Susan's Saga

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Curled Paper Wreath

I just love my new curled paper wreath. I followed Lyn Webb's instructions for how to make one and enjoyed a social night with her and some friends as well, while making it. Don't you just love that about Stampin' Up! and paper crafting? You get to make new friends who have similar interests and who 'get' your papercrafting hobby like no one else does! Lol!

Anyway, here is my wreath:

It really looks beautiful in real life because the silver glimmer paper in the snowflakes and the strips of it curled into the wreath really sparkle in the light.

I was imagining having a series of these for other special occasions too. If you decorate for Valentine's Day, make one with pinks and whites and hearts and flowers. If you decorate for Hallowe'en, make one from orange and black papers with bats and pumpkins. If you want one to just look gorgeous, choose papers and rosettes or other embellishments to suit your decor. Imagine the possibilities!

Oh, you want to know how to make one now, don't you. You can find the instructions and supplies I used for this project at PaperCraftCentral

You're welcome. Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Christmas Lights Technique

We had such fun at our craft class this week! I had a few little projects and one card, plus a gift bag for my ladies to play with making. The technique we tried was the Christmas Lights technique showcased by Lydia. We really enjoyed trying it out! I made a little city scape card too to show how you can use the technique for different glowing light occasions. I'll show that when I take a picture. But in the meantime, here is one of the cards we made using a Christmas tree shape:





I used the cupcake wrapper from the cupcake punch to make a stand for the tree, and more white gel pen of course. The bow is made of Cherry Cobbler seam binding and the star at the top is one of the large rhinestones. The background stamp is the Love and Joy one from the current seasonal catalogue, and I used Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum cardstock.

Basically, you take a white gel pen and make your Christmas lights, then you use chalks and a cotton bud to add a coloured glow to each light. We set our chalks with a light misting of shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol.

We also made some of Vicki's Santa punch tags:


I love that you write in the beard part. Lol!

And we made some envelope punch board tags:



And finally we made some cute little table decoration lolly bags that looked like plum puddings!


Of course we had yummy food, lots of laughs and exchanged little gifts and cards amongst ourselves. It really is wonderful to have made such good friends through our mutual love of paper crafting.

This was the last crafty class of the year fro me, but I have a few more exciting projects I'm working on before the 25th! I'll be back when I have pictures of them. I hope your December crafting is going well!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Time for a Christmas tree pic or two

I got my tree up and decorated and just love the look of the new owl ornament I found this year :) I thought I would show it to you and see what you think:



Isn't she cute? I guess she is a she. I don't know how to tell with owl decorations (or real owls either, come to think of it! Lol!)