I only made a few cards for Christmas this year. I wasn't too motivated, but I hopped in to my "workshop" and gave it a go.

I have a friend who loves the llama craze. I have a llama metal die. I'm experimenting with what to do with him. I quickly fashioned this card by creating & printing the sentiment and background in Adobe Illustrator. It's a cute idea, but I think it needs a lot more to it. What ideas can you share with me to tweak the final design?

Fa La Llama!

I was playing with a couple of "round" metal dies. I used this "star burst" (if you will) and the Merry Christmas die to make a shaker card. Another flop in my opinion. I do see many other possibilities in my mind.

Merry Christmas

Here is card that has a number of elements added to it. Using Pazzles' software I created the "swirl" flower. It is a popular shape as of present. Again, no need to purchase dies when I can draw it up in Pazzles. In this case, I used the shape as a wreath, layering two of them.

Bold Colors

I do love the way the next cards turned out. Simple white cardstock with a tree embossing folder. I used my Pazzles software to create and cut several cardinals and the sentiment. That sentiment is tiny and it took me several tries. But I know Paz could handle it.

Simple & Crisp


Fresh

Do you make cards for Christmas? Happy Christmas to you!

Happy Christmas!

At my work place we are engaging in Secret Santa. That is when you draw the name of a co-worker and secretly give them presents. At the end of the given period, you reveal your identity. Usually, the group engaging in this festivity agrees to a low dollar allotment.

We are doing a one week Secret Santa mission. I have found 5 small, yet nice, items to gift to my recipient. I had the clever idea to package them in a snowman!

My snow "balls" are "square." I used a cut file for a cube that I created years ago with my Pazzles software. I resized it to 4 graduating sizes--staring with one inch and increasing by a quarter inch each time. The bottom gift was quite a bit largerthan the others and flat (a picture frame). Fortunately I had a box to compliment my set up, as creating a cube for the bottom would have made things disproportionately odd. His hat is a cylinder that I fashioned by hand.

Cube Before Closing

I am attaching a note instructing my recipient to begin at the bottom. My identity will be revealed in a note inside the hat!

He's a four "ball" snowman!

Happy Holidays!

This is a craft that you can do with the kiddos. Make your snowman as tall as you wish!

Blessed Christmas to you and yours.

This month's assignment at made with love (and paper) is timely for Minnesota. It is so cold here, especially this week as I finally get my creation posted.
Our theme for December is Quilted Christmas. Will you play along with us? Our quilted creation is to use contrasting colors, metal/metallic, and a bow or knot.

I am not a quilter. Thank goodness. I found a popular quilted Christmas Tree on the internet. And while it was easy enough to create my pattern using my Pazzles software, it was not so easy for me to assemble for real.

I made the Wonky Christmas Tree by creating trapezoids. Then I drew in the gold trim.

Wonky Pattern

To help layout the tree, I copied and then I welded the trim (image on right). It was still a challenge for me. I think my brain was frozen from our Zero degree high temp today.

I even viewed my pattern in the Wire Frame. At least the final assembly is forgiving enough that I could play with it. I have included it in this post in case you need a little extra help with your assembly process. And I think it's just fine to admit our struggles.

Wire Frame

Here are shots of my assembly process:

My Guide for Layering

A Quick Trial of the Layers

I used this Wonky Tree to make a card. Finishing it with a little faux stitching on the corners. Happy Christmas.

Wonky Christmas Tree

We are up--cycling Christmas at The Cutting Cafe blog.

What do these items have in common?

Fun Fibers

Fun Fibers

Ball Jar

Ball Jar

Digi Stamp

Digi Stamp

We are using jars and cans to decorate for the season. Check the blog for more ideas.

