12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 4

Today is Week 4 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Christmas Cottage” by Rebecca Trimble. Rebecca’s whimsical and cozy cottage is sure to be a favorite this season!

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Raggedy & Friends Winter Door Hanger

Hi guys! I know it is only Fall but I am starting to get the Christmas crafting itch! After seeing Mary Jo Tuttle’s Mitten Ornaments from her new book Tuttle’s Touches Seasons 1, I fell in love with her Raggedy Ann! I have always had a warm spot on my heart for Raggedy Ann because she was my first sewing project as a child. It is a fun project full of nostalgia, which makes it extra special!

I used her pattern as written for the Santa mitten but used different colors for the snowman and a different surface for Raggedy Ann. The only extra products you will need besides what is listed in MaryJo’s pattern are the Mitten Plaque and Rustic Accents 22 Gauge Wire. For her hair, I used Tuff Puff yarn in Serrano  from our sister company KnitPicks.

For the Raggedy Ann, I enlarged Mary Jo’s pattern to 250% and followed her directions on basecoating, shading and highlighting. I painted snowflakes on her instead of using a star stencil to add a touch of Winter. I painted the Santa exactly as listed in her pattern. For the snowman, I used Bright Blue instead of Purple Cow and Cinnamon Drop instead of Spice Pink.

Using wire cutters and the Rustic Accents 22 Gauge Wire, I attached the 2 ornaments and Mitten top to the Large Raggedy Mitten. I can’t wait for Winter to come so I can hang this on my front door!

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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 3

Today is Week 3 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Happy Littl Snowmen” by Jamie Mills-Price. Jamie’s signature, whimsical style looks so cute on our Medium Grooved Tree.

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Day of the Dead Ghost

I have a fun project to inspire your Halloween crafting today! I am not a fan of spooky Halloween décor, so when I saw our happy Halloween Ghost (https://www.artistsclub.com/ghost/p/80823) I wanted to paint a bright design.

I started searching for inspiration and come across this free stock image (http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/sugar-skulls-collection_804270.htm#term=day of the dead&page=4&position=4) of some colorful Day of the Dead skulls. I used this as an inspiration for my Day of the Dead Ghost.

DecoArt Americana Décor
Black Plum #13172
Coral Shell #13551
Mint Julep #13045
Peony #13215
Warm White #13239

Surface
Ghost #80823
I basecoated the Ghost in Coral Shell. The bones are in Warm White and the bow is Peony. I sketched out the skeleton and flourish details freehand. This project let me be creative and let go of being too traditional or serious. I hope this inspires you to let go of expectations and go freehand a fun project!

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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 2

Today is Week 2 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Christmas Basket” by Vera Collier. Vera’s adorable picnic basket would look great all year long!

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Christmas Rooster

I love our resin rooster and wanted to give him a fresh look for Christmas, but I wanted to keep him simple. All you will need are a few paint colors and some accessories and you too can have him as part of your holiday decorating.

Surface: Rooster with Wire Legs #80820
Palette: Antiquing Medium #84126, Burnt Umber #13064, Lamp Black #13067, Marigold #13194, Santa Red #13170, White Wash #13532
Other Supplies: FolkArt Paisley Delight Stencil #71931, Stylus #70125, Spray Varnish #70835, 12 mm Canadian Pine #63082, 20mm Canadian Pine #63083, 5/16″ Holly Berries #63085, Hot Glue Gun #73004, Red Jingle Bells #63087, Baker’s Twine #70259
Brushes: Papillon 5 Piece Deerfoot Set #20167, Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set #20173, Papillon 5/8” Angular Shader #20112, Papillon 3 Piece Midliner Set #20171

First, base coat the entire body with White Wash #13002. This may take two coats to get an even coverage. Paint the crown and waddle with Santa Red #13170. Beak is Marigold #13194. Eyes and legs are painted Lamp Black #13067. Dot the eyes with White Wash #13002. When all base coating is dry, it is time to stencil the design on the tail and wings. Take your FolkArt Paisley Delight Stencil #71931 and tape off the areas that you do not want to transfer onto the rooster that are close to the areas that you do want to transfer. This is just a precaution. Line your stencil up carefully and with a Deerfoot brush, stencil the shape onto both sides of the tail and the wings with Santa Red. Using a stylus, add additional dip dots here and there around the designs, on the tips of the tail feathers, and around the feathers of the neck with Santa Red. Let dry completely. Spray with varnish of your choice. Then mix together Burnt Umber #13064 and Antiquing Medium #84126 following the instructions on the back of the bottle. Apply all over the rooster’s body then with a soft rag, wipe off the mixture until the desired look is achieved. Make sure to leave in the areas that would have a shadow. When dry, spray again with varnish.

