Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Snowflake Tag for a Dog Biscuit Wreath!

While shopping on our annual Christmas Church Fair Day - our beloved tradition of visiting local church's holiday craft fairs to find great handmade gifts during November, we found this great DOG BISCUIT WREATH and fell in love with it!

So we bought it for a neighbour's pooch Lucy, a friend to our beloved dog Maggie!

It was wrapped wonderfully, but no tag.  So when I found Impression Obsessions Challenge Quick Holiday Gifts  I decided to add a tag to the wreath and enter the challenge as well.  [click on link to take you to Impression Obsessions blog]

It took minutes to make a quick tag using the Large Snowflake Die and a simple scalloped circle and a wee bit of twine. I left the snowflake diecut mainly intact for a bold look. The small snowflake I did remove (from the center), I used on the back of the tag. Easy peasy :)

I added tiny red gems to the interior of the snowflake as the wreath's wrapping has a pretty elaborate ribbon but I adjusted the twine on my tag so it would hang in the center of the wreath and ta da - ready to be delivered this morning :)

Off shopping, so have a good day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Wreath 'n' Roses Easel Fold Holiday Card

Whew what a long title!

Sometimes its hard to put an aptly named title together for a project or my talent at this is minimal, but what IS important is that we share right? Right!

And today I'd like to share this idea for a card with you because I think its a terrifically fun design that you could use again and again and get a "wow" reaction every time! And believe it or not, it folds into a 5 x 7 in. envelope {hurray!}...which is good for postal rates :)

I followed the following instructions for cutting and folding....

Create the card body:

CUT        6 x 11-3/4 in     cardstock {minimum 80lb cardstock to support weight}
SCORE   3-1/4; 5; 6-3/4; and 8-1/2 inch marks
FOLD     valley; mountain; mountain; valley  respectively  [creates a central panel which sticks out]

Decorate each of the two flanking back panels with co-ordinating patterened paper and the central panel. [ I used patterned paper cut to 1/8 in. less than each panel]
Create the  main card front:
                4 x 5 in cardstock
                 3-1/2 x 4-5/8 mat
                 4-1/8 x 3-1/4 mat [ for focal design such as wreath ]
*Add your focal design such as the wreath, and attach to the central panel of the card body.

 DO make a fabulous focal point!!  3D is best in my opinion. Show off some bling or go for the natural look as I did.  This card design is also handy for using scrap materials.

My tips to share for creating added dimension when using a punch to create foliage are:
 - 'patterned paper' [ see white polka-dot on green cardstock],
 - combine different foliage types [ see the deep green branch at top of wreath ]
 - use one colour but a variety of shades [light and dark greens]
 - try something different [ i distressed white cardstock with brown ink before punching mini-branch]

Please visit......
 The wreath design is not an original of mine but "my version". To see where I found the idea please visit Mariannes Papir Blog and see her wonderful projects! 

Hurry and mail out your cards !!

Happy Holidays :)