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Oh Dear, Blitzen!

It’s time for the Tuesday 3D Challenge Group project, at Paper Craft Planet.  I’m hoping you will view this as a fun Christmas/Winter craft, after all, no animals were harmed in the making of the project.

I’ve seen quite a few free versions of a paper deer/animal head craft.  This is an amalgamation of a few that I liked, with modifications, that my sons & hunting hubbie all approved.

You could of course add colour & add it to a gift box or a wine bottle maybe:

It’s a pretty simple piece of construction.

Make something & add it to the gallery at Paper Craft Planet, with the tag 3d192 & I’ll find it & put it in an album for all to see.

If you’d like to print out the Deer, here you go, 8 1/2 by 11″.  Be sure to cut 2 of the head & ears & yolk (the pink):

If you feel like following the ramblings of a mum of 3, who was multi-tasking with French Devoirs and trying to write up instructions … good luck:

Oh yes, you’ll need the plaque.  I cut it twice, sized it just a bit bigger the second time for a matte effect.

If you’re like me & enjoy using Scalable Vector Graphics … Here ya go, you can download them here:

Ears & Head SVG

Antlers SVG

Plaque SVG

Follow the Star

Well with Halloween behind us & the weather getting nippy here, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.  For this week’s 3D Tuesday at Paper Craft Planet, 3d189, Christmas Stars are in the Forum! I’ve seen many 3D stars; however this one, found on Pinterest, with a link to the instructions and template was super cute.

The template provided is easy to cut out by hand, it’s just straight lines.  It can be used with either the suggested mosaic cut outs, a hand punch, stamp it or  leave it plain.

When you have it cut out, use a bone folder & scoring plate if you have it, to give it a clean line.

Fold & secure each tip first.  Can you see where I put the super strong red two sided tape?  It’s on the side with the tapered corner.

After you have the 5 “pyramids”, you then secure them to each other.

That’s it, that’s all.  Most of the work is in the scoring, IMO.

Have fun with this one.

Fran•táge: Enamel Accents on Christmas!

It’s another Fran•táge Friday at Paper Craft Planet, brought to you by Stampendous.  Learn something new & win some stamps … woo-hoo!

This week we’re playing around with embossing enamel.  The  Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel adds a great effect especially for Christmas Crafting.

Here’s the layered Christmas ornament we’ll be making:

The supplies you’ll need include embossing enamel, Cling Jumbo Pine Drift stamp, clear Christmas Ball ornaments, oh yes & have a stash of buttons.

The embossing enamel looks great when you add small amounts on the branches of the tree.  I just painted a bit of glue where I wanted the enamel to high-light.  I also used some more buttons for ornaments on the tree.

In order to get the layered look, just stamp a few times & cut out what you want to use.  Use textured paper for a tree-like look.  I also only used part of the stamp on this project, it’s a very versatile stamp set that way.

Now take a mason jar of buttons, some super sticky tape & sit down in front of the tele for a show or two & cover the ornament with buttons:

Add your focal point and a ribbon and there you have it!

Thanks so much to the folks at Stampendous for these fabulous products and the giveaway!

Want to win some free stamps? Leave a comment AT PAPER CRAFT PLANET before December 2nd. After that, we’ll pick a winner through and announce that lucky duck on the next Fran•táge Friday.

Cute as a Button Ornament

This is for the Tuesday, Dec 14th 3D Challenge, 3d92, “Cute as a Button Ornament”.

When I first saw this, I had to give it a go. Pipecleaners, Buttons, Brad & mini-eyelet is what I used to make this little snowman ornament. This would be a good one to do with kids, but me being a big kid, I had a blast with it.

You can use buttons & pipecleaner/wire alone or add some eyelets & clip a brad for the nose, like I did …

Share your ideas & give it a go & we’ll put it in the 3D92 Album. We’d love to see your snowmen, Santa’s, Reindeer, Christmas tree!

For some more ideas, and directions, check out Martha Stewart “how to” on Button Ornaments!

