Home Decor challenge!!

Good morning everyone!

Can you use stamps on home decor projects? Why yes of course!!Everyone is stamping everything these days – so here is the challenge at Wags n Whiskers (WnW). Make a non-card home decoration item!

Well, one random participant will win a Free Wags ‘n Whiskers Rubber stamp! You don’t need to use a WnW image on your project to enter the challenge, but if you do, you will be entered into a 2nd drawing for a Free Wags ‘n Whiskers Digital Stamp!! Two chances to win!! If you are in need of a WnW design, click here for Rubber stamps, and here for Digis!

Here’s my home deco project:



Here’s a close up of the lovely angel from Wags n Whiskers Rhiannon.

The foliage are diecuts from Spellbinders foliage dies. The wreath was made using folded red burlap – lots of it. Here is the tutorial for it. I used the same size wreath form but I doubled the amount of burlap used – I like my wreath to be big and full because I think a skimpy, skinny wreath is kinda sad.

Ya – Suzanne – this was the red burlap wreath I was intending to make for your Through The Craftroom Door Christmas edition – I just finished it (in Feburary!!) I guess I could use it for Valentines Day too!

Last but not least, today is also my last post with Wags n Whiskers. Thanks for having me on the team! I enjoyed getting to know you all ladies and working with you. Good luck everyone!


New stamps from Crafter’s Companion

Anyone want a sneak peak of what’s new from Crafter’s Companion this year …

Yup – for those of you who are not familiar with manufacturers but with the images instead – they are the ones that came out with cute cute images like Popcorn the Bear, S.W.A.L.K., Humpfrey the Elephant just to name a few.

Here are a quick peek at 3 collections coming out in January – there are LOTS more to come … at least a new collection a week! Exciting times!

Here goes:

Strawberry Kisses collection (available right now here):

Art Kure stamps (available this Friday):

Kanji collection (available next week):

These are some of the new stamps you will see at CHA winter 2012 this year. They should be out for sale on the Crafter’s Companion website very soon – I’m so excited to show you these few images – they are super fun to work with. Tune in more new releases from Crafter’s Companion.

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – die cut and punch challenges


Yarn wreath tutorial

Good morning,

I’m going to share a home decor creation today. My home is well overdue with a wreath for my front door – I do have a wooden rose wreath from Target hanging right there now, but strangely, it’s only been about 10 months old and I noticed that it’s starting to get mouldy.

So I decided on a yarn wreath – hopefully – one that will not get as grungy quite as quickly.

Here is my yarn wreath. One that anyone, crafty or not, can easily make.


Here is how to make it:

Supplies list

  • 14” foam wreath form
  • Cream Yarn – left over from my stash (approx. 1 skein worsted weight #4)
  • Gold Ribbon – from stash
  • Green Wired Edge Ribbon (or a wreath hanger)
  • Assorted Flowers – I had some in my stash from Prima, Recollections, Kaiser Craft
  • Acrylic Paint (to cover wreath form) – I used Claudine Hellmuth Traditional Tan since that’s what I had on hand; you can use any acrylic paint in a similar color as your yarn.
  • General tools and supplies: Fabric scissors, Hot glue gun


1. Paint wreath form with acrylic paint so green doesn’t show throw the yarn.

2. Wrap entire wreath form with yarn. Place a dot of hot glue at the beginning and intermittently throughout the wreath as you wrap round.

*Tip: I go round the wreath form twice to catch any gaps and give it a more cushiony and luxurious look to it.

3. Once the wreath is wrapped with yarn twice, hot glue the end in place. Wrap a gold ribbon around the wreath – hot glue the beginning and the end of the ribbon.

4. Your wreath is ready for embellishing. I attach a variety of matching flowers to the wreath with a hot glue gun.

Tip: You can leave the green Christmas ribbon off so you can use it any other time of the year.

I hope you give an easy project this a try. I think I’m going to try a red burlap one soon.

Have a happy day!




Halloween Display Ideas

Hi folks …

Fall is officially here with the weather being consistently cooler now. I’ve been in such a Halloweeny card making mood, I thought I’d decorate my indoor mantle as well.

Here is what it looks like (pardon the reflection of the ceiling fan on the ship picture – but I do like how the ship looks like a ghost ship coming in).

And here is my favorite corner.

This is what I made for lunch for the kids … (yup, I am in a Halloweeny mood).

And this is my kid talking to her lunch.

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Linky parties:

Somewhat SimpleHome Stories A2Z



Matching Sets

Good morning peeps!

I’d like to share a set of 3 pictures I colored, decorated and framed for a matching set of gifts.

The 1st is Crissy Armstrong’s BBQ Bart that I shared in a previous post – after creating it, I decided it looked too nice that I had to frame it.

The 2nd is also an image from the Crissy Armstrong collection – Jelly Bean the Elephant, decorated and framed in matching background from the Authentique Paper collection.

The 3rd image is from Meljen’s design – Cat and Mouse.

All images are colored using Copic Markers and pattern papers are from Authentique Paper – they are a gift for my sister-in-law who has been kind enough to watch my kids while I craft and blog about it.


Challenges entered:

Tuesday Throwdown

Meljen Challenge

Stamp Something

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