Friday, December 17, 2010

Countdown To Christmas: Decor Items

One week to go... When things start slowing down a bit, and most of the work is done, I usually start making some Christmas decorations, either ornaments or decor. This year my daughter is old enough to help me.

One super quick way to spruce up a space is to use Decor Elements (DE). I have a jar of 3-D swaps, mostly candy holders. The candy has been removed and is long gone, but I keep the samples for display and examples. One side of this jar is decorated with the Spooky Brocade DE, and I thought I would add a Christmas DE on the other side. Here you can see the medium size Jingle All the Way DE (#114708, $9.95).

I would say it took 10-15 minutes, start to finish, to decorate this jar.

During the Online Spectacular, I purchased two sets of the Vintage Ornaments DE, Real Red and Chocolate Chip. I applied a mixture of the two sets this year, and I plan to do the same next year.

Can't wait to take a picture of it with snow in the backyard.

Hats off to Tanya Boser, who has made several of these wreaths. I was inspired by her, and super excited to get my Table Setting die from the Online Spectacular. This took me most of the day, couple of burned fingers from the glue gun, losing daylight for the final photos, and I started cutting corners at the end. So less excited now, but it is done. The good news is Little Missy and Papa got the tree up and decorated, as well as outside lit up with reindeer and candy canes, while I worked on this.

[Please ignore my scratched up front door that needs some painting.] You can see how my daughter helped me. There are a couple of rogue ribbons in the wreath, but I can't mess with her work!

I love the big buttons for this kind of project! I was tempted to just slap buttons all over the wreath, but I refrained.

And the rosettes, which I was most excited about, gave me much trouble. After three mess ups, I needed a time out! I think the next two were better. If you want to leave me any hints, feel free!

Stamps: Peaceful Season, Very Vintage wheel; Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Misc DSP; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke; Accessories: Gold waffle paper, Antique brad, Candy Cane big buttons, White cording, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Riding Hood Red striped ribbon, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Sponge dauber, Silver glass glitter, Coluzzle, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Northern Flurry embossing folder, Leaves #2 die, Table Setting die, Big Shot, Glue gun, Tombo multipurpose glue.
Thanks for stopping by!


Yapha said...

What a great idea to use each side of the jar for a different holiday! Great wreath, too!

Shelley said...

Love your projects! Never thought to use both sides of the jar!

Adriana Benitez said...

What fun projects!

Holly said...

These all came out great!!! I love the Jar and the Wreath.. You will have to show us the Window with the snow in the yard..

PS so glad my move is over.. I will be at peace when my husband gets the curtains up today and a light over my desk. My new area has no window.. Booo!!!

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

the Jar is genius, but that wreath is spectacular!

Mickey Roberts said...

Love the wreath, Heidi! And I'm sure the ornaments will be beautiful with a backdrop of snow.