Lines Across: December 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

20 Gorgeous Sets of Free Printable Gift Tags




So many wonderful designers have shared beautiful and gorgeous gift tag printables with us. It is simple and affordable to print and cut these gift tags and use them on our gifts. I especially love the look of brown kraft wrapping paper with some embellishments and a personalized tag. The styles of these gift tags range from rustic, to whimsical, to modern, to geometric, to artistic, to classic. 








































Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #65

Happy Monday everyone! There's still time to enter the $70+ craft supplies and earrings giveaway HERE.

Features:

1. Red and White Christmas Vignette from Making Home Base


2. Red and White Santa Table from Kathe with an E


3. Paint Chip Art from Smart Girl Style


4. Chocolate Pretzel Christmas Trees from Oh My! Creative


5. Rustic Raffia Tree from Smart School House




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Friday, December 14, 2012

Interactive Gift Wrap for Kids

There are so many fun and creative ideas for wrapping gifts, but most of them are geared more for adults. Usually, kids probably prefer you to wrap their presents in wrapping paper with their favorite TV character on it. Here are a few fun interactive gift wrapping ideas, ways to make the outside of your gift almost as entertaining as the inside.


1. Wrap your gift in simple kraft wrapping paper, but instead of ribbon and a bow, add a toy car and a road. Matchbox and Hotwheels cars only cost about $1 each, and are a creative and exciting decoration on the outside of a gift. I made this one using 2.5 inch strips of black construction paper, a white paint pen, and a yellow toy car. I also stamped the word vroom on one box, but you could also stamp the child's name. I attached the cars with a hot glue gun. It allows the car to stay on the box at any angle, plus it easily peels off after the gift is opened.



2. "Color Me" wrapping paper - Wrap your gift in simple white paper. I use rolls of white paper from the kids' section at Ikea. Stamp the words "color me" on a corner of the box, and attach crayons instead of a bow. Make sure the gift inside isn't too breakable or delicate, and let the child tear off the crayons and color all over the box, decorating it in any way he or she wants. I know my kids will love this!


3. "Decorate Me" Christmas Tree Wrapping - Wrap your gift in simple kraft paper. Cut out the shape of a Christmas tree from green paper, and glue it to the front. Get sheets of stickers, roll them, secure them with tape, then place them along the tree. Stamp the words "decorate me" on the box, and let the child decorate their tree with stickers before opening their gift.


4. Crossword Gift Wrap - This crossword wrapping paper is made by designer Fabio Milito (via Life Hacker). You could make this sort of wrapping paper yourself using a Word Search Creator, and using words like Christmas, joy, reindeer, manger or names of people in your family.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Holiday Crafts Inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas

You may remember I recently was a part of a series thought up by Holly and Nat from My Sister's Suitcase that was inspired by the lyrics of the song the 12 Days of Christmas. Some of the days were quite a challenge! I especially love how creative Nat and Holly got for the 10th day of Christmas - 10 Lords-A-Leaping.

If you didn't get a chance yet to check out the different projects inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas, you can find links to all of them below.



1 Partridge In A Pear Tree • Glass Glitter Pear • A Pumpkin And A Princess
12 Drummers DrummingDrum Candy Gifts • Girl Loves Glam



Here are the lyrics to the song.

On the first day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the third day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Three French hens
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the fourth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Four calling birds
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the fifth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Five golden rings
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the sixth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the seventh day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the eighth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the ninth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the tenth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping, 
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping, 
Ten lords a-leaping, 
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree! 


What fun Christmas craft ideas do you have that are inspired by the different days of this song?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cursive Candy Cane Clay Ornaments




I have really enjoyed making ornaments this year with polymer clay, like this candy cane bow, and these lollipops. Also check out this post with tips and projects for beginners to polymer clay.

What you need:

1. Polymer clay (I used Sculpey red and white clay)
2. Sculpey Glaze and brush
3. Knife (I used the X-ACTO Z Series Knife)
4. Jewelry findings (If you plan on making a necklace)



How to make candy cane rope

1. Break off two equal chunks of white and red clay. Knead these pieces separately. Roll each piece into a rope. (Make sure that you are using the same brand for both so that the baking time and temperatures are the same.)

2. Roll these two ropes together into one thicker rope.

3. Twist all along the length of the rope until the stripes are somewhat evenly spaced. It's normal for the rope to be a little bumpy at this point.

4. Roll out the rope with your hands until it is smooth and all approximately the same width as a candy cane.



Now that you have your candy cane rope, you can make all sorts of fun and creative ornaments in all different shapes and sizes. I made the words joy and noel in cursive by just laying the rope out on a baking sheet and putting it directly in the oven. If you want to be more precise, here is what you can do:

1. Print out the words you want in cursive from your computer to a piece of paper. I tried a few different sizes to see which one worked best. I used the font, Learning Curve Pro (Download for free at Font Squirrel).

2. Lay out your candy cane rope along the letters on your paper, as if you were writing them. You may also want to put something sturdy underneath the paper so that it will be easy to transport.

3. When you are happy with how your ornament looks, move the whole paper into the freezer and let it sit for 15 - 30 minutes. When you put the clay in the freezer, it will harden as it gets cold, and it will then be much easier to move. 

4. Now you will be able to carefully move the cold clay from the piece of paper onto your baking sheet. Remember that polymer clay does not visibly change in size or shape when you bake it.

5. Take the ornament out of the oven (follow the instructions for time and temperature on the package of clay that you used) and let it cool. It will be very brittle and breakable while it's still hot. Paint a coat of glossy glaze over the ornament to give it that shiny candy look, and attach a wire, ribbon, or string to turn it into an ornament.



I am using some of these ornaments as gift wrapping. Just loop ribbon around the ends of the ornament and wrap it around the front of your gift. I love how it looks against the simple kraft wrapping paper. Now your gift bow is also a gift in itself, a special handmade ornament.



I also made a little candy cane pretzel. This little guy is hanging on my tree and my kids and I love him.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #64

This past week, I hosted a handmade ornament guest series here at Lines Across. I was blown away at how amazing ALL of the ornaments are, and I really hope I have a little extra time this week to make some for myself :) Here are all 10 posts below:



As a special thank you to my guest posters, I have included them in this fun craft supplies giveaway. Enter the giveaway using Rafflecopter below. Refresh the page if it isn't showing up.

The Giveaway (Over $70 Value)
1. 2 sets of earrings from the White Finn shop
2. 4 pack of Tulip Shimmer Transfer Sheets (like I used in this post)
3. 6 colors of Tulip Fashion Glitter (.24 ounce tubes)
4. 2 spools of ribbon (1/4" - 10 yards)
5. 3 rolls of Elmer's Repositionable Designer Masking Tape
6. 2 Elmer's Painters opaque metallic paint markers
7. 2 rubber stamps (a butterfly and a bird)
8. 2" reusable letter stencils
9. Scallop edged scissors
10. X-ACTO mini stand-up stapler
11. Yellow Tulip Metallics dimensional fabric paint
12. 10 Kraft paper gift tags (not pictured)



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Features:

1. Glittery Pear Ornament from A Pumpkin and a Princess



2. DIY Advent Calendar from Meeha Meeha


3. Plastic Spoon Christmas Trees from That's What Che Said


4. Turn your Kid's Artwork into an Ornament from How to Nest for Less


5. Leather and Lace Bracelets from Gingerly Made


6. Snowman Ornaments from Crazy Little Projects


7. Christmas Decor from The Winthrop Chronicles (Check out all of the pictures... they are all GORGEOUS!)




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