Archive for December, 2009


I took this picture in my front yard yesterday …


Cold, really, really cold.  I haven’t been walking the pup the last few days, because we had ice rain & then a deep freeze with a dump of snow.  Wow, really.  Love Ottawa, but being a bit of a hermit this afternoon.  I kinda’ like that though.

Mini Pizza Box


So over at Paper Craft Planet, Adela has posted this weeks 3D challenge, 3d42, Mini Pizza Boxes.  Super Cute!  Adela has even provided a free template of her for us to use!  I did size mine up a wee bit, so I could fit these candies in, but it would look great with a big fat cookie in it too!

Be sure to check out other pizza boxes over at PCPlanet!

Used:  Stampin’ Up! DSP, White EP, Versa Mark Ink, Make it Count & All God’s Children SU Stamp Set, Rhinestone Stickers, Martha Stewart Edge Heart Trim Punch, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder, Pink Rick Rack & Silver Ribbon, Adela’s Mini Pizza Box Template, Circle Punch.

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 Eve Question

Hiya Kristina,

Just before we went to the Christmas Eve Service & were all dolled up we thought we’d ask this question to you:

Since you always have so many surprises & new ideas for your blog, what do you have planned to do with your crafting for 2010?

PS Amy is the crafter in the family, but in our home a crafting Mum is a Happy Mum.

Sorry for the low quality recording … it’s the ole’ cam corder :)

Holiday Blessings from Amy, Mike, Emma, Malcolm, & Liam.

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.

Princess Snow Globe


So as my middle son is off to early hockey, my other two are quiet in the family room with the dog.  I snuck down stairs to play in the craft room.  I have no idea why I made a princess snow globe, but I did.  It was fun.  There I said it.  Yes, I am a 30-something Mum who occasionally misses the fact that her 10 year old, while still a crafter, has past the princess stage.  This would be fun for a princess party craft, not too difficult/messy for kids.

I took an old spice jar (yes, I occasionally clean up my corner kitchen cupboard), & took some foam stickers.  You could cut out some foam with Spellbinders shapes too, but I had this little castle shape.  Used Terrifically Tacky tape to adhere just the bottom of the foam.  This will be covered up with ribbon after.


I then shook in some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter & some Flower Soft Polar White Foam.  I have to laugh that I didn’t think of it before, but foam floats.  So the snowglobe is reverse.  LOL It’s kinda a white fluffy cloud above the castle.  Shake it & then it swirls with the Glitter.  Um, ya, I can’t take a picture & shake a globe at the same time, even if I put my coffee down.


Alright, ‘nuf playing, housework, kids to dance class, Christmas stuff … onwards.

Used:  Martha Stewart Ribbon, Stampin’ Up!  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Polar Fleece Flower Soft Foam, Foam Stickers, Terrifically Tacky Tape, White Cs, Gable Green CS, SU Buttons, Circle Punches, Bows & Twinkeltoes Stamp Set, Tsukineko Platinum Planet Ink, Pixie Pink Ink, Spice Jar & Water.

Gift Card Gift Holder


So, I admit it, we do a fair number of gift cards for some neices/teachers that we’re not totally sure what to buy.  It took me a while to get over the idea that gift certificates weren’t all that personal of a gift … they totally are … do they like books? coffee?  wine? (well not for the nieces, my brother would rightfully raise an eyebrow).   What if you take the time to make the gift card look special?  I think that can be the fun part.

Here’s a rather simple gift card holder (free cut) to look like a pressie:


The larger eyelet acts as a hinge on one side to open up to the gift certificate.


It was free cut, two peices of CS & then covered with Patterned paper.  I made a little “U” shape on the inside of the CS, with Terrifically Tacky Tape, & the Gift Card slides right in that pocket.


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.

Colour Q fun


It’s a Colour Q Challenge!  This week, ColourQ10, I was able to get a sneak peek a few weeks ago so I could be one of the guest designers.  Woo-Hoo!  Arielle supplied us with an adorable Christmas Image.


Here’s my card, that I had a bunch of fun with.  The ribbon, was just gathered on 1 side & then tied to make a yoyo or Rosette.


Be sure to check out other fun goes with this inspiration at the Colour Q Blog.

Used:  Martha Stewart Punch, Ruby Red CS, Bashful Blue CS, Inkadinkado Clear Stamps, DCWV The Christmas Stack PP (from Michaels), Metal Ringed Tag from Staples, Clear EP, Versa Mark Ink, Bashful Blue Ink, White String, Terrifically Tacky Tape.