Today’s project is a gift I created for my husband’s aunt. It’s a tradition we have. Every year we get her a unique Santa ornament as part of her gift from our family. I’ve purchased ones from craft boutiques, from antique stores and even made some (like the one I’m sharing today.) It’s important to me that it’s unique and one-of-a-kind (or at least close to one!)
I really love how this one turned out. I found the frame at Target. Initially, I was planning to put photos of my kids in them and give them to the grandparents, but was only able to find one frame! I was so disappointed that I almost put this frame ornament back. However, it was so reasonably priced (I think it was only $3; super good deal as it’s quite nice!) so I went ahead and purchased it knowing somehow I’d put it to good use. That’s when I came up with the idea to incorporate one of my favorite *NEW* holiday stamps from Close To My Heart–Little Saint Nick–to create a unique Santa ornament to gift this year.
I started by putting some White Glitter Paper (covered with a used dryer sheet for a softer look) inside the frame. I then stamped the image twice with Memento Black ink onto White Daisy Cardstock. I colored both stamped images. One of them I colored just the face with Barely Beige and Tender Pink and then Santa’s hat on the other with Carmine and Lavender . I then cut out the whole image of one leaving a slight border around it and glued it onto the front of the frame. The second one–the one with the colored Santa Hat–I only cut out the hat, again leaving a slight border.
To add a little more pizzazz, I took our Clear Shimmer Brush and colored in Santa’s mustache. And finally, I pulled out an oldie but goodie–Liquid Applique–to create some dimension on Santa’s hat. I love this stuff! I forgot just how much I love it. If you’ve never tried it before, you absolutely should!! It’s super easy. Just squeeze it out of it’s tube wherever you want it on your project. Then heat it up with your Craft Heater. It’s so fun to see it start puffing up once it begins to heat up.
The final step was to add Santa’s hat onto the Santa I already glued to the frame using Thin 3-D Foam Dots. And that’s it. A fairly simple way to create a unique Santa Ornament. I hope you’ve found a little bit of inspiration to take something and spruce it up for truly special gift from the heart.
It’s only 26 days until Christmas. Can you believe it? If you are on my mailing list you’ve already received a couple of handmade gift ideas you could use this holiday season. And another will be coming out this afternoon (so if you aren’t already on my mailing list–it’s not too late! Sign up before 1pm Pacific to get this week’s project tutorial.)
But I figured you can never have too many handmade gift ideas, right? I especially love the one I’m sharing with you today. It’s sort of like an easy scrapbook for those who don’t want to scrapbook. It’s a Memory Shadowbox. It has a top loading mechanism which makes it perfect for inserting tickets from movies, sporting events, plane tickets, photos and more. Anything that you want to save to remember a moment.
The wonderful thing about this gift is you can personalize it easily. I chose to get a 12″ x 12 ” size Shadowbox so that I could adhere a sheet of scrapbook paper to the back of the box. This is where you can make it perfect for the recipient–choose a pattern of paper that fits their personality. Or you could do as I did and use a basic neutral pattern so that the photos, tickets and other items are what pop in the box. I used paper from Close To My Heart’s Basics Paper Fundamentals (which incidentally are 30% off this month!) You’ll have to excuse the reflection of the clouds in my photos. It was incredibly hard to capture a photo since everything reflected in the glass of the Shadowbox!
I used 3 of the fonts from Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections. “Memories” is from the newest You Are Here Collection, “The Best Things in Life are” is from Flower Market and “the people we love, the places we go & the memories we make” is from Artbooking. Luckily, all of these collections are still available in the physical cartridge collections. You might recall I shared the news weeks ago that Cricut announced they will no longer be producing physical cartridge collections. This means the exclusive CTMH Collections will be available on a while supplies last basis.
To make creating this Memory Shadowbox even easier for you, I’m giving you the Cricut cut file. Yay! So if you have a Cricut Explore you can create this project in no time at all. Just get yourself a top-loading Shadowbox, some vinyl and your favorite scrapbook paper and you’ll be all set!
I absolutely love making these bag toppers. They are the perfect way to add a creative, handmade touch to a gift AND it prevents the recipient from being able to peek in the bag!
Plus, they are fairly easy to create, too. Which when you’re on a time crunch (always the case during the holidays, right?!?) is always a wonderful thing.
You’ll want to measure the width of your gift bag then add a 1/2″ to that measurement. For the height of the topper, this will be determined by your design–it doesn’t need to be a precise measurement. You’ll figure out what you want on the front, make sure you have enough space and then double it since it will fold over the bag. My bag topper here is 9″ x 8-1/2″.
Then you’ll center your cardstock piece below the handles, mark about a 1/4″ on either side of the handles and then create an oblong cutout for you to insert the handles through.
You can take this idea and create these bag toppers with any size gift bag making it a really versatile project idea! This past weekend, this was one of the projects at my Annual Boxes, Bags & Tags Class. The ladies loved this project. I think I can say with 100% confidence that each of them will be creating some more of these bag toppers this holiday season!
Now is the perfect time to start creating your own bag toppers! If you need any supplies to help you with your own bag toppers, be sure to visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.
My annual 12 Weeks of Christmas is under way. If you aren’t currently on our mailing list, you’ve missed 5 weeks of holiday greeting card tutorials.
But never fear–there’s still time to get in on the FREE holiday tutorials! Tomorrow begins the first of DIY holiday gift tutorials. Sign up to be on our mailing list before 1pm (pacific) and you’ll receive the next 7 holiday tutorials. You’ll be inspired with step-by-step tutorials for creating handmade holiday gifts as well as holiday gift wrapping ideas.
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Have you seen the cover of Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions Catalog? It’s got a darling Christmas Village on it. So cute that many have been asking how they can create their very own Christmas village!
Well, today Close To My Heart has answered the many, many requests on their blog.
The winter village on the cover of our Holiday Expressions idea book has been getting a lot of attention, SO we are breaking it down on the blog today for you to make one of your very own!
First things first—to replicate our little paper houses exactly, you will need 3 kraft tapered tote boxes, two 6″ and one 8″ like these:
When we assembled our village, these were readily available at one of our local craft stores, but we’ve found some similar options available online that you can use to get the same look (see the recipes’ below for the links).
Now, let’s take a look at how we transformed these boxes into festive holiday decorations!
Cricut® Shapes: Artistry
2¾”, 3½”, and 4″ Icon-2 <Christms> (cut 2, p. 48)
Trim stars and tree trunks off the Cricut® shapes
Cut slit up the middle of tree shapes and slide them together to stand
Color edges with marker
Aren’t those so adorable?!? They are definitely something you’d want to pull out each year and use to decorate your home. So very festive and charming. Plus, the fact that they are homemade is the cherry on top!
To purchase CTMH supplies to make your own Christmas Village, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.
Hi! I'm Kristina Baldwin, a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. I love crafting - Just like you! I hope there's something here that inspires you in your next great crafting project.
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