Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas for Jacob

Christmas, for me at least, is about giving. I prefer to watch my children open their gifts or get excited about picking something out for someone else. So when I came across this story of little Jacob, I had to do something. See Jacob is a sick little guy. His family has put out a request for Christmas cards for him early as he may not have that much time left. To read his story, just click here. I will post his address below if you would like to send him a card as well.

To start with, I noticed the photo of Jacob has three penguins in it so I assume he likes penguins. I took a Lori Whitlock card from the Silhouette Store and decided to make a Christmas Train card. 

Since I saw the penguins in Jacob's arms, I decided that I wanted to add to the train on this card. But no matter how I played around with the animals and Santa, it just wasn't going to work with this train. The elements were all too small. So I grabbed the Santa Express Train set by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings from the Silhouette store and switched the train out. 

I added the last cart by taking this and that from the Santa Express set, cause every Christmas has to have a tree! 

Once I had my final plans laid out, I got to cutting and detailing. Great news, my Craftwell eBrush is up and in working order finally!!! Props to the husband for surprising me with the new trigger piece to get it working again! 
The eBrush is great for adding soft highlights or heavy detail.
For the snow hills, I wanted to give it a gray detail to match the snowflake ridden sky on this card.
Next I grabbed my polka dot Darice embossing folder and ran each piece through the Sizzix Big Shot.
I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the snow filled hills and matching sky. Once this was done, the card rolled out into what it became.
Finalized card: 

If you would like to participate in sending Jacob a card, here is his address at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.
Jacob Thompson 
c/o The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
22 Bramhall St
Portland, Maine 04102

Materials Used: 

DCWVinc. Hand Painted Christmas stack
CutCardstock Basis red and green card stock, Solar White, Pow Glitter black paper, Mirri Sparkle silver glitter, metallic gold
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studios~Designers Edition
Elements Brads
Craftwell eBrush
Gray and Green Sharpie markers
Sizzix Big Shot
Darice embossing folder
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Really the only part of winter I look forward to is when I get to pull my snow globes out! In honor of them, I decided to make this snow globe from the JGW Snow Flurries set with a little extra kick to it at the end.
JGW Snow flurries
When I saw the globe, I knew right away that I wanted to do the snowman in vellum. However, vellum can be a little tender to work with if glue is involved. To prevent the vellum from shriveling up, I wanted to use my tape gun to adhere the hands. But then, *light bulb*, hello I have the Xyron Sticker Maker! I use this little handy dandy object for small projects just like this. 

 I ran the arms through the sticker maker
Before peeling off the top layer, I rubbed around each element with a sharp end of a pencil to eliminate any extra tape.
 The final project came out well with some added snowflake embellishments.

The bottom of the globe is a box to add any extra goodies to. However, I wanted to add a different kind of goody to it.
On my Christmas globes, many of them have lights and blowers in them. To replicate that, I added a hole to the top plate of the box.
 Then I added a little tea light.

Materials Used: 

DCWV Cranberry Christmas stack
SVG Attic JGW Snow Flurries file
Xyron Create a sticker Model 150
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio~Designers Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Craftwell eBrush