Saturday, November 30, 2013

First Christmas Card of the Season

I bought an Authentique paper pack called Merry several months ago and have used several sheets so far for Christmas ornaments so I thought it was time to make a few cards. This is the first one I created. It all started with the piece of burlap ribbon that I brushed some white paint on and cut a v on the end. I was going to use it on a tag or possibly a canvas piece but it turned out the perfect size for a card :) The card base is Old Olive card stock with two layers of the paper from the Authentique paper pack. I tied scrunched seam binding around the layers card stock where they are put together and then added the piece of burlap ribbon. 

The tag  is also from the same paper pack, was cut out with a Tim Holtz tag die cut and is inked around the edges to distress it. I added a double tied bow to the tag. Above the tag is a chipboard snowflake that I painted with Tim Holtz shimmer white distress paint and then inked it to distress it, added the green button with red twine. Below the tag, I stamped "be merry" in Timber Brown Staz-on. I added Stickles around the edges of the card and the snowflake to make it sparkly :)

 I made another card and some other projects that I will share with you later. I gotta go and work on another creation that has been stuck in my head for a while :) Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I caved...

I just couldn't stand waiting to give my sister-in-law her Christmas gift! Considering it is a Christmas decoration, I really wanted her to have it to before then, so I caved and gave it to her today! I gave you a sneak peak of it last week. Here is the whole thing :)

I hope you like it Lisa!!! Each piece is coaster that is covered in Christmas paper from an Authentique paper pack and the edges are painted with white paint to look like it's dusted with snow. The J and the Y are chipboard letters from Darice, that are painted white, sponged with red paint and then I applied Irridescent Ice embossing powder. The O is actually a wreath ornament that I received in a swap. It is made with a bunch of punched snow flakes and some of them have small bling pieces. It was light blue, so I painted it with the same paint mixture as the letters. The bow that was on it was also blue, so I swapped it out with a pretty Old Olive ruffled Stampin' Up! ribbon one. I added big eyelets to the corner of each panel and attached them together with a vintage red eyelet ribbon. I accented the red ribbon with the same Old Olive ruffled ribbon and some pretty cream colored lace. Here is a close-up of each panel.

I love the little red bird peeking from behind the J and the Santa behind the Y. I cut the papers so those would not be hidden :) I love this paper pack!! I wish I had bought more than one!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I ate way too much and think I will go take a nap :)

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Elf Stocking Floral Door Hanger

I have been seeing a lot of burlap stockings on Pinterest and since I adore burlap and love Christmas stockings, I thought I would make one :) But with a twist! I made it a floral door hanger instead of just a stocking. And of course I had to make it whimsical!!!

I made the stocking by drawing the shape directly on the burlap and cutting two pieces, then stitching them together and then turning it. Cute, huh? I stuffed it with fiberfill and inserted a floral foam block and then started filling it with fun, whimsical stuff :) There's a cute little elf hanging onto the stocking while hanging a jingle bell garland to it.

Then there is the sweet little candy house that I got at Carolina Pottery. Love that place!! They always have the cutest decorations, although sometimes a little pricey. Also, I added some cute sparkly sprays in green, red and white.

I do think it needs something on the right side of the little candy house, maybe a funky candy cane. I will be on the lookout for something this week.

I started a new project tonight and hope it turns out great, just have to let it dry overnight. It involves burlap, of course!! I will share that as soon as I can. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Whimsical Red and Lime Green Wreath

A co-worker asked me to make Christmas wreaths for her double front doors. She wanted red and lime green as the colors, so this is what I came up with.

It's very whimsical, don't you think?! lol I may add some round ornaments if I can find some inexpensive ones. I used wide red mesh with lime green stripe and lime green ribbon with red and green circles. There is also white mesh tubing tied in bows and all the whimsical curly pieces and stacked Christmas balls are all sprays that I pulled apart. Here is a couple of close ups...

