Friday, November 16, 2007

This was Wreathy Fun!

Before I get to tonight's project, a bit of housekeeping-- I want to answer some of the questions that you all asked about the mailbox I posted earlier this week. The "blanket" of snow on the mailbox is a piece of 3x5.5" piece of shimmery white card stock cut freehand into icicle shapes and adhered to the mailbox with sticky strip. I also covered all the edges with dazzling diamonds glitter using 2 way glue and drew snow "swirls" on the solid part of the "blanket" with the 2 way glue.

And the source for the mailbox is target, but unfortunately these were only available last February so there really is no source for these now. I believe Michael's might have some wooden mailboxes but I'm not sure how the dimensions of those would compare to the Target mailbox.

Also, I know I haven't posted vacation pictures in a while. Last night I could not because blogger was not cooperating. Tonight I can't because I'm short on time. I have to go to bed soon because tomorrow I will be helping at the Itasca Community Library holiday bazaar. My friend Jen will be the Stampin' Up! vendor so I'll get to see her in action -- good inspiration for my own craft fair coming up in the beginning of December. If you live in the area and want to stop by to say hello, the bazaar this year is in the Itasca Village Hall (the library, our normal venue, is short of space due to some remodeling) right next to the fire department and police station on Irving Park Road, and will be open tomorrow, Saturday, from 10-4. In addition to the vendors we will aslo have a "better" used book sale -- like-new books donated by generous library patrons that could easily be used as gifts!

And now for tonight's project - it's a wreath! And for once I can honestly say that I came up with this idea all on my own, though as you can see in the second picture I did have inspiration from the Season of Joy card designed by Alicia W.

The other day I was looking for something when I came across my pack of On Board Ginormous Pieces chipboard assortment. In the assortment I saw a chipboard ring, and I wondered what I would ever do with this particular piece. And then it hit me -- it's a perfect wreath base! I remembered the Season of Joy card where I used the flower to make the wreath "greenery" and my mind immediately jumped to the five petal flower punch, which would be exactly the right scale for the wreath. And the rest, as they say, was history.

Basically all I did was layer three different colors of flowers around the chipboard ring. When that was done I added some mini glue dots and covered them in romantic red glitter to look like glittery berries. I then wrapped some gold cord all around and added a wide grosgrain ribbon. And it turned out pretty much the way I imagined it would!

Recipe for the wreath project:

Stamps: none

Ink: none

Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Certainly Celery

Accessories: five petal flower punch, wide real red grosgrain, gold elastic cord, mini glue dots, romantic red stamping glitter, On Board Ginormous Pieces.

So what do you think? I think it's so cute and fun! I especially like the glue dot glitter "berries" and the gold cord garland. I photographed it next to the inspiration card to give you an idea of size. It's not huge, but it is large enough to be promenent when hung up in a smaller space like a hallway or a powder room or amybe even off the backs of chairs at Christmas diner, with the wreath serving as a party favor? The possibilities are endless.


dd2njoy said...

Oh Diane this is absolutely beautiful!!! It's a wonderful idea and like you say it's an endless project you can use for soooo many things,you're brilliant girl! TFS!!

ktstamps said...

Great project...I want to try this! My question is how did she make the wreath on the card? I have seen this but I don't know how to do it? Please help! kt

Sue Duffy said...

Fantastic, Diane! I'm just getting ready to try the coasters Noel, and now this! LOL TFS

Juliann said...

OK hands down FABULOSO!!! Send this one in...FAST!!! FASTER!!! Overnight it!!! Also I am glad you also took a picture of it next to a card, because I was wondering where you got that HUGE punch!!! I thought it was much bigger!!! Did I mention this is fab!?!?!?!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

This is super. Great idea.

Anonymous said...

Just too darn cute--You are one very talented gal!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!! love it love it! Diane- you are so creative. The coasters are a great idea too! I think the wreath would make a nice candle ring as well..

thanks for sharing!

tyrymom29 said...

LOVE this ....LOVE your ideas !!! this is really amazing!!

Kittie said...

Diane, This is an adorable project and I love that you used the flower punch for your evergreen layers. What a clever idea and really fun project. Thanks for sharing this idea. I grew up in my mother's flower shop and wreath making is one of my favorite things to do. This will be a fun project to try.

Tammy H. said...

So cute and ingenious! Makes me want to buy the flower punch. I am a punch addict and love showing customers how they can use them in many different ways. This is wonderful! Your projects and cards are lovely!

JenniferL. said...

The wreath is great. I might have to get that flower punch now.