Sunday, December 11, 2011


Hello bloggers!  Can you believe it's already the LAST DAY of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas?  Wow!  That went by so fast!  I had such fun with his tags this year.  I think half of the fun is meeting with friends and making tags!!  We had the BEST time, learned some new techniques and had fun gabbing as were were creating!  Thank you Tim for your inspiration, your techniques, your always positive creative energy and for bringing people together!!!

And now, it's Monday and time for yet another Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!  This week, we're asked to travel through the looking glass and create something with depth or dimension.  If you're having trouble with that concept, be sure to stop by the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog.  My Design Team buddies have created some BEYOND GORGEOUS things for you this week!  Each is so different, so festive and just waiting for you to see!!!  Seriously...they ROCKED the challenge this week! 

Since Christmas is getting closer and closer and we all know that Santa is getting ready to make his magical Christmas Eve flight, I decided maybe Santa would like a new sleigh!  So my dimensional piece for this challenge is a fairly simple thing to make .....

A "vintage" Santa's sleigh.

Ever since I saw Tim's Holtz' Vintage Noel die cut, I've wondered if it could be used as a sleigh runner.  Answer:  Yes!  It can!  

And my little sleigh only required one compartment from a Configurations Box.  So, if you're not in the mood to do a whole box, you can just use one or a couple of compartments and create you own "mini magic"!

I started with a 2" x 3" empty compartment from a Configurations Box.  I painted the interior and exterior of the box with a Cranberry Paint Dabber.  Then I cut a 2" x 8" strip of cranberry card stock and glued it to the bottom and sides of the Configuration Box; to create the shape for my sleigh.  To hide the seam that showed between the Configuration Box and the card stock, I hot glued a piece of thin tinsel garland over the seam.  

Next I cut 2 of the NOELs out of heavy chipboard and using Tim's technique in his Day 1 Christmas Tag,  I applied Glue N' Seal to the chipboard and glittered them with Martha Stewart White Gold Glitter.  (NOTE:  One of the NOELs has to be reversed in order for them to match when you glue them to the sleigh bed. Be sure that you are glittering the correct sides.)  Then I sat those aside to let them dry.

I found a page of vintage Santas that I love in Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash.  I picked the one I wanted to use as the back on my sleigh and cut him out.  Then I smeared Rock Candy Stickles over it, for that added vintage subtle glittery effect.  Then I edged the Santa picture and around the top of the Configuration Box with some Antique Gold Rub N' Buff.  Then I glued the Santa on to the cranberry cardstock and gave it a curl by rolling it over a glue stick.  To add a decorative top to my sleigh, I added a piece of Tim's new Vintage Lace die cut that is also glittered with Martha Stewart's White Gold.

The other end of the sleigh also curls.  On this edge, I used a Martha Stewart Deep Edge Snowflake Punch.  Then I added some Antique Gold Rub N' Buff for just a hint of that antique gold coloring.  Then I edged all of the cranberry card stock that was the shape of my sleigh with Platinum Stickles.  I also included the top of the Configuration Box.

Now that my sleigh was taking shape, I needed to embellish the front and back of it.  On the back, I made what sort of resembles a license plate.  It says "BELIEVE" from Tim's Mini Holidays 2 stamp set.  It was heat embossed and also edged with Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  I also heat embossed the Snowflakes from Tim's Mini Holidays stamp set in the silver.  Around "BELIEVE" are different Holly Leaves cut from Tim Holtz' Holiday Lamppost die cut.  Some I put Rock Candy Stickles on and some I edged with Platinum Stickles.  I also added some berries using Candy Cane Stickles.  Next I added three little jingle bells on wires and a cute little red bow made out of a tinsel pipe cleaner.  I pop dotted that on the back end of Santa's sleigh.

The front of Santa's sleigh says "Merry Christmas" (from Tim Holtz' Mini Holidays 2 stamp set), stamped and heat embossed with the silver embossing powder.  Again, I added the holly leaves and berries around it and pop dotted in place.  

Before I added the NOEL runners to the sides, I felt like the top of the sleigh needed something else.  So, I sprayed a piece of ruffled elastic trim from Tim Holtz' Trimmings.  I sprayed it with my own mix of Fired Brick Reinker, water and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister.  I hot glued a piece on to each side.  You can see that on the picture below.

