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PostHeaderIcon Dahlia Christmas Wreath

Many of you may remember DT Rébecca’s article (here) of her beautiful Halloween Wreath.
Well I decided that I would try it myself using Christmas papers and this was the result:

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After completion I realized how much it looks like a dahlia flower and this is the reason for the title of this article.

For anyone who may be thinking that this is a difficult wreath to make or perhaps time consuming, I can reassure you it was very simple.

Materials needed:
-cardboard
-scissors
-double-sided papers
-glue gun
-ribbon

Instructions:
Cut a circle (approx. 16 cm wide) from the cardboard. I traced my circle from a plate.
Cut double sided papers in approximately 15×15 cm squares. I used a 6″x6″ paper pad (details on the bottom) so little cutting was necessary. I didn’t count exactly how many squares were used but I think there are approx. 40 squares in this wreath.
Each square is rolled into cone shapes and glued shut with a glue gun.
Glue down each cone (with the glue gun) beginning on the outer edge of the cardboard circle. Be sure to glue down with a tiny space between each one.
Continue with the next layer inwards by gluing down the cones between the ones from the outer layer before.
The following layer is done in the exact same way.
By the fourth layer you will be in the center of the wreath. There you will glue the cones down to fill in the spaces.
Attach a ribbon on the back of the circle to hang the wreath.

As you can see, this wreath can be created using Halloween papers as Rebecca did, or Christmas papers or just about any colour or theme for any occasion. Give it a try and let us know how it worked out for you, or feel free to forward a photo of your creation. We would love to see them!!

On this note, all of us here at Scrap Mania wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014!
Alessia xo

Materials used:
- Echo Park – Very Merry 6×6 Paper Pad
- i-bond Glue Gun
- Creative Ribbon – White Organza

PostHeaderIcon Butterfly Wreath

hi everyone!!

Today I wanted to share a wreathe I made with butterfly die-cuts punched from cardstock with the EK Success Butterfly Punch (#54-30074).
This was so simple I had to show everyone how easy it can be to create something original.

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Basically you need a wreath, a butterfly punch and Bazzill cardstock or even patterned papers would be nice but I wanted to keep it monotone.
The vine wreath is available at most hobby stores and/or florist shops…especially at this time of the year. I decided on a smaller wreath (approximately 20 cm) as it was my first time attempting this and I wanted to be sure it could be done.
Keep in mind that instead of a vine wreath, one could always use a styrofoam wreath which can be found year round.
With this size wreath 3 sheets of Bazzill cardstock (30×30 cm) was more than enough. If  you prefer to make it fuller or perhaps cover more of the sides, then another sheet or two of cardstock would be sufficient.

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To glue down the butterflies I used a glue gun (i-Bond) as it makes easier to glue down many butterflies at once and it’s very resistant especially if using a vine wreath like I did.
As you get to the upper layers of the wreath it’s best to fold up the wings of the butterflies to give it that fuller effect. And don’t forget to glue down the butterflies in different directions.

It’s almost as if the wreath is made of flowers rather than butterflies!!!
I imagine this would look extremely pretty if using autumn colours (oranges, browns, yellows) or at Christmas time with reds and greens, or even silver and gold. Add some glitter or ribbons and you could have something very CHIC!!!

Please let us know if you have questions or if you’d like to share your attempt at this project.
♥Alessia♥

 

PostHeaderIcon My Heart FULL of Love!

I realize that Valentine’s has come and gone but I wanted to share one last card.
I actually made this for my ‘sweetheart’ and didn’t post it earlier just so he wouldn’t see it.

It’s alot of little (felt) hearts envelopped in one big heart pocket. 
This heart pocket is so simple to make and I thought that in other colours it might work for other occasions too.  For example an elegant black and white (envelope) heart with two other hearts on the inside with some rhinestone bling or pearls might be nice for a wedding card.

To make the heart envelope you will need to cut out one large heart and two circles: 

My heart was approximately 12×12 cm and the two circles are 7 cm.  You will need to score and fold the two circles and wrap them around the base of the heart (overlapping them).  I drew the heart free-hand and used a punch for the circles. Once they are glued down you can distress the edges to give it some depth and shadow.

Materials used:
- Bazzill cardstock
- Love Story paper by Fancy Pants (fp1412)
- Head Over Heels paper by Lily Bee (hhp157)
- Pink Satin ribbon (fzcr01-2)
- Victorian Velvet Distress Ink (dis27195)
- Felt Hearts (dr704843)

Please let me know if you try this envelope-heart yourselves.
♥Alessia♥

PostHeaderIcon Wishing You a ‘Love’-ly Valentine’s Day

Here are a few quick ideas for cards. I’ve kept them clean and simple and because I  l.o.v.e  white on white I’ve decided to show how tone on tone could work.

