12 Days DIY Christmas: Day 12

Day 12. I wanna thank you all for visiting my blog to see the 12 Christmas ideas in 12 Days. It has been a fun 12 days making and sharing them with you all.

Also, I am so glad that my youngest sister who live across the globe were able to share her projects with you all! I showcased her first Christmas tree she made using Starbucks coffee cup sleeves. If you have not yet seen it, you can see her project here.

And today, I wanna share again her other Christmas tree project she made to decorate her office.

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She made it our of Post It sticky notes!!! Isn’t she creative? She cut them and stacked them on her glass window. It is a pretty big paper Christmas tree 🙂

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That is the last of our 12 DIY Christmas projects that we would love to share with you all. Hopefully, like them as much as we love making them.

Thank You for visiting and have a very merry December!

12 Days DIY Christmas 2014: Day 11

I love wreath. And my husband too 🙂 It is Christmas and pine wreath is that the thing of the season.

My wonderful husband got us gorgeous real pine wreath from LLBean last year and it lasted forever! I tell you, that wreath was on our wall for more than 6 months and still smell wonderful.

So, he got it again this year. It is quite pricey but worth it for once in a year 🙂 It came couple days ago and it is up on the wall above our fire place… Ah… And the fresh pine smell fills the living room!

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Inspires by this gorgeous wreath, I got 2 decoration wreaths for our outside doors. I made it simple by wrapped it with red burlap ribbon and added a red pinwheel ribbon using flower wire. No hot glue gun. Just like that.

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This is a project you can do under $20! Simple, quick and affordable 🙂

Have a joyful, merry December!

12 Days DIY Christmas 2014 and Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

My mom loves baking cookies in this special season. She bakes yummy cookies, put them in little plastic jars for gifts and to sell them too. I used to help her with the packing and decorating the jars. How I miss her in this holidays.

I love making gifts that I feel it is a way to share the joy with others. And in the last 2 Christmas-es I made gifts for families and friends. This Christmas I make this cute little 3D coffee mug using my Silhouette Cameo.

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I found this 3D hot cocoa/coffee mug cutting file is from Lori Whitlock on Silhouette Design Store. Open the file at Silhouette Studio software, no need to resize, ungroup the shapes for cutting with different papers. First I cut Silhouette chipboard for the base and the hexagon for the bottom of the mug. Next I cut Snowhaven paper for the layering and the handle. I love the pattern from Snowhaven paper packet! They are just cool for Christmas 🙂

Putting this mug is very easy. I used Xyron 1.5″ sticker maker for the rectangles and added them on the chipboard base (before fold it). Then, using glue dots secure the handle from inside. Fold the mug using on the score lines. For the base, I used double sided tape, I found it easier than liquid glue. Add the base from inside the mug and another one from the outside bottom. Final touch, I added some Slate Exclusive Inks Pad using a sponge dauber along the edges.

I filled this mug with a bag of hot cocoa and some sweet goodies 🙂 Then I tied it up using the twine from Doodlebug Designs Christmas assortment twine. I cut the tag using Silhouette Cameo, stamped it with one of the sentiments from Be Jolly stamp set (CTMH Hostess Reward) using Ruby Exclusive Inks Pad. Oh I found this cute little Christmas light bulb in my stash and added little bling there 🙂

I link this project at a HUGE blog hop I ever joined, Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop hosted by amazing Amy Tsuruta.

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12 Days DIY Christmas 2014: Day 9

I love making ornaments. In the last 3 years I have been making ornaments to put up on our tree that will remind us God’s goodness and of course also family treasures 🙂

For today, I would love to share an ornament I made that is super easy and quick.

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You only need:
– Designer Creations Mini Frames (Z2029)
– Baler’s Twine (Z1921)
– Liquid Glass (Z679)
– 3D foam tape
– Embellishment of your choice
– Photo
– Clear acetate sheet

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I used Snowhaven Complements (X7188C), Gold Sequins Assortment (Z2012) and Sparkles Clear Assortment (Z1752) to embellished my frame.

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That the project today and I hope you like it 🙂

Did you make ornaments or buy them?

12 Days DIY Christmas 2014 (Day 8), Silhouette Challenge Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Today is gonna be an awesome one! I am super excited and can’t wait to share this with you! And it is a little longer blog post, but worth it to read all the way 🙂

First is Silhouette Giveaway! There will be 2 winners!! Make sure to read all the way to find out the detail and how to enter. I really really really LOVE my Silhouette Cameo! Since the first day I got it (surprise gift from my husband), I have been making a lot of cards, scrapbook layouts, home decors, and even craft projects with my daughters. So, you wanna enter this amazing giveaway!

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And second, today is day 8 of the 12 Days DIY Christmas this year, I would love to share with you a project I made using Silhouette Cameo today that it is one of my favorite projects ever… Candle Jar Sleeve. I participate on an awesome blog hop hosted by Silhouette Challenge group, where you can find tons of inspirations and tutorials of projects using either Silhouette Cameo and Portrait. Another reason why you want to enter this giveaway 🙂

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I love candles. When they are all gone, I clean the jars to reuse them. This one is one of them. And I was thinking I need some more Christmas theme decorations in this house and came across an idea to make candle jar sleeve to decorate this used candle jar.

