More Wreaths!

Hi!

Even though Christmas has come and gone, my wreath-making skills are still fired up! I gotta make some for next Christmas, obviously. Right now, I am trying to make enough wreaths to hang on almost every door in my house. Don’t ask me why, I just have to. LOL I have about 4 or 5 more to go.

Crazy Silver Wreath (1)

This silver wreath is a lot smaller than my other wreaths. The wreath base I used is about 12″ and I used a roll of 6″ silver mesh. I wanted to try a crazy color scheme since it looked like a lot of fun to do. When I started this, I didn’t have any of the ornaments that you see now. To reduce costs, I bought a bag of Christmas-themed decorative fillers for $1 (colorful styrofoam balls) and glued those to the mesh. I then got some ornaments with designs on them since it looked a little plain to me. I could only find a box of 9 ornaments with weird dots on them. Since I wanted more size variety, I bought a box of plain ornaments and used perfect pearls to add white dots to them. And voila!

Pink Wreath (4)

This pink wreath does not sit well with me. I really don’t know what I was thinking when I got pink ribbon (of almost the same shade!) to use with the pink mesh! That is the main thing that bothers me about it. When I went out shopping earlier for things to go with the pink mesh, my brain kept thinking “pink, pink, pink.” Shame on me for not focusing on my secondary color (which was gold). Anyway, after adding the gold and pink flowers and ornaments, I felt it needed more color variety; therefore, I added bits of lime green, silver, and purple/pink ornaments. Alas, despite this varied color scheme, it still feels too….pink!

Vintage RedGrn Wreath (7)

I had a difficult time decorating this wreath. I wanted to stay within the color scheme (red, green, brown, gold), but the Christmas stems I had were almost invisible against the mesh. My brother pointed that fact out to me, so I had to find something with contrast. Luckily, these gold Christmas stems I got at Michael’s work perfectly. A piece of advice, if you ever feel that your wreath looks too sparse or you can’t get a color to work with your other colors, try adding large flowers of the desired color and see how much more unified the entire composition becomes. Before I had the large, gold flowers, I had the small, gold Christmas stems arranged around the wreath and it just looked too awkward. It wasn’t until I added the large, gold flowers that I was able to make the other gold stems look like they belonged on the wreath.

I hope you got some inspiration/ideas from my wreaths to make your own mesh wreaths. Remember to not stress too much over having it look perfect. No one will notice the flaws after you add the embellishments and finalize everything.

Thanks for reading!

Hally

 

 

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Frozen Mesh Wreath & Pumpkin

With all the “Frozen” hype going on for the past year, I had to make a wreath with that theme, or at the very least with that color scheme. I used a 24″ white pine wreath base (from Joann), one roll of 6″ Light-ish Blue mesh (from the 99 cent store!), a jumbo roll of 2″ Silver, wired ribbon (from Michael’s), blue and silver plastic ornaments of varying sizes (99 cent store and Joann), and various Christmas picks and stems (Michael’s). Click on images to enlarge.

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I LOVE the ribbon I used. It has beautiful snowflakes that are just beautiful. I was also lucky enough to find Silver Christmas stems that have petals with the same sheer quality as the ribbon. Score!

I found that the pine wreath was a bit more difficult for me to use than the metal frame with the pipe cleaners. Perhaps it is because it can get a bit confusing on locating the right place to attach the mesh. I had to redo it once, using a different method, since it look awkward the first time around.

Anyway, I hope this sparks some creativity in you to make your own wreath! You won’t regret it.

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I also wanted to show you an Elsa pumpkin I finished a day or two ago. I found a tutorial on Pinterest by blogger apumpkinandaprincess and I just had to try it myself.

You’ll need:

  1. A plastic white pumpkin (usually sold at Michaels a month or two before October)
  2. Krylon glitter blast, “Sparkling Waters” color
  3. Krylon glitter sealer to help keep the glitter stay put (optional)
  4. Adhesive rhinestones of your choice
  5. Adhesive bling on a roll
  6. Snowflakes stickers
  7. Small tiara

This is how mine turned out. I had a lot of fun using the glitter blast spray and I plan to do more with them in future projects. I followed apumpkinandaprincess’ design up until the rhinestones. I couldn’t find the ones she used so I found ones that worked just as well and also a pack of snowflakes in two shades of blue that was just too pretty to pass up. The only thing left is to find a tiara, which I have been unsuccessful in. Hopefully, I will find one soon before Christmas. The only issue I encountered was that the adhesive bling and rhinstones don’t have a very strong grip on the pumpkin; thus, they can potentially peel or fall off if you mess around with them too much.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing some DIY Christmas/Frozen projects.

Thanks for reading!

Hally

Deco Mesh Wreaths!!

