Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Wishes Blog Hop

Happy Holidays!!

If you are here from Cricut Confessions, you are in the right place.  If you found this post by accident, go to Creations with Kathryn to start from the beginning.  There are many awesome projects along the hop, you won't want to miss any.

I'm so excited to be a part of this awesome blog hop!  I know I have not posted lately.  I have been super busy with school, and I lost me creative mojo for a while.  No worries though...I have lots of ideas running around in my head, so check back soon.  Onto my project.

The idea for this project came from a challenge on the Cricut Circle message board to create a project for the winter holiday you celebrate without using traditional icons for that holiday.  I celebrate Christmas, so I could not use a Christmas tree or Santa...anything like that.  One of my favorite books to read at Christmas time is The Polar Express, which is where this idea came from.  You can only hear the bell if you believe in Santa.

Here's how I did it. I cut my cardstock to fit the embossing folder, making sure all the pieces covered the back of the shadow box.  I embossed the cardstock and then ran some ink over it so the snowflakes would show up.  I sprayed some fake snow on the glass from the inside.  I would recommend you follow the directions on the can and practice before you do it on the glass.  I tied my ribbon to the bell and taped it to the top of the box.  Lastly, I used my gypsy to weld the word "believe" and used my cricut to cut it and put it on the glass.  Easy peasy.  Let me know what you think!!!

Supplies Used: 
Shadow Box (Michaels)
Jingle Bell (Michaels)
Spray on window snow (Walmart)
Stampin' Up Cardstock
Stampin' Up "brocade Blue" ink
Stampin' Up white organza ribbon
Cuddlebug with snowflake embossing folder
Black vinyl
Gypsy font

Onto the blog candy!! I AM giving away a set of four handmade Christmas/winter cards (pictures to come soon).  All you have to do is leave a comment telling my your favorite Christmas tradition.  Simple as that!!

Your next stop is Alma's Pink Life where she has another awesome project to share.  Best holiday wishes to you and your family.  Happy holiday hopping!!

Happy Craftin'  


  1. What a great decor! Great job adding different media's!

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

  2. Very pretty! Love the glittery bell!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  3. Great project! I love the way you inked the embossing to have it "pop"! I don't celebrate Christmas, but my favorite tradition is the family dinner. Families don't get together as often as they did back in the day, so any opportunity for a family get together is a great thing in my book! When I was a little girl, my favorite tradition was going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. (

  4. I just watched Polar Express the other night with my girls! LOVE this project!


  5. So cute. I haven't watched Polar Express in a long time. I have to go watch it.


  6. Great job. Polar express was great..

  7. This is so pretty! I love the bell! My favorite tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Gorgeous...I love homemade projects and this is beautiful!

  9. My favorite tradition is watching It's a Wonderful Life with our whole family.
    I like the shadow box! Very pretty!

  10. This is a really beautiful creation! I love this time of year! My favorite tradition is having the kids paint a new ornament each year! It is so wonderul to watch how they changed (artisticly) from year to year.


  11. Fabulous! Love it! thank you so much for sharing! My favorite xmas tradition is getting a new ornament each year that has a memory to something that happened that year.

  12. I really love your creation! So pretty!

  13. For over 40 years, we have enjoyed Christmas Eve with extended family and friends..usually 50-70 people..big buffet dinner with everyone bringing their share. New boyfriends, ex-wives, babies..every year is different. But family and love for all

    jcamp2020 at aol dot com

  14. This is beautiful. The Polar Express is one of my favourites as well. The sound of bells always makes me think of one word--BELIVE. You captured my thoughts exactly. Sure you don't want to send it to me now???? hee hee Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.
    gaudet5 at rogers dot com

  15. Great project!
    Listening to Christmas music as we open gifts.
    tmhkk06 at yahoo dot com

  16. That shadow box is beautiful! I am in awe! I love decorating the tree with the kids every year and on Christmas Eve, we drink hot chocolate and wonder what's in the presents. Sometimes we're right and sometimes we are wrong, but we love wondering!

    jvilla95ar at

  17. how beautiful!!!

    our favorite holiday tradition is breakfast at grandmas!

  18. I LOVE this! Gorgeous!

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to The Toledo Zoo for their Lights Before Christmas display!


  19. I LOVE the polar express...that's the best. I worked with the SPinal Cord injured and every year my unit did the reading. I would supply the bells. We had a ball!! TFS & good luck in school. Break has to be soon for you!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  20. Awesome project! Our fav Tradition is how we decorate our Tree. I do the lights. The kids do all the ornaments and then Daddy put on the Star. And of course i touch it up as
    the days go by and i noticed random things lol.

  21. Wow, I totally love this! Awesome job on it :) My fav. tradition is driving around looking at everyones decorated houses at night.

    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

  22. Love how you did this shadow box, fantastic job!!

  23. This is simply BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Each year after we put up the tree, all lights are off except for the tree (and the fire) we roast marshmallows and just enjoy some hot coco..
    I am a new follower of your blog
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie C

  24. This is beautiful. The colors are amazing and the embossing. My favorite tradition is every year I get together with my mom and grandmother and we make cookies, listen to christmas music, wrap presents and at the end of the day we have a dinner with the rest of the family.
    glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com

  25. What a beautiful snowy display window. My favorite Christmas tradition isn't very old (we've only been doing it for 5 years (since my first daughter was born) but everyone in our immediate family comes to my house for Christmas and we have a BIG family dinner. I just love that everyone is in the same place for the holidays.


  26. TFS

    new here & now folloowing..

    this looks cool

    created2bunique at ymail dot com

  27. I still put tinsel on my tree which is probably my family tradition although my children have gotten away from it on their trees. We were told to put it on one strand at a time.
    Merry Christmas
    motherloves3 at hotmail dot com

  28. We usually listen to Elvis CHRISTmas music as we decorate the tree.
    This is adorable.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot come

  29. I know I'm late but I loved this. When I saw it I immediately thought of my dad. He loves trains and the Polar Express is one of his faves. My daughter and son (3 and 2) have started a tradition. The watch the movie, read the book and hide the bell for Santa. Then Santa takes the bell and that's how they know he's been here! They always get bells for Christmas and love jingling them and shouting, "I can hear it!"

    I hope you don't mind but I made one like this for him from my kids. He loved it.

    Thanks so much for this. Unbelievable creativity.