Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jingle Belles - The Great Outdoors and a Little Critter

The Jingle Belles challenged us to make an outdoor scene this time.  As it happened to be, I had been working on this little scene that started with an empty paper cheese box.  I wanted to make a box card ornament.

Here is the outside of the box decorated very simply using neutral colors and a touch of gold.  

The back also has a circle of plain Crumb Cake cs so we can write a message and sign it.

Then you open it up and find the serene little Christmas scene inside.  

I used my chopped paper technique for the snow and added some glitter gel pen to the torn white edges to give it some sparkle.

I have a little stash of these boxes and plan to do some more experimenting with them as ornament cards.  Maybe I see a little village of them in the future.

I missed the deadline for the last Jingle Belles Challenge to make a card with a critter on it.  I certainly have enough Christmas critters to choose from, but I decided to go with this little owl from Purple Onion Designs.  I colored him with my Blendabilities and used my Snowflake Card Die in Coastal Cabana and Real Red.  

The Snowflake swings out when you open the card.

And on the back I added the sentiment.

This die set comes with words too.  What would you think this was looking at hit backwards and upside-down?  In my mind it looked like "ho" with an exclamation mark...........but........

it really was "joy".  Still I thought I could make "ho" out of it.

So if you look closely at the picture below you will see the marks where I took an Exacto knife and made the adjustments both on the "joy" to "ho" and I also trimmed away what I didn't like from the word snow to make the "o's" in both words look more alike.

The curl of the "j" was where I got the commas.  

On another note, this run of bad luck hasn't yet passed me by.  I now have a stress fracture in my left foot from........... wait for it................ walking!  I was walking at lunch time the week of Halloween and felt a sharp pain in the side of my foot which caused me to head back to work.  I was seeing my surgeon later that afternoon for a recheck and mentioned it to him.  He told me to stay off it as much as I could and give it a few days to make sure it got better.  Well, it didn't get better and we had to do some further investigating with an mri and a couple more visits to his office.  

Last Friday I got the bad news and tomorrow I get to see yet another doctor to find out the course of treatment for this.  Will I have a lovely new foot covering?  Crutches?  A cane?  We shall see.  

Anyhoo, it's time to go and check out the rest of the Jingle Belle creations for this week.  You can too.  Just click here.


  1. Are you kidding me ... cheese packaging turned into pure Christmas magic ... love it ... sorry about the fracture ... I managed to get one of those and ended-up in a boot for weeks. Just make sure it gets healed before you take off again, or you'll be right back where you started.

  2. LOVE your upcycled ornament!!!!! The surprise scene inside is adorable!!!! Sending vibes for a speedy recovery!!!!!

  3. omg, i don't even know which to love most: the backwards JOY becoming ho ho ho or the laughing cow ornament??!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!! i think it's a tie! and of course both are total GENIUS and just gorgeous on their own w/o even knowing the stories behind. YOWZA, you've had a bad year for health, but a FAB♥U♥LOUS one for creativity! thanks for sharing some of the latter with us in the "great outdoors" at JINGLE BELLES! ♥♥♥

    (ps: i eat like one LC lite swiss container per week... and i've thrown them all out... how did i NOT SEE ORNAMENTS there??!?!??! i hang my crafty head in shame, whilst applauding your GENIUS!.)

  4. This is darn cute and creative...and I have a few of these laying around and how clever with the words!!


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