With the first card I’ve punched out a heart through both layers and on the inside attached a red dotted heart that peeps through to give it some colour. Since tone on tone works best with some kind of texture I’ve embossed the top layer in dots to keep in harmony with the red heart. A bow on the top gives it that little added “punch”.
 
 
 
For the second card I’ve done exactly the same and carried the stripe theme (from the inside wood embellishment) through to the top of the card by embossing with stripes. Rather than a bow I’ve just knotted a little twine around the front.
 
 
 A little ‘xoxo’ message is stamped on the inside of each card.
 
For those of you not fond of wood embellishments or anything too bulky I’ve created another card – by altering the striped card above. Rather than the wood heart on the inside, I’ve bordered the outside heart with one punched from red cardstock. This will keep the card flat and easier to mail. Between the two outside layers I’ve slipped a little stamped ‘I love You’ message.
 
 
Anyone who has been reading our posts may remember that during the holidays I mentioned red on kraft was a great colour combination. So why use it only at Christmas? Valentine’s is also the perfect time for this colour mix. And something about red felt on kraft cardstock seems to also be a great mix of materials. Add a little twine and a few clothespins and there you have it. Some twine wrapped around the front of the card with little embellishments clipped to the front will take no time and make for a pretty card. The little tag was part of the Love Story 6×6 Paper Pack by Fancy Pants. The ‘LOVE’ message was stamped.
 
 
The last card features the stamp Little Peeps Heart by Stamping Bella coloured with Pro Markers. It has been circle cut and another heart mounted over top with 3D foam dots. The front of the card was cut shorter than the back so that the colourful hearts border on the base would show through. A bit of stickles around the red heart and a small rhinestone in Peep’s hair gives it a little bling. A red bow ties it all together.
 
 
I hope that you like these and perhaps have been given a little inspiration. With some imagination almost all of these can be altered for another occasion (a marriage, a birthday, for a friend etc).
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
♥Alessia♥
 

PostHeaderIcon Valentine Pillow Box

Here’s a quick Valentine’s pillow box made with some adorable Bo Bunny cardstock.
The actual box took 5 minutes to make.  Decorating it took the longest.

Of course these can be made for any occasion and decorated accordingly. 

A cute idea for those small gifts.

 

I’ll have a template available here in the next few days for anyone interested in making their own boxes.

♥Alessia♥

 

PostHeaderIcon Valentine Play on Words

After reading Barbara’s comment on my last blog entry I thought there are so many ‘play on words’ that I could incorporate in my creations – particularly with a Valentine theme.

So this is what I came up with:
YOU’RE TWEET
BEE MINE
YOU’RE SEW AWESOME


(I had a bit of a smudge on the stamp « you’re ». They say that the small imperfections are what make hand creations extra special ;) . )

I hope you like them.  Any questions or comments are always welcome :)

Materials used:
- various Bazzill cardstocks
- all papers & tag - Fancy Pants Love Story (fp-1412)
- Doodlebug Lady Bug Twine (doo-2988)
- Darice Pearlized Pins (38025)
- Be Mine Stamp (dcrs97a-9)
- You’re Awesome Stamp (smrs02-10)
- Designer Woodgrain Stamp Block (s5208)
- Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper (70904-6)
- EK Success Layering Heart Punch (54-90008)
- Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch (5646)
- Paper Piercer Tool (dcbs29)
- Spellbinders Bird Shapeabilities (S4-160)
- American Crafts Hardcover Thickers (ac-53135)
- Lily Bee Head Over Heels Alphabet Stickers (hhs159)
- My Mind’s Eye Out of the Blue Alphabet (LT1101)
- Alphabet Soup Girl Die-cuts (as1026)
- Glitter Hearts (DR3010836)
- Black Pearls (br911-black)
- 3D Dots – Foam Squares (spaf/ps)
- Tombow Mono Multi Glue (52190)
- Martha Stewart Sugar Cube Embossing Powder (40-35001)

♥Alessia♥

PostHeaderIcon There’s…

There’s something about Valentine’s Day that I’ve always loved. Not so much the holiday per se but the hearts.
Yes, I love hearts.  When I was a kid, I doodled them, scribbled them and drew them everywhere….even when I wasn’t in love.  As I got older I drew them around the initials of the boy I liked and as an adult I loved them in jewellery (pendants, bracelets etc).

So needless to say when this holiday comes around I get excited that I can include them in my creations…particularly cards because you can give them away.  They don’t just have to be for your husband/boyfriend…they can be for your friends, for your parents and other family members.
Growing up in Canada we gave little cards (handmade or bought) to ALL our classmates!! That was just the tradition.
All in all it’s cute and can be a lot of fun.

As for these two cards I made here – they actually only took a few minutes to make.  Easy easy.
When I put this embossing folder of the tree in our online boutique, my mind quickly went to the idea of falling hearts.  Falling hearts made me think of the phrases ‘falling in love‘ or ‘falling for you‘…and this is how these cards came to be.

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Materials used:
- Bazzill cardstock
- Embossing Folder – Tree with Leaves (DARICE-1215-50)
- Martha Stewart Punch – Heart Confetti (M283049)
- Doodlebug Twine – Ladybug (DOO-2988)
- Lily Bee – Head Over Heels Alphabet Stickers (HHS159)
- EK Success – Foam Discs (SPAF/PD)
- Ranger – Glossy Accents (ran27898)

With this I think I may be posting a few more because this is my chance to work with all those hearts I love so much
♥Alessia♥

PostHeaderIcon Two Things Forgotten !

Hello everyone! Hope all is well and that the start of this new year has been a good one for you!  It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of this first month already. Where does the time go????

With this I realized today that in this month I’ve forgotten a couple of posts.

First and foremost, let’s start with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY (JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE, BUON COMPLEANNO &  HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH ZUM GEBURTSTAG) to our girl Isabelle!!  I know it has been well over a week since your birthday Isabelle but we hope that you had a great one and that you were treated like a QUEEN.  May all your dreams and wishes come true…from all of us at Scrap Mania!!

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Secondly, I wanted to show everyone a (fridge) calendar that I made…actually I made two.  While I like to have a calendar handy in the kitchen, I don’t really like too much hanging on my fridge door so I decided to make a miniature version (9×15 cm) that I could keep on there.
Although they’re both made with chipboard, I decided to cover the second with paper and go for a black and white theme (using the same stickers I used on these in December). Something about black and white has always been one of my favourites :)
The actual calendar pages were printed on the computer and then attached with a staple. And on the back a piece of magnetic tape was attached. Simple!
While we’re only a week away from February (already) it’s never too late to make these.  For those who prefer something over their desk you could even use an eyelet at the top and hang it on your corkboard.  The possibilities are endless.

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Materials used:
-Chipboard (CB-14087)
-Bazzill cardstocks
-Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch (M284006)
-Nestabilities Dies (s4-161 & S4-110)
-Crop-a-Dile Corner Rounder (70904-6)
-Chocolate Alphabet (dcas11)
-Holly Jolly Brads (HJ20020)
-Fancy Pants Love Story Paper (fp-1412)
-Bling – Mini Jewels Set
-Chic Glamour Stamp Set (har-56003)
-Embossing Powder
-Magnetic Tape (dr-12349)
-3D Dots (SPAF/PD)

Have a wonderful day everyone.
Alessia

PostHeaderIcon Last Minute Christmas Ideas

Here are a couple of last minute ideas for Christmas.

Are you wondering how to wrap that gift bottle? or what kind of tag/card to attach to it? Here’s an idea that can be easily be made at home to suit any taste or match any Christmas theme.
Take a regular piece of cardstock as long as you like (3/4 the length of the bottle is perfect), punch a hole at the top and score just below the hole.  The scoring will help keep the tag in place close to the bottle.  Decorate as you please and slip over the top of the bottle.
Here I’ve gone with a black and white theme but this can be done for any occasion including Christmas.
In doing this, you’ll have a label/tag/card and you won’t even need to wrap the bottle.
Very easy!!!!

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And how about a little gift that will ‘warm’ the heart?
This combination of goods includes everything necessary to make a yummy cup of hot chocolate.
Pour some chocolate powder into a plastic bag, add marshmallows (guimauves, in french) and staple shut. I’ve also attached a small whisk at the top using some ribbon.
Decorate the outside with anything you like (papers, thicker alphabets, stickers, bling etc.) and add a message to the back like the one I generated on my pc.
If using a smaller bag of chocolate this can even be inserted into a large cup as part of the gift.
Such a sweet idea and deliciousssssssssss too!!!

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Good luck everyone with your last minute Christmas preparations!
Alessia

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon 12 Days of Christmas – Cards 11 & 12

Well there we have it for now…the 12 Days of Christmas Card Series is complete.

For these two last cards I made a pocket card and a simple kraft card featuring a wreath made of punched branches and stickles for the berries.

In the second photo you will see how the pocket was formed and the card that was inserted in through the back. It’s best to use double sided cardstock for this pocket. The edge of the front of the pocket was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and a small ribbon and snowflake brad were added to finish it off. The top of the white card has a few embellishments to keep it from falling into the pocket.

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Alessia

 

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