Snow Globe

Cyndi of Lovely Lula Here. I have been going snow globe crazy this year! I have made several of them and there are more lined up awaiting my attention. Visit Lovely Lula to see other snow globes I’ve made. For this one I picked up a snow globe ready form from Urban Outfitter. For the inside design I cut the snow monster out of the Imagine Cartridge called Santas Village. I used the Winter Lace cartridge for the snow flakes and cut it out of white paper. The package was from a sticker set I had laying around. I think this guy is the cutest thing!

Happy Holiday and Happy Crafting xoxo Cyndi aka Lovely Lula

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Christmas Countdown

Cyndi of Lovely Lula Here. I know I should be putting up a post about Thanksgiving this week but I am just so excited about Christmas this year I am just gonna skip right on over it and get the countdown going! I created the “Days til’ Christmas” sign using the Winter Frolic Cartridge for the font out of silver vinyl and Winter Lace cartridge for the snow flakes out of white paper. The stripes of green paper and the white snow flakes are all Bazzill Basics.



The area to write the days on is a large circle of chalk board vinyl and we’ll count the days down with chalk.

Happy crafting xoxo Cyndi aka Lovely Lula Follow me on Twitter I am Lab5 and on the Lovely Lula Facebook Page

Snow Days Cartridge Gift Wrap

Cyndi of Lovely Lula here and I am excited to show this project I made using today’s Hello Thursday Cartridge called Snow Days that I paired with vintage holiday wrapping paper.

I first wrapped a plain white box top that I picked up at a paper supply store, with red holiday ribbon to give it more texture. I then used the Snow Days cart to cut a cute little bundled up kid shape out of the vintage paper. I cut several of them and glued them to the box.

I also made a coordinating card because really how could I resist?

SNOW DAYS CARTRIDGE:

Happy crafting xoxo Cyndi aka Lovely Lula

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Holiday Advent Cupboard

Cyndi of Lovely Lula here and I have to say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even here in Arizona, and that means home decoration is not complete without a Holiday Advent Calendar. I made this one using the Cuttlebug.

Supplies:
Advent cupboard found at the local craft store
White Craft Paint
Glue Stick
Modge Podge
Tacky Glue
Pink and Green Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Cuttlebug
Letter Dies for the Cuttlebug
Cardboard Tree Form
Green t-shirt yarn
Pearl top pins
Pink novelty ribbon

Now run off and make a great advent calendar to decorate your home. Happy crafting xoxo Cyndi aka Lovely Lula

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Action Advent Calendars using Cricut Craftroom

With the official release of the Cricut Craft Room yesterday, I wanted to share a fun project that you can do with the Cricut Craft Room Basics. This is a free digital cartridge from Cricut to anyone who downloads Cricut Craft Room.

This action advent calendar will be great for your little ones. I used the Ali Edwards Action Advent Calendar from Designer Digital or you can make your own cards. This envelope is made for 2.75″ square cards. Just click on the picture below to see Ali’s post about this.

Here are the instructions on how to complete this project.

1. Download Cricut Craft Room application and for PC users make sure you have the correct drivers installed. For Macs you do not have to install drivers.

2. Once you are in the Cricut Craft Room, using the Cricut Craft Room Basics (click overlay, filter – All Types, click on Cricut Craft Room Basics), create a rectangle that is 4″ wide by 5.5″ tall.

3. Then create 2 rectangles that are .5″ wide and 2.5″ tall. Place them side by side and they will weld.

4. Then create the tag below 4″ wide and 2.5″ tall.

5. Then cut these shapes using double sided paper. I used Teresa Collins Christmas Home collection.

6. Score the envelope across where the tabs end. Fold the paper along the scored line. Also score each of the tabs. Fold them inward making a pocket. Adhere it closed.

7. Add ribbon across the front using staples on the edges of the envelope to give it added security.

8. Add a flower and any message you would like. I used the Making Memories stickers and added “Be Merry”.

9. Then add your cards with all of action items. Mine include things like make snowflakes to send to Daddy (He is currently deployed to Afghanistan and will miss the holidays), help Mommy make cookies, make a card for Grandma, tell a friend at school he is cool, read little brother a book, call Grandpa and tell him you love him, make a list for Santa, help pick out a Christmas tree, make an ornament for the tree, and tell Mommy 10 things you are thankful for.

I love how these turned out and we are planning on making several sets for my children to give away next week to their friends. This is also a great idea for adding additional journaling to your scrapbook layouts or a mini album. I plan on using it for my December Daily album too. You can see my foundation pages here.

I hope you enjoy playing with the Cricut Craft Room this weekend.

Thanks,

Diana McGraw

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Time to start getting ready for the holidays…

I know it seems early… but I am ready to start planning and crafting for the holidays! This is my favorite time of year. I love the decorations, hot cocoa, spending time with family, and I am excited because this will be my first year putting together a December Daily album. This week I thought I would use the Teresa Collins Sophisticated cartridge to create this garland that will be perfect for holiday or party decorating.

I love the color white at Christmas and this is a cute garland that uses white Bazzill cardstock, Hambly Screen Prints, and Winter Wonderland embossing powder.

Here are the instructions:

1. Cut 16 scalloped circles (Font 1, page 69) from Hambly Screen Print transparency. In this project I used Silver Birds on Wire. Cut the shape to 2.75″ and I used the heavy paper option and increased the number of time to cut to 2 and it worked great!

2. Cut 16 scalloped circles from Bazzill cardstock also to 2.75″. I left the setting on heavy paper, but changed the number of cuts back to 1.

3. Emboss the white cardstock using your favorite embossing powder. I used Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk Acrylic Paint Dabber, Hero Arts Graph Background stamp, and Stampendous Winter Wonderland embossing powder.

4. Use coordinating ribbon and sew the two scalloped circles (making sure the right side is facing outward) and place the ribbon between the two. Then use your sewing machine to stitch the pieces together. If you sew it with the transparency side up you will be able to see the ribbon to make sure you sewing straight.

5. Bend each circle in half outward so that the circle is dimensional.

You can always adjust the number of scalloped circles you cut depending on how long you want your garland and how much space you want in between each circle.

Well I hope you enjoyed the project and have a great weekend!

Thanks,

Diana McGraw

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