Wreath Home Decor

My daughter graduated from high school last month and her ceremony was postponed until August in the hopes of having an in person celebration. While the gathering is still currently in the works, the format will be very different, with an outdoor event, limited family member participation, social distance zones on the lawn and no food or social time afterwards.

Still, even with those restrictions I will take some celebration over no celebration. And I want to capture a photo of the important moment and hang it in my craft space. So I designed my own svg file to create a floral wreath. (direct download, or go to my freebies page to find the file).

You can see my process in my latest YouTube episode.

I used my current month’s Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine craft kit, called the SCT Sampler as the base of products for this project. I love these little bitesized kits, but of course you could use your favorite supplies.

And here is how my wreath turned out, graduation photo pending!

DCWV cone wreath

I received some paper stacks from DCWV to make projects, including one to make seasonal cone wreaths. As Thanksgiving approached I decided to quickly try to put together the fall wreath.

cone wreath 3

I had to cut my own circle base from chipboard. There is one base included but knowing I will need to make 4 wreaths total I just started this one with my own chipboard. I trimmed all the papers from the stack into their rectangle shapes. After a little playing around, I figured out how to quickly fold each rectangle of paper into a cone and hot glue it together. Each layer uses slightly smaller rectangles. I found the center to be rather deep and didn’t want to decorate down in that hole so I took some leftover chipboard and created a platform to fill in the hole.

cone wreath 2cone wreath 1

And that is as far as I got. Why you ask? The project wasn’t hard and it was starting to shape up to look lovely. But in the end I decided I just didn’t like the colors for Thanksgiving. Too much black. Too much orange. I will save this wreath for Halloween next year. I may try some other papers in greens and browns and golds to make a Thanksgiving wreath some other time. But for now, this project remains unfinished.

And that is okay. Go ahead and try things; and then decide you don’t like them. It is all part of the creative process.

I will give the winter wreath a go soon and see if that one fits my color ideals better!

 

Update & crafting with kids

Remember these guys? I posted about them a few days ago.
ornaments

I didn’t mentioned that I was still working on two more designs. Well I got them finished and look how cute they turned out.
moreornaments

My middle child got really involved with decorating all the stockings on the fireplaces. We’ve made at least 10 of each style of ornament so that means 30 colorful stockings that she worked on. That yellow ombre stocking was our favorite of the batch.So pretty. It is going to be hard to give them all away since they are so fun. (If you didn’t read the last post, these are all gifties for the holidays.)

Which brings me to the second part of my post today. When I bought all these to make my own gifts, I also bought a batch for the kids in my card class. I teach a card making class at my kids’ alternative school. It is so much fun to share my love of crafting with all of these young people. So here is what they look like before young minds get to work on them.
cardclassornaments

I’ve removed the price labels and used my crop-a-dile to punch holes in them for the hanging string. I’m looking forward to seeing what they all come up with to decorate these items.

It just so happens that Jennifer McGuire’s theme this week for her Share Handmade Kindness campaign. What perfect timing since I am sharing these small wood disks for the kids to turn into treasures. Why don’t you go craft with or even for some kids in your life.

Look What arrived

I’ve got some new DCWV stacks in the house. Check it.

lablanc

 

I’ve already put the Le Blanc stack to use in my teacher thank you cards from a couple of days ago. This stack is a mix of beige on white prints and white-on-white emboss-resist prints. So fun to add your own colors to and make them fit whatever project you are working on.

 

conewreath

 

I have a great spot in my living room for seasonal decor. Putting up a wreath for the season will be a perfect way to add a little extra decoration to my home. I will be putting together the wreaths from this kit soon, starting of course with the fall themed wreath for Thanksgiving. I will give you my thoughts once I’ve got that put together.

Christmas Ornaments

We have a tradition, that was started by my husband’s grandmother, to give christmas ornaments to friends on Thanksgiving. Last year we stamped inked images into sculpy clay rounds.

This time, when I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video on stamping & coloring wood rounds I knew I had to C.A.S.E. this idea. I made a guess at how many ornaments I need this year and decided a simple wood blank from JoAnn’s would be the most practical choice. Turned out I miscalculated. Once I got home and made a physical list of people I’d like to give these little gifts to, there are nearly 50 ornaments I need to make. With an assembly line method and some help from the kids I know we’ll get through these all on time! So far I’ve come up with three stamped designs. There is the front art and a holiday sentiment stamped on the back. Using my crop-a-dile I punched holes in the rounds and added string. Stamps (older sets) and color pencils are from Stampin’ Up. I do have to say that my color pencils aren’t nearly as creamy smooth as the Prismacolor pencils appear to be in the video. New color pencils sound nice but it is hard to buy something new when I already have some, even if they aren’t as smooth.

ornaments

Creature craft

My daughter really wanted to buy herself a cute little Pokemon plushie and had a wad of cash in her wallet to do it with. After searching high and low around town we found nothing that interested her. In our internet search we found interesting plushies but the prices made her cringe. So we turned to DIY. For the same price as buying her favorite plushie online, be bought fabric and fiber fill that will make half a dozen plushies. While we won’t make that many – the supplies will be saved for some future projects – we did have a good time making our own little Pokemon-like critter.

Weekend update #5

I don’t use many coupons, but the ones that I do used are shoved in a wad in the bottom of my purse. This situation has needed some work for a while. So I decided to craft my own coupon holder. It is chipboard front and back (identical) with an open accordion folded cardstock center. The whole thing is held closed by a spiced up rubber band. Here is what it looks like.

