Santa Claus Is Coming to Town!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you were on the nice list this year! ¬†I think I was. ūüėĄ!

These past two weeks have been crazy!  All my free time was taken up with getting ready for today.

My sister has joined me in the year of craftiness project and has completed her first project.  She is an elementary school teacher and wanted to do something special for her fellow teachers; so she made wooden Santa Claus ornaments for each of them. They are totally cute!

Wooden ornament hand cut and hand painted.
Wooden ornament hand cut and hand painted.

First she used the scroll saw to cut the various pieces.  Then she hand painted each piece, glued them in place and added a button nose.  What fun!

I hope you and your loved ones have a spectacular Christmas and a wonderful new year!

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Little Gifts Need Little Boxes

I found the cutest little body butters at The Body Shop last week. They were on sale, so… I got one for all my co-workers. They will make a perfect little Christmas gift!

Next I needed a perfect way to wrap them. I love die cuts! I have Sizzix, and Quick Cuts, and a Slice with about 10 cartridges and two Cricut cutting systems. But my favorite of all is the Accucut Grande Mark. This giant machine cuts perfectly every time. I knew just the box for these little goodies and had a fabulous holiday paper.

This self closing box needs no adhesive. Just run through the die cut machine and fold on the score lines. Tuck the tabs in the slot and you are good to go.

I hope all my co-workers like their gifts!

Little Gift Box
Little Gift Box
Little body butter from The Body Shop
Little body butter from The Body Shop

Christmas Card Project

A year of craftiness starts with a Christmas card.

I have been making Christmas cards for our friends and family since 2000.  It was a fluke.  I was laid off from a small computer company (a victim of the 2000 dot com bust).  Luckily, I was only out of work for two weeks.  During that time I watched way too much Home and Garden TV.  On one program they made a beautiful flip card.  It was so cool, and I had time.  Hours and hours later, I had 35 flip cards.  An obsession was born!

This year I found out about quilling; using strips of paper to make various shapes.  I saw some fabulous quilled snowflakes and knew that would make the perfect card for 2014.

Materials:

  • Stardream paper
  • Card Square Stand-ups from Sizzix
  • Three Birds quilling paper
  • Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin Up! Snowflake
  • Holiday Happiness from Stampin Up! “Happy Holidays”
  • Baker’s twine
Quilled snowflake
Quilled snowflake

Let me know if you like my card. Happy Crafting!

Why wait for the new year?

I have decided that 2015 will be the year of the craft.  Why wait until January to get started?  This project starts now.

There should be some parameters, and some friends to come along for the ride.  And there has to be photographic evidence.  So here we go!

Craft Challenge 2015

  1. One craft project a week – big or small (more if you want)
  2. Take a picture of the craft or the process of making the craft
  3. Journal or blog about the experience
  4. Share!

So what are my first steps?  Recruit friends to participate, share this blog and start having fun.

A year of craftiness