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Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands

If you’ve read very many of my blogs you will have seen the name ‘Tim Holtz’.  Tim is the creator of the “Distress” line of crafting supplies that include Alterations that is a collaboration with Sizzix dies.  Die #658766  Ice Skates That’s what I’m going to play with today.  You can use a variety of… Continue reading Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

Today is going to see the front of this piece transformed into a Vintage Christmas Keepsake. I’ve chosen a collage sheet that features all the numbers I need for the drawers pre-printed on lovey Christmas theme patterns (see the top sheet of paper in the lead photo).  The size of these little numbered scenes are… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

I’ve made lots of progress on this custom order Christmas Advent Calendar.  The brick colored paint was a perfect pick for the paper that I’m about to start applying.  As usual, I got so caught up in the crafting I neglected to take pictures, but I’ll attempt to fill in the blanks here as best… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

The next step for my custom order Christmas Advent Calendar is building the base unit (Kaisercraft SB2270).  But before glue meets wood – I paint. Mini paint rollers and paint samples are time and money savers that I highly recommend. This model has a fireplace so I assembled it first (with no glue) to get… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – We Begin!

I just had a custom order come into my Etsy shop, Old Raven, for a Christmas Advent Calendar.  Advent Calendars have been around since the mid 1800s and they’ve been handmade as well as massed produced in a huge variety of styles from the very simple to incredibly intricate.  Some Advent’s are flat and made… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – We Begin!

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Banana Hanger + Bird Cage + Skeletons = Halloween Decor (?) Part 1 of 2

“When someone told me I live in a fantasy land, I nearly fell off my unicorn.” Anonymous Just acknowledging the fact that I’m a bit weird, but I’ve learned to embrace it and now I just go with the flow when I see a bird cage at a second hand store and think ‘I could… Continue reading Banana Hanger + Bird Cage + Skeletons = Halloween Decor (?) Part 1 of 2

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Halloween Humor – Lighten Up People!

This is MY TIME OF YEAR – I love Fall, all the colors, the cooler temps and HALLOWEEN. It’s also the start of the ‘Holiday Season’ which has many folks groaning as they check the available balance on their credit cards (Christmas) uggh.  I say forget Christmas – Halloween is the best holiday of the… Continue reading Halloween Humor – Lighten Up People!