Cards

Coworker Christmas Gifts 2017

Someone I’ve managed to start a tradition of baking cookies and making paper gifts to give to the people who work in my department every Christmas. In the past, I’ve made cookie boxes, pretty tags and little jar-topper villages (like these). This year I kept it pretty simple, baking up 7 kinds of cookies with my mom (!!) and making a paper ornament to go along with each cookie jar.

3d ornaments close up

I made about 11 of these little ornaments, the shape of which I learned from one of my incredibly smart co-workers is called an icosahedron! He’s been reading a book on recreational math, nbd.

Hanging ornaments

I made these using the 3D circle ornament die from Altenew and lots of colored card stock from the scrap heap I have in my craft room! I die cut, and die cut, and die cut those little circles out for what seemed like forever, and scored, and scored, and scored and then glued, and glued, and glued!

3D Christmas ornaments

I ended up using Glossy Accents glue to glue them all together-this worked the best for me because it’s a super strong adhesive and also dries quickly enough that I could keep my assembly line moving at a good clip (but at the same time gave me a few moments to move the paper around to line everything up before the glue was totally dry). Basically, I prefer a liquid glue for this, instead of double sided tape or tape runner. But user beware: by the time I was finished my fingers were COVERED in glue!

Christmas ornaments on cookie jars

I made all of these ornaments in the smaller size. I might make a few in the larger size, if I’m feeling ambitious.

3D ornaments

I used fishing line on each ornament to give them something to hang by. I just made sure to glue the fishing line string into the top half of the ornament before I sealed everything up. Despite how complex the end result looks, these are pretty easy to put together once you get the hang of it – and Altenew gives easy instructions to follow. Although, I did put in a lot of hours making these! It was relatively slow going.

I added each ornament to my little mason cookie jars and packed them up! They looked so cute and colorful all packaged up and ready to head to work.

3D ornaments

Now to start thinking about what I’m going to make next year….!

3D cChristmas Ornaments
Happy Holidays!

kimberly

Cards

Happy Holidays

One week until Christmas Day! How is everyone doing so far? I’m trying my best not to get swept up into the stress of it all – so far so good. Every year I make a little something for friends and coworkers so I’ve been working on that, and I did a wee bit of decorating a few weeks ago, too!

Happy Holidays card

I can say that I have been lacking a bit in the Christmas card-making department, but at least I’ve made a couple!

Happy Holidays card

This one has a bit of everything thrown in – some distress ink blending over a chevron stencil, a die cut sentiment and heat embossed secondary sentiment, some string, clear droplets and some die cut flora for a little extra kick.

Happy Holidays card

I hope you like the card! And I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Happy Holidays card

kimberly

Cards, DIY

Christmas Cookie Boxes!

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Every year I bake cookies and package them up to give to my staff as holiday gifts. Each year the packaging changes and is something handmade by me! This year, I made a bunch of gift boxes to deliver the cookies in. The gift box is assembled using the Mama Elephant Gable Box die and some double sided tape. Before I could assemble them, though, I had to stamp some patterns on them and color them up!

Poinsettia goodie boxes
Some boxes were cut from white card stock and others from craft card stock. Some had poinsettias and others had pine cones. I stamped most of them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, but others I stamped with VersaMark ink and white heat-embossed the images. I then used either copics or colored pencils to do my coloring.

Pinecone goodie boxes

While I was finishing up coloring all of the boxes, I had to bake some cookies to go inside! This year I made four different kinds:

Christmas cookies

After I’d finished coloring all of the boxes, I cut widows in one side of them, using the same die set. Some had simple scalloped circle windows while others had a more ornate window that I gave a little dimension to by layering it on top of some fun foam. I then added some vellum behind the window. I thought about using clear acetate, but I used some Press’n Seal to line the insides of the boxes so they wouldn’t get dirty or greasy on the outside, so a clear window would have been obscured anyway.
Christmas gift goodie boxes

Then it was time to start adding my mini gift tags – more about those here.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Christmas gift goodie boxes

In addition to the stamped and colored boxes, I also made some solid color boxes, just to change it up a bit. I wanted these solid boxes to be just as fancy as the others, so I added my jazzed-up mini tags onto those boxes.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

I managed to fit about 6-ish cookies into each of the boxes. It generally went like this: One snowball, one chocolate chip, 4 holiday bites and several pieces of toffee, broken up. Sometimes I’d add an extra snowball, if there was room.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

I really love how they turned out, and I had a lot of fun making them!

