First I want to apologize for not posting the past few days. I caught myself a case of the “christmasiscomingandIamnotreadyfeelingsorryformyself” blues. I do this every year. It just hits and I want to crawl back in bed and sleep till June. I have gotten use to it, I even expect it, but I am never prepared for it. So I after a couple days of wallowing in my self pity and taking long naps, I texted my sister and she made it all better. (she always does)
Now I am ready to get back to work. So much to do and so little time to do it.
The main thing I have to finish are the Christmas Eve boxes for my 8 darling grandchildren. I have everything for them, but there were a few things that still have to be made. I had made 4 ornament/tags, I still needed 4 more. So I went back to the Simple Round Cutouts to finish up the job.
This IS a post about making the ornament/tags, but I am going to give you a little peek into the wacky way my mind works and one of the reasons why I never get anything done in a small amount of time.
Ok, let’s get going with our…
Simple Round Cutouts Pt. 2
This is the first one I want to show you. I saw this picture on Pinterest and Loved it. I am very much into retro. I used mostly Paint pens to do this and acrylic paint and brush for red and shading.
As I worked on her I got an idea on what to do with her, and it wasn’t part of the ORIGINAL plan. (like that’s a big surprise)
I love Gift Jars and she fits a wide mouth Mason Jar just fine. So this little retro lady is now a gift jar lid.
This is my Retro Girl Gift Jar. Super simple with some fabric, a twine bow and a cinnamon dove. Now I need to figure out what to put in it.
On the cutout I painted a Cardinal. They were my Mothers favorite and she has been on my mind alot lately. I wanted to add some dimension so I glued so greenery to make it like a wreath. Then dry brushed some white to give it a snow effect.
As you can see, this poor tree lost a few of it branches so this ornament could be made.
Now that I had made two cutouts that were NOT going in the Christmas Eve boxes, I figured I better do what I started out to do in the first place. I decided I wanted to make “Peekers” as I call them. They would look like they are peeking at you.
I wanted to add some dimension and of course sparkle so I added a couple layers of glitter around the edges. I used Mod Podge and extra fine glitter. Plus I was very good about waiting for it to dry completely between coats. About 1-2 hours. You can see the wine glasses I have been working on also. The glasses I did 3 coats on but I also let them dry for no less than 5 hours between coats. This was their last coat and are drying for 24 hours before I do the sealant.
After the glitter was completely dry I gave all the cutouts and quick spray of clear sealer. Then I had to add the embellishments. A puffball for the snowman’s hat, paws for the bear and hooves for the deer. I just cut tiny pieces of felt and hot glue to stick them on.
Now that the front is done I moved on to the back. I painted the To: and From: and made sure the Year was there. I then gave the back a good spray of clear sealant and waited for them to dry.
All that was left to do was to add some ribbon and twine so they could be attached to the boxes and hung as ornaments next year.
Now I have my eight ornament/tags done. Even after being distracted by a Gift Jar, a Cardinal in a Wreath and two Wine Glasses. I am pretty proud of myself.
So as you can see, my mine works a lot like a dog in a yard full of squirrels. I get distracted very easily and it takes me a long time to complete the main project. I am blessed have a great “stay on focus” team. My hubby who knows when to chime in and a sister that is always there when I yell. I am a lucky girl.
I hope you enjoyed your glimpse into my day of creating and that I was able to give you an idea or two to work with. If you ever have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I promise to answer them as best I can.
Thank you for coming and see you soon,