I spent the better part of my day today making an awesome Christmas floral arrangement. I'll share it here as soon as I edit the pictures. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Re-worked Gold Wreath

One of my Mom's friends had a wreath that she did not like the decorations on and asked me to re-work it for her. I forgot to take a before picture, but it was kind of a hot mess, lol. It had poinsettia's on it that were flattened and gold berries that were falling apart and we won't even talk about the ribbon that was on it! I removed all of the bad pieces, but left the awesome gold sprayed pine cones on it. She gave me some extra pine cones and some gold, glittery ornaments to add to it and I had on hand an awesome sheet music printed ribbon with gold accents. So this is how it turned out!

Simple, but elegant, don't you think? I love that ribbon and I have enough left over to make another bow or two :) Here's a close up of the bow.

Here's a close up of the gold pine cones and ornaments.

I hope she likes the changes I made :)

I also made two identical (well as identical as possible) wreaths for a co-worker and will share those later today. So stay tuned!!
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sneak Peek

I can't show you this whole project because it is a gift for someone special, but I thought I would give you a sneak peak of it :)

I used papers from Authentique Festive paper pack and 3 inch Darice chipboard letters. Each panel has 4 red heart shaped eyelets from Stampin' Up! and the panels are attached together with a red vintage ribbon, with lace and ruffled green ribbon as accents.

It's been a long week at work, so I wasn't able to get out to the art house much, but tomorrow I'm getting out there early so I can get some projects knocked out. I will share them here very soon. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Candy Cane Door Decoration

What can you do with dollar store decorations? This...

Yep, that's right! Everything to make this came from the dollar store :) The big candy cane, the ribbons and the bell. Actually the bells came in a pack of 9 and the green polka dot organza ribbon and red burlap ribbon was some I had left over from last year and did not come from the dollar store. But they had some really cute ribbons to choose from that would work in the same way.

I found some really cute poinsettias and other ribbon and things to decorate. Large snowflakes are one thing I found and am looking for a way to use those in some kind of display.
I have several wreaths to make for people and will be working on those this week. I also have a few more things to make for the craft fair. I bet you will all be so happy when that is over and done with. How many times have a said craft fair in the last few weeks? lol I will share lots more things this week, so stay tuned!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Chicken Wire and Burlap Go Good Together

I saw a chicken wire and burlap wall/door hanger on Pinterest a few weeks ago and have been dreaming about it ever since. No seriously, when I see something that I really want to make, I have dreams about it until it comes to fruition. Weird, I know, but that's my wacko, creative brain works. Anyway, I finally finished it!! What do you think??

Do you love it? Huh, huh, huh??? Let's take a closer look :)

First I shaped the chicken wire in a cone shape. Then I sewed up a piece of burlap also in a cone shape and stuck it inside the chicken wire cone, folding the top edge down to create a cuff. Then the real fun started!! Stuffing it with awesome stuff :) The focal point is the Santa with spindly, twisty legs that I got from Oriental Trading last year. Behind the Santa is an icy red berry spray, a sparkly pine straw spray, some pine boughs with pine cones, a sparkly green ball spray and some poinsettias.

I also added a bow made with green mesh ribbon, a snowflake printed red organza wired ribbon, some mesh tubing and a large rusty bell. I love that rusty bell!!

I bought a few of them at Carolina Pottery. Most of the floral sprays came from there, too. I love that store :) They always have the coolest displays and now they have all of the Christmas decorations up and the trees that they have decorated are awesome!! It will soon be time to get all the Christmas stuff out of storage and have fun decorating my house!! But, I always wait until after Thanksgiving :)
Today, I worked on something for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I also worked on a couple other things for the craft fair. I have to take pictures of all of it and then I will share :) Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Merry Banner

After I made the Merry Christmas banner pieces for a swap a few weeks ago, I really wanted to make another banner with just "merry". I was finally able to get some pictures today, but couldn't decide which background looked best, so I am sharing a couple different ones :) This one is on the art house door (which you have seen many times before)

Each panel is die cut with a large scallop square and covered in designer paper from Authentique Festive paper pack, then added iridescent ice embossing powder. The large scallop circle was cut with a Spellbinders die cut from the music note paper from the same paper pack and I added UTEE to each one. The 3 inch chipboard letters are from Darice and they are first painted white and then I added chunky bronze glitter to them, but that made them almost disappear on the music paper scallop. So I added some Tim Holtz Snow paint, but left some of the glitter to show through.

