Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hanging on to Christmas

Hi!  I had really meant to share this with y'all in December, but, um, it was crazy busy!  So, I figured it would be nice to look back on Christmas and begin sharing ideas for next time.  :o)  I really love the way these wreaths turned out.  I made them to sell at a craft fair, and people loved them.

This wreath was definitely the favorite, and got the most attention.  I sold out of it pretty quickly!  :o)  I used the Tim Holtz nutcracker die cut, and the leaves from his Holly Branch die cut.  I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to make the poinsettias.

I cut the leaves out of Tim Holtz Glassine paper, and used gold and different green color alcohol inks to give them a guilded look.

This little man was so much fun to create!!!  After I cut him out of grunge paper, I painted the different parts with acrylic paint, and after the pieces dried, I sanded them and inked over them with a brown ink to give it a well worn appearance.  :o)  I love it!!!

After cutting out the flowers, I embossed them with a fun folder that seemed to fit.  Then, I swiped over the top of them with gold paint, stacked them, and added some glimmery brads.  LOVE IT!!!

This wreath is one of those that is hard to photograph and really get across what it looks like in person.  Every part of it, except the wreath itself, either sparkles or is snow covered!

The most noticeable sparkle is the Noel die cut (do I need to mention it's a Tim Holtz die cut, too?  LOL.)  I love the was it shimmers!  What is less noticeable is the rosettes.  I used white picket fence Stickles to bring shine to their centers, and sprayed the rosettes with Perfect Pearls.  And guess what?!  The pinecones are paper, too!  After creating them, I used Liquid Applique to make them snow covered!!!  People couldn't believe they were paper pinecones!  :o)

These chip board snowflakes sure were fun!  They are from CTMH.  I painted them white, just to make them the shade of white I wanted, then I used Glossy Accents all over them and coated them with Diamond Dust.  They turned out so cool!

I decided to do a bright, whimsical wreath, too.  I took the color combination from some jingle bells I have had for a long while.  I used the Tim Holtz Pine Tree die cut, and the Reindeer die cut, too.  The flourishes are some old chip board shapes I have had for years from CTMH.  They are, sadly, retired.

I painted both the flourishes and the reindeer with Crackle Paint, and I tied pieces of twill in a fun bright pink onto the reindeer.  :o)  So much fun!  I used baker's twine from CTMH to add the jingle bells that were the inspiration for this one.  It just brings a smile to my face!

I am very sure I will be creating something for my door for Valentine's Day.  I'll be sure to share with you when I do!
I promise I haven't forgotten that I told you I would share with you the neat trick to get those paper flowers done in a snap.  Check back with my next post on the 22nd!  :o)

Happy crafting!!!


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