Hey Friends, it is EK here and I thought I’d share just a bit of holiday inking with you today using some A Way With Words holiday dies. Recently I introduced my eight-year-old crafter to Distress Inks, and realized that I have not been taking advantage of all the cool things you can do with them, especially when it comes to stenciling. Then I wondered how well the A Way With Words sentiment dies would hold up as stencils and I was off to the races.
Hello everyone! It’s EK here and I have a little non-traditional holiday card for you today. I thought it might be fun to make something unconventional since on Tuesday the Design Team played around with Classic Christmas ideas. For me, if you say “marshmallow” I think about summer and camping. However, I love the idea of roasted marshmallows becoming a sweet treat on a cold Christmas night! So here is a little kooky holiday card for all you marshmallow lovers.
It’s time for Sunday Stamping with Hedgehog Hollow again. I can’t believe it’s my last post of 2017. First of all, Merry Christmas. I hope you are planning lots of fun times over the festive period, however you celebrate it. I am of German heritage and I loved getting all my presents Christmas Eve. I let the girls open a small present Christmas Eve to keep the tradition alive, we have the rest of our presents Christmas Day – stockings when we first wake up and then we have Stollen Bread with Bucks Fizz and Prosecco, then a big round of presents before a big traditional British Christmas Day meal! We have the in-laws over this year and I love them both so much. We will have lots of good food, laughter and fun while we celebrate our first Christmas in our own home. I’m so excited!
Hi everyone, Annette Green here today with Susan’s Garden Team. With the holidays quickly approaching, you might find yourself short on time and in need of quick, inexpensive gift ideas with a personal touch. Today I’m sharing an easy treat holder idea using Susan’s die, some pattern paper and trims. These sweet little holders could be filled with candy (like mine), a gift card, money or even a small gift. Let me show you how fun and easy these are to make.
This is Mary with a fun holiday card for those who remember flying down hills on one of these vintage sleds. I added mountains in the background of the card. As a kid, a big hill seemed like a mountain, especially when trudging back up dragging the sled behind. Using Through the Lens cardstock makes creating cards easier since no extra coloring is required!
Making the Card
1. Cut Bluebell Soft Finish Cardstock to 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; fold in half. Stencil clouds at top using Titanium White and Neutral Gray PanPastel (or other white and gray chalk or ink).
Hello again, friends! It’s Annette Green with Susan’s Garden Team here today with a festive holiday tag. While in the craft store the other day I was inspired by the pretty displays combining vintage pinks and platinum golds. Such a beautiful combination. I’ve combined both of Susan’s poinsettia dies to create a Marble Pink Poinsettia tag. Let me show you the steps so you can try one yourself.
Hello, it’s Annette Green here today with Susan’s Garden Club design team. I’ve started on my holiday cards for the season and wanted to share a fun and festive card I’ve created with Susan’s Carolina Farmhouse Door along with Holiday Holly & Berries dies. My card is 5″ x 7″ – just the right scale and perfect fit for the Farmhouse Door. Let me share how I made it.
Hello everyone, Annette Green here from the Susan’s Garden Club Design Team. I’m hosting a holiday brunch in December and thought it would be nice for my guests to have a special, handmade place setting to take home after the meal. I used the new Mistletoe die as a decorative element on my festive red burlap bags. Here’s how easy these were to make…
Yogi here with a decorative home decor item for your festive table or mantel. I usually just make cards during this time of year, but thought I’d make something a little out of my norm… BIG GRIN.
Safety first: This project is for waxed battery-operated candles only, not the wick and wax variety.
- Cut a piece of tissue paper and copy paper a little larger than the size of your die. Paint one side of the tissue paper with the Deco Art Dazzling Metallics “Emperor’s Gold” acrylic paint (or paint of choice).
2. (Note – I’m using a layer of copy paper to protect my tissue paper.)
The sandwich: with the cut edge of your die facing up (Merry Christmas), copy paper, tissue paper – painted side down (facing the die) and the rest of your machine’s cutting surfaces. PS I ALWAYS use a metal adapter plate to help with cutting, but also to keep my acrylic plates pristine… run thru machine.
Remove from die, while still layered, remove negative pieces, then carefully separate the tissue from the copy paper.
3. Create a cradle to hold your candle steady using a piece of copy paper with the ends rolled toward the center, then just place your candle within the cradle.
I use Ranger’s “Heat It” tool because it produces less ‘wind’ than many heat tools and my tissue paper doesn’t blow away…
Position the tissue paper word and while holding it down, start heating a small area of the candle. You will start to get a glossy wet look. Stop heating and use the metal spatula, gently press the tissue into the melted wax. It will cool rapidly so you need to work quickly.
Once this first section is adhered with the wax, the rest goes real easy. Do small areas at a time until all adhered.
4. Cut at least a 4″ circle from heavy box type cardboard (or chipboard (at least an 1″ larger than your pillar candle (3″)). Die cut with your machine. It will not cut through, but will give you a good guiding cut line to continue the cut with your x-acto knife.
Paint the surface and edges with the gold paint.
5. Die cut your various Shimmer Sheetz elements. Two large solid base Poinsettia pieces from red metallic, two pink Iris filigree pieces, 3 green holly leaves, 2 bronze metallic berry branches.
6. Place the filigree onto the solid poinsettia base matching the petal shapes and while holding both together, fold down 2 of the petals above the center dots. Shimmer Sheetz holds the folds nicely. The side view should look like a right angle. Place a drop of hot glue onto the dot area of the solid base the size of a pea, then press the filigree piece down. The glue will seep through the little holes and create a nice bond.
Place a line of hot glue about an inch long, along the outer edge of the circle and press the poinsettia down to adhere.
NOTE: For the best fit, leave at least a 1/8″ gap between the candle and the Shimer Sheetz elements when holder is finished.
Repeat with 2nd poinsettia.
Place a drop of glue in the center of poinsettia and carefully press the large half pearl down.
Cut the berry branch into 2 smaller pieces. Put a drop of hot glue on the end of the berry branch pieces, working one piece at a time place a branch on each end. Be careful – the glue slightly softens the branch but when cooled the branch will be stiff again.
Put drops of Liquid Pearls “White Opal” onto the berries.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Waxed battery-operated pillar candle (at least 3″ diameter)
Gold metallic acrylic paint
Die cutting machine
Ranger Heat It tool (low-temp heat tool)
Scrap cardboard or chipboard
Hot glue gun
Liquid Pearls (White Opal)
Large half pearl gems