Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Countdown Day 19 - Advent Calendar Ornament

Welcome to day 19 of my countdown to Christmas.


Living on Cape Cod has definitely inspired this ornament.


1. Create by die cutting the sand dollar using Tim Holtz die by Sizzix out of white paper and Club Scrap Pizza Box cardboard.

2. Embellish with Ranger Rock Candy Stickles.

3. Dry emboss the white paper die cut sand dollar with the folder from the Tin Tiles collection.

4. Glue the white paper star and sand dollar to the card board die cuts shapes.

5. Fussy cut holly.  Add red and green glitter glue to add sparkle to the holly and berries.


See you tomorrow!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Countdown Day 18 - Advent Calendar Ornament

Welcome to day 18 of my countdown to Christmas.


I was inspired by these vintage cookie cutter ornaments found HERE.

My folks gave me a set that had belonged to my grandmother and what better way to honor this cherished holiday tradition than to create an ornament for the tree.

Here is how I created my ornament.

1. Trace the shape onto Club Scrap Random Doorways Brown paper.


2. Choose the recipe image from Homemade Holiday and stamp with black Archival ink.



3. Cut out the star shape and insert it into the cookie cutter.

4. Tie a baker's twine bow onto a Muse Christmas Token from Tim Holtz Idea-ology line.


5. Stamp holly image from Gnome for the Holidays 2013 set on Blossom Green paper using Club Scrap Moss ink. Fussy cut leaves, punch three Cape Cod Red berries with a punch and hot glue together. Apply to cutter with glue dot.


6. Create cookie using the Homemade Holiday stamp set and Earth ink on white paper. Fussy cut and attach to the cookie cutter. Attach muse token next to the "cookie".



7. Use Crop a Dile to punch two holes into top of cookie cutter.  Attach a baker's twine hanger.


Hang on the tree and enjoy.



See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Blog Hop - Lighted Gnome Home

Welcome to my stop along Club Scrap's Holiday 2014 Blog Hop!


If you have arrived here from Donna's aka Crafty Colonel's blog, then you are in the right spot. If not, you should start from the beginning at Karen's Club Scrap Blog post. Here you will find a complete list of the participating bloggers.

**If you have been following along with my countdown to Christmas be sure to check out Day 17's Advent Calendar ornament HERE!

The I'll be Gnome for Christmas 2014 and Gnome for the Holidays 2013 stamp sets from Club Scrap were both wildly popular and I couldn't help but use these adorable folk as the stars of my project.
I was inspired by these adorable up-cycled cardboard tube fairy homes.

Of course, I used a Club Scrap Pizza Box as the base for my Gnome home and embellished with a variety of past kit papers and stamped elements from both collections. Join the club to start your own Pizza Box collection ;)

To follow along as I created the project keep on scrolling... or, if you would rather continue on with the hop, next on the list is Roni's InkStains Blog!

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Instructions for creating the lighted Gnome Home. 

1. Cut a pizza box horizontally 6.5x12.5" with the corrugation running vertically. Tip - this will make forming a cylinder much easier. 


2. Use Scholarship Red colossal paper (extinct Club Scrap product) to create the roof. Cut a half circle 18" along the top straight edge. The radius of the 1/2 circle is 9".  Mark the arc using a grid ruler.




3. Crumple up the paper roof carefully to loosen the fibers, form into a cone shape and adhere with Book Binding Glue. Bend the tip of the roof into a crooked shape. 



4. Cut the base of the home out of Pizza Box board.  The circle is approximately 3 1/8" in diameter.


5. Cut two circles and a door from the wall of the home.


6. Create windows and a door out of scraps of red roof paper. 




7. Cut eighteen 1x6.5" strips of Random Doorways Brown paper and distress on long edge with Earth Hybrid ink.


8. Attach them all together with Glue.


9. Make note of where the two windows and door are on wall of the home. Cut the siding where marked. 


10. Glue siding to the home wall. 


11. Carefully wrap the wall into a cylinder, glue into place using a separation in the Pizza Box shown below. Insert one end of the wall between this separation and glue in place. 



12. Allow to dry using elastic bands to hold in place around the Book Binding Glue bottle. Flip the dried cylinder over and glue the base (covered in brown paper) inside the wall to create the floor of the home. 


13. Create a sign to hang over the roof using I'll be Gnome for Christmas stamp set and hybrid printed paper from the Gnome for the Holidays 2013 digital kit. Matte with Random Doorways Brown paper. 



14. Make a wreathe by stamping the holly image from Gnome for the Holidays set using Moss hybrid ink on Blossom Green paper. Cut a hoop shape with circle punches and hot glue the holly to the hoop. Punch Cape Cod red paper berries and attach with glue. Tie a red bow and glue to the wreathe. 




15. Embellish the home with the wreathe and Mr. and Mrs. Gnome stamped in archival black ink and colored with pencils. 


16. To allow for light to shine through the windows, back the door and window openings with translucent paper. Attach the door and windows to the siding using glue dots. 


17. The roof is removable to allow for the battery operated candle (DO NOT USE OPEN FLAME) to be placed inside, creating a magical glow. 




Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 





Christmas Countdown Day 17 - Advent Calendar Ornament

Welcome to day 17 of my countdown to Christmas.


I love creating a welcoming environment in my backyard for the birds. I have many feeders as well as birdhouses for them to nest in and build homes.  I decided to create a tiny birdhouse ornament to adorn the tree in honor of my feathered friends.


Here is how I made this tiny birdhouse.

1. Cut a template using an Silhouette SD and trace onto Random Doorways brown paper.


2. Mark the spots where the paper will be scored.


3. Trim out the birdhouse. Punch a hole and cut away the remaining paper from the door of the house.


4. Color the edges with Earth ink.


5. Stamp a holly wreathe on white paper using WOW Red and Spruce Inks.




6. Fussy cut the wreathe and apply to front of birdhouse around hole.

I punched the hole first and continued to fussy cut the inside of the wreathe.
7. Use the roof template and cut out "snow" for the top of the roof.


8. Attach with glue. Trim away the scalloped edges of the roof template to create more "snow".


9. Pierce a hole in the center of the roof. Loop wire and thread through the pierced hole. Secure by bending out the wire inside the roof. Attach the roof with Book Binding Glue. Glue pieces to the roof and embellish with Distress Rock Candy Stickles.




10. Add Green and Red glitter glue to wreathe. Finish off the top with a bow of baker's twine.


Hang on the tree and enjoy!