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Crafty Today: Valentine Curly Paper Wreath

Love it!

Love it!

I love Valentine’s Day because of the imagery, colors and what it represents, but not the commercialization of it.  Since the inception of this blog, I have created a few projects to decorate my home: punched heart garlands, LOVE garland and ornament-filled cloche.  I finally have a decoration to adorn my front porch and it is this curly paper wreath.  I love this project!  You need the following tools and supplies to create it:

  • 6-7 sheets of patterned paper
  • foam wreath
  • small stick pins
  • bone folder

Cut the paper into 1/2″ strips.  Curl all of the strips using the bone folder like curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. Attach the curly strips to the wreath with pins.

I pinned this tutorial video to my Pinterest board and it really is that simple.  A great way to use your favorite paper that you want to see every day instead of buried in a scrapbook.  It is a project that anyone can do and the supplies are readily available.  I am already planning more wreaths for the future.  Stay tuned!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Valentine Treat Boxes

Time for treats!

Time for treats!

Aren’t these fabulous?  I follow this Stampin’ Up demonstrator’s blog because she is a marvelous papercrafter.  I love her boxes the most and this one is my current obsession.  I created these boxes at Christmas for my co-workers and neighbors.  Now that Valentine’s Day is upon us, I created more for my co-workers because I appreciate them so much.  We work very hard and we need a treat every now and then.  Following the video tutorial above, you need the following tools and supplies:

Using a 6″x6″ piece of cardstock, follow the scoring instructions in the tutorial.  Fold the box and adhere together.  Punch out hearts, emboss them and adhere them with foam dots.  Fill the treat box with candy and close with the clothespin.

These boxes take exactly 13 Hershey kisses and I filled these with the Valentine colored kisses.  Too much fun and oh so fabulous!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

*Tina

Thanksgiving Decor

Front porch décor for Thanksgiving

Front porch décor for Thanksgiving

I love decorating my front porch for the seasons and the holidays!  It is a blank canvas with the potted ficus tree and rustic chair that are always present throughout the year.  The pumpkin is left over from Halloween and the chair begged for another wreath.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

  • wire wreath form
  • assorted patterned paper in beiges, creams and browns
  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Preserves cartridge
  • hot glue gun

Cut out many grapevine leaves using the Cricut machine.  Adhering in rows and two at a time, attach the leaves to the form using a glue gun.  Pinch the leaves at the base before you attaching to the form.  Stagger the leaves as you work around the wreath.

Thanksgiving wreath detail

Thanksgiving wreath detail

The beauty of this project is that I used scraps of paper that I have collected over the years.  I don’t use much browns and beiges in my projects and this was a great way to put them to good use.  I love using what I have on hand and it came together beautifully.

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Tina

Halloween Decor II

Front porch decor

Front porch decor

Our 100 year old house lends itself to a more vintage, timeless décor that is reflective of the season.  I went to one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, to select my pumpkins.  I love the heirloom varieties and they have the biggest selection for $5.99 a pumpkin.  They are fantastic and unique and the price is unbelievable.  I also wanted to create a wreath to hang on the chair.  More details on Friday as to how I created it.  So, for very little money, I created a seasonal vignette with timeless appeal.  What is not to love?

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

*Tina

Halloween Decor

Perfect for fall!

Perfect for fall!

I am a firm believer in buying what you love and using it.  These pumpkins and cats were collected over time, but work perfectly together.  The textures and materials are reminiscent of fall and have a timeless quality.  They will be on display throughout autumn and come early November, I will add some fabulous chickens and turkeys to the mix for the Thanksgiving display.  With a little planning, you can have a spectacular display that will last for years and be unique to you.

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.  -Jim Bishop

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Easter Card #2

Hoppy Easter!

Hoppy Easter!

With so many nieces and nephews, I need to make at least two versions for each holiday.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the pink cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the light pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the bunny at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the bunny together.  Run the light pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the bunny to the embossed cardstock.

Isn’t this bunny adorable?  I almost want to eat it because it is so darn cute!  Hoppy Easter!

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Easter Card #1

The cutest Easter chick ever!

The cutest Easter chick ever!

Easter is quickly approaching so it was time to create some cards in celebration.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the purple cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the lavender cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the chick at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the chick together.  Run the lavender cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the chick to the embossed cardstock.

This Easter chick was too cute for words and I was able to use a new embossing folder.  Fun, fun!!

Happy card making!

*Tina

Cricut Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Card #1

Lucky turtle

Lucky turtle

St. Patrick’s Day is the next holiday I can celebrate with my nieces and nephews.  You need the following supplies and tools to create this card:

Fold the jade cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the gold cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the turtle at 3″.  Adhere all of the layers of the turtle together.  Run the gold cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the turtle to the embossed cardstock.

Who knew a lucky turtle could be so adorable?  Hope they love it!  Happy paper crafting!

*Tina

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Marbled Valentine's Day card

Marbled Valentine’s Day card

I made valentines for the adults in my family and my husband’s family.  When I took the paper marbling class, I made a few sheets using red, purple and pink with the plan to make valentines.  You need the following tools and supplies to make this card:

Fold the pink cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″.  Using your favorite font in Microsoft Word, write Happy Valentine’s Day centered in three columns then trim the lavender cardstock to 3.25″x 4.5″.  Make your own mini envelope template by tracing a larger envelope template and reducing it on the copier to the desired size that fits your heart punch.  Trace the envelope template onto the marbled paper, cut, fold and adhere together.  Punch out the heart.  Attach the envelope to the top of the lavender cardstock and insert the heart by using the foam tape to add dimension.

I hope you all have a sweet and memorable day.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Valentine’s Day Card #4

Wild about U!

Wild about U!

Above is the card for my 11 year old nephew.  You need the following supplies and tools to make this card:

Fold the red cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the lion at 2.5″.  Cut the Wild about U at 2″.  Adhere all of the layers of the lion together.  Run the pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the lion and Wild about U to the embossed cardstock.

Isn’t it terrific?  I hope he loves it!  Happy paper crafting!

*Tina

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