Friday, December 20, 2013

One Ornament Two Ways!

Whew!  We are in the final lap before Christmas!  I was up late wrapping gifts for Cort's teachers, therapists, and bus drivers.  I also got my gifts ready for my 5th grade team and my students. I am such a last minute procrastinator!
Before chaos ensued in this household of mine, I actually managed to make several ornaments that I will be sharing over the next few days.  
I purchased two paper mache stars, but decided to go in two completely different directions with them. 
The first one is for my downstairs tree, which is done in bright colors.
I spray painted it with a lime green paint.  I brushed the entire star with glossy accents and sprinkled clear glass glitter over it.  I cut a snowflake using a Spellbinder's die.  I covered it with hot pink Stickles. 
I added a satin ribbon, lime green jingle bells, and some fun "sprigs."  
The second star was painted in a soft silver.  And believe it or not....don't faint.....I did NOT use glitter! GASP!
I used the Festive Poinsettia set from JustRite. It was stamped on vellum and cut out.  The pieces were layered and glued to the top of the star.  I added a bit of seam binding, and another glittery "sprig."  
I love how color choices can affect the overall mood of a project. 
Cort has her first choir concert today.  I can't attend, but her two grandma's will be there to cheer her on. 
Darn work. ;)
Tomorrow I am hosting a Christmas get together. 
So a bit of grocery shopping is in well as a clean house.....and wrapped gifts......
Off I go!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Greetings!

The weather lately seems to be so unpredictable, and no parts of the country seem to be safe from Mother's Nature's wrath! Here in the Windy City we've had a lot of snow that suddenly changes to wet soggy rain. (Not pleasant when you have two dogs who seems to always find mud!);)
My card seems to depict that snowy, windy winter weather that Chicago is known for.  
I colored it with Copic markers.  I added a glitter frame around the perimeter.  
It kind of reminds me of a window....
I created a stick pin with "snowballs" on it.  I just threaded took 3 pom poms, swiped a bit of glue around them, and rolled them in glitter. I added a bit of lace, string, and 2 gold jingle bells to finish my card. 
And totally off subject here....but cheer leading season has begun!  
The girls have new uniforms this at least my zillion pictures of her will be with a different color on!
Can you tell she is excited to get out there and cheer again? ;)
Her team is up to 8 girls and hopefully after the holidays I will get a decent picture of the group together.  
That's all for now!
Off to do a bit of last minute Christmas shopping tonight!
Have a great day!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bath and Body Wallflower to a Holiday Ornament Tutorial!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I had a busy one  to start and then came down with a touch of the flu.  Nothing too major but some icky stomach thing and feeling extremely tired.  I am feeling better today, and am so glad, because my "to-do" list is a mile long!
I have a tutorial today on something I created because my brain works in strange and mysterious ways. ;)  One day I was changing out the bulb from a Bath And Body room diffuser and thought to myself, "Hey! This looks  a lot like a Christmas bulb!"  One thing led to another and I decided to create ornaments out of them!  This is recycling at its finest! ;)
I did my ornaments in several ways.  Here is my first one....all pretty in frosty white and blue.
A bit of ribbon, felt snowflakes, glitter, and coordinating jingle bells. 
My second one is a soft pastel pink.  I added some acrylic gems, twine, and of course loads of glitter!
This silver ornament uses German glass glitter, a silver Prima poinsettia, pink pom pom trim, and a few leaves. 
This last one used Modge Podge and music paper and then rolled in glitter.  I added a red Prima Poinsettia and leaves. 
So here is what you start with.  Of course you may want to wait until all of the oil has diffused.  Why be wasteful? ;)
Once empty, take the cap and insert out.  Wash it thoroughly. 
For my first ornament (The blue one) I skipped the paint step.  But if you want a color, like the pastel pink ornament above then these are the steps you want to follow. 
Pour a few drops of paint inside and shake until completely covered.  Turn upside down and let the paint drip and dry. 
You will need Mod Podge, a foam brush, and glitter of your choice.  
Brush the outside of the bulb and then sprinkle with glitter.
I wasn't sure where to dry it, so I just plopped it right in the glitter container. (And yes, "plopped" is an official crafty term!) ;)
Once dry, I added an ornament topper that fit the top and added a few drops to secure it.  
Add your pretty decorations and a ribbon to hang it.
Here's one more peek.....

I hope I've inspired you to save those lil' Wallflower buggers!  ;)
Have a great day!