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

 

 

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

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

Christmas Cardmaking Time!

So, I’ve been busy making a lot of Christmas cards and here are images of the cards I have done so far. Click on image to enlarge.

I recently purchased the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collection On the Edge Die – File Tabs at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago and decided to make a Christmas card with it. I decided to make a square card using the inch Christmas stamps I’ve had for a while but never got to use. I punched them out using a 1.5″ square punch. In addition, I used a white Sakura Glaze pen to write the sentiment on the tab. Also, in this image, I stamped the center square with white ink; however, for the rest of my set, I ended up embossing the center square with white embossing powder to make it stand out more.

Christmas Tab card

I then saw a video on Pinterest on how to do a folded corner card and told myself that I had to try it! I decided to make a patriotic-themed Christmas card using two stamp sets. One is a Christmas-themed stamp set (inside the card, it says “Merry Christmas”) and the other is the Hero Arts – Year Round Sentiments set. I’ve posted the video I saw for this type of card below.

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Next, I decided to change it up a bit by doing a telescope card. I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut out the scalloped circles and regular circles. After stamping some snowflakes stamps with Versamark on the edge of the green scallops, I embossed them using white embossing powder. The reindeer is embossed in red tinsel embossing powder. Moreover, I stamped the wreath in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored it with Copic sketch markers. For the wreath’s bow, I stamped a few of them on white cardstock, colored them in, cut them out and then adhered them. I just love the subtle pop it gives.

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I hope after seeing this you’re inspired to go do some holiday crafts!

Thanks for reading!

-Hally

Snowflakes and Balloons

Hey, guys! Just wanted to show some more cards I have done recently. Click on them to enlarge.

My friends and I will be selling hundreds of cards at a local church event. We’ve been trying to make as many sets as we can of different Christmas cards and these are two of my own designs. The trees in the blue card came from a cotton candy stamp that I just turned upside down. Cute, right?!

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These two birthday cards were requested. I really love how the pink card turned out. The balloons are really adorable. The other one was more difficult to do. I had a hard time finding a way to use Halloween colors but not make it look too Halloween.

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Thanks for reading!

-Hally

Valentine, Halloween, & Christmas

Hey, guys!

I made a few cards that I wanted to show.

Two friends of mine and I got together to make Christmas cards for a church sale. This put me in a rather Christmas-y mood, so I decided to make some early Christmas cards on my own time. I really like the snowflakes card since I was able to use some pearls and a rhinestone (rare occurrence for me)! The panda and the kitten cards showcase the new Spellbinders dies I got on clearance at Michael’s ($10!). I got the panda stamp set from 7 KIDS, an awesome local craft store. The houses in the reindeer card are from a stencil by Claudine Helmuth. The rest of the stamps were bought at Michael’s a year or two ago.

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Because Halloween was approaching, I decided to make myself use the Halloween stamps I got last year but never really used. I just love the spiderwebs! I chose to keep these cards simple and more focused on the stamps.

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Also, I recently went to Goodwill and found a Fiskars circle border punch (Hearts of Hearts). I’ve never seen one before so I was excited to go home and try it. Well, it was frustrating to use! I feel the punch does not work as advertised. It works for only 4″ and 6″ circles, and like their other punches, you align the punched out image on the side to ensure that the next punch is correct. I did exactly that, and when I took it out, the first and last punched section don’t align! I even noticed that even as I punched out each section, the areas where the two meet were misaligned. However, because that happened between each section the mistake doesn’t look obvious. The most apparent thing is the area at the end of your last punch.

Instead of just throwing away these circles, I decided to trim off the bad part and work with the part that looked good. This is my result. I must say that I really liked how it turned out. And I got to use rhinestones! I used a swirly stamp with Versamark on the red cardstock to add a little pizzazz since it looked too plain. I also love how the heart rhinestone fit perfectly with the sentiment!

Because the card turned out so cute, I decided to keep the punch and just do more cards like these.

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Thanks for reading!

-Hally