Always in my heart ❤️

A Christmas Ornament with Special Meaning.

The holidays are especially hard for people who have lost loved ones.

The year I lost my Dad, right before Christmas, I found it really hard to celebrate.

I found myself just going through the motions.

This year, I decided to make a special ornament to place on my tree to remind me

that my loved ones will always be in my heart.

At Christmas Time and Every Day.

To make my ornament…

I used a simple whitewashed wood ornament that I picked up at Michael’s.

I cut the words “Always in my Heart” using my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Die-Cutting Machine* out of matte black self adhesive vinyl from Styletech Craft.

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Directions:

  • Using an electronic die cutting machine, I cut the words.
  • Using a weeding tool carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.  Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to help the vinyl cling
  • Apply words onto the whitewashed wood heart.

A simple little ornament and a whole lot of love.

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Simple Country Christmas Vase

Simple Country Christmas Vase

Create a sweet Country Christmas Vase with a little help using Joy Iron On Embroidered Letters.

Supplies Used:

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Directions:

  1.  Spray the mason jar with a couple coats of ivory colored spray paint.

2.  After the paint has dried, lightly sand the jar to remove the paint off the letters.

3.   Drill a hole on the top of a small wood slice and paint the center with red acrylic paint.
4.  Glue the embroidered letters and wood star onto the wood slice with craft glue.
5.  Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar and add embellished wood slice.

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores. 

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A Merry Little Holiday House

How to make A Merry Little Holiday House.

A cute little holiday decoration using the Eileen Hull House Ornament Die.

Perfect for gift giving.  Just add a small battery operated tea light and see it glow.

A Merry Little House Supplies Used:            (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Red and Black Buffalo Plaid paper 6″ x 8″.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As the paper moves through the Creative Station it adds adhesive to the underneath side of the paper.  You get full and complete adhesive covering on the paper.
  • Cut two pieces of Mat Board* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the buffalo plaid paper onto each one of the mat board.  (underneath will be plain)

  • Lay covered matboard on top of the house ornament die and sandwich it between two sizzix cutting plates.  Run the die, mat board and cutting plates through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*.  The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses that you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two houses shapes.

A Merry Little Holiday House bits and pieces.

  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses.  (This tab is used if you want to make it an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Super Glue to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  Leave bottom tab unglued so that you can add a small battery operated tea light.

  • For the Roof:  Cut a piece of Black Corrugated paper 2 1/2″ x 4″.  Fold in half and glue to top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white matboard over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine.  Trim around matboard to create two small windows.  Glue windows frames onto house.

  • Add the “Merry” chipboard sticker from the Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to the front of the house.
  • Make wreath out of a 6″ piece of the craft pine stem.
  • Create a small bow from the red twine and glue onto front of wreath.
  • Glue wreath to front of the house.

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DIY Holiday Inspiration Station

Holiday Inspiration Station

Tis the Season to be Crafting…. 

It’s November, time to turn on the Holiday movies and start making your lists.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year to be creative.

Inspire Creativity…

It’s easy to promote creativity over the Holidays with a DIY Holiday Inspiration Station.

Set up a little spot in the house to spark a little inspiration for the whole family.

I used the large Three Drawer Organizer from Deflecto as the center of my station.

It’s large enough to hold full sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper and room for tags, ribbon and more.

It’s stackable for even more creativity.

This is one of my new favorites for organizing embellishments.

The Caddy Storage Tray* from Deflecto.

And best of all it fits into the large compartment of the Deflecto Stacking Caddy Organizer*.

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Brown paper packages tied up in string.

It’s easy to make your gifts look special when everything’s right at your fingertips. 

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Sue’s 2019 Holiday Workshop

Registration is Open for Sue’s 2019 Holiday WorkshoP

The theme for this years Holiday Workshop is Mad for Plaid

We will be making several plaid themed projects along a few other non-plaid items.
Plaid Attire is not required but highly encouraged.

Here’s what to Expect…

  • Christmas Cards We will be making several Christmas Cards and Tags including the Merry Christmas Black Buffalo Plaid card pictured above.  (more samples to come)

  • NEW this year… a  Buffalo Plaid Hot Cocoa bar with yummy toppings to warm you up.   (Hopefully… Snow Not Included!)

      • I’ll also have fun Buffalo Plaid Party Props perfect for a picture or two with friends.  (party props from Oriental Trading)

The cost of the Holiday Workshop is $45…
which includes your workshop supplies*, hot lunch, Hot Cocoa Bar, yummy cookies and lots of prizes.  Did I mention every wins a prize?

