There’s always room for one more wreath…Right?
I created 3 of these, loosely based on Martha Stewart’s village wreath. I purchased 4 inexpensive ($2.99) wreaths from Michaels.
Then I spray painted the tops of 3 of them a midnight blue color, and added some stripes of white spray paint to the rest of the wreath. The fourth wreath was painted entirely white, and then taken apart. ( I used those pieces at the end of the project to fill in underneath the houses)
Santa’s sleigh and the houses were all cut with my Cricut. I used vellum in most of the windows because I knew I wanted to houses to light up.After assembly, I got glued all those pieces on. I created Santa, the reindeer, the toy soldiers and the snowman from sculpey. ( I create molds from 2 part epoxy clay for most of my sculpey pieces so I can make multiples quickly) Then I added other detail decor: I glittered bottle brush trees, used some Mama Elephant die cut lights and stars and added some styrofoam ‘snow’.
Each wreath is slightly different…I used different papers on the houses and some different decorations in them. The last step was to add battery operated lights into the houses; those are just wired into place.
This project is the second of my series of book boxes. The actual box design was created in Cricut design space, ( and then cut in chipboard),as well as the window that pulls/pops up. The window frame and edging is actual wood ( veneer). There is plexiglas in the window. And Cricut cut and altered Santa and eight tiny reindeer. Clement C. Moore’s entire poem is inside and I love that it is nearly 200 years old and still apropos. When you open the book, there’s a tiny mouse sleeping with a pillow and blanket and a sculpey candy cane between his front paws. Again, a Cricut cut…vinyl Twas the night before Christmas…
A 2 Page Mini book pulls out with two of the original illustrations which have been cut out and popped up. I added some 3D candy to the sugarplums. The vintage plastic leaves have been encases in Ice resin, and the chimney with Stocking was stamped and fussy cut from a Stampin Up set. The half Santa is created from a mold made from Tim Holtz’s Santa. The holly and berries are from a paper punch. The book was attached with a Cinch binding tool. I used printable glitter paper for the poem.
Underneath is a little scene with a Graphic 45 Santa and toys, some wrapped gifts, a decorated paper tree ( again created in Design Space) and the final line of the poem ( cut in gold vinyl). Most of the paper used to cover the inside and outside of the boxes is Graphic 45. The tiny Santa & sleigh is a Lawn Fawn stamp.There are so many details to this project! The closure is a short chain with added Christmas charms and a lobster clasp.
The first book box in the series had two copies. This one has four!
I stamp on everything! ( because I freely admit that I am a terrible wrapper, so I figure it’s perfectly OK to make it up with lots of embellishments…lol)
So here’s some ideas for the wrapping paper challenged…
1. Stamp all over your paper ( the penguins) and I colored a few….
2. Stamp within a larger image ( the tree and gingerbread man)
This was really quick to do…I stamped multiple images at a time. The tree ornaments are stamped directly onto my wrapped package, the gingerbread is done on a separate piece of paper, cut out and taped onto the package.
3 . Stamp on ribbon ( Mine is stamped in white on red ribbon, using my Misti, because I needed to go over two or three times to get a really white image.) Don’t have ribbon? No worries… the white ‘ribbon’ is just a strip of paper, stamped and then edged with some glitzy trim..
The images I used: All Lawn Fawn stamps
Ribbon: For you….Love You A Latte, Star….Joy to the Woods
Tree: Ornaments, Bow…..Joy to the Woods, Heart…..Sweet Christmas, Pine….Deck the Halls
Gingerbread:Candy Cane,Lollies, Peppermint candy…Sweet Christmas
Penguins: Winter Penguin, Toboggan Together
Stamping in air dry clay is super easy and fun. Roll out some air dry clay ( I bought mine at Michaels) with a rolling pin or glass bottle, stamp into it, let dry overnight, sand and paint! That’s it! ( And the sanding is optional… I just use a nail file to take out imperfections). Mine are rolled out to about 1/4″ thick and I used a variety of paint, ink and glitter on them. Wrap up your leftover clay with some Saran Wrap and store it in a ziplock and it will last a really long time. I also cut some circles out of the clay and stamped in those. They make great Tags to use on Holiday presents. I used Lawn Fawn’s Toboggan Together deer and penguin on the finished ones. I also made the wreath that the deer is sitting on out of Shrinky Dink! ( but that’s a whole other post..lol)
For Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 13….Happy Little Critters….
While Memorydex cards are the super fun thing to create right now, I still love creating Pocket letters and it was a great way to get so many critters on one page…
I first cut out the boat, and then started adding in critters….In no particular order..
Frogs….Crittrs ever after, Flamingos, Birds, bees & Noah (altered gnome)….Gnome, Sweet, Gnome, Doves…..Bannerific, Crabs & waves…Life is Good, Skunks….Stinkin cute, Seals…..Seal3d with a kiss, Monkeys, Snakes, Parrots, Leopards, olive branch (altered vine)……Critters in the jungle, Penguins & deer….Toboggan together, Cardinals, chipmunks, Fox….Joy to the Woods, Owls & hedgehog…Jump for joy, Sharks & fish…..Duh-nun, Squirrels…Critters in costume, Butterflies…Chirpy, chirp, chirp, Heart on flag…Sweet Christmas….. Hope I didn’t leave anyone out!
A few years ago, I did something similar as a 6 x6 card
And in that one I was able to get the elephants in!
For the #lawnfawnatics challenge, I used the Stitched Hillside border and added in….
Penguin, trees, teeny snowflake,’Merry Christmas’ and Trimmed Reindeer antlers from Toboggan Together
Wreath & bow mini
Fox from Joy to the Woods
Racoon from Holiday Party Animal
And a drawn /digital cut lamppost and sign
Finished it all off with an embossed background and gave all the critters red noses
( because everyone wants to be the best..Rudolph!)