Christmas Ornaments and Gifts

Christmas Ornaments and Gifts

Hi, everyone! It’s the 3rd day of Christmas and I have some gifts to show you today. As a tradition started a few years ago, I like giving handmade crafts to family and dear ones. This year, I chose to make some ornaments, bookmarks and Christmas cards.



I made the first tree decoration, last year, for my niece, Antonia. She loved it so much and hung it in her tree right away. You can see and also read about it here. At that time I wanted a shaker ornament that is what I actually made. For this year, I wanted a bit of a more special one.

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So, I began with the same tag die from WPlus9 – Anastasia Tag. But, this time I went on die-cutting it differently while keeping a window into all the layers as I wanted to use it for the ornament. For the 2nd layer, I used some funky foam in different colours: 2 shades of red and 2 of green. I added a beautiful bauble in each of the windows.

The baubles are from Newton’s Nook Designs and they’re the most exquisite ones I’ve ever seen.:-) I die cut 2 of each, coloured them in with inktense Derwent pencils and added enough layers of Wink of Stella for a sparkly look. All the ornaments got a tag with my name on and a tied fancy Twine bow.


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The next handmade crafts I gave as gifts were some Gorjuss bookmarks. I used the collectable stamp and some of the small stamps that come with the same named stamp set: ‘Holly’. Gorjuss girls are really dear to me and I love colouring them so much. Avery Elle die set is what I used to die-cut the bookmarks. Inktense Derwent pencils and Santoro’s Gorjuss Watercolour dual-tip pens – Neutrals are the colouring medium I used for the girls. I applied generous layers of Wink of Stella on the hats,boots and the mistletoe. Then, I added some twine to each of the bookmarks.





Now, some of the gifts had a set of cards to accompany either the ornaments or the bookmarks. I made quite a lot of cards this year and I went on multiplying them while making a great use of my new precision stamping tool.

Hope you enjoyed learning about my crafts and thanks for stopping by.
My best wishes,

Stencilled Background Thanks Card

Hi, everyone!Hope all is well with you all and many thanks for visiting my page.
I Know Christmas is close, just a few weeks left, but before sharing my cards made for the occasion, I’d like to share some projects from a while ago. Had no time to share them before and I am certain if I don’t do this now, I won’t do it later for sure.

img9171So, today, I’ve got a thank you card with a stencilled background. It is a pretty simple card and I really love how it turned out.
First, I die-cut the word ‘thanks‘ using a Paper Smooches die out of a piece of white card.
Then, I added the colours to the die-cut using some sponge daubers and distress inks. I used a mix of candied apple, abandoned coral, carved pumpkin and fossilized amber.
The following step was to create the background. I used a Tim Holtz stencil called Doily, a piece of cream card and distress inks (the same as those used for the ‘thanks’ die-cut word and a few more: evergreen bough and scattered straw).
As you can see, the background is not completely filled in. I left the bottom part clear so I could add the die-cut word.
To add dimension and interest, I added some clear Wink of Stella onto ‘thanks’ and some twine in red and gold which I tied in a bow at the top right corner of the card.
The card was part of a set created for a dear friend and it has a matching envelope (you can find it here).

Many thanks for stopping by and wishing you all the best,