Ready for Christmas?

Christmas is just around the corner – yes it’s true!  It is the beginning December and we can no longer deny that Christmas will be here before we know it.  Am I ready? Ummmm…no.  You?  Will I be soon?  Ummmm…no.  You? The truth is that I am never really ready for Christmas to arrive, but I make due!

The good news is that I do have some Christmas decorating up and we have been enjoying it for a few weeks now…like this little printer tray that I created with Doodlebug’s Milk and Cookies collection. 

This printer tray is just slightly bigger than 12×12, so when I was deciding what to embellish the compartments with, the Odds and Ends were a perfect fit – literally!

There is a lot of Doodlebug goodness in this project, so if you are interested in seeing more, pop on over to the Doodlebug blog!

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Spring things time!

Good morning everyone!  Today, we get to celebrate three things I love – Doodlebug, my new Cricut and spring!

Before Christmas, Doodlebug announced some amazing partnerships that allowed them to create cut files that coordinate with their new collections.  Now at the time, I was excited but jealous because my cutting machine was so old that using cut files just wasn’t an option.  But then along came Christmas, and with it, a new machine (perhaps my not so subtle hints paid off), and with it came a chance to try all sorts of things…

both-hoops

…like creating some fun wall art for my daughter’s room!  All of the shapes you see in these altered embroidery hoops were created with Doodlebug Spring Things cut files (except for the hearts which were a basic shape that I simply created and cut).

sun

Everything from this adorable sun peeking out from behind a cloud…

bird

…to this adorable bird on a branch…

frog

…to the fantastical (is that a word?) frog on a lily pad…

img_1099…to a perfect “Sunshine” title cut…

ladybug

…and my absolute favorite ladybug…

…these cut files will have you running your machine full tilt!  The details are amazing in each file, and they are a really easy to layer and put together!  Best of all, Doodlebug has the perfect textured cardstock and new matte Sprinkles (I love, love, love these) to make your cuts coordinate with all the great elements in the Spring Things collection.

small-hoop

So, get out those machines and start cutting – whether it’s for a project or style you are used to working in or something completely new, you will want to cut these cuties over and over again!  Anyone need some wall art?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Karen

 

An office makeover tutorial!

We recently tackled a home office makeover in my home!  Given that my hubby works from home, it was time that the space became something more than a dumping ground.  A new room in my house isn’t complete without a paper project (or two or three), so I decided to add a little paper and glue in here too!

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Essentially, I simply took some old wooden magazine holders that we had kicking around the house and gave them a facelift with some shiny embossed paper.  This paper is from DCWV and is currently available at Hobby Lobby.  Called Embossed Metallic, it is thick, shiny and perfect for decoupaging!

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Here’s how you can recreate the look:

Embossed Foil Magazine holders

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  1. Using your wooden or cardboard magazine holder as a template, trace one of the largest sides onto a sheet of 12×12 Embossed Foil paper. Make sure to center the holder in the middle of the paper so the edges will wrap around the front and back, and to line up the top of the holder with the top edge of the paper. Cut out.
  2. Repeat with the opposite side of the magazine holder. You should now have two pieces that cover the largest sides of your holder and warp around both the front and back of the holder.embossed foil 2
  3. On both pieces, use a scoring board to score a line at the front and back edges of the paper where the paper wraps around the holder.embossed foil 3
  4. Using decoupage paste, apply an even layer to your magazine holder and then to the wrong side of your paper. Place the paper onto the holder and smooth down gently with your hand. If you get some paste on the foil side of the paper, just take a slightly damp paper towel and wipe it off.embossed foil 5
  5. Once the sides have dried, use the front of the holder to trace a piece that will cover the small surface. Depending on the size of your magazine holder, you may be able to use scraps from step 1 for this piece. As you are cut, move in about 1/16” from the line you drew. This will ensure that the piece is about 1/8” smaller than the surface of the holder.
  6. Lining it up with the top edge of this side, decoupage the piece in place. Allow drying time before proceeding to the last side.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the back side of the magazine holder.embossed foil final 2
  8. Although the texture and foil finish to the paper provides great detail, you may want to embellish further by taking a different color from the foil pack and creating a 3D flower or other shape. Adhere to the holder with an adhesive dot.

These have found a little home on the shelf for packing and shipping materials and I have to say that I am pretty fond on them.  I need to find some other products to cover with this paper – it is pretty awesome! let me know if you have some ideas!

embossed foil final 5

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