Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath

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Okay, so this isn't a Stampin' Up post, but that's okay, because I do a lot of crafting that doesn't include paper, stamps and ink.  

Today's post (and accompanying YouTube tutorial video) is a result of a few pictures that I recently posted on Facebook of some Fall deco-mesh wreaths that I had made, and people requesting me to do a class.  Well, as much as I do love doing classes, I was having a hard time figuring out when I could do one, how I would go about doing one, and where I could hold a class.  So, the best that I could come up with would be to make a tutorial video and hopefully all my friends could see how easy it really is to do a wreath like this.  

 

 

Here is the photo of the Fall wreath that inspired the Halloween wreath. I am sure I will be doing some for Christmas as well, if I can find the time!

Fall wreath

The supplies you need to make a wreath like this can be found at Hobby Lobby, and usually on sale.  Here is a shopping list of the items you will need to make the wreath:

  • 16 inch Work Wreath (with the pipe cleaner things already attached.)
  • 1 Roll Deco Mesh Ribbon that measures 21 inches wide by 30 feet long (any color you choose)
  • 3 rolls Deco-Mesh measuring 10 inches wide by 30 feet long (each - in any three colors you choose)
  • 4 different rolls of  2.5 inch WIRE EDGED Ribbon (any patterns/colors you choose that coordinate with your deco-mesh)
  • Embellishments of your choice.

As described in the video, you will need to cut your narrower deco-mesh into 10 inch squares (you will need 16 squares of each of the three different colors)

Also described in the video, you will need to cut 8 pieces of ribbon 12 inches long from EACH of the four rolls.  (You will have 32 pieces of ribbon total.)  Then dovetail each end of the ribbon. 

Trying to describe how to assemble the wreath is (in my opinion) too hard to put into words in a blog, so you really need to watch the video.  From start to finish, it takes me about 1 hour to make a wreath like this, and that includes cutting the mesh and the ribbons. 

 

 


Painted Harvest Christmas Alternative

Painted Harvest Wreath

 

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." Okay, it really isn't.  And it certainly doesn't feel like Christmas here in Northeast Oklahoma today.  I think the high temperature was 88 degrees.  We had the furnace on two nights ago, and now I am sitting here, stamping Christmas cards with the air conditioner going and drinking a glass of lemonade. Go figure.

But, that's enough about the weather.  Let's talk about this card.  A couple days ago I showed you how to make a really pretty autumn card using the Painted Harvest Stamp set.  Well, I like to try and find different ways to use my stamp sets so that I don't feel like I am confined to use them for one season. I have to admit that I am sure I am not the first person to have the idea that this set could be used as a Christmas wreath, and there are probably a thousand (or more) ideas out there on Pinterest that are similar.  But this is my spin on it.  Isn't it just so purty? (I am a Texan at heart y'all, deal with it.)

For those of you who like to watch the step-by-step tutorial (and can handle my Southern drawl and occasional sniffles due to my year-round allergies, as well as my little dog Maggie running through the house because the fat cat is tormenting her) here is a link to my YouTube channel (thanks for watching, give me a thumbs up, subscribe to my channel and please feel free to share my videos, if you so desire!)

 

Here is a list of the stuff I used to make the card, along with the measurements for everything:

  • Garden Green Cardstock - 4.25 x 11, scored on the long side at 5.5
  • Whisper White Cardstock - cut TWO at 4 x 5.25 (one to emboss for the outside, one for the inside of the card)
  • Red Glimmer paper - 3 1/8 x 4 3/8
  • Whisper White Cardstock -  2.75 x 4
  • Classic Stampin' Pad - Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz and Real Red
  • Painted Harvest Stamp set
  • Snowflake Sentiments Stamp set
  • Holly Embossing folder 
  • Real Red 1/8" solid ribbon
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Tombow Mono Liquid Glue
  • Fast Fuse adhesive
  • Mini Glue dots

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September Paper Pumpkin Alternative

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Okay, it is FINALLY starting to feel more like fall, and I wanted to do another fall card.  This time, I decided that I wanted to use last month's Paper Pumpkin - Layered Leaves - to make something a little different that what the kit was intended for.  SO...this card was the result!  And since the weather is a little bit cooler (for today anyway!) and it's nearly the middle of October, I decided to break out the Cajun Craze. This is a color that doesn't get a whole lot of love from me the rest of the year, but it is definitely a fall-type color, so there you go! Watch my video below for the tutorial on how to make this super cute card using last month's Paper Pumpkin in an alternative way!

