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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ho Ho Ho...Guess who is coming to town ?

Holiday Greetings everyone !  Its Debbie from Debs Eclectic Thoughts Blog to share with you this fine December 1st.  Wow, can you believe it is December already? Where has the time gone this year? 
With December upon us, I know most of us are already scrambling to get our holiday gifts bought and wrapped before the big day arrives.  I have two quick holiday gift wrapping ideas to share with you today.

Project 1: Nugget Type Tin Gift Holder - Great for treats or a gift card or any small flat gift

I know a lot of you probably bought those cute metal nugget tins this year. I was tempted to order some but never made the effort but I did find a way to improvise.  I have several of the Maya Roads metal tins that their products are packaged in and have saved them to use when I was inspired so my project today starts out with that story ...

Out in the craft room there arose such a clatter...I rushed over to see just what was the matter.  
Why on the back of the tin was a horrible sight...a clear sticker that was surely a project blight.
But luckily it was easy to peel right off so on to the next challenge... to cover the top.

And what should your wondering eyes should appear....
Why yes, it is some of my favorite washi tape to cover up the embossed writing
on that tin's front ! 
And not only did it cover the top but made decorating the sides such a breeze...

I had time to create this adorable guy...why yes it is Santa Bear, ready to please !
Directions: The decorative washi tape was so easy to use and stuck really well to the metal tin.  I just used my scissors to trim the corners since they were rounded slightly.  The Santa Bear is, of course, made from the adorable Teddy Bear Parade Cartridge, cut at 5" to fit the front of the tin.  I used some white crinkle ribbon to hold the box closed after I stuffed it with goodies and adhered Sana Bear to the top!
Project 2 : Quick Santa Wrap Using Cardstock and a Circle Punch 

To follow up on my Santa gift theme, I wrapped a box to look like Santa Claus' suit.
Directions: I used a sheet of red 12X12 cardstock to wrap a gift box.  Cut a 2"X12" strip of white cardstock and adhered to look like the suits white trim.  I cut a 2 1/2" strip of black cardstock for the belt and took a rectangle scrap of gold glitter paper and cut out the center to form the belt buckle and adhered over the belt.  To finish off the look, I used a circle punch to create buttons out of black cardstock scraps.  
As we rush in to the holiday gift giving season, I want to wish each of you  a moment or two to take in the wonders of the season !  I know every time I see a Santa anything over the holidays it brings back fond memories of my childhood and all the fun memories shared with family and friends during this time of year. 
Before I drive this sleigh out of sight until next year...Merry Christmas to all and be of Good Cheer !  
Cricut Info & Other Supply Info:
Designed by: Debbie O'Neal
Cricut Machines Used:  Cricut Expression, Cricut Cuttlebug
Cricut Cartridges Used: Teddy Bear Parade
Other Supplies Used:  Washi Tape, Cardstock, Ribbon, googlie eyes, metal tin, circle punch 


  1. I have got to get this cartridge! Love your Santa bear project-so darling!

  2. Such a cute tin!! And how easy does that Washi make decorating it!!! Great job Deb!

  3. I love this, makes me want to buy that washi tape for sure!!!! Great job.

  4. The projects are both so fun, but I loved your post and the cute story you told!! Such a great way to begin the month!

  5. How cute-- I would never have even thought of using washi tape!!

  6. You did a great job on these tins and love your post!!

  7. Such a great project... love the idea of using the washi tape on the tin.

  8. Tooo cute - love the way you can use WASHI and this is perfect. How fun w/ the little bear so festive. Too cute on the santa wrapping great job.

  9. Oh my that is super cute. Love the poem too. I recently bought some washi tape, but haven't tried it out yet.

  10. Your project is adorable! Thank you for the fun post.

  11. What a fun and creative post! Debbie, you are the best! Love your imagination and creativity! Super cute project!

  12. These are so cute! You are so full of creativity and I really enjoy seeing your art!

  13. Very fun post with the story and of course the project! TFS

  14. Such fun projects! Love what you did with the tin and the washi tape was a great tip!!

  15. This is a great project! I love learning a new way to use Washi tape :)

  16. SO cute - that little bear is darling!

  17. Oooh, I love the washi tape idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Your project is super cute!


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