Make your own Christmas Wrapping Paper at Brutus Monroe

Make your own Christmas Wrapping Paper at Brutus Monroe.

Today I’m over on the Brutus Monroe blog with a quick project. If you are ever needing to wrap a gift and don’t have gift wrap. Or if you want the wrap to match the card you made here is the perfect way to do this.

Make your own Christmas Wrapping Paper at Brutus Monroe

Go on over to the blog and see how to make your own Christmas Wrapping Paper today.

Handmade Christmas Display

The finished Handmade Christmas Display. All of the pieces have been completed and here is the final project.

Handmade Christmas Display

 

Using an old wooden wine box I painted the inside with white gesso. Glued the painted chipboard trees to the back. Added texture paste and glitter.

Glued the 3D trees in place on the right side with Hot Glue.

Handmade Christmas Display

The Sleigh is glued in place on the right with hot glue. There is just enough space under the sleigh for the controller for the LED lights.

The acrylic reindeer were glued in place using E6000 glue.

Handmade Christmas Display

Once all of the items were glued in place I started winding the lights in place. The LED controller was placed under the sleigh. Stuffing made for toys or pillows I placed tufts here and there to represent snow. There are small fibers in iridescent along the bottom of the display as well.

This display box will have a piece of glass added to it when I can get over to my brothers stained glass shop. The glass will help keep dust out. It will also help with storage so that nothing falls into the box.

On top of the box is a greenery pick from the Christmas decorations department. I placed some of the tiny packages and some of the stuffing inside the greenery.

Handmade Christmas Display

The display turned out just the way I wanted. I love how it looks and I’m glad it is complete. It has inspired me to make other shadow box displays. Looking at boxes in a different way. Now I see boxes and try to see how I can alter them to make a shadow box.

Handmade Christmas Display

Have you made a shadowbox? What kind of items did you put on display? Doing something like this handmade Christmas display would make a great gift. I hope that this post inspires you to create.

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Little Video showing all the details.

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How I made Fancy Reindeer

Today I want to share How I made Fancy Reindeer. I’ve been working on Christmas decorations and one of the last pieces was making little fancy reindeer.

The reindeer started off as Christmas tree ornaments. I knew that these would be perfect for my little scene that I’m making. First thing that needed to be done was cutting off the ornament hanger that was on the back. This was easy enough. Using a pair of needle nose pliers I gently broke the piece off.

How I made Fancy Reindeer

Breaking the piece off of the back left a scar on the reindeer. This wasn’t a pretty site so there needed to be something added to make it look better. So taking a little hot glue I applied a little on the back of the reindeer and then sprinkled fine gold glitter on the back. So that the whole reindeer would match I added glitter on the head of the reindeer too.

How I made Fancy Reindeer

More needed to be added to this little reindeer to transform it into its new fancy self. Digging through my stash I found small jingle bells. These were another perfect addition. Using thin gold metallic ribbon I threaded one jingle bell on the ribbon and then around the neck of the reindeer. Tying a bow fished the look.

Something else was needed on the reindeer. There was a piece of the embossed green Rinea Foil on my desk. Using a holy leaf punch from Punch Bunch I punched a leaf. Using hot glue I placed a leaf just under the bow.

How I made Fancy Reindeer

Again digging through my stash I found red rhinestones and placed one on top of the holy leaf. Now the fancy reindeer was complete. I decided to make two!

How I made Fancy Reindeer

The reindeer are ready for their little home in the Christmas decorations I’ve been making.

 

Now that you know How I made Fancy Reindeer, will you make some too?

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How to Make Paper Christmas Trees

Today I want to share How to Make Paper Christmas Trees.

This post came about because I’m making a small Christmas scene this year. My goal is to make as much of the scene myself. I’m also using Rinea Foil, Tattered Angels Glimmer mists among other supplies.

One of the things was to make paper Christmas trees. Knowing that I had a Sizzix tree die I had a plan. Using old cardboard from some of the Jewelry in Candles boxes I die cut the tree three times. Then I die cut the tree two more times with chipboard. Last I die cut the tree with black cardstock and embossed green Rinea Foil.

