Waterless Snow Globe with Xyron

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all excited and getting ready for Christmas. In my case, I haven’t even put up the tree just yet. I was traveling for my daughter’s graduation and just came back yesterday. The children are finally home and we have started decorating the house today.

One of our family traditions over the holidays is to create a handmade ornament or Christmas décor. A few years ago, we made this cute “waterless” snow globe using a recycled candle jar and it turned out so cute, I wanted to create another one this year. Here’s what we made last year:


For this year’s snow globe, I bought a shatterproof water globe from the craft store. I started out by die-cutting my little houses on DCWV 80 lb. card stock with my Magnolia Doohickey house die. I assembled the house using my favorite Xyron mega runner adhesive. I also die-cut a circle to cover the bottom of the lid.


I adhered my little house on the lid, and added some embellishments to my scene. First I added the red bow to the house, and then adhered the pine tree and the reindeer on the lid. I also added the little light bulb.



To finish the design, I added some fake snow and iridescent confetti to the jar and closed the lid. You can add as many or as little snow as you’d like.

It is so much fun to keep shaking this waterless snow globe. Here’s a close-up look:




I hope you like my project today and got inspired to create your very own waterless snow globes. These are also great to give as gifts or start your family tradition by making your own ornaments/Christmas décor this year. Have a wonderful day!


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25 Days of Christmas Tags with Newton’s Nook


Today the Newton’s Nook Design Team is joining www.inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.ca for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

For my Christmas tags below, I’m showcasing the Holiday Hounds stamp set and coordinating dies, with the Santa Paws Newton and the Sentiments of the Season stamp set.

I stamped my images on Bristol Smooth card stock using memento tuxedo black ink.  I colored the images in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut them with the coordinating dies.  I also die-cut the tags in white card stock, as well as patterned paper.  For the other two tags, I used my blending tools and broken china distress oxide inks.

To finish the design, I used one of my all-time favorite dies by Newton’s Nook called Pines and Holly Die Set and added the greenery to the tag.  Here’s what they look like:


Aren’t they cute?  They almost look like Christmas ornaments.

I hope you all got inspired today.  Please visit www.inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.ca for more holiday inspiration and information about the 25 Days of Christmas tags.  Have an amazing day!


Holiday Spirits Christmas Card

Hello everyone! It’s Maria here with you today and I will be showcasing a lot of items from Kat Scrappiness. For my card, I have used the Avery Elle Holiday Spirits stamp set and Holiday Spirits Dies, with DCAM 8×8 Bricked Wall Stencil and Deck the Halls sequin Mix.

Here is the card:


The process video below will not show any Copic coloring because I wanted to keep the video as short as possible. You will, however, see how I stenciled the background and assembled the card.


I hope you found the video helpful and got inspired today. The supplies I have used are listed and linked below. Happy holidays!


Winter Scene Christmas Card

Is everyone ready for Christmas? To tell you the truth, I’m not. This year, I am way behind the shopping and all the other things that I need to do before Christmas. The only thing I was able to do last weekend was to at least take the fall décor down and put the Christmas décor up. I am waiting for my kids to arrive so we can all decorate the tree. But enough about my procrastination!

I was listening to some Christmas music today and got inspired to create this Winter Scene Christmas card, showcasing the Winter House Scene Die and Merry Christmas script die by Gina Marie Designs, available at Kat Scrappiness. This die is a must-have! You can easily mass-produce the card below. I promise you, it’s really easy. Please watch the process video below to see how I made the card.


Here’s the process video:



I hope you got inspired today. Supplies are listed and linked below in case you are interested to purchase them.

Have a wonderful day!



Build-A-Snowman ~ Handmade Christmas Tags

Christmas is here before you know it and I wanted to make some handmade Christmas tags to put on my presents this year.  I wanted to use this cute die set that I purchased from KatScrappiness called “build-a-snowman” by Cheery Lynn Designs.


Aren’t they adorable?



Here is the process video if you would like to replicate them.  You don’t have to use the same dies that I have used. You can get inexpensive stickers at the Dollar store or any craft store to make handmade tags.


I hope you got inspired today.  Supplies I’ve used are listed and linked below:

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DIY ~ Waterless Snow Globes Using Empty Candle Jars

Christmas is fast approaching and since I’m not allowed to decorate for Christmas yet until after Thanksgiving, I figured I might as well start some Christmas projects early this year.

I’ve always been a huge fan of recycling, repurposing containers. Since I hoard candles, I have a lot of empty candle jars. I wanted to use them to make some DIY Christmas gifts for my siblings this year. These are very inexpensive to make and people just love them. You can pretty much find everything at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for your snow globes.  The possibilities are endless.  I just need to figure out how to put lights inside and it will be perfect. For now, I came up with 3 styles.

Here are the things that you’ll need:

Empty Candle Jar with a flat lid (mine is from Bath and Body Works)

House Die (or get the tiny little houses at a craft store)

Card Stock to create the tiny house

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive (very important if you’re making 3D projects)


Small Bottle Brush Trees (green or white)



Decorative Buttons

Tiny plastic light bulbs

Small Deer and Gingerbread Men (you can find them at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or AC Moore)

Fake Snow

Hot glue

Here are the photos of the finished projects. I am also including my YouTube video on this post if you guys would like to see how I put it together.

Created by Maria Russell – http://www.youtube.com/rprmlr772
Created by Maria Russell – http://www.youtube.com/rprmlr772
Created by Maria Russell – http://www.youtube.com/rprmlr772

I hope I have inspired you today to start your Christmas crafts!

Magical Fairy Door – A Shabby Chic Christmas Project

I wanted to give my little niece a nice Christmas present and since she’s 6 and believes in fairies (she loves Tinkerbell), I decided to make this project.


Wooden Door (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
Wooden Light Fixtures (Purchased from Sa Crafters)
Rose Buds (purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts)
Cherry Blossoms (also from Wild Orchid crafts)
White Gesso
White Titanium Acrylic Paint
Pink Hydrangea Acrylic Paint
Light Beige Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Stardust Stickles
Flat-back Pearl Trim (from my stash)
Pink Rose Trim (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
Pink Seam Binding Ribbon (purchased from Amazon.Com)
Tim Holtz Apothecary Jars (bought from Hobby Lobby)

I hope I somehow inspired you to create a special handmade gift for your daughter, niece, granddaughter or a friend’s daughter and I am sure something as beautiful as this will make a little girl very happy.