A Ruffly Romantic-ish Wreath

Say that title ten times fast!  Whew!  Ok, so I've had this ruffle wreath sitting in my closet half finished for well over a year now.  I even had the extra ribbon stashed away.  While dinner was cooking last night, I got a sudden wild hair and decided to just finish it.RuffleWreath-3This wreath is actually a smaller one even though it looks big in the photo.

Would you believe that I ran out of ribbon doing this and had to adjust my original idea?  Yep.  Talk about frustrating!

RuffleWreath4-1 That gap....that's where I ran out of ribbon but I'm glad I did!  I used some Prima flowers I've had

forever, some trim, a Prima resin frame and slapped a Relic into it.

RuffleWreath2-2Look at that Relic face!  Some Inka Gold paint and some VerDay (my new go-to) on the fly is just how I do things.

RuffleWreath3-1This ribbon from May Arts is glorious for this type of wreath.  The wrinkly look and texture just adds so much more depth to me than burlap.  I glues some pearls I had laying around for a bit of accenting.

Cheers!

Supply List: Box Wreath Form (Hobby Lobby) Ribbon (May Arts) Relic "Archangels" (Retro Cafe Art or Sandra Evertson) Denim Flowers (Prima) Resin Frame (Prima) Pearl Balls (stash) Trim (stash)

A Christmas Wreath That Wows!

Happy day before Thanksgiving!  At least, where I live it's the day before Thanksgiving.  And as such, I have another holiday craft for you!  In my family, it's tradition to get the Christmas tree up and the decorations hung the day after Thanksgiving.  What are Christmas decorations without a wreath?!  (And what's this blog without ANOTHER wreath? ::snort::) ChristmasWreath1-1 This wreath looks all sorts of expensive doesn't it?  Wrong!  Buy a big ol' tub of plastic ornaments for $20, a crap ton of hot glue sticks, a few glittery floral sprays and cool ass bow and get to gluin'!

ChristmasWreath4My cool ass bow has it goin' on, doesn't it?  This wreath took about 3 hours from start to finish.

ChristmasWreath2Mix up the sizes, colors and designs for a more unique look.  Throw some glittery flowers in there to hide holes you may have missed along the way.

ChristmasWreath3I had some of these tiny present ornaments I had intended for another project but they didn't work well with it so onto the wreath they went!  I got these from Retro Cafe Art.

And there you have!  It's a great way to use up ornaments that are damaged or missing the hook hangy thingamabobber.  Downside is now I have to go get more ornaments for the tree!  LOL!

Cheers! Chrissy

Fluffy Filter Wreath

Happy Halloween to all of you beautiful Muses out there!  I hope you have enjoyed yourselves.  This is my most favorite time of year and I'm still on the festive crafty train. FilterWreath3-1 I started this wreath some time ago and finally finished the filter part of it about a month or so past.  I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to finish it off so I just let it hang out on my wreath stand as I dove into my Halloween craft to-do list.

Now that Halloween has come and gone, I finally figured out how to finish this fluffy bad boy off.

FilterWreath1-1 So fluffy right?!  This wreath is definitely a big one done on an 18" straw wreath form.  To finish it off, I just used my strand of clear beads and an awesome burlap bow.  Keepin' it simple always works.

FilterWreath2-1I plan on leaving this beauty on my door during the months where I don't have a specifically themed wreath to display.  It's perfect!

Cheers!
Supply List:
18" Wreath Form
Coffee Filters
Burlap Ribbon (May Arts)
Bead Strand (May Arts)
scissors
hot glue gun

 

A Filter Wreath For My iBFF

Wow!  Has it seriously been almost two months since I last blogged?  Oh my!  That simply will not do.  I will do my best to have something crafty share at least once a week.  And speaking of sharing crafty goods, I have another wreath for you!

This wreath was something I had been wanting to do since I made my first coffee filter wreath.  I love how easy, though repetitive, these filter wreaths are.  I made this unique wreath for my iBFF, Jess, who has been one of my nearest and dearest friends for several years now.  She's been with me through some awesome highs and some brutal lows.  I love her as a sister and am so happy she loves her wreath.