I went real simple. But I like it because you can do this with your kids. They can make their decoration as simple or fancy as they like. I used a glass jar. I didn't have fake snow on hand, that is why I used some fun fiber. But I recommend the snow. My car looks like it's driving around after a snowstorm! They must live in MinneSNOWta!! I see that I could have made my digi stamp a bit larger. Still it is a fun little decoration. I printed the digi in reverse as well. Then I sandwiched foam tape between both copies. This way you can view the scene from two sides of the jar. Happy Holidays!

Christmas In a Jar!

Christmas In a Jar!

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View

Digital printable files used in this project:
Car from Feb 14
Tree and Gift Tag from All About Christmas

We often see art and crafts reflecting the world around us. That is because art often borrows from nature and the world. A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the lines of a sloping roof.

Gable on House

Gable on House

This gable architecture design is used in this Gable Box Template from The Cutting Cafe. I used the template to make a couple treat boxes for Christmas. The box measures 4.5 by 3.75 by 2.75 inches. This is just the size of the bottom portion of the box. The actual height from top to bottom is approx. 5.25 inches. The file comes with various decorative handles and window openings. Be sure to check The Cutting Cafe blog for more ideas. This Gable Box is easy to assemble, so you can get the kids involved and make one for every one in the family!

Jolly Santa Box

Jolly Santa Box


Open View

Open View


Inside View

Inside View


Classic Santa

Classic Santa


Side View

Side View

So, how is summer going for you? I have been so busy chasing after kiddos. I am ready for a vacation from summer vacation! It has also been extra warm and humid in MN. A little unusual for MN. I have been dreaming of cooler days . . . and Christmas?

Given that, not much crafting has been happening here. However, we are thinking about Christmas at The Cutting Cafe Blog. This week we bring you Christmas in August! We didn't want to bring it in July like all the stores!

I am using Regina's Christmas Ornament Treat Cup for my project. I decided to Super Size my project again this time around! I am going to lead you to the same weblink for a video tutorial on how to assemble the treat cup. Regina does an excellent "How To" for assembling this file. The video is at the very bottom of that post.

I will walk you through the steps for super sizing the pattern. I am using Pazzles' InVue software. You will find that the pieces for the treat cup are in two files. Open them up and copy all the pieces in to one work space/window.

The first step is to blow up all the pieces. You want all the pieces to be to the same size. Select ALL the pieces. I recommend using the Group command to lock everything together before moving forward.

Select All Pieces

Select All Pieces

Next, turn the whole selection so the the back piece of the ornament is at a diagonal on the mat. This piece is your "anchor piece" as it is the largest piece of the file. While you still have all pieces selected, increase the size of the back piece until it reaches the borders of the mat. You may have to move the whole selection around as you increase.

Back Piece Covering Full Mat

Back Piece Covering Full Mat

When you zoom out, you see that all the pieces have been enlarged equally.

All Pieces Increased

All Pieces Increased

Now you can un-group all the pieces in order to work with each piece individually. You will have to re-position most of the pieces to cut them.

You are ready to assemble your Super Sized Treat Cup! I actually found it easier to work with this large size for the treat cup versus it's original size!!

Assembling the Cup

Assembling the Cup

Upon working with the Treat Cup Wrap, you may wonder if one strip will still fit the circumference of the treat cup? It does not. I simply cut the wrap 3 times and pieced it together as needed. I found that I needed just a little more than 2 wraps to fit the larger size.

Cut Multiples of Wrap

Cut Multiples of Wrap

Here you see the wrap applied. The circumference is just short of 2 wraps.

Applying the Wrap

Applying the Wrap

Here is the finished treat cup! The base is 10 inches across.

Super Sized Treat Cup

Super Sized Treat Cup

The last (and best) step is to embellish your craft. I chose some digi stamps from The Cutting Cafe. I'll list those links at the very end of my post.

Select Digis

Select Digis

I present, Christmas in August!! My Ornament will look great on the front door! I love it!

Front Door Worthy

Front Door Worthy

Side View

Side View

Other Side View

Other Side View

The Cutting Cafe Files Used:
Treat Cup
Merry & Bright Digi Stamp
From Our House Digi Stamp