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Do-It-Your-Elf: Episode 4


Baking is supposed to be messy, right?


The night before Christmas, Mr. Elf baked something sweet

A batch of sugar cookies, Santa’s favorite treat!


Ready for Christmas Eve dinner with friends!

Mr. Elf made Christmas Eve dinner, what did he choose?

Of course peppermint candies for a few of his Boos!


Teeny tiny knitting needles for our little elf friend.


He had a last minute gift he wanted to knit,

A green scarf for Santa is sure to be a hit!


Sweet dreams, Mr. Elf! Santa is on his way!



 After a few sips of cocoa, Mr. Elf shut his eyes,

He can’t wait to wake up to Santa’s Christmas surprise!

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gift wrap ideas

Unique Christmas Wrapping Ideas

You know when the packaging is prettier than what’s inside?

Pretty PackagesOh! How I LOVE the trendy “Old-Fashioned Christmas” way of wrapping gifts… I’ve gathered some of my favorite Christmas Wrapping ideas to share with you!

I personally just adore the rustic look of this style and the raw and natural materials remind me of my youth on the farm. We used to cut our own Christmas tree in the woods and make a trail of fir branches and pine needles in the snow. As kids, we collected pine cones and sprayed them with gold paint to make beautiful garlands along with popcorn and cranberries.

Kraft paper wrapping has been my favorite forever. Newspapers or brown paper bags also give the same feel.

Christmas Wrapping

I sometimes add little doodles, stamped designs or splashes of paint like on this tiny gift.

Burlap, which is really all the rage this year, now comes in nice ribbon rolls, so it’s very easy to use. However, if you find it is difficult to tie or glue on a package, my trick is to staple the burlap ribbon right on the box or the paper bag!

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To tie it all together, I use strings of all sorts: baker’s twine, raffia, jute or hemp twines, wool and pompoms – anything with a natural feel! Whether it is by adding a piece of lace, doily, or ribbon, a touch of white mixes beautifully with the natural earth tones of Kraft paper…

natural wrappingDecorate with wood twigs (have fun picking them up with the kids on your next outing!), fir branches (real or fake!), dried leaves, pinecones and berries

picks on wrappingTo decorate your gift package, use a floral pick, Christmas ornament or make your own, like this clothespin star!clothespin starSimply slide under your ribbon or twine a decoration matching your wrapping. Ornaments you give could have a double use: the person who receives them can hang them in her tree – or reuse them next year on your gift!!

scrapbook wrapDo you already have at home a collection of scrapbooking papers? Use them to wrap small gifts or make beautiful labels by hand! A little ink rubbed on the outside of the package will add dimension and a vintage look to your unique packaging! How lovely, you can also make a matching envelope by using the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers!

Have fun this Christmas wrapping your gifts in a creative way that your friends and family are sure to appreciate!

Happy Holidays from Quebec, Canada!
- Micheline



Do It Your Elf Pt3

Do-It-Your-Elf: Episode 3

Now that he’s home and ready to settle in,

It’s time for the fun and decorating to begin.

Mr. Elf must pick the perfect tree

So many choices… Which will it be?

Elf Tree Lot

Hmm… Which one of these lovely trees should he take home with him?

Now that he’s found the perfect one,

Time to get it home and start the decorating fun.

Taking the Tree Home

Hang on tight little tree, you are almost home.

Garland, ornaments, sparkles and lights

He is ready for his very first Christmas night!

Decorating the Tree

Mr. Elf discovers that he has quite the eye for trimming the tree!

Stay tuned for Christmas Eve with Mr. Elf,

Our final episode featuring ideas that you can do yourself.


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Guest Post: Tim Holtz Handmade Cards

A handmade card from Tim Holtz

Who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card in the mail. These quick and easy cards are sure to impress your friends and family. Gather your favorite supplies, Stamps, Distress Markers and Ink, Mirrored Stars, Word Keys, Linen Ribbon, Rub ons and sit down to create some beautiful but simple cards.

Stamping with Archival Ink and Coloring with Distress Markers

Stamp Blueprint images onto watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. Color the images with your favorite colors of Distress Markers.

Blending with a Detail Water Brush and Distressing the edges

Using a Detail Water Brush blend the colors out to create a watercolor effect. Trim the images to size. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Use a circular motion with light pressure and create a darkened edge around the images.

Distress Technique using Hand Sander and Distress Ink

Cut a card base from Kraft-core cardstock. Score and fold in half. Cut a mat a little larger then the colored images. Cut a piece of Crowded Attic Paper Stash for the background of the card. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool to create a darkened edge.

Adding pieces to base card with foam tape

Adhere pieces to base card. Use foam tape to adhere images to card. Foam tape is a great way to add interest to your card.

Adding rub-on and key embellishment

Add Remnant Rubs “Life Quotes” as desired. Tie Linen Ribbon around card attaching the Word Key with a bow.

The perfect finished card!

Easy as 1..2..3… and just think how happy someone will be to receive a beautiful handmade card. I call that happy mail!

- Tim Holtz



Do-It-Your-Elf: Episode 2

Now that he’s free and ready to roam

Mr. Elf is going on an adventure before he heads home

Shopping in Paris

Picking up a few Christmas gifts in the City of Lights. Le sigh.


He went shopping in Paris along the streets

And ended up ice fishing to find some treats

Ice Fishing

Trying to “break the ice” with his penguin pals and look, he caught a fish!


He set up his paints to create a work of art,

This handmade gift is straight from the heart.

Santa Picasso

His masterpiece is complete!


Stay tuned for more crafty adventures with Mr. Elf,

Each post featuring new ideas that you can do yourself.

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holiday party ideas

Top 5 Holiday Party Ideas

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It’s that time of year – where you get this great idea to throw the Best. Holiday. Party. Ever! You pull out every red and green decoration you have, make a batch of your famous egg nog, scour Pinterest for some awesome DIY holiday details and send out the evites. But how do you keep your guests entertained on that cold winter night? Well, here are 5 awesome holiday party ideas from your friends here at Michaels.
Fido's Reindeer Impression



#5: Share Silly Photos

Of course we are going to say “Have a Photo Booth with Props!”, but make yours more holiday-centric. Have everyone wear their tackiest holiday sweater, and then make sure you have a bunch of funky holiday headbands and wearables on hand to add to their outfits. Get Fido and Fluffy in on the photo fun as well. Don’t forget to include your own hashtag so everyone who missed the party can watch the fun on Instagram!




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#4: A Hot Cocoa Station

YUM! Set up a Make-Your-Own Hot Cocoa bar, complete with marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed peppermint and maybe a few “spirits” for the adults. If your party is kid-friendly, set out a few mugs they can decorate as well!








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#3: Gingerbread House Contest

Ready – Set – Build! Have a contest to see who can build and decorate a Gingerbread House the fastest using the Wilton® Gingerbread House Kit. You can give out prizes for the most festive, best use of candy, fastest time or even ugliest!

#2: Go Caroling

Spread some holiday cheer to your neighbors. You’ve got the group together – why not take them around the neighborhood and sing as loudly and joyfully as they can. Don’t forget to print out lyrics – we don’t need renditions of “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”.

#1: Give Back

Fill your soul with the spirit of the season and give. Set an admission price to your party in something that you donate, like coats for a coat drive, or canned items for a food pantry. Better yet, take the caroling idea and volunteer at a soup kitchen to sing and feed the hungry at the same time. If you have some crafty friends, make knitted or crochet squares for Warm Up America and drop them by your Local Michaels by February 15th so they can be joined into blankets and donated to those in need.

Make your holiday joyful and have a Merry Christmas!

- Cara