Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Embroidery Hoop Decorations


On this Thanksgiving eve I thought I would share a fun project that I made a couple weeks ago featuring small embroidery hoops and simple little Christmas scenes.


I’ve had this idea for a while and I was delighted that these little ornaments turned out exactly as I pictured. That doesn’t always happen. ;)

I picked up a bunch of Darice 3” embroidery hoops and some muslin fabric. I used circle dies to cut the muslin to size and lined the hoops before decorating them.


To decorate I cut a white circle from shimmery white cardstock using a Stitched Circle Die (MFT). I then used scissors to cut two snow banks/drifts from the circle. I adhered the snow banks to the hoops leaving the upper edge open so that the die cut houses and tree could be tucked underneath.

The houses are from the Happy New Home stamp set (Taylored Expressions) and were stamped in black and colored with Copic Markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and embellished each house with Glossy Accents and glitter.


I also die cut a tree from Grass Green felt using the Evergreens die set (Taylored Expressions). It was tucked behind the tall house. I added a few clear sequins to mimic the feel of falling snow. To finish the ornaments I added some jute and a rustic button to the top.


These little ornaments would also make cute “tags” to add to a package. My plan is to use a couple this way and to hang a couple on the Christmas tree.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are having a delightful week.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 4

Hello! I’m back with another set of tags tonight. It has been a while size I’ve made a shaker so I got my fix by making a set of three shaker tags.


There is quite a bit of detail on these tags and it all starts with the shakers. I used two stamp sets for the main image: Flirty Frames from Lawn Fawn and Calendar Critters form Taylored Expressions. First I stamped the frames and then masked them so that I could stamp the little penguin peeking out of the frame. I used the coordinating Flirty Frames dies to cut out the frame and then trimmed the inside edge with a pair of scissors. I also used the same die to cut out a piece of acetate to line the window and to cut a piece from white cardstock to use as the back of the shaker. Between the baker and the acetate I created a wall by cutting skinny lengths from foam tape and filled the shaker with a variety of sequins.


The frames and penguins were colored with Copic markers and embellished with Glossy Accents and a bit of glitter.


I then cut a tag base from white cardstock and colored a piece of watercolor paper with Sakura Koi Watercolors using the Tim Holtz Zigzag Stencil as a guide. Once dry I cut the watercolor paper to size and adhered to the tag base.

Next I stamped a sentiment from CMS249 Scribbly Christmas on red cardstock and trimmed to size. I adhered the sentiment in place and embellished with a few different washi tapes.


I finished by adhering the shaker in place with more foam tape and embellished with a few sequins and some baker’s twine. So what do you think? I think they turned out both “merry” and “bright”.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 3

Hello! Hopefully you are in the mood for more Christmas tag goodness as I have another set to share with you. This set features the fun Little Bits - ‘Tis the Season die set from Taylored Expressions.


I love that little car and thought it would be the perfect focal point on some quick tags. I die cut the pieces from red, green, and black cardstock and glued the pieces together. I then tied some baker’s twine around the tree to mimic the look of a tree tied to the roof of a car.

For the rest of the tag I cut various tag elements out using the Build a Tag 2 dies (TE). The sentiment is from Little Bits of Christmas (TE).


After assembling the tags (lots of foam tape was used) I finished with a bit of red baker’s twine.


Thanks for stopping by. I still have a couple more tag ideas to share so check back soon for more Christmas-y goodness. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 2

Hello! I’m back today (a day late) with another pair of Christmas tags. I continued with the red and green theme and added natural tones of wood and metal.


I started by using a tag die from the Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelits (Sizzix) to die cut tags from sheets of ahesive-backed wood paper (EK Success). Since the wood paper is quite delicate I cut additional tags from white cardstock and layered them together. I added a strip of designer paper along the bottom and added a piece of dark brown cardstock that was cut out using the Small Scalloped Border die from Taylored Expressions.

Next I embossed the numbers “2” and “5” from CMS222 Number Blocks (Stampers Anonymous) with Wendy Vecchi Fern Green embossing powder. Once cooled I trimmed each number with scissors and adhered them to the tag base.

I wasn’t done with the die cutting and for the next layer I used word dies from Tim Holtz Block Holiday Words 2 (Sizzix) to cut out a couple of words from red cardstock. After removing the letters I backed the openings with a very light grey cardstock. The words were adhered to the tag using foam tape.


At this point everything was a bit too clean so I spritzed here and there with a Ground Espresso Distress Marker. At this point the basic tag was done and I just needed some pretty embellishments. I pulled out a couple of Christmas Typed Tokens and added jute string before adhering in place using Glossy Accents. I also added a mini paper clip above the numbers and a few enamel dots.


To finish I added some really pretty green seam binding and a little clothespin that I decorated with a bit of washi tape.

These tags were a bit time consuming and I love how they turned out even though I had to rip them all apart at one point when I wasn’t happy. I originally embossed the numbers in gold on green cardstock. Which made my eyes cringe. Lol. ;)


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