Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Snowy Village Decor

12 Days of Crafting Graphic
Frosty Greetings to you and yours today! We’ve had a snow day here with soft flakes falling all day long.  It’s so pretty, that is until you have to shovel it! With that snowy theme in mind, today I’ve created an adorable little Snow Village with brand new cutting files from TCP called Village Treat Boxes.  These cute .svg files can be cut, or print and cut, sized to your liking and can hold any little treat you’d like to put in them.  But I thought they’d be adorable to create a snow village to decorate a mantel or little corner of the house.  

Doesn’t it look cozy?  Each little box is about 3 1/2 inches high.  

I used the files to create the boxes, and then used the print and cut portion of the .svg files to make templates where I could cut out rooves, doors, windows and accents to decorate each house. Alma has created a great video that shows you how to put the boxes together.

I knew I wanted to add in battery powered tea lights into each little house, so I cut openings in each box so light could get through the doors or windows.  

Here’s a peek at the individual houses I created.  I spritzed them all with shimmery sparkle, so each house has lots of shine in person.  Then I added thick chunky glitter snow to the rooves and snowflake “wreaths” for the doors.  Each box is tied at the top with some silver threaded ribbon to hold it together.  

In the window you can see I’ve added the tea light in the box.  And how cute is that tiny snowflake wreath!  

And here’s a little pic of what it looks like in the dark with the tea lights shining.  Like a welcoming little Hallmark town!  

And here is what it looks like on one of my picture shelves in our entryway.  With some sweet little bottle brushes in-between it makes a cherry little welcome to our home!  

Here is what the houses look like in colour, and you can see that they look great sized up too.  

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Snow Village Tour and are inspired to create one for yourself!

We’re inviting you to participate along with us in the 12 Days of Crafting!  Choose any of the days of the 12 to be inspired by, and create along with us! 

1. Upload a project to this link by December 24.

2. Be sure to let us know what day your project was inspired by.

3. TCP products are not required but are encouraged.

4. You may submit for any and all days but only once for each inspiration day.

5. Use #12DaysCrafting22 if uploading to social media.

Prizes include three $10 flash prizes and one $25 grand prize to be announced on December 30. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

TCP's 12 Days of Crafting - Pop Up Gift Card Box

12 Days of Crafting - Gift Card graphic

Pop Up Gift Card Box with Gnome

Greetings TCP Fans!  After a month long break from creating due to work travel and some vacation, I'm dropping in today for our fun 12 Days of Creating with The Cat's Pajamas!  Today our theme is a Gift Card Holder and I’ve got a cute project for you to try.  I've created a Pop Up Gift Card Holder Box that’s easy to make and gives you that little extra WOW when someone opens the box.  

Today I’m using two brand new November images from The Cat’s Pajamas, starting with the Gingerbread Latte Gnome on the outside of the box.  For this design I printed our cute little gnome and coloured him up with traditional red and green Copic markers, then trimmed him out.  I placed him on a die cut snowflake and added some die cut letters to make it especially JOY-ful!

Pop Up Gift Card Box with Gnome

To create the box I used a great tutorial from Splitcoaststampers from a few years ago  for the design. Before I did any cutting I embossed the heavy white cardstock, and then used the tutorial for cutting, folding and attaching together.
Pop Up Gift Card Box

What’s fun about this little box is the surprise you get on the inside!  

Pop Up Gift Card Box inside with Gnomes

Once you open the box a layer pops up on the inside to display the Gift Card standing up!  I’ve decorated the inside of the box with another of the new November digi images called Gnome Christmas Trees. They’re all lined up with Christmas tree hats and stars that are so adorable!  I also sponged some green stars in the background to embellish the design.  

Pop up Gift Card Box inside

What’s also creative about this box is that it leaves room for some treats in the front of the box to have with your “coffee gift card”.  Perfect for your favourite mocha flavour!  

Pop Up Gift Card Box Gnome Close up

Ready for some snazzy gift card giving!  

Here’s another peek at the new products I used:


Now we’re inviting you to participate along with us in the 12 Days of Crafting at The Cat's Pajamas!    

1. Upload a project to this link by December 24.

2. Be sure to let us know what day your project was inspired by.

3. TCP products are not required but are encouraged.

4. You may submit for any and all days but only once for each inspiration day.

5. Use #12DaysCrafting22 if uploading to social media.

Prizes include three $10 flash prizes and one $25 grand prize to be announced on December 30. 