This bad boy is made using a combination of white and kraft coffee filters.  It's so ridiculously easy to make.

The bow is made using May Arts Burlap and my Zutter Bow-It-All, which I love, since I am severely bow challenged.

I loved how this turned out so much so, I am going to make another one for my house!  And if you know me at all, I hate doing the same project twice so that says a lot.

Cheers!

Supply List:
Wreath Form
Coffee Filters
May Arts Burlap Ribbon (4")

Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue
Zutter Bow-It-All

My 2013 Favorites

This year has been a creative roller coaster.  Between being in a major creative slump, moving overseas, and reevaluating priorities I didn't make as many projects as I would've liked.  I did manage to find a few of my favorites though.

Because my creativity was so sporadic, I wasn't able to pick month by month so here they are in no particular order.

"Gorgeous" Card (May Arts)

Holiday "Dry" Globe (May Arts)

Wintery Birdhouse (May Arts)

Burlap "Adore" Wreath (May Arts)

Haunted House (VLVS!)

"Kawaii" Mini Album (UmWowStudio)

"Dahlia" Art Journal Page (May Arts)

"Adventure" Mini Canvas (May Arts)

University of Utah Wreath (May Arts)

"Here & Now" Mini Album (UmWowStudio)

My most favorite project from this past year was a whopper.  Unfortunately, I can't share it right now because it's being picked up for publication.  Talk about a great way to end the year!

Thank you for sticking around and following me on my creative wandering.  I do hope you all stick around to see what 2014 brings.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve and hope to start stepping out of my boxes a little bit more.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Cheers!

Spool-ky Halloween Wreath and a Hauntingly Fun Hop!

BOO!  Hahaha!  I didn't scare you a bit did I?  Well, I hope not because we have a fun week of Halloween ribbony fun ahead.  I hope you trick or treated your way here from Charlene's blog.  If not, head on back (and put that roll of toilet paper and carton of eggs away!) to Candy's blog and start from the beginning.  Did I mention a giveaway of three spools of ribbon from the May Arts Halloween collection?  See??!!  Who says trick or treating has to be for kids?!

Now for today's eye candy.  Ha!  See what I did there?

 
Because who doesn't love spools, glammed up skulls, and a load of May Arts goods?  These were just drab, plain ol', wood spools.  I had my lovely daughter paint them black and I wrapped them in ribbon.  After some lost rounds with the glue gun, burned off fingerprints, and more than a few "adult words" later, I have this awesome Halloween wreath.

And who doesn't love the "gift that keeps on giving", glitter!  Lots of it.

They look like their laughing don't they?  They are laughing at my burned finger tips.  Sadists.  ;)

And the crowning jewel, May Arts awesomeness.  Oh yeah.  The wreath is wrapped in faux canvas because it's just cool.

Be sure to head to the May Arts blog to see the line up for tomorrow.  And if you really want more Halloween inspiration, Paper Issues is hosting a Halloween Hootenany.

Happy Halloween!  Now I have a candy corn jello shot callin' my name!

Cheers!

Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon
Sheer  Ribbon Box Pleat (392-58-46)
3/4" Chevron Twill (382-34-10, 382-34-28)
1mm Mini Cording (449-47)
5/8" Faux Canvas (444-58-10)

Other Supplies:
Martha Stewart Glitter
Black Gesso
Straw Wreath Form
Plastic Skulls
Wood Letters
Hot Glue Gun

A Wreath With School Spirit

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I know I've been doing great and keeping busy.  Speaking of busy, I have another ribbon tutorial for you today.  How about sassing up your front door or another space with wreath that just wreaks of college spirit?  Especially with football season quickly approaching, this little project is perfect.

My stepdad is a graduate from The "U", University of Utah, so that makes my mom and he huge fans.  They go to as many of the games as they can.  I made this wreath for him.

Let's get started with this ridiculously simple wreath.  Here's what you'll need.  And I mean NEED!  Just look at that glorious ribbon!!

