Posts Categorized: christmas

christmas + collaborations + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 1 Dec 2015

DIY Gingerbread house gift boxes

Gingerbread house gift boxes

You know I love getting creative with my wrapping paper–it’s part of the fun of gift giving! We were challenged by Painters to use our imagination with their markers and so we came up with these adorable gingerbread house gift boxes, which just might induce more squeals than the actual gift box itself. And no need to fear, they require just three materials. Easy squeezy!

Painters is hosting the Style by Aisle Painters Contest for all you looking to get creative this month. Through December, they are giving a winner a prize valued at $500 to someone creating something in the Party and Seasonal Decor category. You and your other talented DIY friends/family can submit your homemade creations to elmers.com/painters. On the website, you can even download a coupon for Painters products so you can add more colors or tips to your DIY/crafting collection.  You can take advantage of the coupon even if you don’t enter the contest. Go to the website to learn more!

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christmas + collaborations + Projects / Monday, 30 Nov 2015

DIY Christmas bulb advent calendar

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I had the honor of contributing this DIY Christmas bulb advent calendar to the holiday issue of Sister Mag magazine, a German publication from some of my favorite ladies. I’ve contributed before (here (my hair!!!!) and here) and this time I was in the company of a few other artists from around the world with an advent calendar idea.

This one is super easy to make, especially if you have a craft cutting machine, and I love hanging it in our office right now.advent-calendar-light-bulb-7advent-calendar-light-bulb-12

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christmas + Food / Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015

Gingerbread layer cake with lemon buttercream

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Isn’t it wonderful what cake can do? This cake can turn any day into an absolute WinterWonderland. Whether you’re absolutely miserable, stuck in doors due to snow or sleet, with barely any sunlit hours in the day, or like me, you’re only barely coping with ridiculously hot and muggy weather here sunny Australia.

Either way, this beautiful Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Buttercream will whisk you away to some Narnia-like realm where the snow falls in beautiful crystalline flakes, and the air is cool and crisp and the sky is bright. It’s cool, but somehow not too cold, and the woods are frosted white and beautiful. A slice of this cake and a steaming cup of hot coffee or chocolate truly will lift your spirits, no matter what kind of extreme weather you’re dealing with.

Recipe and photos by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit

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christmas + collaborations + holiday + Projects / Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015

2 ways to preserve your memories this holiday season

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When it comes to adding meaning into decorating, I find that it tends to be the last thing on my mind. I’m usually so concerned with just making it look pretty with fun colors and patterns that I tend to forget about the people in my life and how to treasure the memories. I know. Awful.

The older I get the more deliberate I’ve become in collecting things into my life that will add value into my life. This holiday season, I’ve teamed up with the brand new company, Preservation & Creation, to create two ways to do this. Preservation & Creation believes that you can preserve and inspire a life with a purpose intended for others through their memory keeping prints, books, and canvases straight from your phone.preservation-creation-photo-cards

I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall the last time I printed a photo. I have over 13,000 photos floating around on my iphone, but not one preserving the memories I’ve made over the year. I wanted to change it up this year so I came up with two ways to preserve memories this holiday: 1) photo card name tags for a table setting and 2) advent calendar photo cityscape.

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christmas + collaborations + Design + Party / Monday, 23 Nov 2015

Christmas party line with Modify Ink

The House That Lars Built party line Modify Ink

Hooray! Along with our holiday cards, I’m pleased as punch to release our new holiday party line with Modify Ink. As I’ve mentioned before, Modify Ink is an ultra-custom party and art printing website with a fine editing software that allows you to customize every single detail of your party down to the exact color palette you are wanting for your party, because we all know how annoying it is to have something be so close to what you want, but just not quite there. This is the fix!

The House That Lars Built party line comes with a number of fun party decor items like bunting, monogramed garlands, cupcake flags, place cards, invitations, menu cards, labels (perfect for sodas or wine!), party hats, gift tags and gift labels. Here, we turned our cupcakes toppers into ornaments and hung them from Christmas trees. You also have the option to have Modify Ink craft everything for you or you can choose to pay less to do it yourself.The House That Lars Built party line Modify Inkmodify ink the house that lars built-ornaments 17modify ink the house that lars built-ornamentsThe House That Lars Built party line Modify InkThe House That Lars Built party line Modify Ink

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