments with Kunin Felt

Every year, I make a few new ornaments for my Christmas Tree.

I think these will fit in quite nicely.  (they’d also make a great handmade gift)

Kunin Felt Logo

AND… Did you know?

That Kunin Felt is manufactured right here in the US from recycled plastic bottles.

It takes ten bottles to make a pound of fiber. How cool is that!

Holiday Sled Ornaments

Holiday Sled Ornaments

DIY Holiday Sled Ornaments

I love a good dollar store DIY. (especially Holiday DIYs)

I thought to myself just the other day. It’s no wonder crafter’s go a little crazy this time of year.

There are so many projects to try and so little time to make them all.

I picked up plaid wood sled ornaments at Dollar Tree* the other day

and couldn’t wait to start decorating on them.

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Holiday Sled Ornaments

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Holiday Sled Ornaments-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 7043

Directions:

  • Give the wood sleds a light sanding using fine-grit sandpaper or a sanding block.
  • Mask off sections of the sled with removable tape and paint with acrylic paint or stains.
  • Lightly sand over the sleds to smooth the grains.
  • For a finished look, seal over the painted and stained area with Mod Podge Matte Sealer.

You COULD leave the sled just as they are and be happy. But I decided to take it a step further.

Holiday Sled Ornaments

  • I love adding StyleTechCraft vinyl to projects to personalize them.  (everything’s a little better with vinyl)
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*and an SVG Holiday File from the Silhouette Store to cut the words out of the vinyl.
  • Remove the excess vinyl from in and around the cut letters.
  • Place a piece of vinyl transfer tape* over the vinyl words. Rub over the vinyl transfer tape* with a vinyl scraper tool to ensure the vinyl words have transferred.  Lift and remove from the backing paper.

Holiday Sled Ornaments

  • Rub over the vinyl words with the scraper tool to make sure the vinyl words have transferred to the sled.

Holiday Sled Ornament

  • Gently lift and remove the transfer paper.

Holiday Sled Ornament

Before I applied the vinyl, I lightly splattered the sled with white acrylic paint and an old toothbrush.

Holiday Sled Ornament

  • This is the “Be Merry” sled before and after.
  • On this sled I painted the body of the sled with acrylic paint and stained the runners of the sled with a walnut stain.
  • I created a small Holiday swag using a small piece of a pine craft stem, jingle bells and ribbon and hot glued it onto the sled.

DIY Stitched Felt Stocking with Die-Cut Ribbon

DIY Felt Christmas Stocking with Die Cut Ribbon

DIY Felt Holiday Stocking

If you love the warm and cozy feeling of Homespun Holidays and love making your gifts,

this simple felt stocking project is for you.

It makes a sweet stocking to hang on the mantel for Santa to add little gifts.

Or add in some greenery and use it as a Holiday decoration.

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DIY Felt Christmas Stocking with Die Cut Ribbon

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DIY Felt Christmas Stocking with Die Cut Ribbon

Directions:

  • Draw or create a stocking pattern onto cardstock. I used an SVG cut file from the Silhouette Store and a  Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine*. I sized the stocking pattern to fit on a 9″ x 12″ piece of felt and cut the stocking pattern using cardstock.
  • Trace the pattern pieces onto the felt and cut them out.

DIY Felt Christmas Stocking with Die Cut Ribbon

  • Cut the word “JOY” out of felt.  Hand stitch the felt pieces onto the stocking.
  • Tack the Snowflake Die-Cut Ribbon onto the front of the stocking using silver thread.

DIY Felt Christmas Stocking with Die Cut Ribbon

  • Iron the star patch onto the front of the stocking using the directions found on the back of the package.
  • Align the front and back of the felt stocking together. Using a “blanket stitch” stitch around the edge of the felt stocking.
  • Stitch a small piece of metallic ribbon as a loop on the corner of the felt stocking for hanging.

  

Don’t Miss Out…more workshop pictures

Have you been thinking about signing up for Sue’s Holiday Workshop?

Would you like more pictures of the projects you can make with the Workshop Kits

so you can decide?  Look no further cause here they are.

White Snowflake Welcome Wood Door Hanger

The White Snowflake Wood Door Hanger measures 10″ and is happy hanging as a

Holiday Welcome on your front door or just hanging out on the wall.

Add it to the center of a wreath for even more pizazz.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Red Snowflake Welcome 10" Wood Door Hanger

When you order your kit, you will have the choice of a white or red snowflake. 

The Welcome Snowflake is made using Ultra Metallic Glitter Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

The Workshop Kit includes a 10″ wood circle, vinyl snowflake greeting, transfer paper,

gray/red plaid ribbon, a jingle bell, and greenery. (You will need to provide acrylic paint.)

The Red Snowflake Welcome is another example of what you can make with the supplies

found in your kit.  I used a walnut stain on the wood base for a completely different look.

Red Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

The Embroidery Hoop Ornament is a quick and easy project with lots of opportunities

for personalization.  You have the choice of the red flannel shown, a soft grey flannel,

or red and black buffalo check flannel.

You will get several words that you can choose from to stencil onto the cream twill ribbon.

The Embroidery Hoop Ornament measures approx. 4″ when finished.

(you will need a glue gun for this project)

Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

The Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder is great for sticking a little money

or a Starbucks gift card.  Who wouldn’t love getting that for Christmas?

The card uses the Coffee Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The sleeve around the coffee cup uses the NEW Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Plate*.

Warm & Cozy Embossed Sweater Card

The Warm & Cozy Card also uses the New Sweater Embossing Plate from Eileen Hull and Sizzix.

I’m in love with this new embossing plate and can’t wait for you to see how lovely it is in person.

Cardinal Shaker Card

Shake Things Up with a cute Cardinal Shaker Card. 

This card is made using dies and Jingle Bell Shaker Sprinkles from The Maker’s Movement,

and paper from Simple Stories Make It Merry Collection*.

Warm & Cozy Card and Embroidery Hoop Ornament

A little more about Sue’s Holiday Workshop…

For the last decade (plus), I have looked forward to hosting my annual “Sue’s Holiday Workshop” every November. It’s my Holiday Christmas Party with friends. This stupid pandemic has made it hard. Last year we did an abbreviated version of the Holiday Workshop with fewer projects and an affordable price. This year I’ve decided to do the same. I hope that next year, we will finally get to come together in person. It’ll be a full day of Holiday Crafting Fun. (I’ll probably start planning as soon as this season is over.)

Sue's 2021 Holiday Workshop Samples

If you’re Interested in this years Holiday Workshop Kit click here for all the details.  

Or send me an email at suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com