Supplies:

  • May Arts Ribbon (376-1-14 (red), 376-1-10 (black), TG10 (black stripe), TG14 (red stripe), 448-78-01 (white), 412-10 (black))
  • Wreath Form
  • Wood Letter
  • Paint (I used Liquitex, Golden Black Gesso and Golden White Gesso.)
  • Straight Pins
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Tape (1/8")
Wood letter, twine and paints not shown

 Step 1:

Cut your ribbon into strips measuring about 3 or 4 inches.  And who says stripping is bad?  ::snort::

Step 2:

Fold a single strip of ribbon into a loop and pin the ends with a straight pin.  Don't forget an awesome manicure to go along with your fabulous technique!  ;)

Step 3:

Stick that sucker into the wreath form.

Keep making loops and cluster them together.

Keep gettin' loopy and sticky and watch your wreath come together.

In the time it takes you to gulp down an extra dirty martini, you end up with the fluffy ring of wonderfulness.

Step 4:

"OOoooOOOooh" and "AAAaaaaaAAAh" at your fabulous creation.

Step 5:

Make another martini.  Ok.  This step is optional but why not celebrate your wonderful wreath??

Step 6:

Paint your letter and add twine if you feel so tickled to.  Once the paint dries, bust out that bad boy of a hot glue gun and glob the glue onto the back of the letter and plop it onto your fabulously created wreath.

Step 7:
Sit back and "OOoooOOOoh" and "AAaaaaAAh" once more while polishing off that martini.

Needless to say, I can't wait to box this up and send it on its merry way to its new home.

Cheers!  ::hiccup:: 

A Few of My Favorite May Arts Projects....And A Tutorial!

Hi everyone!  It's that time for me to gear up and try to see if I can stay on the May Arts team for another term.  I seriously love this company and the people who run it behind the scenes.  If you are interested, you can check out the deets here.

Now on to the business at hand.  Here are some of my favorite projects I've made while on this team.

First up is a wreath I made using burlap and some of the other textured and patterned ribbons available from May Arts.  This wreath was made for the Craft & Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim this past January.  Each of the flowers are hand made with the exception of the Prima flowers in the centers.

Next up is a set of candles I made for my dearest friend, Liz.  I bought some plain white candles then stained them using some alcohol ink.  Once the ink dried, I applied some Mod Podge to the lower halves and rolled them in a chunky clear glitter.  To seal in the ink, I sprayed an acrylic sealer onto the candle.  To dress them up, of course I used some May Arts ribbon.

Please note that because of the plastic glitter and the acrylic sealer, these candles are not burnable.  If you want to burn the candles, just leave off the glitter and the sealer.

Finally, I have a HUGE tutorial for you.  By "huge", I mean it's a long one.  When you hear "ribbon", what is one of the first things you think of?  I think of cute hair bows.  But see, I have a problem.  I cannot tie a "pretty bow" to save my life!  I am what I like to call "bow challenged".  With that said, I came across an amazing tutorial that didn't require any actual tying!  SCORE!

Here's what you will need.
  • 31 inches of your favorite ribbon.  (I used May Arts' 1.5" wide black and ivory grosgrain, RG10)
  • 5 inches of the same ribbon (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Decorative embellishment (optional)
  • Large clasp barrette
  • Marker
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1:

Mark your ribbon at 3.5" from the end using a marker.  It is easier if you use a marker that bleeds through to the other side.  There is no need to worry about seeing the marks as these are only your stitch lines, which you will see later.

Step 2:

Begin marking your ribbon every 6 inches.  You will end up with a total of 5 markings on your ribbon.

Step 3:

Begin stitching using a running stitch.  Start with your first marking you made and stitch from the bottom up.

Step 4:

Flip the ribbon over so that the other end is going the other way and continue stitching.  You should be looking at the backside of your ribbon.  I used a ribbon that has matching front and back so it is hard to tell.

Step 5:

Continue stitching back and forth until you have stitched together all of your marked lines.

Step 6:

Gently pull the thread and bunch the ribbon down at the knot.  Shape your bow the best you can.  See?  You can't see any of the markings you've made.

Step 7:

Next, wrap the thread around the gathering and take a few stitches to hold the bow in place. 

Step 8:

Glue the bow to the barrette clasp.

Step 9:

Take the 5" length of ribbon and fold it into thirds lengthwise.

If you have decided to use an embellishment, now is the time to glue it onto your bow and call it finished.

