A Christmas Card in a Box

Christmas should be full of surprises!

Isla's card--full view

I just love making a card-in-box, and this one was really special. First of all, it was for the sweet granddaughter of a very special friend and, second of all, it was a Christmas card!

I had so much fun hunting for these cute little Christmas characters. I cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and coloured them with my Copic markers. The cool thing about a card-in-a-box is that it folds flat and fits in a regular size envelope.  If you would like to learn how to make a card-in-a-box, just go to YouTube and search on “card-in-a-box.”


Here are some close-ups of the various panels. I hope this card-in-a-box inspires you to create a card for your someone special.

Isla's card--Wryn caroling

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 1

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 2

Isla's card--Snowman panel

Isla's card--Trees panel

Here’s the back panel with lots of room for writing a special message.


Here it is folded flat and ready to slide into an envelope.

Isla's card--Text panels-front

Thanks for popping in! I hope you will stop by again, soon.

Remembering the Reason for the Season

And His name shall be called Wonderful!

A Sweet Nativity Scene

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Baby Jesus in His manager, with His mother, Mary, and father, Joseph, is the true symbol of Christmas in our house. I found this freebie on Melonheadz. It was so much fun to colour with my Copic markers! Of course, I had to add a little sparkle even to the manger scene! Here’s the inside verse…

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And that’s it, sweet, simple and sincere!

Merry Christmas to my canine cousins!

Pets are family, too!

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In our family, even our pets get Christmas cards.

My son, Neil, has a beautiful, black, medium-sized, mixed-breed dog, named Dexter. His daughter, Ashleigh, (a college student who still lives at home) has very large, black, mixed-breed dog, named Theo. Together, they are hilarious, mischievous, entertaining and entirely lovable!

Our little munchkin, Cookie, is an adorable almost 10-year-old Bichon Frise, who still looks like a puppy and acts like a princess. Anyway, I just had to send a Christmas card from Cookie to her two canine cousins and this is what I came up with. The puppy on the front looks just like Cookie.

I decided to make it an easel card but, before I show you the next photo, I need to explain something… My son has a wonderful way with dogs. He has taught them to be well-mannered and well enjoyable companions. When he wants them both to sit for a treat (or when they’re getting over-excited) he says, “Gentlemen!” and gives them the hand signal to sit. It’s so cute! And, now, on to the next photo of Cookie’s card…

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This is the card in its “easel” position. By the way, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the puppy. It’s such a time-saver, and does such a precise job. The image is a jpeg that I brought into Silhouette Studio.

Here it is on my table–what a great cutting job, huh?






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When the card is open all the way, it reveals Cookie’s messages to Dexter and Theo…



And, finally, below is a photo showing a side view of the card in the easel position.







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I love making easel cards because they offer so much opportunity to be creative. This one is quite simple but, after all, Cookie, Dexter and Theo are still only reading at a grade three level!

Merry Christmas, Dexter and Theodore!

Love, Cookie xoxo

Easy Christmas Tags

Those teenie tiny Christmas gift tags…there’s just never enough room to write even a short message and sign my name. Granted, I do write BIG, but still… Anyway, I decided to make my own big, fat, chunky Christmas tags this year. And, boy, do I have room to write! These tags are the size of my hand. And, what’s even better, they take the place of a bow. Yay!

Here they are, all laid out on the table, ready to be attached to Christmas presents for my family and friends. Close-ups of some of the tags and instructions on how I made them follow below the group photos.








This whole tag idea started when I went to the Annual United Way Pajama Crop at Algonquin College (our local community college, here in Ottawa, Canada). My name was pulled out of the hat for a door prize and I won a package of white cardstock Christmas stockings. At first I though of using them to make cards but, before I knew it, I had punched  holes in the top corner of every darn one. Well, I guess they were meant to be tags! I’m going to make more, next year, shaped like mittens. Before you know it, I will have an entire cardboard wardrobe! Here is a closer look at some of my Christmas stocking gift tags…










  1. Start with a stocking shape–you can free-hand one or find one on-line. Cut out as many as you need.
  2. Next, lay your stocking shape on a piece of designer paper and trace around it and cut it out. (I always trace on the back side of the paper so you don’t see any pencil lines).
  3. Glue the two together–I used snail tape that I buy at the Dollar Store (it’s just as good as the expensive kind).
  4. Cut out some pieces for the toe, heel and cuff. I cut out a set and then used them as a template for the rest of my stockings.
  5. Run the heel, toe and cuff through your Cuttlebug, Bigshot, or whatever, using embossing folders that have a winter look to them (little snowflakes, swirls, etc.)
  6. Attach the heels, toes and cuffs to the stocking.
  7. Add as much or as little bling as you like. I used sparkle glue that I got at the Dollar store–one bottle did all 24 of my tags.
  8. Add some embellishments. I used poinsettias that I found in the sale bins at Michaels. They were six in a package for $1.50.
  9. Last, punch a hole in the top of each cuff, add a ribbon and attach it to your gift.
  10. Stand back and admire your creativity!

So, that’s it for this year’s Christmas tags. I hope you have yours made, already. If not, maybe this will inspire you to get going! Merry Christmas!