Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vintage Burlap Tree Ornaments

Hi friends and happy weekend to you! I'm trying to gear up for the holidays and today I made some vintage inspired tree shaped ornaments to add to the tops of my vintage wrapped Christmas gifts that I'll be giving this year. I saw some great pinspiration for them here! I found the perfect challenge for my ornaments over at the Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog- Christmas Decorations. I'm also entering these into the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog- It's All About Wendy (be inspired by Wendy Vecchi's style), the MoxieFab Challenge Blog- Tree-Mendous Trees! and the Try It On Tuesday Challenge Blog- Handmade/Homemade gift or decorations. These are made from recycled cardboard box cut into a basic tree shape and covered in burlap, then decorated with all sorts of buttons, charms, wood, metal, brads, sequins, lace trim, cheesecloth....all from my embellishment stash--these were so much fun to make! I hope you like them too!~
I made 5 trees in all keeping with the natural, white and mint color theme. For the tree trunks, I broke apart a couple popsicle sticks and layered an old cut up measuring tape along side the sticks for an old vintage-like feel.
I adhered the burlap to the cardboard base with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft GEL MEDIUM and added GESSO to areas of the trees and bits of the metal accent pieces for a bit of a worn look. I used the Metallic Mint Gelatos®  to color the burlap heart.

Here's a few close-ups of the old fashioned fun!
What do you think? Maybe you are inspired to clean out your stash and make some fun vintage decorations too! Whatever you do, make it a creative and very blessed day my friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas Blessing Buckets

Hi friends! I hope your weekend has been a wonderful one! Today I've whipped some simple and sweet Christmas favors just like the Thanksgiving pails I made a couple days ago, only this time, they do have the Christmas theme, so I can enter them into the Tombow Altered Christmas Gift Challenge hosted by Debbie Fisher, yay! Her challenge was to alter a dollar store item and these little white pails are 3 for $1 at my Dollar Tree--perfect! When my friend Kathy said she was calling my Thanksgiving favors "blessing buckets" I thought, that's really cute, hehe! So I'm stealing it from her and calling these my Christmas blessing buckets!
I did pretty much the same thing on these that I did for the turkey day pails, only I changed up the flowers and ribbon for festive holiday colors. I wanted to add holly leaves but I didn't have any *insert sad face here* so instead I added a spiral stamen and mini pinecone to each one. Again, I took a few pics showing the process for those who may want to make a few blessing buckets of their own.

Like I mentioned, the white buckets are from the Dollar Tree as well as the white doilies. I stamped the sentiment using the Simon Says Stamps Peace On Earth set. The Tombow MONO Adhesive Dots are used to hold the ribbon and lace in "bow" form and also for the mini pom pom trim along the base of each bucket. The mini pom pom trim, gingham ribbon, lace, flowers and spiral stamens are all from my favorite, Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I am a former designer for RRR and and of course, I love to promote them whenever possible--the current RRR challenge #106 is Winter Holiday and Ribbon Theme. I sure hope you can play along too--the more, the merrier! Also throwing these into the current Pile It On Challenge #45- Special Occasion.
 Add a bit of adhesive here....
And here, to make the bow shapes, then layer the ribbon over the lace
I used my Tombow MONO Liquid Glue to adhere the little sentiments to each bucket. This glue is the bomb dot com! I love it and just an fyi, it's on sale right now for a mere $2.56, nice! 
And finally, a close up of the finished centers
If I didn't make these sound easy, forgive me because they are!! They don't have to be just like mine--play around til you get the look you like. I've found that when you begin to layer ribbon upon lace and flowers upon ribbon, it's hard to go wrong--it always seems to look so pretty! Thanks so much for stopping by and listening to my rambles. And if you make something like these, please be sure to let me know because I'd hate to miss them! Wishing you a creative and very blessed day my friends!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Easy Peasy "Blessing Buckets"

Hello my friends and a very happy Friday to you! I hope you have plans to enjoy this weekend by doing whatever it is you love to do!! Ok, so the project I'm sharing today was actually supposed to be for the current Tombow challenge, however I misread the theme, which was to "alter a dollar store item into a lovely gift for Christmas". Well, I seemingly missed the "for Christmas" part and since I am hosting Thanksgiving Day dinner, my mind was on making individual guest favors for my table so therefore, my project isn't for Christmas....Oops! Oh well, at least I have my favors complete and I still get to showcase how fabulous Tombow adhesives work for so many different things! I've decided to enter my little "blessing buckets" (Thanks to my buddy, and quite possibly yours, Kathy C for the name idea!) into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create challenge #96- Anything Goes with optional Holiday Thanks
Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #19- For All That You Do, Thank You! (my hoarded items are the white pails, mini roses and leaves, all of which I've had in my stash for at least 2 years)
Without further ado, here they are...
Do you like them? I hope my guests will! I've made 12 of them and they came together very easily~ . And since I didn't realize my mistake til they were done, I took photos along the way. So in case someone wants to try something similar, here's what I used to make each:
1 mini tin pail-white
2 strips satin ribbon-burnt orange
2 strips patterned grosgrain ribbon
3 mini roses-2 orange, 1 cream
2 leaves-brown
3 pieces of natural twine
1 black mini clothespin
1 spiral stamen-white
1 doily-white
Tombow MONO Dots Adhesive
Tombow MONO Liquid Glue
candy (3 pieces each pail)
The mini pails are 3 for $1 at the Dollar Tree and they are super versatile! I use them often for many different occasions. The ribbon and Wild Orchid roses, spiral stamens and leaves are from my one-stop ribbon shop, Really Reasonable Ribbon.
 I folded each strip like so and used the Tombow MONO Dots Adhesive to put each together.
Tombow MONO Liquid Glue is probably the adhesive I use the most often. It works on practically everything and it sticks SO well! In fact, this bottle is almost gone and it's really good timing because right now the Tombow MONO Liquid Glue is on sale for only $2.56! Time to stock up, whoo hoo!!
That's all for me! Thanks for spending some time with me today! I hope that you might come away with a bit of inspiration to make something today too! Don't forget to have a creative and very blessed day!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

