Category Archives: Christmas

Time for a Change

Christmas pictures on instagramIt’s time for me to take a break from this blog.  Most likely it will be a permanent one.  The truth is my heart  just isn’t in it anymore.  I think I’ve known that for a while now.  I think many of you have known that too.  So thank you for all the comments, the kind words,  the shares, the likes and everything in between.  These past eight years have been a blast!

That said, I’ll still be around on Instagram (photos above) and sharing what I’ve been up to. If you want to keep in touch on Instagram, click here.

A Visit from St NickI also started writing a web comic for fun.  It’s called Lilly the Pug and you can find it on Tumblr (click here).

Wishing you all a very Happy Holidays.

With Love,
Jessica

Giant Paper Snowflakes

Giant Paper SnowflakesHow is the holiday season treating you?  For me, I’ve been busy with: parties, shopping, gift wrapping, baking, post office visits, sewing, etc. One thing I didn’t do this year was put up Christmas lights outside. Since we have a new house, I haven’t figured out the logistics for that. So to make up for the absence of outside lights, I decided to add some oversized paper snowflakes to the windows.

You can’t really tell in the picture but that snowflake is about 2 1/2 feet wide.  I used the snowflake tutorial from KroKoTak which is pretty detailed (click here for link).  Here are few tips for making oversized snowflakes:

1.  I used white wrapping paper to make these.  You’ll need a paper that is thick enough that it can carry the weight of the oversized snowflake.

2.  The paper has a tendency to move around when you cut it so I recommend using paperclips to hold the paper together while cutting.

3.  To get out all the fold lines, iron it on your iron’s lowest setting.  You can’t just move the iron around because it will get caught on the cut outs.  Instead, pick it up and set it down on each place you iron.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a break from this blog.  If you want to see what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram.  I’ve been trying to post more photos over there lately.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

printable Christmas gift tagsTo keep the gift tag theme going, I’m sharing a few printables that caught my eye this week.

1.  Sophie the Deer by Creature Comforts – there’s also a sweet bear illustration along with various color coordinated gift tags.

2.  Wandering Camel Gift Tag by Wild Olive – The blanket opens up to reveal a message!

3.  Toucan Tags by Eat Drink Chic – I like the unexpected animal choice for this tag.

4.  Sweater Print Tags by The Caroline Johansson – there are 9 different tags to choose from

DIY Mitten Gift Tags

washi tape mitten gift tagsOver the weekend I hosted a crafternoon at the Oakland Asian Library Branch. For the event I made a mitten template for washi tape greeting cards.  It turned out to be a good craft for all ages. Children as little as 3 were able to make their own card (with a little help from their parents).  So today I’m sharing the template with all of you.  But instead of cards, I’m  making gift tags with the template.
washi tape mitten gift tags 5Supplies:

Mitten template printed on card stock – click here for PDF

Washi tape in various prints/colors

Scissors

Hole Punch

Baker’s twine or string

Mini pom-poms

Glue Dots

washi tape mitten gift tags 31.  Begin to cover mitten with washi tape.  It doesn’t matter if you go out of the lines.

2.  Cover the whole mitten with tape.  I added a contrasting print at the bottom as a decorative cuff.

3.  With scissors, cut out the mitten.

4.  Punch a small hole at the center bottom of the mitten and add thread the baker’s twine trough it.  Place a glue dot on the hole and string and cover with a mini pom-pom.  Buttons also work well.

washi tape mitten gift tags 2Play around with different prints to make a variety of mitten gift tags.

DIY Christmas Sweater Gift Tags

DIY sweater gift tags 2If you’ve been hoarding Christmas cards for crafting, this project is for you.  All you need are a few humble supplies plus Christmas cards to make these mini sweater gift tags.  The trick to making your tags look like sweaters depends on the placement of the sweater template.  For example, I centered the template on the top of the Christmas tree image for the sweater on the left.  Cards with recurring patterns like the red gift tag pictured above work well too.  Play around with the templates and have fun.  DIY sweater gift tags 4Supplies:

Sweater template – Click here to download.  Print and cut out templates.  You only need one template but I added three others just in case.

Christmas cards

Pen or pencil

Scissors

Hole punch

String, ribbon, etc.

DIY sweater gift tags1.  Place cut out template on card image.

2.  Trace template onto your image with a pen.

3.  Cut out sweater shape with scissors.

4.  Punch a hole at the top of the sweater.

5.  String gift tag with ribbon and tie in a knot to secure.

DIY sweater gift tags 3I noticed in the past years more and more people are sending photo cards instead of the traditional holiday cards.  I’m curious, which kind of card do you prefer receiving/giving.

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