Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 8 Mantel and home decorations Twelve days of Christmas!

Hi everyone,

We are moving right along to Day 8!  and are only 16 days away from Christmas. Time flies when we are having so much fun. I’m certainly ready for it and am bursting at the seams!

I’ve always wanted to have a mantel to decorate, especially during Christmas time. However I have the next best thing. . .  a small table in my hallway which suits perfectly for all the seasons from Christmas to Easter and even Labor Day. Yep I do decorate for Labor Day! I luv decorating so any holiday serves as an excellent excuse for me to get busy. If you don’t have the space and have a coffee table that will work perfectly.

Today Jackie is going to show how you can take any ordinary table and turn it into a stunning Christmas village to fit anywhere in your house. The best part is all you need is a few sheets of Core’dination cardstock, a Cricut, some extreme adhesive, and glue dots.
Do you remember the Christmas balls Maggie made with mop n glo? will share with you how they are used  on my  mirror.

Welcome to day 8!


Hello, I’m Jackie Natal and am very excited to be here with you again. I'm going to share with you a Christmas village. Growing up I would spend hours sitting in front of the Christmas tree playing with our village. I can’t begin to count the amount of times my children in turn have spent playing and breaking them :0) Today I look forward to hearing from you about your own tradition!

Let’s begin!

Depending on the amount of houses you will be making, you will need at least 2 sheets of paper per house.

How to:


Isn’t it pretty with all the people on the street, we even have driveways for the house, and below to the right of the house, we have raccoons in the garbage can.


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  • 12x24 white cardstock Provo Craft  has the black and white packs you can get at Hobby Lobby.
  • Provo craft Winter Woodland cartridge
  • blue card stock from Core’dination
How to:

  • House # 1 page 75 cut @ 10 1/2 with white card stock
  • House # 2 page 76 cut at 8 1/2 with white card stock the roof use blue card stock
  • House # 3 page 77 cut at 7" with white card stock the roof use blue card stock
  • House # 4 page 79 cut at 10" with white card stock the roof use blue card stock
  • House # 5 page 80 cut at 9" with white card stock the roof use blue card stock
There are  no need to cut the inside of the house to cover the windows, just cut pieces of card stock to cover the inside of the windows. This tip will save you a lot of paper.
  • After assembling the houses and adhering the coverings for the windows, create tiny wreaths, and other embellishments from Christmas Cheer Cartridge, Joys of the Season Cartridge,  Winter Woodland Cartridge.
  • If time is of the essence purchase premade embellishments.
  • add snow to the roof, Then the fun begins by adding family heirlooms  to create a perfect Christmas village, your kids and family alike will adore.
On the  23rd add Santa to the Chimney as seen below !


Ribbon Tree
  • ribbon
  • 10" paper Mache cone.
  • glue gun,glue sticks
How to:
  • cut ribbon 4" fold in half to make a 2" loop
  • starting from the bottom of the cone you glue the ribbons until you reach the top. Add star and other embellishments once you have it on where you want on the village.

I hope I have inspired you to create your own family tradition with the Christmas village.


Hello it’s home décor day and I wanted to share a couple of easy ways you can take your mirror from good to fabulous, in just a few steps!
As you know I don’t have a mantel to decorate, but the mirror is going to be transformed into a beautiful mantle using the ornaments we made on day 2.
Let’s begin!
  • Silk Poinsettia, garland, Christmas picks
  • Christmas strings, Wreath
  • Birds, bells
  • 2 Stockings
  • 1/8 of a yard of fabrics,  clear threads
  • Cropadile, eyelets
How to:
  • Drape the garland over the mirror and let the center drape a bit onto the mirror to cover the hanger for the wreath.
  • Add the springs to the garland, then add the picks, add ornaments.
  • Add the wreath to the center with a wreath hanger.
  • Add the ornaments we created on Day 2 to the  wreath.

The great things about creating a garland it is very easy and subjective to your personal taste.

Detail look of the wreath!
Christmas stocking!
How to:
  • Special thanks to my friend Carol for creating a small template :)
  • Cut 4 bunting  use clear thread to sew both bunting onto one to make it sturdy
  • Cut 2 bunting in a coordinating colour repeat the step above
  • Use the Cropadile, add eyelets to the end of the bunting, thread the bunting with Twine, sew to the bottom of the fold of the stocking
  • Add ribbon to the bottom of the fold of the stocking, add ric-rac
  • Add Christmas embellishments rhinestone.


Another stocking idea using Sizzix dies

I had taken the pictures of the Kissing Ball as I was making it, unfortunately I was erasing pictures my card was full and thought I had downloaded it but didn’t.
Here’s the direction
  • Cut 6 circles 4 inches each from fabric, paper,  cardstock or felt what ever you want to use
  • Create a ribbon loop for hanging
  • Glue gun, and sticks
How to:
  • Layer all the circles, insert the loop after the 3rd layer
  • Pinch the center of the first layer with glue
  • Pinch the second layer to the top section of the glued first layer, then the bottom layer
  • Repeat the process until everything has been punch and glue to look like a honeycomb.



