Here Comes Santa Claus…

Oh how I love this time of year! There is music everywhere, people’s smiles reach their eyes, warm holiday spices fill up the air and there’s just a little bit extra love to go around. Colorado Craft Company’s newest release of Anita Jeram stamps and dies captures this spirit of the holiday season just right. There are stockings to be hung, shopping is done, excitement is electric and Santa’s bag just seems to be filled with mysterious goodies.

This is also the time of year when I start making ornaments…so, I decided to use these stamps to adorn not only our Celebration Tree but also our friends’ trees! I just recently learned how make an explosion box, so I used this newly-acquired skill set to make cute keepsake boxes.

But things didn’t turn out just so fantastic the first time I played with Sculpey clay! I followed the directions on the box to the T and yet my ornament went from being a soft white to a dark brown in a matter of minutes! It, in fact, looked like a burnt cookie…but my kiddo wouldn’t throw it away. “This will be such a great memory, Ma!” she said. “I’ll always remember all that smoke coming out of the toaster oven!” Lol. Kids!

Well, I tried to salvage it with all the extra gold you see on here…and I know years from now I might still cringe when I see this ornament, but I will also remember what a fun experiment this was.

Burnt clay ornament that now looks like a chocolate cookie

As I poked around my oven settings and did a couple more experiments, I finally figured out the correct temperature, the correct substrate for the clay and the correct amount of time. For this next set, I handprinted a votive with all those excited little bunnies in bed and made an ornament that takes inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry night. The lid of the box has Santa Bunny treading ever-so-softly to deliver mystery gifts. Tap the images below to see a bigger version.

I am just thrilled with how these gifts are turning out and, trust me, I’m just getting started!

Colorado Craft Company has generously decided to give away one Hanging Stockings Mini stamp set to a lucky commenter here! So, make sure you comment here as well as on every designer’s blog (to increase your chances) and Instagram profile. Come back here on November 25 to find out if you won! I’ll be sharing a video walkthrough of these goodies I made (including that cute little votive!). The giveaway ends on November 23 at midnight Mountain Time. Please also follow @coloradocraftcompany on Instagram.

More inspiration to be found here:

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Angelica Conrad
Jenn Gross
Bibi Cameron
Jennifer Kotas
Daniel West
Emily Midgett
Jenn Shurkus
Kassi Hulet
Erin Thompson
Mansi Bhatia — you are here
Donna Hitz
Amy Young
Kelly Griglione
Caly Person
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Nichol Spohr
Cathy Zielski
Sandy Allnock


Joe Sysavath
Traci Jenkins
Chris Dayton

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Thank you for visiting and I hope this gives you some inspiration to create your own Christmas ornaments this year!

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

82 thoughts on “Here Comes Santa Claus…

  1. so creative to try clay! I’m sorry your first try didn’t work out so well, but I think you and your kids will always have a memory to share.

  2. So sweet. You are inspiring me to breakout my fimo. It’s been awhile lol. I love your work and I love those baby bunnies!

  3. Hi
    Love the way you chose to use the images in a non traditionally way. A great activity to do with kids & the elderly. Great coloring.

  4. Oh my gosh, I am going to go back and see how you did these. WOW, they are so cool. You didn’t just make cards, which is incredible. You are very talented.

  5. Love the box, and all the contents. The clay ornament looked great to me! These bunnies are so cute.

  6. Your ornaments are just so adorable and heart warming, I love Anita Jeram designs. It’s been a long time since I used stamps and clay, time to re-visit that, thanks for the inspiration!

  7. WOW! Your collection of all these different projects are amazing!! Love all the inspiration you have provided. Such a great new release!!

  8. What a fun way to use this release. Love your projects. I always enjoy the memories I have while hanging Christmas ornaments, your family now has another one, so wonderful.

  9. No one will ever know that the clay ornament
    wasn’t supposed to be brown. I like it the
    way it is. You have some wonderful projects
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  10. Mansi, way to think outside of the box! Your first ornament looks like a cookie made with molasses in it. (At least that’s what you can claim.) lol I really like the votive tin you decorated. Those little bunnies in bed in their den are the cutest.

  11. Ohmygosh, I LOVE your clay ornaments!! I don’t think I’m brave enough to try that though!! I agree with your kids, keep the brown ornament too – it’s adorable!

  12. I love the way you stepped outside of the box. Can’t wait to try the Sculpey technique. Love the story behind your first attempt too.

  13. What great ideas! I have been searching for more ways to use these stamps that I love so much. Thanks for sharing!

  14. So many ideas! I thought the clay ornaments were cookies at first. None the less my jaw dropped in awe!

  15. This is the best of the hop. This is the best place on the hop. Even your “failure” ornament brings to mind a gingerbread cookie. Not a failure at all. Love them all!

  16. As if these stamps weren’t cute enough already, you wow us with these creative designs. The recipients are going to be thrilled!

  17. Love all your creative projects. The boxes are so pretty and special. The ornament DOES LOOK like a chocolate cookie or biscuit. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Oh my goodness, the memories we hold on to are what it’s all about… ha, very scary fun. (I tried the same once, but set off all the alarms). Glad you figured it out, because the finished one is a keepsake dor sure. But I’ll bet she keeps that “cookie” ornament forEVER!

  19. WOW ! This is the most beautiful gift you can offer to someone, so creative and made with love. I’m totally in love of this idea and who wouldn’t love this darling new release on a gift ? Thanks so much for the inspiration and for the chance to win.

  20. Oh I love the burnt cookie look! It’s perfect and created a family memory. Great gift ideas. I love this new 3C Christmas release. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Oh my gosh, this opens up a whole new world for me! I have to know how to make the ornament and votive. They are so darling! Can’t wait for your video!

  22. Hi, Mansi – Love the ornament, the votive and your general flair for making lots of handmade items w/ stamped images. Your creativity is unbounded!! TFS your work!
    Lori S in PA

  23. I love how you used the stamps to create ornaments and gift boxes. I agree with your daughter, the burnt ornament will be a great memory and it’s still really cute!

  24. The votive with the little bunnies would be a perfect Christmas nightlight for a little one too excited to sleep on Christmas Eve. (Flameless candle of course)

  25. Absolutely love your Christmas collection using these sweet bunny scenes!! So much inspiration here. Thank you 🙂

  26. I think it kinda looks like the top of a Reese’s peanut butter cup. My imagination. I did have to laugh at the smoke coming out of the toaster oven. Seriously it will be a memento to remember. I love this line of Anita Jeram. They are all so cute.

  27. Wow! Your projects are just amazing!! So many clever ways to use these sweet little Christmas images. Thanks for wonderful inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  28. Love the ‘explosion’ box idea! Very clever ! Yes, sometimes we learn a lot from our ‘mistakes’ but that makes it all the more fun!

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