sobota, 27. november 2010

Jingle bells wreath

I love tandem projects and this is one of them. I love when two people join the ideas. It' a sort of relay.
My mom made a croched wreath and she said that I have to finish it. It is nice when you have a handmade product and you feel the authenticity and the uniqueness of it and playing with these sort of things is certantly more noble.
As I said the base is a croched wreath. I started with giving a few brushes of a light green acrylic paint and sprinkled it with glitter. The idea was to give it an iced-look. I added some green iced stamens with the glue gun to make it more dimensional. A pinch of flowers and a glitter snowflake make it more festive and a verse of a Christmas song is a final touch for some indispensable warmness...

The bell is protected and placed in a half ball covered with patterned paper...

Thank you for stopping by. I hope we'll have a cold but WARM december!!!

torek, 23. november 2010

All I want for Christmas is....

What do you want for Christmas? I love all the christmasy gifts traffic and enjoy wrapping them in new and particular ways. Thinking about this year wrapping I had this idea to make an explosion gift and this could be a great way to say "I love you". I started with a quite simple outside part... countinue with untieing the bow you reach the heart of the gift that is very special to me - my boys.

Some raw cristals at the bottom of the box and some prescious blinks....

Two felt reindeers to make the atmosphere more christmasy...

Some ultra glossy holly fruits...

Enjoy the thinking, the finding, the shopping, the wrapping, the placing, the looking at their eyes...
Have a great day!

četrtek, 18. november 2010

Christmas ball

Hi friends. I'm writting from my mothers computer to write this post because I have some problems with the internet connection. I hope I'll solve it soon because I admit I hardy live without this web addiction.
Meanwhile I've made a Christmas ball, inspired by my globe No place like home. I opted for the traditionl christmas colors: white, red and green and a lot of glitter. I covered a plastic ball with gauze and acrylic color and the final effect was like having a canvas ball. I made glitter swirls on the ball using the Tim Holtz template.
A tag says: Never wory about the size of your Christmas tree....

Of course, as this ball is inspired by the No place like home globe, it has a surprise inside: a small christmas tree. I like it because the look is simple (not many colors) but prescious. And the message continues: In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feel tall. A glittery hill carries this tiny tree. Stripes of patterned paper to cover the background and a croched sowflake (that my mom made) for the bed to the glittery one.

I hope I'll soon have my connection problems solved...I miss all of you!!!!!

ponedeljek, 15. november 2010

Thank you cards

We have a special thing going on on These are a few of my favorite things and I hope you'll join us this time.
Within in this past month, Julie have found out that Stephanie's (the owner of Bella Blvd.) Brother-in-Law was killed in an accident and Dolores's (her bloggy friend) best friend is fighting breast cancer on a very limited income being a teacher....and BOTH ladies (Dolores and Stephanie) have asked for Thank You cards to be sent to them to have on hand for the many, many, many people that are assisting them in their time of need.
We decided to help them and make it a challenge to all of you to help out too.... Our challenge is: make a THANK YOU Card using FAVE FALL COLORS and send it to one or both of them.
Here is mine....

It is really important to join us this time at TAAFOMFT. And this time there's no prize because there is something more than a challenge going on!

torek, 9. november 2010

Altered toy drum

First of all I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that visits my blog and a special one to everybody who spends time to leave me a comment. You are special to me and give me more and more energy to continue to search in this beatiful paper world!
This time was the time for a broken drum toy to be altered, to be given a new life. Kian was once imitating dad and playing hardly on the drum and suddenly he made a huge hole in it.
I started to undress the drum of its previous skin and re-built it completely.
The front skin is in acetate and it closes the tree and the tiny treasures at the bottom of it inside and together with the heart inside it says: It is the Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

I've put new sort of eyelets to hold the string on the ouside.

I've made a christmas tree using some stripes of paper thet I've rolled at the end, added some glitter and of course some holly fruits, because it can't be Christmas without red. I used some translicent paper for the back so when I put the drum in front of a light is like a little lamp and a soft light passes through it.

The heart is in grungeboard, paited and distressed.

A teddy bear and the ribbon to complete the Christmas atmosphere.

A small pile of letters...

A grungeboard reindeer and a glitter snowflake complete the frosty look of the drum.

Having a drummer for husband I think a decoration like this one was inevitable :-)
Have a nice day!

ponedeljek, 8. november 2010

Winter memories card

This time I'm posting about a card that it's a bit unusual for me, I'm not really a card maker (but I have to start to make my christmas cards and I'm already late!!!!) but maybe bacause here is raining a lot and after we decorated the house with christmas decorations the only thing that is missing is ..... snow! And so here it is, with a little bit different snowman made using the Tattered angels frames of different sizes.

And now... let's pray for snow!

