Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's Christmas Time!

(warning: this post is image heavy)

I love Christmas. Totally. Completely. Love it. I love shopping for people and finding that perfect gift and seeing their faces when they open it. I love decorating my house and just sitting there for hours staring at my tree. And by the way, I also love my tree. Last year I put up a new tree and bought all new ornaments for it and I'm so in love with it.

My husband bought me those candle ornaments last year and I wasn't sure I was going to like them, but I put them on the tree anyway. And guess what. I love them! No surprise there. Every year I complain when we put the tree up and I have to sit there and arrange all the branches, but it's so totally worth it. I still have a few decorations to put up inside, and we haven't done anything outside, but just the tree is really all I need.

I'm so in the Christmas mode and that puts me into craft mode. I love making personalized gifts to give to people. And there is no better place to find gift ideas than Pinterest. If you haven't signed up you need to. I'm so addicted to this sight. For some reason you have to have an invitation to sign-up, but that's easy to get. You can ask the sight for an invitation (it took me a day or 2 to get mine), or if you send me an email I can send you an invite.

I've made a few crafts so far that were pinterest inspired and a few that weren't. I don't have pictures of all of them yet, but I'll share what I have. We celebrated Christmas with my SIL over the weekend so these are the things I made for her. Here is the first one.  The first picture is the pinterest inspiration and the second is my version of it.

This is so easy to do.

6x6 textured tile
scrapbook paper
mod podge

Go to your local home improvement store and buy textured tiles. At Lowe's they were only .88 apiece and they had them in 2 shades of brown/beige in 6x6 tiles. Next I decided on the picture and the scrapbook paper I wanted to use. The scrapbook paper I cut to 5x5 and rounded the corners. I also frayed the edges a little. The photo I usually cut to 4x4 I believe, but you can cut to any size you want of course. This one is smaller because the original was small.

What I did was cover the tile with a nice layer of mod podge and placed the scrapbook paper in the tile. I made it kind of thick because I didn't want it to dry too fast for me to make any adjustments to the paper once I put it on. And you can see it still dried a little too fast for me to get it completely centered. I went ahead and placed the photo on top and put some more mod podge over that, but I would suggest you wait until the first layer has dried, apply more mod podge and the picture then mod podge over that, or the scrapbook paper can start to bunch and crinkle.

The little note I added to mine was just something I printed out on the computer and added. Again, you probably want to wait until the previous layer dries before adding anything else. You also need to go sparingly on the first coat of mod podge on any computer printed elements you add because the mod podge can cause the ink to smear if you're not careful. After the first coat dries you can add more if you want without worrying about smearing. You can always add more layers of mod podge to the top of everything for more protection if you want. Just make sure it gets a chance to dry between each one. You could actually layer it pretty thick this way and make the front completely smooth. You could also spray a coat of sealer or varnish to finish it off. Just remember that the more humid it is the longer it will take to dry. I tied a coordinating ribbon around the tile just to finish it off.

I made this tile for my SIL. She already had the stand so I didn't have to provide that. The picture is of her and her husband who passed away last year. You can't see his face in this picture, but I thought it was perfect just because you can see all the love she has for him in her face.

I'm making one for my brother and his girlfriend, too, but it's not done yet. Once it is I'll share that one with you and their unique story.

This is another gift I gave her. The first picture is the pinterest inspired one and the second one is mine.

The pinterest picture is actually embroidered, but it was still the inspiration for the frames I made.

Empty frames
notebook paper (regular or computer generated)
dry erase markers

I already had all the supplies lying around the house so I didn't have to buy anything to complete this one. The frames I bought at wal.mart a while back. I bought some for another project and bought extra just because. Good thing I did. I thing I paid about $3 apiece for these. I'm pretty sure I've bought some cheaper at other places, but I like these for this purpose and I'll tell you why.  The frames I bought at Hobby Lob.by for my Halloween project were just unfinished wood frames. So they took paint very nicely. I wanted to be able to see the wood through the paint on these frames. The frames from wal.mart had a finish on them and were shiny so when I painted them the paint didn't adhere as well as the unfinished ones. I hope that made sense.

I just lightly painted the frames in the colors that I chose. Remember, I wanted to see the wood through the frames. Once the paint dried I lightly sanded the raised areas and edges. This picture gives you a closer look at the frames so you can get an idea of what I was going for.

On the smaller frame I cut a piece of notebook paper to the size I needed and crumpled it some just to give it a little more depth. On the green frame I had to create my own notebook paper look on the computer because the regular notebook paper wasn't large enough for the frame (8x10). The blue one I made for my house so G and I can leave notes for each other and the green one is the one I gave to my SIL. I made hers larger because she is always having to leave herself notes and reminders for things and I thought this would be a cute way for her to keep them together in one place and it's a lot easier for her to locate and see.

This last one was not pinterest inspired, but something I've been wanting to do for quite a while.

I bought this shadow box at Family Dollar back around April for $10. I was going to make something for my sister, but never got around to it. The flowers and words are rub on transfers that I bought at the same time for &1 a pack. I bought 2 different packs and still had a lot of things left to use when I was done. When you rub them on they are sticky and they come with glitter to apply. I used glue to make little dots and applied glitter to those. I sanded the edges a bit before applying the transfers to give it a little of a worn look.

I love giving handmade gifts at Christmas. It can be so much more personal that a store bought gift. Don't get me wrong, most of my gifts are store bought and not everyone gets a handmade gift. I just love it when you think of that one special thing to make for someone that you know they will cherish.

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? My blog friend Jeanna has started a new blog devoted to this addictive site.  You should check it out.

I'm also thinking about starting a new blog dedicated to my love of Pinterest and crafting in general. If I do I'll let you know.

Have fun crafting!


jeanna said...

Oh these frames are soo cute!!! I think you can link these up to my blog if you want since they are christmas gifts!! Thanks for the shout out about the blog! I would love it if your blog followers or friends would join in on the fun too!!

Krista said...

I like your version of the tile picture better than the inspiration!

I keep seeing awesome Modpodge stuff but I've never messed with it. I think i'm going to have to break into it!

Nice to "meet" you. I'm linked up through jeanna as well! Merry Pinning!