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Happy Holidays!

kimberly

Cards, DIY

Mini Christmas Gift Tags

Sharing a short and sweet post about these itty-bitty gift tags I created to go along with some gift boxes I’ve been making!
Mini messages Christmas gift tags

To create the tags I first used some tiny tag dies that I got from Simon Says Stamp, which I don’t think are available anymore. These are similar. I cut the tags from white and craft card stock and stamped various sentiments from my Mama Elephant Mini Messages stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I decided the tags looked a bit too plain on their own, so I cut some more tags from red and green paper, and then offset the colored paper behind the stamped pieces and stuck them together with some double sided tape. I then ran some twine through the tags to finish them up.

Wplus9 woodland basics die cuts

I decided I wanted to jazz up a few of the tags even more, so I took out my Woodland Basics dies and cut several shapes from some different colors of cardstock. Some of the die cuts were way to big for me to use on my tags, but the smaller dies turned out to be the right size. The above photo isn’t great, but I wanted you to be able to see some of the die cuts! This is a really great stand-alone die set. I especially love the pine needles!

Mini messages Christmas tag

So, I added some sprigs and berries here and there until I ended up with something I was happy with, gluing each piece onto the front or back of the tag as I went along. I only did this on a few tags but I really love how they turned out.

Mama Elephant mini messages on Christmas gift tags

Don’t forget to check back for tomorrow’s post to see how the tags look when I put them on the goodie boxes!

kimberly

DIY

DIY Holiday Decor // Rose Gold Reindeer

Rose gold reindeer on mantle

Hi! I come to you today with a different sort of paper crafting experiment that I did over the weekend. Some of you may remember my bright, sparkly, reindeer DIY from several years back. For that project, I sketched a reindeer image onto a large canvas, covered it in Mod Podge,added lots of sequins, and stuck it on my fireplace mantle. Something about antlers and sparkles screams Christmas to me. That’s normal, right?

This year, I thought I’d do something a little different, but mostly the same. I used the same subject matter, but made a smaller version and used a different technique, and I love how it turned out!

Foiled deer holiday decor

To start, I google image-searched “reindeer silhouette” until I found a simple image that I liked. I then printed it out with a toner ink printer (NOT an ink-jet or other kind of printer) onto some cardstock. I needed this to print with toner ink because I planned to foil it with my Minc foil applicator (though you could try using reactive foil and a general laminating machine for this as well). I had some 5″x7″ picture frames hanging around and wanted to use those, so I made sure to cut the printed sheet down to a size that would fit inside my frame. I got the frames at the dollar store, so this project was really inexpensive, too!

Foiled deer holiday decor

I ended up making two framed reindeer. For this first one I chose some rose gold foil. I cut a piece of the foil, layered it over my appropriately-sized panel, put it in a carrier sheet and ran it through my Minc to fuse the foil onto the printed image. I have the larger-size Minc, but the Mini Minc would be perfectly for this, too.

Foiled deer holiday decor

I chose a different reindeer silhouette and some gold foil for a second image, and then put both in frames. One lives on the fireplace mantle and the other in the dining room.

Gold and rose gold foiled reindeer

I love the chic look of these decorations, and they were so simple and quick to make! The beauty of this project is that you can use this technique with any subject matter and with any size frame – as long as the panel will fit though whatever size Minc machine you have!

I have a few other holiday decor DIY ideas in mind – we’ll see if they make it off the ground. Never enough time!

kimberly

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Cards

Poinsettia Christmas Card

My first Christmas card of the season!
Mama Elephant poinsettiaI made this card using the Mama Elephant Poinsettia stamp set & coordinating dies, and got my design inspiration from the Case(e) This Sketch blog! This is this week’s sketch:

As you can tell, I flipped the sketch horizontally for my card. I used watercolor for the background, and painted the poinsettia with Copic markers before die-cutting it and mounting it to the front of my card with foam adhesive.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I added the Happy Holidays sentiment from a the Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love stamp set. I stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink, which is my favorite black ink for stamping sentiments.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I pulled out some Christmas decorations today, too, so I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit! Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

kimberly

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Christmas Nails – Ornamental Touch

Merry Christmas Eve! Just stopping in to share a quick shot of the fun wraps I’ll be wearing on my nails for Christmas. They were part of the December Monthly Mani Box from Scratch, and are called Ornamental Touch. They remind me of ugly Christmas sweaters (in a good way).

Ornamental Touch Christmas Nail WrapsAlso, if you’re still looking for last minute mani ideas, here are a few from the Mixed Method archives:

   

Has everyone finished all of their Christmas preparations? I think I’m done, finally. Can’t wait to see lots of family over the next few days!

kimberly