Wonderful Christmas Angel 

One of the beautiful things about the advent and Christmas season is how it connects us to heaven. Very few Christians children will doubt that an angel asked Mary to have the son of God, or that an angel appeared before shepherds, and told them the savior had been born. And, it does us so much good to be reminded of that simple faith, and to let the angels speak to us now.  
I fell in love with the new angel set in the holiday mini as soon as I laid on it. To me it is an example of the best of Christmas imagery. The angel harkened to traditional ideas, but it is drawn in a beautiful modern way. Love it!  


1. Cut and score a card base out of dapper denim card stock.

2. Cut a 4 x 5.25 piece of shimmery white paper, and emboss with the cable knit embossing folder. You will want to spritz the folder with a bit of water ( I used stampin’ mist since it was handy) before running it through the big shot.

3. Attach the shimmery white paper to the card stock with stampin’ dimensionals.

4. Cut a 3 x 4.50 piece of shimmery white paper, and stamp the image in marina mist ink.
5. Use snail to adhere the stamped image onto a 3.25×4.75 piece of marina mist cardstock.
6. Attach to the card base using Stampin dimensionals.

7. Cut a 3x .75 piece of whisper white paper, and stamp sentiment in dapper denim ink. Slightly trim the top and bottom.

8. Adhere sentiment to a 3.25 x .75 piece of dapper denim, and adhere to card with stampin’ dimensionals.

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Cookie Cutter Scarecrow

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!  I legitimately love fall, and it is hands down one of the things I miss most about the Midwest.  There is something about the crisp cool air, leaves changing color, trout fishing, etc. that just makes my heart happy.  We don’t get the cool air here in Texas, but usually it gets cool enough that the kids and I can start going on daily walks, and of course I embrace everything pumpkin spice.

The scarecrow in the cookie cutter set is so adorable, and super fun to color.  I love using my blender pens for detailed coloring in like this.  It helps all the little details pop.

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1. Cut and score a crushed curry card base.

2. Stamp the scarecrow onto very vanilla with memento black ink, and color in with a blender pen and dapper denim, soft suede, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight ink.

3. Punch a circle of the Halloween dsp with the two inch circle punch.  Trim the right side.

4.  Put down three strips of Washi tape, and adhere the circle with snail.

5.  Place the scarecrow on top of the circle with Stampin’ dimensionals.

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Cheerful Tags Cookie Cutter Style

Target put out their must have toy list, and the Hallmark channel just announced their Christmas movie line up.  It makes me super excited that I will soon be enjoying everything I love about the Christmas season, and so grateful I have papercrafting tools to make everything I want to make this Christmas simple and beautiful.

My mom was the most awesome homeroom mom on the planet.  There wasn’t a holiday that went by that she didn’t send in treats for, and she always came up with great games for the classroom parties.  Another demo shared the idea to use the cheerful tags set on water bottles, and I instantly thought of Christmas classroom parties, and knew I had to CASE it.

This tag could not get any easier.  And, I love that the decorative edges make you look like Matha Stewart spending hours trimming tags with your scissors when it actually only took minutes with your big shot!  And, using Washi tape to decorate the tag also saves time and measuring.  You could easily whip up enough for a whole class in under an hour.

Directions:

  1.  Run a piece of real red cardstock through the big shot with the cheerful tag framelit that has the circle in it.
  2. Tear Washi tape and wrap around the tag.
  3. Stamp the reindeer in Early Expresso onto crumb cake cardstock.
  4. Punch out the reindeer with the cookie cutter punch, and adhere to the tag with a stampin’ dimensional.
  5. Cut a two inch piece of dsp, and adhere on the water bottle with tear n tape.
  6. Place tag on bottle.

 

Booful Home Sweet Home

When I was a kid my brothers and I would decorate our front punch with spider webs. We also stuffed old costumes, and would play spooky music from our porch on Halloween. When I saw home sweet home I thought it it would be perfect for mantel piece decor.  I could have that Halloween decorating fun inside all fall long.

These boxes are so easy to make.  You simply use your creativity with paper choices, and combine elements until you are happy with the outcome.  There are directions further down on this blog for the casket.  I do recommend making the houses look more spooky by only using three roof pieces on each side instead of six.

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Cookie Cutter Tag

I don’t think it is truly the Christmas season until the smell of cookies baking fills the house.  There is something so delightful about getting the kids in the kitchen, and sending day sprinkled (or covered) in flour and sugar.  The cookies don’t always come out perfect, but we have fun and spend time together.  And, unlike other baking you will probably be sharing your cookies with other family and friends.

When the cookie cutter set came out it instantly got my attention.  I love the innocence and simplicity of the whole set.  I knew it was going to make so many great Christmas items from gift tags, to cards, to decorations.  The tag I made would look nice on a package or with a homemade treat.

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  1.  Cut a 5.5 x 2 piece of candy cane lane designers series paper.
  2. Cut a 3 x 1.75  piece of real red cardstock.
  3. Stamp a gingerbread man using soft suede ink onto whisper white cardstock.
  4. Punch out the gingerbread man with the cookie cutter punch, and add two emerald envy enamel dots.
  5. punch the candy cane lane dsp and real red cardstock with the triple banner punch.
  6. Tie a bow with two pieces of red and one piece of red and white striped bakers twine.
  7. Adhere the real red cardstock to the candy can lane dsp.
  8. Use stampin’ dimensionals to adhere the gingerbread man to the real red cardstock.
  9. Use a mini glue dot to adhere the twine bow to the tag.

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