Thursday, December 11, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments

Every year I look forward to adding new, handmade ornaments to our Christmas tree.  As I dug through a pile of craft supplies in my craft room, I ran across a few 3" and 4" embroidery hoops.  They are the perfect size for Christmas ornaments.  Inspired by sequin shaker cards, I thought it would be fun to create embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornaments.  It was fun and easy, and I couldn't be any happier with the results! 

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
These snow globe shaker ornaments are so much fun!  I find my kids stopping by the Christmas tree on occasion to give the sequin snow a little shake.  The sound of the sequins bouncing around in the hoop is so much fun.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
Inspired by the snowflake paper and the little snowman die cut, I created a cute wintry scene inside of a 4" embroidery hoop.  I layered stickers, die cuts, and rolling hills to create the scene and added white sequin snow.  I topped the ornament with a pretty, red satin double bow.  

Woodland Snow Globe Shaker Ornament
This embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornament has a wintry woodland feel.  I fussy cut the deer from a printed die cut and created a little forest with tree stickers.  I added white and silver sequins to make the snow more sparkly.  The burlap bow adds a perfect rustic touch. 

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
I had another little snowman die cut that I put into a 3" embroidery hoop with a glittery hill and some white sequins

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments Tutorial

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
To create an embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornament, start by creating the background.  Add hills of snow, trees, snowflakes--whatever your creative heart desires.  After you have everything in place, add a bead of glue to the hoop and adhere to your background.  Place a book on top of the hoop while the glue dries.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Add dimension to your snow globe scene by popping up parts of the scene with foam.  As a general rule, smaller elements will go in the back of the scene and larger elements will be placed near the front. 

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
After your scene is complete, trim away the excess paper with a pair of scissors or craft knife and add sequins or glitter to your scene.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Apply a bead of glue to the top of the hoop and place the transparency on top.  But, Oh no!  It looks so ugly!  I used both Scotch Quick Dry glue and E6000 and both adhesives dry clear.  Whew!

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
See, the adhesive is dry and clear.  So pretty.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
After the adhesive is completely dry, trim away the excess transparency with a pair of scissors or craft knife. 

Get Rid of Static Cling on Transparencies and Sequins

Remove static cling on a transparency with a dryer sheet | popperandmimi.com
Static cling on a clear transparency can be a real annoyance when crafting with glitter or sequins.  To help minimize the static on a transparency, rub both sides with a dryer sheet.  

Remove static cling on a transparency with a dryer sheet | popperandmimi.com
The dryer sheet will leave a film on the transparency.  Gently buff both sides of the transparency with a clean tissue to remove the film. 

Remove static cling on sequins with a dryer sheet | popperandmimi.com
You can also help minimize static cling on sequins by gently rubbing a handful of sequins in a dryer sheet.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
With a little help from mom and dad, embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornaments would be a fun craft to do with the kids.  

Happy Holidays! 

Amanda

If you like these ornaments, you may also like these projects:

Tea Light Winter Village | popperandmimi.com

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath | popperandmimi.com

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Tribute to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine


Dear Jennifer, Susan, Stacy, Holly, Kerri, Matt & Melinda, 

These stories are inspired by you.  They are just a little glimpse into the influence you have had in my life.   


The Beginning of it All

Paper Crafting with Kids by Paper Crafts Magazine
(Remember this one, Stacy?)  This is the issue of Paper Crafts that started it ALL for me.  I walked past a tiny magazine stand in my local craft store and spotted Elmo.  At the time I had a 4 year old and a 2 year old so Elmo was really big in our house.  I looked over Elmo a couple of times and thought, "This is something I could do."  I flipped through the magazine to see what kind of work Elmo needed and I saw Oscar, Cookie Monster, Grover and Ernie, too.  I just about died.  A long time Sesame Street fan, I headed straight to the checkout counter with the magazine.   And I haven't looked back since. 