How to Make Paper Christmas Trees

Once all of the pieces were cut I then proceeded to paint the cardboard and chipboard trees with green acrylic craft paint. Using Leap Frog and Moss Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist I then misted each tree. I wanted these trees to have light and dark areas. Not be a solid color. The Glimmer Mists helped me achieve the look I was going for in this project.

How to Make Paper Christmas Trees

When the Glimmer Mists had dried I started to assemble the trees. Laying them out on my work area I decided that I wanted varying heights. Using a hot glue gun I then adhered the trees together.

The Rinea Foil tree was attached to the black cardstock tree with white glue and then glued to the top of the other trees. I then cut a piece of the cardboard in a snow mound and sprayed it green with the Glimmer mists.

Using a brush I put the Fast’N Final Lightweight Spackling on the snow mound and on some of the trees to represent snow. Wanting the snow to be white I added white acrylic paint over the top. While the paint was still wet I sprinkled with fine clear glitter.

How to Make Paper Christmas Trees

Gluing the embossed copper Rinea Foil to a piece of white cardstock and then used a star punch to get the three stars. These stars were glued with hot glue.

The red swirls were punched out of the Red embossed Rinea foil. Because the punch was so tiny and the paper so delicate I laid a piece of text weight paper under the foil and then punched the shape. Doing so gave me a cleaner punch. Using my embelli jelli tool I picked up the swirls and dipped into a liquid glue and placed on the tree.

For the stand on the back of the tree. Folded a couple pieces of cardboard and glued with hot glue. Held in place for a moment with a close pin. Then glued to the back of the trees.

How to Make Paper Christmas Trees

These little trees turned out super cute and will be perfect for my little scene.

How to Make Paper Christmas Trees

Now that you know How to Make Paper Christmas Trees, how many will you make? Share your projects with me. Tag me with #lindaisrael in your work, I want to see what you make. Feel free to ask questions, I’m happy to help.

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How to make Tiny Christmas Packages

Small and simple is what I’m going for this Christmas. This post is all about how to make tiny Christmas packages. Christmas around our house will be small and simple this year. There are not a lot of big fancy decorations. Henry and I decided that we wanted to keep things small and simple.

To help with this idea I pulled down a milk glass sleigh that my mother gave me. This sleigh had belonged to her mother. It may have even belonged to my great grand mother. That will be something I’ll ask her at our next gathering. The sleigh is small enough to display on a table and not get in the way of conversations. It will be a perfect centerpiece.

How to make tiny Christmas Packages

Now the challenge was to fill this little sleigh. It is small. Not much bigger than my hand. When I went looking in my craft supplies I didn’t have any tiny boxes that I could cover with paper. I know this is a shocker to many of you. If you have seen the inside of my room you would think that I own a craft supply store!

Putting my thinking cap on I decided I would make faux little boxes. Taking a few pieces of cardboard I cut it down to one and half inch squares. Using a glue gun I stacked three together. Then choosing paper I covered the squares.

How to Make Tiny Packages

The papers I choose: Rinea Foil and Canvas Corp Brands Cardstock. The Rinea foil is a pretty metallic paper, some have embossed stars some is plain. I used a little of both. A couple pieces of the Rinea foil I ran through my Tim Hotlz Vagabond and a Cuttle Bug snowflake embossing folder. I had to be careful to not over handle the foil as it is thin. But it did take the texture nicely. Colors of Rinea foil used, embossed Copper, green, red and plain gold.

How to Make Tiny Packages Image

For the Canvas Corp Brands Cardstock, it has a pretty damask pattern, I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. After each faux gift was wrapped with the CCB paper I placed the package in my spray box and chose a Glimmer Mist that I thought would work the best. Colors such as: Crimson, Coffee Shop, Moss Leap Frog and Red Chillies were used.

How to make tiny Christmas Packages

Once all of the faux packages were made it was time to embellish. A paper punch from Punch Bunch in the shape of a Holy Leaf was used. Punching several of the leaves out of the green Rinea embossed foil I set those aside.

Various colors of ribbon were used to wrap the gifts. Tied tiny bows and glued with hot glue to hold them in place. Once the ribbon bow was in place a tiny amount of glue was placed on the holy leaf and then small red rhinestones were put in place.

How to make tiny Christmas Packages

There is a video showing the whole process.

This little milk glass sleigh will remind me of all the tiny blessings in my life. Hopefully this project will inspire you. Now that you know how to make tiny Christmas packages, how many will you make?