Lately, I have been in a wreath-making mood. I have seen some beautiful ones on Pinterest and wanted to try my hand at it. After watching a few YouTube videos on how to make deco mesh wreaths and gathering my supplies, I set out on making my first wreath….

And here is the result! (Click on image to enlarge)

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I really, really enjoyed making it and loved how it turned out in the end. The results were a lot more pleasing than I expected. The biggest thing I learned is that when you are starting to adding the mesh, do NOT worry about how it looks at that exact moment. It will look better after you are done with the mesh and have time to fluff it up to your liking. Really, the entire process is all about “feeling” where things can go rather than approach it in a logical/organized way.

All my supplies were bought at Michaels, except for the red ribbon which I got at Joann last year.

1. Metal wreath frame that have the pipe cleaners already on there (or attach them yourself), a regular plain Christmas wreath (the one with branches of leaves that you will need to fluff out before adding mesh), or a regular metal wreath frames that have 2-3 rings.

2. 1 roll of Mesh (21″ x 3o yds) should be enough for an 18″ wreath base.

3. Two different designed WIRED ribbon with varying widths. The wire will help the ribbon pop off from the mesh

4. Christmas stems/picks, embellishments, signs, objects, etc

I’ll list a few videos below that I found useful.

I hope you feel inspired to start creating your own!

Hally

Butterfly Hiddnen Hinge Album

Hi, everyone!

Today, I wanted to do a bit of an update and show you a mini album I did a while ago. I saw a video about how to do a an album using the “hidden hinge” method (I’ll post the video below). It was new and interesting so I thought I would give it a whirl. It was a lot of fun to do, but, boy, was it time consuming! At least this project allowed me to use up a lot of my unused cardstock that was laying around.

The part where I had the most fun was decorating the front cover. This was my first experience putting together dimensional components so I had no idea how to make it “look good.” I bought a few things and hoped they would look today.

The flowers and “vines” were from the seasonal Fall selection at Michael’s. I bought the butterfly die (by Marianne Design -LR0115) online at Joann.com. I found that the die had to go through my Cuttlebug 3-4 times before it fully cut through the cardstock. It is a bit annoying, but the result is very nice. I recommend cutting two butterflies out and adhering them together for further stability because my one layer felt a bit flimsy.

I also dipped my toe in charm making. I am horrible at deciding what colors and gems go together, but at least I know now how to make a basic charm! It was fun, but definitely something I should hold off on since it is just as expensive as scrapbooking, if not more.

Photo: Found the perfect "branches" to add to the album!

Here are some other charms I made. Aren’t the “made with love” charms adorable?!! You can buy the tag charms inexpensively at Hobby Lobby in a pack. Everything else I bought at Michael’s.

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Here is the video:

Thanks for reading!

Hally

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A Cinch, a Journal, and Wine Chocolates.

For Christmas, I got a Cinch! Therefore I have been occupied with making books and trying to design the pages. It is seriously more time consuming than I thought!

I have done two books, both are a work-in-progress. Click on images to enlarge.

I call my first book an “I Love You” book because the theme is Love/Valentine. These are a few of the pages I have worked on so far that are more developed. I have about 7 or so more pages to go. I mainly wanted this book to be about memories. I want to be able to add photos and write down memories that are precious in the relationship. So far each page has some kind of pocket so I can add memorabilia.

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Love Book 1

Love Book 2

Love Book 3

Love Book 4

My second book is more of a personal journal. I decided that I wanted to create a journal that was similar to Smash journals where I could write and put random things that come to me for later references, such as craft ideas and quotes. I used various designer paper, blank paper, and lined paper (printed a template on cardstock). The first two images are of the front and back of the book.

I have decided to take my name off the front of the book and put a quote there instead. Hopefully having the quote in front of the book will inspire me to be more creative!

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The Cinch is pretty easy to use. It works great, but the one issue I have is that when I close the binding wires, they don’t come out round. They are more of  oval-ish circles with a dent in each ring, similar to this image here. I don’t know if it is me doing something wrong or if it is just how it is, but being a perfectionist it does bother me a bit. However, it does not affect the functionality of the book. I also noticed the machine does not close the wires together enough for sheets to not fall out of the rings (at least to me it does). Therefore, even after closing them, I have to manually push them closer together to ensure the sheets remain in place. Aside from that, the machine works well.

I also wanted to show a mini project I did for my mom. She wanted to make an interactive card that could hold those small chocolates that are shaped like wine bottles and contain 5% alcohol in them.

Here is what I came up with. You just pull out the slip of paper to see the sentiment, and behind it I’ve attached a box that can hold one of those wine bottle chocolates. The front looks like a tall gift bag, doesn’t it?! I thought it was so cute. It measures about 3″ x 1″ so it is pretty small.

