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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Super Cute Card Kit!

 If  you're looking for a holiday crafting project, Melissa Frances  has an awesome card kit with instructions for sale at Melissa's etsy store. With 10 adorable cards, designed by card maker extraordinaire  Melissa Phillips, this is a great way to get those holiday cards made so that they're ready to give away!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vintage Inspired Christmas Banner

I know, I know. It's not even December yet and Thanksgiving is just two days away! But I wanted to give myself plenty of time to get Christmas projects finished before the holiday is upon us. I LOVE to decorate for the holidays and the tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving. It took everything I had not to put it up a couple weeks ago when we had a huge snowstorm. It was such a beautiful winter wonderland that it only felt right to set up the tree. Instead I just blared the Nutcracker Suite and drove my husband insane. 

I wanted to create a vintage inspired banner to hang across our mantle. Of course the Christmas Cottage Collection was the perfect fit.

Let's get started!
Trace the wood onto pattern paper, cut out and apply a thin coat of glue (I use Zip Dry)
onto the wood and adhere to the paper.


Ink the around the edges of the flags and string the banner through the holes using ribbon.
Adhere strips of tissue garland to the tops of the pennants. 



Cut out the letters to spell "Joy", spray two of the letters with spray adhesive and shake glitter onto them. Remove excess glitter and adhere one letter to each pennant.


Embellish the banner with different elements from the Christmas Cottage collection any way you please!

Tie strips of tinsel into knots around the ribbon that's holding the pennants together. 


And that's it! You've just made a lovely vintage inspired Christmas banner. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies used-
pattern paper- snowflakes, tiny flowers (back), red damask
border strips
rhinestone medallion
chipboard
decorative brads
faceted rhinestones 
tissue garland
tinsel
wooden pennant flags from The Wood Connection




Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful

Thanksgiving is less than a week away so I thought I'd share with you a couple "Thankful" projects. 
The first is a mini house which uses a darling ornament house from Melissa Frances and beautiful pattern paper from Teresa Collins. I think the colors are perfect for any Thanksgiving decor.
This showcases two of the greatest things I am thankful for. 
Home and family.




Supplies used-
pattern paper, chipboard, medallion and button from The Vintage Finds Collection- Teresa Collins


Thanksgiving Gift Basket

This little basket took minutes to make and it would make an adorable host/hostess gift for Thanksgiving. Just fill it up with the lucky recipients favorite treats!



Supplies used- 
Cameo and stickers- Melissa Frances
mini picnic basket- Michaels
fabric scraps


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!




Monday, November 12, 2012

Giveaway on the Melissa Frances Blog!

To celebrate Melissa's new show, Timeless Creations with Melissa Frances on My Craft Channel, Melissa is  pleased to offer a giveaway!  Head over to the Melissa Frances Blog to find out how you can win your choice of a gorgeous new purse or a fun paper crafts packet! Giveaway is open until 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday, Nov.14 so hurry on over!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Black Friday Has Come Early!

 
If paper crafting is your thing, and you love vintage and retro, Melissa Frances is about to make your holiday wishes come true! For a limited time, you can snag one of her Black Friday Crafting Kits for only $39.95 (retail value, over $96) on Melissa's etsy shop.

There is a whole lot of crafting fun awaiting you in this 210 piece kit. You will enjoy some of her recent "Countdown to Christmas" collection, along with her gorgeous trims, awesome buttons, and calendar mini album. Just check out the numerous kit contents:

24 papers (6 designs x 4 sheets of each) • 1 Christmas Chipboard Sheet (21 Pieces) • 1 Christmas Die Cut Sheet (15 Die Cuts) • 1 Pack of Christmas Tags (8 tags total) • 1 Character Die Cut Sheet (40 Die Cuts) • 1 6x6 Christmas Pad (30 sheets) • 1 Pack of Chipboard Ornaments (6 Pieces) • 1 Calendar Album (26 Pieces total) • 1 Yard of White Organza Ribbon • 1 Yard of Cream Silk Ribbon • 1 Yard of White Silk Ribbon • 1 Pack of Spring Sprung Flowers (10 pieces) • 1 Pack of White Blossom Flowers (10 pieces) • 1 Pack of 8 Glass Reproduction Buttons • 1 Pack of 4 Reproduction Buttons • 1 Pack of Green Vellum Envelopes (4 envelopes) • 1 Melissa Shopping Tote measuring 20” long x 6.5” wide x 17” high

Regular Retail Price: $96.48
Black Friday Sale Price: $39.95

Kits will begin shipping on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Promotion ends on Nov. 23 12PM EST or until supplies last.

Please visit the link provided to order the kit or to read directions for placing an international order.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mini Gift Pillows


If you have ever prepared Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings ,  you know how exhausting and 
labor-intensive the day can be.  If you're lucky enough to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast made by someone else, why not thank your hosts with something special and handmade!
These mini "Thankful" pillows are a sweet token of appreciation and gratitude for all of your host's hard work.  

I  used some beautiful elements  from the Now and Then collection to show that scrapbook embellishments aren't just for paper! 


These were super quick and easy to make, so let's get started! 

Use a heart template to trace onto the muslin and cut out muslin heart pieces.   Sew along the edges of the heart and leave a small opening on the side so you can put the fiberfill inside.     Turn pillows right side out so seams are inside, stuff the fiberfill inside the pillow and sew seam up.

Next, cut a heart out of felt and do a running stitch around the edges of the felt. I kind of cheated by just gluing the felt heart with fabric glue on top of the pillow instead of sewing it on. 

I finished the pillows off by embellishing them with buttons, stickers, and decorative brads from the Now and Then collection. I also used ribbon and bakers twine from the Vintage Finds collection.

 Another fun idea is to make these into lavender sachets by adding a ribbon on top and filling them with lavender for hanging in a closet.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

Supplies used-
Decorative Brads
Stickers
Buttons
Medallion
Bakers Twine 
Ribbon 
Border Strips
Muslin
Felt