Decking the Halls with Comfort and Joy Christmas Album

Comfort & Joy Christmas Album

Christmas is going to feel a lot different this year.

Instead of large family gatherings, we’ll be keeping it simple.

Sharing a little Holiday Encoragement

This year, the Eileen Hull teams got together and decided to celebrate the Holidays by creating

Comfort and Joy Albums and asked the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club to join along.

For my album, I choose the theme Decking the Halls.

You can find the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club Page here.

My Comfort and Joy Album uses the Eileen Hull Journal Die* and papers and embellishments

from Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole Collection*.

Instead of giving you a tutorial on how I made the album, I’ve decided to explain the inspiration

behind the album and share with you how I decorate my home for Christmas.

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Because my family won’t be together this Christmas, I’ve asked my daughter and daughter in law to send me Christmas pictures for my album.  I will have a family album filled with Christmas Memories.

I also come from a large extended family, which usually gets together for a big Christmas party.  I’ll be honest, the thought of missing all these celebrations makes me a little sad.

While making my album, I got the inspiration to take this weekend and drop off small gifts to my siblings.  I’ll be able to take a few porch pictures of the families and get my much-needed family fix.

Decking the Halls

When it comes to decorating the outside, I like to keep it simple.  We wrap twinkle lights around the large bush by our lamp post and hang icicle lights on the upper balcony.

Sprucing Up with Holiday Greens

I cut pine branches from the large pine tree in the yard and spruce up my pots with Holiday greens.

The Front Door

The front door has a simple wreath and a decorated sled.

The Christmas Tree

A few years ago, I got this frosted tree and absolutely love it.  I keep it simple with a red and white theme.  (I only use a fraction of the ornaments I’ve collected throughout the years)

Bookish Gnomes

While working on the decorations, I moved these gnomes on top of the books because my little pup thought they were dog toys.  I liked the way they looked, so I kept them there.

The Mantle

In my Dining Room, I have a large fireplace, which I decorated the mantle with a few of my Santa’s from my Santa Collection.

My Santa Collection

I’ve got Vintage Santas, Skiing Santas, Golfing Santas, and Toymaking Santas.  I scatter them randomly around the house.

Keeping it Simple

I would love to one day have a fully styled house for the Holidays.  Instead, I keep it simple.

I create small vignettes around the house to make it feel festive and homey.

Dexter

Even my sweet little pup, fresh from the groomers, matches my decorations.

Dexter and I would like to wish you all a Happy Holidays filled with Comfort and Joy.

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

How to Make an Elegant and Easy Monochromatic Holiday Card.

When it comes to making cards for the Holidays, two words come to mind, elegant and easy.  This Merry little card is both.  With a few simple tricks and tips, this card is a snap to make.

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

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Directions:

  • Choose several different shades of red cardstock.  (I used four.)  Cut into 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strips.
  • To make assembly easy.  I used the Xyron Create a Sticker to add adhesive to the back of the strips of cardstock.
  • Trim the larger strips into 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ smaller strips.
  • Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of red cardstock to use as the base.  Starting at the top, add the strips of red cardstock to the base.
  • Die-cut two branches using the Winter Foliage Die Set and Gold Chrome Vinyl.
  • Die-cut small snowflakes using the gold chrome vinyl and the snowflakes found in the Snow Globe Die Set.
  • Die-cut the words “Be Merry” using gold chrome Vinyl and the Be Merry Die Set.
  • Remove the white protective backing from the vinyl and use as stickers to decorate the front of the card.  I used the edge of the cardstock strip to help me line up the words.
  • Add red metal nailhead sticker embellishments onto the branch.
  • Cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of Chrome Adhesive Vinyl and adhere to a white 5″ x 7″ card.
  • Adhere the striped card front to the card base.

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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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.

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Click on the picture below to start on the Instagram Parade. 
And while you’re there, make sure to “Follow Me”.    (Thank You!!!)

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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Red Posies Felt Christmas Ornaments

Fairfield World’s 80th Birthday Celebration

If you are a crafter, chances are you’ve used Poly-fil a time or two. (or much, much more)

Would you believe they’ve been around for 80 years?

My grandma used poly-fil for years, and so have I.

So when given the opportunity, I  jumped at the chance to help them celebrate.

And talk about celebrating, they even sent us a box of goodies to inspire us.

How cool is that? (my favorite was the cheese popcorn)

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With Christmas coming soon, I decided to make a couple of Red Posies Felt Ornaments.

I enjoy stitching from time to time, but because I’m not an expert by any means,

I’m going to call them “Simple Homespun Charm”.

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Directions:

  • Die-cut the flowers, leaves, and circles out of felt.
  • Arrange the die-cut pieces on the felt.

  • Add a small dab of fabri-tac adhesive* under the top felt piece to hold it in place while you do your stitching.
  • I like to start with the top layer first and work my way down so that I’m not going through as many layers of felt at one time.

  • Hand sew simple stitches in white and red thread around the pieces.

  • Use small, close stitches to close the ornament 3/4 of the way closed.
  • Add a small amount of poly-fil into the center of the ornament and finish sewing it closed.

  • Use a large hole needle to add twine to the top of the ornament for hanging.
  • Adhere a small bow onto the top of the ornament with fabri-tac adhesive*.
  • To add a small word, like the word joy, iron the letters onto the felt circle before stitching.

 

For more 80th Birthday Celebration check out Fairfield World on Instagram.

Holiday Snow Globe Cards

Whether you like a classic style or cute, holiday snow globes are just fun.

Especially when they are made into cards that you can send.

For my cards, I used the Snow Globe stamp and die set from The Maker’s Movement

to make two snow globe cards with two different styles.

Both of these cards could also be made into a cute little shaker cards. 

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Penguin Snow Globe Card

  • Stamp the penguin on watercolor paper with a black permanent ink pad.
  • Use markers, colored pencils, or watercolor to color in the image.
  • Use the coordinating die to cut out the penguin.
  • I like to use the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive onto my decorative scrapbook paper before die-cutting  fine detailed pieces. It makes adhering to detailed pieces like the snow globe outline so much easier to adhere to.
  • For the base of the snow globe.  I adhered a small piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper onto a small piece of double-sided adhesive craft foam.
  • Run the woodgrain/foam piece through the Crossover II die-cutting machine* to create a think foam base.
  • Add a couple of thin foam mounting squares* to the back of the penguin before adding him to the card.
  • Adhere all your pieces together and stamp a little greeting on the top of the card.

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Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Card

Create  the soft look of freshly fallen snow with this Winter  Wonderland Snow Globe.

I love how different this card is.  (can you tell it’s my favorite)

It’s made similar to the Penguin Snow Globe.  The two trees in the middle are popped up using

thin foam mounting squares* to give the forest dimension.