The Nutcracker

Hi there 🙂  I can’t believe that it’s November, and Christmas is very quickly approaching!! It’s also time for the mid-challenge reminder at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog.  We have a fun theme this time

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It really makes for endless possibilities, depending on your mood and preferences!  I was really leaning towards a Nightmare, but when Halloween passed, and me being Ms. Last Minute, I slipped into more of a dreamy mood for my project 🙂

I chose to go with a Christmas decor item, inspired by The Nutcracker, and featuring Mitzi’s lovely Clara, found here on and here in the Etsy store, and The Nutcracker, found exclusively in the store.  I colored 2 of each image, making the Clara colorings mirror image, then fussy cut them out.  This was fun, as I was back to my old trick of printing images soooo tiny, but I got it all done without cutting any extremities off 🙂  I glued the Claras back to back, sandwiching some string between the two pieces, so they could spin, then set this aside.

I die cut the “window” that Clara is suspended from, twice from a brushed silver paper, and once from cardboard, to give it stability.  I built the circular base from cardboard, then covered it with the same brushed silver paper.  The window was assembled, with Clara, then inserted into a notch that I’d cut in the base. I used some sparkly eyelash yarn in a pretty blue to glue around the edges of the base and window, then die cut some corner pieces from a blue CS.  I found some sparkly tulle, and gathered and glued it to the base, adding a white ribbon to finish it.  The sentiment, a quote from the Nutcracker, was computer generated, then die cut with a blue frame to match the top corner pieces.

  I added some rhinestones and a white bow, before affixing the Nutcrackers on either side of the window….as guards 🙂

  Here is another picture of my project, from a different angle. 🙂

Posted by Susan Sudbury on Monday, November 5, 2018

I’d like to enter this in the following:

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #10 ATG Oct/Nov

DL Art – November Linky Challenge

The Sketchy Challenges – #147 ATG

Stamping Sensations – November Get Ready For Christmas

Addicted To Stamps – #168 ATG with optional Use Ribbon

Get Creative Challenges – #75  Anything But A Card

Incy Wincy Challenge – Christmas

Classic DT Open Challenge – #11 ATG



  1. EEEK! How gorgeous and creative, Susan! Such a fabulous Christmas scene. Love the brushed silver with the royal blue and your details on Clara and the Nutcrackers are AMAZING! Perfect sentiment, too. Love, love, LOVE! xxD

  2. OMG, we need a video of this one, Susan! I want to see Clara rotate!! What a brilliant project! I can’t believe you got this done so quickly, and you totally blew my mind with this one. There was a time in my life where holiday season meant the Nutcracker production, and I know that the ballet people would kill to have this! LOL Really magical and gorgeous for the holiday season. Thank you so much for this grand inspiration today! Mitzi xxx

  3. A really delightful and magical Christmas creation, many thanks for joining in with our ‘Get ready for Christmas’ theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  4. Wow what an amazing creation!! So much attention to detail and the sparkle really adds to the magic of it all. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  5. This is a realy special design. Very nicely made.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing creation at our challenge, I hope you will join us again at our next challenge.

    -xiss- Renate.
    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

  6. WOWZER!!!!! I love it. This is so spectacular Susan, how creative and fun,
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes NOVEMBER 2018 Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day

    DIANA L.

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