Tres Jolie Kit Club–Sleigh Bells-December Mixed Media Kit

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner & Happy New Year Eve, Eve!

Did you get a chance to make your Mixed Media Kit Sleigh from the Tres Jolie Kit Club yet? If not, I have a project idea here for you today to wrap up 2021. I really wanted to keep the paint out of all the scroll work on the sleigh, so I pulled out my gel plate to create smooth, even layers—after “dyeing” the wood!


I knew I wanted to dye the deer, so since I was doing that, I decided to toss in the sleigh pieces so I’d have options. By “options” I mean, I rarely know what I’m going to be doing when I start a project, so I have to be prepared! LOL! Check out my video to see how this whole thing came together!


Here are some close-up photos! After the photos I have added my gel plate “recipes.” They sleigh has quite a few layers, inside and out, to get the look I wanted!

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I wanted the edges of the wood to show, but I also wanted to add some color to them, so, along with the dye process, I very lightly went in with some of the Stamperia Wax from the kit to give some shine. Don’t forget to gel plate paint the end of the tabs that will be showing when the sleigh is all together!

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There are two clusters in the sleigh—in fact, the majority of the inside is made of those clusters–they had the leaves, poinsettias, gifts, and ornaments already on them! (They came in the December 2018 Mixed Media Kit! I forgot I even had them!)

All I did is brush on some gel medium, sprinkle the glitter from this month’s kit, and add some excess snow paste and the pine cones from the Limited Edition Advent Calendar Kit! That was my cluster completion!

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My finishing touch’s were the bells from this kit, and the Stamperia acetate ephemera (from the Advent Kit). I grabbed up the neutral stars, ornaments, & “Let It Snow” pieces from the ephemera pack, and adhered them in place with some 3D Gel. I have three bells hanging from the back with some jewelry wire, and I popped the remaining two on clusters!

Here are my gel plate “recipes”:

Outside sleigh coloring layers:

A thin layer of silver paint topped with a thin layer of red paint, then a second layer of red paint to build it up some – do this three times.

Inside sleigh & reindeer “harness” coloring layers:

1. Brush on a layer of wax, top with a layer of silver paint, press down pieces

2. Add a layer of silver paint, press down pieces

3. Add a layer of clear gesso, add a layer of silver paint, press down pieces

4. Add a layer of silver paint, press down pieces

5. Add a layer of silver paint, press down pieces and let them stay for about 15-20 minutes (I added light weight to mine using acrylic blocks to distribute the weight of the containers

6. On a non-waxed section of the gel plate (or clean off the wax from the area you are going to use) add a layer of silver paint then a layer of clear gesso, let dry completely!

7. On a clean gel plate add a layer of silver paint, press pieces on, remove and let dry

Sleigh Tracks coloring:

Four layers of silver paint

Deer coloring layers:

Thin layer of silver paint, layer of clear gesso, coating of Distress Oxide Spray (“Walnut Stain”), I only “cleaned” the gel plate off with my piece of deli paper and did it all a second time.


Thank-you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you had a happy holiday season and have a safe and happy New Year!

Stay Crafty in 2022, Friends!


In addition to items found in this month’s Mixed Media Kit and the Limited Edition Advent Calendar Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*Folk Art “Sterling Silver” Metallic Acrylic Paint; *Darice Clusters; Prima/Finnabair 3D Matte Gel; Ranger Brayer; 8×10 Gel Press Gel Plate; Liquitex: Clear Gesso, Gloss Gel, Liquid Acrylic Inks – Titanium White & Naphthol Crimson; Gorilla Wood Glue; Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze; jewelry making wire; artists masking tape

Tres Jolie Kit Club-Boxes & Tags-December 2021 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, all! Wow, Christmas is just two days away and soon 2022 will be here!

For my third, Cards, Tags, & More Kit project this month, I used a bunch of old cardstock from my stash, some cut files, and some dies to get some small boxes, tags, and rosettes made up! Need to add some more tags to gifts? Or get some last minute stocking stuffers taken care of? Then take a peek at these! (Or use them to get a head-start on next year! Because that’s what I say I’ll do every year and never do—but it sounds good! LOL)


Check out my video to see a way to use up smaller pieces of paper you may have left over for some tags, or make yourself a small box or two if you need one in the next couple of days!



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These first two boxes are both Snapdragon Snippet Designs that I found on the Silhouette Store. The one on the left is a 10-sided box, not too difficult to put together, but Snapdragon Snippets has “extra” flaps to reinforce the edges—which makes it much sturdier! The one with drawers is a little more time consuming to put together, but it isn’t overly difficult, and I think it would be cute for candy or small items! (Links to directions with the cut files.)