To finish the design, I combined one strand of the 12mm Canadian Pine and one strand of the 20mm Canadian Pine. I just kind of twisted them together and then joined them at the ends to make a wreath. After that I took the 5/16” Holly Berries and used my hot glue gun and glued them here and there around the wreath also adding in a few of the smallest Red Jingle Bells #63087. For the bow I used the red and white Baker’s Twine #70259. I just tied a simple bow and glued it into place. Place the wreath around the rooster’s neck and you are ready for the holiday season.

Happy Painting!

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Festive Snowman

Our 2017 Snowman is just so cute, I had to paint him, and his outstretched arms were perfect for some of your new holiday accessories. He was so much fun and paints up quickly with just some base coating, shading, and a little highlighting.

Surface: 2017 Snowman #80828
Palette: Antique Rose #13179, Avocado #13052, Burnt Umber #13064, Country Red #13018, Deep Midnight Blue #13166, Espresso #13261, French Grey Blue #13098, Glamour Dust Sapphire Blue, Hauser Dark Green #13133, Lamp Black #13067, Light Buttermilk #13164, Neons Torrid Orange, Neutral Grey #13095, Persimmon #13516, Sable Brown #13061, Snow White #13001, Uniform Blue #13086, Winter Blue #13190
Other Supplies: 12mm Canadian Pine #63082, 5/16″ Holly Berries #63085, Baker’s Twine #70259, Rusty Tin Mini Snowflakes #70261
Brushes: Papillon 5 Piece Deerfoot Set #20167, Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set #20173, Papillon 5/8” Angular Shader #20112, Papillon 3 Piece Midliner Set #20171

Body: Stipple body with Deep Midnight Blue; then stipple with Light Buttermilk; shade body with Deep Midnight Blue; Highlight with Snow White

Hat: Base coat Lamp Black; highlight with Neutral Grey

Scarf & Hat Band: Basecoat with Uniform Blue; shade with Midnite Blue; highlight with French Grey Blue; dots are Winter Blue

Holly & Berries: leaves basecoat with Avocado; shade with Hauser Dark Green; highlight with Avocado Dip; berries base coat Country Red

Arms: basecoat Espresso; shade with Burnt Umber; highlight with Sable Brown

Face: blush cheeks with Antique Rose; nose basecoat with Persimmon, shade with Espresso, highlight with Neons Torrid Orange; eyes and mouth are Lamp Black; add highlight dots to eyes and cheeks with Snow White

Buttons: basecoat Lamp Black; add highlight dot with Snow White

Hanging Snowflakes: base coat Light Buttermilk; apply Glamour Dust in Sapphire Blue over the top for added sparkle

Accessories: 1 branch of 12mm Canadian Pine #63082; 5/16” Holly Berries #63085; Baker’s Twine #70259, Rusty Tin Mini Snowflakes #70261

 

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Button Wreath

Everyone needs a wreath for the holiday season, so why not a button wreath?! This little wreath is quick and easy to make and requires very few tools.

Here is what you will need:
DecoArt Americana: Antique White #13058 and Santa Red #13170
Surface: 6” x 6” Lathe Wood Pallet Box #63105
Accessories: Folk Christmas Buttons #82222, Circle Stencil #70843, Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836, Glue Gun &73004, Ribbon of your choice

Paint the front of your box Antique White and the sides Santa Red. This may take multiple coats to achieve the opacity that you want. When the paint is dry spray with varnish. Using your circle stencil and a pencil, lightly draw the circle size that you would prefer. This is just a guide for your button placement. Open your bag of buttons and pull out all the green ones and begin laying them around your circle making sure to intermix the large ones and other sizes all around the circle, this is where you will add interest to your wreath. Once you are happy with the placement, start gluing the buttons down one at a time. When all the green ones are in place, then pick a few white buttons and lay them around the wreath along with a few red ones. Again, when you are happy with the placement, glue them in place. Add a ribbon at the top and your wreath is finished!