Handmade Elmo and Oscar the Grouch Cards
I started digging through some of my boxes and found these fellas, each piece cut by hand (except for the circles) in the pre-Cameo years.

The First Card

Amanda's beginner Thank You Card
Inspired by the pages of Paper Crafts magazine, this is the first card I ever made.  Clearly I still had a lot to learn.  But I could see potential in the whole patterned paper/cardstock/stamp thing.  I remember buying the paper and stamp without paying the slightest bit of attention to the manufacturer or product release date.


My First Published Card

All Roads Lead Home Card
This was the first card I had published in Paper Crafts magazine.  It was for the sketch article of the July/August 2012 issue.  I can easily recall those facts without even having to look them up.  If I have said it once, I have said it 1000 times--there's nothing quite like the excited crazy feeling you get you get when you get your first project acceptance email from Paper Crafts Magazine. 

It was this first project acceptance that caused me to fall in love with submitting.  The open calls sparked my imagination and taught me to think outside of the box.  It was exciting not knowing which, if any, projects would be accepted for publication.  Even as an experienced designer with many accepted projects under my belt, there was anxious anticipation every FB Acceptance Party day wondering if any of my projects would get picked up.  


My Favorite Published Project

Cherry Blossom Chinese Lantern Décor
One of my all time favorite projects ever to be published in Paper Crafts magazine was this cherry blossom Chinese lantern.  It was published in Handmade Home Décor around April 2013.  This issue was a biggie for me as a designer.  It was where I learned that I loved making altered and 3D paper crafts.  I spent hours die cutting those stupid, tiny flower parts (I was a newbie with my Silhouette CAMEO, too) and inking the white cardstock flowers to make them the perfect shade of pink.  And I'm pretty sure I ended up with over $50 dollars worth of Chinese lanterns because that was the minimum order required for free shipping.  

The Non-Published Card

Get Well Soon tissue box card
This is actually one of many cards that I submitted for publication but was never accepted for publication.  As recommended, I submitted it three times and then retired it from the submission pool.  Not having projects picked up for publication was at times heartbreaking, but as I learned that many great cards don't get picked for publication, I was able to quickly brush myself off and move onto the next project.  After all, as a consumer of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, I wanted to be inspired by the best cards, too.  

(This virtual tissue is also your cue to grab a tissue if you haven't already.)


The Last Assignment

Encouragement Card Set
One of the last assignments I received from PC&S magazine was to create an encouragement card set for Card Creations 13.  Although y'all have seen these cards, I thought they were particularly fitting for this post.  Always remember who you are.  You are enough.  You are simply amazing.  You will move mountains.  Each one of these sentiments is meant for you.  All of you.  Every single word.  

The People

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine party, CHA 2014
I saved the best for last.  Each of you are a blessing in my life and I am honored to call you friend.  Thanks for the memories.  May there be many more to come!  (Heck, you're only 4 hours away.)

With much love and affection, 

Amanda

If you are following the blog hop in order, your next stop is Winnie & Walter

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath

A few months ago I was asked by Susan, the Creative Editor at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, to create a project for the Inspired By column for the March 2015 issue.  As most of you already know, the February 2015 issue will be the last issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, so my Inspired By project missed the cut by one month. 

But never fear.  Loads of inspiration are still coming your way!  Today, Susan is sharing the last of the Inspired By projects over on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog so I thought it would be a great time to share a tutorial on how to make a modern paper leaf embroidery hoop wreath.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Summer Leaf quilt
For my inspiration, I was given several different quilts on which to base my paper crafted project.  Struck by the bright colors, random fabric patterns, and geometric layout of this Summer Leaf quilt, I set out to make my project.  After hemming and hawing over what type of project to create, I decided to make a modern paper leaf embroidery hoop wreath.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
I love nothing more than a plain ol' wooden embroidery hoop, but sometimes I want to add a little color without breaking out the paint.  Gel stain works wonderfully, isn't stinky like real stain, and it dries really quickly.  

