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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Free Angel Wing Ornament Tutorial!


I'm a little hung up on angel wings....
I don't know why,
but I just am!

I played a little bit in the studio and took a few photos along the way ~
I absolutely LOVE that this ornament can be molded into
the form that you love because of the wire framework inside!!!

My gift to you:
Step by step instructions!
Here is my sweet finished product,
one glittered, and very shape-able angel wing ornament!





You need some very thin wire, I used 22 gauge and loved it.

Wire cutters and maybe some pliers to make those pointy ends
do what they're supposed to!

You need some cotton batting, scraps will be fine!

A bottle of Fabri-tac glue...my very, very FAV of all time!!!!

Liquid Gesso...I found mine on clearance but really, you don't need much,
even white paint will do!

Martha Stewart's Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter or what ever glitter you have ~

A Crop-a-dile and grommet OR hole punch

Seam binding for a hanger



My pattern below should fill an 8 1/2" x 11" page
on your printer so size accordingly.
Cut all pattern pieces from your cotton batting.

Using the thin wire, form a pattern of your entire wing,
but 1/4" inside the cut edge (you'll see the dotted edge on the pattern)
of the batting....this will allow for you to glue over the wire.



Run a bead of Fabri-tac close to the edge of the batting
and fold over the wire ~




Completely enclose the wire all around the wing ~



Make sure you have the other two pieces of batting
to glue on top of the wing form.



Place a line of Fabri-tac all around the other "feather" sections of batting.




Your angel wing should now look like this!
Trim down any of the overlaying sections if they need it....



Next, pull out a piece of waxed paper and lay it down.
Load up your paint brush with liquid gesso and begin
covering your angel wing.




I even went under the layered sections with the gesso!




Next, I pulled out my wonderful crystal fine glitter from Martha Stewart!!
I have it in a different bottle but had to show you both ~




While the gesso or paint is wet I PILED it on....
remember, the excess will be on the waxed paper
and can be placed back in the bottle!



I even rubbed the edges in the glitter!
Be sure to coat the back of the wing with glitter as well....




Next, let dry under a warm lamp....it should help it dry quickly.

Then I used my Crop-a-dile tool to punch a hole in the top and
inserted a white grommet and used the tool again to set it.

If you don't have this, no worries!
Just use a hole punch ~





Here is my little angel wing...just waiting for a length of seam binding
so it can be hung from the Christmas tree!!!!




Here is the pattern I drew....
click the image a few times
so it will enlarge ~
I scanned in an 8 1/2" x 11" page!




The most wonderful thing about this sweet ornament
is that it has wire along it's edges ~
You can sculpt it to the shape you want....
wouldn't a pair of these be beautiful on a wrapped gift???





A few more things I just have to share with you today....
Happy Birthday to my precious mama!!!!
and Happy Halloween from
my sweet grandbaby Clara,
isn't she absolutely adorable???!!!!






I am linking up with Becky's Blissful Whites Wednesdays
with this post!!!!





hugs and love,
Dawn



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Even more image goodness...



I ran across an old post from last year
with even more beautiful Christmas images!!
Perfect for tags, or to place on tiny scraps of wood
to create one-of-a-kind ornaments ~

Simply save them to your own computer and open them
in a photo editing/printing software.
You just need to size them
to an appropriate tag size
and print out on cover stock paper!

(Remember to click the image a couple of times
to save the largest size)
















My favorite angel with text I added
just for you!












Wishing you a beautiful Tuesday precious friends,
hugs and love,
Dawn




Gifts for you...


Don't hate me!!!
I'm not rushing anything here but
wanting to help anyone
having to make things to sell.
I searched my files for a few images that
you could use in your Christmas creations...
if you are doing fairs or shows,
I know they are soon coming up ~
I just love these vintage sweeties!!!

Remember, click the image a couple of times
so you can save the largest size to your computer.
Then open in your photo editing software
and size it to fit your project ~




















These images would be so wonderful
to use to make tags for your gifts!!!
Check my left hand side bar
for my free tag tutorial....


Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday precious friends,
hugs and love,
Dawn





Monday, October 29, 2012

A little peek at something wonderful...


First... a beautiful old postcard and
a couple of ideas for you!
I scanned these way back in 2008,
maybe you don't have them?
(click images a couple of times for largest size)







When I find something wonderful,
you know I love to share it with you!!

Well, I was picking up a few items a w-mart
a few days ago and had to stroll through the magazine section.

Now, I've gotten REALLY picky about buying magazines.
It has to be just wonderful for me to buy it.
I used to not be that way, but times have changed...

Lisa had mentioned the new Christmas magazine that
Matthew Mead created this year and that I'd love it...
and I found it!
She was right, it's really wonderful ~
I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek to see what you think.

It's a little pricey at 12.99 BUT
there's not ONE ad inside...
so to me, it's really more like a book!












Pretty, huh? The time is upon us dear friends...



won one of my lavender sachets a few weeks ago
and sent me a sweet thank you gift in the mail!!!

Just look at this gorgeous lace she sells in her Etsy shop!
Thank you so much Cathy, you know I will love creating
something with these wonderful pieces of lace!!!





Be sure to stop by Debra's blog Common Ground
to see her Monday Marketplace post!!
She is so sweet to promote others
and their wares!!!






My thoughts and prayers are with those
affected by this terrible storm,
I pray for the safety of everyone in it's path.



Wishing you a beautiful Monday precious friends...
hugs and love,
Dawn




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