It is an easy and quick project that you can do for any seasons or occasions. I already have a list to make for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter again 😀

Okay 🙂 Now the supplies. You’ll need:

  • Silhouette machine
  • Blade (new is better for cutting intricate designs)
  • Cutting mat
  • Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
  • Shape you want to cut (I picked Nativity scene from Lori Withlock)
  • Spatula
  • Cardstock (I used black for better silhouette looking)
  • Glue
  • Candle Jar
  • First of all, open the Silhouette Studio software and open the shape you wanna cut. I resized the Nativity scene to 11″ x 2 1/2″ and drew a rectangle a bit longer, about 11 1/4″ and 1″ tall. Ungroup. Then rearrange the individual shapes to where you’ll like.

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I did not use the phrase so I dragged it to out side of the cutting mat. Then as you can see in the picture below, I dragged the rectangle to overlapping with the bottom of the nativity shapes.

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Once you like the position, select all the shapes. Open the Weld Box by clicking on the little that has letter M with circle and rectangle.

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Click weld…. Ta-da! 🙂

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Cut the cardstock to 12″ x 5″ and put it on the cutting mat. Load the mat to the machine, make sure the setting on the machine is “Load Cutting Mat.”
Send the shape to Silhouette machine by clicking the square button on the upper left with Silhouette machine symbol.

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Make sure the setting is set for the cardstock and adjust the blade on the machine according to the correct blade setting. Always test cut to make sure everything is set correctly. Then click cut.

And done. I used battery operated tea light for this one. Also I added some fake snowflakes at the bottom of the jar.

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Reinvented Elf on a Shelf Book Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias Deer Silhouette Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner DIY Christmas Coasters Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays

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12 Days DIY Christmas 2014: Day 7

I like going to any Dollar Stores, Ollie’s or Big Lots to check on their $1 deals on home decor stuff 🙂 Most of the time I got some stuff from there.

Today’s project is decorating $1 stockings. Very simple! Add some gems or sequins on them. For our stockings, I added some gems for each of initial.

Supplies you need:

  • Plain stockings
  • Gems
  • Glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • Letters for tracing (or you can just arrange them simply like I did).

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While the glue gun heating up, I arranges gems on the stocking to get the idea where to glue them later. For easy way doing it, you can trace each letter on your stocking using fabric pencil or pen.

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Here’s the important thing to remember, BEFORE you glue, INSERT a piece of cardstock inside the stocking so the glue won’t glue your both sides stocking together. I learned that in a hard way. I had to pull apart the inside very gently, the good thing that I remembered that before I did all of them. Phew! Otherwise, it would be crazy day pulling these things apart or worse case I had to buy new stockings.

They cool down instantly after you add the gems. That’s I like working with glue gun 😀 Here’s what they look when they are done.

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I was thinking to add some else, but I like simple and traditional stockings hanging down at our fire place. My oldest girl helped me hanging them in the order.

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Now, the question from her… “What will you put inside my stocking, Mama?” LOL! She loves presents, so does her little sister.

Thanks for visiting today! And have a merry December!

12 Days DIY Christmas 2014: Day 6

Day 6. Half way… Still have some on my list to make for this Christmas 🙂 Today is project I wanna share is Felt Poinsettia. Having a toddler at home is a reason for not having living plant sitting around on end tables or anywhere where she can reach. Not to mention… she is a climber! She can find a way to get to something she wants to touch, including up side down laundry basket!

So, making fabric or felt flowers is an option. I go with felt. I still have a lot in stash because I love felt!

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This felt poinsettia is very easy. I drew 3 sizes of leaf shape on a piece of photo copy paper. If it is hard to freehand drawing, here another trick to make leaf shape. First, draw rectangles in 3 sizes:

  • 1″x2″
  • 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • 2″ x 3″

Then cut them curvy from center bottom to center top of the rectangles. There you will have 3 sizes of petals.

Use fabric pencil or regular ballpoint, trace them on red felts for the petals and green felts for the leaves:

  • 12 pieces 3″ petals
  • 12 pieces 2 1/2″ petals
  • 6 pieces 2″ petals

But depend on how many layers you want for your poinsettia flowers. Also cut extra circles that you will need to make the flowers. I used 3″ circles for these flowers.

Then using scissors, cut the felt while the glue gun heating up.

I added a dap of glue at every bottom of the petal and pinched it for couple seconds.

Then on the piece of circle, start glue each petals start from the leaves (I used 3 leaves) and then the biggest petals, medium and smallest. Overlap them on top each other.

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Add some extra gems on top of it if you want. I have a big box of gems assortment I got from Hobby Lobby, so I glued the biggest ones in the center of each flower for extra bling 🙂

I hope these steps are easy to follow when you want to make some.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fun merry crafty day!