Category Archives: Christmas

Mason Jar Lid Fabric Wreath

Yay!  It’s Craft Lightning time again!   And this one is Christmas and Holiday crafts!  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year!  Especially now that I have kids!  This Mason Jar Lid Fabric Wreath could even be done with the kids! final
Materials:
Green Fabric
Mason Jar Lid
Fiskars Scissors
Ad-tech Hot Glue Gun
Holly Berries (I got these from A.C. Moore)
Ribbon
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The steps for this Mason Jar Lid Fabric Wreath are pretty easy!  And it only took about 15 minutes to do!
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Step 1 – Cut your fabric into strips.  I just did a rough cut making the strips about 10 inches long and .75 – 1 inch wide.
Step 2 – Fold the pieces in half.
Step 3 – Place the folded strip under the lid.
Step 4 –  Feed the lose ends through the folded end and pull tight.
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Step 5 – Trim your wreath to your liking!  I trimmed my wreath so that it wasn’t so big.
Step 6 – Remove the berries from the stem.
Sept 7 – Hot glue the berries onto the wreath!  Parents, do this if you are doing this project with the kids.

I added a piece of ribbon to hang it on the tree!
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I hope you enjoyed my Mason Jar Lid Fabric Wreath!

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Tulip Paint Decorated Gift Bags

Christmas is just days away and I know that everyone is busy doing some last minute wrapping!   Here is a super easy way to spiff up some plain gift bags!    Final
I got these adorable little gift bags from World Market.  They came in a pack of six and are perfect for small gifts.  I used Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint to decorate them with a monogram and snowflakes and holly!   Super easy! 
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The decorated gift bags were perfect for these ornaments I made using my Sizzix Eclips2, a glass ornament and vinyl.   ornaments
Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy gift bag decorating idea!    Merry Christmas!

Until next time……..

Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Tags

Christmas is upon us and the shopping has begun! These adorable and super easy gift tags are going to look awesome on the gifts below my Christmas tree!   If you have a Sizzix Eclips2, then you most likely use Sure Cuts A Lot eCAL2 for your software.  Well, if you do then all of these cut outs are included in the software.

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The process was pretty easy……

The snowflake:  I just cut the tag and snow flakes out separately.  I used a foam dot to get the snowflake a little dimension.  Then, I added a white ribbon.

The Christmas tree cutout:  I cut the tags with the Christmas Tree Cut out together and then cut the same tag, minus the tree.  I put them together using an Aleene’s tape runner.  Then, I added a piece of twine.

The Gingerbread Man:  I cut out a tag.  Then I cut out the gingerbread man on brown card stock.  Then, in the software, I removed the face and buttons from the gingerbread man and just cut out the outline on white card stock.   Using the tape runner, I attached the white gingerbread man cut out to the back of the brown one.  Then using a foam dot, I added it to the tag.  To finish it up, I added a piece of twine.

The Raised Christmas Tree:  I cut out some tags.  Using the Christmas Tree scraps from the Christmas Tree cutout tag, I just added a foam dot to the back of the tree and added it to the tag. Then, I added a piece of twine.

The Holly Tag:   I cut out some tags.  Cut the Holly leaves and berries out and used a foam dot on each piece and then attached it to the tag.   Then I added a piece of twine.

Christmas Tags

I hope you like these adorable little Christmas Tree Tags!   I made some last week and sold them at an Artisan Fair that my Church was hosting and everyone loved them!

Until next time………..

Felt Christmas Tree

It’s Craft Lightning time again!  And this time it’s a 15 minute Christmas craft!   This super easy and super quick Felt Christmas Tree is an awesome little decoration for the mantel or even the middle of your kitchen table! Main Photo
Supplies:
FloraCraft Styrofoam Cone
Kunin Felt
Hot Glue Gun
Pom Poms 
Rotary Cutter and Cutting Board
Pins
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First, I did a quick cut of some felt, cutting it into strips.  Then I did a super quick cut of triangles.   Folding the triangles in thirds, I added a pin and then stuck it right into the styrofoam.  I started it at the bottom and worked my way up.
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Using my Pom Poms and my hot glue gun, I added the green, red and white pom pons to cover the pins and added a couple of more to fill in the gaps!
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

As I sit here now that everyone has gone to sleep, I am reflecting on this joyous day! It was filled with excitement, a couple of meltdowns, great food and lots of family time! Christmas is my favorite time of the year! The look on the children’s faces once they see what the Jolly Ole Guy has left under the tree is worth all of the stress of the whole year!   As I laid awake in my bed from about 5:30am until I heard the kids start to move around in their beds, I quickly jumped up as soon as I heard a foot hit the floor.  I was almost too late to catch this picture so it’s a little blurry!  I love trying to get a picture of them as they come down the stairs once they see what Santa has left for them!

