Sunday, March 18, 2012

Candy Shop at Paper Issues and St. Patrick's Parade

Today is a new day and a new theme starts at Paper Issues.  Candy Shop.  Think candy colors, candy holders, candy related anything.  And there's a mini blog hop going on over at Paper Issues.  You will want to check it out, because you could win this:

Head over to Paper Issues.  Check out the what the amazing girls have created to start the blog hop.  To win the kit, all you have to do is be a follower of Paper Issues blog and Like Paper Issues on Facebook.  Worth trying to win these gorgeous goodies.

Here's what I did for the theme.  I love wreaths and decorating, but the seasons are usually gone and no decorating.  So I did this in stages.  Wrapped the styrofoam wreath with yarn (which is very time consuming have to say).  
I bought the pearls, ribbon, and yarn together.  That's as much as I knew as far as how it would come out.  Then I started making paper flowers.  I used the Silhouette to do these so they folded easily.  Used lots of Pebbles, American Crafts, Hambly, Studio Calico exclusive papers...the "smile" sticker is from Jenni Bowlin, and the brads are My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart.  The little pieces of ribbon on the twine are the new Hug and Snug seam binding that is in the store now at Paper Issues.  I love this type of ribbon because it is so easy to work with.  You can never have an ugly bow with that ribbon.    Use code PATRICIA for 20% off.
Other than wrapping the wreath, this is a very quick wreath to make.
I went with wire again for the leaves.  Cut a long piece, then wrapped around it and formed a leaf on both ends.  The wire is so forgiving.  (green floral wire about 26 gauge)
I traced onto a piece of Hambly overlay.  Cut it out.  Knew it would not fit exactly, but going with an imperfect fun look.
Used Beacon Fabri-Tac to glue one end to the wire.  Just let it sit a little to set.
Then I took a piece of silver wire, about 26 gauge also, and looped around a few pieces of the yarn in the back.  Looped it and twisted it.  You can see below that I also used "T" pins to hold the twine in place for the banner.
I did add some drops of liquid pearls using Viva to the wire leaves.  Didn't come out quite as I expected, but I went with it anyway.

And a few quick pics of the fun we had yesterday with Merrin and all of her beautiful family at a St. Patrick's Day Parade.  We had such a great time.  Thank you so much Sandra and Ted for letting us come to your beautiful home.  Love you all!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  
 Such sweet little Irish Lasses...and amazing Dad's :)

 Bob and Ernie.  I think I could have snuck them home with me...

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