Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Card • 2015

Yes, another year and another handmade Christmas card! This year I purchased a little Cuttlebug Embosser because I love textured papers. I knew I would use it in my card.

I combined die cut snow flakes, pop dots and embossing all in one! I used the embossing to add the Merry Christmas on the front. And I especially like how I carried the cover theme to the inside with the partial diet snow flakes along with the message.

If you are thinking of getting an embosser, just pay attention on Amazon. I got this one at over 50% off but also watch the embossing folders. Some sell for $20 each. Others are just $2. I watch and wait and then buy the $2 ones! Same goes for the snowflake die. This is from Martha Stewart and I managed to get it at 50% off at Michaels. 

If you like handmade Christmas cards take some time and look through all the ones I have created over the years. Here are links to many. These started in 1984. Years before the internet and blogging!

Happy Holidays to All!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Alternative Christmas Tree - 2015

I don't have a Christmas Tree - yet. It is coming but I put mine up later than most. I am allergic to pine and it can set me off but I love having a real tree. So I wait.  But today I wrapped many of the presents - all that have been delivered so far and I got creative with the stacking.

I love all the alternative Christmas Trees shared on Pinterest. They inspired my madness!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Tea Light Village

I recently received an email from a crafter in Belgium. She had made the tea Light Village I designed back in 2013. She shared a photo of her village all set-up for this holiday season.

Tea Light Village designed by Marji Roy and created by Edith Baerten

I thought it beautifully displayed. I love that she used string LED lights instead of the single tea lights. That is so much easier to turn on and off! She has all the buildings up through 2014 but I don't see my two new ones there.  This year I added two more houses, a Salt box and a gambrel colonial.

I call them my New England Classics. I also added a Rose Arbor and another style pine tree for accessories. The are all available at the website here along with a step-by-step tutorial here.

Here is my photo of the complete village.