Nick and Warren and the December Orange Art Box

Nick and Warren and the December Orange Art Box

It’s always fun crafting with these two monkeys.  Always a lot of silliness and smiles.

When we finally got a chance to work on the December Box, I had picked them up right after

they got off the school bus.  They were especially wound up.

I had to threaten Warren that he couldn’t be in the video if he wouldn’t stop

talking about naked bellies and of course showing me.

Then once we got going he gave me a sweet little song included at the end of the video.

Another Bonus…

I get to give away a Orange Art Box to one lucky kid.  (details at the bottom of this post)

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The December Orange Art Box was all about “Artic Friends”.

The December Orange Art Box included modeling clay, markers, card kits, postcards, bookmarks, glue, yarn to make tassels, and an instruction book that show the kids how to draw and make the animals.

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All silliness aside the boys had a great time creating.  

If you have a creative kid in your life and are looking for a unique and special gift

this Holiday, you may want to look into the Orange Art Box a subscription Art Box for kids.

They have several subscription options available.  And a lot of Holiday Specials!

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And if you order on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the Orange Art will be giving away one box for every subscription sold to a Charity so another lucky kid can enjoy the gift of creativity this Christmas.      (keep reading for more exciting news)

AND THE BEST PART… I Get to give away a box to one lucky kid.

Leave a comment here on this blog post or on Facebook and Instagram and tell me who you’d give an Orange Art Box too.     

Contest ends 12/13/2019  For kids age 5-12.  US Only.

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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 Electronic 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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The Gift of Organization

The Gift of Organization

I’m a little bit of an Organization nut.

I like things to be neat and tidy. (I’m sure I’m not the only one.)

With the holidays around the corner, for that hard to buy person,

why not give the gift of organization.

I like to use the Deflecto Interlocking Single Tilt Bins* all around the house.

I figured everyone else might like them too.

You could give the bins as is or fill them up for the ultimate gift.

Add a bow and your set to go.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

For the Kids

Craft supplies, playdoh, Legos, the list could go on and on.

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In the Bathroom

Hair ties, make up…Clear up the clutter on the bathroom counter.

In the Garage (or Mancave)

for the golfer in my life.

In the Baby’s Room

A great gift for the new mother.

In the Craft Room

The bins are interlocking and stackable.

Great for little storage needs in the garage, craft room, nursery, kitchen, and even the kid’s room.

Wherever you need a little extra storage.

The nice thing about the interlocking single tilt bins* is that you can use just one or use

several.  You can also hang them on the wall or use them with a mounting bar*.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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:

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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.

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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