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Now, I know that everyone has their traditions.  As I was growing up, Santa never wrapped his gifts.  They were always laid out on the couches, my pile on one and my brothers on the other!  Santa always wrapped Bruce’s!  For our kids, Santa has always wrapped his gifts!   What does Santa do for your family?

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Our day in a nut shell…….After the kids woke up, we let them open one gift.  We had to wait for Uncle Rhett, Cousin Jory, Grandma and Grandpa to arrive.  I put a sausage and egg casserole in the oven!  Once they were all here, everyone opened one gift!  Breakfast of casserole, pancakes (Berry family tradition and now cooked by Bruce), and fruit were served!   And coffee too!!!   After breakfast was done, the present opening was on!  Trying to keep our anxiety under control, we opened one gift at a time!  Yes, this took a while.    Here are a few of our favorites:

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After all of the presents were unwrapped, it was time for lunch!   Then it was time for some down time.  Everyone left and we just hung out as a family of four, put together some legos, opened all of the packages (those annoying plastic things….ugh) and just sat around.  Then it was off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for more presents and a yummy dinner of a Rochester, NY Sausage Soup!  And then home for bed!

Hmmm….not sure that was entirely a nut shell, but it wasn’t too long!  

I know Christmas Day isn’t only about the presents.  Thankfully, my children know and understand why this day is special, the day that Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph!   And we are blessed and feel very fortunate!   

I also sit here and think about those that are no longer here with us, but look down on us from Heaven.  And I think about the friends and family that we have all over the country and how much we miss you all.

So, I hope that you had a great Christmas and that Santa was good to you!  And I hope that you all have a “Berry” Happy New Year!!!

Peace and Love!

The Gingerbread Bear Book and Sculpey and Scribbles Ornament

While walking through the Scholastics Book Fair at my oldest son’s school, I stumbled across The Gingerbread Bear book by Robert Dennis and Illustrated by Tammie Lyon.
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In the story, a little girl and her mother are baking a gingerbread bear.  After daddy goes to work, mom goes into the garden to do some work and the little girl is left to watch after the oven.  Out of curiosity, the little girl opens the oven to have a look, and guess what happens?   Out jumps the Gingerbread Bear!   And away he runs……

Of course, no one can catch him, because after chanting “Run, Run, try if you dare.  You can’t catch me.  I’m the Gingerbread Bear!”, he runs away.  Throughout the book he runs into different people and animals that think they can catch him.  Gingerbread Bear is much to quick for them.
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You have to read the book to find out what happens at the end!   What a cute little change up to the Gingerbread Man.   My boys loved it!  The illustrations were awesome!

After we read the book, we decided to make our own Gingerbread Bears, using Sculpey clay and Scribbles paint.
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We picked out a brown Sculpey clay, ran it through the clay conditioning machine and then used our gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut them out.   After we had them cut out, I used a sharp pick to punch a whole in the top of their heads for ribbon.  Then it was time to bake them.  I stuck them in the oven for about 13 minutes. gingerbreadbear
Once they came out of the oven and cooled, We used Ilovetocreate’s Scribbles Fabric Paint (yes, I know it’s fabric paint, but it works on other things too!) to decorate our gingerbread bears! Scribbles
Once they were dry, they were ready for ribbon and then to be hung on the tree! 🙂 complete So, go out and pick up this adorable book.   The kids are sure to love it!   And then go get some Sculpey clay and a gingerbread man cookie cutter and create your own Gingerbread Bear!

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Kunin Felt Advent Calendar

No December is complete without an Advent Calendar!   This year, I created my Advent Calendar using Felt from The Kunin Group!   My kids are super excited for December to arrive so that we can start opening them!