DAY  1 Advent Wreath
DAY 2  – Ornaments
DAY 3  – Calendars
DAY 4  Treats
DAY 5  Baby gifts and brag book
DAY 6  – Gift Tags
  –Wish List

Don’t forget the two $25.00 gift certificate for the blog hop


Be sure to visit us again tomorrow as we reveal more fun ideas!

Have a fabulous day,


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Lisa said...

The village is so pretty, my girls would love to make one. Thanks for the ideas.

ona_i_ja said...

Wow, amazing decorations. I love the Christmas Tree!!!

Cindylu2u said...

You gals give the most awesome ideas!! The ribbon tree is on my to do list! Thanks ladies!!

Donna said...

What a huge amount of work you all put in on this display. It is so lovely. Thanks for the inspiration!

Melissa said...

The village is gorgeous and I love the ribbon tree! You ladies are making me feel like a really big holiday slacker! lol


Tami B. said...

Beautiful creations and I love the ribbon tree.

Tabitha said...

I can't believe that village is make from cardstock. I love it. I remember playing with my mother's set. Thanks for sharing ideas for all of us non mantel people.

fairyrocks said...

Jackie, I was looking at this cart yesterday at work, thinking how lovely it would be made up. You have done it wonderfully with fabulous details.
Maggie, I love that you use a mirror as a focal point for your beautiful ornaments....16 days Hmmmm

fusiafscrapping said...

Love the chritmas tree and the stocking. Awesome ideas. Thank you!

paperpapier said...

wow, what a fabulous Christmas village! The houses are superb, the ribbon tree is awesome and I love the multi-colours Christmas lighting on the table covered with puffy cotton.

Scrappy Chic said...

That ribbon tree is simply beautiful. Where do you all find the time for such beautiful creations. Thanks for sharing.

BunnyFreak said...

Wonderful village.

Bobbi said...

What cute ideas. TFS

Lesley from WI said...

Wow...these projects are gorgeous. I love them all but I really love that ribbon tree! Thank you for sharing

Emily said...

Gorgeous projects! Looks like a festive holiday season :)

Amy said...

Love all the project, that Christmas Village is fab! Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

Everything is just so pretty!!

Kim. said...

Oh my goodness what an amazing array of inspiration you have here. Everything is awesome.
Kim xXx

Bella said...

Everything looks so great! I LOVE the Ribbon Tree! I think I may have to recreate that for my home!

wendipooh13 said...

oh wow that is such a stunning scene!!!!! love all the cool details.. sooo pretty

joni said...

Your village is just beautiful! Hard to believe that it is paper!! I love that! And the mirror display is awesome! Love how you showcased those beautiful ornaments! TFS!

alwayscharlie said...

What a great holiday village! Now I have another cartridge to add to my list!

connie said...

beautiful villages!

Terrie B x said...

These are `Gorgeous`
I love love them all..oooh it`s getting all Christmassy!!!:) xxx

Tammy said...

Beautiful projects. That village is awesome!

Dianne_momstuff said...

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Mad Crafter said...

The Christmas village is amazing. Great job:) TFS!!

Kim said...

Wow, everything here is pretty amazing. The ribbon tree is really catching my eye. I think it's the prettiest one I've seen in blogland this year. Thanks so much for linking :).

Craftyanny said...

oh wow how cool is that?
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!
Anne x

jennyplace2 said...

beautiful projects ladies TFS!

rosie said...

i love the village ... will have to try that with me girls ... thanks for the tip on the windows

jnatal said...

Hello everyone. I want to thank you all for the wonderful comments. I had a great time making the tree and the village. I also want to thank Maggie for putting it all together she did a great job. good luck to everyone and keep watching I have alot of idea's in my head I just need to find the time to do them all.

Have a bless day and remember God loves you...

pennyd said...

More great ideas!!!! I think if I start now, I might be ready by next Christmas!

- - Sheryl - - said...

the tree looks awesome and a lo of fun! It looks vintage or Victorian - will give it a try! thanks

Kris in Alaska said...

That ribbon tree is so awesome! I love it!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Juliet said...

Gosh. The houses are so beautiful.

Ms. Jen said...

OH my that ribbon tree is beautiful. Perfect size for the village too!

About Us! said...

AMAZING Christmas Village. So much detail and beauty put in that. Just love it.
Blessings, Cheryl
crosano at aol dot com

ruth said...

You girls are putting me to shame in the decorating department! :) But I'm loving seeing what you've done and I'm inspired to do a project or two in January (I'll be early, not late LOL). :)

Mary Jean said...

what a beautiful village!!! Love it

Meg said...

It's all just beautiful. I love that blue ribbon tree. All gorgeous!

luvmyshihtzus said...

Awesome work, Jackie! I love the ribbon tree. Your mirror looks great, Maggie. Glad the template helped :)

CricutLvr!! said...

I just love these!! The village is so cute with so much detail and the tree is just beautiful!!

Stacey said...

I love the stockings. Especially the one with the bunting. I'd love for you to stop over and link up to my Christmas stocking linky party this weekend.

jordanbev5 said...

I love the Christmas village, and the mirror wreath! All so festive and fun to decorate our home with. These are the touches that make a house a home for Christmas. Love them.

Linda said...

Wonderul job ladies...great ideas!
lindamcitnosh at verizon dot net

Tanya said...

Awesome!! These ladies are so creative :)

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