Merry Christmas From Joans Craft World

Merry Christmas My Fellow Crafters,

I just want to share with you this cute Santa gift bag that I made using the Cricut cutting machine.


Look how cute Santa looks on this white gift bag ~ Ho Ho Ho 🙂

I just love the Cricut Machine and all the great images that we can cut.  This Santa is from the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge.

Wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas Eve & Christmas Day!

Close To My Heart for Christmas

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Last week our church had a Christmas Craft Show to start off the season.  I had my booth set up with all things that I created with Close To My Heart Products.  I had a variety of greeting cards (Christmas, Birthday, Thinking Of You…), stocking stuffers, gift tags and so much more.


~ 2015 Craft Show ~


Now it really is beginning to look a lot like Close To My Heart For Christmas.

I had such a wonderful time explaining to people how they too can create  beautiful cards, ornaments, gift tags and so much more.  And it all starts with products from  Close To My Heart.  All you need is some cardstock, ink and a stamp set.

This was a Wonderful Christmas Craft Show ~  Can’t wait for next years 🙂

Make It A Great Day and Don’t Forget To Leave Time To Craft!

Creating Our 2013 Handmade Christmas Card

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Today I want to share with you our 2013 Christmas Card.  I had so many ideas (does that surprise you – LOL) but I was really running out of time so I had to decide quick.

So with all of these supplies, I wanted a card that was not too complicated, but still looked good.  This year I think I have eaten more candy canes then ever before and not the peppermint ones either.  I bought raspberry ones that are yummy!  So it is appropriate that our card this year would be a candy cane.


I stamped the image with tuxedo black memento ink, and colored with Copic sketch markers and Prismacolor markers.  Then added some Stickles onto the bow for that extra “bling”.

This is what the card started to look like.  I found the story “Legend of the Candy Cane” online and printed it out on the same vanilla cardstock that I stamped the images on.  Then using red cardstock cut 3 panels and using the Martha Stewart border punch, I punched the top and bottom.


With each panel complete the final Christmas card looks pretty good.



Well now that I have them finally done, I need to get them out in the mail.  Thank goodness there are 12 days of Christmas 🙂

Make It A Great Day and Don’t Forget To Leave Time to Craft!

It’s Never Too Early To Start Christmas Crafts

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Well today is October 1st and I want to get an early start on Christmas ~ I should have started in August 🙂

So, as I was going though my Christmas Cardstock I found some that I knew I used a few years ago for our Christmas Cards so I couldn’t use it again this year so what to do with all this paper?  Maybe cut it into strips and make a wreath?  I remember seeing a wreath and I thought  looked great and of course now I can’t find it, so I am going to “wing it” from memory and see what I come up with.

Well after a few cuts of paper all different sizes I though the best was to cut the strips in 1/2″ or 1/4″ and 12″ long, only because it was easier to curl the paper at this width.  The bigger size didn’t curl and I was so afraid of getting a wicked paper cut.  I curled the paper just as you would with gift wrap ribbon and a scissor, but used a bone folder and paper/cardstock.

So after cutting and curling I have this  big pile of curled paper in front of me.


The next step is to get some sewing satin push pins and a Styrofoam wreath and start pushing the pins into the center of the strips of paper and then pushing the pin into the Styrofoam.


Then keep doing it over and over again and it will start looking like this.  It will take awhile to do this so, put on your favorite radio station and start singing along OR this would be a great project if you don’t really like football but want to spend time in the same room with your family who do watch football all weekend 🙂


I forgot to take a picture of this part, but while the white Styrofoam is still not totally covered up with the paper curls, I wrapped a piece of twine around the wreath so when it was done I could hang it up without messing up the paper.


I just love the way it turned out!  And the best part is that I used cardstock that would have been sitting in my drawer collecting dust but instead, I used it in a way that I don’t think I ever would have.

Now that it’s done, I betcha I can make wreaths for every occasion with the right colors of cardstock, and maybe add some paper embellishments onto the paper curls with a glue dot. Like I always say,  the possibilities are endless when you create your own crafting projects.

Make It A Great Day and Don’t Forget To Leave Time To Craft!


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