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Beautiful Life Wall Hanging

This was a project I made for Helmar that went to CHA to go in the booth.  I miss it!  This paper line from Bo Bunny really looked great in my living room – going to have to hunt down some more and make a new one, lol!  For the base of the wall hanging, I used chipboard pieces from Creekbank Creations.  I think I’ve mentioned their chipboard before as I use it especially on jewelry.  It’s much denser than anything else on the market so it’s super strong and will hold up to any kind of application – paint, Mod Podge, inks, etc. without any warping.  They are local for me, so I can get my hands on their products easily but it’s not as readily available elsewhere so if you’d like to try it, you’d probably need to check their online store or see them at an event.  They have a whole second “store” that travels to all the CK conventions and lots of other events.  So if you’re at one of those, stop by and try this chipboard – they have lots of mini books and shapes and pages of cutouts plus will do custom word books.

Anyways, back to the project.  Again, I relied mainly on the paper and a page of cutouts that goes with the Beautiful Life line and just accented with lots of Stickles.  Some Prima flowers and epoxy washers from EK (Rebecca Sower’s Attic line) and a piece of ribbon from American Crafts and lots of Helmar adhesives to put it all together!  The little wooden house shape was a craft store find – they came in a package of four for $1, I think.

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Heart Canvas Frame

Oops!  Still trying to get all these Valentine’s projects posted before the end of February.  😉

This little canvas frame took NO time at all.  You could literally make this in a half hour and give it for a gift a couple hours later (just to be sure the paint and glue were totally dry, lol).  The frame is one that EK used to sell – not sure if they still do or not?  Being canvas, it takes paint like a dream and I used Jacquard Lumiere paint to cover it in pink.  The rest is simply adding a few Prima flowers and some pre-glittered chipboard shapes from Scrapworks.  I used Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry Adhesive so it dried fast and strong.  Done!  Change up the colors and theme and you can have instant gifts for family, friends, relatives, teachers…

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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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Snowy Canvas Frame

Remember those little white easel-backed canvas frames EK Success used to have?  Well I still have a handful of them left and thought I’d pull one out for a quick holiday project.  I first painted the sides and back with a pearl Lumiere paint for a nice subtle shimmer.  Then I covered the front with some Heidi Grace snowflake paper.  The dots around the center are Scribbles and the snow on the outer edge of the frame is Delta’s Fantasy Snow.

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Now this stuff is NOT the easiest thing to work with (though I definitely prefer it to DecoArt’s Snow-Tex).  You need to apply it with a palette knife or something similar and it takes some nudging to get the flakes (big, gorgeous glitter flakes) all situated to completely cover your surface.  Fair warning – the end result doesn’t look ANYTHING like the picture on the jar – this product is white based and the pic makes it look like it will be more clear.  But it’s still a really pretty product.   And on top of it all, just because you can’t sparkle TOO much, there’s a nice misting of Glimmer Mist.

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Wreath and Tree Ornament

Looking at the title of this blog post makes me feel really un-creative, lol!  Ah well.  It is what it is!  This ornament just kind of happened – adding things piece by piece here and there over the space of a few days every time I’d walk by and think of something that might work.  Actually recreating it would probably only take about five minutes of work and some drying time.

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I started with a chipboard frame from Making Memories and a scrap of Cosmo Cricket paper I’d used on something else.  Loved the way the red (now THAT is a Christmas color…pink is not…) came through the holes and decided to sponge on watered down Making Memories silver glaze (wet a makeup sponge and dab it into the glaze then onto the project – the water will help give a nice, even coverage) to sharpen the contrast.  I picked the platinum Stickles to edge it with simply because I’m rather fond of the platinum at the moment, lol!  Luckily I liked the look when it was dry.  AND, how’s this for serendipity?  I pulled out some ancient Jolee’s stickers with just a couple stickers left on the sheet and the glittered wreath just so happens to be the exact shade as the platinum Stickles.  This ended up being the holdup for the longest time though.  I thought it looked stupid with the pretty sparkly wreath and the little white Season’s Greetings card in the middle of it (the way it originally looked).  After several days trying various things I came across (pictures, rubons, patterned paper…)  it finally dawned on me that the only other sticker left on the sheet was this cute little tree.  I had originally overlooked it since it wouldn’t fit IN the wreath.  It did, however, fit beautifully ON the wreath!  I even ended up keeping the little card, adding it off to the side.  Added some ribbon and I’m happy now!  Another sparkly little ornament!

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Peppermint Candy Tree

I bought a package of these paper mache cones at Michael’s ages ago meaning to play with them for Christmas.  They were over in the decoupage section (with the decorative tissue papers and such) by a company called Artifacts and they’re really nice, thick paper mache.  The cones don’t go all the way to a tip though, which made finishing off the top difficult (lol – the reason the bow became part of the design…).

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I used an EK circle punch to punch out the peppermint candy looking designs from a sheet of Basic Grey paper and just started gluing them onto the base using a liquid adhesive (quick drying, since you have to sit and hold the papers down until it tacks).  After all the circles were attached (and some fidgeting with the top to create a cone where there was none), I added Stickles to the centers for some bling.  Then I misted the whole tree with Glimmer Mists.

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I found this piece of nice, satin ribbon but it was a bright red, which didn’t match the darker red in the paper. So I started playing with the glimmer mists and finally after a mixture of a brown and a black mist and spreading it around with my fingers, I got the look I wanted (well, kind of).  It’s a bit splotchy in places, but the paper itself had a bit of a distressed effect as well so I decided I liked it after all.

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To finish it off, I took a snowflake from Technique Tuesday and covered it in Stickles then added a bunch of rhinestones from Westrim as well.

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Haunted Mini Birdhouse

Another birdhouse I actually finished last year but after the holiday and I just saved it for this year and then it went into the October issue of Scrapbook News + Review so I’m just now sharing it.

The paper is from Zsiage and I decorated everything with a mix of Jolee’s stickers from EK and some transparent elements from Making Memories.  The transparent spiderwebs are kind of fun because they’re actually set onto the outer roof lines so it looks like they’re hanging in the eaves.  I don’t remember what kind of adhesive I used on the ghost, but obviously it wasn’t the best choice (ahem, and I’m assuming I chose something that SAID for vellum/transparency…).

But my absolute favorite thing about this birdhouse is the roof. Or roofs.  Those little dimensional polka dots?  GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Scribbles!  So much fun!  My son got the biggest kick out of how it lights up, lol!

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