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materials
Materials used:
Felt from The Kunin Group (red, green, glitter white)
Sewing Machine with coordinating thread (green and red)
Envelope Patterns that I created using Adobe Illustrator
Letters that were reflected vertically that I created using Adobe Illustrator
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Velcro
Laura Kelly Buttons from Buttons Galore & More
Heat & Bond
Pinking Shears
Scissors
Small clothes pins
Rope purchased from ACMoore

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Using my envelope patterns, I cut out 24 envelopes.   I used both my regular scissors and my pinking shears just to change up the look.    Once I had them all cut out, I folded and pinned the sides to get them ready for sewing. pinning
My sewing machine does all kinds of cute little patterns, so I chose a couple of designs and sewed up the sides only to the top of the sides. sewing
Once they were all sewn up, I used my iron to help the flap on my envelopes to stay down. ironing
I didn’t think that a whole piece of velcro was needed, so I cut them into quarters and applied them to the inside of the flap.   Keeping the velcro pieces together, I closed my envelope so that they would line up.
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Next, I was ready to cut out my numbers!   Using Heat & Bond, I ironed it to the back of my sheet of numbers, removed the backing and then ironed it to the back of the sheet of glitter white felt.  And then they were ready to cut out!  Once they were all cut out, I used an Excel knife to cut out the inside pieces of the numbers.
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I really love Laura Kelly’s buttons from Buttons Galore & More and she has a great set of Christmas colors.   I chose a read and green for each envelope, glued them using Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue and then glued them to the flap of the envelope.  I also glued the numbers to the envelopes.
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After all of my envelopes were done, I decided to make a felt bow to attach to the string where I was going to clip my envelopes. BowAndRope

Once I was done, I attached the envelopes to the rope and hung it up! advent calendar

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   Ready for December!   And until next time…..

Styrofoam Christmas Tree!

Christmas is my all time favorite time of the year!   And creating Christmas decorations is one of my favorite things to do, along with creating memories!!!

Check out this cute little tree I made using Styrofoam, Laura Kelly’s buttons from Buttons Galore and Sculpey Clay!!!!

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suppliesMaterials needed:

Styrofoam Cone

Sculpey Bake Shop Yellow Clay

Laura Kelly’s Radical Red and Candy Apple Green buttons from Buttons Galore & More

Wire

Folk Art Green Paint

Adtech Hot Glue gun and glue

Green Felt

Mini Pom Pom Ribbon from May Arts Ribbon

Fiskars Scissors

paintingI didn’t want the white cone to show, so I painted it green and let it dry before I started gluing the buttons on!

While it was drying, I made a star out of Sculpey Clay and added a curled wire.  I stuck it in the oven and baked it according to instructions.

clay starAfter the cone was dry, I used hot glue to attach the buttons in a single layer to cover the entire cone.  Then I added a few red ones as ornaments!  I also added a yellow button to the center of the star.

applying buttons

Using a scrap piece of green felt, Fiskars scissors and Mini Pom Pom Ribbon from May Arts Ribbon, I made a tree skirt.  I cut a circle out of the felt and then glued the ribbon around the edge of the circle.   It made a very cute little tree skirt to go with my styrofoam button tree!

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tree

This lovely tree now sits on my dining room table as our center piece!  Hope you like it as much as my family and I do!!!!

I would like to thank my awesome friend Laura Kelly for the opportunity to work with her and to get the chance and the experience of working with so many amazing products!!!  Not only is she a great friend, but she has given me the opportunity to be her intern, as she has become the Resident Designer for Rit Dye!!!  Check her out on Rit Dye’s Blog!!!  Thank you Laura!  I love you!

Until next time……

ASWEETBERRYLOGO

Adorable Little Ornaments Blog Hop!!!!

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I have to say that after making ornaments with Sculpey Clay, I am in love!!!!   So, what better way to have some fun than to add buttons from Laura Kelly’s collection from Buttons Galore & More?!?!   I had fun creating and so did my six year old son, Landon!!!    I created some traditional style ornaments with the clay and added buttons to embellish!!

Materials Needed:

Sculpey Clay

Laura Kelly Buttons

Felt (for the scarf)

A straw (to make a hole for the hook)

Pipe Cleaner

Materials

While I was making my ornaments with Sculpey clay, Landon wanted to make some too!   I love his creative ideas!

Landon

One of my favorite ornaments is a snowman.  Who doesn’t love a snowman?!?!  They are simple and just too cute!

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After I was all done with my snowman and he was baked at the recommended baking time and temperature, I decided to give him some earmuffs!!

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Here are two other cute ornaments I made:

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I always have fun participating in blog hops!  They are so much fun and it’s great to see how creative others are!  I hope you like my ornaments!

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