View the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov. 27, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Each day we’ll be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!
Here’s today’s list …
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Hampton Art – http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Fiskateers – www.fiskateers.com/blog
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Tombow USA – http://blog.tombowusa.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
The Twinery – http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Diana Gonzalez – Clearsnap – http:// www.arteypoemas.com
Melissa Cash – Tombow – http://inkclinations.blogspot.com/2012/10/handmade-holiday-blog-hop.html
Monika Wright – The Twinery – http://www.iloveitallwithmonikawright.com/
Gretchen McElveen – Hampton Art – http://gretchenmac.blogspot.com/
Megan Aaron – Clearsnap- http://thoughtsoftraveling.blogspot.com/
Tania Willis – Fiskateers- http://throughtrialsiambeingpurified.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45 – http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Austin – Clearsnap – http://whatsinalousyananut.blogspot.com/
Shellye McDaniel – Authentique Paper – http://paperedcottage.blogspot.com/
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs – http://www.moments-of-tranquility.com
Jen Carter – The Twinery – http://jensinkspot.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison – Graphic 45 – www.lauradenisondesigns.com
Candy Spiegel – Globecraft Memories – https://candyspiegel.wordpress.com/
Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!
For my entry I created a snowman wreath. (Click on the photos for a larger view).
I started with a simple grapevine wreath and wrapped Honeydew Baker’s Twine from The Twinery around it. (I tied the ends on the backside around one of the branches to secure it.)
Then I added a large Accent flourish by Globecraft & Piccolo that I covered in 3D Enamel Gel in Metallic Silver. (I also coated some birds in the gel and added them toward the end. I love the swirly tone of the silver.
Next, I created the poinsettias. I used the new die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix and paper from Authentique’s Festive collection. I first added Fired Brick Distress Ink, but that didn’t provide enough contrast, so I added Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges.
I then glued the layers together, folded the leaves so they would be dimensional and added Globecraft’s Pure Sparkle Silver Glitter to the centers. Even though I was making a rustic, country snowman wreath, I wanted it to have some of the bling of Christmas!
Then came the snowflakes … I used a sheet of sticky-back paper and punched out the snowflakes with a punch from Fiskars. Then I coated them in Pure Sparkle Silver Glitter. Don’t you love that sparkle and shine!?! The glitter is made up of different-size particles that offer a sparkle closer to that of Mother Nature.
I added another snowflake to the tag that hangs from the bottom. This is made by stamping with Memento Ink in Bamboo Leaves onto kraft cardstock with a stamp by Hampton Art. I used my Crop-A-Dile to add an eyelet to the top.
I wrapped Cappuccino twine around the tag. I secured it in the back with a Power Adhesive Tab from Tombow and then added a scrap of paper to the top to cover the rest of the adhesive. I hung the tag from the wreath with additional twine.
I coated a couple of keys from Globecraft in Vintage Silver Enamel Powder and added them, and a bead from Maya Road, onto the bottom of the wreath. I thought they went well with the “Do Not Open Until Christmas” saying on the tag — especially since I plan to hang this on my front door. (My odd sense of humor!)
Now for the ornament in the center … this is a kit from Globecraft & Piccolo. First, I used a large dauber sponge to paint the inside of the back globe.
I used the same paint to paint the snowman so no brown color shows through when I flock him.
Next, I painted the rim in red paint, the nose with 3D Enamel Gel in orange and the arms with 3D Enamel Gel in Burnt Umber. I also put a bit of Metallic Silver at the base of the snowman to cover up a mistake I made … Then, I used Stampendous Fun Flock to cover the snowman and his hat and scarf. Once dry, I added a tiny black rhinestone eye.
I used Vintage Silver Enamel Powder to cover the rings and then assembled the ornament. To do that, I laid the inner ring down, placed the globe on top and then dry fit the ring. Once I got it where I wanted it, I carefully removed the ring and applied liquid glue right along the edge of the globe. I placed the ring back on top and used binder clips to hold it in place while the glue sets. (You don’t want to leave them on for more than a few minutes because they may mar the surface if left on longer)
Finally, I used Gilded Rose Enamel Powder to color a couple of flourishes, attached them to the front and then strung the ornament in the middle of the wreath.
Thanks for stopping by … I hope I have inspired you to create a wreath of your own!
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