To make this wreath you will need: 



Cut different pieces of paper in one pass on your Silhouette
I started by breaking out a bunch of 6"x6" paper pads, as their smaller patterns would work better for the smaller leaves.  I picked colors that were similar to the Summer Leaf wreath and placed several 3"x3" squares of paper on my cutting mat so I cut cut all of my leaves out at the same time.  

Cut different sheets of paper in one pass on your Silhouette
I love getting all of my die cutting done in one pass.  This is easy to do with just about any shape or cut file.  My only recommendation is to cut only one type of material at a time.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
Add some detail and texture to the leaves by running them through a sewing machine, one right after the other. 

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
To get rid of the unsightly thread ends on the front of the leaves, gently tug the loose thread on the back side of the leaf.  This will create a little loop of thread.  Pull this loop through and the thread on the front disappears.  Neat trick, huh?  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
Tape the ends of the thread to the back of the leaves with a piece of Scotch tape.  No need to worry too much about how the back of the leaves look.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
Space the leaves evenly and adhere to the embroidery hoop with a dab of glue or a glue dot.  To add a little more dimension, gently fold the leaves along the stitching.  

What or who inspires you lately? 

Happy crafting! 

Amanda

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards

Christmastime is here.  Nothing fuels my desire to get in the craft room and make cards more than Christmas.  I love Christmas cards of all types--fancy, simple, handmade, pre-printed, photo cards, etc.  Every year I make dozens of Christmas cards, but do I send them?  No.  I put writing and sending cards on my "To Do...Later" list and I just never get around to it.  Christmas comes and goes and I convince myself I'll do it next year....I promise. 

One hang up I run into every year is mailing cards that don't fit into a standard sized envelope.  Bulky cards take extra postage, sure, but it's the trip to the post office that I most dread.  This year I have resolved to make flat Christmas cards that I can pop into an envelope and have the kids take out to the mailbox.  

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
Although not technically one-layer cards, these paint chip Christmas tree cards are flat and mailable.  There are no dimensional elements, nor tons of layers, on these cards that will keep them from being fitting into a standard A-2 envelope.  Flat cards don't have to be boring.  There are several ways to add texture and dimension to an otherwise flat card.  

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
Wanna know one of my foolproof card making formulas?  Patterned paper + journaling cards.  Seriously.  Place a seasonally appropriate journaling card on top of contrasting patterned paper and you're done.  Almost.  Add a favorite embellishment or two and maybe add some stitching around the edge.  I adhered three paint chip Christmas trees next to the Merry & Bright journaling card in an ombre pattern to add more visual interest.  

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
To make paint chip Christmas cards, you will need: 


I found these cool Behr paint chips last time I was at Home Depot.  If you don't have a triangle punch, cut out triangles by hand.  

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
Inspired by the tiny trees on this patterned paper, I added a trio of green trees to this CAS Christmas card. 

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
Using strips cut from another paint chip, add a green border to the top and bottom of the white cardstock to help it pop off the front of the card without having to add foam or other dimensional adhesive.  

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
Add a machine stitched border around the border of your card to add some texture.  Stitching around the border of cards is my favorite way to add texture and visual dimension to a card while still keeping it flat. 

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
I love creating rolling hill scenes on card, and nothing says winter more than snowy hills.  I thought the little paint chip Christmas trees would be perfect as part of a card scene.  Cute sentiment, right?  I cut it from a piece of patterned paper.  So easy.  

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
If you are creating white-on-white snowy hills, use both sides of textured cardstock to create a contrast between the two white layers.  This is a super easy and effective way to vary the texture on the card and add visual dimension. 

Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
I created these cards for the Tree-mendous Tree Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  The deadline is tonight at midnight, so there's still time to play along!
  
Happy December! 

Amanda

If you like these cards, you may also like these Christmas projects:

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Scottie Dog Christmas Card

Bottle cap magnets--A perfect last minute Christmas gift!