Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament

How to make a Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament

Every year I like to make a new ornament or two for my Christmas Tree.

The Snowman Santa Ornament is an easy project that the whole family can make.

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Directions:

  • Paint three wood beads with white acrylic paint.
  • Tie the ends of the Natural Twine together to create a loop.
  • Bend the small wire at the top of the looped twine to help you pull the wood beads.  String all three beads onto the natural twine.

  • Tie a knot at the top of the beads and trim off the excess twine.

  • Place the Santa Hat on the top of the beads to determine glue placement.  Remove the hat and add a small amount of glue on each side of the bead.  Add Santa Hat.
  • Give the Santa Hat a bend and glue in place with glue.
  • Thread the red and white twine through the needle, insert it into the top of the Santa Hat to create a hanger to hang the Snowman.

  • To Make the Scarf:  Cut a small thin piece of red felt.  (approx. 1/2″ x 7″)  Cut two small strips of white felt and glue them on each end of the red felt strip.  Fringe the ends of the red felt.
  • Tie the scarf around the top bead.  Add a small dab of glue to keep the scarf in place.

  • Use a paint marker to draw a simple face on the Snowman.

A Cute Little Snowman Ornament to hang on your Christmas Tree.

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The Bow Maker Die for Paper Crafters

I recently got a chance to play with the Bow Maker Die from The Maker’s Movement.

While I will admit that I was confused for a brief moment on how it worked.

Once I figured out how easy it was to use, I wanted to share this simple project

and tutorial with you.

 

The Bow Maker is a four-piece die set that is deep etched, which makes it so easy to cut through cardstock, thick paper, and even fabric. They are great for greeting cards, birthday cards, scrapbooking, gift tags, and much more fun projects.

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I decorated a little jar I found at  Dollar Tree and topped it off with a cute little paper bow.

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It makes a quick, simple, and inexpensive gift.

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Directions:

  1. Die-cut decorative scrapbook paper using the Bow Maker Die.  The dies cut four pieces, two bow loops, a center, and a bow base.
  2. Gently curl the paper on the two bow loops using your fingers or a small round marker to make the paper pliable for bending.
  3. Bend the ends over and glue to the underneath side of the paper using a quick setting glue like Rapid Fuse*.  (you could also use a small glue dot)
  4. Stack and glue the bow loops onto the bow base.
  5. Glue the center around the middle of the bow.

A Merry Little Christmas Tiny Book and Book Case

A Merry Little Christmas Tiny Book and Book Case

A perfect little album for adding small Holiday photos and writing special memories on the

pages.  The set would make a nice little gift or to use as an ornament to hang from your tree.

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Directions:

    • Place a piece of white mat board over the Tiny Book Die and place between the two cutting plates on the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*.  Crank the handle to run the die through the rollers of the machine to cut out the tiny book.
    • With the book base flat, adhere the scrapbook layers onto the front and back of the book.
    • Cut the words “merry” and “Christmas time” out of gold adhesive craft vinyl and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  You could also use small Christmas Word Stickers.
    • Cut a Small Scallop Square out of white cardstock and the Nested Scalloped Frame Die.
    •  Apply the vinyl word “merry” using a small piece of transfer paper onto the top left corner of the scallop frame.
    • Apply the words “Christmas time” on the spine of the tiny book.
    • Adhere adhesive craft foam under the small scalloped square.  This creates a small shadow box frame for the front of the tiny book.
    • Cut a small 1 1/4″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper and place under the craft foam on the small frame and adhere to the front of the tiny book.
    • Glue the holly embellishment inside the frame.
    • Gently fold book along score lines.
    • Wrap twine several times around the front cover.
    • Cut two pieces of cardstock 2 3/4″ x 11″.  Score both pieces of cardstock every 2 1/8″ to create a long accordion piece.  You will end up with a small tab at the end of both strips.  Use the first tab to connect the strips.  Cut the second tab off.  Refold to make a long accordion strip.
    • Adhere both ends of the cardstock into the front and back cover.

Tiny Book Case Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper 6″ x 8 1/2″.
  • Place the scrapbook paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  Crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  The machine adds a complete layer of adhesive onto the entire piece of scrapbook paper.  Repeat with the second piece of scrapbook paper.
  • Cut a piece of mat board 6″ x 8 1/2″.  Adhere a piece of the scrapbook paper onto both sides of the matboard.
  • Place the covered mat board, outside pattern down, onto the Tiny Book Case Die sandwiched between two cutting plates onto the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*.  Crank the handle to run the die through the machine.
  • Gently fold the Tiny Book Case along score lines.  Glue both sides of the bottom section of the case closed using Rapid Fuse Glue*.
  • Paint the Miniature Drawer Handle* with white acrylic paint, after the paint has dried, glue it onto the top of the book case.
  • Die-cut a small white handle (from the book case die).
  • Wrap elastic around the slots of the handle and glue onto the underneath side of the elastic.
  • Glue the wood snowflake embellishment onto the front of the handle and add an adhesive pearl to the center.