This box is also from the Silhouette Store, by Paper Closet Designs. I didn’t look to see if there were directions anywhere since it is a rather straight forward cut and quick to put together. If you wanted to gift a crafter some glue, this box is just big enough for an 8oz bottle of FabriTac!

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These last two boxes are probably the simplest of them all! The pill box on the left is the back cover of the paper pack! It has a template on it which you can use to make more pill boxes or, like I did, just turn that template into the pill box! It depends on how many you want or need! The box on the right is from a Sizzix die – I don’t know what the name is, or if it has one, it came in the box with my Big Shot Plus!

Toppers & Tags:


Rosettes make cute gift toppers; or pop them on the end of a tag! I just used my Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosette’s die and cranked these out! Using hot glue to hold them together means there is no dry time and they are good to go quicker!


These tags were definitely the quickest of everything I made for this week! I didn’t measure, I just grabbed the scraps of cardstock and patterned paper and eyeballed them together. I used my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper for my angled cuts, but scissors would work just the same!


Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed these ideas and they gave you some ideas of what you can do – some rather quickly – using this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit!

Have a happy holiday season and a safe & happy New Year!

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*Dress My Craft “Crochet Doily” Die; DCWV “Latte,” “Mariposa,” & “Linen Closet” Stacks; Silhouette Cameo 3; Silhouette Design Store: Snapdragon Snippets-“Box 3D Hidden Bins” # 184741 & “Box 3D Ten Sided with Lid Doily” # 277164, and Paper Closet Designs-“Tall Christmas Box with 3D Bow # 389306; We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper; Sizzix Big Shot Plus; Sizzix Box Die, Tim Holtz “Mini Paper Rosettes;” Art Glitter Glue; double sided tape; hot glue/hot glue gun; hole punch; Sakura pens – or anything to write on dark surfaces with if necessary!

Tres Jolie Kit Club-Interactive Christmas Cards-December 2021 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

I have a couple of large interactive cards for you this week using the Tres Jolie Kit Club’s December Cards, Tags, & More Kit, items from my stash, and a cut file, Magic Iris Shutter Card, from PreciousDelights4U.


These interactive cards were fun to make! I go over the Magic Windows Slider card in my video, but I used this video to help me do it. I did not show the assembly of the Iris Card because the woman who sells the cut file has her own video you get a link to when you purchase the cut file.


First I’ll go over the few details about the Magic Iris card that I have.


The original size of the cut file can fit all of the parts on one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. I enlarged mine to the point where the top ring – the one cut from the Graphic 45 paper – was 6-7/8”. I actually enlarged it “by sight” until the inner circle was large enough for the candy canes to fit in. I do have a tip for people who are cutting this using Silhouette Studio and a Cameo! Make sure of your cut lines before hitting “Send”! On the shutter pieces, I had to select the shutter piece and the two squares that make up the tabs and weld them so they would only cut on three sides as intended! (The owner of the cut file has a video for Cricut users!)

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I used the candy cane, Tres Jolie chipboard piece from the kit as my iris center, and kept it simple, just coating it in some embossing powders and setting it on some glitter coated cardstock! I sewed along the reindeer paper with some gold thread, and added the gold trim to cover the little bit of seam on the solid cardstock I pieced together to make my card base. To give a little “oomph” to the tab, I glued down one of the Graphic 45 chipboard pieces. This card is now ready for personalization!

This next card is made using a die I’ve had for a while, and in my video I said I got it from Amazon, but there is no packaging…so maybe I didn’t! I’ve had it a while, but this is the first time I’ve used it!


I just thought it was so awesome being able to change the image on this card! And to really make is show, I made sure to have a lighter paper as my “revealed” image so it really popped out!

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Just like with the Magic Iris card, I used a metallic gold thread to stitch the patterned paper to my card base. Then I had to add the bling because I forgot to take into account the movement under the surface! When I went to test the mechanism, it wouldn’t turn! I used a craft knife to slit enough of the stitches to allow clearance, then added the bling as a “cover.” I used a piece of the Graphic 45 chipboard in the center – trimmed down a little – added bling to the “lever” and finished off with adding two gems to the goggles on the chipboard Santa’s hat.


Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed these two interactive cards and they gave you some ideas of what you can do using this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit.

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In addition to the December Cards, Tags, & More Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*Prima/Ingvild Bolme “Blossom Red” Quick Dry Fluid Chalk Ink; *Lindy’s Gang “Holly Berry Red Gold” Embossing Powder; *Darice Bling Roll; Angela Poole Slide & Reveal Die Set;  PreciousDelights4U: Magic Iris Shutter Card; DCWV “Linen Closet” Cardstock Pad; Ranger Gold Embossing Powder; Ranger Emboss-It Pen; Martha Stewart Fine Glitter “Crystal;” tan cardstock; red cardstock; gold thread; gold ribbon/trim; Tim Holtz sanding block (or an emery board/nail file will work!); UHU Stic; Art Glitter Glue; Fabri-Tac; foam pop up squares; bone folder; 1/8” double sided tape; Ranger Brayer; adhesive sheet; EK Tools Scoreboard

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Advent Calendar-Moodboard Inspired Project

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

I have, for my moodboard inspired project, an Advent Calendar using the Tres Jolie Kit Club’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar Kit, the December Scrapbooking Kit, and even some of the paint and glitter from the December Mixed Media Kit!