Each panel has two grommets added to the top corners and strung together with a ruffled green ribbon from Stampin' Up! Then I tied a red with white stitching ribbon between each letter panel and also to each end, along with some lace trim.

I finally finished the chicken wire and burlap wall pocket!! It turned out really cute!! I will show that to you tomorrow :) I will be working on some more projects tomorrow as well and will share those throughout the week. Until tomorrow...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Wine Cork Christmas Ball

I love wine bottles and corks, but don't really drink wine, lol. Good thing my boss does!! I got some wine corks from him and some from a restaurant in town. I used a bunch on the tray that I made last year and was hoarding the rest until I found a project I thought worthy of using them. Well, I finally found one! Check this out...

Cute, huh? I am calling it a Wine Cork Christmas Ball or ornament, but it is a little heavy to hang on a tree. Perhaps it can be hung in a doorway like mistletoe or just sit it on a shelf or mantle. I inserted a small piece of a dowel in each cork and then inserted each one in a 2 inch Styrofoam ball and to secure each one better, I put a glob of hot glue on each one before inserting them. After the whole ball was covered, I added a piece of organza ribbon by tying it to a piece of dowel, glued and inserted it in the ball.

To finish it off, I glued some moss between each cork to cover the Styrofoam that showed. This thing measures about 8 inches wide!! I wish I had enough corks to do more, but it took about 45 corks to make this one. Hopefully I can get some more corks from some restaurants. I saw some for sale on Etsy, but I hate paying for these things when some people just throw them away!! So, if you are one that throws them away, throw them at me! lol

 This weekend, I will be working on more cute things for the craft fair. I also need to get all of my displays ready and do a test run of my set up. I need to take pictures of another banner that I made last weekend and I will share that tomorrow. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dove Christmas Ornaments

I made these dove Christmas ornaments for the upcoming craft fair that I am constantly talking about, lol. I cut each one out of chipboard using the Stampin' Up! bird die and covered them in paper from a K&Company Christmas designer paper pack. I decorated each one a bit differently. 
This one has a swirl holly paper and an accordion folded rosette
and berries tucked in behind it.
Close up of the accordion folded rosette.

This one has a pretty red swirl and sheet music paper with a
glittery beige and rusty red ribbon flower with a pretty fabric
covered brad in the center. 
Close up of the glittery beige and rusty red ribbon flower.

This one has a pretty red floral paper and a accordion folded
rosette and a piece of silver waffle ribbon with a fabric
covered brad.
Close up of the accordion folded rosette with silver waffle
ribbon and fabric covered brad.

I will be making a few more of these for sure!! I have a cool idea to display all the Christmas ornaments at the craft fair. I love coming up with unexpected and unique displays! I also made some more of my mason jar business cards and created some tea cup shaped ones, but have to print and cut those out yet.
I have also been working on a couple of wine cork themed things and will share those later. So until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Let it Snow Banner

I made this banner to sell at the craft fair that I've mentioned in the last few posts. It is really sparkly in real life!!

The base for each letter is a round coaster that my daughter got from a restaurant a while back. I painted each coaster with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and then applied an iridescent embossing powder. The letters are chipboard that I applied Tim Holtz Snow Paint to and also added iridescent embossing powder to. Each letter is mounted to a glittered snowflake that I got from Walmart. The "let it" part, I used letters from an old Scrabble game that was missing some pieces. I added two grommets to each coaster and all the pieces are strung on some white tulle with a blue rick rack trim tied to each end.

I made an awesome wine cord project tonight and can't wait to share it with y'all!! But, I have a couple of Christmas ornaments to share first, but those will have to wait until later in the week. I am doing a wreath class tomorrow night and won't be home until late.

I am off to bed now! It's been sleeting here and I am cold and ready for my warm bed! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!