Monday, January 27, 2014

My Valentine Canvas Strip Wreath

Hi there! In this post I want to share with you all my Valentine canvas strip wreath. 

I also created a fun, layered scalloped heart and doily decoration that can be stand alone or attached to the wreath. 

I wanted to make a Valentine wreath but I didn't want to buy any new materials. 
After looking through my stash, here is what I used.
12 inch Styrofoam wreath

I cut the canvas into approximately 1/2 inch x 12 inch strips. 

I then pulled every pink colored paint, spray mists, gelato, and Pitt pen that I had on hand. 

I painted and/or sprayed each canvas strip and tied it around the wreath form.

The gelato and Pitt Pen you have to activate with water to help spread the color on the canvas strip. 

For the paint, once the strips dried they get really "crunchy" for lack of a better word. I had to spray them with water to soften them up a bit in order to tie them around the wreath form. 

After I tied on each canvas strip, I knew it needed another decoration added to it. 

I pulled the Crate Paper, Paper Heart collection from my stash. I looked through my Valentine Pinterest board and found this pretty layered heart.

paper heart

To cut the heart form I used the 9 scalloped nested heart cut from the Silhouette Cameo store. 

I then hand sewed them together down the middle and glued it onto a doily.

Here is my version.

I love how it turned out!

I added the love scrabble chipboard pieces down the middle from the Paper Heart Crate Paper collection. 

This looks really pretty just hanging from this vintage hanger. 

Here it is hot glued onto the lower left side of the wreath.

I love the layers!!

I also added some chipboard hearts and candy heart kisses to the right side of the wreath. 

These also came from the Crate Paper collection kit. 

One last look. 

I love the shabby chic look and the pretty variations of pink.

I am also so happy that I used existing supplies to make this wreath! 

I hope you enjoyed this post. 
See you next time. 
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My 2014 Scrapbook Calendar

Today I want to share with you my 2014 calendar.

I bought the Recollection calendar kit from Michael's and I make three of these every year.  
One for me and one for my Mother and Mother-In-Law. 
I buy these with my own money. Michael's is not sponsoring this post. 

These are the covers.

They had two different styles this year. 

The kits come with everything you need to make a great calendar, however I have so much scrapbooking supplies, that I added some extra product to each page.

The pictures on each page are from our annual family photo session that we take the day after Thanksgiving. 

Here are the pages for each month. 













I enjoy making these every year.  They make wonderful gifts too. 

Hope you are inspired to try these out if you need gifts this Christmas. 

See you on the next post. 

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

My 2014 Winter Mantel

Today I want to share with you my winter mantel for 2014.

I used the same items as last year except I added the owl on the right and the banner and book page frame to the fireplace cover.

I keep everything simple when decorating my mantels. 

I love the color combo of white, cream, and brown/bronze for winter decorations. 

This is my rolled flower topiary. You can see more about this here

This owl came from Home Goods. 

I painted the home letters and the '"O" is a grapevine wreath. 

This cute owl came from Michael's.  

It is sitting on some book storage boxes that I covered in printed tissue paper. 

This is my book page frame with a banner. You can see more about this project here

I hope you enjoyed seeing my winter mantel. 

See you on the next post. 

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Quick and Easy Winter Banner

Today I want to share with you how I made this quick and easy winter banner for my fireplace.

Here is the paper collection that I used. It is the Curio collection from Basic Grey. 

First I cut the banner shapes using my silhouette cameo but you could hand cut these as well. 

Next I added some bronze eyelets using my crop-a-dile. 

 You can also just use a regular hole punch for this step. 

Next I added hemp cord to hold together my banner. 

I added the banner to my book paper frame. 

I made this frame in 2011 for a Christmas project.

I decided to use it for this banner. 

I love how it looks sitting on my fireplace cover. 

Here is the video from 2011 showing you how I made this book paper frame.

Here is the link to the blog post about how we made our fireplace cover. 

Here is a link to my blog post about my red lanterns. 

Thank you for looking.

 I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rolled Flower Topiary

Today I want to share with you my rolled flower topiary. 

I actually made this in January 2013. At the time, blogger was having issues and I couldn't upload any photos.

I got this back out for my 2014 winter mantel and remembered that I needed to share it with you all.

Here is what the topiary looks like plain.  I find these at my local Hobby Lobby.

For the rolled flowers I used lace ribbon, canvas, and burlap.  

I had everything on hand and didn't have to buy anything other than the topiary and basket. 

I rolled each material into a flower and glued it on directly to the topiary using hot glue. 

To fill in the gaps, I added neutral colored pearls.

In this picture you can see the different textures that each piece of material adds to the topiary. 

I show this project up close in the video below from 2013. 

I don't have any pictures of how I put this project together. 

I used other YouTube tutorial videos that already exist to teach myself how to make the rolled flowers.

Here are some choices if you would like to learn how to make rolled flowers. 

I placed the topiary into a chicken wire basket that I found at Hobby Lobby.

I filled in around the base with curled scrapbook pieces to add some color and hide the green base.

I love this piece so much. 

I will keep it on my mantel through spring and just fill in the bottom with some spring colored paper curls.

Thank you for looking. 

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