Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rosette Christmas Tree

If you are like me and love anything Tim Holtz or Ranger then you will love this stacked rosette Christmas tree! Now if you don't own the TH alterations paper rosette dies you can get the same result using a scoreboard and cutting your rosettes into staggering width sizes.

Depending on the number of rosettes you make will determine the size of your Christmas Tree. My little tree is 6 inches high.

For this project you will need: TH Paper Rosette and mini Rosette (2 sizes), two sheets of Kaisercraft St Nick - Tis The Season Collection, some discarded cardboard backing (I used some from my Prima blossoms packaging) for the trunk, multi medium (or fake snow), Sticles Icicle, TH tinsel twine and  hot glue gun or strong glue.

Stacked Rosette Christmas Tree

Using a bigshot and TH Rosette dies cut the required number of rosettes from Kaiser 'St Nick' Tis the Season collection. Remember if you don't have these dies it is still possible to make using a scoreboard or even by hand.

Once you have made the desired number you can start to assemble, Use a hot glue gun or strong bonding glue because it can get quite heavy. I actually made the first few loosely so it created a tapper effect. 

Add a button on top and place some TH tinsel twine around it. Decorate with some small glitter berries.

Cut a strip in the desired width from a piece of scrap cardboard (or the remains from one of your flower blossom packs like I did) you wish to make the trunk of your tree.

Taking a skewer or very thin paint brush roll the cardboard into a cylinder, put small punched circles or chipboard flower buttons on each end, so it resembles a spool. Wrap some binding around the spool and add a small spray of blossoms and holly leaves.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Ornament

It's always nice to have a beautiful decorated Christmas Tress but there is something special when it is decorated with special handmade ornaments don't you think. My tree has lots of these handmade ornaments from the kids when they were in kindy and pre primary (they lose interest once they get older). Some are dough shaped ornaments and many are paper festivity ornaments, my favourite is their gorgeous little felt stockings stitched with their own little hands. Here I am going to show you an easy yet very effective and pretty ornament using your left over scrap papers :)

You will need a clear plastic ball ornament from a craft store or one of the dollar stores. I got mine from Spotlight. Some strips of paper. A little ribbon. You can add embellishments if you wish.

1. Cut strips of patterned Christmas paper (sheet music also works well) into strips of different widths. Mine were between 1/2″ and 3/4″. I used Kaisercraft Christmas Spirit - Jolly and Home For Christmas - Egg nog.

2. Curl your paper strips around a thin paint brush handle or pencil, try to hold the paper tight when you get to the end so you get a good curl.

3. Place the curls into your ornament, note the curls will uncurl a little when they are put inside. Continue adding until full.

4. Tie a ribbon in a bow in the loop at the top of your ornament. Add bakers twine or glitter string so you can hang on your tree.

Hope I have inspired you to create your own little bit of 'Christmas sparkle'


Saturday, December 14, 2013

June - A Year in Time!

Living on acreage we have a number of animals which we all dearly love so imagine my surprise one chilly June morning when I went outside to see to the dogs and found this tiny little fur ball curled up with my son's pup. She is the most adorable little kitten, grey in colour and so soft and fluffy with loads of character. She had a collar on and apart from looking cold, hungry and a few fleas she was in good health. Thinking she must belong to someone, how could anyone dump a helpless little kitten so the kids did the door knock around the neighbourhood and although everyone said she was cute and would take her no one actually owned her. We put up notices, took her to the vet to check for microchipping and placed a photo on 'Lost and Found - Pets of Perth' Facebook page still nothing so the kids jokingly tell me she has adopted us!! and she has lol she has settled in so well, playing with (almost terrorising!) the other animals who quite happily like to sleep and laze about! Don't know that they are too happy having such an energetic ball of fluff around but she is here to stay :) So our fur family has grown by one and the kids named her Shadow :)

Step 1:
Take G45 Foundation June Page and rough, buff, scrape, sand and distress as little or as much as you want! Not just the edges, try lightly sanding all over. Love this part of being creative :)

Step 2:
Scrap, brush, splash and splatter contrasting paint all over, remembering there are no mistakes! It all adds texture and character to your work! I used White & Salmon Dabber from Adirondak and Ranger No #15 Weather Vane.

Step 3:
Using MS Punch Gothic Arches punch a strip of Grey Bazill and layer under the distress edges so just a small amount shows through.

Step 4:
Lay two doilies and overlap with Postcard, small picture embellishment and tag cut from the June cut-aparts once edges are inked, some hessian, gauze and a little piece tulle before laying a 5x3 photo on top.

Step 5:
Finish off with a small cluster of flowers on lower right corner. I made the paper rose using TH die cut from an old book pages, the little buds were made from punch art vinca's, all flowers were inked with TH dried Marigold distress ink and ligthly spritzing with TA Chalkboard glimmermist Apricot Nectar. Place some Prima Swirls, then add some twine shaped into a circle to bring out the focal point of the photo.

Step 6:
lastly I added a pennant banner which has been machine stitched and held together with bakers twine. In the top left I placed a Vintage Chipboard button and used waxyflax which has been curled.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

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