Never tried uploading a photo to Paper Craft Planet? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for adding photos to the PCP Gallery. Once your creations is in the gallery & TAGGED with 3d92, I can find them & add them to the Album! Don’t forget to link it back here to this discussion so we can all see it.

Stampendous Wishes

Stampendous will be sponsoring Paper Craft Planet for the entire month of November with a series of fun stamping ideas! Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the entire month, stay tuned for tips and tricks that will help you get a handle on the holidays!

Using this super cute Cling Polar Christmas Stamp, from Stampendous, I had some fun making Paper Christmas Ornament bulbs.  Honestly, this was easy, I think I’ll have the kids do one  each for the tree this year.  I just have to hide the glitter, they tend to go over board.

I followed a very simple tutorial from Homemade Gifts Made Easy, paper from Déjà Views (Global Views), and Cling Polar Christmas Stamp from Stampendous.

So many possibilities with this one!

We will be bringing you these awesome holiday ideas all month long to help you get ready for the holidays. You can access all this inspiration in our Back to Basics Stampendous Groupforever.

Mug of Love


This is for Lori’s Paper Craft Planet 3D Challenge, 3d41, Enjoy a Cup of Cocoa.

For the cup, I used Clear & Simple Stamps Free Mug Template here.

For a ‘how to’ on the Chocolate Coated Spoon, check out Lori’s blog.  Such a clever girl!


The Paper is from K & Company Blue Awning.


Here’s the back of the mug.


The Luke Banner, I drew up in Illustrator & saved as an svg file, so I could cut it out in my old cricut machine, via Sure Cuts A Lot Software.


The SVG’s were cut in two layers:



Christmas Crackers


I didn’t “do” Christmas Crackers growing up.  When I was dating my husband & met his family one Christmas (they used to celebrate early because of shift workers in the family) I was introduced to the British Christmas Cracker.  Everyone  held the end of their cracker & someone else’s & the cracking began.  We then sat around the Christmas table with the crepe paper crowns & tell the bazooka gum bubble gum corny joke that came with the treats after grace.  I still smile remembering seeing a funny peek at this family.

We, now as a family, do the Christmas Crackers.  Sometimes we buy them, sometimes we make them.  This is how we make them!


The paper you make the cracker with has to be something that is easily torn, like tissue paper.  If you use Card Stock Paper, there WILL be an accident as a determined child vigorously tries to break it & ends up flying their fist into their neighbour.  Seriously.  So this year, I’m using flimsy paper lunch bags.  Cheap & the brown paper matches the poppers.


Each bag will make 2.  Cut the ends of the lunch bag.


Trim other end.


then, trim in half.  In this photo the ends we trimmed above are at the top & bottom.


Unfold & there you have a piece of kraft paper that is about 8″ square.  The Cream CS is about 3″x5″& the candy stripped paper is about 1.5″x5″.


So take the 3×5 Cream CS & glue on either side to make the tube:


It overlaps about an inch, for stability.  You could use a toilet paper roll.  I don’t, but you could.


Now adhere it to the Kraft Lunch bag Square.




Glue Again.


Poppers.  Um, I’ve had mine for years, as you can tell from the Lewis Craft Label.  I remember buying them thinking, Do you sell them in smaller packs?  Our family isn’t that big?  Anyways, I’m sure craft stores have them.


So put in  1 cracker & decorate.  Closing 1 end by tying with Raffia or ribbon.  You can then drop in candies, little toys, maybe tealights if it’s for grown ups, whatever.


Tie the other end.


And Bob’s Yur Uncle–A Christmas Cracker.


Used:  Lunch Bag, Raffia, Stampin’ Up Merry Moments DSP, Rick Rack, Bell, Cream CS, Cracker, Treats.

Christmas Planner

tethered 3d40 BAR

This is for Paper Craft Planet’s 3D Challenge, Plan on It, 3d40.  Hope Stamps Eternal as the 3D sponsor for this week, so not only can you make this quick and easy holiday planner — you can win a prize too!  Check it out at Paper Craft Planet.

