From today, 1st December, through to Christmas Eve, 24th December, I will be posting regular Christmas Cracker blog posts and more.

Christmassy projects and tutorials, reviews and articles. The countdown to Christmas starts here 🙂

As with my previous Halloween Shriek Week promotion, I will add links to all the goodies on this page so they are gathered in one place for you.



1st December – let’s start the Christmas Cracker with an illustrated tutorial to make some handsome gift tags for your Christmas presents. These have a vintage style by with a modern twist – they are mini shakers.

Vintage Shaker Christmas Tags Tutorial

And if you want quicker tags…..


TTVintageChildrenTagsPic1A new set of printable Christmas gift tags in the Tin Teddy Etsy shop today, featuring beautiful Victorian and Edwardian images of little children. Vintage is very on trend this Christmas, so here is a cheap and easy way to add that retro charm to your present wrapping. Just print, punch a hole and add some string, ribbon or twine. I am adding glitter glue to mine, because I like a bit of bling at Christmas!

Tin Teddy Vintage Children Christmas Tags Printables


Christmas Gifts For Teens2nd December – are you having trouble getting gift for the teens in your life this Christmas? Here are ten inspiring ideas for amazing handmade gifts from Etsy sellers.

There are loads of wonderful products in these shops, for the whole family.

Ten Great Christmas Gifts for Teens from Etsy sellers





Tin Teddy Cute Angels Clip Art5 December – some adorable little girl angel clip art images, ideal for your Christmassy projects.

They are perfect for 3d decoupage and would look lovely on cards, invites, tags and more.

Plus bonus 13th “cheeky rebel” angel included!

Tin Teddy Cute Angels Clip Art


Ten Great Christmas Card Tutorials on YouTube


Need some inspiration for your Christmas card making? Check out these great videos from some of my favourite YouTube crafters. Lots of cool techniques.

Ten Great Christmas Card Tutorials on YouTube



10 December -Craft Book Review – 20 to Make, Mini Christmas Crochet

A review of this great value little crochet book, full of quick and easy Christmas decorations, toys and gifts. Ideal for anyone creating for a Christmas craft stall or looking for last minute projects

20 to Make – Mini Christmas Crochet by Val Pierce






13 December – Hints and Tips for last minute Christmas Card making

Having a panic that Christmas is so nearly here and you haven’t finished making all your cards yet? Check out this blog post for hints and tips to save you time and get those cards finished.

Hints and Tips for Last Minute Christmas Card Making



15 December – a little tutorial to make a quick and easy stamped Christmas card, using a few easy short-cuts to get a card that looks more complex and time-consuming than it really was.

Simple Stamped Reindeer Christmas Card Tutorial




16 December – Santa’s Elf clip art images

Another Christmassy set to bring some elf magic to those last minute Christmas projects. 12 adorable toon elves.

Tin Teddy Santa’s Elf clip art



17 December – something different for those last minute giftsUnusualXmasGiftsThumb

Here are some exciting, handmade Christmas gift ideas from amazing sellers on Etsy. Why buy boring run-of-the-mill presents when you can get something cool?

Eight Unusual Christmas Gifts from Etsy Sellers







20 December – Christmas Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

An illustrated tutorial on how I made the mixed media tag for December, for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 game.

Christmas Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

Christmas Cracker – 1st – 25th December 2015
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