Hello, Papercrafting Fanatics! Today I am up on the American Crafts blog with a patriotic home decor project!
I love to die cut and paper piece with beautiful patterned papers, and so when I was brainstorming what I wanted to create for this upcoming 4th of July, I decided it would be fun to create a patriotic shadowbox out of paper.
At the bottom of the shadowbox I created my own flag using my paper trimmer. I cut off the ribbon tails from one of the Star Gazer Shooting Star Embellishments to decorate the flag … and then added a large red gem to the center
(Stickers & Bling collection).
I added a bright blue ribbon around the outside, tying it like a present with a fluffy bow on the top! I then finished the frame off by creating a few layered flower embellishments with my Knock Out Flower punches. The leaves are punched and hand cut from Leaf Textured Cardstock, and the flower centers are the Adhesive Flair stickers from the Star Gazer collection
Do you decorate for the 4th of July? What will you create for your collection this year?
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Star Gazer Marigold Merriment Paper
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Star Gazer Shooting Stars Embellishments
American Crafts Knock Out Flower Punches (2″ Flower and 1.5″ Flower)
Fiskars 2xl Lever Punch – Branch Out
Ink: red, blue, yellow
White Crochet Twine
Blue Ribbon: Dollar Tree
“3D Shadow Box (1 of 3)” by Lori Whitlock (Design #26223)
“3D Shadow Box (2 of 3)” by Lori Whitlock (Design #26224)
“3D Shadow Box (3 of 3)” by Lori Whitlock (Design #26225)
Next, I added a piece of acetate over the dog house door and added some grass border die cuts (using a metal die from my stash) along the bottom of each of the four walls. I then decorated the front of the house with several stickers from the Element Sticker Sheet
and a dog that I fussy-cut from the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper
. I die cut the heart above the door using the Postage Stamp Die Set (an older metal die set by Echo Park Paper).
I placed a treat inside of a cellophane bag, tied it with a bow, and then placed it inside of the gift box. I then tied everything closed with a cheery, red, plaid ribbon.
Every gift needs a cute tag, don’t you think?! The tags in the Frames & Tags Ephemera pack
make it easy! I attached one to the bow at the top of the box using a bit of white twine, and then decorated the tag with a few small die cut hearts (Flower Set #5 Die Set).
Now this fun little treat is ready to give to your PAW-some friend! They will be delighted to open such a fun gift!
I hope today’s project left you feeling inspired to create something fun for someone YOU love! See you again soon!
House Cut File Used for Dog House: Gingerbread Chalet Village SVG Set by SVGCuts.com
Postage Stamp Die Set
Flower Set #5 Die Set
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Do you know someone who loves trail mix? I happen to know several people who would be delighted to get a large jar of trail mix as a gift, … it is their favorite treat! (And one of mine, too!)
For today’s project I decorated a large jar of this peanut-ty treat using the Carta Bella Paper Gone Camping collection
. Your outdoorsman would be delighted to receive this as he is heading out for a day of fishing. I mean, who wouldn’t love having a delicious snack to take along?!
The first thing I did was wrap the jar with a strip of the striped Campout paper
. I then added a band of the the fishing lure patterned Fly Fishing paper
on top of the striped paper. The top of the jar is decorated with a circle cut from the plaid paper in the 6×6 paper pad
Next, I fussy-cut three wood slices from the Travel Patches paper
and grouped them together on the front of the jar to anchor the rest of the decorative elements. The main piece is the Fishing Tackle Die Cut from the Frames & Tags Ephemera pack
. I added the fisherman sticker on top of the die cut along with a few trees and the “Fishing Hole” sign stickers
for a bit of scenery. A few die cut pine branches (Be Merry Branch Die Set
) are tucked behind the left side.
I tucked in a few more branches cut from the Classic Green Felt Designer Cardstock
on the right side of the label, and then added a group of fish “caught” … I mean CUT … from the Fish Facts Paper
. A bit of jute tied around the neck of the jar finishes everything off!
Circle Cutter, Trimmer, Scissors
Manual Die Cutting Machine
White Crochet Twine, Jute Twine
Adhesive, Foam Squares
Brown Distressing Ink
Jar of Trail Mix from Target
I used to work in the office of a junior high school back when I was in college, and if there is one thing I learned, it is that teacher’s are counting down the last few days of school until summer just like the kids are.
Today I have a fun thank you gift for your child’s teacher with a summer theme.
I’m pretty sure teachers are tired of seeing pencils, crayons, and notebook paper by the time May rolls around … and so for my teacher gift idea, I decided to create a Happy Summer Beach Tote using the Amy Tangerine Sunshine & Good Times collection
I used an electronic die cutting machine to cut out the pattern for the tote using the Flutter By paper
for the body of the bag and the Let’s Hug paper
for the blue accents.
Inside the bag, I am going to tuck a cute pair of flip flops, a pair of sunglasses, a bottle of sunscreen, and a gift card to a bookstore, so that my child’s favorite teacher can kick back at the pool with a good book or magazine. A cute beach towel would be a fun addition, too!
There you have it! An adorable gift that any teacher is sure to love. Who’s ready to go to the pool?! I know I am!