Wednesday, December 17, 2014

rolled flower canvas

Stop on over to the Maya Road Blog and check out how to make the rolled flowers on this canvas. Perfect for the gift giving or making season! Its easy to create, but still lovely!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

felt tag and gift card holder: MFT December Creative Challenge

Welcome to the December Creative Challenge brought to you by the MFT Stamps design team! This month we were challenged to use FELT! MFT Felt is hands down the best. THE best. The way it cuts with my Die-namics is fantabulous and the colors are always what I need!!

As Christmas is quickly approaching, gasp, I was starting to think about wrapping presents. Yes, you read that correctly, starting to think about wrapping. My mother-in-law loves gift cards to some of her favorite stores for Christmas. But, when I give them to her, I always like to add another treat, something else to open. Often its chocolate. The good stuff. So, I thought it would be fun to make a tag AND a gift card holder for one of her gifts.

I die cut Steel Grey Felt with Die-namics Blueprints 9, twice. On one of the tags, I trimmed away the top, to create the same-sized front. I stitched the two parts together using some grey thread and a running stitch. Don't look too closely, or you will see why I make things from paper and do not sew...

The word joy was created with Sweet Tooth Felt and Die-namics Peace, Love, Joy. The branch is from Die-namics Wild Greenery in Jellybean Green Felt. The berries, Wild Cherry Felt, cut with a circle from Die-namics Blueprints 9. I adhered the felt pieces with glue meant for fabric.

One last note, I love the extra large size of this holder, because that is a double-sided gift card inside the pocket. In fact, I even pulled the gift card out of the top, so it would show in the photo. 

This present is for my sister-in-law. Same idea, but I put the gift card on the inside this time because I wanted to make a simple tag. Again I cut Steel Grey Felt with Die-namics Blueprints 9.

The snowflake is Sweet Tooth Felt cut with Die-namics Pierced Snowflakes. The word love came from 
Die-namics Peace, Joy, Love. I layered Blu Raspberry and Berrylicious Felt to add more depth. To finish this tag off, I added a Blu Raspberry Button that had been tied with Hemp Cord.

There you have it. Two fun projects made with felt, adding a perfect touch to your Christmas presents, or even perfect for giving as-is! Be sure and head to the MFT Blog to see what the rest of the team has created. As always, the team has made some eye-popping projects!

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Supplies for Felt Gift Tags:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

smile wood pallet home decor

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share a favorite project of mine. I made this wood pallet piece of home decor for the Go-To-Gal's Sparks column of March 2015 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine. You all know how hopelessly I am addicted to these wood pallets and all projects using them! This was really easy to create and would make a wonderful gift to give someone this holiday season!

This wood pallet is from the Jillibean Soup line, Mix the Media. It measures 6x6x2 inches. Perfect for any small spot. It stands on its own, but comes with a solid piece of twine attached to the back for hanging.

I started by placing a Mix the Media Simple Dot Stencil over the top of the wood. Securing it in place with tape, I applied white paint through the stencil. Not worrying about how perfect it would look, as I wanted a rustic feel.

Then I die cut a piece of Jillibean Soup paper, Record Your Number, with MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX. I foam mounted it to the wood pallet (once the paint was dry, of course). 

I layered a notebook tag, kraft tag, and washi tape onto the pennant shape, along with a cool metal word, smile, from Jillibean Soup. (To adhere the word smile, I used glue along the back of each letter, a very fine line of glue.)

For the flowers, I die cut thin muslin fabric with MFT Die-namics Mini Royal Roses. They die cut into a spiral shape, so you roll from the outside to the center. The tighter you roll, the smaller the flower, and vice versa. 

The leaves were fun to create. I used Paper Twine Cording from Maya Road. The paper cording is tissue paper that has been wound into, well, twine. You can unroll it, or use it as is. I love that I can bend it and make a sharp crease that creates leaves! The open look worked perfect for this project-letting the wood pallet shine through!

What a great thought! Think happy. Be happy! 

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Friday, December 5, 2014

stepping up die cut images

Stop on over to the Carta Bella blog and learn how to step up basic die cut images, like these darling skates!

have a wonderful weekend! we will be at a pool! :) thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MFT Release Rewind

One last look at the fantastic December release from My Favorite Things! The design team is showing off a last few projects to inspire you while you wait for your order, or maybe just convince you to pick up that one last item! 

So many beautiful new products and so little time! :) Today is the day that we get to share a few more projects that just didn't fit into the rest of the week. Which is good, because I have so many more ideas to share!

I started by cutting the Free with $60 purchase item, Die-namics Friend from a Sweet Tooth cardstock base. This die is clever in the fact that it cuts only the word out, leaving the base intact! Then I painted the letters with Tropical Teal ink that I added water too. My favorite way to make watercolors!

Behind the cut out, I added a panel of Persimmon Cardstock. It had been stamped with the dot image from Friends Like Us with Persimmon ink.

Around the word friend, I stamped flowers and leaves and dots from Desert Bouquet in Peach Bellini, Persimmon, and Limelight ink. All those fabulous new colors!

This one is a little out-of-the-box. When I was cutting Die-namics Go With It the other day, one of the arrows looked like a modern Christmas tree. Well, I attempted to go traditional with the card, but it didn't work, so I went modern and non-traditional and I love it!

The sentiment is from Merry Messages and was stamped in Tropical Teal and Wild Wisteria inks. I also stamped a new "snowflakes" using a starburst image from Whimsical Wishes. Its in Sno Cone ink, so it is very light, but when you hold it in your hand, its perfect!

There will be two days of more sharing, so keep visiting the MFT Blog for all the details!

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Supplies for Friend card:

Supplies for Merry Christmas Trees card: