Thursday, December 8, 2016

Faux Snowball Porch Decor

Merry Christmas!! We're in the thick of it now! ;-) A month ago, Nicole Wright shared this super cute idea for porch decor. Being in the market for ideas to decorate our large porch, I immediately said, "I'm going to make those too!" I finally finished my version of them and I now have a lovely basket of snowballs by the front door. My wisecracking husband said I should just use real snowballs because it's 20 degrees and snowing now but where's the fun in that?

I had the wire basket and I picked up the styrofoam balls at Wal-Mart as well as a bottle of Mod Podge. I had a big jar of coarse Diamond Dust glitter that worked great for my sparkle. (Nicole used Epsom salts and Rock Candy Distress Glitter for her snowballs). I brushed each ball with the Mod Podge and then rolled it around in a pie tin of glitter. Let it dry and you're done! Super easy.

Using the Stacked Snowflakes die, I cut several flakes out of matboard (some covered with silver Deco Sheets) and glued them to twine. I hand lettered the tag sign and added the scalloped edge on the bottom. I really like the festive touch this project adds to my porch! Thanks Nicole for the inspiration! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #31 – Merry & Bright

Hello and welcome to the 31st Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – Merry & Bright! It's December and time to get serious about being festive! ;-) Our sponsor this month is Eileen Hull. She sent each member of the Design Team cuts from her Loaf Pan and Square Box dies to see what we could do with them. I think you will be inspired! For my project I stacked two loaf pans to make a base for a little woodsy scene.

It's easy, let's take a look!

Step 1 – First I used a stencil and Ranger Texture Paste to create the snowflakes on the two base pieces. I made sure I didn't get any paste on the flaps that you glue and score through the paste on the fold lines so it will break cleanly when you assemble them.

Step 2 – Once the texture paste was dry, I misted the pieces with Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains. I also misted with plain water to help the colors blend together.

Step 3 – After assembling the loaf pans, I stacked them and glued them together to form the base. I also cut some scraps of styrofoam to fill up the top pan and form a platform for my scene.

I crumbled sheets of white tissue paper into the top to build up the "hill" and covered the whole thing with Mod Podge and Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Previously, I had prepared the Woodlands trees (sprayed with Distress Stain and glittered) and little Decorative Deer (colored with Mushroom Alcohol Ink). Before the Mod Podge dried I glued the trees and deer in place and added the other decorative elements. When everything was dry I added the crinkle ribbon and charms.

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to the Mixed Media Monthly blog challenge post Merry & Bright to check out the other fabulous projects by the team. Join in and you could win Eileen's retired Sizzix Loaf Pan die! There will be a mid month post with more projects on the 15th so don't miss that as well.

A little birdie told me that there just might be several giveaways this month on MMM's various social media channels. I'd keep an eye on them if I were you – just sayin'! ;-)

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More DCWV with Eileen Hull

Hello, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is teaming up this month with DCWV for a little holiday blog hop! All month long we've been treated to a plethora of beautiful and inspiring projects on Eileen's and the DCWV blogs. Last week I shared this card made using DCWV papers and now I'm sharing another project made using the Cranberry Christmas Paper Stack.

It's a birthday present for my Mother-in-law. She wants to keep up on what's happening with us now that we've moved so I thought a little box of photo cards would be perfect! (She loved it!) I used Eileen's Recipe Card Box and matching Recipe Cards to easily put it all together. For a bonus, I'm sharing a tried and true way to stretch your dies farther and all you need is a sheet of fun foam from the craft store.

I applied an adhesive sheet to a piece of fun foam and die cut it using the Doily Die. Peel off the adhesive paper and stick the foam shape onto a piece of scrap plastic (like from packaging). Now you can use it as a stamp! Use either ink or paint. Here I used a brayer to apply a thin layer of white acrylic paint to the foam and then stamped it on my box. This is a great technique to keep in your bag of tricks. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to Eileen’s blog and check out all the holiday inspiration the team has been sharing this month. The DCWV team has been knocking it out of the park too so give them a look! We’d love to have you share your projects on Eileen's Facebook page as well.

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go. ;-)