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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa Key

First I want to say Happy Holidays and hope for a safe and Happy New Year for you and your families.

This is Terri from http://scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com/. This month I created lots of fun little projects some I gave as gifts and others I just made for fun. This year it's really fun to see Christmas through the eyes of a child - the magical elements of Christmas.

My daughter who is 4 is so excited this year and a little concerned too. She knows were going to Grandma and Papa's house and wanted to know how Santa will get in since they don't have a chimney. So I had heard about Santa's magic key so thought I'd made a little sign with a fun little poem. I had seen several poems on the Internet and liked elements of 1 and elements of others so I combined them and tweaked them to fit.

I started making the little sign by using Teresa Collins December 25th cartridge. I used my gypsy to help design this. I selected the <DEC25> button and sized it to  5x 9.50" and I flipped it so that the little box was at the bottom. I crated 3 of these pieces. On the back layer I hid the boxes. To make it look like a shadow box I cut the top layer 2 times in the same paper - layered it on the base, and then pop dot the upper piece.

Before adding the top layer I punched 2 holes in the top for the ribbon to hang on.

I then found the key I liked from Teresa Collins Sophisticated cartridge and sized that at 3.92 x 1.69 using both the shadow key and the key. (I knew I wanted to use the back of the paper I chose for the shadow - so I just simply flipped the shadow and cut that so it would be correct side).  To embellish/color the key I took Tim Holtz antique linen ink and "smeared" it over the top - this gives the key a bronze look. I then took my Tim Holtz embossing ink pad and "smeared" it over the top. I added some silver/glitter embossing powder and heat set it.

The Holly berries are cut at 1 1/2" also from the Teresa Collins December 25th Cartridge
The Bell cut at 2" from Teresa Collins December 25th Cartridge.

I printed the poem out on vellum and attached with a couple of mini heart brads. I will say that I love a trick I found a while ago - and that was if you don't have the right colored brad to make your own. I had some red embossing powder laying around and found it matched perfectly to the colors of the paper. So I took my tweezers and held the prongs of the brad and heated it up for a few seconds with my heat gun - then dipped in the embossing powder and then heated them again. I did this a total of 3 times. It works perfectly for a color matched embellishment.

Here is the finished sign hung on the door.
The paper collection is also from Teresa Collins - Christmas Cottage.
I added a few stickles in Christmas Red
The ribbon was initially white so I colored it with my Spectrum Noir Marker to match.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Designed by: Terri Szymanski
Cricut Cartridges Used: TC - December 25th, and Sophisticated
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression and Gypsy
Project type: Home decor
Project theme: Christmas/ Holiday
Other Supplies Used: Brads, Embossing powder, ribbon


  1. This is truly delightful! What a great way to ease your little one's "worries" about Santa!
    I love the idea of this and will be keeping this one filed away for next year!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Darling! Love all of the elements you incorporated and thank you for sharing your techniques! Wonderful project!

  3. beautiful. i love the colors and the design plus embellishments. thank you for the inspiration.

  4. What a great project, I love this and your instructions....thanks for sharing

  5. I love it. Merry Christmas!

  6. Lovely take on Santa's magic key.

  7. LOVE this idea! I have to keep this in mind because when my boys get older, they will be wondering the same thing since we don't have a chimney in our house either.

  8. This is just too cute and smart!! I hope Santa was good to all.


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