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Christmas Tree Frame

This was a fun frame to make.  I used the $1 wood frame from Michael’s (of course, lol), and really wanted to show off the Basic Grey paper, simply because I like it.  Of course, it needed some bling though.

I love, love LOVE the Making Memories glitter glaze.  I’ve come across people time and time again who are disappointed in it and every single time, it’s because they are assuming it will work like paint.  And it won’t!  Same with the pearl (also fabulous), gold and silver glazes.  These should be used the same way you would a glaze for your walls in your home.  They are meant to highlight your base color in some way, not to BE the main color.  Use these with a sponge, bubble wrap, a rag, any of the techniques you would on your walls!  Personally, my usual choice is a wet (not dripping, but definitely more than damp – especially with the glitter glaze) makeup sponge.  You’ll find these glazes to be very thick, so the water makes them “spread” easier.  I put a bit onto a piece of wax paper or some other nonstick disposable surface (product packaging works nicely as well) and tap off my excess before moving to my project.  You can keep adding more as needed, but once it’s on there, if you use too much, there’s not much chance of fixing it.  Usually I pounce it on, but for this frame, I rubbed it on in a vertical direction so it gave more of a streaked look that isn’t terribly evident in the photo.  I also rubbed the glitter glaze on (with a wet finger – my favorite applicator tool!) to some felt flowers and added some glitter brads (Making Memories) to the centers.

The next fun thing I used was Fantasy Snow from Delta.  This is a very textural product but kind of a pain to work with.  It needs to be applied with something like a palette knife (if you do not own one of these, a popsicle stick will work, but seriously – go to the craft store and get a palette knife anyways – you can pick up a plastic one for about a buck and it’s worth it to have on hand for various things!) and while it’s wet, getting it to stick WHERE you want it can be frustrating.   Once it’s dry, however, it’s rock solid and shimmers like crazy from the mica inclusions.

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Christmas Frame

This was another simple frame.  I used the basic $1 wooden frame from Michael’s and added paper and a tag from a Hot Off the Press 8×8 Christmas pad.  Something to note, 8×8 fits these frames almost perfectly.  You still have to trim, but with the exception of the middle cutout, you’ll get almost the entire design onto your frame!  I dressed up the design a bit (this page was fairly “complete”) using Glossy Accents (Ranger), Scribbles (Duncan), and some acrylic domes from Tulip (Duncan) to create the tree on the bottom right.

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Paper Snowflake Ornament

I tried several traditional paper folding patterns this year and this one is from an old Finnish design.  I’ve also seen it referred to as Scandanavian so while I’m unsure where it actually originated, it’s been around a looooong time.  I used the instructions I found here.   While the design was easier than I expected, the one tip I’d like to mention is to use a good adhesive.  My old faithful go-to Glue Dots do NOT perform well for this type of project.  I ended up having to use liquid adhesives and paper clipping them to hold while drying.   So it ended up taking quite a while as I’d glue and clip a few sections, leave it to dry, come back and glue and clip a few more…  Anyways, after it was all done, I added a few embellishments just to make it a little more original.  The paper I used (must be double-sided) was from Imaginisce and was pre-glittered.  For embellishments, I used grungeboard snowflakes (Tim Holtz for Advantus) and a rhinestone from Westrim.
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Joys of the Season Ornament

Last of the little sign ornaments – I promise!   The patterned paper is from HOTP.  The stamp is from Wordsworth (I always loved their stuff!).  Ink and Stickles from Ranger.  The epoxy buttons are from Making Memories.

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Joy Wall Hanging

Here’s another one of the Making Memories chipboard pieces I altered.  I really love how this one came out – it was in the November/December issue of SNR as well.

Supply list:

Chipboard word – Making Memories
Patterned paper – The Paper Element
Grungeboard reindeer and snowflakes – Tim Holtz for Advantus
Charm – Provo Craft
Stickles – Ranger
Paint – Ranger
Other – ribbon

Just a note about the paper – have I mentioned how much I LOVE Paper Element’s papers?  Besides the fabulous designs, this has a texture that is simply delicious.  They’re located just a couple of hours away so a road trip may be in order one of these days…

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Noel Tree

Ok, Michael’s back in school so I’m going to get caught back up on my blogging and try to get all the rest of my Christmas projects posted here in the next few days so bear with me!  Once they’re done I promise not to subject you to any more Christmas until at least…July, maybe? You’ll probably see numerous posts from me today and then I’ll move them to the dates I MEANT to post them (oops).  My drafts folder here on WordPress is getting a little out of hand because I haven’t had time to FINISH anything I start with Michael home (plus I watched the two little girls next door through the break – it’s been…an experience…).

I finally broke out my huge collection of those big Making Memories chipboard shapes and played this season.  Most I ended up just adding one of those 3M velcro hanger thingy’s to the back of and stuck them here and there around the house, but they also make nice ornaments tucked into a tree.  This one is my ode to Elsie, lol!  I picked up a page kit at an lss garage sale – actually just a bunch of leftovers from the Noel line she had put together into a bag.  Gotta admit – the whole doodly thing is just not…my thing, lol!  Maybe because I just can’t do it myself.  Anyways, I did love this little line though!  I simply used one piece of the paper (which I love, doodles and all!), some chipboard buttons (have to use a real adhesive on these – the “self-stick” lasts all of five minutes), and a few of the rubbery accents as well.  Quick and cute.

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Wooden Sign Ornament Trio

Here are a few more of the ornaments I’ve been making from my little wooden signs.  I really have enjoyed how quickly these come together – I suppose one could make them much more complex, but I think they’re fun as is, just using some quick rubons and baubles.  This little trio went into the November/December issue of SNR.  Again, I simply painted them a base coat of white.  The rubons are from Making Memories, the bows from EK (they were actually part of a sticker set), the rhinestone from Westrim, Stickles from Ranger, and these darling “Changles” charms from Provo.  I’m thinking I might do a mini tree just with these sign ornaments for next year!  Maybe with some fabric bows?

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