Now, this project was a rather “hefty” project, and there was more than once I thought about stopping! LOL! But, I recorded my process, so I hope you find it helpful and enjoyable! It did turn into two, longer than I expected, videos though – one for the base, and one for the roof! Check them out!

Part 1 – the base:

Part 2 – the roof:

December 2021 Moodboard:


For my base I created my own “stain” using the silver paint from the mixed media kit, the Distress Oxide from the Advent kit, and some clear gesso. I had to cover (practically) every surface of the calendar with it! I just couldn’t leave anything unfinished! Do you have to? No! The only surfaces I didn’t stain were the drawer fronts and the inside of the back panel of the roof – because they would be getting covered with gel medium and paper! (The measurements for my “stain” are approximately 1/3 cup clear gesso, between 1/4-1/3 of the bottle of silver paint, and 60 full squirts of the Distress Oxide Spray – and yes, I rubbed it in, I didn’t brush it on!)


My drawer fronts are covered in paper from 49 & Market found in this month’s Scrapbooking Kit. I used two sheets of paper, and probably close to 2/3rds of the package of rub-on’s! (To make sure your paper(s) are centered, work from the center out!) At the bottom edge of the bottom row of drawers and the top edge of the top row, I added some of the Snow Glitter to “fill-in” the small gaps since the drawer fronts, when all together, are slightly larger than 12 inches. After the rub-on’s, and before the snow, I sprayed four layers of Krylon Matte Finish for some extra protection.

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After the gel medium I used to attach the papers dried fully, I just started layering the rub-on’s (before the snow glitter). In the center of the Advent I added the large die cut wreath and roses from the paper pack and then came in with a few of the rub-on poinsettias. My “knobs” are Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners (I pre-drilled my holes!) and, using jump rings, I hung the Tim Holtz Number Tokens that can be found in the Advent Kit.

Once I saw the watercolor tree paper I knew it belonged in the roof! It really shaped how the rest of my Advent Calendar came about. If you look closely at the trees, you can see where the pattern starts it’s repeat, I made that specific tree the center of my background. With careful cutting and placement, the seam is practically invisible – especially with the “distraction” of all the other trees in the top!


I used a variety of Distress Crayons to add color to my trees and deer, I didn’t want to paint them, and I didn’t want to stain them – watery liquids will follow your wood grain and I wanted more control without having to seal the wood first and I still wanted the wood grain to show. The Distress Crayons gave me that control! I could control where my colors went and rub them in to still show the grain! (My deer and trees were also coated with the matte spray so the “snow” wouldn’t activate the water-reactive Crayons)




If you watch the video, you will see that I “dye” my deer and trees before I ever add the crayons. I did this for a couple of reasons – 1) The color of the wood can effect the colors placed on top – like the difference of what happens when you use white or black gesso and 2) I rarely know exactly what I am going to be doing so I like to “be prepared”!

In addition to the Glitter Snow in the kit, I made my own snow paste! I just had to have snow everywhere!! I didn’t even mind the snow on the legs of the deer! Why? Have you ever walked through snow? That stuff will stick to you and I think it helps add to the illusion of movement – like the deer were really walking through.

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I also added some white bottle brush trees from my stash and a small string of lights inside the roof. On the front panel, I had to add more snow! I finished drawing the snow mounds across, laid down a layer of white gesso, then added my snow pastes!

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For my roof I wanted snow, but I also wanted the shingles to show – so I compromised using a stencil! After I stained my roof I added a few coats of sealer in hopes the pastes wouldn’t break through and absorb the stain. It worked – mostly! I added my stenciling to the roof, then the roof peak so I could blend it into the stenciling and while the paste was still wet, I added glitter.

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Thank-you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed this project and it gave you some ideas of what you can do using the Advent Calendar Kit and the Scrapbooking Kit!

