Christmas Ornaments + Draw Your Own Evergreen Branches

Hello and Happy Holidays!  Today I am sharing two Christmas cards with a lengthy tutorial.  First, I will demonstrate how to create a 3 color stripes background with distress oxide inks and ink blending tool.  Next, with a simple glitter gold pen, transform circle dies into ornaments.  Finally, how to draw your own evergreen branches with a metallic pen to hang the ornaments.  Any of these techniques can work with any types of ink pads as well with any pen, pencils and markers.

Christmas Ornaments + Draw Your Own Evergreen Branches


For white card:
For red card:
You will also need scrap papers.


1.  Gather your supplies and cut out all your pieces first.

2. Position and die cut out three Christmas Circle Cutouts dies below the Magic of The Season sentiment.
3.  Ink blending a 3 color stripes background layer:  With the ink blending tool, blend out 3 different color stripes.  Start by blending the outside right area first.  Use a piece of scrap paper to cover the left area where you are not blending.  Repeat for the remaining colors.  

3.  Create the ornament:  With the glitter gold pen, draw a rectangle on top of each Christmas Circle Cutouts.  Then, with a ruler, draw in the string.

4.  Draw the evergreen branches:  First, with the emerald metallic pen, randomly draw curve lines here and there (some long, some short) above the sentiment.   Some below the sentiment.  Next, make short flicking strokes to the left and right of each curve line.   Repeat until you achieve the desire fullness.

5.  Assemble the front card base:
  • White card:  Adhere  the baby blue scallop frame layer onto the card base.  Then, the Christmas circle cutouts ornaments layer.
  • Red card:  Adhere the Christmas circle cutouts ornaments layer on.

6.  Inside of both cards:  Using the MISTI, stamp out the Papertrey Ink's Holiday Wishes sentiment onto the two marshallow scallop frames layer. Then adhere to card.

Thank you for stopping by.  May you have a lovely blessed day.

Santa Gift Bags

Hello!  In my last post I shared with you a tutorial on how to create festive lip balm gift tags.  For today's post, I will take you step-by-step on how to create one of these Santa gift bags using the Taylored Expressions' Sack It To You die set.  The set also comes with a bonus Santa die.

These Santa gift bags are quite easy and super duper fun to make with young children during this holiday season.  My three small kiddos gave me a hand with them, adhering and decorating these seven gift bags to hold Christmas gifts (the lip balm gift tag included) for their teachers.

Santa Gift Bag

Make 1 Bag



1.  With the Sack It To You die set, cut out 2 sides for the sack, a belt, belt buckle and 2 buttons.
2.  Adhere the two sides together to create the sack.  
3. Adhere the belt and buckle to the sack with double sided adhesive tape and buttons with glue dots.  (TIP:  you can also use glue.  But if crafting with small children, I'd recommend using adhesive tape and glue dots for a clean and mess-free results).

4.  With the hole puncher, punch out hole to each side of the sack (about 1-inch from the top) and on each side of the handle.
5.  To prevent the handle from shifting, adhere it in place to the inside of the sack with double sided adhesive tape first.  Then secure with eyelets.

The finished product.

Thank you for stopping by.  May you have a lovely blessed day.

Lip Balm Christmas Gift Tags

Hello.  For today's post I am sharing how to combine die tag, some pretty Christmas plaid papers, lip balm pouches and lip balms to create festive lip balm Christmas gift tags.  These lip balm gift tags would make great stocking stuffer as well as gift bags filler.



1.  Cut out the bottom layer tags on peppermint cardstock.  Next, adhere the double sided adhesive sheet to the back of the 6x6 plaid paper.  

2.  Now, cut out the top layer tags on the adhered plaid paper.   Next, cut an opening for the lip balm pouch by positioning the lip balm window die over the plaid tags and run through the Big Shot machine.  Optional - on the scrap plaid paper, cut out the lip balm frames.

3.  Peel off the adhesive backing from the plaid tags.  Insert the lip balm pouch through the window.  Snap the lip balm into the pouch and adhere the plaid tags to the bottom peppermint tags.  Finally, decorate with gold elastic cord and mini gift bow.  OPTIONAL - adhere the lip balm frame on.