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Monday, November 9, 2009

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

Well, we are getting pretty excited about the holidays around here. As of today, there's only 40 more sleeps until we head off to Disneyworld for Christmas! I know it's a little early for decorations and all, in fact we aren't even going to go to the extremes of decorating that I usually go to much since we will be gone, but I saw the cutest little light up decoration at Walgreen's yesterday and I think the girls and I "need" it. It's a lightup outline of a Mickey Mouse head with a Santa hat on to put in your window. How fun and perfect is that?! Maybe we can rig it and put it on the car! And we also saw a Santa hat with Mickey ears attached at Target. That will be another "must-have" for the trip. Meanwhile (back at the farm), we are starting to get in a little Christmas shopping already since we will be having all our family festivities before the trip. Here's a great idea that we are doing and I want to share it with all of ya'll that do "Chinese Christmas" gift exchanges. We started them a couple of years ago for the adults in our family, even though our family is not that big. It's just fun! So for this year, we've decided to make it a "themed" Chinese gift exchange. All our gifts will be "AS SEEN ON TV" items! Isn't that a cool idea? I'm hoping for a Snuggie or maybe some Bumpits! Come on, ya'll know you want some of those things, too! Next year, I may even be clapping my lights off and on. A cool feature to have with the Mickey Mouse light I'm getting.

Anyway, here's a little package decoration I made with another one of the Pure Innocence girls from My Favorite Things. She's from the set, Flurry of Love and I think she's becoming my favorite one so far. I took a chipboard candy cane from Making Memories that I've had for years and painted it red with the whitish stripes using a white paint pen to make it sort of "shiny" looking (an old tole painting trick). You could find a candy cane pattern (like THIS ONE) instead if you want and cut it from cardboard. I inked it all around each edge to give it some more depth which totally made it look better! I highly recommend doing this with a brown ink. My candy cane had see through holes for the "white" part, so I backed it with some patterned paper, but you could just paint the red and white stripes like normal before inking the edges. I then ran some Glossy Accents (Crystal Effects) around the edges and spooned on some Diamond Dust (chunky glass) for sparkle. I LOVE that stuff on Christmas projects!

While it was drying, I made the tag. The last part was to tie the big, fluffy bows and attach the tag to them. It seems like a lot of steps to create it, but it really didn't take all that long. Hmm...should I put this on one of my "as seen on tv" packages? LOL!

SUSIE Q-TIP: When coloring faces with Copic markers, be careful not to touch the eyes, nose, hair, etc. with your pens. Just barely go around them and let the ink "seep" over to them for coverage in those areas. Even the best of black inks may run and you don't want black blotches on a cute little girl's face. There's not a thing you can do about it but start all over when it happens. Don't ask me how I know this. I don't want to talk about it.

Stamps: Flurry of Love (MFT)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (SU!), White Perfect Panel (MFT), October Afternoon
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Chestnut Roan Cat's Eye (Colorbox), Antique Linen (Ranger)
Accessories: Chipboard Candy Cane (MM), Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Copic Markers, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Diamond Dust, Country Red Acrylic Paint (DecoArt), White Paint Pen, Red/White Stripe Ribbon (SU!), Brown Gingham Ribbon, Button (MFT), Twine


  1. How fun to have a theme for the gifts!! Cool!
    Your little project is so cute!!!

  2. Wonderful, adorable, Oh I love this fun candy cane craft. I love it so much because it reminds me of my country decor.I appreciate the tip about the facial features.I am just starting with copics and need all the tips I can get. Yes I would love to try the bumpits also how I love info mericals and those things I just want to check out.

  3. Love this!!! Absolutely stunning and a super clever idea! TFS!

  4. Ahhh, this is just adorable! I've been holding off on these adorable stamps...but I think you just won me over - thanks for inspiring!

  5. That candy cane gift adornment is yummalicious! Love your idea to back it with DSP ... perfect!



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