Merry Christmas Everyone

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

Twas the Night before Christmas and all though the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  The stockings were hung by the chimney with care….

I hope that Santa brings you everything that is on your list.  Maybe a Cricut Expression machine, or a Cuttlebug.  How about a Cricut Imagine or Gypsy, a camera so that you can take alot of pictures and then scrapbook all of those memories.  Or how about a stocking filled with glue dots, tape runner adhesives, copic markers, rubber stamps, and some ink pads.

It doesn’t matter what the weather is like where you live, Santa will find his way through a blizzard or the clearest of skies.  Just last week I thought that I was going to have a white Christmas, but the New Mexico sun came out and melted it all away.  If I really want snow, all I have to do is drive 30 minutes to the east and I can see all the snow that I want on the Sandia Mountains.

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Everyone celebrates Christmas differently. There are so many old traditions that are being followed down through generation and there are also new traditions being made.  Today I have been listening to Polish Christmas Carols and singing around my house as I get ready for some friends to come over.  My husband is not Polish he is Swiss/Italian, but after being with me and my family for 30 years  he even knows some of the words.

My family in New Jersey are going to the Christmas mass at 4 o’clock to worship and listen to my niece sing in the choir and my nephew/Godson is going to be an alter server at the same mass.   Then my husbands family is going  to mass together to worship and Celebrate Jesus birth.  I wish we were there to celebrate, but we are so there in spirit.  No amount of miles will keep us apart, we are always in each others heart and even more during the holidays.  Paul and I will be watching midnight mass of television tonight from the Vatican in Italy.  Since I just had my last chemo treatment in the beginning of the month, I still cant be around alot of people so we will be celebrating Christmas mass at home.

After church my family will go back to my sister house for dinner and then opening of presents.  Paul’s family is going to his sisters, to eat lots of Italian appetizers (fresh mozzarella cheese with soprasata) my mouth is watering just thinking of that platter. Oh can’t forget the black olives.  These are the traditions that memories are made from.

However you choose to enjoy this holiday season, just be kind to your fellow man.  Just a simple smile can really make someones day.

Wishing You and Your Family a Very Merry Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World – Day 11

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

I can’t believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  Are we ready?  Are the cookies all baked and the packages all wrapped and all of the Christmas cards out in the mail? Did you get/decorate your Christmas tree?

Well I finished wrapping and mailing all of the presents . Yesterday was a little crazy but now I’m feeling good and getting ready to relax and start celebrating.

I’ve been reading some other blogs and a question that I have have seen come up is when is the 12 days of Christmas, because some say before and some say after.  I wrote Joans Craft World’s 12 Days of Christmas before, just because I knew that I was going to be busy with the holidays and figured that you would be too busy celebrating with friends and family and wouldn’t be reading my blog.  But technically, it is really suppose to be 12 days of Christmas starting on Christmas.  The Bible tells us that when Jesus was born on Christmas Day it took 12 Days for the 3 Kings to get to Bethlehem to see him and the Epiphany is 12 Days after Christmas.

So, if you didn’t send your cards out yet or your not done baking cookies, no problem it will be Christmas for 12 days after the 25th.  Whatever you have to still accomplish, just be happy and don’t stress.  You will get it done, you know that you will, so just enjoy every moment.  Sing your favorite Christmas carols, play in the snow (if you have some), drink some hot chocolate, and do what the song says:

“Oh By Golly Have a Holly Jolly Christmas This Year!”


Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

Wrapping Presents Can Definately Get You In The Christmas Spirit!

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the tenth day of Christmas…

I hope that you all are having a great day.  Today I have to stop crafting with my Cricut Expression and my Rubber Stamps and start a different kind of Christmas Craft.  The craft of wrapping Christmas presents.  That’s right, I haven’t started wrapping presents and that means that I haven’t shipped our gifts to our family in New Jersey yet either.  Doing this at the last minute makes it more fun.  HoHoHo!

I have the ABC Family channel on watching  “A Dennis the Menace Christmas” while I am surrounded by Christmas wrapping paper and presents.  I thought Christmas tree paper would look really cute with the gift tags that I made the other day with the Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge and my Cricut Expression machine of different colored Christmas lights.


The small gifts are all wrapped, now it’s time for the “real” presents to be wrapped.  Sorry can’t show you what’s inside just in case my family is reading this.  As soon as I am done wrapping, we will be off to the Post Office to use Priority Mail shipping and hoping that they get to our family in time for Christmas Day.

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

Christmas Scrapbook Page Made With The From My Kitchen Cricut Cartridge

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the ninth day of Christmas….

Well I just received a package in the mail, that puts a smile on my face every year at Christmas.  It is filled with lots of love and alot of sugar and flour.  You guessed it homemade COOKIES from my Mom and Dad.


Mom gave me a Christmas cookie platter when we first got married and every year I just have to put the cookies that she sends on it.  I also have to leave the cookies in the bags that they were sent in, because if I don’t this platter would look really empty for this picture.

So, I decided to make a scrapbook page showing these beautiful delicious cookies.  To decorate this scrapbook page I will be using my Cricut Expression machine and two Cricut cartridges.  The From My Kitchen cricut cartridge, and Christmas Noel.


Using the From My Kitchen cartridge I cut the cookies and rolling pin at 3 1/2″ and the word Cookie at at 2 1/2″.

The word Christmas I used the Christmas Noel Cricut cartridge and cut at 2 1/2″.

All I have to do now is print the picture of the cookies and add it to this years Christmas scrapbook page.  Oh I also have to go and get a glass of milk and eat some cookies.

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

Mom gave me a Christmas cookie platter when we first got married and every year I just have to put the cookies on it.  I have to leave the cookies in the bags that they were sent in, because if I even took them out for this photo, I would have eaten at least 5 cookies.

Cricut Christmas Crafts ~ Making A Family Snowflake Wreath

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the eight day of Christmas…

We are at the final stretch until Christmas and today I am making a Family Snowflake Wreath.  I will be using two Cricut cartridges and my Cricut Expression machine.

For the base of the wreath, garland and bows I used the Christmas Noel Cricut solutions cartridge .  I cut the wreath at 6″ using the shadow function key.  Then for the garland and bows I cut them out at 2 1/4″.

I then decorated the wreath with Snowflakes.  I used the Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge.  There are a few snowflakes on this cartridge but I really liked the one that is called Snowflk4.  I used the layers function key and cut this snowflake at 2 1/2″ on white cardstock.  I also cut some out at 1″ to fill in the blank spaces on the wreath.

Now for the really fun part.  I want this snowflake wreath to be my family wreath, so I wrote the names of each family member on a snowflake.  Then on the garland I decided to write Our Family ~ A Bunch of Flakes.  I wrote this with a Zig 05 Millennium black marker.

I glued each flake onto the wreath with a Zig 2 way glue and finished it all off with some Stickles at the end of each Snowflake for that special shimmer.


I Love the way this Christmas Snowflake Wreath turned out, and I don’t mind being a flake as long as my family is with me.

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

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