Friday, December 5, 2014

Winter Wonderland Jars

Hello friends!
This is the time of year I love to craft...I just love making Christmas projects! And I had this little jar of Mini Wood Dolls that were begging to be used...

In the Mini Wood Doll jar-you get an assortment of guys and gals, for different seasons, holidays, styles and themes. First of all-they are adorable on their own! But of course you want to customize them for your projects too.

There are 30 dolls in the jar, so you have a variety of dolls to choose from and use for multiple projects. I tested and colored the dolls with a variety of markers and pencils to see what effects I can get on the wood surface.

Here are the top choices for coloring:

1-PITT Pens by Faber, especially the White. This white pen showed up the best but  you did need to add more than one layer. It is also a great primer before adding colors.

2-Sharpie Glitter Paint Pens-so fun and glitzy! The sparkle is amazing as well as the color.

3-Permopaque Pens by Sakura-the color sits on top of the wood and color stays true. These are harder to find in stores

4-Colored Pencils-these work well-but dont press too hard-the wood begins to splinter.

5-Copic Markers-color is good and you have lots of choices colorwise too.


Prepare the dolls! Cut off the little circle at the top with scissors. I dabbed the now bare cut off area with a dark brown ink to match the rest of the sides of the doll. Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger is a perfect match. Color as desired...test colors on the backs of the dolls to see how they will look.

Once you have your little people colored and "dolled" up for a project-the sky is the limit! I found these jars at Target in the dollar section and in Michaels. I needed to find jars that were plain-no designs and minimal script on the glass.

Wash the jars before creating your project. They are dirtier than they look-inside and out. I bought sets of little sisal trees at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I got the green ones and added an accent color by spraying them with Lime Wedge Color Bloom spray. The two-tone green looks cool and matched the colors of green I used on the wood dolls too.

Gather up fun trims, twine, ribbon and little accents to add to the tops of the jars.  

Wouldn't these be cute to give to a family and dress up the dolls to look like their kiddos? 

I punched out paper circles using my Marvy circle punch, then hot glued the dolls and trees to the paper. Test the size of the circle to make sure it will fit in the jar first-adjust size as needed.
Add a strong glue to the bottom of the jar and slip the whole scene into place. Then add enough snow to cover the paper and bottoms of the trees and dolls.

Add pom-pom trim around the lid using a strong glue along with bakers twine and cute button. A tag with a stamped sentiment would be nice too!

Add two or three trees varying in size for added interest. I love the look of clustered trees.

This little jar is the actual packaging the wood dolls come in. For this, I glued the tree and deer to the paper circle and glued the scene to the lid of this jar. Add snow to the glass, then place lid on top of glass and turn upside down. The little deer can be found at Michaels in the miniatures section with the Christmas stuff. Four come in a pack and the brand is Art Bin.

So here they are, bunched together, looking so cute and festive. You could add stringed lights around them or display on a pedestal or tray grouped together.

Hope you enjoyed this post and it got you inspired to create some of your own! 

911041-Julie Nutting Wood Dolls-Prima
573850-Lime Wedge Color Bloom Spray-Prima
Sisal trees, Deer and Ball Jars-Michaels
Fake Snow-Michaels, Hobby Lobby
Bakers Twine-May Arts
Green Dot Ribbon-Creative Impressions
Skinny Green Trim-Amuse Studio
White Pom Pom Trim-JoAnn's
Hot Glue Gun
Fabri Tac or Quick Grip Glue by Beacon
Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger

Thanks for stopping by! xoxo Cari

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bloom Girl Cards

Hey friends!

A couple of month's ago-I did a Live with Prima show using the Bloom Girl stamps by Jamie Dougherty. These beautiful stamps are larger in size BUT they can still be used for standard sized cards.

I have had a lot of feedback regarding the cards and the I decided to share it here for anyone else that may not have seen the online class. These cards can be created and given as gifts for anyone on your list for the holidays. Add any sentiment you like to the inside to fit any occasion.

All of the classes on Live with Prima are free. And each class includes techniques, cool ideas and amazing designs using Prima products.

Here is a link to the class: Bloom Girl Cards

All of the classes on Live with Prima are free. And each class includes techniques, cool ideas and amazing designs using Prima products. We have loads of classes archived so you can go back and watch whenever you like.

This is the list of everything I used to make these cards

Prima Products:

So-thats my post for today! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sparkle Tags!

Hello friends!

Getting ready here for Thanksgiving! My Mom is coming over tomorrow to make some pies and I will get out my china to dress up the table and do some cleaning.

Since December is next week and I am planning to host Live with Prima on the 4th-I got to work on what I was going to make. I just finished a set of tags for the holidays and I am thinking I should make them for the show.
And...I will also be sharing some sneak peeks of brand new Prima! Woot! It will be a fun night and I am looking forward to it.

So here is what I am planning on making...Sparkle Tags!

I lovingly gave them that name since I used a healthy amount of glitter on each of them. And creating with glitter is loads of fun.

I will also be working with stencils, Art Extravagance paste, Color Bloom spray and a Doily Die.
All of the tags coordinate but we will be doing something different on each tag.

The fun words used on the tags are from Michael's. They come in a pack of four, in the miniature tree trimming section. They are made of plastic and already come glittered-however-I add my own glitter to them as well. The Brand is Merry Minis-they are supposed to be mini ornaments. 
if you can't find them-no worries. You could also die cut words or use alphabet stickers too.

I think these tags would look great on trees, kraft colored gift bags with pretty bows or even framed up to display on the wall. And I also think you could make them into cards instead of tags, if tags are not your thing..

I hope I can get through all of the tags in an hour...I will have to prep ahead :)

Here is a list of all the products I am using:

Prima Products:

960728-Vintage Vanity A4 Paper Pad
961558-Art Extravagance-Gold Crackle
961657-Art Ingredients-Glass Glitter-Gold
961596-Art Ingredients-Luminous Glitter Set
961305-Elementals-Harlequin Stencil
961268-Elementals-Honeycomb Stencil
961299-Elementals-Bubbles/Orbs Stencil
961091-Bottle Caps
572792-Doily Metal Die-#2
573850-Color Bloom Spray-Lime Wedge
Any White and Lace Flowers
Say It In Crystals-Centers-Gold, Light Pink or Cream

Ranger Kraft tags-Size 8
Light Pink Ribbon or Seam Binding
White Twine
Snowflake Punches-Small-Martha Stewart
Medium Snowflake-EK Success
Circle Punch-1 3/4 inch or so
Lace-Cream or Off White
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

OK-so the show is on December 4th at 6:30pm PST/ 9:30pm EST on the Prima channel here;

The show will be recorded so you can watch later too.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo Cari

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