Monday, December 3, 2018

Gone Crackers

Aurora Wings

Holiday Spirit #74 - Holiday Spirit

Time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this month we know you will be in the Holiday Spirit with Christmas just round the corner.

Oh so much fun with this challenge.  I try to make my own crackers each Christmas to give to family either with their gift in the post of with us at lunch time, which ever fits and this was the perfect theme for my crackers this year.  I decided to use 9 of the Christmas Sprites Mitzi has over at the Aurora Wings store, they are just darlings to adorn the crackers aren't they :) :) :) I started by hunting for a cracker die cut template and found a great in Monica's Craft Room which is what I have used.  Monica is a very generous designer who has lots of free cutting files on her site so thank you so very much Monica, you are a superstar.  I made the crackers as big as I could with the template, each on fitting onto a piece of A4 card (similar size to letter) and used cream linen card.  Next I coloured 18 white doilies with gold paint and let them dry while I sorted the printing of the images, adding the sentiment along with the recipients name, sorting the correct size to fit my chosen gold die cut which they will be placed on etc..  Each of the Aurora Wings sprites was coloured using Promarkers in reds and greens (and brown for the reindeer guy) and then it was out with green, gold and red Stickles, I so love my Stickles lol.  With all the colouring done I assembled the crackers, mounted the toppers and used remnants of gold lace stuff to tie the two end sections.  There is no bang in these crackers so you just remove one of the ties and open the cracker box to reveal a wee gift, shhhhhhh don't tell, but this year they will be filled with Ferrero Rocher chocolates, partly because they have gold wrappers but mainly because they are yummy.

and here are some clearer pics of each of the crackers

I will let you into a little secret now, one I feel really bad about.  After all my planning and making sure I had things correct ready for the production line I must have lost the plot.  I had a cracker for everybody and two spare so I decided my lovely fur baby cats could have one each, they won't be getting Ferrero Rocher in theirs but probably a nice salmon stick.  Anyway, back to my little secret.  Crackers made and time to photography, still I did not see the problem.  Then to edit the photos and what do I notice, I have not made a cracker for my best friend, my hubby - how on earth did I make such a huge error and with the crackers having names on I could not hide this from him.  Yep, I feel bad.  Alan's response was he was not bothered (he is not a fan of Christmas) so I think I will buy him a whole box of Ferrero Rocher to say sorry and I know there are to many in a box to fit into a cracker hahaha.  

Items Used:-
  • Die Cut - Monica's Craft Room
  • Colouring :- gold paint, Promarkers
  • Other items:- Stickles, doilies, gold lace 

I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-


  1. What a labor of love, Jane! These are absolutely STUNNING! So elegant in the cream and gold and your coloring of each and every Sprite is gorgeous! How wonderful that they are personalized, as well. You've certainly gone above and beyond. I'm sure your work will be greatly appreciated. Even by the kitties. In the end, hubby does win out with the most choccies, though. Doesn't he? LOL xxD

  2. These Christmas crackers are absolutely gorgeous!! Each image is so adorable and so beautifully coloured! Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. x

  3. Oh WoWza !!! These are really gorgeous :-D xxxxx

    1. Bit of an ooooopsy with Alan's cracker !!!!

  4. OMW, you're filling them with Ferrero Rocher??? Your project just turned even more golden and even more amazing (at least, for me! lol). Every one of these are so gorgeous, Mimi! All together, they look breathtaking!! Thank you so much for this spectacular inspiration for AWCB! Mitzi xxx

  5. Beautiful project. Everyone will love these. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge, Angela xXx

  6. These are beautiful, thanks for sharing with us at CWTC. Sue x

  7. Really fabulous project! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Calendar Challenge hugs Sue x

  8. What a lovely gift wrap and I love the little images you colored. Such a sweet gift! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  9. Great crackers! Thank you so much for playing along at I ❤ Promarkers! Hope to see you again next time!

  10. Wow, these are wonderful creations!
    Thanks for playing at I Love Promarkers Challenge.

  11. These are beautiful...perfect for Christmas with the Cutie Pies. Sarah DT

  12. Wow! Those crackers are works of art!!! Gorgeous design! Beautiful Christmas images and such a pretty cracker design. Thanks for sharing your lovely creations with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. They looks so festive and beautiful!! Do come and play along again this month too. Happy crafting, Wends xoxo CaSS DT

  13. These are so sweet and just gorgeous I would never want to open them. Thanks so much for joining my month long Handmade Holiday Magic blog challenge and good luck :)

    Jeannie T.
    Dragonfly Journeys


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