The Merry Little Christmas Time Book and Book case is one of the projects made in

Sue’s 2020 Virtual Holiday Workshop.  (There are still a few kits available.)

The cost of the kits are $25 plus shipping.  For more information or to order a kit click here.

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Easy Photo Transfer Ornament

How to make a Photo Transfer Ornament for your Christmas Tree.

Our sweet little guy, Dexter, is turning one year old tomorrow.

And of course, this will be his very first Christmas.

I thought he needed his very own ornament on the tree.  He is family.

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Directions:

  • Very Important… You must use a photocopy made from a dry toner type copier.  (Do not use the actual photograph, trust me, it will not work.)
  • Lay the wood slice over the photocopy and trace around the wood slice.  Cut around the traced lines.

  • Carefully lift the image, making contact only slightly with the image edge. Flip the coated image over and position it over the wood slice.   Lightly press from the center out to release any air bubbles.   Wipe away any excess medium that may have been squeezed out.
  • Allow drying overnight.

  • Wet a sponge with water, squeeze excess water from the sponge then dampen the exposed backside of the image transfer. Immediately as the paper is wet, an image will appear. Allow the wet image to rest a couple of moments to soften the paper.
  •  Using your damp sponge or a fingertip, begin to lightly rub over the damp paper to peel away layers. Be careful not to be rough with the wet paper as it may be fragile. After removing several layers of paper, stop and allow the transferred image to dry. Once dry, white areas will appear where paper remains. Repeat steps to moisten and lightly rub the surface to remove the remaining paper layers. Allow to dry.

A little about Dexter…

We added Dexter to our family on Feb. 12th of this year.  (A slightly impulsive move.)

Dexter is a Shichon Teddy Bear Pup, which is a Bichon Frise, and a Shih Tzu mix.

He is the sweetest, softest, friendliest  little dog I’ve ever known.

While Dexter isn’t technically a quarantine puppy, he sure has been a great distraction.

Because of him, I’ve been on more walks (at least once a day), met more neighbors,

and go outside more than ever before.  (He’s been good for us.)

I think more people in the neighborhood knows his name more than mine.

He’s been a great addition to our Family!

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Handmade Holiday Paper Crafting Parade

Today I’m parading around with several talented designers on Instagram for Scrapbook.com’s

The Handmade Holiday Papercrafting Parade.

I recieved a great box of exclusive Scrapbook.com products to use for my projects.

Most of the items were the everyday type of products.

But, as you’ll see, you can easily use your regular products to make some very unique

holiday projects.

(Link for the Handmade Holiday Paper Crafting Parade at the bottom of this post. )

Sprig of Joy Tag

There’s something special about simple wrapped presents.

As Julie Andrews sang in the Sound of Music, “these are a few of my favorite things.”

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The Gift of Joy.

I love using every day stickers to embellish this package.

This sticker set came with labels, alphabet stickers (including this lovely silver one) and fun

word stickers.  If you’re bold enough, add “you’re my favorite” to a present and see who notices.

Materials Used:

Happy Holidays Card

This simple card was easy to create.  I used the tall skinny alphabet dies to cut out the letters to

spell Happy Holidays.  To make assembly easy, I ran the paper through my Xyron Create A

Sticker before die-cutting the letters.

Draw a faint pencil line on the white cardstock to help line up the letters.

Erase the line after you’ve stuck on the letters.

Materials Used:

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And while you’re there, make sure to “Follow Me”.    (Thank You!!!)

Xyron Holiday Bundle Winner

Congratulation goes out to Denise B of England,

You are the Winner of the Xyron 2020 Holiday Bundle.

Thanks to Everyone who entered into the contest.

And a Special Thanks to Xryon for giving me the Holiday Bundle to Give Away.

You all know how much I love my Xyron Products.

Be Merry Poinsettia Card

How to Create a Beautiful Poinsettia Christmas Card using Distress Ink.

I like making clean and simple cards.

But everyone once in a while, a card just calls out to be inked.

This card was one of those projects.   (It’s still kind of clean and simple.)

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

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Directions:

  • Run several strips of 3″ cream cardstock through the Xyron Sticker Maker*. The sticker maker adds an even layer of adhesive to the back of the cardstock. Do this before die-cutting to make each small piece a sticker. (it makes assembly so much easier)
  • Using the Winter Foliage Die Set and the Crossover II Die-Cut Machine*, die-cut the pieces out of cream cardstock. You will need 8-smooth leaves for the flower, 4-pointed leaves for the foliage, 4-pine branches, and 2-small leaf die-cuts.

