Sunday, November 15, 2015

November Cross Canada Blog Hop - Prepare for Christmas

Welcome to our November Blog Hop featuring how we Prepare for Christmas.To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today contact your local consultant to place an order.

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Okay on to my project! To prepare for Christmas every year the first thing I do is set up my Christmas Tree (usually on November 1st). I absolutely love Christmas - the lights, the decorations, the food, the family, the movies, Jesus' story, the fellowship, the snow, the gifts, the coziest, the magic - EVERYTHING. Every Christmas in my house we have a tradition that every member of the family gets to choose an ornament that represents them for the year. My girls are still too young to choose so I chose for them. Also, if I go on a trip anywhere I always make sure to purchase an ornament. Then I take pictures of the ornaments and scrapbook them for that year. I just love preserving memories! It's nice to unwrap the ornaments every year and just REMEMBER.

This year is my daughter Aliyah's first Christmas and I wanted an ornament that says Baby's First Christmas that I could add a photo to. I couldn't really find one that was cheap that I liked so I decided to see if I could make one. I still have to add the photo.

To start off I cut out the shape on a cracker box cardboard piece using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge. Then I cut the same shape out on some Colonial White card stock. The on one piece I used the sponge to ink the piece with these ink colors: Cranberry, Honey and Fern - starting with the lightest color first. While that dried I cut out some circles of different sizes and used the outside piece as a stencil to ink White Daisy pigment ink over top of the colored inks. Make sure the colors are completely dry before doing this. I did a few layers of the circles, letting each layer completely dry before doing the next layer.

I cut another piece of cardboard and card stock pieces to do the Baby's 1st Noel. Then I wrote on there with our Embossing Pen and sprinkled it full of our Gold Embossing Powder. Make sure to shake off all the extra powder before heating. Using my craft heater I melted the embossing powder on both the title and ornament shape. Make sure to put a glue dot or something under the pieces before heating so it doesn't blow away.

Once everything was all dry I glued it all together using the glue dots and distressed the edges with my Cranberry mini pigment ink. Then I attached the Baker's Twine. I covered the entire ornament in Liquid Glass to make it a bit more sturdy and give it a nice shine. Liquid Glass makes a good adhesive too.

I want to hear from you. What are your Christmas Tree traditions?

Supplies: all supplies used can be purchased here.
Cricut Art Philosophy = 117.75$
Inks (Cranberry, Fern, Honey) = 8.25$
White Daisy Pigment Ink = 9.95$
Card stock (Cranberry, Colonial White) - pack of 24 = 17.25$
Cranberry mini pigment ink (part of Adventure set) = 23.75$
Sponge = 1.50$
Glue Dots = 8.95$
Liquid Glass = 8.25$
All-Purpose Mat = 23.75$
Embossing Pen = discontinued
Princess Gold Embossing Powder = 6.95$
Craft Heater = 41.50$
Cranberry Baker's Twine = discontinued

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Blog Hop is Janet of Works of the Heart.

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Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will feature Where we Create. So mark December 15 2015 on your calendars and hop along with us.


  1. My Christmas Tree traditions consist of hanging the ornaments my children (who are now aged 40 & 38) made when they were children. I like the ornament you made and will be a precious keepsake for your daughter.

    1. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait until my girls start to make ornaments for the tree. I think I like the idea of starting a tradition of making ornaments with the kids every year. And then I can see our creativity evolve.

  2. Lovely keepsake ornament....very crafty!

  3. Nice ornament! Love the glossy look that the liquid glass gives.

  4. How precious is this ! Love the ornament.

  5. I always forget about liquid glass to add dimension! Thanks for the idea.