Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Christmas: Peppermint Gnome Candles

 


Stash busting meets Christmas! I always have a few of these blank prayer candles from The Dollar Tree in my stash and while grabbing for something else I saw them and thought of a quick and easy idea. This is a fast an easy project that could work as a hostess gift or an easy addition to your decor!

Supplies:
  • Dollar Tree Glass Candles
  • Scrapbook Paper (I used papers from the White Christmas Stack at Michaels I used for my cards)
  • Vinyl (Oracal Red)
  • Image (Creative Fabrica)
  • Ribbon
  • Mini Ornaments
I didn't even take pictures while doing it. If you don't have a cutting machine, you could easily do this with stickers. 


These are the plain candles from Dollar Tree. Similar ones are also sold at many grocery stores. Measure your scrapbook paper for circumference and height, cut. I cut mine 7.25 x 7.25. Tear the top of the paper. Apply to your candle using double sided tape or you can use Mod Podge. 



In your cutting machine's software ( I used my Cricut Explore 2 and Design Spance ) size your images accordingly, cut, weed. Apply transfer tape and then center and apply to your candles. 


To finish, wrap coordinating ribbon with a charm or mini ornament and DONE! Easy Peasy! I like the subtlety of the print on the paper behind the outline of the Gnome image. Easy additions to my hot chocolate bar for which it looks like I  need to make more hot chocolate mix and marshmallows since a certain tall elf who lives here has been enjoying! 




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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Christmas 2021 Cards

 


This week's party continues here.

I had maybe the most fun I've ever had with making Christmas cards this year. I've really focused on learning how to work with layered cut files and while I am still a novice at making my own, I almost don't need to ( except for my innate stubborn nature and wanting to do "all the things" ) with all of the amazing files that are out there. For these, I used files from Creative Fabrica and Sweet Red Poppy 

Disclosure: I am a Creative Fabrica affiliate so I do get a small benefit if you order through my link

Supplies:

  • Christmas Scrapbook Papers (I used various packages from Michaels)
  • Foiled Cardstock (Recollections, Michaels)
  • White 110lb Cardstock (Recollections, Michaels)
  • Foam Squares / Tape (Dollar Tree)
  • Coordinating Sequins, Glue, Tape Runner
I used a combination of papers I already had and ones I got new this year because I'm a paper addict and Michaels keeps coming out with gorgeous papers and when they have their buy one get 2 free Hot Buys can you blame me?! 

This year I added White Christmas
and this week (12/12-12/18) they're on sale for $4.99 each!!! Hmmm...

I can never decide on just one style both because the papers are too inspiring and the cutting files too plentiful. So I did some with silver as the primary, some with gold, and some red. 



I'm also having fun playing with a great site called Designify I learned about from Abbi Kirsten, one of my favorite designers, who taught a workshop I attended called The Magic of SVGs and showed how to easily remove backgrounds from photos. Basic use of the site is free ( you can pay to upgrade ) and includes some backgrounds like the one I used in the focal image. 2021 was supposed to be the year I really focused on skills but it had other plans and distractions and I'm glad to be able to get back to it. 2022...don't get any ideas! 


For the red cards, I used papers from last year's Hot Buys: Christmas Red and White.





I imported, sized, and cut my images using Cricut Design Space and my Cricut Explore 2, and then layered them using foam squares and foam tape then finished them by adding adhesive rhinestones and coordinating sequins. 



Cardmaking remains my first crafting love! 








Monday, December 6, 2021

Christmas: DIY Acrylic Ornaments

 


I had so much fun with these easy to make ornaments! I found these plain acrylic disc ornaments at Michaels and they were a must get! They can be painted, papered, or as shown here, are the perfect surface for vinyl. 

Supplies:
  • Acrylic Disc Ornaments (Michaels)
  • Assorted Vinyl and Transfer Tape
  • Assorted Beads
  • Snowflake Ornament Hooks (Walmart)
  • Misc Jewelry Supplies (Jump Rings, Head Pins, Pliers)
  • Design
  • Digital Cutter (Cricut, Silhouette, etc. )




NOTE: This project assumes a digital cutting machine and familiarity with applying vinyl but you could use a die cutter to cut the images or cut images using an X-Acto knife. 


The ornaments come 18 pieces to a package. Regular price is $9.99 w/out sale or coupon. I used Cricut Glitter Vinyl and a metallic turquoise vinyl I had in my stash. The images I used were various ones I had in my collection. 

First step is to size your images to fit the ornaments. These are 3 inches in diameter so you want to size your image slightly smaller. Then cut and weed your vinyl. Set aside and prepare your surface. 


I used glass cleaner and paper towels but you could also use alcohol to clean them. You want to make sure you remove any residue plus you want a clean surface! Then apply the transfer tape and apply your image to the ornament. 


Once you've positioned your vinyl then use your scraping tool to apply. Remove transfer tape. Now it's time to embellish! 


I added some iridescent rhinestones to the trees on these, and some black ones on the gnome. 


I picked up these cute snowmen beads at JoAnn's when they were having a great sale. They were perfect for the turquoise. I also found these snowflake ornament hangers at Walmart. I wish I'd bought more! I strung the bead onto a head pin, closed, then  used a large jump ring to attach the ornament hanger to the ornament and a smaller jump ring to attach the bead. Same process for the others shown using coordinating beads. 


And there you are! 


One of my friends did a Krampus tree this year so I had to make her an ornament for it! 


