Pine Tree Punch Garland!

In the first part of my Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid bundle showcase I went all out with the glimmer paper to create a really sparkly Christmas card. You can read the blog post here.

This week I have a really cute home décor idea for you (and a little bonus project at the end!). We all love a good garland, right?! Well, take a look at this Christmas Tree garland using the Pine Tree Punch. Its so simple to make but it looks fabulously festive.

I have used the Wrapped in Plaid DSP which I think works perfectly. But I’m sure it would look great stamped in different colours or using some of the other gorgeous DSP in the new Stampin’ Up! Autumn / Winter catalogue.

Let’s make it…

To make it easier to attach the trees to the Whisper White Baker’s Twine, I folded the DSP in half and then punched. Make sure the fold is towards the top of the tree but slightly inside the punch outline. This will effectively give you two trees joined at the top.

Lay out a length of Whisper White Baker’s Twine and slip the trees on so that the twine sits in the crease. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to one of the trees, fold over and adhere. Repeat at regular intervals to produce your garland.

Bonus idea…

Here’s another quick and simple project that will help to create a Christmas-y atmosphere around your home. Why not punch out the Pine Trees and use to decorate a candle? Obviously, battery operated tea lights are the safest option, but this is what I had at hand!

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Join me next week for another Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid bundle project!

If you would like to add the Perflectly Plaid bundle to your craft stash and make a start on your Christmas crafting, simply visit my online shop by clicking one of the links below.

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Daisy Lane – part 3

In the previous two editions of my Daisy Lane Stamp Set Showcase, we have looked at matching sets of projects. Click the links to take a look at part 1 and part 2. This week, we are taking a look at something different: a home décor wall hanger using the coordinating punches. I think its really nice to stretch your papercraft into the realms of gifts and decorations for around the home. Don’t assume that its difficult or complicated because it isn’t; a blank wall hanging is no different from a blank card base or gift box.

Daisies for a friend…

I’ve gone for quite a subtle look but the addition of a few more (or a lot more if you prefer) Daisies would bring a fuller, more opulent look.

The basic heart hanger was bought cheaply from The Range. I have then covered the heart in a piece of Woven Threads DSP. Sanding the edges gives a nice finish and helps to prevent the DSP from peeling up. Sponging ink around the edges of the DSP frames the piece nicely – in this case I have used Terracotta Tile ink.

Daisies have been cut out using the Daisy punch and the Medium Daisy punch in Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy. Once these have been adhered together, centres are added using the Clear Faceted Gems. In addition, leaves have been cut out of Pretty Peacock cardstock using the Sprig punch and adhered to the back of the Daisies. The flowers are then adhered around the outside of the heart.

The final touch is added with the word ‘friend’ cut out of Pretty Peacock cardstock using the Well Written dies.

I think this would make a lovely, thoughtful gift and it could easily be paired with a matching card and gift tag.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and will consider adding home décor pieces to your papercraft repertoire.

Leave any questions or comments below, or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

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Join me next week for another instalment of my Daisy Lane Stamp Set Showcase.

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Happy crafting!

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Bird Ballad Wall Plaque

This week, for my Saturday challenge, I wanted to create a home décor piece. I decided to make a hanging wall plaque. These are really simple to create but as papercrafters we often don’t venture into home décor as much as we should. There are numerous projects you can create including wall hangings, photo frames, paper flowers and so much more. What’s more, they make great gifts.

How to make it…

  • The base for the plaque is a wooden coaster.
  • For the hanger, simply attach a length of garden twin to the rear of the plaque with hot glue.
  • Adhere a piece of DSP to the coaster – in this case I used the papers from the Bird Ballad suite.
  • Using a basic sanding block, smooth the edges to remove any excess paper and to help prevent it peeling.
  • Edging the paper by adding ink with a sponge dauber – in this case I used Old Olive – helps to make the central images stand out.
  • Using white embossing powder, heat emboss the sentiment onto Old Olive cardstock and cut out using the Stitched Nested Labels dies. Die-cut a larger piece of Calypso Coral cardstock and layer up. Adhere the sentiment piece to the bottom right corner of the plaque.
  • For some of the examples I also fussy cut a bird from the DSP, backed it onto one of the Stitched Nested Labels and adhered to the top left corner of the plaque.
  • Add the final touch with a piece of ribbon, adhered to the back of the plaque using a hot glue gun. Try colouring a piece of Silver Edged ribbon with Calypso Coral blends for a bit of sparkle!

Why not have a go?

I hope I have inspired you to take your papercraft into home décor projects. If you would like to make this project yourself, a list of supplies is provided below. Simply click on one of the links to head straight to my online shop. I have included the stamps and dies separately and as a bundle depending on whether you already have either. Thanks for reading this post and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Happy crafting!

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