Christmas Shadow Boxes

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I recently saw a cute shadow box that Lisa Bzibziak from Life of a BZscrapper made and thought I needed to give it a try.  I had made a bridge fold card a while back with a tree and deer scene that I really liked and thought it would be a nice backdrop for my shadow box.  You can see the card below.

I recreated the tree and deer scene and raised some of the images with dimensional foam.  The “Merry and Bright” image is from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart.  I purchased some mini ornaments from Michael’s to add to the inside of the shadow box and used some leftover glitter snowflakes to decorate the frame.  It was a bit hard to photograph this shadow box, so sorry for the not-so-great picture!

You should give these shadow boxes a try!  They are basically a large shaker card and the sky is the limit on the types of dimensional objects you can place inside!  But this is the perfect gift for a special someone on my Christmas list!

Hope your day is awesome!   Laurie

Christmas Gifts

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Today I’d like to share a couple of Christmas gifts that I made–with paper, of course!!  The first is a holiday tree made with paper strips pinned to a Styrofoam cone.  The idea was shown on the Close To My Heart website a couple of weeks ago.  My Middle School crafting group made these trees so they are definitely not too hard to make and I think they are pretty impressive!

The decorative box was made from the Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridges.  I decorated the top with the beautiful poinsettia from Flower Market by Close To My Heart.  Wouldn’t this make a great box for a special gift or cupcake?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your holiday preparations are going smoothly and that you can squeeze in some crafting time too!   Laurie

Christmas Gifts and Boxes at BBTB2

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Paper crafting is so much fun, especially at Christmas!  I love to make handmade gifts for my friends and family and there are so many great ideas out there from which to choose.  So I was happy to see the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week which is all about Gifts and Gift Boxes/Bags!  I found a video showing how to make this awesome woven snowflake and you can view it HERE.

I used Beary Christmas paper from Close To My Heart to make my snowflake.  You definitely need double sided paper for this project.  The embellishment was cut from the Artbooking cartridge along with circles from Cricut Basics Shapes

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the amazing projects from the design team.  You will be sure to find some inspiration there!  Then link up your own projects because we love it when you share.

Thanks for stopping by–do awesome things today!   Laurie


2017 Advent Calendar

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Last year I made a fancy 3D advent calendar shaped like a tree for my almost 3 year old grandson.  He had learned his numbers and I thought it would be fun for him to find each number while counting down the days to Christmas.  I loved the tree shape, but it was sure hard to mail it to Florida!  So for this year I needed to make something easier to mail and this advent “gift” was perfect.

I made 25 boxes with my Cricut Explore, lined them up to make a square and attached them with hot glue.  I then wrapped a ribbon around the entire set of cubes and made a fancy bow for the top.  I decorated each box with a Christmas image and the numbers.  (Yes, I fixed the number 15 LOL!)  Inside each box is a little treat I hope he will enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today!  The change in weather here in Nebraska makes it seem a little more like Christmas!    Laurie

Christmas Tree Challenge at BBTB2!

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At Bitten by the Bug 2 this week the challenge is to use a Christmas Tree cut on your artwork.  I cut trees from the Flower Market, You Are Here and Christmas cartridges.   I have been seeing a lot of these “bridge” style cards online lately and thought it would be a great way to display those tree and deer cuts.

The paper is from the Beary Christmas collection from Close To My Heart along with New England Ivy cardstock and lots of white glitter paper.    The sentiment is from the Silver and Gold Cardmaking stamp set, also from Close To My Heart.

Now it’s your turn!  Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the other design team projects with Christmas Tree cuts.  Then make your own artwork and share, share, share!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week!   Laurie

Silver and Gold at H2H!

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The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is Silver and Gold!  You can use the Close To My Heart Silver and Gold paper pack or just the colors of silver and gold.  Use metallic or glitter papers or both!

I added a bit of all of the above!  The papers are from the Silver and Gold paper pack along with silver and gold metallic paper and glittery silver shimmer trim.  The stamped image (First Noel C1688) is embossed with gold embossing powder and the black ribbon is even trimmed with gold.

Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see more beautiful Silver and Gold projects!  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy.  You have until the end of December to play along with our challenge.

Hope your first full week of December is off to a wonderful start!   Laurie

Time for Warm Winter Clothes!

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It’s time to start digging out those warm winter hats, gloves, scarves and heavy coats!  Those of you who live in warm climates, will just have to miss this “fun” LOL!!  The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use a Winter Clothes cut on your project.

My son and his family came to Nebraska for Thanksgiving this year and his 11 month old son had never experienced a cold Nebraska wind.  They live in Destin, Florida, so he had to get used to socks, shoes and long pants too!  In this photo, he looks like a fish out of water in his warm winter clothes!

I used the Winter Woodland cartridge for the large stocking cap that I placed in the background and Three Birds on Parade for the title.  The subtle patterns of the Whimsy Fundamentals from Close To My Heart were the perfect papers to use.  It is hard to see in the photo, but the snowflakes and the words are cut from white glitter paper.

I hope you stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out the other design team projects.  Then link up your own artwork with Warm Winter Clothes cuts!