How to make tiny Christmas Packages

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Glitter Poinsettias and Reindeer

Today it is all about Glitter Poinsettias and Reindeer.

I’m on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration team as well as the Canvas Corp Brands Design team. This week I needed to get a project made for Brutus Monroe and decided to make it a two in one.

Glitter Poinsettias and Reindeer

Using the Sketched Holiday stamp set from Brutus Monroe and several colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist I created this Christmas card.

Here is a list of the colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist I used today:

Apple
Dijon
Cork
Tattered Leather
Leap Frog

The Tim Holtz Reindeer was die cut from chipboard as well as the Top Note. Then I cut white cardstock at just under 4.25 by 5.5 as my card topper.

Glitter Poinsettias and Reindeer

The video shows how the colors were applied and how I stamped and applied gold embossing powder.

This was a fun card to make because there are so many options. Swap out the color of glimmer mists and the look of this card changes.

I love having tools that I can use to recreate cards and change things up. Like the Tim Holtz Reindeer die and the Stampin Up Top Note die. It allows me to cut the dies and then make them into any type art project that suits me.

If you have followed me for very long you know how I love to add glitter. Once you have glitter in your home you can never get rid of it, so I embrace this and apply it whenever I can. There are days that I walk out of my home and there will be glitter all over me. I’ll have glitter in my hair and all over my clothes. I just smile and go with it, knowing that if I hug someone I’ll give them a little sparkle.

So don’t worry about having glitter on you the next time you leave your home. Who knows it may be the perfect accessory to brighten your day or for someone else.

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Glitter Poinsettias and Reindeer

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Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card

The post today is about Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card.

Following the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown the challenge this week was to do a previous challenge from 2016. I went back through the year and looked at lots of challenges and noticed that the challenge from March 12, 2016 had few players but the colors were Green and White. I like those colors together.

green-and-white-52

Years ago I purchased the original Personal Cricut cutter. Over the years I’ve collected cartridges and upgraded the machine. For Black Friday 2016 I was able to get the Cricut Explore Air for the low price of $92.98! Because the new Cricut has a free online software I’ve been able to do so much more!

With the Cricut and all of my cartridges now linked to the software I was able to create the Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card. I pulled in the images that I wanted to use and sized them for the front of my card. The poinsettia is from Joys of the Season Cartridge Even adding additional layers to the poinsettia since I knew that I wanted more dimension.

Green and White Poinsettia Christmas

What I really love about this machine is I get to chose what I want to cut. Choosing images for my projects is so much fun and makes each project unique.

To get the additional color and dimension I used Glitter and Glitter embossing powder. The glitter was simple holiday glitter that came in a multi pack. The embossing powder is clear with glitter. For the background I used the Filigree stamp from Stampin Up. Do you have a go to item in your studio? Well this is one of those go to items for me.

If you haven’t used a stylus tool to give dimension you really should. Flipping the flower over and pushing the stylus on the flower petals gives the flower texture. Each flower got this treatment, including the leaves.

Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card

Once all of the texture was applied I used a direct to paper technique and applied versamark ink to a few of the flowers and the corner pieces. Then sprinkled the glitter embossing powder over the flowers, heated. When the flowers were done I then used a Zig two way glue pen to add glitter to the leaves.

Merry Christmas was stamped and embossed in Gold. Then layered onto a piece of green cardstock that had glitter applied around the edges. I also used a corner punch to add a touch of elegance.

This Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card turned out beautiful. It is an elegant card I know anyone who receives this card will truly appreciate the work that was put into the card. They would treat it like a small work of art.

Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card

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Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

This post is all about the Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge.

The idea was to create anything that was all black. “Create a project that is 90% black – the other 10% can only be white, grey, or metallic.”

To begin with I found an old canvas that I had on hand. This canvas had a hole punched in it and I knew I wouldn’t use it for another project.

Gathering up lots of black items I had a nice pile on my work desk. Where to begin…

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

I didn’t have any black gesso so I sorta made a grey gesso. Since I didn’t have any black gesso I mixed white gesso with black paint. What I should have done is made the gesso from scratch. But for now I’ll keep the grey as I can still use it in projects.

