Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Gnome Joy

This is my second gnome card this month for the Christmas Craft Creations challenge. I used three punches to create my simple gnome to make this quick card.

To make my gnome I started with a tutorial I found on Pinterest...similar to making a Santa hat here. There are so many ways to use dies to create gnomes! I had no idea! I grabbed my Concord and 9th Joyful Noel dies for the J and Y. Last, I added snowflake sequins and rhinestones from Stampin' Up! to finish off the card.

I hope you are getting your cards and tags made...I have lots of appointments and company coming up and need to get these projects done beforehand! (Cue the Lone Ranger theme here for house cleaning and getting projects done!)

Happy Holiday to you!



Sunday, December 18, 2022

Best Gift Ever

I have wanted this adorable die set for months and I finally broke down and got it...along with the box die and stamp set, of course! My daughter's coworker is giving her young son a puppy for Christmas and that is who this card is going to on the 23rd!!!! Pictured below is the actual puppy whose markings I tried to mimic somewhat.

Products I used: 

Spellbinders - Special Pet Delivery die set, Surprise Box die set, Birthday Unboxing Sentiments stamp set, Loops embossing folder

Stampin' Up! - chalks

Ranger Distress Oxide ink

Ink blending brush

Now I have one more to make for another friend and then back to making fun tags for our gifts under the tree! Hope you are enjoying this last week of preparations and fun!


Friday, December 16, 2022

Mele Kalikimaka

Having fun making much needed Christmas tags over here...both for my family and the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas 2022. Mr. Bear is enjoying the surf and sun this festive season! I was inspired by Day 3: Mele Kalikimaka to make this tag since I live in the tropical zone and have a big beachy stash.

If you have followed me for a while you know that I love this Ellen Hutson All Inside bear stamp set A Lot!! He is so versatile and has so many add-on sets to complement him for different uses. My tag is from Reverse Confetti and the little tree and hat are MFT. The birds are from The Greetery and the school of fish, Stampin' Up! A fun make!

That's it for the night...need some rest so that tomorrow clean up from today's projects!! Thanks for stopping by!


Jingle Bells

I have one more tag for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas 2022. I have had this Ellen Hutson Die set for years and have not completed one...and looking back on others' takes on it I came up with this version which was inspired by Day 11: Jingle Bells. I put bells on her bow and put her on a package under our tree with a big jingle bell decoration. If you have ever worn bells with your holiday outfit, you know you hear the ringing all day and evening long...I think she looks fun and festive with her bells!

Products I used:

Ellen Hutson Bear Hugs die set (bear, present, heart - I freehanded her bow)


Silver, white and Charcoal DMC embroidery thread

Silver cording

Mini jingle bells

Lawn Fawn Oliver's Stitched ABCs die

Baker's Twine: Ellen Hutson freebie in an order

Sewing secrets:

I made a pocket in the back for cash to be hidden, but my stitching wasn't camera-worthy.

Metallic thread has always been a pain to thread onto a needle and sew with, and this time was no different.

I didn't have black embroidery floss so it is charcoal and her nose does not have nostrils, that is lint.  (lol)

The S is for the person that the present is for...and this could be an ornament as well!

Hope your holiday season is going well...and that all your bells jingle with delight!

(P.S. Oral surgery went well yesterday and I was able to sit and stitch today, while recuperating and taking it easy.)


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Here is a tag I just made for the 2022 Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas. I was inspired by Day 8: I'll Be Home For Christmas. When our daughter went to live at college her freshman year and we brought her home for Christmas break in December, she got so excited to see our street lit up with lights and decorations on so many neighbors' houses. We had just moved to a new home in our new state in June, prior to her starting school. She didn't really know our new house/neighborhood since she went straight into a summer program before freshman year. Ever since she was a toddler we have driven around our neighborhoods to look at the "ights" as a family tradition and she was excited to do it even as a college student. When I looked at my Light Parade stamp set by Ellen Hutson, it gave me the idea to make a shaker tag using the neighborhood with house lights/decorations and the corresponding sentiment.

Products I used:

Ellen Hutson: Light Parade stamp set

Hero Arts: Tag dies

Prismacolor pencils

Versafine Onyx Black ink

White glitter card stock

White polka dot acetate

Silver cord


Seed Beads

Red ribbon (from a cute little store in Hendersonville, NC)

If I didn't have dental surgery tomorrow I would be making more tags for this challenge. At least I got one made. I have been enjoying all the tag ideas since the challenge started.

See you back here soon!


Gnome Cookie

This month of December at Christmas Craft Creations we are using Gnomes as our theme! I was fretting not having any gnome dies or stamps, and went to Pinterest to look around. I actually ended up borrowing the gnome die and embossing folder from a friend. Here is my cookies and hot cocoa card inspired by the VERY talented Wanda Guess, here.

Products I used:

Momenta: Gnome die

Sizzix: Cross Stitch embossing folder

Trinity Stamps: Boo Brew dies (cup)

Honey Bee Stamps: Country Christmas stamps and dies (little gingerbread and heart cookies, pine branches)

Pink and Main: Enamel Dots, Banner dies

Versamark: Watermark ink pad

Stampin' Up!: Heat and Stick embossing powder, So Santa stamp set (sentiment)

Gina K: Fine Detail white embossing powder

Ranger: Distress Rock Candy Crystal Clear Glitter

Concord and 9th: Mini ink pads

Ink blending brushes

I had the die cut for the gnome just on white cardstock and I wanted it to look like a sugar cookie with frosting and sanding sugar on it. So, I used heat and stick embossing powder then the rock candy glitter to get that effect.  I used brown ink and a blending brush to add a  "cooked cookie" look to the gnome and  shadow to the cup. 

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge theme this month! Happy Holidays to you and yours!



Thursday, December 8, 2022

Ho! Ho! Ho!

When I see and hear Ho! Ho! Ho! it means that we are in the holiday season and celebrating the most festive time of the year! For my last card of the year for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #191, I chose the right hand column: Celebration, Add an envelope, Slimline. I created a doc with red font that reads Ho Ho Ho and made my own slimline envelope since I don't have any actual slimline envies.  

Products I used:

Sizzix: Tim Holtz Christmas Minis die set and Tiny Snowglobes die set

Pink Fresh Studio: Background stitched die

Spellbinders: Stitched Alphabet dies

Pink and Main: Enamel Dots

I've had this Ho Ho Ho layered letters idea for a long time (thanks Pinterest), but I didn't notice until I was writing this post that I glued two of the O's upside down...and that is all that I see now. I love the little Christmas icons even though they are a lot of teensy pieces that have to be die cut and glued together. The enamel dots are red and sparkly clear, which in person is fun. The inside of the card has the sentiment: Merry Christmas! The "celebration" is inferred.

This is my last week with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. New year ahead, perfect time for changes. I am still on the Just Us Girls and Christmas Craft Creations challenges though! Hope your new year brings you everything that you desire!