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I can do that! Christmas Crafts

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Let me start by saying that I’m not a craftsperson at all. Not. at. all.
Glue and me don’t go well together, when using scissors the image ends up crooked, I can’t tie tiny knots or bows – my fingers just refuse to do what they should do.. in short: I’m NOT a crafter.
But… when I see all the gorgeous creations and projects at Pinterest, I’m swept away and start pinning like crazy. “Must save”, “will do this one day”, “ohh nice for this coming holiday” and the sad thing is, I truly believe that what I will create (if I ever get to do that) is as beautiful or even better than the original…

You can all stop laughing now, I am dead serious :p

In the past months I actually did some craft projects and I am happy with the results. Maybe that made me overconfident, I don’t know, but I’ve discovered several projects on Pinterest that made me think: Hmm… I can do that.. and I truly believe I can, cross-my-heart-honest!

So to keep track of them I’ve put them together. As a reminder to myself and maybe a guideline for all of you who think: I will never get that done. Stop thinking like that, if *I* can do it, you can do it to!

I can do that

1) Gorgeous wreath made of 3D paper stars, designed by Little Birdie Secrets. With the very clear step by step photo tutorial, we will succeed!

2) Not too long ago I bought a bunch of spools, so when I saw the Spool Tree designed by Julie Bonner and featured at s·e·i LIFESTYLE I thought: I can do that. No tutorial but it’s a matter of glue and paper (uh-oh dangerous :D), I can do that!

3) These gorgeous cones come from a Hungarian Blog. I don’t know about you, but my Hungarian is a bit rusty. Seriously though, the pics speak for themselves. Brilliant idea, thanks Lavender Girl at Kifli és levendula.

4) This beautiful Christmas Sampler comes from Lynette at My Creative Affair. The fun thing is that I can look at this for inspiration, but all the images will be different. Finally a way of using all those bought-because-there-will-come-an-occasion-to-use-it scrap supplies.

5) There was a time – BC (before computer) – when I used to cross-stitch a lot. This one combines my love for cross-stitching and Christmas. I can cross-stitch, so that’s not the problem, now to find time! Great free pattern by Kissy at Kissy Cross.

6) What can I say, I love wreaths! This one from Kristin’s Kraft Korner is so festive. Looks like a lot of work – and I mean A LOT – but even if mine will look half as great as this one, it’ll be worth it.

7) I’m adding this one because we’ve actually made some of these already :) Hubby had to cut some branches from a tree in our front garden and we claimed the branches, let them dry and then hubby cut them up in slices. We did the decorating with sharpies and paint. Hope to share some photos before it’s 2015. Head over to Amy Christie’s Blog ‘This heart of mine‘.

8) Great project for leftover scrapbook paper and embellishments. These initials come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s something for everyone. Use different papers for different occasions. Project by Amy at Mod Podge Rocks.

9) Another clever project for those leftover scrap-thingies. Good argument to use: No honey, I’m not buying more craftsupplies, I can use what I already have :) Vicky at Blush Crafts created these paper baubles. Timeconsuming? Possibly, but look at the results!!

10) These mini wreaths are soooo cute! Could be done by kids too, I’m sure. So that’s a family project for the upcoming cold Winter nights! With a Blog titled: Smile Like You Mean It (each and every day) you can’t go wrong! Thanks Katie.

11) Ahhhh, The Golden Snitch! I fell in love, the second I saw it. Being a HUGE Harry Potter fan I had to include this one. Getting cold feet about my ability to recreate this but I MUST give it a try. Visit Gabriella at Tiny Apartment Crafts for a photo tutorial.

12) Melissa at Honeybee Vintage hits the nail on the head with this cuter than cute Minnie Mouse ornament. Who doesn’t love Disney? We actually bought all the materials already… (Apologies to the hubby, I HAD to buy these :D)

13) Beautiful Christmas Box by Beth Quinn Designs. I’m using this as inspiration, have to search my supplies to see what I can use.

Phew, long Blogpost, but that’s to make up for the time I am MIA.

For more crafting inspiration, check out my Pinterest Boards.

Happy Crafting!

MH17

It started with a single flower in front of Departure 3 at Schiphol, but it’s a sea of flowers, cards, stuffed toys, pictures and letters now and it keeps growing and growing every day. We stopped by when we picked up Sabine from the airport and – while it’s impressive to see on TV or a picture – the real thing takes your breath away. It’s massive and the sweet scents of the flowers are a strong contradiction to the atmosphere of sadness. In the middle of the hustle and bustle that goes on at a busy airport, it’s a quiet place where people come to pay their respect. Wasn’t a happy moment, but I’m glad I decided to go.

