Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Card and Bottle Brush Trees

Hello!
Christmas is right around the corner and if you're looking for some last minute card and decor ideas, I've got a couple for you. 

I made a card using paper, die cuts and a mini polka dot envelope from Melissa Frances. The bottle brush are stacked on top of vintage spools with bakers twine wrapped around them. I finished them off by adhering Christmas die cuts to the front. 



Thanks for stopping by and have a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Soap Packaging

   Hello!
I was thrilled to be a part of Stampington's  winter issue of Willow and Sage. It's a gorgeous publication with beautiful visuals and amazing DIY recipes for bath and body. 
Today I'd love to show you some simple ways to wrap handmade soaps for gift giving this holiday season.

Instructions for soap packaging:
Wrap cream crochet lace around each bar of soap. Tie mini embellishments such as resin frames, bottle brush trees and ornaments to the soap using bakers twine. Tuck holiday mini flash cards into the lace. Sprinkle with a bit of mica.




Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies used:

Deck the Halls Mini Flashcards - Melissa Frances
White Mica - Melissa Frances
Cream Crochet Lace - Melissa Frances
Mini Bottle Brush Tree - Melissa Frances
Resin and Ornament- Melissa Frances
Natural Solid Divine Twine - Whisker Graphics
Handmade soap- my awesome stepmom, Lisa. :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Three Tiered Holiday Dessert Tray with The Wood Connection

Happy Holidays!
Today I'd love to show you a fun project that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
 Let's get started!

Supplies used:
mini wood finial
wood glue
ivory paint
patterned paper- Authentique; Cozy
All products available at The Wood Connection


Paint all the unfinished candlesticks and frames with ivory paint and let dry. I didn't worry too much about making sure the paint was perfect, I like a little of that shabby/worn look.


Trace the frames around the pattern paper and cut out. Attach paper to frames using mod podge and allow to dry.
Open up the back of the frames and sprinkle a bit of mica onto the glass. Cut out a piece of paper to cover the back and place it on top of the mica. Place back of frame back together. 



Here's a close up of what the mica will look like through the frame. Don't you just love that little bit of sparkle?! 

Attach mini wood finial to the mini candlestick using wood glue and allow to dry.

Attach four candle cups to the bottom of the largest frame using wood glue and let dry. 
Using wood glue, layer the frames and candle sticks; large frame/large candlestick, medium frame/medium candlestick. Then place the next medium frame on top of the last candlestick and attach mini finial to the top of the frame. Allow to dry.


Next add festive photos, mini gift bags, desserts, tea cups and anything else you can think of to adorn your dessert tray. 








Thanks so much to the The Wood Connection for having me. I am always so thrilled when the ask me to guest post. As a little Merry Christmas to you, The Wood Connection has been generous enough to give me a $25 gift certificate to give to you! 
Simply leave a comment about what you love most about the holiday season and I'll pick a winner on Friday, December 19th. 
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

30 Days of Holidays with Xyron Advent Calendar


30 Days of Xyron Continues!
 Be sure to stop by Xyron's Facebook page for daily holiday inspiration from the Xyron Design Team. You won't want to miss out on the gorgeous projects the team has created!
My project today is a Christmas advent calendar using Xyron adhesives. I thought it would be fun to have mini goodie bags filled treats and Christmas poems to count down the days in anticipation of Christmas. On the 25th, a tussie mussie will be the grand finale filled with little gifts for the recipient.

Instructions:
Using a cone template, trace the template around your patterned paper and cut out. Run your  Xyron Mega Runner down the edge of the paper, roll into a cone and secure. Punch holes on each side of the cone, thread ribbon through and tie at the top. Add Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots around the top of the cone and wrap white silk ribbon completely around. Run the Christmas die cut through Xyron Create A Sticker Max and adhere towards top of cone. Embellish with mini clothespin and fill with shredded basket filler, treats and gifts. 




Run each die cut through the Xyron Create A Sticker Max and attach to the front of the goodie bag. Embellish with mini clothespins and bakers twine. Spray a bit of spray adhesive on the bags and sprinkle with white mica. Fill with treats and Christmas poems or memories. 


Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies used:
Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron Adhesive Dots
Xyron Create a Sticker Max
Mini Kraft Bags- Whisker Graphics
Divine Twine- Whisker Graphics
MME Joyous Advent Tags
Authentique- Believe Collection
Melissa Frances 2 Layer Silk Ribbon

Friday, December 5, 2014

Glassine Bag Luminaries with Whisker Graphics

Welcome! 
Today I have a fun and quick tutorial using glassine bags from Whisker Graphics. These luminaries give a soft, beautiful glow to your home and add just a touch of sparkly magic to your holiday decor. 

Instructions:
Cut glassine bags in half so you have two sheets. Punch snowflake shapes onto the sheets. Roll the glassine to form a cylinder. Using double sided tape, secure ends together. Spray a bit of adhesive spray onto the luminaries and sprinkle white mica over the top. 
Place battery powered candles inside. 



Instructions for the reindeer plaque:
Paint oval wood base with cream paint and let dry. Cut out reindeer and attach using pop dots. Spray a little adhesive spray over the entire plaque and sprinkle with mica. Tie a strand of  divine twine towards the bottom of the plaque. 



Supplies used:
Glassine Bags- Whisker Graphics
Brown Sugar Divine Twine
White Mica- Melissa Frances
Snowflake Punch- Fiskars
MME Reindeer Paper
Adhesive- Xyron Double Sided Tape
Oval Base - The Wood Connection


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Decor


Hello!
My project today is a quick and easy vintage inspired Christmas stand. This could be a fun neighbor gift or you could just keep it for yourself to add to your holiday decor. :-)

Instructions:
Paint wood base, mini candlestick, topper and wood block with cream paint. Allow to dry. Measure and cut Christmas paper to the size of the wood block. Run piece of paper through Xyron 5" Create A Sticker Max and adhere to the block of wood. 
Embellish with ribbon, mini ornament and bottle brush trees.

Supplies used:
Christmas paper, bottle brush trees, mini ornament, pleated cream ribbon -Melissa Frances
Wood base, mini candlestick and wood block - The Wood Connection

Thank you for stopping by!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Welcome! 
For the next 30 days, the Xyron Design Team will inspire you with daily projects and tutorials to get you in the holiday spirit! Get those creative juices flowing by visiting the Xyron Facebook page every day to see some beautiful projects created by the team.

 I always like to bring a little handmade something to the host/hostess of a holiday dinner or party. Here is a gift and gift wrapping idea for your holiday gatherings.
I believe the presentation of a gift is just about as important as the gift itself! I love to use just a basic kraft roll of paper to wrap the gift in. One thing that has made my gift wrapping quick and easy is the Xyron Mega Runner. If you don't like the look of tape on wrapped presents, the Xyron Mega Runner gives your gifts a professional, seamless look.

Instructions:
Wrap the gift in kraft paper and use the Xyron Mega Runner to keep your paper in place. Tie bakers twine around the package.
Cut out paper feathers in three different colors and punch holes through the tops of the feathers.  Cut out Thanksgiving sentiment and punch hole through the top as well. Thread bakers twine through the feathers and sentiment and secure with a knot. Tuck autumn berry sprigs under the feathers and secure with Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots, Spray a bit of adhesive spray over the entire package and sprinkle with a dash of white mica


Unwrap the package and this is the gift inside! A Thanksgiving wooden plaque that can be used as a centerpiece or placed on a mantle. Your hostess is sure to love it. :)

Instructions:
Paint the wood plaque with light tan paint and let dry. The plaque has three separate raised squares and the Sweater Weather paper by Simple Stories fits perfectly on each one.
After the paint has dried, run each square of paper through Xyron 5" Creative Station and place on top of the plaque. How quick and easy was that? Super cute and simple.

 Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to visit the Xyron Facebook Page  for your daily dose of holiday creativity!

Supplies used:
Wood plaque- The Wood Connection
Mica- Melissa Frances