With Best Christmas Wishes

Hi friends! I hope you are having a positive and productive week! Hang on, Friday's almost here! Today I decided that I better get started on ideas for my 2014 Christmas cards and I found some really beautiful inspiration from the design team over at the Crafty Secrets blog. They have a monthly Linky Party and November's theme is Christmas (or if you prefer, Anything Goes).  I always love to make some of my holiday cards with Crafty Secrets vintage images because they are so charming and these lovely winter birds perched in a window sill eating crumbs. Aren't they pretty...
This card was very simple to make. I just dry embossed the base of a David Tutera kraft card with deco edge and the white stripe and frame around the birds with an Anna Griffin folder. I then positioned half a torn and scrunched up paper doily on opposite corners around the framed image and tied some very cheerful Christmas plaid ribbon and a small silver bird charm to the white cardstock stripe. So easy! Thanks for stopping by my friends! Have a creative and very blessed day!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team Project 1

Hello friends and thank you for stopping by to see me. I am very excited to share my first Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Designer project and post with you today! Due to a technical error, this didn't get posted last month as it should have, so I've been asked if it may be featured today(so if you've seen this before, that's why)But there's a catch...I can only post a little bit of it here and you have to hit the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog to see it in all its glory! So here's that sneak peek of my mixed media canvas...
That's all I can show you here, eeek! :) Now, if you wish to see the entire piece and perhaps even drop me some love, please pop over to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog! I hope you'll enjoy it and be inspired by it as much as I have enjoyed making and sharing it! Thanks so very much for visiting me, it's means a lot to me. Have a very creative and blessed day my friends!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Get Your Spooky On!

Hi friends and to those of you who celebrate, a very happy Halloween to you! I'm sharing the card I finally made for this month's challenge over at Viva Las Vegas Stamps! The October challenge- Get Your SPOOKY On was an inspiration piece and must use predominantly VLVS as the main focal images. I hope I succeeded! Here's the inspiration piece...
And my take on it mixed media style....
I worked with the VLVS images that I felt coordinated with the Halloween/Spooky theme. This strange fellow with the top hat is riding a unicycle of some sort which I find pretty creepy--so I had to throw in a sweet treat to balance it out--this chocolate Hershey's bar is just right!
This is a bit unusual for me but I enjoyed working off an inspiration piece that sparked my creativity in a different way--thanks VLVS! And thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Candy Time!

Hi friends! Today is my final post as an RRR designer and I want to express how much I have enjoyed being a part of their design team over the past 6 months. Thanks to Bonnie, my fellow designers and all the wonderful RRR fans for enriching my creative journey--it's been my great pleasure and honor working with them and sharing my creations and I will miss being part of the team very much. My final project is all about Halloween and my favorite part of Halloween--duh, the candy!! I whipped up this sweet little ensemble below with some super cute paper and embellishments from Doodlebug Designs "Ghouls & Goodies" collection and "Halloween Parade" collection, the Bubblegum Treat Box Die, plus ribbon from the Haunted Halloween Assortment/September ribbon club assortment. Hope you enjoy it!
Are you in the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet? It's only $9 per month and each ribbon assortment is filled with a fabulous array of 7-9 different ribbons varying in theme and averaging 14-16 yards of ribbon total. This is a phenomenal value and a perfect gift idea for the upcoming holiday season!
Aren't these patterned papers and stickers from Doodlebug Designs the cutest ever?!! I love how everything in their collections always coordinate so perfectly together--fool proof--which is just right for me! Doodlebug always has all the bells and whistles too--like these adorable mini clothespins and doodle twine--so much fun!! I will be entering my treat box ensemble into MCT Designer Challenge for October. The deadline is on Halloween day, October 31st, so there's still time to join in the fun...if you dare--mwah-hahaha! ;) I'm also tossing this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Treats! If you have a "treat" project you've made this week, why not head over there and join in the challenge too! And I'm also entering it into the Paper Issues Linky Party-"Witchin You A Happy Halloween with SRM Stickers" Halloween may be over, but the Paper Issues Halloween themed linky party is not! There's still 3 days to play along and your project doesn't have to be new--so link up your most frightfully fabulous projects and join in the fun!
Thank you so much for stopping by and making my last post as an RRR designer a wonderful and memorable one! Have a creative and very blessed day my friends!!!