Friday, December 20, 2013

Know your crowd . . .

I find that in papercrafting classes, much like comedy, its important to know your crowd!
Today was the last day of school before Christmas break, pajama day and it snowed for the first time this winter!  A Trifecta!  It was also Christmas craft day in the Kindergarten.

If you read my last post you will know that I planned to make Christmas Crackers with the kids.  Clearly - I didn't know my crowd.

So I had all the paper cut (I used bulk Sparkle & Shine and Bulk Frosted) all the sook wang applied, I had cut several wintery & Christmassy shapes with our CTMH Cricut Cartridges and then pre glued then using my Zyron Sticker makers (Love these BTW and need a wider size, like 5"??)  All the kids had to do was roll a 6"x12" piece of Cardstock into a tube, crinkle the ends, fill, tie and decorate.  I wound up doing all the tube rolling, all the pucker pinching and most of the ribbon tying.  However, we wound up with 19 Students eager to take these goodies home and pull the snaps!  But the finished products looked nothing like what I had imagined.  I'm a control freak.  However, none of the kids seemed to notice and all seemed quite delighted with their finished work.  So, I guess that's all that really counts.

This week has been so busy with Christmas activities, add a few unexpected emergencies (My husband, getting over Bronchitis, coughed while driving to work and he passed out - taking out 3 other cars.  Everyone is okay, no major injuries thank GOD, but at least 2 of the four vehicles were totalled - my husbands brand new Pick-up truck included.  Now he can't drive until the cough is totally gone,  Can't risk that again)... Anyway . . .I had planned to make Reindeer Nose treats for my sons classmates as Christmas gifts . . but ran out of time.  At 11:30pm last night I chose bed.  I stand by my decision.

On the bright side my son has a hockey team of 20 players . . . so tonight we sat down and made these together:

We used mostly CTMH product . . . with the exception of the googly eyes and the treats of course.
First I perused the cartridges to see what shapes I could use for the Reindeer head.  I chose the Owl from the Artiste Cartridge and the Antlers are actually snowflakes from the Artbooking cartridge.  Each snowflake did 3 reindeer.
I made the noses by taping two rows of our red glitter tape and stick to a left over backing from the chalkboard sheets.  These are great, because with normal cutting, the backing doesn't get cut, just the glitter tape.  So you can see a small line across most of the noses - this is why, its actually two pieces.  The nose size I made was 3/4".  I could have gone smaller, or bigger by added a row of tape, but liked this size. 
I used one of our discontinued journaling pens (please give us a replacement for journaling CTMH) to draw different smiles on each one.   Ryan glued all the eyeballs on, can you tell? 
I then stuck these all to the scalloped square card on the Art Philosophy cartridge.   Its had to tell from my terrible pic, but I used the bulk Frosted paper for this, its the neutral coloured snowflake side.  On the back is a sticker that says "Reindeer Noses", Merry Christmas from Ryan.
This was a far more appropriate craft level for a kindergartener.  He glued the eyes using glue dots, and he glued the heads to the card with a glue stick.  I then had him do the stickers on the back.  We were able to work side by side for over an hour doing these, with him staying on track with what I was doing.  Cutting, drawing, filling bags, stapling closed.  Ryan had so much fun, he was talking to the reindeer and playing with them as he worked. 
As the mom of three boys - craft time with my kids is not a regular occurrence.  Nice to be able to make something simple, homemade and far from perfect but made by a Kid.  I'm sure his team mates will agree!
Maybe next year I'll get smart and have the kids make these instead of crackers?
Merry Christmas Papercrafting Friends!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dec. 2013 CTMH Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring creations  that we plan to give as gifts this Christmas.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 
If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle Stewart at  If you came from Nancy Klein of  then you are in the right place!

 At Christmas I love being able to create a few handmade gifts with just a few supplies.
 Here are two that I've been working on:

First: Christmas Countdown

Close to My Heart Products used: 1 Sheet Sparkle & Shine Paper ($9.95 / paper pack),  1 Sheet Chalkboard Paper ($4.95/ sheet), Chalk Pen ($2.95), Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape ($14.95 for 3 rolls), Glitter Tape ($4.95 / roll), Clear Sparkles ($2.95/ 108 piece set), Ruby Mini Medley Accents ($5.95/set), Embossing Stylus (this item is now disc, but a bone folder or ball point pen would work as well).
Plus: A 9"x12" canvas dollar store frame, edges painted with black acrylic paint and a "borrowed" piece of chalk from my son.
I have a chalkboard Art addiction.  I know I've discussed it on here before.  I love it!  And, creating a project like this is super easy with CTMH 12" x 12" Chalkboard sheets.  I simply create the basic design as a "word" document and print it.  I then trace over the text onto the chalkboard paper using the stylus, pressing hard.  You then go over the embossing on the Chalkboard paper with the chalk pen.  You tracing disappears and the whole thing looks hand done.  Then you can add a few hand drawn embellishments as you like.
I Matted this chalkboard sheet on Spark & Shine paper (had a tough time deciding which design as they are all so lovely).  Then I used washi tape and the bakers twine in the "Ruby Mini Medley" pack to create the banner.  I used the laundry clips to secure the banner ends.
Each snowflake has a sparkle in the middle.
All you have to do is erase the # each day and re write with real chalk.  Everything else is permanent so you don't have to worry about wiping away.

Second: Christmas Cracker

Close to My Heart products used:  Sparkle & Shine Paper ($9.95 / pack), Santa Claus Stamp set ($13.95, Black Glitter paper ($5.95/ 3 sheets), embossing stylus, Glue dots and disc. Black fishnet ribbon.
Non- CTMH: Snaps - Michaels, Various little gifts, joke and tissue hat
I love making Christmas Crackers - I make them with the kids and they love the "poppers" (I start looking for .as soon as Michaels puts out their Christmas as they always sell out, I usually buy several packs as they are only $2.95/ dozen).
Start with a 6"x12" piece of paper, using the embossing stylus, create a fold line 3.5" in from each short end.   Before rolling up, I attached the Ruby cardstock that I overstamped with the "Ho, Ho, Ho" in Ruby ink.  Then I rolled the paper up, securing the long edge with Sook Wang (or other really sticky tape).  Feed the "snap" through the tube and secure at one end with a glue dot.  using the embossed fold line as a guide, crunch the paper in and gather tightly, secure one end with ribbon.  Fill the cavity in the middle with goodies and then secure the other side with ribbon.   Now you may add any embellishment you like.
I am making these with my Sons kindergarten class next week.  Super easy and fun for the kids!
Thanks for taking the time to look at my projects.  I love your feedback!
Merry Christmas! 

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Candra Holmes of

 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle Stewart's Blog,, as she has the complete blog list.

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  • Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. Join us again in the New Year when we will be featuring some of the products that will be retiring, so if you see anything you would like to create, this could be your last opportunity to purchase them.  We hope you will join us again on January 15th, 2014.