Sunday, October 27, 2013

Christmas tags

These are two tags I designed for an upcoming class. We are crafting in a red, white and black theme. The above tag was cut on my Cricut using CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge using CTMH White and Cranberry card stocks. I added a few punched snowflakes also, one is a Martha Stewart and the other is a Creative memories punch. Add some pearls colored black with a Sharpie marker and some CTMH tulle and a little tie of red and white bakers twine to finish it off.

This one is CTMH Cranberry cardstock punched out with Creative Memories tag punch. I punched the belt buckle shape using SU! bitty punch in Fancy Label shape and then I used the SU! slot punch on both sides and ran a strip of the wonderful new CTMH Glitter trim in black, for the belt. I again added two pearls that had been colored with the Sharpie marker for the buttons and a tie of bakers twine.

Cute gift tags to tie onto a cellophane bag filled with cookies or around the neck of a bottle of wine.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Lacy cowl and the Stella cowl

More crochet. I am loving it still. This is a crochet lacy scarf pattern from Lion brand. I crocheted it as recommended in the pattern and then stitched the end together to make it a cowl. Because I could. Because I am obsessed with cowls.  

I LOVE this one. This is one of my favorites to date. I love the thick chunkiness of it while still be soft and flexible to wear and wrap around me.

I had never seen this yarn before, Bernat Denim Style in Skinny Pink. I loved it so much I talked my friend out of it. She found it on sale and had purchased it but I talked her into swapping with me. She's not really a pink kind of gal. I don't think she minds.

This is crocheted using this awesome pattern, called the Stella cowl scarf. This is a wonderfully unique design with a fun light and lacy finished look. This was a fantastic 1 skein project. It will make wonderful gifts too.

I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Watercolors. The soft yarn makes it wonderful to wear but kind of shapeless and floppy. Which I both like and dislike a little. It has a tendency to flop over and you loose the scallop edge definition and the lacy open pattern design. But like I said it is heavenly to wear, all soft and cozy.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wine cork Christmas trees

This is one of those projects that has been high on my to do list for a very long time. I got my Pinspiration here. There were no instructions or anything, that I could find anywhere. And I searched. I used Google Image and tracked down all kinds of blog posts that linked back to a now long gone (but not forgotten apparently, at least not by rabid Pinterest pinners) article on the Stonewall Kitchen online catalog. Some links even said their was a tutorial on the website. Not any more. So I started in, and learned some things by trial and error. 

When I make decor crafts, I usually want them to be sturdy enough to store and display again year after year. This craft was definitely one of those, so I knew hot glue gun was out of the question. I ended up using Liquid Nails, it dries clear, doesn't shrink or expand and is tough enough for items that might be outside. This won't be, but being that tough sounds like a good thing in my book. The one draw back is that it takes 24 hours to dry completely. So this project has been a slow one, testing my patience along the way. But it was totally worth it and I am thrilled with the final outcome.

This is a shot of the side and back of the cork trees. I spent a good amount of time sorting my corks for this project. Ones that had prettier designs went on the outside. Ones that had writing that was upright from only one side, I tried very hard to display them on that side. The corks that had no designs around them whatsoever went on the inside of the tree shape.

While I was gluing them together I was careful to keep the wine stained side towards the back. I like the look of the backsides as well. Change out the star and the bakers twine bow at the top and I could turn them this way and display them during fall time too. I enjoy the rustic look of the back side.

I used a 3/4 inch circle punch on my paper stack Vintage Christmas from Hobby Lobby and adhered them to the front of the corks with a dab of the Liquid Nails again. I used a dauber and CTMH inks in Topiary and Cranberry on a few of the corks. I added a few SU! brads, and some buttons and pearls from my stash, for a little more texture. I also tied a bit of ribbon around the portion of Champagne cork I used for the tree trunk.

I used two rubber bands to hold the tree together after I had glued all the corks together. They had to sit for 24 hours so I wanted to insure they would not move around or sag. It worked perfectly. 

The top parts I cut off the Champagne corks I made magnets out of. One nearly had my husbands initials (just a little Sharpie doodle and it could be his monogram) and the other had just a T for our last name, I thought they would be cool. It's a quick little craft since I have the magnets handy and the Liquid Nails out already.

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