Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Ornaments!

Hi there!  I'm back again today with an idea for a project which I've borrowed from Judi Kauffman and changed to utilize the A Way With Words dies.  You may see her gorgeous projects and ideas HERE.

I simply filled the balls with snowflakes snipped from an inexpensive coiled decoration and a bit of kraft packing. The top of the ornaments were decorated with bits of string and ribbon and diecut foliage (all diecuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs).  Season's Greetings was cut from Shimmer Sheetz and in real life is a better match to the snowflakes inside than I could catch in the photograph!

A Way With Words dies   Quietfire Site | Elizabeth Craft Designs

I hope this gives you some ideas for using up those empty Christmas balls and creating a little cheer with bits and pieces!
Happy creating and Merry Christmas, Suzanne

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wrap it up with AWWW Merry Christmas!

Hi there!  It's Suzanne today sneaking in a giftwrapping project to share with you.  It was supposed to be posted on the weekend, but some other things got in the way.....

I've been wanting to try die cutting fabric with the A Way With Words dies.  Robyn has done some experimenting with fusible interfacing and while I'm thinking of it, we must discuss it further!  I was talking to my friend Jacoline about it and she said why not just use double-sided tape?  Well.  Duh, yeah.  Brilliant thinking! 

This project was quick and easy, so I won't write step by step instructions. I simply cut a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive (Elizabeth Craft Designs) large enough for the die.  I peeled the release paper off one side and smoothed on some burgundy silk that I'd had for years.  It has a natural crinkle in it.  Don't choose a fabric like that - but it did work out okay. 

Diecut the fabric.  Now the tricky part.  Peel the release paper off the back of the fabric Merry Christmas.  It comes off fine, but there is not a lot of stiffness there, so peel from one side and adhere it to the gift bag as you roll off the release paper.  And Wow!  It worked!  

Keep in mind it won't hold up to washing, as it would if you used fusible web.  But this technique took no time at all.  I didn't have to get out an iron and fuss with that - AND the final product looks sweet!

The little canvas bag comes from Canvas Corp, the tiny bells and pine cones are Stampin' Up (from my friend Jacoline), the ribbon is hand dyed with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and well, the cinnamon stick comes from the grocery store!
Go ahead - wrap it up!  Merry Christmas!

Thanks for visiting.  Happy creating, Suzanne