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I’m sorry I’ve been away for these past few weeks. Even being on break, I don’t have time to write, and sadly school is about to resume again! But at least I’m not being lazy. I swear I have been preoccupied with creating things and thinking of things I want to do. I’ve begun to dabble a bit in digital crafting, specifically making printables. It’s a lot of work, but fun! Instead of buying all those fancy Smash tags and papers for my book/journal, I decided to save money by designing my own tags, cards, etc. Once I finish a good amount, I’ll post them up for you guys to use!

Get to crafting!

Hally

Christmas Projects 2013 & Sweet Greets

Hi, everyone!

I wanted to share with you what projects I’ve been up to lately. It’s been a busy few weeks. My friends and I have started a small, local business selling greetings cards and a few other paper products, and I’ve been super occupied with making cards and other things to sell at craft shows.

Our business is called Sweet Greets and you can visit our Facebook page here.

I’ve also started my own personal artwork/handmade card Facebook page called Hally’s Paper Variety. You can check it out here.

Please check them out, like us, and spread the word!

Here is a slideshow of the cards I made and below that are pictures of the paper wreaths.

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This was the first paper wreath I ever did. It took me about 4-5 hours. I used a Floracraft 12″ circle foam wreath, .5″ strips of paper, straight pins, and small flowers cut out from the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge. To add some sparkle, I sprayed the flowers with some Krylon Easy Tack spray and then dipped them in some fine white glitter.

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This is the 2nd wreath I did with the same materials as the one above. This one took about 2 hours.

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For this wreath, I used a 16″ inch circle foam wreath, wrapped it in red, thin fabric, and used the Flower Shoppe cartridge to make all my flowers. I finished this over the course of 2 days since the flowers took some work to put together. I put the straight pins in the center of the flowers, using a small screwdriver to push the pins all the way in. To make the leaf texture, I took a stylus and drew the lines out on the large leaf cutouts, with a mouse pad underneath to act as the cushion. I left the smaller leaves alone. Although it was meant to be a Christmas wreath, I feel it has more of a Spring feel to it.

Anyway, I’ve finished making my Christmas projects for this year and am now planning ideas on what I can make to sell for Valentine’s Day.

I’ve found some great videos by PootlesPapercraft, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator from UK, where she shows how to make boxes of all sorts using just the envelope punch board. I’ve embedded one of her videos below. Although her boxes are for Christmas, I hope I can come up with something suitable for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions please feel free to comment.

Happy Holidays!

-Hally

Fun with Tags

Hey!

I just wanted to post up some tags I played with this past week. I recently bought some Heidi Swapp (H.S.) stencils from Michael’s and couldn’t wait to try them out.

This one is a tag that I had posted in a previous post. Here, I used H.S.’s chevron stencil. I used the Versamark pen to color in the open areas and then embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then used various distress ink pads (Peacock feathers, Dusty Concord, and Mowed Lawn, I believe) and blended them in different spots on the tag. In the areas where there are clear embossing powder, the color that I had created on the tag originally was preserved. I just love the cool rainbow effect.

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This next tag was purely intuition. I used H.S’s  honeycomb stencil with the Versamark pen and embossed with kaleidoscope embossing powder. I then stamped a flower stamp randomly and embossed different layers of the flowers with different embossing powders.  I believe I used Recollection’s Detail Gold, Clear, Blue Blaze, and Petal embossing powders.

For the words, I used a Sakura white glaze pen (at a friend’s recommendation) and OMG, I loved the results!! Sakura’s glaze pens have become my new favorite way for writing in my projects. If you cannot find a good white gel pen, I highly recommend buying the white glaze pen. It may come out a bit invisible at first, but after a minute of waiting, the words do show up. It says on the label to wait at least 10 minutes for the liquid to solidify.

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I used the lattice stencil for this tag. I really love how it came out, but it has been difficult deciding on what to add onto it. I just love the effect with the various embossed spots and overall mosaic-like look. I don’t want to cover any of it up! In this one, I used various embossing powders in random spots and then went back and covered them all with a layer of clear embossing. This was purely a precaution since I didn’t know how the other powders would turn out if I added on some extra colors on the tag. I was afraid some of the embossed areas wouldn’t be able to resist the colors.

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This last tag is my favorite. I recently bought a set of distress stains and first experimented with them on this tag. I was inspired by a friend to do a resist technique. I used Peacock Feathers Distress ink pad, stamped a text stamp in black, stamped a few stamps in Versamark and clear embossed and then used Chipped Sapphire distress stain to color the tag. I then used the white glaze pen for my quote.

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Well, hoped you liked my tags! If there are any questions please comment.

Thanks for reading.

-Hally