Then I lined up my NOEL side reading "NOEL" the other side reversed so that the runners' curl would be the same.  They really DO look like runners when they get glued into place!!

Finally, I added some long golden reins for Santa to guide his reindeer and a soft, cushion for Santa to sit on during his long Christmas Eve flight.  The cushion is sitting on top of two 3/4" wooden blocks that are glued together and painted with Cranberry Paint Dabber.  I cut a piece of chipboard a bit shorter than the width of the interior of the sleigh and covered it with some quilt batting.  Next, I covered the chipboard and the batting with a piece of striped material and hot glued it on the underneath side.  Then I hot glued it to the wooden blocks.

There is another of Tim's vintage Santa pictures at the front end of the sleigh.  It is also taken from that same sheet of wonderful vintage Santa images as the one that graces the back of the sleigh.  

It was my intention to cut out a couple of the leaping reindeer from Tim Holtz' Reindeer Flight die cut and hook them up to the sleigh.  However, I thought they were a little small for the sleigh. So, I improvised with some adorable little furry reindeer that I have.  I also added a vintage Santa ornament to take his place in the sleigh.  I have to say, I love how they all look together!

Now it's your turn to create something with dimension or depth and enter it into our weekly challenge.  If you are the lucky winner of our sponsor's random drawing, you will win a wonderful $50.00 CREDIT VOUCHER TO SIMON SAYS STAMP!!  

If you are chosen as one of the TOP 3 creations for the week, you will be recognized on our blog and also receive a TOP THREE BLINKIE for your blog.

So come join the fun and join Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge!  I can't wait to see your dimensional creation!



  1. OMG you are amazing! This is so cleverly created, thought out and executed. And on top of all that so very gorgeous.

  2. I knew you would come up with something unique and here it is, who would believe this started out life from configuration boxes. How creatively you have used the NOEL die, Tim would love this idea. Love how you have curled the back of the sleigh too and added the fabulous vintage Santa and the reg plate at the back is perfect. Another unique, individual, creative piece. Tracy x

  3. Wow!! Candy, your whole sleigh is amazing!!! All the little details make it really outstanding!!!!

  4. Oh Candy! How fabulous! The noel die as sleigh runners is just genius and the whole vintage feel is totally gorgeous! I could just live here on your blog. xxD

  5. WOW! Your creativity constantly astounds me, Candy! This is over the top GORGEOUS!

  6. Candy - wow how your brain must work - the Noel is perfect for your sled and the details are amazing. What a holiday work of art!

  7. This is awesome! If you ever think you've lost your mind...perhaps it will come reside within my head...if only for a few hours! I sure could use some of your creative genius ideas!

  8. Candy, your sleigh is absolutely delightful! I love your attention to detail, it was so obviously made with love and your vintage Santa ornament looks right at home in it too!

  9. Awesome, I love your sleigh, it is adorable! Noel sleigh runners, who knew?

  10. I don't remember what movie this is from, but it's exactly what came to mind when I saw your piece...
    "Genius, I tell ya, Genius!"

    Over-the-Top gorgeous!


  11. What abeautiful creation .Just love it !Im sure will look even better on display in person.Thanks for showcasing

  12. Wowza! I love how your mind works, Candy. Just seeing the potential in the curls of the Noel die is impressive, but then you take in about 20 steps farther and made something as unique and gorgeous as this wonderful sleigh. Beautiful!!!

  13. Hi Candy,

    Oh my...another festive and fabulous design this week! I just love the detailing on Santa's've really done it up right! :) The detailing is spectacular all the way down to the pin striped cushion to keep Santa's buns warm and comfortable!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Your sleigh is so original - I just love it. All the details are fabulous. I must get a pad of that seasonal paper - the santas are fabulous. x

  15. Candy, you just amaze me week after week. This project is so original - just insanely creative! I actually had the same thought about that NOEL die, but never in a million years would have thought of all the details you included! You have created such a sensational Christmas decor piece that will be treasured for many years! Thanks for being such a great inspiration.


  16. You sleigh is absolutely awesome! I love that you added the vintage Santa and the reindeer! Just beautiful!


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