Holidays are always so busy, so I like to try to make projects this time of year that are quick and that can be used for home decor or even as a great gift!


Wood projects are all over Pinterest, and I couldn't resist using a 12" wood plank by Jillibean Soup as the base for my project. I lightly sanded the wood plank so that the surface wood take the Happy Hues paint a little easier, and it also prevents bleeding under the stencil I intended to use.

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I chose the Festive Wreath diecut from JustNick Studio and cut it out of stencil material on my digital die cut machine. I carefully removed the backing of the stencil material and then applied the whole thing to the front of my wood plank. I then removed the area of the stencil that I wanted to be painted in. In this case, that was the actual wreath shape. All there was to do now, was add a few coats of white Happy Hues paint, carefully remove that stencil and patiently wait for the paint to dry.

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Once the design was dry, I lightly sanded the design to remove any rough paint edges that may have come up with the removal of the stencil. From here, it was play time! I kept my design simple and added a gold foil paper "Merry" for a bit of a sentiment, also diecut from my digital diecut machine. 

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I tied some pretty holiday ribbon around a bundle of pinecones and gold glitter elements that I picked up at the local craft store.  You can easily adhere this to the wood with glue dots or even a hot glue gun works great. Now, you are all ready to decorate your home, or – if you can part with it – wrap this up as a gift to a lucky friend!

I just want to wish all our readers a very Happy Holiday! I hope you all get to enjoy some time around those who matter most this holiday season.

~ Nicole Nowosad

"12 Days of Holiday Giving" Giveaway – DAY FOUR

We are loving today's giveaways and cannot wait to share them! Ready? Look at these four calling birds…ok, just kidding! We'll move away from tradition and offer these prizes starting with our lovely friends at Jillibean Soup…


"Jillibean Soup proudly introduces the new Day2Day planner collection. One Scrapbook & Cards Today fan will win the full collection including planner, pages, divider pockets, decorative clips, stickers, stamps, washi tape, bookmark and clear, decorative storage pouch. These fun products help you get your life organized but don't be surprised if you start using them in all your paper crafting projects. Happy Holidays!" ~ Jillibean Soup

And from the ever amazing Taylored Expressions…

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"We are so delighted to share in all the holiday cheer and thank you so much to our good friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today for giving us the opportunity to help make things merry and bright! SCT readers are the best and at Taylored Expressions, we appreciate the chance to be a part of your creative journey. Today we’re giving away our Snowman Shaker Die! This fun die can be used to create darling shaker cards, tags, and more and, to help you get shakin’, we’re including a bottle of our popular Snow Flurries Sequins! May your holidays be safe, happy, and cheers to a wonderful 2017!" ~ Taylored Expressions


Thank you Jillibean and Taylored Expressions! Two companies created by amazing women who we love dearly and are incredibly supportive to us here! For an opportunity to win today's prizes, be sure to leave a comment below by midnight EST, December 23rd. On December 24th one winner from each day will be randomly selected and announced right here! 

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We hope you'll take a few moments to head on over to the Facebook pages of today's sponsors to give them a HUGE thank you for their generous prizes. Make their days jolly and bright!

While we don't have 5 golden rings to offer tomorrow, we do have something a papercrafter might appreciate more! See you then!