Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Subway Art

Hello friends! Just wanted to share another Christmas project, a Christmas Subway Art.

Yesterday I went over to the dollar store and bought some 8X10 frames for $2.00 and found this cute subway art printable online.  This was created by Jennifer Wilson (The Simple Scrapper) and was a freebie.  I used my printer and some satin finish photo paper and printed it and then framed it.  I really like how it turned out and will put it in my studio beside my mini pink Christmas tree.


Subway Art is everywhere and this would make a very inexpensive last minute Christmas gift.  Thanks for stopping by!

Be Bright Shadowbox

Hello friends!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.  Today I wanted to share another Christmas project that I created with an  8X8 shadowbox frame, some vinyl, my Silhouette Cameo, a piece of 8x8 patterned paper and some mini ornaments.  The phrase was designed by Kerri Bradford.


I really enjoyed making this and it was my first time cutting vinyl on my Cameo.  I definitely will be making more of these for gifts.  My home resembles a timber frame style home and is quite rustic so I thought the plaid paper by October Afternoon's  "Holiday Style" Collection was perfect for this one.  I bought the 8X8 shadowbox frame at Michael's and also the ornaments being mindful not to buy too large of ornaments because the shadowbox was not very deep.  The "Be Bright" phrase was sized 6 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches long.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my project.  Have a great day!

Supplies

1 Black 8X8 Shadowbox Frame  - (Michael's Arts & Crafts)
1 8X8 piece of patterned paper - Holiday Style Collection (October Afternoon) 
Diecut Phrase - Kerri Bradford Studio
Mini Ornaments - (Michael's Arts & Crafts)
Vinyl - (Silhouette America)
Electronic Die Cutting Machine - (Silhouette Cameo)



Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Joy Of Family Christmas Layout

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a Christmas layout for Creative Embellishments. This photo is of my three kiddos and their cousins at Christmas last year.  It is special to me because it has been at least ten years since my entire family have been able to spend Christmas together.

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For this layout, I began with a white piece of card stock and also used the Christmas Cheer Collection of patterned papers and stickers from Echo Park Paper. I used a Creative Embellishments Star Bulb Ornament and didn't alter it at all.  I liked the raw look for this layout and wanted some contrast to give it a rustic look.  I also used the Creative Embellishments Peppermint Wood Veneers and kept them natural.

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As you can see, I wanted to add a rustic homemade touch to this layout so I hand stitched with some red embroidery floss along the left border and also the circle underneath the Star Bulb Ornament.

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Also, I cut a snowflake shape out of white card stock from the Silhouette Online Store with my Silhouette Cameo and adhered patterned papers to the back to make it look festive and also cut out the title.  I added some stickers, some ribbon and twine to the Creative Embellishments Star Bulb Ornament and journaled and hand stitched with some red embroidery floss on a piece of white card stock. Finally I added some enamel dots and there you have it.
Thanks so much for stopping by! All these and many more products are in the Creative Embellishments Store here.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Festive Ribbon Tree

Hello friends! I hope you are having a good week.  I have really enjoyed doing some Christmas crafts this week.  I made a ribbon tree for a friend.


These are very easy to make.  All you need is:

Scissors
A glue gun
glue sticks
A styrofoam cone
3 or 4 spools of ribbon about 7/8 inches wide and about 4 yards in length
A small Poinsettia pick for the top of tree
About two hours
  1. I started at the bottom of the styrofoam cone and hot glued 4 inch strips of ribbon that were folded in half.  
  2. Continue hot gluing strips of ribbon using a different color for each row.
  3. Once you reach the top of the tree, add the Poinsettia pick in the center pushing the pick all the way down the top center of the cone.
  4. Enjoy!
I usually buy ribbon when it goes on sale at Michael's to make these trees.  I have made several in different colour combinations.  Use your imagination!  I think my next ribbon tree that I make, I am going to add some sequins to the ribbon to give it some more sparkle.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and are inspired to create a ribbon tree.  Thanks for stopping by! 



Monday, December 15, 2014

Tulle Wreath

Hello friends! Are you ready for Christmas? I can't believe it's only 10 days until the big day.  I wanted to take some time out of the busy Christmas preparations and create a wreath.

I was inspired by a wreath that I saw on Pinterest.  I didn't have any wreath forms, so I used a wooden embroidery hoop instead.  Actually, two wreaths can be made from the hoops once you separate them.

I bought the tulle at Michael's last year and didn't have a chance to make it until now.  I bought four different colours (white, baby blue, aqua, and silver) of tulle that comes in the rolls.  For the wreath, I measured out strips of 18 inches and then created the wreath by going around the hoop using four of each colour in a pattern.  I didn't knot the tulle, I just created a loop and slipped it through.  Once I was done (I used about 100 strips) I fluffed it up and gave it a haircut so the strips looked even.  I then flipped it over and took my glue gun and glued some snowflake ornaments and some little bell ornaments.


I made this for the Christmas Love Campaign and will be giving this to someone that I can not mention their name as they regularly read my blog.  You can read all about the Christmas Love Campaign here.

I really enjoyed making this wreath but I must warn you, the sparkles in the tulle come off and glitter is EVERYWHERE so I am off to vacuum my house now.  Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Stuck?! Sketches Team Up With Scrap Around The World


Hello friends!  Today is the December 15 Sketch and reveal at Stuck?! Sketches and for this sketch we are teaming up with the amazingly talented ladies over at Scrap Around The World.  Here is the fabulous sketch designed by Laura Whitaker that the design team created with:


and here is the Scrap Around The World Moodboard that was provided


I stayed very true to the sketch and pulled out some older papers from My Mind's Eye All Is Bright Collection for this challenge.  I was inspired by the colours and shapes of the mood board and thought this collection was perfect for the challenge.









Now for the fabulous giveaways.  If you uplink your layout based on the above sketch at Stuck?! Sketches AND ALSO link up to the challenge at Scrap Around The World, you are eligible to win a $30 gift certificate from Big Picture Classes and the winner can use the gift certificate for a class of their choice, but remember you have to enter both challenges.


If you link up your layout to Stuck?! Sketches only, you are edible for a $15 gift certificate from My Scraps And More


I hope you are inspired to take some time out of your busy holiday preparations and play along.  Have a great day!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Love Campaign And A Giveaway!



Hello friends! I hope you are having a good Monday.  Today I wanted to share a Ribbon Tree that I created for the Christmas Love Campaign.  This will be going to my dear friend and neighbour who shovels snow, waters our flowers and feeds our kitty when we go away on vacation.



To explain what the Christmas Love Campaign is about,  all the details are on my blog post here.  Below is a brief description:


I wanted to have my own little giveaway to get as many people worldwide to craft something for their friend, neighbour or stranger and spread the love!  Susan K. Weckesser is a dear friend of mine and I wanted to help her out by sharing this campaign.  She began this campaign because she wanted to do something kind for her father who battled cancer and now Susan is also fighting the battle.  Here are the things you need to do if you would like a chance to win this beautiful stamp set from Susan K. Weckesser Inc.

  1. Follow Susan K. Weckesser's blog here.
  2. Follow The Christmas Love Campaign on Facebook and post a photo of how you are crafting up love.
  3. Make sure to use the hashtags #ChristmasLoveCampaign and #craftuplove
  4. Come back here and comment on this post that you did this and I will select a winner on the first week of  January 2015.
 I am sure this would make Susan K. Weckesser's Christmas a whole lot brighter.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Good luck!