Dec 24, 2014

Last Minute Tag Idea and a Christmas Card using Silly Santa by Lia Stampz

Well things have been a little hectic around here to say the least but isn't that always the case when we are days away from Christmas?!!  And now here we are on Christmas eve and I still have two things I wanted to show you.. So we are going to jam them all into one post.

You might remember my tags I made last year with the kids photo's.  I used my old business cards to make gift tags.  You can find them HERE.  Well my granddaughter asked if I would have pictures on my gifts again this year.  How can I tell her no??  I didn't have any of the business cards left over so in a panic I ran to Walmart, which is really my only close option.  I found some little wooden circles or discs.  There were 6 in a package and I think mine were about 3" in size.

I thought they turned out pretty cute!  Same basic process as was used on the business cards but the step by step on how I did it is below.

1.  Drill a small hole in the wooden disc.  You will need to use a piece of sand paper to smooth over the hole where you drill.
2. This step can be skipped but I was wanting a more finished look so I dry brushed a little paint on the back to give the wood a sort of antiqued look. (sorry no picture).  I also used a gold pen to finish the little side of the disc. I just ran my pen around the edge so it didn't look like bare wood.
3.  Print your picture or image in a size to fit your disc.  I used plain copy or printer paper.
4.  Cut your image out in a circle shape as close as possible to the size of your disc.  I used my Silhouette to do this but you could use any circle cutter or you could also use a glass and trace around it and then cut it out by hand.
5. Lay your photo on top of the disc. Find the hole in your wooden disc and mark that spot on your photo.  Next use a hole punch and punch a small hole out of your photo where you marked.
6. Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge (I used Matte) on the disc.
7. Place your photo on the disc and make sure you line the holes up.
8. Smooth the photo out, trying to remove all air bubbles.  I would let this dry for a few minutes.
9. Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of your image.  Let it dry.
10. Brush a second coat of Mod Podge over your image.
11. Once dry you can put a string through the hole and hang it on you package.I found my string at Walmart too. I actually found mine in the section with the beads. It had a pretty glittery gold string running through it.

On to my card.  I recently won the cutest stamp set from Lia Stampz.  Wow does she have some cute digital images!  I wanted to make my cards using this set but.... well I didn't find time to get cards made.  I did however make one card using the set just so you can see how cute they are.  Click on her link above to check them out.
Thank you to Lia Stampz for the opportunity to win this adorable set.  I wish I would have had more time to play with it.

these are the colors I used for my image above.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Dec 18, 2014

A Silhouette Project- Thank You Card

This is a pretty simple project but I thought I would share the card because it was a way for me to use up some of my scrap paper.  I am ALWAYS trying to use of some of my stash.  Why do I have so much!! Lol.
I created this card using my Silhouette.  I was drawn to the cut file because it reminds me of a quilt pattern.  I just used some papers that coordinated in color and then cut them out on my machine. Once I got the colored flags cut out I put them through my Xyron sticker maker and then just applied them to the card. 
For the sentiment I cut a strip of card stock the the size I needed.  I wanted the sentiment to be on a flag as well so I traced the "V" shape off of one of the pieces I had cut out with the Silhouette and then just used my scissors to cut it out.  I stamped "Thank You" on on the strip and then applied it to the card.

I thought it turned out pretty darn cute and I used up a couple of my four billion pieces of scrap paper to boot.

Have a great day!

Dec 10, 2014

Make Someone's Day Special

A Simple note can mean so much. It serves as a reminder that someone loves you and that they took time out of their day to let you know it.  My Granddaughter Emma gave me this one the other day.  She didn't make a big production out of it- She just wrote it down and handed it to me, "here you go" she said, "this one is for you".   It really wasn't a big deal to her but it melted my heart.  I hung it on my bulletin board and every time I walk by I feel such a joy in my heart.

She has a thing for Post It Notes or as she calls them  "sticky notes".
 When Grandpa came across a package of them the other day, he gave them to her.   She immediately sat down and wrote him a quick little note.....
how cute does it get?! 

 Do you want to make someone's day special? Place a note in their lunch box, leave a note on the counter for them to see after you've left, or write a message on the mirror in lipstick  for them to find in the morning. Trust me, even if you can't see it on their face, they are smiling on the inside.

I think that the old fashioned act of writing a note and sending it through the mail can have the same effect.  I recently created some thank you notes with some patterned paper and a printer.  no tools required other than some scissors.

I think they are simple and elegant

and the important thing, they were sent with love.

I hope you get a special note today in your mailbox, your lunch box or even on a stigy note! 

Dec 8, 2014

How To Make A Burlap Christmas Tree

I recently made this burlap Christmas Tree and thought I would share how I made it.  I ended up with a tree completely different than what I started with. HA! How many times has this happened?! More than I can count. My projects rarely turn out like I originally intended. Sometimes they are better and sometimes they are no so great. 
I do wish my tree stood out more against the color of my brick.  This may be something to keep in mind when purchasing your burlap.  There are a lot of colors in burlap to choose from now.

You will need a styrofoam cone and some burlap material or ribbon and some straight pins. I used the ribbon on my tree shown above.  I used material in the other versions listed.  
My Cone has moss on it but you don't need it.  I just couldn't find the styrofoam cone in the size I wanted without the moss. 

Hang with me- This post is a bit lengthy, but I wanted to you share my experience because I had some issues and hopefully my post will help you avoid them, should you decide to make one of these for yourself.  First I tried the fringe tree to the right.  Honestly, I wish I would have kept this one because it was by far the easiest.  And I like the clean simple look as well.

You will want to cut your burlap in strips but there are a couple of steps that you need to do BEFORE cutting. THIS IS IMPORTANT.  If you cut the burlap wrong, you are going to have a mess on your hands. The burlap is messy as it is but what I mean is, your burlap will fringe out of control.  

You will need to begin by pulling a few strings out of the bottom of your material  This will create the fringe.  Once you have it fringed to your liking, you may have to trim the very first piece to even it up.  The lady at Walmart didn't cut mine very even so this was necessary, for me anyway.

Ok now this is the important part... you need to make sure you create a path to cut your fabric.  You don't want to cut the vertical strands in the weave. By only cutting through the horizontal lines, you'll find that there will be far less fraying. Find a place in your fabric a few inches from the bottom of your fringe and then pull out a couple of the strings. Basically the same thing you did to create the fringe, only this time you are pulling strings out of the middle area.  I did this before I cut the fringe so you can actually see the path in the above picture as well.
Now once you have cut your strip you will need to repeat the process in order to get enough strips to cover your tree.  Begin covering your tree by pinning the first piece near the bottom and then just simply wrap the tree and pin at the top.

Ok now for the next version- I used strips of fabric but didn't fringe them.  I just pulled the strings to create a cutting path and then cut my strips. Then I pulled strings horizontally so I could cut them into shorter pieces.  This is a messy messy process so consider yourself warned.
 once you have your smaller stips you just need to create a loop and then pin it to the tree.  I started with the pins that have a larger pin head but I eventually switched to a basic pin because with my tree being on my mantel, when you looked up to see it, you could see the pins peeking out of the burlap.
After I had pinned several loops onto the tree, I didn't really love the fringed look.  So I ended up using some burlap Ribbon that had a finished edge.  I cut it into strips and used the same loop process shown above. It gave me a cleaner look.  I think it's all in what look you are going for.

I sprayed mine with gold glitter spray, which you can't really see in the picture but it adds a nice touch.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Have a great day.

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