Hello friends. This weekend I made some very cute mini Christmas wreaths for some new decorations. I love to decorate with wreaths and I especially enjoy adding mini ones to doors Inside my home. They enhance your decor without being too in your face. They are also easy to store when you have limited space.
These were super easy to make and inexpensive. The supplies I used are mini wreaths, 25-30mm Ornaments, 5/8” Red Satin Ribbon, Hot Glue Gun and Gorilla Glue Hot Glue Sticks. These little wreaths would make great gifts as well or can be used around a candle for a festive centerpiece.
I bought three mini wreaths from Target and hot glued red, green, and gold ornaments to it, scattering them around the wreath. The pale gold, glitter gold, and red and green glitter ornaments are ones I used from my stash.
I added a 5/8” Red Satin Ribbon to each wreath to hang them. That’s all! I told you it was super easy. You can add more items, like ribbon or candies, etc to your if you like.
Next I inked the edges of all the pieces cut from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag Cardstock and the red and green doors with Tim Holtz Distress® Ink Pad Gathered Twigs to make them look more like gingerbread cookies since the real ones would probably have a little browned edge to them.
I assembled all the houses, but left the window off since I wanted to color the backgrounds and add images inside the windows. I turned one house into a card by tracing one of the house bases and fussycutting it out. I did it this way instead of using the die so that the window hole at the top of the house isn’t present. I scored the top edge of that piece and adhered it to one of the houses. It’s best to adhere the card back before adhering the chimney or the roof. I set those aside and moved onto the stamping…
I stamped several of each of the images from Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I stamped many, many more of the candy images than the trees and the gingerbread people since I knew I was going to use them to decorate my houses. After all what is a gingerbread house without lots of candy?!? I colored the images using COPIC markers. All the gingerbread people were colored using E33 and E37, C3 and the blender (0) for the white trim. I used R5 and R17 for the bow tie. I used YG13 and G94 for the trees as well as E37 and E29 for the trunk. For the candy canes and peppermint sticks I used R5 and R17. The rest of the candy and gumdrops were colored with R5 and R17, YG13 and G94, BG000 and BG01, R81 and R85, BV00 and BV11. I also colored all the window backgrounds with Y00 and Y13.
I added highlights to the images with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Pen – White. I added Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White in for the gingerbread people’s buttons and Autumn Red for the ornaments on the trees. Then I diecut them all with their respective dies. This is the most time consuming part of these cards — the coloring and diecutting. So keep that in mind if you want to make these cards, especially in multiples as I have done here. If you don’t like coloring these might not be the cards for you. But you can also just do basic coloring, no shading, with any markers.
I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with 3M Foam Tape. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a tiny gingerbread man to the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing some foam tape just behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies. I also added a tiny peppermint candy to the door and a larger gingerbread man to the roof of the house. And added two trees in the background and some candies as well.
I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a gingerbread man peeking from the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing a piece of scrap cardstock behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies and added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door. I created a fence with the candy canes on the hillside. I added a gingerbread family, lollipops, and peppermint candies as well.
Top Panel = 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Winter 6 x 6 (retired)
For the fourth card, I added a large peppermint candy to the top window and a tree and a and a yellow background to the square window and added those to the house. I added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door and candy canes on either side of the door. I added peppermint sticks to the roof and peppermint candies to the bottom of the house and finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the roof and chimney.
While I don’t often use sketches, I had these two packs of winter ephemera from Echo Park laying around for months and decided to finally make some cards with them. I also bought coordinating 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 paper pads. I used some pre-designed card sketches to take some guesswork out of the process. These cards will also be available in my shop on November 10th.
On the inside of the card, I cut a strip of the beige fabric weave texture pattern paper to 1″ x 4-1/4″ and the snowman paper 3/4 x 4-1/4″ and adhered them to the bottom of the inside of the card. I stamped a greeting from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages in Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.
Hello friends. Another Monday is upon us and July is almost over. I don’t know when the whole Christmas in July phenomenon started but I look forward to it every year now. The Hallmark Channel shows Christmas movies all month long, which I just love; those cheesy Christmas movies are the best! There are crafty sales and giveaways and crafters share cute Holiday cards and crafts. What could be better? It’s also a great time to get a jump start on your holiday cards. Before we know it will be December and time to send out cards!
I taped the red cardstock to my work surface using some Post-it Tape and then taped in place the stencil where I wanted it. Since this stencil is narrower than the cardstock panel, if you want to cover the whole background you will have to do these steps twice. I did not have to do this however since I will be covering the left side. I used a palette knife to spread the deco foil transfer gel over the stencil, making sure to spread it evenly and thinly. You don’t want a thick uneven layer or the foil will not stick correctly. I set that aside to dry (it took a couple of hours) and took cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock to 1 1/8 x 5 1/4″ and ran it through my diecut machine using the Darice Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder.
Time to add the snowflake. I adhered that 3D white snowflake roughly in the center of the card, added some Tonic PALE GOLD Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of the snowflake, the top and bottom of the card panel. And the card is finished! Oh wait! we need a sentiment!