With not much time to do any crafting at all this last fortnight and, also, having little motivation to do anything other than sleep and be still and sad by myself, I was struggling to get anything else finished for a design team project. I was coming up blank as far as ideas go and I didn’t want to just hand in another batch of cards. So, one day at work, during an extremely dull desk shift, I explored the various craft blogs available on the ‘net for inspiration. I struck gold with One Pretty Thing. If you haven’t checked it out before, do yourself a favour and have a look. It lists hundreds of DIY craft tutorials from lots of different craft sites and blogs. Very easy to navigate through and I found sooooo many things I wanna make when I have some free time.
I came across a beautiful Christmas wreath decorated with paper “flags” at The Hybrid Chick. I decided that was just the inspiration I needed to use up the papers I had left from my latest design team pack and to make something pretty and easy to make. I won’t give the steps in detail here as I would encourage you to go to the blogs mentioned but, basically, it’s just a case of cutting out lots of little flags with a “v” shaped end and gluing them to a wreath. I also distressed the edges with a bit of ink and also rubbed some glitter glue over the completed piece. I don’t know why I am using glitter a lot all of a sudden – normally I can’t stand it…but I’m only applying little amounts and it is coming up to Christmas after all… I was quite pleased with the finished project – at least I have something else to hand in now.
And where did I find my little wreath to start with? Aha! Well, yet another lovely blog gave me the directions for making my own paper wreath! Yes, indeedy, I made my own little paper wreath with simple instructions from Michele Made Me. I had a strip of brown paper, wetted it, folded in the raw edges and then twisted the paper carefully, wrapping it around a cup as I went and then folding the ends under. Then I microwaved it for two minutes on high and voila! a lovely little wreath that is surprisingly strong and sturdy for this kind of craft. I’m always so happy when something works out, first go. Please go to Michele’s site for full instructions.
So I think I’m done for this month’s design team requirements. I’ve been so busy with helping Mum sort out the house ready for moving and I’ve had a stay in hospital myself (nothing terrible but still took up valuable time!) and of course there’s pesky work. So I haven’t done a lot of crafting but at least I’ve done something. My craft room once again looks like something exploded in there but I’ll try and get that tidied up for the weekend.
Hope your weekend is happy and relaxing (or exciting and fast-paced if you prefer it that way!) Please do visit the blogs/sites mentioned – they’re pretty cool 🙂