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Shake that Snow Globe

Shake that Snow Globe
Shake that Snow Globe

Just to shake things up a bit, I diverged from my usual art and made this cute holiday greeting shaker card. It reminds me of vintage snow globes, and it was a fun and easy project.

Visit Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog  to see the tutorial or just follow below.

 

Tutorial How to Make a Holiday Shaker Card

Punch out the “Let it Snow” words and snowflakes from Gypsy Soul’s Let it Snow.

Apply embossing ink to the chipboard, cover the pieces with silver embossing powder and activate with a heat gun.

Cut two 5 1/8″ squares of decorative cardstock. In the cardstock that will serve as the front of your card, cut a 3 3/4″ circle.

Adhere a 4 7/8″ square of acetate (I keep my Sizzix packaging for projects like this) to the back side of the square with the circle cut into it.

Rub the back side of the acetate with a dryer sheet to help keep the glitter from sticking to the plastic. Place small pieces of foam adhesive near the edge of the acetate–this creates a raised area in which the glitter can move freely.

On the other square of cardstock, create a scene by adhering vintage style images and the three small embossed snowflakes.

Place glitter in the center of your scene and then sandwich it by adhering the two cardstock squares together.

Cut a small base for your shaker glove from decorative cardstock and adhere to the front of the card.

Adhere the entire unit to a 5 3/8″ card blank and your card is complete!

-Betsy

 

Great Stuff

Let it Snow words and snowflakes (coming soon!)

Decorative cardstocks for front of card and globe base

Papercrafter Magazine background scene cardstock

Vintage style boy cut from Authentique Paper

Acetate

Glitter

Adhesive foam

Embossing ink

Silver embossing powder

Miniature Santa heads up the chimney on Christmas Eve

Miniature Santa heads up the chimney on Christmas Eve
Miniature Santa heads up the chimney on Christmas Eve

 

It is late Christmas Eve and miniature Santa is heading up the chimney. Read the rest of this entry

Melt hearts with upcycled snowmen

Melt hearts with upcycled snowmen
Melt hearts with upcycled snowmen

Christmas is the perfect time for upcycling objects. Vintage salt shakers, sandbakel tins and wooden spools are ideal for creating adorable snowmen (and women!). Add in glittery snowflakes and things get really chill.

Sorry I am so flaky that I simply cannot resist a few snowmen puns. You will just have to roll with it.

 

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Sled into Solstice with your crafting

Sled into Solstice with your crafting
Sled into Solstice with your crafting

Chubby-cheeked sledders in a glistening snow-covered countryside is my nod to the December 21 Winter’s Solstice. You can learn how to craft this miniature vintage holiday scene by following the step-by-step tutorial or visiting this featured project at Gypsy Soul

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Expanding Christmas Journal Part 2

Expanding Christmas Journal Part 2
Expanding Christmas Journal Part 2

This Expanding Christmas Journal is brimming with tags, magnetic enclosures and deep pockets so that you can store almost unlimited Christmas memories, photos, ideas or recipes.

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Because the tutorial for the Expanding Christmas Journal is so detailed, I decided to break it up into two parts. In case you have not seen Part 1 of the tutorial at Gypsy Soul to learn how to create the album base and the surprise fold-outs,I thought I would first provide a recap of the book. If you have already seen Part 1, then continue below for the rest of the tutorial. Read the rest of this entry

Fill your eyes with wonder at the Kringle Toy Store

Fill your eyes with wonder at the Kringle Toy Store

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Christmas is nearly upon us. Part of the magic of the season is when children fill their eyes with wonder while window shopping.

Make sure you leave time to stop by Kringle Toys, where the glowing chandelier casts a warm glow as shoppers come in from the newly fallen snow.

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Approaching Kringle Toys, visitors see the faded ghost sign on the brick wall–a testament to the store’s longevity.

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A card for the Winter’s Solstice

A card for the Winter’s Solstice

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Winter has arrived in here in Minnesota. It is a blustery nine degrees outside and as dusk settles, the wind is rattling the windows of our turn-of-the-century home.

In other words, it is a perfect night for crafting and for playing with the deep blue, purple, white and silver colors of Winter’s Solstice. Read the rest of this entry

Putzing around

Putzing around

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 There are so many delightful ceramic Christmas villages that people display this time of year. While I have occasionally been tempted to begin such a collection, I have remained true to the Putz houses that stem from an earlier era.

These Japanese-made cardboard houses adorned with sparkly materials, tiny bottle brush shrubbery and cellophane windows were mostly made between 1930 and 1960.

At the heart of my Putz village are the worn and slightly tattered houses that I played with as a child. Since I was born after that timeframe–I am old enough, I don’t need to add on extra years–they were tattered and torn even then.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts featured how I made my own little home fashioned after these Putz houses. Here’s how I did it:

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A Christmas Love Story

A Christmas Love Story

gsl-Christmas-kitsch-angel-by-Betsy-Skagen-0028Nothing sets my heart aflutter like Christmas decorations made from the 1940s-1960s.

Since this era was before my time and people typically collect things from their childhood, my infatuation may not make a lot of sense. But as the youngest child of older parents, most of my family’s Christmas decorations came from the 1940s and ’50s.

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A holiday feast for the eyes–and no impact on your thighs

A holiday feast for the eyes–and no impact on your thighs

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Here’s a holiday dessert that is completely guilt free (unless you have some weird paper eating fetish). Read the rest of this entry