Christmas village wreath

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.

‘Twas the night before Christmas book box

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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…4DF2D109-64C3-4619-86D8-5C4B52371E55

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.C044FFDC-5C2F-41E2-915B-B5CACF5567C3There 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!

Reindeer names

I’ve just finished a detailed project based on Clement C. Moore’s “Twas the night before Christmas’ poem, and I’m so intrigued and amazed at how all the details in that poem are still a part of our ‘Christmas culture’ almost 200 years later. He gave Santa’s reindeer their names ( other than Rudolph, who was named by Robert May in 1939), and I love images of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. So for Lawn Fawn’s ” Use your oldest set challenge “, I knew the deer from “Critters in the snow” from 2010 were what I wanted to use…I also used the Santa hat from “Hats off to you” (2010) and altered the Gnome from “Gnome , Sweet Gnome” to create Santa. The little ‘bells’ are on their harnesses are confetti from the “Ready, Set, Snow” shaker. The deer are colored with copics and fussy cut, and attached to “Stitched Party Banners”(2014). It was such a fun and cute decoration to create!#lawnfawnaticsu

It’s a Wrap!

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

 

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Keepsake Ornament Tags

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)

Noah & Company Pocket Letter

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!

Reindeer Tryouts

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!)

Time to dress the turkey…

I used lots of Lawn Fawn stamps on this one….

Raccoon/pilgrim hat….Holiday Party Animal          

Fox…..Jump for Joy

Bunny….Snow Day

Turkey…turkey day

Scarf….trim from Warm Winter Wishes

Tree Stump….Mom & Me

Sunglasses….So smooth

Skunk…..Stinking Cute

Socks….Loads of Fun

Pants….trim from Gnome Sweet Gnome 

Good thing my LF stamps are so organized and easy to find! Everything colored with copics and sentiment printed from computer…

Happy Fall Y’All

Lawn Fawn’s stamps are awesome! They just keep getting better and better…. Here’s a little re- creation of “Shut the Front Door”,along with the new Wreath stamps/dies, and pumpkins. And  the new “Push Here” set which was a gift from from friend….the fabulous Rockin Renee in Texas. How fun that the door opens to reveal a little Fall message…. I hope everyone enjoys the beauty of fall and all things pumpkin!