 

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  The supplies and measurements for this card are:

  • September Paper Pumpkin Kit*
  • 144783 Painted Harvest Stamp Set
  • 119684 Cajun Craze cardstock - 8.5 x 4.25, scored on the long side at 5.5 (basic A2 Card size)
  • 101650 Very Vanilla Cardstock - two pieces cut at 5.25 x 4, and one scrap large enough to cut a 2 5/8 center piece
  • 119686 Early Espresso Cardstock - 2 7/8 square
  • 126965 Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad
  • 126953 Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • 126944 Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
  • 126974 Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
  • 144196 Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon -  about 9 inches or so.
  • 141897 Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
  • 143263 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • 145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits - largest square in set
  • 126889 Stampin' Trimmer
  • 103579 Paper Snips
  • 129026 Fast Fuse Adhesive
  • 104430 Stampin' Dimensionals

*If you are not a current subscriber to Paper Pumpkin and do not have this particular kit for the stamps that we used, you could also use any other leaf stamp set you might own.


Not Quite Christmas, but.....


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Okay, okay, I know it's not Christmastime yet.  But, it will be here before you know it, and it's time to start thinking about making those Christmas cards to send to all your friends and family! This beauty is made from the new Christmas Quilt bundle from the 2017 Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! and some of the Quilted Christmas DSP.  

Here are the supplies and measurements used for this card:

Crumb Cake Cardstock base - 8.5 x 5.5, scored on the long side at 4.25

Real Red Cardstock - 4.25 x 3.75

Scrap of Whisper White cardstock for sentiment, punched with the Classic Label Punch

Quilt Builder Framelits Dies

Lemon Lime Twist Ink Pad

Real Red Ink Pad

Christmas Quilt photopolymer stamps

5/8" Burlap Ribbon, approximately 3.75 long

 

 


Colorful Seasons Fall Card

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It's beginning to feel a little bit like fall here in Northeast Oklahoma - at least for the next few minutes.  Give it a while, and the temperature will probably be close to 90 degrees again! But for the time being, I am going to enjoy it, and I decided that in honor of the cooler temperatures today, I would make a pretty fall card for you guys.  I have to admit that this is not my original design - I copied and am sharing this from Dena Rekow, who I think is a card-making genius.  This is a variation of one of her creations. I liked it so much, I decided I would even make a how-to tutorial! 

 

Below you will find a list of the supplies and measurements for making the card!

  • Fresh Fig card base, 11 x 4.25, scored on the long side at 5.5"
  • Early Espresso cardstock, 5.25 x 4, plus a scrap for cutting the scalloped circle
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock, 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 for stamping outside, 5.25 x 4 for inside of card, plus a scrap for cutting circle
  • Ink pads in Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
  • Fresh Fig 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon
  • Gold Metallic Thread
  • Layering Circles Framelits, using largest scalloped circle
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits, using largest circle
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Wink of Stella (for spritzing)
  • Stampin' Write marker in Fresh Fig (for spritzing) 

I would love for you to visit my online shop at http://denisepaine.stampinup.net and learn more about the awesome products we have.  Plus, if you decide that you have to have EVERYTHING, you can contact me about learning more about joining Stampin' Up! and get all your products at a discount! 

 


It's Halloween Time!

Spooky Night CardOh my goodness I just love Halloween.  I think I love this time of year even more that Christmas!  So, I thought it was time to make a Halloween card with some of the new products from the 2017 Stampin' Up! catalog. This card is super simple to make and honestly took me less than 30 minutes to make  - the longest part is cutting the paper!  I decided to keep the stamping simple, using only the owl and a Treat or Treat sentiment in the Spooky Cat stamp set. I do have to admit that the glitter paper that I used is contraband, and not SU product, but you can easily take a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and either your Stampin' Write marker or your Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad and an Aqua Painter filled with alcohol to transform it to a similar shade of orange.  

