Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas - December Cross Canada Blog Hop

Christmas time again!

I love Christmas! The lights, the music, the food, the gifts and the feeling of love and joy. My Christmas shopping is almost done and I am thinking this year of hand made gifts for a few people. All of my cards are made by hand and will be sent in the next few days. So this months blog hop is all about hand made gifts. items we have made to give, or could give. The My Creations Star would make a beautiful home decor item for any season, depending on how it is decorated. Or how about those super Decor Frames! They can be easily be updated depending on the season. Hang photos on one and change them as the kids grow, or as the seasons change. So many possibilities.

If you came here from Brandy's blog, you are on the right track. But remember if you get lost, you can always return to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the entire list of hoppers!

Here is my project this month (speaking of decor frames). This one transformed into a Christmas card holder! I discovered washi tape this week and am IN LOVE!!! As much as I like the black frame, it REALLY needed something to make it more Christmassy.

 Here it is! I cut the Merry Christmas with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and the holly leaves with the Art Philosophy cartridge. Merry Christmas is cut in both Cranberry and the darkest green Glitter Paper, and then they are offset so the green creates a shadow.
The holly leaves are cut with the darkest green Glitter Paper and also with Topiary cardstock, then layered for contrast. I used the darkest red gems I could find in my stash for the berries.
 The frame is covered in the gold polka dot washi tape from the Cloud Nine card kit, as well as the silver from the Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape. They work really well and because they are so pliable, it was easy to shape it to the contours of the frame.
Here you can see the shadow effect with the green glitter paper and the Cranberry cardstock. I love the effect and contrast it gives.

So that's it for this month! I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!
 Next on our Cross Canada Hop is Kathy so hop on over and see what goodies she has created!

If you would like more information about any of the beautiful creations in this month's hop, contact your local Close to my Heart consultant!


  1. Great idea Janet......the frame looks great.

  2. Super great idea! Love your card holder.

  3. I love how you turned the frame into a Christmas card holder. What a wonderful idea and job.

  4. Wow, Janet, I love this idea. What a great use of all the product.! so creative. Love the washi tape from the new card kit. Mine is coming Monday.

  5. Wow, Janet, I love this idea. What a great use of all the product.! so creative. Love the washi tape from the new card kit. Mine is coming Monday.

  6. love this idea, the sparkle paper is perfect!

  7. Great idea with the shadow effect, it gives sch a nice dimension.

  8. Yeah, I've become a washi fan too. This is a neat idea for the frame, I like it!

  9. WASHI!!! Love washi. Your project turned out fabulous.