Happy New Year!

new-year-fourI hope you had a fabulous Christmas and that you got to spend the holiday with family and friends.  There’s nothing like that warm feeling of being surrounded by the ones you love to make the season brighter.   Now that the presents have been opened.. it’s time to look back at 2016 – and reflect on events past.  It’s also a time to look forward to 2017 with wishes of all good things. 
new-year-twoHere’s a toast to 2017!   My card features lots of sparkle and shine.  I’ve added silver glitter paper and sequins to coordinate with the fun fringe top on my tag.  I threaded several strands of The Twinery Platinum Shimmer Twine through the tag hole to make a bold statement!  The mix of metallic thread with the natural cotton twine is beautiful!
new-year-threeThe Twinery has several different twine blends that have metallic threads.  They all have “SHIMMER” in their names.   These really help make crafting for any occasion extraordinary.  The extra sparkle is lush and expensive looking and adds lots of drama.
new-year-tw-wmWe don’t usually go out to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  I’ll be up watching the countdown around the world while Mr. J is snoozing on the couch.   My son will be lighting fireworks, and the dog will be hiding under the bed!    Whatever you do to celebrate – have fun and be safe!   Hugs to you and yours and may God Bless You in 2017!

Last Minute Christmas Gift



Anita here with a lot minute Christmas gift that is sure to please.  I made this adorable cup for a hot cocoa packet and included a candy cane and some peppermint truffles.  This was quick to whip up and I love how festive The Twinery twine  makes the handle of my cup.  We always have every color that I need to decorate any project I am making.  You can find all these colors and more right here in The Twinery store.  


Here is a side view that shows of the pretty purples and blues of the twine.  Hope everyone has a great holiday season.




Prince of Peace Christmas Card Set

Christmas is coming up quick

While I do love many things about Christmas (especially the real reason for the season), the abundance of red is just not my style. So, going with a completely non-traditional color scheme of blues, browns, and golds, I created this watercolor Christmas card set:


Since I was creating a card set, I did everything assembly-line style. I started out by stamping the focal image on several pieces of watercolor paper. Next, I added a few highlights with some quick watercolor.


I then hand placed a few small star-shaped sequins, to give it a little bit of sparkle:


Once the watercolor panels were done, I adhered them to a variety of colored card bases that I created from some cardstock.


To finish it all off, I tied everything together with some of The Twinery’s Solid Marigold twine. Twine is a great way to keep a stack of cards and envelopes together and ready for giving away, while still being able to see the card design.


The bell added an extra holiday touch:


I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Twine: The Twinery (Solid Marigold);

As always, a full supply list can be found on my blog.

Alt Christmas

alt-christmas-fiveWe’re gearing up for the Holidays at The Twinery!   I’m enjoying all the Holiday projects I’m seeing on blogs, Facebook, and Instagram!  I mean…. cards, tags, treats and packaging – what’s not to love?!!     So many different styles to see…. classy and elegant,  traditional “red and green”, fussy, clean and simple, etc.  My favorite holiday cards are ones that remind me of my childhood.  I love a card with Santa.. and I love retro colors!  My childhood includes snowy white trees with pink, purple, chartreuse and teal ornaments (gosh I’m old!).  So Christmas to me can come in any color scheme! 
So I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way when I saw this Crate Paper called Snow and Cocoa!   I love the colors and patterns!  Something very different for sure!   But it totally works! 

Of course The Twinery has the perfect twine to match whatever your favorite holiday colors are!  Have you seen all the metallic blends?  What a great way to add a little sparkle this season!   This new blend called ICICLE is the perfect blend of Denim and Caribbean!   I think it looks amazing with all the fun bright colors on my card!

Best wishes for a very  Merry Christmas!  I sure hope Santa leaves you some beautiful Twinery Twine under the tree! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5″
Twinery Twine ICICLE
Stamps & Dies | Avery Elle 
Paper | Crate Paper

The Magic of Christmas

Hi, it’s Tobi Crawford here with a very Christmasy card! 

Can you believe the big day is only a couple of weeks away?? Even though I’m a fully-grown adult, I still excited for Christmas and part of that excitement is making cards with glitter, and twine and stamps! 



I’ve been making some pretty interesting colour choices for my cards this year, but this one is going back to the basics: red and green (with a touch of blue..). It’s a pretty simple card to execute, but what I love most is the texture: 


The trees were stencilled on with green ink, then I stencilled the snow on with very thick molding paste. While it was wet I doused it in glitter. Once dry I added a bunch of red dots with Tonic Nuvo drops. 


To complete the card I added some Maraschino twine that just screams CHRISTMAS, doesn’t it???!!!

Thanks for stopping by!