When Georgana announced she was going to have an Adornit “make it merry” blog hop and wanted people to participate I jumped right in. Who doesn’t love a blog party? She also asked me to host a give-away! That’s right – one of you will win a collection of Adornit Christmas Supplies. Be sure to leave a comment on this post so you are entered to win! I will draw a winner Monday the 16th.
and since when do I say no to anything Christmas related?
If you are visiting me first (or don’t know about this cool hop) you can follow the blog-hop trail beginning to end by visiting here: http://www.adornitscrapbook.com/bloghop/ We’ll each be linking to the next person’s blog – so if you start at #1 you will go all the way through! (How fun is that???)
Now the really fun part. I’ve gotta “make merry” to share with you here. I couldn’t quite decide so I’m sharing both of my ideas!
So November is always very MERRY here because I do a lot of holiday prep so that I have a more restful, family oriented, cherish all the details and moments December rather than rushing through the holidays.
Step #1: Photo to include in cards.
I’m going to try and get them together, but if not something like this will do. When I had 3 dogs they were much easier to get attentive faces looking in my direction at the same time. If I waved a milkbone and had good natural light a fabulous photo was guaranteed. These two? GAAAAAAH! Not even chocolate could get them to behave together. But I could get one or the other, and so I think I’ll creatively combine like shown here to get the best possible pics.
Of course I had to scrap the outtakes.
I used mostly Pink Paislee mistletoe & co line. Have I mentioned I love that line? I do. I know it doesn’t have green in it like traditional lines and I love that. LOVE. Why? Because I always have trouble matching up greens.
I made the photo strips in photoshop, but you could insert/resize pics in a word document for same effect. It’ll just take longer. Another thing you should know – I de-saturated my photos by about 50%. I just ADORE playing with saturation. When somebody’s face is super red or colors are just wild I pull the little bar down until it feels right. Plus it give kind of a “ye olde times” look I LOVE. I actually didn’t NEED to do it for this page. I just wanted to.
I have more fun with the photos not used for ‘official holiday photo’ vs the one that does get used. I love looking back at layouts from previous years and seeing how the subjects – and photography – changes.
I want some cocoa and holiday decorations now please. So in the mood.
Well, maybe I could use some leftover rub-ons to show you something else instead…
So I was in Borders and “aw how cute”-ing over their felt gift card bags. But then I was like… “I could so totally make my own!” and I have been. What would make a gift card more personal than a special made with love bag or packaging? Just think- tuck a sweet little note in there with it and it’s all warm & fuzzy and not at all impersonal. You can see my first attempt HERE, and today I want to show you my third and newest one.
So I really liked the envelope that this gift card came in because it’s got a spot for a note and some details like value of card inside. I wanted to keep it so I sized my holder around it. I folded a piece of felt over (so that when I cut with acrylic ruler + rotary blade it’d be front + back, and so I don’t have to stitch bottom) and cut so that I had about 1/2″ WIDER than the gift card. (felt size cut is 4 1/2 x 11)
Then I set it aside and went to work on a decoration for the front. I had a scrap of sticky-back canvas that I decided to use with some rub-ons to make a cute and quick decoration. Now the rub-ons were not going to stay on forever to that canvas so I coated lightly with glue.
Then, feeling the Christmas flow I added some white glitter to give it a snowy look. LOVE!
The adhesive back of the canvas works great to hold it onto the felt – but I still advise stitching or it’ll fall off. I folded up a scrap of fabric to use as a handle and attached it before sewing up the sides too – see below.
Now you’re ready to sew some lace! Sew the top/front first – THEN sandwich lace between the sides and stitch them shut.
note: if you’re spazzy like me you’ll forget to leave enough lace on BOTH sides of the top for sides. It’s ok. Just add more and overlap to disguise your whoops.
One more tip – I left a bit more (about 1/2″) lace than I needed on each of the ends so that I could tuck them in and not have a raw edge hanging out.
Here’s the inside-out view –
Well, you’re done! At this point I felt the need to stitch a red bow on the front, but really the thing about this project is that you could simplify to the point of just hand stitching both sides – or create whole felt piecings complete with beads hand sewn onto the front.
Whatever you do – just enjoy putting some hand-crafted love into your holidays. Before I go I’d like to share a few of the merry things I used today – and a few things that help me enjoy my holiday crafting time.
- Heather Bailey’s felt – it’s so very nice and really makes me want to craft with felt so much more.
- Pink Paislee’s christmas collection – I think the scrap police are gonna fine me for using too much of it this year!
- Sticky Back canvas by Claudine Hellmuth – so great for so many things
- Peppermint Bark (Ghirardelli or Williams Sonoma kinds)
- German Glass glitter – seriously makes a world of difference
- Harry Connick Jr Christmas songs
- Visiting blogs for new ideas & inspiration
That’s all from me – don’t forget to leave a comment here so you’ll be entered to win goodies from Adornit!!! When you do go – be sure to go check the next blogger on the merry hop – http://www.jenniekader.blogspot.com/