'Cuz we need a little Christmas...

...and by little, I mean little people & little decorations! This is a mixed media project that also incorporates a couple of cute MixedUP Merchandise printables from the Retro Christmas page.

So without further ado.... 

This copper shadowbox house is awesome! I found it at Consumer Crafts & it comes in different sizes. It's made of wood with leather around the edges & cut out windows - perfect for peeking! 

I love the angel and star printable on the roof. I embossed the wings & star for some shine. 

My other little printable is sitting pretty in a bottle cap with a tree & piece of candy. And I made a card with a Winter Wishes sentiment out of the postcard-type printable.

Of course, Tim Holtz Christmas paper dolls are appropriate & whimsical. Ice shavings are in the roof top and a string of lights frames the scene. 

I'm also entering this in the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog & Altered Eclectics.  Wish me luck!


More great news, my friends!

Wow - these past 6 months or so since I started this blog have been a whirlwind of activity. And at this time of year, it's time to count your blessings. And I have been blessed - again - with another DT position!

Hurrah! This isn't the official DT logo but it'll do until the new one arrives! And one more piece of good news: my daughter's pregnant again! And it's a girl again! 

I'm so overwhelmingly psyched & blessed - God has been good! 🍭


A little Christmas quickie

This is something really quick you can whip up in no time! Just get a little jar, some embellishments, & go to town! I did a pink Christmas scene - yes, men can wear pink! 😙 I colored a couple of Tim Holtz Christmas paper dolls pink & used a small sisal Christmas tree. You can't see inside from the pics but there's large glitter flakes & pink mica flakes.

On the outside, I used snowflake paste. On the inside, I brushed on some matte gel & sprinkled it with fine glitter.

Super simple! If you don't have snowflake paste, just use modeling paste & sprinkle glitter on it while it's wet! How cute to use fussy cut family pics inside as well!


How about some holiday recipes?

Let's take a break from creating decor & create some fun food & drink - and a little something for those grubby hands after creating. 🍭 Instead of getting your hands messy with glue and glitter, let's get our hands messy with cookie dough & sprinkles!  And while you're creating, enjoy some cranberry wassail!

(courtesy of Ocean Spray)

(courtesy of Cooking Classy)

(courtesy of Twisted Food)

(courtesy of The Idea Room


A holiday Christmas bottle

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, God Jul, Feliz Navidad, and Glædelig Jul! No matter how you say it, it's the most wonderful time of the year! And to celebrate, how about an upcycled bottle to celebrate the season!

It's lovely at night when you add a string of lights - it highlights the scene, giving it a holy glow.

Beautiful blue paint, spackle (yes, spackle!) for snow, fine glitter, snowflakes...festive!

And we all could use a little joy in our lives...

Now grab an empty bottle & create your own Christmas scene - maybe put 2 or 3 side-by-side for a little village!


Ta-da! It's Architextures Annie!

My first blog post as a new CCB Crew Member - it's Architextures Annie!

I started with a 9" tea-stained muslin doll & got my piece of stamped canvas that came in the Architextures Mixed Media pad. I folded it in half on the blank side, laid my doll on it, and did a quick outline of the dress (a little larger than the doll) with a pencil, then cut it out. 

After that, I got a large needle & threaded regular string through it. I wanted the doll to be primitive, like a kid might make it. Nothing perfect - just whimsical! 

Once you start going around the dress & handling it, the canvas starts getting those threads sticking out - perfect! 

And then the fun part - accessorizing! 

I added a strip of brown/blue checked ribbon at the front hem & gathered it a little bit. Then I chose one of the Architextures pocketbooks to put on her arm. And I went around the edges with distress ink. 

Her little shoes are Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist - and some little pearl buttons. 

And let's not forget the ornate chapeau with a fancy gemstone & hat pins! Her lips are colored with Tattered Angels Sangria Glimmer Glaze

She's my new mascot while I'm on this fantastic crew! Try making one yourself - super simple because it's not perfect and doesn't follow a pattern. And it takes no time at all! 

Holiday masculine decor

It's that time again - another challenge at The Male Room!

Today, I've got a couple of masculine decor pieces for the holiday season.  Usually, we think kids at Christmas - their excitement at Santa coming, making cookies for the reindeer, trying to sneak at peak at the presents in the closet.  I thought a couple of decor pieces for that special man in your life would be a nice change of pace!

This cute little votive holder is perfect for his office or den.  Super simple to make - you just need an empty jar, some manly paper and embellishments, and a votive!

Add some string or twine around the grooves on the top where the lid goes.  Adhere your paper and distress it a little bit.  I chose a sentiment that will remind him all year long what he means to me!

For the backside, I tinted some Mod Podge and swirled it on. Makes a cool looking transparent back, especially when the votive is going (mine is battery operated).

For this 2nd piece, I made a rustic wall hanging - and I think it's something you could use year-around.

I used an old picture frame and covered it in crackle paste. It's super crackly and pealing - some spots show through which is perfectly fine!  I added some printed burlap ribbon around the one corner with rusty wire.  I layered a bunch of torn papers and fluted paper, then tied a couple pieces of bark together with sisal.  A splash of snowflake paste, glitter, art stones, silver micro beads....

The sentiment isn't exclusively Christmas so it's something you can display all the time.  It would look great in his man cave, on the fireplace mantle, or even perched on the Christmas tree!  I hope you've been inspired to create your own holiday decor for that special guy in your life - Happy Holidays!