A fun and easy project for anyone!

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Home Pallet

My creative mind goes 90 miles an hour, just ask my husband…LOL! So, when I saw our Lathe Wood Pallet Box my mind started thinking of lots of things to do with it. Christmas, fall, where should I start? Well, I knew I wanted to use our Canadian Pine branches that we carry, so that got me settled on Christmas. Inspired by a generic home sign on Pinterest, I decided to give that idea a bit of holiday flare.

Palette: White Wash #13002, Tuscan Red #13255
Other Supplies: Curly Alphabet Stencil #71925, 1 branch of 20mm Canadian Pine #63083, 5/16” Holly Berries #63085, Folk Christmas Buttons #82222, Rusted Tin Mini Snowflakes #70261, Baker’s Twine #70259, Burlap Natural Ribbon #40139, 14” x 6” Lathe Wood Pallet Box #63107, Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836, Hot Glue Gun #73004
Brushes: Papillon 5 Piece Deerfoot Set #20167, Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set #20173, Papillon 5/8” Angular Shader #20112, Papillon 3 Piece Midliner Set #20171

First start by painting the edges of the box Tuscan Red and the front of the box White Wash. This may take more than one coat depending on how rustic you want your sign to be. Figure out your positioning of your letters before you stencil. I made my wreath first and laid it in place so that I could gauge the spacing easier. Once you have your spacing figured out, stencil your letters on in Tuscan Red. You can use a Deerfoot brush or a sponge dauber for this. While you are waiting for your paint to dry, accessorize your wreath with red berries and a bow made from the Baker’s Twine. Spray your box with varnish. Wrap the corners of the box with the burlap ribbon, trim and glue in place. I then added a large green button to the center of the ribbon and then a rusty snowflake on top of the button for the finished look. Glue the wreath in place.

Your sign is done and ready to be enjoyed for the holiday season.

Happy Painting & Creating!

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Polka Dot Stocking

Our Make Your Own Stocking Kit #40151 is a great surface to let your imagination be creative and have a lot of fun with. I used a few things provide in the kit and along with some of our new holiday accessories to give this stocking a fun new look.

Here is what you will need:
DecoArt Americana: Hauser Dark Green #13133 and White Wash #13002
Glamour Dust Glitter Paint: Ice Crystal #13598
Rusted Star – Rustic 7 Piece #70260
Baker’s Twine #70259
Folk Christmas Buttons #82222
Red Jingle Bell Assortment #63087
Green Jingle Bell Assortment #63088
Polka Dot Stencil #70842
Glue Gun

I used the larger polka dots on the stencil. I taped a piece of paper over the smaller dots so that when I used the provided red Glimmer Mist, provided in the kit, that it wouldn’t hit the smaller dots. Make sure when you spray that you are on a surface that is well covered with paper or plastic. I folded the top cuff up a bit, so that I could start the polka dots under it after it was folded down in place. I laid the stencil down and sprayed the Glimmer Mist over the stencil and then carefully moved the stencil down and lined up the polka dots to spray again. I did this until the entire stocking was covered with dots. Off to the side, lay out the ruffle from the kit. This is sprayed with several coats of the red Glimmer Mist too. Once dry, I sketched a curved section by the heal and at the toe to paint Hauser Dark Green, paint the cuff Hauser Dark Green too. This may take several coats to cover the red polka dots underneath. When the green area is dry, I wanted to add some white details and added freehand curvy lines on the cuff and on the edge of the toe and heal patches. When everything is dry, it is time to get out your glue gun and buttons. I glued the ruffle around the cuff and then add alternating white buttons from the Folk Christmas Buttons pack. On the heal and toe, I alternated larger white and red buttons. The large tin star I applied two coats of Ice Crystal Glamour Dust Paint to give it a little sparkle and when it was dry, I glued it to the center of the toe area. The final touch is adding a red and a green large jingle bell to the hanger. I tied the jingle bells to the Baker’s Twine, making sure to have two different lengths and then tied them to the rope hanger. Just like that, you have a fun new stocking for the holidays.

Happy Painting and Creating!

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