As usual, I needed something that could be "Made in Minutes" since I'm behind as usual. I should know by now that it takes a lot longer than I think to fix the lights on the reindeer.... if you get my drift. On top of that, it's been 80˚ degrees here in Texas (not exactly weather that's gets you in the Jingle Bell mood) and it's been very windy - you know that's true when the reindeer actually fly......
Anyway, here's a simple project I hope you'll enjoy! My daughter loves anything red with white polka dots, so I just knew I had to do something for her with this tissue paper I found. I cut a 12" x 5" piece of Smoothfoam™ and glued the paper around it with DecoArt®, DecoPage. Because, as its name suggests, Smoothfoam™ is nice and smooth, I didn't have prep the surface. I let it dry for a few minutes then coated the top of the paper with DecoArt Crystal Craft Twinkles to give it a bit of bling. Next I wrapped ribbon around the center then glued pre-decorated letters on top. I found these at Michaels in the seasonal dept. I glued the ends of a piece of ribbon to the back for a hanger, then added a bit of a Christmas embellishment with a quilt pin (this way I can change it out, if I find something better when I unpack my Christmas stuff). Voilà, I now have a sign for her kitchen!
TIP: I cut the Smoothfoam with a craft knife and a metal ruler. I sometimes have a problem with the blade sticking into a regular cutting mat, so I always cut on a glass surface. I use a 13x13 glass mat, which used to be available from EK Success. If you can't find one, you can use a piece of glass from a frame. Be careful however, because the glass probably won't be tempered like my glass mat.
Well that's it for now. I'll be featuring more handmade Christmas decorations as I unpack next week. It's always been a family tradition for us to make something new every year, so I have quite a few ideas to share. Hopefully it will inspire you to start your own handmade Christmas traditions! Better hurry though, Christmas is only 3 weeks away! Boy, do I ever need to get a move on......... Enjoy!
BTW, I'll be posting notes later this week about Scrapbook Soup, show 209. There'll be a giveaway too, so y'all come back now...... Regina Hamilton won last week's giveaway - Becky Fleck's Page Maps 2 and the matching dies from Spellbinders! Hmmm, wonder what the next giveaway will be...
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!