Authentique Magical Christmas Banner with Eileen Hull House Stitchlets Die
Hello, Friends! Today I have an Authentique Magical Christmas Banner to share with you. Even though I know that Jesus is the reason for the season, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa! Remember the anticipation of waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve? Did you listen for reindeer hooves on the rooftop like I did? These jolly Christmas Santa images take me right back to my childhood!
The pennants for this banner are die cut with Eileen Hull’s House/Banner Stitchlets die and some tags that I had in my stash.
TIP: Mix and match pennant shapes for a more interesting design.
TIP: Combine images from the 6×6 Paper Bundle with patterns from the 12×12 Collection Kit. Then toss in some texture with ribbon, burlap and felt embellishments.
TIP: Fussy cut around the Santa images from the 3×4 cards. Then pop them up with foam tape to create lots of dimension.
TIP: Tie ribbon streamers between the pennants. Then top with holly berry clusters to add a little extra cheer.
TIP: Fold 1 1/2″ wide cotton ribbon in half, then machine stitch the pennants between the layers. This makes for a finished edge and a banner that will not fall apart.
TIP: Make the first and last banners in a mirror image of one another. Then tuck in rusty jingle bells, bows and red flowers to make the banner really festive.
I hope this Magical Christmas Banner gives you some tips and ideas that you can use to decorate your home this holiday season. A banner like this also makes a great gift!
Hello, Friends! Welcome to Throwback Thursday Christmas in July! Today I have a super sweet and easy to make Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial for you. You can make this cute project in no time, and then hang it on a kitchen cabinet, a door knob or an office cubicle. If you get started on making these now, you’ll have plenty to give as gifts when Christmas rolls around.
Authentique Classic Christmas and Spellbinder Dies
Use any favorite Christmas collection to make this sweet little shaker hanger. My blog buddy, Sherry Somers, gifted me with a 6×6 pad of Authentique Paper’s Classic Christmas collection in some happy mail this spring. Since this is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections, I decided to feature it this week. I had a few bits and pieces of the 12×12 brick pattern along with some 3×4 cards left. But nothing else, so that 6×6 pad came in real handy! Thanks again, Sherry!
TIP: Stitch the brick patterned paper onto some burlap to add country charm to your shaker hanger. Since sewing machine needles don’t like to stitch through adhesive, just place a bit of Scor-Tape in the center of the two panels, then stitch. You’ll be able to keep your margins straight, but won’t hurt your sewing machine.
The Spellbinders June Die of the Month makes a great windowpane! Die cut the Snip it Grid Calendar piece from the kit 3 times: twice from cream cardstock and once from grey. Then glue the three layers together so that they are slightly offset. This will give your window pane a real feeling of depth.
TIP: Use a paintbrush to apply dries clear adhesive to the back of each die cut layer. This is faster, and ultimately neater, than applying the glue straight from the bottle. I do the same thing when I add my clear cardstock to the back of the windowpanes. You have far less trouble with glue oozing out onto the acetate and making a sticky, hard to clean up mess.
Fussy cut this cute house from a 3×4 card. Then back it with dimensionals. Apply Stickles or glitter to the snowy areas of the roof to add lots of shine. This shows up better in real life than it does in the photos.
Paint jingle bells and Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Christmas Bells with white chalk paint to add country charm.
Die cut flower layers from scraps of patterned paper and winter foliage from cream cardstock. Custom flowers in a jiffy!
Tie painted jingle bells to the handle of a vintage mini hanger. Tuck in some die cut leaves as a finishing touch.
Christmas Shaker Hanger Video Tutorial
If you’d like to learn how to make this darling little Christmas shaker hanger, please enjoy the video tutorial below.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure. I’ll be back next week with another Christmas in July Throwback Thursday. Until then, keep calm and craft on, my friends!
You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. To see past Throwback Thursday projects, click HERE.
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Note: Throwback Thursday is designed to encourage us to use up our crafty stash. Many of the older items I use are no longer readily available online. Please feel free to substitute a similar product from your stash.
Authentique Paper Classic Christmas Collection (retired)
Hello, Friends! Well, it’s November, and time to start rolling out loads of Christmas inspiration for you. Today I have some darling Authentique Nostalgia Christmas Teacups that will make wonderful little gifts or table decor during the holidays.
How fun would these be all displayed on a holiday mantel or buffet table? I used Eileen Hull’s fabulous Teacups Bigz Die to build the 3-D teacups from matboard. Then each cup was covered with beautiful papers from Authentique Paper’s Nostalgia Collection.
Authentique Nostalgia Christmas Teacups: The Jolly Snowman
I used papers from the 12×12 Paper Pad and images from the sticker sheet and 6×6 bundle to decorate each teacup.
Then I filled each teacup with a Christmas Cookie, mini chocolate, tea bag, candy cane, tiny plastic silver spoon and a little gift card holder. Novelty Christmas buttons, jingle bells, ribbon and holiday flowers make each teacup extra festive.
Authentique Nostalgia Christmas Teacups: The Scottie Dog
Look at this perky little Scotty Dog peeping around the corner of this cute cup. I do think he deserves to be on Santa’s Nice List, don’t you?
The sticker tickets add so much fun to the little Biscoff Cookie treats!
Authentique Nostalgia Christmas Teacups: The Puppy Present
How adorable is this wee Christmas puppy?
He’s so cute he gets a “Naughty Pass.”
Authentique Nostalgia Christmas Teacups: The Christmas Deer
Decorating these cups was a blast! I got to dig through all my little Christmas embellies! I found these tiny Christmas Ornaments that were the perfect size to fit on the little tag.