Susanna had made her stunning Christmas organizer out of a notebook she picked up from Target.  We don’t have a target here in Canada, although probably could have gone to T. Géant Boutique or Walmart. So I went with the accordion fold.

Okay, so I’m all about making lists & planning. This year, as nutty as it’s been, today is the day I’m doing the lists! Just got off the phone with my neighbour & we have developed a strategy for getting on top of Christmas (trading off babysitting to get to shopping around work & kids schedules). I LOVE the idea of a Christmas planner! It took me about 20 minutes to make the planner, & probably another 20 minutes to fill in the “lists”, but I feel I’ve not got a plan to tackle the mountain, thanks, Susanna!


I got the idea for the lists in an altoid tin from Andrea Walford.


The lists include:

Letters to Mail (Canada/USA/Int’l:  no counting envelopes in line at the post office)

Family Gifts (Store to Find It/Cost)

Teachers’ Gifts (Store to Find it/Cost)

Gatherings & Baking (Ingredients Needed)

Packages to Mail (Canada/US/Int’l)

“S” Stuffers (Store to Find it/Cost)


1 Spare pocket

Place for the check list pen!


The DSP is from Stampin’ Up!, Lovely Lilac CS, Gable Green CS, White SU Ink, Altoid Tin ($1.50 from Michaels),Martha Stewart Ribbon, Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamps Christmas Season, Rhinestone Stickers (Me & My Big Ideas), Delightful Decorations SU Stamp Set, SU Ornament Punch, Versa Mark Ink, Clear EP, Corner Rounder, Terrifically Tacky Tape.

Flower Soft Contest!


Today Paper Craft Planet has a really fun game to play. The Super Novas all got together and played with the new Flower Soft Snow Globe CD. I’m so excited to share this project with you…. and you can play along and win a prize by participating in a scavenger hunt! Keep reading for instructions on how you can win!

Here’s a little ornament I made using the Snow Globe CD,  display globes & Polar White Flower Soft.


I used two of the globes, & adhered the snowman images onto either side of acetate.  I did reverse the image of the snowman, so it matched up, when they are back to back.  Add a few dimensionals & layer.  Very quick scissor time & such a fun result.


Add some flower soft glue to the hat trim & snow tops, with some Polar White Flower Soft and also shake some extra Flower Soft in the bottom of each side for loose snowglobe snow!


Today’s scavenger hunt is sponsored by Flower Soft! You could win a GENEROUS prize if you play our game…

“Flower Soft makes your stamps look real,
that’s why it has such a huge appeal.
You can use it on flowers or snow,
it’s great for trees and plants, you know.
You can win some if you can link
the Snow Globe CD – you can do it, I think!”

Want to know what you’re playing for? Comment below and link the correct product and you could win the same prize pack the Super Novas used to create all these beautiful projects! Package includes the Snow Globe CD, oval aperture cards and envelopes and display globes!

Check out what the Super Novas made!

Find the product on the Flower Soft website that fits the clue and you could be our winner! TO ENTER:  Leave a comment on Paper Craft Planet with your answer. We will pick a random winner for all the CORRECT entries on December 14th.

Bow for Liam


Paper Craft Planet’s 12 Days Contest is on & today is Day 5, where Kim Burmeister  has an awesome tutorial for these cute little bows.  I’ve wanted to make these paper bows before, but when I saw how quick & easy it was I thought let’s give it a go.  Tomorrow we’re celebrating Liam’s 4th Birthday with family & although we haven’t wrapped his pressie yet, this cute little bow will adorn the top.


Be sure to check out Kim’s Video:

Be sure to play for your chance to win at Paper Craft Planet!

Oh yes, Liam’s pressie may not be wrapped, but Dinosaur Hill is ready.  Cookies:  Sugar.  Cake:  Mum’s Light & Fluffy Chocolate, with her Fudge Icing recipe.  Diabetics beware, even standing close to the cake is dangerous.