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In addition to the Advent Calendar Kit and the December Scrapbooking & Mixed Media Kits (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*Lindy’s Gang “Sidewalk Chalk” Flat Fabio Spray; *Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Paste “Frosted Aqua;” *Tres Jolie Crackle Medium; TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste; Ranger/Tim Holtz “Speckled Egg” Distress Paint, Distress Crayons: “Tree Lot,” “Iced Spruce,” “Snow Flurries,” “Empty Tomb,” “Crooked Broomstick,” “Old Paper,” “Wild Honey,” “Scattered Straw,” “Tea Dye,” “Black Soot,” “Speckled Egg,” “Frosted Juniper,” & “Weathered Wood;” Ranger Brayer; idea-ology/Tim Holtz Hitch Fastners; Prima/Finnabair Heavy White Gesso, “Bindweed Wallpaper” Stencil; Liquitex: Clear Gesso, Matte Gel, Gloss Super Heavy Gel, and Acrylic Inks: “Titanium White,” “Naphthol Crimson,” “Yellow Medium Azo,” & “Phthalocyanine Blue;” Krylon Workable Fixatif & Matte Finish; Daler Rowney White Gesso; 4mm & 8mm jump rings; foam snow; JoAnn’s Makers Holiday Littles White Bottle Brush Trees; Gorilla Wood Glue, double sided tape; Scotch Tape; E6000; Starry Lights: Warm White

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Christmas Explosion Box-December 2021 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

For my first Tres Jolie Kit Club project of December I have my “kit only” (+glues & basic tools!) project – a festive Christmas Explosion box! This month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit comes with a DCWV Explosion Box all ready for you to decorate using the fabulous Graphic 45 “Christmas Time” papers.


This project is rather quick and easy using the kit! Check out my video to see how I put it together!


Easy, right? Now for a few photos and some reminder info from the video!


After I decided which paper I wanted to use on the lid, I held the lid up to a light

and placed the paper over it so I could line up the position of the larger clock. Then I carefully set it down on my desk so I could trace the lid onto the the paper!


The inside of the box was just about as quick and easy as the lid – just more cutting! My pockets were cut 3-1/8” (height) x 3-5/8” (width) then scored 1/4” in from each side. I then used a 2-1/2” circle punch at the tops.

The first layer flaps had the papers cut 3-1/8” x 3-1/8”, the second layer of flaps were cut 3” x 2-7/8”, and I just carefully worked my way around the bottom piece trimming as I tested placement!


The papers for the outer panels of the box were cut 3-1/8” x 3-1/8”, I added some strips of paper for the edge of the lid, then I topped the box off with a chipboard frame and the large flower!

FRAMED-20211117_165501Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed this project and it gave you some ideas of what you can make using this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit!

Stay Crafty, Friends!

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In addition to the Cards, Tags, & More Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*Ranger/Tim Holtz Matte Distress Collage Medium; 1/8” Double Sided Tape; Art Glitter Glue; Recollections 2-1/2” Circle Punch; EK Tools Scoreboard; Bone Folder

Tres Jolie Kit Club–December 2021 Reveals!

Welcome to the December 2021 Kit Reveal!

We are revealing our newest kits so make sure you are following on Social Media and are a part of the Facebook Cafe that way you won’t miss a single project created with these kits.


The December 2021 kit is filled with gorgeous new papers and embellishment from 49 & Market. As always, these papers will be amazing for all your upcoming projects, even though they have a holiday feel to them. You will find a lovely assortment of patterned papers and perfectly coordinated embellishments.

Our card kit is filled with gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 and goodness so you can create a beautiful explosion box and more. Who doesn’t like creating a variety of projects from one kit?

These kits are for the beginner to the advanced, clean and simple to the mixed media maven. No matter your style, there is something for everyone. We know you are going to love it!

Presenting the Tres Jolie December 2021 kits:


*Scrapbook Kit*


*Mixed Media Kit*


*Cards, Tags and More Kit*

Don’t forget to stop by the Tres Jolie YouTube channel and see our video reveal of all our kits.

Love them, right! You can still get one of your own (some kits are in very limited quantities). Become a subscriber and you will never miss out on our gorgeous, coordinated kits. Just visit Tres Jolie subscribe.

The designers at Tres Jolie have created some amazing layouts/projects with this kit.

Here is a little tease from me using the Cards, Tags, & More Kit:

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Please stop by the other designers blogs and check out their sneak peaks. They are listed below:

Rae Moses

Peggy Giovanetti

Kim Heard

We have a new mood board challenge for the month. Here are the rules.

*You can create any type of project for the challenge.

*You MUST say what you were inspired by.

*You MUST include the twist in your design.

*We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie’s products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.

It MUST be a new project.

Here is the mood board:


The twist for this month is HOLIDAY MEMORIES. Let’s see those projects created using HOLIDAY MEMORIES.

Place your entries in the November 2021 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Cafe Facebook page. This challenge ends on December 31st 2021 at 11:59 pm CST. All entries must be in this folder to be eligible for the prize (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limited the same winner to once every 3 months).

Don’t forget that Tres Jolie can be found in the following places:

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All the designers will be revealing their projects on the Tres Jolie blog all month long. Make sure you join us for tons of inspiration, including video and photo tutorials. Also make sure you check out our newest chipboard designs that were just added to the store.