Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stockings, Stuffers and Silliness!

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…
Proverbs 15 : 13

Welcome to the Third Annual ’25 Days of Christmas’ in conjunction with My Paper, the blogsite for which I am on the regular Design Team – and loving it!  Here’s a bit of an introduction, history and explanation of what you can expect during this 25 Days of December.  Don’t worry if you’ve missed any of the original posts to this point – You can click on links on Melin’s post to get to posts from previous days.  I am posting on Days 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 18, 20, and 25, corresponding to the days of this month – and possibly some other days in between, depending on how my time goes…

We have almost 30 designers who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to create some spectacular projects to share with you! So pull up a comfy chair and get ready to be inspired! There will be daily projects featuring:
* Cricut Cartridges
*Electronic Die Cutting Files
(Svg type, using Pazzles, Silhouette, Gazelle, Cameo type Machines)
*Digital Stamps with Coloring
(Using Copics, Digital and other coloring mediums)
*Stamping and Inking
*Traditional Dies, Punches and all the other tools we love.
A Little Something For EVERY TYPE of "Paper Crafter"

Format:  Each day the designers were given a “theme” to work with, so each day will be different.  We will also have a daily FREE Cutting File and a daily FREE Digital Stamp-Printable along with some FREE Royalty-Free Vintage Graphics. Today's theme:

Today’s theme is Stockings, Stuffers and Silliness –  and I made two projects with these things in mind.  Recently, I ‘re-Pinned’ an item on Pinterest because I thought it was an easy yet creative use of a simple Tag cutting file.  I have been Amazed at the huge number of ‘re-Pins’ that item has had!!  So, I decided to make one – changing it up a bit – as I always seem to do – and using this week’s FREE  ‘Stocking 1012 cf’ – and the ‘cwc mb tag g451 cf’ that I’ve had for a while.

Here are the files –

Here is the finished product –

The Stocking Tag Box -

Front end of the Stocking Tag Box -

End view of Tags in the Stocking Tag Box -

The back of the Stocking Tag Box -

I’ve discovered that oftentimes an idea percolates in my head and I know what I want the finished item to be.  I’ve also learned that I must become somewhat of an engineer, along with my ‘crafty traits,’ to be able to do the mechanics of my mind’s eye designs!!  For this project, I needed a container to put the Tags in and I needed to connect it to the Stocking file to make it look like they were stuffed into the Stocking.  I often use leftover boxes in re-purposing them and decided that an Onion Soup Mix box was just about the correct size I needed – with a bit of ‘tailoring.’  I cut it and took a few pics as I worked to show you –

This box was the right depth for this...

I 'measured' the tag to the box...

I cut the box, fit one side into the other and taped it well.

I then decorated the Stocking, adding ‘sparkly snow batting’ on the cuff to emulate ‘fur’ and pearl gems to the flourish design.
Rather than using traditional Red, White and Green colors, I did the whole project in more subtle Cranberry, Sage, Pink, Cream, Brown, and Blue shades.  I made 12 Tags, using several cutting files from Melin’s huge selection.  I added some punched designs, also.  Here are the Tags – with a list of files following.

12 Gift Tags of various patterns -

Back side of the Tags -

List of files used on the tags –  These can all be found at:

pcw reindeer tag

poinsettia silhouette cf

pcw bell flourished 211 cutting file

cwc mb swirl ornament

I used a ‘To: - From: ’ stamp on the backs of the Tags and I added a ribbon tie to each one.


My second project has to do not only with the Stocking aspect, but with the Silliness aspect.  Since I tend to be serious rather than silly, I contacted a Dear Blogging Friend who writes a really hysterically funny blog about Food and Family and I asked her for some silly suggestions.  (Go visit Meg at - and tell her I sent you!)  From the list with which she Replied, I chose the ‘sentiment’ for this card and tried to engineer a card with the Stocking and a little surprise hidden inside of it – to be pulled out by the recipient.  It was tricky to figure it all out, but I was pleased with how it all turned out!

Card front with Mouse Tag in the Stocking -

Card front with MouseTag partially pulled out -

Card and Mouse Tag -

Mouse Tag -

Along with the Stocking cf, I used just the mouse head, arms and tail from the ‘Mouse Baking Fun cf Set.’   

 I embossed the Stocking and cuff after cutting it out.  I punched along the edge of the card and adhered the punched-out Snowflakes to the Flourish – then added tiny pearl gems.  I added a strip of white paper to the inside under where the punched border lays.

Closeup of Mouse Tag -

Closeup of Stocking -

Inside of card -

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed making them!  Merry Christmas to All!  - And to All a Good Night!  ;-}


 As mentioned above, Melin will be giving away FREE digital die cutting files, digital printables and vintage graphics. Please note: Each day we will have new files. Be sure to stop by each day as they will be free one day only! Please also note, the free files will have a price listed by them, but when you add them to your cart to check out, they will be free during the day they are posted only. These files have been generously donated by Be sure to take advantage of the great 50% off sale on all downloadable files through December!

Today’s FREE files are –


Here are just some of the prizes we will be sharing with you!

~ Quick Quotes Prize Pack
~ The Twinery: Twine
~ Gift Certificate
~ Gift Certificate
~ Melinda Beltran: Close To My Heart Stamping Items
~ Miscellaneous Weekly Prizes

We will share details on all of these prizes as the days unfold. 

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Thank you for joining us today. Be sure to go back tomorrow for some more great projects and our new FREEBIES!


  1. Wonderful, wonderful projects Lynden! The sentiment on the mouse one is too funny! :) Love it all!

  2. You just amaze me with the level of your talent. Your creativeness is always so amazing. Gorgeous tags.

    Irish Carter
    "Promoting Passionate People"


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