You could fill your teacups with any small goodies. I think wrapped peppermint candies would be super cute, too.
Authentique Nostalgia Christmas Teacups: The Christmas Couple
This little cup is so sweet and romantic! You could tuck a diamond engagement ring in here for a fun surprise!
No diamond ring in this cup…but I think the recipient will still enjoy the goodie assortment! The gift card holder doubles as a mini card with room to write a personal note inside.
Handmade gifts are always my favorite. They are one of a kind, and can be tailored to the interests and preferences of the recipient, too. If you’re interested in purchasing these sweet teacups, you can find them in my ETSY shop.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Authentique Nostalgia Christmas Teacups Supply List
Hello, Friends! Well, Thanksgiving is behind us, and now it’s time to dig in and create for Christmas! I’m excited about the month ahead for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that I have been invited to create four projects using scrumptious lasercut chipboard from Gypsy Soul Lasercuts! This chipboard is sooooo yummy, as you will see in today’s project. I made a Christmas Carol House using loads of Gypsy Soul Lasercuts, Graphic 45 “A Christmas Carol” papers and lots of sparklies and pretties!
This is one of those projects that I wish you could see in person, because it is so much cooler than the pictures show. I’ve never made anything quite like this before, and boy oh boy, was it fun!
I began by painting the 3 Story House with a coat of white gesso followed by a swish of Iced Spruce Distress Paint. Next, I sponged all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. After that, I cut my Graphic 45 “A Christmas Carol” papers to fit each floor and the inside and outside of the pieces. I felt it was easier to decorate the house before building it. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put the house together using just a touch of Art Institute Dries Clear Glue. The pieces are dovetailed, so they fit together seamlessly. Here’s what the house looked like in process, so you can see how I combined my papers. Nothing is glued down here yet. The next step was to choose and prepare my chipboard pieces. Here’s a list with links to the chipboard I selected:
I wanted my stars and snowflakes to glitter and shine, so instead of painting them, I treated them with Shabby Frantage Embossing Powder in shades of white and blue. This opaque powder contains little flecks of gold, color and glitter and adds a wonderful vintage finish to chipboard. Here’s what that process looked like.
I tapped my chipboard pieces with Versamark Ink. Really lay it on nice and thick!
Use a funnel tray or piece of clean paper and pour a thick layer of the embossing powder over the prepared chipboard. Press it down lightly with your fingertips, then tap off the excess and put it back in the bottle. Then, heat emboss. Easy peasy…and you don’t have to wait for paint to dry!
For the roof, I used DecoArt Crackle Texture Paste and let it cure overnight. I painted it with a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint and while that was still wet, I sprinkled it with Stampendous Shaved Ice Flakes. I love how it glistens just like a snow topped roof!
Each floor of the house features a wintry holiday scene. And just look how those embossed snowflakes glisten!
The “ground floor” uses a tree from the Winter Shape set along with a trio of altered bottle brush trees, a snowflake that I cut in half, and cutie pie snow angel. The floor is covered with paper, Spanish Moss, Shaved Ice, and some Prima Winter Berries. I let the embossed chipboard stars and snowflakes form a frame around this pretty winter scene. The bottle brush trees are mounted on altered thread spools to achieve varying heights.
I used the star border as a base for my arrangement of flowers, pinecones, jingle bells and berries. It adds such a festive feeling!
This image from the 8×8 Christmas Carol pad fit perfectly inside this Victorian Man and Woman frame! I simply painted the frame black, then dry brushed it here and there with a little Iced Spruce Distress paint.
The “attic” is lit with Tim Holtz’ mini lantern, and yes, it really lights up! Here’s a tip: Drill the hole for your wiring BEFORE you assemble the house. Some of us have to learn that the hard way! LOL
A side view, so you can see the fun metal feet and the decorated sides.
And another side view. Isn’t it fun?
And one more peek at that snow topped roof!
I’d like to thank Gina at Gypsy Soul Lasercuts for giving me the opportunity to be a guest designer. I hope you enjoyed your tour of this Christmas Carol House. I’ll be back next Wednesday with more ideas. In the meantime, you should check out the online store. It’s amazing!
If you’re interested in purchasing the Christmas Carol House, you can find it in my ETSY shop.
Silver and Gold Holiday Frame for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge
If you’re like me, you are getting serious about holiday preparations. The current challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon is to create a project that uses silver and gold with ribbon or trim. How festive is that? So I put on my thinking cap for a little while and came up with this Christmassy Silver and Gold Holiday frame made with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment.
Ooooh…sparkly! I picked up this frame at a yard sale this summer, removed the glass, and treated it to some gold paint for a total transformation. How fun will this be on a holiday mantel or side table?
The top of the frame is maybe my favorite part. This Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon is perfect for the holidays. I tied a super colossal bow on my Zutter Bow-it-All, then topped it with a loopy bow made from more of that darling ornament ribbon. The icing on the cake is this trio of creamy white magnolia blossoms. Soooo scrumptious!
If you love ribbon the way I love ribbon, now is a great time to join the Monthly Ribbon Club. Bonnie has a super DEAL going on, so you might want to check that out. You could always ask Santa to put a gift subscription to the Ribbon Club under the tree for you this year since you’ve been so very good!
Be sure to check out the RRR BLOG where you’ll find loads of inspiration from the rest of the team. You can link up your own Silver and Gold project with ribbon or trim, and we’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your lovely handiwork.