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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Decorations Blog Hop Dec 10-11




Hello Ladies,

I just want to first thank you all for the well wishes, I am feeling much better. Secondly I'd like to say sorry this post was not up this morning I had some last minute details to add and when I was ready to post I had blogger issues! Anyways, Its up now and I really hope you like it!!!

Good morning my crafty friends
This weekend is the Christmas Decorations Blog hop with Creations with Becka.  If you arrived here from Tonya then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by to say Hi, then please start at the beginning of the hop over at Creations with Becka http://creationswithbecka.blogspot.com. Please make sure you stop by every blog on the list and leave a comment so you are eligible to win the grand prize blog candy- which is a cricut cartridge


So today we thought it would be fun to showcase Christmas Decorations for the Holiday season. There is a great line up of wonderfully talented ladies who all more awesome decorations to share with you.
I love this time of year…Christmas  the time we put up our trees, hang lights and of course decoration our homes.  The smells of cookies and pine tree, and just the general joy of the whole holiday season. We all have so many Cricut cartridges that we can easily make our own decorations than spending money to buy them.  So this weekend we will share with all of you some of the decorations we made and we hope that we have inspired you to dust off those cartridges and make some of your own decorations.

For today's project I made this Christmas wreath!




Here is a quick run down on what you will need to make this wreath and how to make it. I took some pictures of the process sorry I didn't do it through the whole project I was sick and I swear my brain was only working 50% off the time LOL.


above is a picture of everything i used minus the red paper which is at Joanns by the Paper company. The red is called Ruby Red Jewel Metallic 8.5x11 and the White is called Arctic Snow Cool Metallic 8.5x11. The leaves I used the DCWV shimmer stack the dark green leaves are on the red paper and the lime green is on the white paper. I did also use a cuttlebug folder called Swiss Dots (forgot to take a picture). Also, the silver glitter paper is from the paper studio and I purchased that at Hobby Lobby. Oh my goodness almost forgot, I bought my wreath in the craft section at Hobby Lobby and I bought silver glitter ribbon at Joann's in the Christmas section. I bought 4 rolls and to wrap my wreath. The cartridge I used to make these flowers are on Joys Of the Season Cricut (layers feature). The leaves are from Mothers Day Bouquet cricut cartridge.


Ok, first things first. wrap your wreath with the ribbon. when its finished it should look like the picture below. 
now comes the long process of making flowers, you will need 8 sheets of red and 8 sheets of white paper to make this wreath. You will make 12 flowers total. The size I made for my flowers at 2- 4", 1-3" and 1-2". I used my gypsy so I think its 4.08,3.08 and 2.08. After you have have cut out the red put those aside, with the white flowers you want to distress them first with Tim Holz vintage linen and then curl them with your stylus. I have the one by McGill and I used the largest tip. So once you are done distressing they should look like this...



after you have distressed all your flowers you now want to add diamond dust (which can be found at Hobby Lobby). I used glossy accents but you can use any clear glue you wish. I went around the edges with glossy accents and dusted the flowers off with diamond dust. It is very  messed so I'll warn you now. I loved it though. Next you will put those aside to dry and work on your red flowers. I used glossy accents and Martha Stewart garnet glitter. Its a very fine glitter and I love how bold it is after it dries. (Before you add glitter and glue curl your petals first, its hard to curl them after you have done this step). Below is a picture of what your flower will look like with diamond dust added after you distress the flower, i love the gold/beige color around it.

so while your flowers are drying now is the perfect time to make the leaves for your flowers. I cut the leaf from Mother's Day Bouquet 2 different sizes 1.60 and 1.80.  I used two different colored leaves from the DCWV shimmer stack, the dark green and light green. After they were cut out I inked the edges with Stampin Up Garden green for the darker paper and Lucky Limeade for the light paper. The reason I did that is because the edges were white. After I inked them up I ran them through my bigshot using the Cuttlebug folder Swiss Dots. After that i glued them to my flowers with some adhesive let them dry for a few minutes.



After they all dried take the smallest flower and add rhinestones to the middle. I used Tulip clear rhinestones to my white distressed and a yellowish color to the red by Jolee they are swarovki elements (you can find these at Michaels). 


Now your ready to assemble your flowers, all I did was offset the petals and once I liked the look I glued them together using Scotch Quick Dry adhesive. 


Now before you put your flowers on your wreath your going to want to add your sentiment to the middle of your wreath. I used fishing wire to hang mine. I cut out my SVG at 10" (should of made it a little smaller). I cut it out of chipboard (found at Joann's) and silver glitter paper (found at Hobby Lobby). 


 After you have your sentiment in place now its time to add the flowers to the wreath. You want to use a low temp hot glue gun because your wreath is foam based and it will probably be too hot use a Hot temp glue gun and melt the foam.  I did pick up some wreath decorations at Hobby Lobby on sale for 50 cents and I bought 5. I wanted to add pinecones to my wreath and I thought they were just small enough and would look perfect. its optional you don't have to add them.

sorry for the long long long long post but I hope I wanted to give you a good enough recipe so you can make your own. If you have any questions about what I used or I left something out please let me know!

My blog candy is a 10.00 gift card to Michaels!!!! All you have to do is comment on this post below! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you liked my wreath!








24 comments:

  1. Great job Dana. I'm glad you're feeling better.

    Tonya
    ittybittyladybugs.blogspot.com

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  2. Dana, That is GORGEOUS! Beautifully done. I love it.

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  3. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L had to look twice to see that the flowers were paper.
    janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

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  4. Your wreath is really beautiful! I love all the bling on the petals and the colors! The center gems are just right, too! TFS!!!!

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  5. Gorgeous, Dana. I love glitzy things and this sure fits the bill. You didn't say where you got your svg file for the Merry Christmas. I love that font. So pretty. Melissa

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  6. I downloaded the SVG from www.adamsacres.com

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  7. oh, I am so scrap lifting this! Thanks for the beautiful tutorial! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

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  8. This wreath is absolutely fabulous!!! You did such an amazing job on it :)

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  9. Amazing wreath!!! It is absolutely beautiful!!!

    plese.cathy at yahoo dot com
    happyscrapin@blogspot.com

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  10. Beautiful wreath! I love these flowers!! So pretty.
    :0)

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  11. This is just beautiful thanks for sharing
    -Jamie
    Babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  12. Your wreath is beautiful and I found your "Long post" to be very informative and helpful. Glad you are feeling well enough to craft again.

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  13. This is absolutely gorgeous! I am going to attempt making one. Thanks!

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  14. This is sooo pretty. feel better.

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  15. Very very Beautiful! Glad you are feeling better

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  16. Amazing wreath, very beautiful!
    Crafty Holiday Hugs,
    Pendra

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  17. Your wreath is stunning! Everything is just perfect!
    Carolyn
    http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com

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  18. So pretty!
    Carri~abusybee
    www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

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  19. Very pretty wreath ... love how it glitters :) Glad you're feeling better!!

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  20. Dana, your wreath is gorgeous! I also want to let you know that you won blog candy from the Christmas/Winter Blog hop - http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com/2011/12/omg-its-been-while.html.

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  21. so so so very pretty!! tfs the directions :) parkernana5@cox.net

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