Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Youtube Inspired Project

I don't know about you, but most of the time I watch DIY videos and pin all sorts of pictures, but then never actually get around to doing any projects that I felt so inspired by. Well, this time I decided to give a project I saw on youtube by Robeson Designs (you can find the video here). 

I began by selecting one of my old books that I don't really care about (I have never read it and never will, just had it on a shelf because it was old and looked nice with my other old books). Following the instructions from the youtube video I cleaned up all of the binding edges and rolled a lot of paper rolls! I then found a piece of cardboard I didn't need, made the circles (Mine were smaller than the video because I didn't have anything as big as in the video to back the wreath on) and started gluing!! As a finishing touch I glued some cheap ornaments in the very center to minimize having to use my good ornaments, glued the poinsettia in the middle and then started filling in the sides with left over bulbs that I hadn't use elsewhere to decorate for Christmas. All in all, I was really happy with how it turned out. Now I just have to figure out how to store it!!!!

Below are pictures of the final product.... Enjoy! (The last picture is taken with flash on to try to give you a better feel for the color of the poinsettia and bulbs).

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It's been a while....

Hello all.... It's been a while since my last post. I've been working through some health issues this year, and a lot of things have taken a back burner. Today I thought I would share a couple of cards that I made over the summer. One was made for my grandfather and the other was made for the wife of the pastor in the church where I grew up. It was interesting, because I didn't have many supplies on hand - only a pair of scissors, a small double-sided tape dispenser and some papers and stickers (no stamps or paper trimmer). The one I made for my grandfather is on the simple side, but I was quite happy with how the feminine card turned out.

On this first card, I used some scraps of paper, as well as stickers and alphabet stickers from two Simple Stories lines. As I mentioned, I didn't have much to work with, so I kept it simple. I think that it still looks nice, without seeming to little boyish - which I was really trying to avoid.

The second card, I used a 6x6 paper pad from Kaiser Craft. I really liked this paper - especially as it came with punch outs as well as papers. I used two of the papers, as well as a piece of  black corrugated paper from a 6x6 specialty pad by Hobby Lobby's in-house line of craft supplies. I also used stickers from a Simple Stories 12x12 alphabet stickers page and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins my cousin gave to me, as well as some wood veneer butterflies that she also gave to me. On the whole, I was quite pleased with how this card turned out. I had never used corrugated paper on anything before and I really liked the texture and dimension that it gave to the card.