Here are the measurements and products used:

Very Vanilla Cardstock base - 11 x 4.25, scored on the long side at 5.5

Spooky Night DSP (polka dot) - 5.25 x 4

Glitter paper - 3.5 x 3.5

Basic Black paper - 3.25 x 3.25

Spooky Night (tree/moon scene) - 3 x 3

Very Vanilla cardstock - .75 x 3.5, ends snipped as a banner

Basic Black archival ink

Basic Gray archival ink

Black Rhinestone Jewels.

Here's the link to the YouTube tutorial video for detail instructions!  (Be kind, this was my very first attempt at a YouTube Video, so it's a bit rough!)

You Tube Halloween Card Tutorial

 


Easy Halloween Decor

 

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Okay, I totally cannot take credit for this idea...my mom found it on Pinterest, and I have no idea who the original "creator" was, so there...disclaimer made.  HOWEVER, how stinking cute is this? It was really easy to make, although just a little bit time consuming when it came to gluing all the links closed, and oh, did I mention CHEAP?  All it took was length of gray foam pipe insulation (with an inner diameter of 1 inch), my trusty, although somewhat ignored electric knife, and hot glue.  

I just took the pipe insulation and sliced it into 1/2 inch rings (using the electric knife, which cut through the foam like buttah, I'm telling you) and then just opened up each "ring" and linked them together.  I closed the ends with hot glue (tip: use a low-temp glue gun, and be careful not to touch the metal tip to the foam. otherwise the foam WILL melt....trust me.) When complete, your "chain" will be about 20 feet long, give or take.  

I know you can buy a "self-sealing" foam pipe insulation, and I am going to try it with that next to see if I can forgo some of the burns I inflicted with the hot glue gun, and I certainly recommend an adult cutting the insulation, just for safety's sake. 

Here is the pile of links before. Note, I had originally cut them into 1" rings, but then realized that they would be too wide, so I cut the whole lot in half....yes, in total I cut 144 rings (it was a 6 foot length of foam insulation.)

Chain Before

 

 

 


Painted Harvest

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This is probably my most favorite stamp in the new 2017 Holiday Catalog.  Painted Harvest.  I. am. in. love.  This stamp set is the epitome of fall, in my opinion, and fall just happens to be my favorite time of year.  On September 1st, I am always making plans to drag out all my fall decorations.  These two cards are super easy to make, and here is what I used to make them:

 

Crumb cake  cardstock, cut at 5.5" x 8.5", scored at 4.25"

Early espresso mat - 5.5" x 4"

Whisper White - 5" x 3.75"

Painted Harvest Stamp Set 

Classic Stampin' Ink Pads - Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Crumb Cake

Additional tools used: Stampin' Trimmer, bone folder, Fast Fuse Adhesive, Stampin' Dimentionals

 

Make sure you do your stamping first, before assembling the card (just in case you make a mistake!)  Then adhere the stamped image onto the Early Espresso mat, place Stampin' Dimentionals on the back of that, and adhere to your card base. Easy Peasy!


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This one is the same basic layout, only I changed the sentiment by using a piece of Whisper White cardstock about 1 inch wide, and used the Triple Banner punch to notch the ends.  Super easy, super awesome!


Available now!

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Oh My Goodness!  The new holiday catalog is available to everyone now!  If you love Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and crafting as much as I do, you really, really have to check out the new Stampin' Up! holiday catalog.  Just click on the link below to check out this awesomeness (is that even a word??...YES, I think it is!)

Holiday Catalog

AND if you decide there is something you just can't live without, then I am your gal!  You can shop with me in the comfort of your own home, in your jammies, anytime of the day or night!  PLUS, if you place an order with me, I will send you a FREE Annual Catalog AND the new Holiday Catalog! You can click the link below, or on the daisy at the right of the page! 

Shop With Me!

Now, before you run away from this page because you may think all I want to do is sell you something - WAIT.  This blog is mainly going to be showcasing cards, projects and all sorts of fun stuff that I love to make and share with my friends...NOT selling you stuff (although I would love to have you as a customer!) To start with, I will have projects I've made and instructions on how you can make them too, and (hopefully) I will eventually have tutorial videos as well!  Stay tuned for more!  After all, this is only day ONE!