The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #8

The 12 Crafts of Christmas #8

Silhouette Mugs


My Amazing & Awesome Husband bought me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas this year!! Funny thing is that I had already thought I would make these mugs, but I was going to do it the old fashioned way. Print a photo, hand cut it with an X-Acto & then use that as a stencil & be REALLY CAREFUL with the Sharpies. But even better, Mr Amazing already had the Cameo ordered for me when I told him my plan, so he let me have my gift early, which made making these SO MUCH EASIER!

Mr Amazing also took the actual profile photo of the boys for me, & manipulated it in the gimp to get the outlines right for the Cameo cutting. Then I put a piece of Contact paper through it & viola! Instant Sticker Templates!


Black & White first – I just stuck the outside stickers on the mug, and filled them in with Black Sharpie. Yoo-Hoo’s face on one side, & Ale-8’s on the other. The Red & White one is done the opposite way. I put the inside stickers on it, & used the Red Sharpie to add dots outlining the faces, & extending out to shade the full area. It didn’t turn out quite as well, but I like the idea. Next time, I’ll know to work more on being consistent with the dot frequency.

Once they are colored in, you peel the stencil stickers off & bake them in the oven at 350 for half an hour. I went ahead & let them cool down in there too, after I turned the oven off. Big Thank You to Elsie at a Beautiful Mess for this, since it was her tutorial that made me want to try it. (Also, she is how I know you should not put these in the dishwasher.)

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The Girl From Ipanema

At my house, we call this “The Waiting Song.” Obviously, I have not been keeping up with The 12 Crafts of Christmas. I still have 5 more to go, but they should get done before the ACTUAL 12th Day of Christmas.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday! Once I have finished posting The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013, I intend to come up with my 2014 Craft Resolutions list.

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #7

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #7

Effies & Ollies, the Elephants


I love making these little elephants! They are Effie & Ollie by Heather Bailey. The elephants pictured above are numbers 4, 5, & 1 respectively, in the order that I made them. Numbers 6 & 7 are cut out, waiting to be stitched together & numbers 2 & 3 have already been delivered to their new homes.

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These things are so cute! Just check out those backsides!


I also have the Henry & Henrietta pattern, but I haven’t tried them yet. Maybe those will be one of my 12 Crafts of Christmas 2014.

Henry was the pattern I really wanted, so I could stitch myself up some Turtle Bottom mascots. But a couple people have had elephant themed nurseries, so I started with Effie & Ollie instead. Once I get the hang of these patterns, I intend to try & create some of my own.

If you’ve ever created a pattern yourself, do you have any tips or tricks to pass along? Also, if you were going to create your own stuffed pattern, what animal / object would you like to design?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #6

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #6

Personalized Coloring Books


Simple, but fun. These are for the same set of kids as the star crayons. The images inside are from &, so I am not taking credit for the internal artwork. But again – they make for a fun & inexpensive gift. Also, kids love getting things with their names on them & they love coloring. At least, I’m pretty sure *these* kids do. I know my Yoo-hoo does.


Yoo-hoo picked out this snowflake to be in the coloring book. All the other images are winter themed as well. With a possible exception for the penguins driving a firetruck… But they’re penguins. So that counts as winter-y, right?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #5

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #5

Ribbon Tree Ornaments


I found these on Pinterest back in January & decided to use them for my annual ornament exchange with my friends. But our ornament exchange got altered this year, so I decided to make these cute ribbon ornaments for my co-workers & my local quilting club friends, instead. The photo above is about 1/3 of the full amount I made.

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Cute & inexpensive, I made a total of about 65 of these. Most of the beads were already in my craft supply, so I mainly only bought the ribbon & some stars for the tops.


Aren’t those stars just so cute?! These ornaments were so much fun & pretty simple to make. I typically made three per 45 minute episode. I think they could’ve gone faster if I were more focused, but they worked pretty well for TV crafting. Although, I realized part way into an episode, that I can’t make them while watching Lilyhammer. (So excited Season 2 finally came out!!) There is too much reading required in that show, to pay attention to anything except the screen.

Five crafts down & seven to go! How are you doing on your Christmas crafting so far?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #4

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #4

Paper Snowflakes


These are a Christmas Classic! I love making these things & could probably make them anytime of year. This year, I sat down with Yoo-hoo & we made a few together. Some of them, I made by myself & some of them, he helped me with. I always try to make mine really different from each other, but he mostly wanted me to cut out small rectangle shapes. So his have a lot more paper left in them than mine do.


(Please forgive my poor photography)

I would fold the paper & pass it to him. He would draw the cut out shapes & pass it back to me. Then I would cut them out. Cutting through 12 layers of paper at once was hard on my grown-up hands. If I’d let him try, I was scared he’d injure himself, so this system worked out well from my perspective. He hadn’t ever made paper snowflakes before, & he really enjoyed it. He will most likely want to make more, every couple weeks, even when it’s not snow season. & I might be okay with that 😉

We did try out something new that I’d never seen done before. On some of our papers, we colored them with crayons before folding & cutting. So some of them have a color other than white. This is probably the cheapest Christmas decorating ever! But it’s also some of the most fun possible!

What are the favorite Christmas Crafts at your house?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas #3

The 12 Crafts of Christmas #3

This Basket


This has been a difficult year for my grandmother. She had to move out of her long time home, and has been in a few different hospitals & assisted living places over the past several months. But the last time I visited her in her home, she mentioned that she has “a thing” for baskets. Even when she knows she doesn’t have a need for new ones, she still loves to get them. Since I also have “a thing” for baskets, I decided that a new basket would be the perfect Christmas gift for her. So I signed up for another class & made this one!

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The Cherokee Wheels detail is a nice touch, I think. I don’t remember what the name of this pattern was, but I love how it turned out. I’m pretty sure my grandmother will enjoy it as well. I plan to fill it with books & goodies for her, for Christmas. Because, who doesn’t enjoy a basket full of goodies?

I did actually buy a second set of materials so I could make one for myself. Hopefully I’ll have time to start it after the end of the year.

Of my Christmas Crafts 2013, this was probably the most time consuming & definitely the earliest completed this year. I had it done before Labor Day, so I could submit it in my local fair (along with the elephant & painting), where it received a blue ribbon!

What was your first Christmas Craft this year?

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