četrtek, 4. november 2010

Christmas paper tree tutorial

Thank you for the enthusiasm you showed for this Paper trees. I'm happy you liked them and I hope this tutorial will help you to make this beatiful christmas decorations. I found the idea on this video but it's a little bit different. I decided to add some steps and to make this project in my way, just like I wanted.

You will need:
-paper circles of 10 different sizes, approximately about 250 pieces
- wire
- wavy cardboard circle of the same size of the biggest paper circle.
- wooden stick
- glitter powder
-small glitter stars
- glitter gloss
- paper rose
- glue spray
- fake holly fruits
- embellishments (to hang and glue on the bottom of the tree)
- white acrylic paint
- hot glue
- scissors
- wire pliers
- brush

Step 1: make a hole with the stick into the wavy cardboard.
Step 2 : Put the stick in place to make it stay firm. I usually use a huge crepe tape because it's just perfect for this kind of things.
Step 3: This is very important step. Crush each circle before you put it on the stick. This will give to your tree a nice airy and distressed look.
Step 4: Pin the paper circle approximately in the centre and don't be concerned if it's not right in the middle. In fact this will make even more intresting. Continue with the others and don't forget to crush them. This operation will take you some time but the result is worth doing it. Leave approximately 1 cm of the stick looking out of the paper circles.

Step 5: When you put on the stick all the paper circles put some hot glue in the wavy cardboard where you made a hole previously and place the bottom of the stick of your paper tree on the cardboard. Hold the tree till the glue is completely hard and the tree is standing well balanced.
Step 6: Add more glue to the layer between the cardboard and the first paper circle to make it completely stable.
Step 7: Spray the paper tree with the glue spray. This step depends on your taste of how much glitter do you want on your tree. I like it a lot so I spray generously.
Step 8: Pour the glitter on the paper tree. Shake well to allow the excess of glitter to go down.

Step 9: Spray the tree again, this time just a few quick and light sprays and put on the little glitter stars.
Step 10: At this point a lot of stars will stick on the tree but I find that too many of them give to the tree an artificial look and my advice is to brush part of them down with a clean and soft brush but also this step depends on your personal taste.
Step11: Paint the bottom cardboard with white acrylic paint. Apply some glitter on the wet paint if desired.
Step 12: With the glue gun stick the end of the wire (1m long) somewhere between the biggest paper circles at the bottom of the tree and wrap it around the tree till reaching the top.

Step 13: Twist the end of the wire around the top of the stick.
Step 14: Spray just a little bit the red holly fruits with the glue and put them into the glitter. I don't like them fully covered but just partially because I find that they look better on the tree if not totally covered with glitter.
Step15: Apply the fruits on the tree using the hot glue.
Step 16: Take the rose and place it on the top of the tree.

Step 17: Make a bow under the rose using the desired ribbon.
Step18: Take another piece of wire and twist it around a pencil and pull it down. Now you pull the ends and there you have the twisted wire.
Step 19: Put one end of the wire into the middle of the rose.
Step 20: Apply the glitter gloss on the top.

Now you can decorate the tree like you desire.

I hope I was enough clear. In case you didn't understand any of the step e-mail me. I hope you'll enjoy making them as I did!

Have a greta time!!!!

sreda, 3. november 2010

Christmas checklist

There is a lot of things to do before Christmas. I love to do everything: the baking, the decorating , the cooking,... but I hate to hurry. I decided to make a Christmas checklist and I think this one can be a nice idea for a christmas gift too. It's a self standing mini-checklist and this is perfect as you can position everywhere in the house and besides giving you a small help is also a nice Christmas decoration.
The first two pages have also this time a special ornament that my mom made: a croched snowflake.... The white one is enhanced with glitter, the gold one with some blinks.

The grungeboard reindeer has a glitter embossing, not very visible here :-(

Each page has a pocket on the back that can be filled with the best tips for wrapping, special recipes, ideas fr gifts,... I think they'll get pretty full just in a few years!

As many of you were intrested in the paper trees tutorial I just wanted to remind you to come to my blog tomorow when I'll post it and I hope you'll enjoy it and you'll immidiatly make yourself or to the one you love wonderful paper christmas trees!

Have a great day!

ponedeljek, 1. november 2010

Paper christmas trees

Halloween is over and now we can focus on Christmas. I think the beauty of it is especially in waiting Christmas to come. The Christmas day per se is something wonderful but I most enjoy the advent: the baking, the searching, the wrapping, the listening, the talking.....
I made two paper christmas trees. I've put a lot of glitter on it and tiny shiny stars to make them dreamy and prescoius and sprinkled them with the holly plant fruits for some warmness. On the bottom of each I've arranged a christmasy touch. On the top there is an iced rose instead of a star and an enhanced snowflake hanging from it. A small bow for make the rose softer.

On for me, one for!
Enjoy the advent!