Friday, December 2, 2016

DSP Wreath

Happy December!

I had this idea floating around in my head and finally decided to try it out.  I like the look of those wreaths where you cut the fabulous Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Stampin' Up! into strips and then curl it.  Once it's all curled, you use straight pins and attach each curl to a Styrofoam wreath form.  Frankly, I'd get bored halfway through the process, I've seen people make them!!!

So, I figured I'd try something a little different.  I began with a 12" x 12" stretched canvas from Walmart.  I located the center and laid the roll of Tear & Tape down and drew a circle on the inside of the tape.  I drew another circle using an 8 3/4" plate and two additional circles inside that.

I drew this example on a piece of 12" x 12" whisper white card stock since I used the only canvas I had to make the prototype.

I hope you can see the lines The diameter of the center circle is 3 1/2", the next is 4", the next is 6", and the last is 8 3/4."   

In order to see what I did next, I used some retired Sticky Tape since the redline would show up better.  I penciled in a dotted line about 3/4" inside the largest circle and placed the tape along that line, the whole way around.

I selected 3 full sheets of DSP and cut them into strips 3" x 12" then into strips 1/2"x 3."  You won't need to cut it all.  I cut each long strip and then cut as I needed.

Beginning on the outside, I placed the edge of the DSP strip halfway on the bottom edge of the tape and continued the whole way around.

Once that circle was completed, I bent the unstuck edge and placed that edge along the top half of the tape.

When that outer row was completed, I placed the tape on the next pencil line and repeated the process until I was finished with all 4 rows.

I cut a  circle from whisper white card stock using the largest circle framelit from the Stitched Shapes framelits.  You can decorate that anyway you like.  I cut two pieces from the same Presents & Pinecones DSP using the large die from the Swirly framelits, stamped the Tis the Season in Emerald Envy and tied a small bow of Cherry Cobbler and White Bakers twine.  I placed five dimensionals on the back and stuck it to the center of the wreath.

And this is what I ended up with!

Feel free to ask questions!

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

November RemARKable Blog Tour

Welcome to this month's RemARKable Blog Tour.  If you haven't already guessed, this month it's all about CHRISTMAS!

I am a hoarder collector of items that can be reused and/or re-purposed.  For vegetable cans, I use one of those can openers that cuts the side of the lid so there's no sharp edges.  As you can imagine, I have quite a supply of lids so I decided to use one to create an ornament.  I was afraid just using paper, the ornament could be damaged easier so the lid would make it less fragile.

I began by cutting two disks using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.

To create the back piece, I wiped the one circle with the Embossing Buddy and stamped the "Tidings of Comfort and Joy" in Versamark and then embossed it with Gold embossing powder and set it aside.

To make a hanger, I cut a short piece of 1/8" Gold ribbon and attached it to the flat side of the lid with glue dots.  I attached the back piece over the hanger using Tear & Tape.

To create the front piece, I cut the "pine" pieces from Garden Green card stock, the "berry" pieces from Cherry Cobbler card stock, and the "pine cones" from Early Espresso and Soft Suede card stock.

I attached the pieces to the second Whisper White circle with the Fine-tip Glue Pen.  From the Peaceful Pines stamp set, I stamped "Tis the Season" in Early Espresso.  I added a bow made from the 1/8" Gold ribbon to the top of the pine cones using a glue dot.

Because there is an indented side and a flat side to the lid, I used dimensionals to fill in the space to attach the front piece and attached the finished front piece to the lid.

I hope you enjoyed my project.  Please proceed to Tracie's blog to see what she has created!!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Getting Creative With DSP!

My creation for this month's tour is a cute Christmas home decor project using scrap wood I found.

This month, Stampin' Up! has a great special on selected Designer Series Paper patterns, buy 3 get 1 free!
I chose three patterns from the Presents & Pinecones (141986) collection.

After selecting the paper, I measured the size of my wood blocks and cut the DSP a little bigger than the block.  I glued the paper on the block using Golden Soft Gel medium and left it dry.  Once it was dry, I used a utility knife to cut off the overhang and then with a sanding block, I sanded the edges smooth.

Using the Stars Framelits, I cut 4 stars from the Delightful Dijon with stars pattern.  I cut 4 strips of Shimmery White and used the Banner Punch to notch them.  I cut the N - O - E - L out of the pattern that looks like a knit sweater and assembled them as shown using SNAIL.  I attached a strip of gold sequins using glue dots.  The finished  size of each block is about 3 1/2" X 6".

I hope you enjoyed my project. Now on to Tracie Evans Langley

Melissa Bolinger: 

Anne Matasci:

Pam Staples:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Just Decorate It

The theme this month is "Just Decorate It!"  and this is what I chose to decorate!

I received a collection of frames some time ago and was saving them for the perfect project.  I think I found it!

For this project, I used paper from the Blooms and Bliss DSP collection along with the Jar of Love Stamp set and Everyday Jars framelit.

The colors used in this project are:  Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

Thank you for stopping by.  Feel free to leave me a comment!

Please continue on to the next blog.
Happy Creating!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Only 3 days Left!

Happy Saturday!

In case you weren't aware, Stampin' Up!s monthly craft kit (Paper Pumpkin) is being offered as a BOGO but only until Monday, October 10th.

You pay $19.95 plus your state's sale tax for the first month (October) and get November's kit FREE!

To give you an idea of what is in the latest kit, watch my Facebook video! Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Keep it Pink

In keeping with the pink theme, I created this cute little test tube holder using more of the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper that is currently being offered by Stampin' Up! as a buy 3 get 1 free special.

I used one of the test tubes from the September Paper Pumpkin kit.  These test tubes can hold little strips of paper with words of encouragement, little treats, etc.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to Artfully Created Designs!

My name is Connie and I love many crafts.  For the past 8 years, I have focused on papercrafting. You can see many of my creations at

My latest creation was for the Ultimate Pink Blog Hop.  This is the first of a yearly event involving Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world. You can view more by going here.

The frame size is 8" x 8" and I used a design from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper collection. 

I hope you come back to see more of my creations.


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