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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Christmas Decor: Layered Christmas Stocking

 


"It's the most wonderful of the year" also the busiest but definitely fun! As a Maker, it's definitely my favorite. And another favorite this making season continues to be layered cut files that so many Makers keep coming up with and sharing, I can hardly keep up! For this project I used one from a collection of Layered Ornaments from one of my favorite creators, Kimberly from Sweet Red Poppy. Whether you sew, do papercrafts or just love pretty things, you really need to check out her blog! 

NOTE: This project assumes familiarity with how to use your machine's software. 

Supplies: 
  • Layered SVG Files (I used the stocking from this collection by Sweet Red Poppy)
  • Cutting Machine (I used my Cricut Explore 2. These also work for Silhouette)
  • Gold Foil, Cream, Silver Glitter cardstock (All, Recollections from Michaels)
  • Background Paper ( I used sheets from the White Christmas stack, Michaels)
  • Display Case Frames (Michaels)
  • Foam Dots
  • Embellishments (I used Wood Stars from Dollar Tree)



For the smaller stocking, I used a silver display case frame from my stash. I pick these up whenever they're a buy one get one at Michaels. The 8x8 frames come 3 to a package and the 12x12 come two to a package so when they're a BOGO it's a great deal! For the 12x12, I thought I had silver but alas, no so to the craft paints! Here's where what some might call a craft fail, I prefer to call a happy accident! I took the frame apart since I was going to paint it. Set the glass and insert aside. 


You might think I used a crackle medium. Nope! I took out some silver chalk paint and apparently it's a wee bit old and had separated. Oops. I stirred and shook it but when I applied it it crackled itself! While I thought I was going to go with a solid silver finish, as I watched this happen I was actually quite happy. Ergo, happy accident! 


The next step was to prepare my layers. The stocking comes in five layers but I wanted it simpler so I hid two of the layers and used the ones shown sized to 6 inches tall for the smaller stocking and 10 inches for the larger. 


Once you've sized your layers, cut them on your machine. Here are my completed and cut layers. 


Once you have all of your layers assemble using foam dots/squares/tape. For the top layer I cut the squares in half to fit the more narrow border. 


Working from the back of your layers, place the foam squares around the cutout, then flip and attach to your base layer. Repeat with the top layer. 


The reason I only did three of the layers is because I'd chosen a star background paper and was excited to use these wood stars I found at the Dollar Tree ( once again..."why didn't I buy more of these?!") because I went back and gone, baby, gone. I put small drops of glue (Ranger, Glossy Accents) on the back and applied to the stockings as shown. 


Squeal! I instantly fell in love with this White Christmas Hot Buy stack at Michaels. This week (11/21-11/27) they're my favorite...buy one get two free so get thee to a Michaels if you are looking for some pretty holiday scrapbook paper. I chose the paper I wanted for my background and cut one sheet to fit the 8x8 and trimmed the other to fit the 12x12 and then adhered to the inside of the frame back using double sided tape. Then I adhered the stocking using more double sided tape and assembled the frames. 




I am so happy with how they turned out! The color combinations are endless. I am so addicted to these beautiful and intricate layered files. 


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Doodles


I've mentioned before that coloring is not as relaxing to me as doodling so I've been busy doodling this December. Practicing my video skills to improve upon in the New Year! 



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rustic and Glam: Layered and Gold Leaf Christmas Slat Sign


This is  a sponsored post. Materials were provided to me. Project idea and comments are mine. 

The team at Oriental Trading Company provided me an opportunity to play with some of their great products to come up with a Christmas project and needless to say I had too much fun. 

I created this layered piece using a plain slat board , a wood tree shape , a plain frame and Christmas themed scrapbook paper but the most fun part of this piece was the gold leafing! Foil and shiny is so popular right now ( wouldn't matter if it wasn't, I love shiny things). I also love marrying the most basic and  rustic supplies and the glam (for example, my Christmas tree includes Swarovski crystal ornaments and a tree topper made using a toilet paper roll). 

Here's what I started with: 

Plain Slat Sign
Unfinished Christmas Tree
Traditional Christmas Scrapbook Paper Pack
Gold Foil Leaf
Acrylic Craft Paints
Gold Leaf Sizing ( I used Mona Lisa brand I had on hand)

The unfinished tree is actually meant to stand up but since I never use things as intended, I glued the stand to the back of the tree to give it some dimension. 

I painted the sign using black craft paint and then dry brushed it with cream paint. I did the same for the unfinished frame. 

I traced the tree onto a piece of the scrapbook paper , cut out, and used Mod Podge to apply it to the tree. Once dry, I lightly sanded the edges.  

I cut the "Love Peace Joy" sentiment with my Silhouette from gold glitter vinyl  and applied it to a slat board piece I had in my stash ( also painted black and dry brushed cream. 


Now for the fun part! If you've never worked with gold leaf before don't be intimidated. Do be prepared that it's messy. It's like glitter and once you start to brush it off it gets everywhere so plan accordingly or plan to walk around picking tiny flakes of leafing off of yourself. But, there's nothing like it so it's worth it. 

You need a good glue and I've had success using Mod Podge or PVA glue but really you should use a glue made for gold leaf which is what I used.  I didn't want complete coverage so I just randomly dabbed my glue here and there. It sets up in about 30 min. 


You can see here the random way I did the gold leafing. When your glue is set you lay a sheet of the leafing on top and then use a stiff brush ( stencil brushes work well) to pounce it onto the glue. It will adhere to wherever the glue was and then pieces of it will break away. I save my excess to use for other projects. 



I did the same to the frameand then used more of the scrapbook paper under the glass as shown and cut a gold glitter vinyl reindeer to go on top of the glass. Once all my pieces were ready I glued them to the sign and done. 


Stay tuned! I will have a couple more projects using the supplies I received!