Wine Cork Letters

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I made a few of these wine cork letters to give as gifts.  They were so easy and fun to make, and easy to take to craft club!  Thanks to everyone who contributed corks!
I started with these wooden letters from Hobby Lobby. Then, I put tacky glue over the entire letter and hot glued individual corks.

They stand on their own to display on a mantle or shelf, but would look cute hanging on a wall too!

Holiday Rosette Wreath

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This paper rosette wreath was my gift for my partner in the Holiday Gift Exchange from Craftaholics Anonymous.  It was fun to make and give!  My partner was Carey from Utah, here is her Blog!

To make the rosettes, I cut two strips of paper about 1.5-2" wide by 12" or 8", depending on the paper I was using.  Then, I scored lines every 0.5" so they could easily be folded.

 Once the paper was folded, I used a tape gun to connect the two strips of paper into one continuous ring, making sure to overlap the folds on the ends.

 This is what the ring looks like once the two strips are glued together.
 With the pattern I wanted to show face down, I bent one side toward the center to make the ring into a rosette.
 They are pretty springy due to all of the folds, so I had to use a hot glue gun to hold the rosette in place.
 I placed a small piece of scrap paper over the hot glue to hold everything together.
Here are the completed rosettes ready to be glued to the wreath!
 I found this ring in the floral section of Michaels which I used as the wreath base.  There were already holes drilled through it, so I tied a ribbon through one of the holes for a hanger before covering it with the rosettes.
 Fray-Check glue helps keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying.
 I used hot glue again to secure the rosettes to the wreath base.  Not complete without some sparkle and embellishments!
Here is the finished product:

This was so much fun to make, I made two more like this for my mom and mother-in-law.  I'm giving them to them at Thanksgiving so they can hang them throughout December!

Initials Love Card

Sunday, November 20, 2011

These cards have been great for engagements, showers, and weddings.  The bark texture is from a cuttle bug template.  I left the hearts blank and added the couple's initials before giving.

Address Wall Art

Sunday, November 13, 2011

  I was inspired to make my address wall art by this piece at Restoration Hardware.  I wanted something similar but with our actual address.  Mine turned out very different, but I still like it!

To make, I bought an old piece of art at Goodwill, spray painted the frame silver and painted over the picture with some leftover brown paint (the glass broke in the process, which turned out to be a blessing because I could make it more 3-D!).  The letters are just scrap booking stickers.  I printed large numbers to use as a pattern and cut the numbers out of foam paper, then decorated each one a different way:  
Thick silver acrylic paint
Black ink pad rubbed on edges
 Numbers stamped with black ink
Silver Gold-Leafing

Here it is hanging in our living room!

House Number Art

Sunday, November 6, 2011

 We recently re-did the exterior of our house and our old brown house numbers no longer match.  So, I used them to make this wall hanging for our entryway!  I love it because the numbers were actually salvaged from our house!

Here are the numbers that use to be on our house.  I'm so glad the contractors saved them for me!

Some thin, rustic rope and scrap booking paper make the letters more decorative in the frame.  I added texture to plain brown paper using my scoring board.

Here's a close-up of one of the numbers in the frame.

Birthday Banner Card

Friday, November 4, 2011

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