Recipe
chipboard: Bazzill
pattern cardstock: Scenic Route
dry embossing tools: Sizzix
inks: Stampin’ Up, ClearSnap
embossing powder: Stampin’ Up
stamps: Scraptivity, Technique Tuesday (alpha)
alcohol ink: Ranger
other from stash: flower button, metal button, ball chain, ribbons, rubber band

Steps

  1. Cut two pieces of chipboard to 6 x 3.5. Dry emboss texture, add distreesing ink and texture stamps.
  2. Cut pattern cardstock to two sheets measuring 12 x 5.75. Score every 3.25 inches along the length. This will leave you with a tab at the end that is smaller than 3.25. Overlap this tab with the tab of the second piece until it equals 3.25 inches. Adhere together. Accordion fold whole piece.
  3. Lay front of chipboard face down on table (be sure the top is actually the top! Attach one end of accordion piece to center of chipboard. Be sure the side you like best of the pattern is facing up. Fold entire thing flat. Apply adhesive to back of accordian and adhere to the back of final piece of chipboard, being sure to line up edges with the bottom piece of chipboard.
  4. Alcohol ink (optional) a plain rubber band. Add ribbon & do-dads to liking. Use to secure coupon book closed.

Mine only has a few deviders because, like I said, I don’t use many coupons. If you need more dividers, just add more strips of scored cardstock in step 2 before adhering everything together. If you give this a try, I’d love to see it!

Weekend update #4

Okay, I am getting most of the projects done that I had floating around in my brain. I’m thinking I am going to spread these posts out a bit this week so that they don’t get overwhelming. I hope I don’t annoy anyone with over-posting! Here is a quick little project that I wanted to do.

What is it you ask? It is a tiny, double-sided tag that I made for my sewing machine. Since I am a sewer I use my machine for both paper and for fabric. I use different needles for the two tasks and find myself forgetting which needle I last used in the machine! I made this little tag to leave under my presser foot to remind me which needle I have installed. I use the “F” side for fabric needles and the “P” side for paper needles. Before I was just using a scrap piece of paper with a big “F” and “P” on either side . This is going to make me much happier! Here you can see it in action.

Recipe
ink, cardstock: Stampin’ Up
stamp: Scraptivity (an old stamp I almost got rid of, silly me. I think I’ll be using it more often for texture on projects!)
sealant: modge podge
ribbon, pattern paper, alpha: stash scraps

Steps
I made my tag a-la Tim Holtz. I put a couple of drops of dye ink from 3 different colors onto a plastic sheet (leftover packaging!), misted, swirled a bit and then dragged my tags through the pool of color. Then gave it some distressing by inking the edges and stamping with some cool texture. I finished the whole thing off with a layer of modge podge for added durability (and another layer of texture dimension that isn’t showing up on camera).

If you need a label for something you keep forgetting, give this little tag a try.

Weekend update #1

I’m going to have a few updates for you this weekend. This first one is a Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger challenge to use the photo above to create some piece of paper goodness. The very first thing that came to my mind was a card. But I decided to think on it a while and go for something different. As my mind worked the flowers began to bring up other associations for me. I landed on the idea of IKEA. Those flowers are funky hip and it reminds me of many things in IKEA. As my mind worked on it some more I thought of all the funky lampshades IKEA has. I wanted to create a lamp shade, but not-a-lamp-shade and I came up with this hanging piece. It is just something to hang in a room to bring it some spunk. I used the Moxie Fab trigger photo both for this indirect inspiration and for the color palette and a big funky flower.

I tried to get some better lighting and photographs for you all, but no such luck. I’m still working on my photo and “studio” lighting so that I could get great pictures of my projects. The orange of the flower really is closer to the color of the ribbon than this photo makes it look. And the glitter edging the flower is a nice green color, not this dull edging it appears. Guess there is always something to work on in life.

I may put this piece along with a second companion piece up on Etsy. Or I may add some other funky decor items and donate them to a silent auction to benefit a homeschool charity. I’m not sure yet. I know they won’t stay with me since this really isn’t my style! LOL. I’m just not a funky, hip girl.  But it is kind of fun to play outside of the box once in a while.

Cupcake saga continues

My latest challenge from The Paper Variety was to make something involving a cupcake. Oh how perfect since I’ve spent the last two weeks in cupcake land. Well I couldn’t just submit the cupcakes that I already made. That wouldn’t be in the spirit of a crafty challenge. I had to figure out how to incorporate those cupcakes. I decided to make a cake plate out of paper to display my cupcakes in my scrap room. I’ve been decorating my scrap room in a “Creative Cafe” theme and these little delights will be displayed to spruce up my space. What better way to present paper cupcakes, than with a paper cake plate? So here it is…

I used my Gypsy & Cricut to design and cut the stand. If you really want all the complicated details read more below. The stand was a little off from what I had envisioned. If I feel up to it, I will enlarge the circle plate at the top to make it more in proportion to the size of the stand. Other than that, it was a fun project and a neat way to decorate my space.

Recipe:
I took the letter L from a font (can’t remember which one). I flipped it horizontally and welded the L and the upside down L together. Then I flipped this vertically and welded then together again for form half of the stand. I cut two stands–each was 4 layers of heavy cardstock glued together that all fit on one sheet of cardstock. I sliced a slit in each stand about half way down and then slid them together. I don’t know if any of that made sense. I really should have taken photos for a better description.