Step 10:

Tie a loose knot at the center of the ribbon then glue it to the bow.

Here's what it looks like attached.

Step 11:

Secure the ends onto the underside of the barrette using hot glue and trim the tails.  Finally, sit back and admire!  Ooooh!  Aaaaah!

See?!  I told you they would be easy as pie.

Cheers!

"Adore" Wreath

Hiiiiiii there lovelies!  It's been a while!  Whew!  It has been a whirlwind of activity here and it's only going to get worse.  This month, I had CHA (which today's post relates to) as well as getting ready for a HUGE change.  My family and I are gearing up for a move overseas.  Hey.  Home is where the Marine Corps send you right?

Anyway, enough about my boring day to day.  Let's get down to business!  I had the privilege of attending CHA on behalf of May Arts ribbon.
 

May Arts Ribbon booth (well, part of it!!!)
Sandy Allnock, Bethney, and moi!

Being a Ribbonista, I also created a sample project for the May Arts booth.  Now the lovely Miss Bethney is a huge fan of my wreaths so what to make for the booth was pretty much a no-brainer. 

Because Bethney is so amazing wonderful and sweet, I told her that this wreath is also a gift for her. 

All of that glorious May Arts ribbon!
I do ADORE her!

Of course, I used tons of May Arts ribbony goodies and a touch of Prima.

Ribbon used:

Burlap (398-25-33)
Velvet/Crochet (372-15-32)
Leopard Print (417-15-70)
Brown Grosgrain (351-33)
Crinkle Ribbon (AW02)

Other Supplies:
Wreath Form (Hobby Lobby)
Straight Pins (Prima)
Flowers (Prima)
Charm (Prima)

Thanks for taking a look!

A Little Sneak Peek

It's that time of year again!  The craft industry is a-buzz with what's going to be showing at CHA and we are all working double time to crank out projects for display in the booths we represent.  For me, I have been working on a lovely little number for May Arts ribbon.

Here's a little peek at it.  To see the whole thing, you'll have to either look for it at CHA or wait until after the show and I'll show it to you here on my blog!

I'll see you all after the show this weekend!
Cheers!

Shabby Chic Coffee Filter Wreath

Here is my latest "made from scratch" wreath I did for my friend, Frank, and May Arts. 

Frank totally loves the shabby chic styling, which presented a unique challenge for me because I do not normally do the shabby chic thing.  Needless to say, this wreath definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and I’m glad I did it.

First, you’ll need supplies.  Here are the bare basics of what you’ll need to construct the basic wreath.
Basic Wreath Supplies:
  • Coffee filters (I used about 350 filters.)
  • Hot glue gun (and a truck load of glue sticks!!)
  • Wreath form
  • Ribbon to hang the wreath with (I used May Arts ribbon 422-15-08 Single Faced Satin that I had in my stash)
Embellishments:
  • May Art Ribbon: 395-15-34 Suede String, HA19 Double Faced Satin)
  • Prima Pixie Vines “Fairy Belle”
  • Prima Floral Vines (from my stash)
  • Handmade Vines (from my stash)
  • Canvas Corps Burlap Flowers
  • Petaloo “Color Me Crazy” Canvas Flowers
  • Buttons (from my stash)
First, you’ll want bunch up the coffee filter and pinch the bottom.
Next, you’ll use your hot glue gun and glue the bunched up flower to your wreath form.  Keep doing this until you have covered your form.  Seriously, it’s that easy. 
Once I finished gluing my filter flowers, I spritzed them Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in “Crocheted Doily” and “Iridescent Gold”.  I also misted my canvas flowers and glued them to the burlap.  After the mist dried, I arranged my floral cluster and hot glued them right onto the filter flowers.
For my finishing touch, I added a Prima resin cherub and dressed him up using more May Arts ribbon.  The beautiful dusty pink satin and blue suede cord really added to the shabby chic look I was trying to achieve.
 
This really is a simple wreath to make and the simplicity of it speaks volumes.  I also love these types of wreaths because they really cater to any style or motif.  I do hope you give it a try! 

