Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Christmas Nuthatch

Hi friends,

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!  Our little Pippin had a stocking filled with toys.  He couldn't decide which one to play with first.

Today I'm sharing one of the Christmas cards I created.  It's always challenging creating with a curious kitty around - he does slow me down some  :-)

I've used a digital image by Fred She Said with some non-traditional colors.  

The background was created using a Stampin' Up Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The focal image is a combination of Spellbinders Classic Circles.  

I stamped the inside sentiment with StazOn Black using the Memory Box Wonderful Time stamp.

I have so much to be grateful for this past year, especially for those who come to visit me.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope you will have many blessings in the year to come.

Stamps:  Fred She Said Nuthatch, Memory Box Wonderful Time  
Paper:  Kraft, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Ink:  StazOn Black
Accessories:  Kraft 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Kaiser Clear Rhinestones, Spellbinders Victorian Tags, Spellbinders Small Classic Circles #5, Large Classic Circles #5, Small Classic Circles #6, SU Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 
Technique:  Digital Image
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Monday, December 24, 2018

DIY Glitter Monogram Ornaments

Hello there,

I can't believe it's Christmas Eve!  Are you all ready for tomorrow?  A couple of weeks ago I was in Pottery Barn and I saw these glitter monogram ornaments.  They caught my eye, but I wasn't impressed with the quality of them as they were made out of cardboard.  I thought it would be easy to recreate these at home.

Pottery Barn Silver Ornament
A few days later, I swung by Michaels Crafts and picked up 3 wood letters for 99 cents each.  I used some Champagne Metallic Paint, Mod Podge, and Fairy Dust Glitter to create monogram letters for our Christmas stockings.

I started by drilling a whole in the corner of each letter then sanded the wood lightly to remove any rough spots.

Next, I painted each letter with a coat of Champagne Metallic Paint.  Don't worry if it doesn't come out perfect as the glitter will hide any imperfections.

After waiting about 30 minutes or so I painted each letter with a thin coat of Matte Mod Podge and then sprinkled ... sprinkled ... and sprinkled glitter all over them.  Tap off the excess glitter and let them sit for a few minutes to dry.

Because I didn't want the glitter to rub off onto everything I sprayed an even coat of sealant over the top of each one.  To hang each letter from our stocking I used Baker's Twine and tied a knot around the loop.

Pippin's Stocking
Can you see the glitter?

Donna's Stocking
Michael's Stocking
What a super easy project, which allowed me to create letters to match our Christmas stockings and they are better than Pottery Barn!

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there ...

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