  • Ink the edges of the leaves using an Ink Blending Tool* and the Distress Inks.
  • For the base of the card, cut 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper. Adhere the woodgrain paper onto a 5″ x 7″ gold cardstock layer. Adhere both layers onto a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ cream card base.
  • Start with 4 of the smooth leaves inked with the Barn Door Red Ink and place onto the front of the top of the card. Place them so that they line up opposite of each other.
  • Place and stager the four additional red leaves on top of the first layer of leaves.
  • Adhere the leaves, foliage and, pine stem under the poinsettia flower.

  • Die-cut three small circles (from the Winter Foliage Die Set) out of gold cardstock and adhere to the center of the flower.
  • Die-cut the words “Be Merry” out of cream cardstock ran through the Xyron Sticker Maker* and place the stickered “Be Merry” onto the front of the card.

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Xyron Holiday Bundle Giveaway

My friends at Xyron has generously given me a New Xyron 2020 Holiday Bundle to giveaway to one lucky person.

This limited-edition holiday bundle is perfect for gift wrapping over the holidays or anytime. The Xyron Mega Runner lets you wrap packages beautifully, without the messy tape. Have fun making your own labels for any occasion with the Xyron 3” Disposable Sticker Makers. Let Xyron help make your holidays easier!

The Xyron Holiday Bundle Includes:

  • Red Xyron Mega Runner
  • Two Xyron 3″ Disposable Sticker Makers with a Blue Snowflake Pattern.
  • 40 Holiday Labels

There are several ways to enter.  

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to win.
  • Follow, Like and Comment on my Facebook Page
  • Follow, Like and Comment on my Instagram Page.
  • Follow Xyron’s Instagram Page and leave a comment on either this post or one of my other posts to let me know you followed them.

Winner will be chosen:  Sunday, November 15, 2020

Even if you don’t win you can get your own Xyron Holiday Bundle here.

Gnome for the Holidays

The Holiday Season isn’t even here yet, and Gnomes are popping up in stores everywhere.

That’s a good thing for me because I think they’re adorable.

I especially love the Holiday Gnomes.

Did you know that Gnomes are considered good luck?

The way things have been going this year, I’m going to need a lot more gnomes.

Have you tried making Gnomes yet?

I haven’t made any Gnomes yet myself, but it’s on my Holiday to-do list this year.

I thought this “Gnome for the Holidays” sign would look perfect with the two I already have.

I used StyleTechCraft metallic luster vinyl for a fun shimmery, metallic Holiday Decoration.

Materials Used:

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Directions:

  • Cut a piece of coordinating holiday scrapbook paper to fit inside of the frame.
  • Use the “Gnome for the Holidays” SVG cut file and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to cut the pieces out of vinyl.
  • Use the vinyl pick tool to remove the excess vinyl from inside and around the letters and shapes.
  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Remove the vinyl from the white liner.
  • Using the transfer tape, line up the vinyl words onto the scrapbook paper.

  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Continue adding the vinyl layers that make up the Gnome.
  • Add into a fun red metallic frame and enjoy it.

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Sue’s 2020 Holiday Workshop Kits

Looking for a little extra Inspiration this Holiday Season?  
Sue’s Holiday Workshop is going Virtual with a fun Holiday Kit.

Here’s what we’ll be making:

  • Penguin Snow Globe Card
  • Snowy Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Card
  • Holiday Joy Christmas Card
  • Merry Christmas Time Tiny Book
  • Snowflake Book Case that holds the Tiny Book
  • Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament
  • 4″ Merry Christmas Snowflake Acrylic Tag Ornament
  • 4″ Buddy’s Coffee Acyrlic Tag Ornament

Included in the Kit:

  • Card layers and Stamped Pieces. Ribbon, 3D Foam Squares and Envelopes
  • Covered Chipboard Book Case, Painted Handle, Wood Snowflake Embellishment
  • Tiny Book Cover, Cut Pieces to Cover the Book, Small Frame, Holly Embellishment, Twine, Gold Vinyl Words
  • Beads, Santa Hat, Scarf pieces, Twine
  • Two 4″ Acrylic Circles, Metallic Vinyl Designs, Transfer Tape, Twine, Adhesive Pearl Rhinestones.

I will be creating a special Facebook Group where I will add additional photos and videos of how to make the projects and links to products used.  I will also have additional add on kits from previous Workshops to purchase at a greatly reduced price.

You will need to provide:  (not included in kit)

  • Art Markers or Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Tape Runner
  • Craft Glue

The cost of the Kit is $25.00  
Shipping is $7.50 for Priority Mail.

There will be a limited amount of kits available, so reserve yours today.
Holiday Workshop Kits will be available November 7th to pick up or ship.

Email: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com to reserve your kit.

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