A Quick Wreath

We are now officially into the Fall season and my favorite time of the year!  I love Halloween!  The decorations, spookiness, macabre, and the best part, the kiddos all decked out in their Halloween best make me giddy with excitement.

Right now, I have a super duper quick, easy, and inexpensive way to throw together a spooktacular wreath for your door.

All you need is a wreath from any craft store, a bag of plastic spider rings, a little skeleton, a couple rhinestones for his eyes, and your handy hot glue gun.  I picked up all of my supplies from Walmart. 

I'm sure it's very easy to see how I put this together.  Simply arrange your skelly and spiders the way you want and zap 'em with the glue gun. 

Even Skelly dude is amazed at the ease of this project!

Presto chango and all it took was 10 minutes!

Cheers!

A Classic Christmas Wreath and Tutorial

Good morning!  And wow!  It's definitely early here.  The sun isn't even up yet!  I need to get my java brewing.

Have you ever made something that when it was completed, you absolutely were glowing and giddy with the end result?  Have you ever made something that you just can't help by staring at and smiling and thinking to yourself, "Wow!  I ROCKED this project!!"?  I have.  And this wreath is my "IT" project and I finally get to share it with you!

I did this wreath for a contest with May Arts, which I still have my fingers crossed for.  I also used an awesome mix of print pages and some Gauche Alchemy awesomeness.  I have also included a quick tutorial on how to make the roses that comprise this wreath.

The finished wreath

I used ripped out pages from an old telephone book, pages from an old romance novel ‘For the Roses’ by Julie Garwood (ironic right??!!) and papers from the Gauche Alchemy Acme kit.

Close up of the rolled roses

I rolled each. and. every. rose. by. hand.  I can’t even tell you how many I made!  A couple hondo easy. After they were rolled, I applied some Tattered Angels glimmer mist in gold.  I then added some Diamond Glaze and a healthy sprinklin’ of crystal glitter by Scintillement.  After everything dried, I shook off the excess and hot glued them onto my wreath form.

My dressed up pine cone and resin Santa ornament

The floral spray was a stem I bought at a local hobby store and completely dismantled.  Once I had my leaves arranged and glued, I used the pine cones and some berries to fill in any bare spots.  My finishing touches are poinsettias by Irene’s Garden for Blue Hills Studio and a resin Santa ornament.  I dressed up my pine cones with some twine from the Twinery and the berry clusters with some green hemp from May Arts.

Gotta have a Christmas dove!

Now, onto the biggest headache of this wreath, THE BOW!  I HATE making bows.  I suck at it and have NO patience for it.  However, I am nothing if not stubborn and determined!  I used ribbon from May Arts to make all of the bows.  Sure.  That bow looks all neat and pretty.  But the backside of it….YIKES!

My PERFECT bow!  I conquered the frustration!!!

And there you have the 411 on the wreath!  Now for the tutorial on those rolled roses.  They really are quite simple to make.

Cut yourself a circle. A punch that will work too. I like the imperfections for character but it really doesn't matter. Start at the outside edge and cut the circle into a spiral. If you make a wavy cut, it will look more like "petals" as you make the flower. Stop just short of the actual center of the flower.  You'll have a small circle at the end of the spiral which will act as your base for the flower.

Using your tweezers, start at the outside edge and roll the spiral tightly around the tweezers, making your way to the center, once again stopping just short of the little circle in the middle.

Remove the rolled spiral from the tweezer and let it unwind. Add a dot of hot glue or quick drying adhesive to the unrolled center spot. Press the center spot to the flower. (I was getting into my groove and forgot to take a picture of the "unrolled" flower!  I hate it when that happens!)

Depending on how tightly you wound up the rosette your flower can be budlike or a full bloom. After applying hot glue to secure the rosette Chrissy added mist and glass glitter to make her flowers shine.

Remember, the beauty of making your own flowers are the imperfections.  If it doesn't look "perfect" to you, that is ok!  I strive for the imperfections.  It adds character and looks more realistic, in my opinion.

I hope you try your hand at making some Christmas decor.  This was actually really simple to make, but it is time consuming and a bit redundant.  However, it's so worth it!  I still walk by my wreath and just stare at it.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Yule Blessings or whatever suits you.  Be happy and love everyone this season.