Now that I've got a fireplace, although it's only the kind with a room heater and fake fire, I thought that this year 'we' would just decorate around it because family and friends will be visiting out-of-town and it seems like a lot-of-ta-do for just the two of us. I remembered the sleigh my mother drew up when I was a child and Dad made from wood-cuts and that she had handed down the original pattern to me awhile back when she was downsizing her stuff ... but do you think I could find the thing when I needed it?! What to do even after restructuring my filing system to find it?
The only thing was to design my own "sleigh" and here's one that I came up with that I call, SANTA'S DOOHIKEY SLEIGH. Using chip board as my base I doubled the sleigh runner's inside up to the part where the blue card stock will be attached and did the crunched-up foil wrap effect just on the runner's (tutorial is in one of my earlier posts), then buffed a blue acrylic paint over the pieces. Blue card stock is applied to both cut pieces of chipboard panels as well as a red dry-embossed card stock panel. The panel-piece holding the sides together measures 3-inches wide. THEN I added the finishing touches that brought it all together!
The holly leafs are from some printable download that I bought - just printed them out on card stock, cut around each piece and applied them to both sides using glue dots. The bow is made of card stock using Hot Off The Press Fold-It-Bow Template - they are so much fun to use (HINT: I sometimes create a larger bow by drawing around the original template bow, scan it, and using one of my programs I enlarge it to the size I need - print out, cut around and well-la!). PRODUCTS USED IN SLEIGH CONSTRUCTION: Chipboard, cheap roll of thin foil wrap, acrylic paints, Aleene's All Purpose Tacky Glue, Best-Test Rubber Cement. Measures approximately 6-7/8-inches high x 10-1/2-inches long x 3-inches deep.
This sleigh shape can be decorated prior to assembling, and after, using a large variety of holiday items such as stickers, rub-on's, stencils, paper, fabric, buttons, charms and more. Use it for creating home decor floral centerpiece, gift-giving containers, and whatever your creative mind wants to make of it ... the possibilities are limitless!
What I'm going to do is give this sleigh filled with some wrapped Avon products, as it is very durable, so that it can be used as a Christmas card holder by the recipient for years to come. This is only one-of-the-many sleigh designs that I am creating, and I'm looking into the easiest way to make them available to you without all the arduous hand-cutting of chipboard. I'd like to offer my designs to you as pre-cut chip board pieces, so we'll see what I can do. And I have a bunch more goodies (like sleigh's) to show - so keep checking back!! :0)
This sweet candy Christmas wreath idea doubles as a holiday decoration and an advent calendar. Count down the days until Santa's arrival with a special treat from the wreath. Kids will love this creative advent calendar and wreath idea.
Christmas Craft Ornament Garland – With a beautiful design that features a range of lovely pastel colors and button, string and yarn accents, this faux garland will bring a look that you are sure to love to your holiday decor. Try winding this beautiful, colorful garland throughout your Christmas tree for a lovely addition to your arrangement of ornaments, or display it above your mantel for a beautiful, colorful effect. Quality craftsmanship helps to ensure years of lasting beauty. Cheerful colors will bring a festive look to any room in your home.
The Decorated Cookie, by Meaghan, a blog about decorated cookies, painted marshmallows and other crafty sweets has a sneak-peek look at her SUGARLICIOUS 2012 book release of cookies, cupcakes, and cakes - which also covers everything you'd ever want to know about crafting sweets. A must read article about "how to get a book deal" has some solid, brilliant and spot-on-advice for anyone who has thought about publishing. I can't wait to get my hands on it as one of my New Year's resolutions is to commit to getting more enjoyable 'baking' done come next year! :0)
I love wreath's but lets face it, a "wreath is a wreath" and I can never seem to find what I'm looking for - and what I want is too expensive! That is until you find something as gorgeous and different such as these. The Red Thread, a world of design, art, craft and interiors, and whatever else catches her eye has this gorgeous PAPER CHRISTMAS WREATH TUTORIAL that you may like to re-create! I know I am. I love the 'craft-equipment' she used. I came across another Autumn Wreath design and some suitable pre-made leaf patterns to use; just size and print out - click on image to enlarge, right click mouse on enlarged image and in drop down menu "Save As..." to your digi folder!
After the Halloween hoopla, place your photo's onto your version of a Spooky Haunted House 12" x 12" scrapbook album like the fabulous creation made by Melissa Samuels at The Art of Scrapbooking!
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Woman's Day Holiday Craft: Felt Stockings. Trace the stocking template onto three pieces of felt, then cut them out, using pinking shears for a decorative edge on the front. Sew the pieces together, and embellish with felt poinsettias, trees and ribbon-trimmed packages.
Creative Breathing's blog on PEPPERMINT ELVES and assortment of various other project designs made of felt, pipe cleaner pieces, floss and a bit of hand sewn stitching is not only inspirational but just too darn cute! Tutorials and patterns available!
CRAFT FOR A CAUSE! Pine Ridge Reservation.
Introducing the many faces of MR. POTATO HEAD cookies
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BIG POW OF COLOR! Elizabeth Allan's Art Studio share's some great tips about coloring your images with Ranger's Distress Inks on glossy paper. One that I really need to practice doing as well! :0)
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