Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Festive Ribbon Tree

Hello friends! I hope you are having a good week.  I have really enjoyed doing some Christmas crafts this week.  I made a ribbon tree for a friend.

These are very easy to make.  All you need is:

A glue gun
glue sticks
A styrofoam cone
3 or 4 spools of ribbon about 7/8 inches wide and about 4 yards in length
A small Poinsettia pick for the top of tree
About two hours
  1. I started at the bottom of the styrofoam cone and hot glued 4 inch strips of ribbon that were folded in half.  
  2. Continue hot gluing strips of ribbon using a different color for each row.
  3. Once you reach the top of the tree, add the Poinsettia pick in the center pushing the pick all the way down the top center of the cone.
  4. Enjoy!
I usually buy ribbon when it goes on sale at Michael's to make these trees.  I have made several in different colour combinations.  Use your imagination!  I think my next ribbon tree that I make, I am going to add some sequins to the ribbon to give it some more sparkle.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and are inspired to create a ribbon tree.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tulle Wreath

Hello friends! Are you ready for Christmas? I can't believe it's only 10 days until the big day.  I wanted to take some time out of the busy Christmas preparations and create a wreath.

I was inspired by a wreath that I saw on Pinterest.  I didn't have any wreath forms, so I used a wooden embroidery hoop instead.  Actually, two wreaths can be made from the hoops once you separate them.

I bought the tulle at Michael's last year and didn't have a chance to make it until now.  I bought four different colours (white, baby blue, aqua, and silver) of tulle that comes in the rolls.  For the wreath, I measured out strips of 18 inches and then created the wreath by going around the hoop using four of each colour in a pattern.  I didn't knot the tulle, I just created a loop and slipped it through.  Once I was done (I used about 100 strips) I fluffed it up and gave it a haircut so the strips looked even.  I then flipped it over and took my glue gun and glued some snowflake ornaments and some little bell ornaments.

I made this for the Christmas Love Campaign and will be giving this to someone that I can not mention their name as they regularly read my blog.  You can read all about the Christmas Love Campaign here.

I really enjoyed making this wreath but I must warn you, the sparkles in the tulle come off and glitter is EVERYWHERE so I am off to vacuum my house now.  Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Stuck?! Sketches Team Up With Scrap Around The World

Hello friends!  Today is the December 15 Sketch and reveal at Stuck?! Sketches and for this sketch we are teaming up with the amazingly talented ladies over at Scrap Around The World.  Here is the fabulous sketch designed by Laura Whitaker that the design team created with:

and here is the Scrap Around The World Moodboard that was provided

I stayed very true to the sketch and pulled out some older papers from My Mind's Eye All Is Bright Collection for this challenge.  I was inspired by the colours and shapes of the mood board and thought this collection was perfect for the challenge.

Now for the fabulous giveaways.  If you uplink your layout based on the above sketch at Stuck?! Sketches AND ALSO link up to the challenge at Scrap Around The World, you are eligible to win a $30 gift certificate from Big Picture Classes and the winner can use the gift certificate for a class of their choice, but remember you have to enter both challenges.

If you link up your layout to Stuck?! Sketches only, you are edible for a $15 gift certificate from My Scraps And More

I hope you are inspired to take some time out of your busy holiday preparations and play along.  Have a great day!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Love Campaign And A Giveaway!

Hello friends! I hope you are having a good Monday.  Today I wanted to share a Ribbon Tree that I created for the Christmas Love Campaign.  This will be going to my dear friend and neighbour who shovels snow, waters our flowers and feeds our kitty when we go away on vacation.

To explain what the Christmas Love Campaign is about,  all the details are on my blog post here.  Below is a brief description:

I wanted to have my own little giveaway to get as many people worldwide to craft something for their friend, neighbour or stranger and spread the love!  Susan K. Weckesser is a dear friend of mine and I wanted to help her out by sharing this campaign.  She began this campaign because she wanted to do something kind for her father who battled cancer and now Susan is also fighting the battle.  Here are the things you need to do if you would like a chance to win this beautiful stamp set from Susan K. Weckesser Inc.

  1. Follow Susan K. Weckesser's blog here.
  2. Follow The Christmas Love Campaign on Facebook and post a photo of how you are crafting up love.
  3. Make sure to use the hashtags #ChristmasLoveCampaign and #craftuplove
  4. Come back here and comment on this post that you did this and I will select a winner on the first week of  January 2015.
 I am sure this would make Susan K. Weckesser's Christmas a whole lot brighter.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Good luck!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Christmas Layout For The Christmas Love Campaign!

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend so far.  Today I wanted to share a Christmas layout of a family friend's little guy.  I really miss when my own children were little at Christmas and love photos of children sitting on Santa's lap.  Alex is three years old in this photo from last year. 

This is from the Basic Grey Aspen Frost Collection which is about two years old.  I used some twine to make it look like hanging ornaments.