Sue’s Holiday Workshop will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
200 S. Main St., Washington, IL  in the church’s large Family Life Center.
Great lighting and plenty of space.  It’s going to be a fun day.

The Workshop is limited to 20 spots.
So…Invite a friend and reserve your spot today.

RSVP: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com
Payment is due by Nov. 1st.

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Country Christmas Pocket Notebook

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook.

Being a friend and a big fan of the creative dies that Eileen Hull designs for Sizzix…

I was happy to jump on the band wagon with Eileen Hull’s Design Team and Educators

to create an album using Eileen Hull’s NEW Pocket Notebook Die from Sizzix*.

You’ll just flip at the amazing things these ladies have come up with.

Make sure to read to the end of this post to see the full list of designers.

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Is it too early to start thinking Christmas?

Once I saw the Simple Stories– Country Christmas 6 x 8 paper pad* I knew it would make

a cute little album for Christmas using Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die*.

To create the album you’ll need to cut out the pieces from matboard.

The Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board* is the perfect size to use with the XL Sizzix dies.

I like to use my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the paper.

You can do this before or after you cut the die.

The Pocket Notebook Die* cuts the cover (you will need 2), a pen-loop and latch and pages for

the book.  The page size is adjustable and the spine of the book can be any size from 3/8″ to 2″.

I kept the cover and inside of  my album pretty simple, I’ll embellish it more as I add pictures.

The spine has pre-cut holes for gathering the inside pages.

I folded several of the 6″ x 8″ paper from the pad to make little page groupings.

Each one is held together with an elastic loop with I tied on the outside of  the spine.

I created a couple pocket pages in the center of one of the page groupings.

There’s a lot of possibilities and potential when using the Pocket Notebook die.

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook Products Used:

Welcome to the Pocket Notebook Release Party!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS– the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.

Thanks for hopping along with us today!

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Creating a Mini Album with Xyron

Creating a Mini Album using the Xyron Creative Station…

This week the Xyron Design Team was asked to post about our favorite Xyron Product.

With so many wonderful Xyron items to choose from it was a hard decision.  

 When it comes to making Mini Albums, Tags and Altered Home Décor pieces,

the Xyron Creative Station* is hands down my favorite product to use.

When I go to the effort to create, I don’t want my projects falling apart.

With the Xyron Creative Station* you get complete coverage, no gluing, no wrinkling,

no bubbles!  There are so many refill cartridge options available in both the 9″ and 5″ sizes.

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To make my Mini Albums…

  • I use chipboard or mat board for the base of my Mini Album and cut it to my preferred size.
  • I cut decorative scrapbook paper to fit onto the base.
  • Put the paper design side up on the  *Xyron Creative Station, 9″ crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.
  • Line up the paper onto the chipboard.

  • Create extra pages for the inside of the Mini Album using cardstock or coordinating scrapbook paper.
  • Bind the album together using a Book Binding Machine*.
  • Embellish the front of the album with frames, flowers, charms, stickers and ribbon.

  • I created a frame for the cover using chipboard and scrapbook paper and cutting it out using a steel rule die.
  • You can run the frame through the Xyron Creative Station* also.
  • The Creative Station makes quick work of putting my Mini Album together.

The paper used on my Mini Album was from Simple Stories Merry & Bright Collection*

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Personalize your Christmas Stocking with Joy

Taking a simple stocking from plain to personality is easy with Joy embroidered letters…

I picked up a simple linen stocking at my local craft store.

It was nice enough, but it needed some personality.

I decided to embellish the stocking with Joy iron-on letters, ribbons and trim.

Here’s what I used on my stocking:                (*amazon affiliate link)

Directions:

  • Depending on the fabric and lining content of your stocking, you can either iron on the letters or glue them onto the stocking with craft glue.
  • Make a simple bow by folding the ribbon over and tying the center tight with the twine.
  • Add a jingle bell and a small piece of pine craft stem to the center of the bow and tie again with the twine.
  • Add button to both ends of the twine and tie to the center of the bow.
  • Trim the ends of the bow.
  • I switched out the plain wood button on the center of the button for one that better fits my style.
  • Glue trim and bow onto the front of the stocking with craft glue.
  • Embellish with a Christmas pin.
  • Add presents or greenery and berries to the inside of the stocking.

You could hang that stocking from the mantel or….

Doesn’t it make a great addition in the center of my Christmas Wreath.

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

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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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