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A Package Pals Gift

7 Mar
Do y’all know the sweet and awesomely talented Jamie with C.R.A.F.T.??  She has come up with a FUN idea.  Every other month this year she is throwing a package pal party.  All you do is let her know you want to join in.  She pairs you up with someone.  Then you and your partner exchange emails, get to know each other a little better.  Make a gift and send it.  Jamie even has a link party where you can link up what you made, what you received or both!  

I was paired up with Marisa, a self proclaimed nature geek and student at Oregon State.  I had a gazillion ideas for things to make her.  But I kept running into an issue of,  “now, how would I ship that?”  So, I came up with this.  I used my silhouette as a stencil and painted these pieces of canvas art for her. 
I thought using the Latin names for leaf and nature would be kinda neat.  I mean, Latin is what is generally used in the scientific classifications. I thought Marisa would like that.  Did you notice I painted the plant ombre style?  Ombre is all the rage right now and well, I’m jumping on the bandwagon, too!  I LOVE IT! 

It was my mommy’s birthday yesterday.  I made her a purple OMBRE cake!  I can’t wait to show y’all!! 

Here is another shot of the painted canvas art.  OH and guess what!  These are my FIRST painted pieces!  I really like them.  What do y’all think?  I’m thinking I’d like to make some for my own home. 

Marisa also told me about her sweet one eyed border collie named Shadow, who she lovingly called her baby.
So, I made her another canvas art piece for her sweet Shadow.  Now, this one is all free hand.  Which should explain it’s slight child like look.  AND….did you notice that paw?  5 pads?  FIVE?  I’m not sure what kind of animal has 5 pads.  A bear maybe?  Yep, I wasn’t so happy with this one.  I wanted to go back and stencil it but I didn’t have another piece of canvas.  My sweet hubs told me it looked great and not to worry.  He said, “babe, she’s going to love it! She’s going to love that you remembered her baby.”  Gosh, I love him.   I hope he’s right!! 

As a jewelry maker I could NOT send her gifts without making some jewelry for her.  I’m always afraid that my gift recipient would be disappointed if I left that craft out.  I mean, it is my crafting forte!

With Marisa being a nature lover I decided to make her a nature inspired bracelet and earring set. 
I made a pretty nature inspired gift box for the set to sit in.  
 I added one felt and one burlap rosette to the box.

I wrapped up each piece of the canvas art.

I packed it all up and shipped to her.  I hope she loves everything!  Even the 5 padded paw print!! lol.

Like I mentioned up there, Jamie is hosting the package pal party every other month.  Be on the look out for the sign up post for the April party!  I can’t wait to join again.  And don’t forget to check out the link party to see more package pals gifts! 

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Paper Rose Wreath Tutorial

6 Feb

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Ain’t she a beauty!!?  I have wanted to make a paper rose wreath for a long time.  I’m so happy I finally got around to it and I’m SO HAPPY with how great it looks.  
My paper rose wreath finished off my Valentine’s Day mantel perfectly! 

I am the guest blogger at DecorChick today!!  AND I’m sharing the tutorial for THIS pretty paper rose wreath over there!!  So, if you’d love to know how to make one be sure to stop by Decor Chick today!  My tutorial includes the Silhouette version of this wreath.  Yep, I used my Silhouette for this one! 

Before you head over to DecorChick I wanted to share a few “behind the scenes” photos of the making of this wreath. 

After the Silhouette cut my spirals for this wreath my daughter held this up like this and started to dance and giggle. Makes for a fun decoration piece huh? 

Once you’ve cut out your spirals the left over paper makes for a great cat bed!

The Silhouette cutting a bazillion spirals for you is FANTASTIC! But, you still have to spin and glue those bazillion spirals.  You spend ALL DAY spinning and gluing and then you end up in bed….with a hot glue gun!!!

I spinned and glued into the wee hours of the morning.  This was my view for the night….

That’s my husband playing MW3, probably very happy that I wasn’t bugging him about watching TV.  I was busy burning my fingers in bed!!  I did talk to him though, the whole time.  Whether he listened or not is yet to be determined! 

OK, I’m done!  Thanks for stopping by and if you’d like to make a paper rose wreath please go check out my guest post on DecorChick for the tutorial! 

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Love My Valentine’s Mantel

26 Jan

I’m really happy with my mantel this year.  NOT that I didn’t love my mantel last year!!  But this year…I have a Silhouette (thanks again, Emily!!)!  I made the Love My Valentine’s bunting banner with the Silhouette.
Now, I have wanted to make a paper flower wreath like the famous Stephanie Lynn Paper Rose Wreath for over year now.  I FINALLY did it!!  With help from my Silhouette!  I never got around to cutting a zillion spirals from paper.  The Silhouette did it for me 6 at a time!!

Isn’t she amazing!!  I am in love!!  She looks great on the shutters, too.  I was going to take down the heart bunting but I kinda like it there with the wreath.

I added my Valentine ribbon candles which I made with Kassi of Truly Lovely’s tutorial.  The flowers are from my husband.  He gave them too me last week after he came back from a business trip.  It was so sweet.  And even sweeter that Alice kept looking at me with my flowers and saying “You’re getting married?”  I told her “I am married, I married your daddy”.  And she would giggle!!  Oh, those cute lil love bears are from the GW in AZ.  The Bless This Family Birds my husband picked out at Michael’s one night while I stood and stared at the beading aisle for an hour.

Red ceramic hearts are also from the GW in AZ.  The pretty wire candle holder I found 75% off at Bed Bath and Beyond a few weeks back.  It’s really pretty with a lit candle inside.  I love that it says Laugh and Dance at the bottom.  Makes me think of Alice.

I almost left my mantel like this, thinking it didn’t need a wreath.

Here is another before…

OH! And a before with a smiling “take my picture for your blog mommy!”….
Ya know, she plays on her kiddie laptop and says “I’m working on my blog” It’s TOO CUTE!!!

So, here is my Valentine’s Day Mantel!

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 What do y’all think??  Do you love it as much as I do??

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I’m linking up at Beth’s Valentine’s Day link party!!  Are you??

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