Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 Handmade Ornament

LOVE handmade for the holidays and this one is super cute and easy to recreate. 

Check out my tutorial and supply list below. :) 

Start off with two mason jar lids. :) *Pro-tip* Wipe them down with an alcohol wipe so the paint will adhere more easily. 

Separate the inner circle from the outer ring. 

Then paint all sides of the ring with Tattered Rose Distress Crackle paint. (I created two and used Weathered Wood on the second ornament.) Make sure to paint thickly or it won't show well on the silver. Allow to dry. 

I painted the jingle bells with VerDay Brass paint and added the patina spray - just to give it a bit more age and texture. Allow to dry. 

Paint the spool with leafy green paint. Cut "24" from the patterned paper. Adhere and wrap around spool. Cover paper with Glossy Accents and coat in Iridescent glitter. Okay, I know. You're either a glitter person or you're not. I see glitter and my brain just says YES, girl, this project obviously calls for sparkle. Bring it.. 

Use the lid insert to trace a front and back for the ornament. Try to pay attention to which part of the design you're tracing. Like, don't accidentally trace the logo at the bottom. 

I used Glossy Accents to adhere the patterned paper to the jar lid on both sides. 

Sand the edges down so the paper fits easily into the lid ring. 

Then ink the edges of both sides with Antique Linen Distress ink. I used Glossy Accents around the inside of the rim to adhere the inner circle. Easy peasy.  
Next, fill the lids with Glossy Accents using a small paintbrush (to be totally honest I used my pinky) and then pour in Mica flakes. Shake off excess. Allow to dry. 

Trace the inner rim with Platinum Stickles. 

Using sharp detail scissors cut the "partridge in a pear tree" from the patterned paper. 

Coat the rectangles with words in Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. 

Once dry put the phrase on adhesive foam squares overlapping the left side of the rim. 

Tie a bow with the brown burlap ribbon and adhere to the top left side of the rim using hot glue. 

String the jingle bells with the twine and knot around the base of the tree. Attach the tree to the lid using hot glue. 

String the remaining twine through the back of the bow and tie a knot at the top for hanging. Attach button to center of bow using hot glue. :) 

Use hot glue to attach the wooden spool to the bottom of the ring. 

Pat yourself on the back because you're creative and amazing and have a new handmade ornament for your Christmas tree.

Here's my second version of the same basic ornament. So cute right?! :) 

Front and back view.  

Thanks for checking out my tutorial and ornament. I hope you make a couple for yourself! :) 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

12 days of ornaments

Beginning Sat. Nov 15th, The Little Blue House will be featuring a full step by step tutorial of a unique, hand-made ornaments -  A new ornament tutorial each day for 12 days in a row! I will be posting my handmade ornament Monday, November 24th.

I hope that you'll craft along with us and trim your tree in hand-made style! The supplies will be in stock at the Little Blue House for you to re-create your favorite ornaments each day! One lucky commenter will be chosen from the LBH Blog each day to take home that specific ornament!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Mother's Love State Sign

I made these as gifts this past Mother's Day and Father's Day. I LOVE how they turned out. :)

Thanks for stopping by! :) 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

School Garden Signs

Our school recently replanted the garden and my daughter and I made a few signs to go along with the garden. :)

This one was made using their school colors. :) 

We had fun making them together and it's nice to walk in the garden now and see the encouragement. :)

TX Homecoming Mum

Let me start off by saying, I'm not a native Texan.


However, I do love my home and I am married to a full-blooded Texan. You can always tell them apart by their deep TX love and swagger. :)

Loving Texas means loving highschool football and homecoming, and I do! When I was in highschool, I was introduced to homecoming mums by a friend's mother. She was aghast that I wasn't going to have a mum and took me to the (giant) craft store to buy all the trinkets to put together my first mum. I wish I still had it..

I had the privilege of putting together a homecoming mum for my niece. I snapped a few pictures to share with you.

 She's a sophomore and plays on the varsity Volleyball team. *Proud Aunt*

I know. It's funny that they sell #1 in all the school colors. Texans don't care..

Go Skeeters!

I spent a ridiculous amount of time agonizing over the top of the mum, but I was happy with it in the end.

She plays basketball too. She's tall in case you haven't guessed. :)

That's my sweet niece on the right. She's been taller than me since Jr. high. Sigh.

Bonus pic - that's her looking intense on the volleyball court. Go #3!

Have you ever made a mum? I hosted a vintage mum swap a few years back, but sadly didn't get a full picture of the mum I created. Here's the peek I took..

You can see how much prettier they are with real ribbons and fabric.

Thanks for stopping by.


Love My Pet Paw Sign

Here is some cute pet swag I made recently.

Now I just need to figure out how to make one for my rabbit.. 😬

Altered Pumpkin Swap

Last month I participated in an altered pumpkin swap. This is the pumpkin that I made for my partner. I love how it turned out..
I created a stencil and painted the words.

It's topped with three different types of vintage and chunky glass glitter. Swoon. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Boo in a Box Reveal!

It's reveal day for Boo in a Box Front Porch Kit. Yay! :) 

I wanted to start by showing you my favorite project. There was a round silver pan in the box and I knew as soon as I opened it what I wanted to do. I painted it black and turned it into a door hanger for Halloween.
Originally, I was going to make it a chalkboard that I could write messages on, but I thought that might prove too tempting to those prone to tricks on Halloween so I cut out Trick or Treat from this cute polka dot paper (polka dots are my fave!) and used the negative to cover the center of the pan. I also attached a picture of my kids to one of the included magnets and made a little sign I can use if I run out of candy. 
See the cute mesh turned into a spider web. The kit has lots of little 8 legged creatures included, but I could NOT get over my phobia and attach them. Seriously, I made my hubby dig them out of the box and take them to his class so I didn't have to see them again. *shudder* Don't judge. ;)
I also die cut some leaves from the other papers and embellished the pan with those and a straw.

I also embellished this cute acrylic treat bag. :)

I used the ghost and spooktastic stamps from the exclusive set included. The ghost is attached to wire and another ghost is glued to the back. I thought this would be such a cute gift for a coworker or teacher filled with candy.

I gathered some of the material with bling to embellish the bottom of the bag.

When I saw the magnets I thought of the blots on Frankenstein's head so I decided to create him using a mason jar. :) The eyes for both jars come from the chipboard alphabet included. I also used some of the leaves I diecut to dress up the inside of the jars. I wanted to include shredded black cardstock, but my shredder gave out seconds before I could put anything into it so I improvised and died some paper I had already shredded black to stuff the jars. These would make such cute gifts stuffed with candy. The eyebrows and scar are cut from the cardstock and the stitched mouth is cut from the skeleton. :)

A card to give with some of those candy treats being passed around in October. :) I cut out two moons and stitched a smaller moon to the top card.
These pictures are from a fall photo mini and my kids were rotten! lol They were eating the props and running from the photographer. At the time, I was upset, but now it makes me laugh because she really captured the essence of that age. :)

I  covered the layout in paint drips and dots of Glossy Accents to add a bit more texture and color.
Cute banner with layered stars, pumpkins, and sequins.

I thought the zigzag stitching was a nice touch. :) Meow!

The gold and green sequins reminded me of falling  and changing leaves. :)
I loved the curve of the bats in the kit and decided to stitch them to bring out the roundness of this layout.

Okay, more tomorrow.

"Boo in a Box" Front Porch Kit: $39.95 with a BOO BONUS--- This kit includes a custom-designed Stamp Set by Reverse Confetti...It's too cute to Spook!!!

Another BOO BONUS--- You will receive a “Boo in a BoxBluePrint Guide, sent via email, which includes Step by Step Instructions and Photos on 6 incredible projects!

You can purchase online, over the phone, or at the LBH.

Be sure to check out the other designer's blogs to see what they did with their kits. :)

Tracy Pounds

Check back tomorrow! :) 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Boo in a Box - FPK Sneak 3

One more day until the reveal! :) Today's sneak peek is a real treat. :) 

Here are the links to the other FPK blogs:
Be sure to visit them to see their Project Peeks!

Pre-orders are available and the full kit reveal is Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Would you like to WIN a FREE Boo in a Box Kit? Hop over to the Little Blue House Blog. :) 
Excited to show you more soon. :) 



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