Flowers Schiphol

Ever since the crash I’ve felt so much pain inside, I guess the whole country did. The crowd was up to 7 rows deep when the funeral cars travelled from the airport to Hilversum, where a team of experts will try to identify each victim.
Just a few hours ago there was a newsreport that the first person was identified. It’s a male, Dutch, and his family and mayor of his hometown have been notified. One… so many more to go. It might take months before everyone is identified and maybe not every coffin will get a name attached to it, as some bodies were destroyed due to the explosion. So much pain and sadness, so many families mourning, so many futures forced to a halt and because of what? Senseless!!

Today was the memorial service for Inge en Gijs, the couple from our village. They were a happy, funloving couple and had many friends. In fact, someone said: it was impossible not to like them, they were the life of every party and managed to attract people to them, charismatic, open, social, loving life.

May they rest in peace and may their family and friends find a way to cope with this huge loss.

I LOVE London

As promised, here is the second sign I decorated.

LONDON

When I saw the blank sign in the shop I decided to decorate it for Valentine’s Day… but then I thought: What do I love most (apart from family and furbabies)… LONDON of course.
Finally a chance to use the Portobello Road collection from Papermania. I love the papers, buttons, bows and, oh… everything in this collection! I also bought the stamps, but couldn’t use them on the sign, so now I have to create a scrapbook layout as well, these items are too cute not to use! :)

If you missed my previous post, check the HOME SIGN post for instructions on how to decorate a sign (I’m no expert, so it’s only MY way of doing it!).

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loveO

 

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All in all, I’m over the moon with how it turned out. Bonus: a sign I can keep for myself and not give away :D

 

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Feeling artsy

For years I wanted to do something artsy, and I mean using my hands and not on the computer.
Glue and me don’t go together though, so I’ve started many projects only to abandon them in different stages of construction. Many different stages, but never finished!

When I stumbled upon the cutest signs at a store (the equivalent of the dollar store, I suppose) I knew this was it.. now or never.. so I bought them and started fumbling.
It certainly was trial and error, but I’ve learned from my mistakes and am really happy with the results. More signs are being worked on, hoping to show them off soon :)

Crafting

These are some of the things I used for the signs. You can pick whatever (scrapbooking)paper you have. If you’re like me, your supplies are more than enough for loads of signs :)

Supplies I used:

    Paintbrushes (small and large)
    Scrapbook paper
    Scissors and hobby knife
    Glue dots
    Adhesive tape
    Mod Podge (I used Matte)
    Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
    Ink blending tool
    Sanding paper

Embellishments

    Flowers
    Lace
    Hearts
    Ribbon
    Little bows
    Buttons
    anything from your supplies that looks good :)

First I painted the sign white. Used the small brush to get into the tiny spots that needed covering and the large brush on the front and back, so you get even strokes.
You don’t have to paint the front, but I wanted to make sure that – if by accident the paper wouldn’t cover the sign completely – you would still see a white sign and not the original brown.

Let it dry completely. Although the paint I used seemed to dry very quickly, I wanted to be sure it was really dry before I started adding things.

The second hardest part: deciding which paper(s) to use.
You could cover the complete sign with only one paper, but I wanted to do the letters seperately.
For the sign in the pics I used one paper, but cut the letters one by one, making sure that the pattern was not connecting to the next letter.
I’m now working on another sign for which I’ve used two sorts of paper, the colours match but the pattern is different. Or you can go wild and use a totally different paper for each letter.
It’s up to you, it’s YOUR masterpiece you’re creating :)

The hardest part: tracing the letters and cutting them out. So many tiny curves and twists, this wasn’t crafty as I imagined, this was a chore!!! This was the point where I wished for an ‘undo’ button!
I used sanding paper to smoothen the edges of the paper (to get rid of any cutting marks) and at the same time roughen up the edges to give it the ‘old paper’ look. Then I inked the edges with the distress ink.
Once that is done, the fun part begins!

Cover the sign with Mod Podge and stick the paper to the letters. Not pressing too hard at first, so you can still reposition the paper until you’re satisfied.
Once that is completely dried, cover everything with Mod Podge again, thus protecting the paper.
Then look at your embellishment supplies and start putting items on your sign – don’t attach them yet, just put them on, change positions, turn them a bit to the left or the right, add another item and fiddle along until you like what you see.
Then you can use the glue dots, adhesive tape, glue or Mod Podge to attach them to the sign.

Et voila:

Crafty

A gift for a dear friend of mine :)

Craft detail

Craft detail

Craft detail

The tiny roses in the last pic were white, I’ve used Distress Ink (Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet) to colour them.

HOME

I’m now working on the ‘Love’ sign. Thought that was appropriate with Valentine’s Day on the way, but then I thought of something totally different. Brilliant, even if I say so myself :D Almost finished, just need to add the finishing touches.
Watch this space!

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