Monday, October 17, 2022

The Blossom Challenge: Gold, Silver and Shimmer


My husband told me just the other day that we’re less than 6 weeks away to Advent, and 4 week from that is Christmas!  It’s about time I put together some Christmas designs, and today they’re all about NEW remastered images from Power Poppy in digi form.  They’re also kicking off another The Blossom Challenge to use gold, silver or shimmery in your design.  I’m going to keep this really short and sweet because I’m about to leave on a short trip and am squeaking this under the wire!  

This card uses the new Mighty Pine image from Power Poppy and is coloured with Copics, Prismacolour pencils and some metallic gold pen.  The background is done with Distress Inks, a woodgrain stencil and shimmery gold spritz.  

I love the double nod to jingle bells in the image and in the embellishments.  They’re so festive!  

And this design is cool and vibrant with the new image Wrapped with Love.  Metallic and silver touches come in with a glitter pen on the stars, pom poms, and ornaments and it’s further glitzed up with glittery paper.  Such a pretty vignette of Christmasy things!  

I love the non-traditional plaid paper colours and mixing all of that great colour together in the design!  

Please pop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see more inspiration and join in on the Challenge this month!  Thanks for dropping by!  

Friday, October 14, 2022

Wildflower Prayers


It’s hard to believe that we’re in October and my flowers are still blooming.  Today I’m bringing you another celebration of flowers using The Greetery’s August Release items including Sketched Wildflower Bouquet Stamp Set, Sketched Wildflower Frame Stamp and then Sketched Wildflower Frame Die.  The sketchy feel to the flowers gives it really nice flow.  And the flowers feel so delicate.   

I enjoyed colouring up this floral frame with Copics and used a complimentary colour palette of orange and periwinkle blue as the main colours.  It always makes for a nice contrasting colour combo, that and it’s my hockey team’s colours!

I used some distress oxide ink to create the background blue and then added this MFT sentiment die that I also coloured with Copics.  A few clear holeless sequins add a bit of shimmery colour and accent.  

Thanks for popping by stamper friends!  

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Giving Thanks This Autumn

Hello The Cat’s Pajamas Fans! Today Im bringing you some fun from our October Release at TCP!  Just yesterday I found a pile of leaves to crunch under my feet as I walked.  That’s one of the delights of Autumn for me.  And this month we’re showcasing all sorts of fun fall images for you to enjoy.  Today mine center around those gorgeous autumn leaves and Thanksgiving.  

I started it off with this mini-slimline design and this adorable new image called Rise and Shine.  He’s coloured up with festive autumn colours in his brown fur coat and orange rubber boots, and paired with tiny leaves (from the digi set), which are all trimmed out, and then placed on this autumn sky background.  I created the awesome pops of colour with Distress Oxide Ink blending (Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, and Seedless Preserves).  Ink blending also gave colour to the die cut leaves.  Then I added a swirly die cut into the background (retired TCP die) to give you the feeling of the leaves blowing in the wind.
bunny with umbrella walking through swirling leaves card

I love how vibrant it turned out!  I used a retired TCP sentiment stamp that paired perfectly with the theme.  I can just hear the crunch of the leaves! 
Next up its a Thanksgiving Card with the new Gobble it Up Digi Stamp set.  

Penguin eating at Thanksgiving Table card

This little penguin is ready for a feast!  

I’ve arranged the parts of this digi set to fill his table with turkey and pie and a wackly plaid tablecloth for fun.  He’s coloured up with Copics (I also added white prismacolour pencil to the wacky plaid tablecloth) to coordinate with this great sheet of acorn leave paper I found in my stash.  

Penguind eating at Thanksgiving card

To coordinate and tie it all together I’ve added some framing die cut pieces and ink blended acorn leaves pulling it all together.  He looks like one happy and grateful penguin!  

I can tell you that after just celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend, I’m one happy and grateful person too!  Thanks for joining me today!  

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving friends!  It’s our day for thankfulness, and I’m happy to share this day with my family and celebrate all that God has given us.  I just returned from travelling for work and am happy to be home again for a few weeks.  While I was away I picked up some new goodies from The Greetery and the Calico Fields release that was so fun!  

These stencils and coordinating stamp sets are so fun to play with.  And I really enjoyed pulling out all my fall colours of Distress Ink for The Greetery’s Stencilscapes Autumn Stencil and  Thankful Heart Stamp and Stencil.  

I’ve added popped up pumpkins and corn stalks to give some dimension, and a greeting from the stamp set.  I used my prismacolour pencils to fill in a few of the white areas to add a little soft colour and really give it that beautiful vibrant fall landscape.  

See you soon!