The focal piece was a Christmas ornament. Finding the glitter covered deer gave me the perfect item to use as the focal point. Which is important to have in an art piece.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

The Canvas Corp Brands mixed media pack is a great resource for this project. I pulled Tissue paper, burlap and scrapbook paper from the pack.

Have you seen those little sets of LED lights in the craft stores? Christmas is a great time to find these lights and if you are lucky you can get them on sale.

Recently I’ve gotten two new toys. One is a Silhouette CAMEO® 3 and the other is a Circut Explorer Air. With these two new toys I was able to cut the words and poinsettias.

The Silhouette design “Ornate Frame” paired with the Samantha font helped me create the phrase Believe in the Magic. I used the Cricut Joys of the Season cartridge Poinsettia, altering the image by adding more layers and changing the sizes of the petals.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

If you haven’t figured out yet I really love tools and gadgets. I also have the Tim Holtz Vagabond and I used this to cut the Sizzix Trees. It might be hard to tell but there are six trees on the canvas.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

This was a good challenge for me, to think outside of the box and make up an art piece that used black as the foundation. I enjoyed making this and now I’m planning on another project that I want to make similar to this piece.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

Have you tried a challenge like this one? Come and join the Canvas Corp Brands Collective to learn about other challenges and see lots of art to inspire you. Challenge #ccbblack

Here is just a little video of the piece. Enjoy!

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How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

Today its about How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT.

I’ve been following the 52 Christmas Card Thowdown blog for almost two months. I love the prompts and it gives me cards to create. If you haven’t check them out be sure to do so today.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

For this challenge the idea was to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card. Looking through my ephemera I remembered I had several old Christmas cards. I knew one would be perfect for this post on How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT. Finding the perfect one I printed it with my inkjet printer. Feel free to use this image for your own card.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

Next using my Cricut I cut out the snow globe image. The image was cut as three layers. Top layer was the white area where Santa would reside, second layer is brown and then the bottom layer was black.

Pulling a piece of textured green cardstock from my stash that I knew would be a perfect card topper. One of my background stamps would be perfect for this project, the Stampin Up Filigree stamp with some gold embossing powder.

Used a crop a dial corner rounder to round the corners of the green textured cardstock and the white card base.

Tim Holtz distressed ink – broken glass was used around the globe to give that “glass” look and feel.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

A Stampendous Sentiment – Have a Merry Christmas was used on the base of the snow globe. Don’t forget that you can mix and match your stamps. Find the one that works for your project.

Gold Ribbon from my stash was used on the base of the snow globe. I thought it gave it a nice gilded gold look.

Many years ago I went on an eBay shopping spree and picked up over 300 little puffy iridescent snowflakes. It seems that even though I feel like I’ve used a lot of these little guys there isn’t an end to the supply.

Of course I have to add sparkle to projects some how.. On this project I used Tulip fabric paint. I found this trick several years ago when buying the glitter paint for a much lower price and it seems to work great on paper projects.

A few self adhesive rhinestones were used in the centers of the snowflakes.

Here is a video of the whole process as sometimes I forget some of the steps when I write it all out. lol

 

This card turned out wonderful, if you don’t mind me boasting. I love the texture and feel of the card. It makes me think of old days gone by when things were a much slower pace.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

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52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch

This post is about the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch.

52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch

If you haven’t checked out the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown site, you should!  Lots of beautiful Christmas cards made every week.

For this project I used the Brutus Monroe Sketched Holidays poinsettia image. The image was embossed in the Sterling Embossing powder from Brutus Monroe.

Watercolor pencils were used to color the poinsettia image. Acrylic paint watered down was used to paint the green areas.

A while back I picked up a 12 x 12 pad of Christmas paper and that is what I used for the background.

I used Tim Holtz Distress ink to go around the outside of the card and the background paper.

For the happy holidays stamp it was embossed in silver. Watered down acrylic paint to give a watercolor effect. The mat was colored using Tim Holtz Distress ink. Then raised with pop dots.

Decided that the corners should be rounded with my crop a dial on the Happy Holidays and then only one corner of the poinsettia images.

Of course I have to had some sort of bling to my projects.

This was a simple card to make and I thought it was perfect for this 52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch.

Make sure you check out all of the other cards created. Follow along by joining. I love seeing all of the beautiful creative cards.

52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch