01 December 2012

On the First Day of Christmas: A Little Illumination

Hi All! Welcome to the first day of the Kraft-y Hearts blog share. If you just come from Lynn Darda's blog at From My Bungalow, you're in the right place. If you haven't been there yet, there are more treats in store!

So my daughter and I were trying to figure out if the gifts on the 12 days are cumulative or not. Think about it. By the 12th day, you would have 12 partridges in 12 pear trees. Just contemplating the clean up gives me the heebie-jeebies. I'll take my partridges and pears on paper, please!

Preferably Close To My Heart's Pear & Partridge paper if that's okay. (How's that for a segue?) 

Now for a little illumination:

When I first saw the cuts on the Artiste Cricut cartridge, I thought this little box would make the perfect luminary. I hadn't got around to cutting it out until now, and the cut really is beautiful. Each box is cut from one sheet of Pear & Partridge paper at 2 1/4 inches.  The sides and top of the box have cut work, and the bottom is solid. I thought about putting some clear plastic on the inside, but it caused a glare. However I did add some Christmas Red stickles for a little sparkle, which could easily be substituted for Red Glitz Glitter Gel. (I didn't have any on hand, but I'll be rectifying that situation with my next order.)

Here are a couple of close-ups of the glitter:

And here they are illuminated:

I think they are so cool! Keep in mind they are paper, so make sure you use electric tea lights. (I know that seems like a no-brainer, but just consider it a friendly reminder.)

Here's where they reside on the mantle:

Hope you enjoyed your first day of Christmas (or at least of December).  I'm also doing a little give away for all those who leave a comment and/or become a follower throughout the 12 days. So be sure to let me know what you think!

Now, if you haven't already been there, hop on over to Lynn's Bungalow and see what crafting loveliness she has in store.


  1. This is a wonderful idea, Kim!

  2. LOVE this use of those little boxes .... Those candles have become very affordable making this a terrific little gift option! TFS ...pinned!