Distress Photo Canvas Project

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I found this project on Pinterest, it was originally a blog post from http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2010/03/distressed-picture-canvases.html. I was a bit apprehensive because I love to try projects, but they don’t always have the best outcome. But, this one was an exception and became my Christmas gifts this year!

I changed a few things as I went along, like using Mod Podge for the final coat at the end instead of the acrylic gel medium because I didn’t like how I could see a faint outline of the photo paper when I coated it in the gel medium.

You will need a canvas, a photo printed on cheap printer paper & printed with laser ink. You will also need acrylic gel medium, a foam brush,  bottle of water, and a credit card (or similar) to smooth out the paper. I went a little bit overboard with my pics, cutting out the people & flipping them so they turned out the right way around on the canvas.  I hope you get to try this project!

Hot Chocolate Snowman with Mini Top Hat Instructions

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I saw this fun idea on Pinterest for a hot chocolate snowman. They suggested using baby food jars, but I don’t have any, so I used jelly jars. Ok, so my snowman is skinny :), but it works. I had to experiment for a bit to come up with a top hat, and then I added a scarf, buttons and a face to dress him up a bit. He has no arms, I wanted to be able to transport my snowmen without being afraid of losing limbs here and there along the way.

The top hat isn’t perfect, but it’s a quick solution to dress the little guy up a bit, and it’s easy too!

Fast & Easy Handmade Christmas Card

This card is super simple and fast to make! I used a 3″ x 4″ red piece of cardstock, then cut a piece of Christmas patterned paper slightly smaller to mat onto the red. Then used ribbon, a Christmas greeting stamp with red ink and adhesive pearls to finish this card.

Christmas Wreath Handmade Card

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My friend Beci, forever creative :), made a card last year with a cute Christmas wreath made from flowers that she punched from glitter paper. So I did my own take on her project this week. She actually used the Flower Power Punch, which has a bit of a more rounded petal on the flowers, and with the glitter paper she used, it didn’t need any extras to brighten it up.

Since my punchies were made from pearl paper, I added a few extras like Silver Stickles in the centers of my flowers, but it would look neat too with little gemstones like crystals or pearls in the centers. The greeting can of course be stamped and embossed, but if you were making a whole bunch, sometimes it’s easier to use a peel-off sticker greeting to speed up your cardmaking. This card took just a few minutes to make, so it works well if you’re late getting started on cards this year (ahem….like me!!).

Folded Paper Star Christmas Ornament

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My friend Beci sent me a couple of ornaments in the mail last week, and they’re so fun, I decided to show you how to make them :). The very best thing is, they fold up into a tiny 1.5″ square, so you can store them away neatly without messing them up!

I used double-sided cardstock this time around, and I think it added a neat touch because you can see both designs as the ornament hangs on the tree. My paper of choice was a lovely one from Simple Stories, called “Handcrafted“. It has a quilt design on one side and a red plaid design on the other.

All you need are:

5 – 3″ paper squares

2 – 1.5″ paper squares

2- 5″ – 6” pieces of narrow ribbon

1- 2 hole  small button

adhesive

This project is much easier to see than to write the instructions, so follow along below as I show you how I made my ornament.