I really enjoy scrapbooking Christmas layouts and the holidays. I made this for the Christmas Love Campaign. A dear friend, Susan K. Weckesser organizes this campaign and my thoughts are prayers are with her as she has been diagnosed with cancer and this is what this campaign that she has organized for the past 6 years have ironically been about after her own dad passed away from cancer.  Here is Susan Weckesser's message:

I am SO excited to be starting the SIXTH ANNUAL Christmas Love Campaign! I LOVE sharing love with all though around me through art and creativity. I LOVE doing this campaign with YOU!
So, What is The Christmas Love Campaign?
The 'CLC' is a very dear event that I started six years ago shortly after losing my father to cancer.  My dad had lived a life of always doing kind things for ANYONE & EVERYONE. When he passed away suddenly I didn't know what I could do to continue spreading his kindness and love that he showed and gave everyone.. One day at a scrapbooking crop I noticed how kind scrapbookers can be to each other even though most of the time they are total strangers. I noticed that even happens on the internet. Crafters reaching out to other crafters with words of encouragement in hard times and in good times. After seeing this, I approached The Canadian Scrapbooker in the Fall of 2009 and I asked Katharina Doyle and Jackie Ludlage if I could write an article for their magazine on a topic that was very important to me, entitled 'Scrap Matters'. It talked about the awesome power of arts, crafts, and scrapbooking and I asked people how they brightened other peoples day by being creative?

'Simple Acts of Creative Kindness is an AWESOME TOOL!'

This year the CLC has touched my heart at a entirely new level! I am late at putting out the campaign because the last few months I haven’t felt to well. I thought it was my kidneys bothering me. I was also told in June that my jaw and teeth were softening , and that I would need reconstructive this year…a big surgery that meant having my teeth replaced with implants and bone graft in my jaw. So, I figured my feeling not good was all that and a LOT of nerves too. So last week I went into hospital for what I thought was a simple surgery to have some of my kidney stones removed however it turned into a bladder biopsy that totally surprised me. I tried not to think about it all week. However my doctor call last night to chat. I guess it turns out that I have Bladder Cancer. The word CANCER, still echoes in my ears. Never saw that coming. I didn't even know that there was such a thing. He said that he was really surprised because I am so young.  I will be going in for surgery to remove what they can and then they will decide what else should be done. They will also figure out if it has gone anywhere else.
NOW, I don't like talking about my health. But, I just wanted you to know what I am up to. I asked for my surgery to be after Christmas because I want to have a wonderful one with my kiddos! Right!? *smile* Plus, i know in my heart… my faith will carry me through. So, you have to smile! I am about to start a new journey…
This is where I need you! I want to create my little heart out because it is SO healing!!!! It really is! I want to create and I want to share some Christmas LOVE with as many people as I can! Please help me!!! PLEASE help me share some creative LOVE with neighbour , strangers, and the people around you!!!!
Let’s have an AWESOME 2014 Christmas Love Campaign!!!
You all mean the world to me! Let’s have some fun together!!! Invite everyone you know to join in with us!  xo
SO here is what you do….
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You can find the Christmas Love Campaign Facebook page HERE
Come like the Susan K. Weckesser Inc. Facebook page too … HERE.

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GRAB a BLINKIE for you blog!
Help spread the word and some love!
Thank-you for your continued LOVE and support! I cant tell you how much it means to me!!
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Susan xoxo

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Layout Published in Scrapbook And Cards Today

Hello friends! Today I am so honoured and excited to share that I have my first layout published in the Winter 2014 Issue of Scrapbook And Cards Today! The layout I created is of this handsome little guy.  My good friend Stephanie Kuzio snapped these beautiful photos.  The full page layout can be found on Page 67.

I used an Echo Park Paper Collection called Keepin' Cozy for the patterned papers and stickers and cut the snowflake frame and the title (from the Silhouette America Online Store) on white card stock with my Silhouette Cameo and then "painted" the title with some Heidi Swapp Colorshine Mist and also some splatters.  Finally I added some wood embellishments.  This layout was inspired by a sketch designed by Kristine Davidson.

The Scrapbook And Cards Today Winter 2014 Magazine can be downloaded here.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Tis The Season Layout

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a Christmas layout for Creative Embellishments that I created of my two older kiddos when they were little.  They are grown up now but I smile when I look at this photo of my son with his face painted and my daughter and son sitting on Santa’s lap at a company Christmas party.
For this layout, I used the Creative Embellishments Snowflake Rubber Stamp and also the Grid Rubber Stamp  on the kraft card stock background and heat embossed it with some white embossing powder.  I then used white, green and red embossing powder and heat embossed the Wood Veneer SnowflakesChristmas Train and  Christmas Bulb. Next, I matted my photo and added papers and ephemera and  as well as a bow, doily and sewing machine stitching.  Finally, I added some journaling strips that I created on the computer, printed them out and outlined them in black pen and adhered them to some patterned paper.


I used the Merry & Bright Collection by Pink Paislee for the papers and ephemera and also some flair from A Flair For Buttons.
I hope I have inspired you to create a festive, holiday layout.  There are so many Christmas items in the Creative Embellishments shop. Thanks for stopping by!