Giant Paper Christmas Tree

Giant Christmas Tree
       Hi friends I have been playing truant from blogland and do forgive me! My daughter who is in 5th grade  was asked by her class teacher to bring a paper christmas tree to decorate the bulletin board in her class!
Origami Christmas Tree
       We tried drawing a giant tree off hand but it wasn't so easy and after several unsuccessful attempts, we decided to make an Origami tree...a giant version of the ones I have shared here in this Paper Tree Tutorial 
DIY Christmas Tree
 We used large squares of chart paper to make our Giant Christmas tree . In fact making a giant tree was easier than the smaller version!! My kiddo  decorated it with die cut glitter foam ornaments, snowflakes and deers. And added quite a few glitter foam stars too. The tiny balls are thermocol balls and the lacy border was made using doilies!
DIY Christmas Crafts
My daughter literally spent a whole evening making her tree and she was soooo proud of it! It was a big big hit in her class and I even got a card from her class thanking me for helping them decorate their class!
Supplies : Dies :  Spellbinders 2012 Snowflake Pendant , Spellbinders 2012 Holiday tree ,Sizzix Stars Framelits ,Sizzix Card front Winter
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Edited : This project was featured by Di at her Pixie's Snippets Playground


DIY Paper Stars!

Handmade Paper Star
          Hi friends I have been missing from blogland but I have been crafting quite a bit and today jolted myself out of my laziness to come back to blogging and share a picture packed post with you featuring some of the cute Paper Star decorations my daughter and I made for Christmas!
Chipboard embellishments
I used a Sizzix die to create the large 3 dimensional stars and dressed them with lace and embellishments.
Handmade Christmas Decorations
Love the  gorgeous leaf lace which I had been hoarding for some time!
DIY Paper Star Decorations
Don't you just love those little cherries....!They are made of thermocol/styrofoam and were a bargain purchase from my local supermarket!
Thermocol Cherries
All my stars have cute  red fluffy hooks made out of puffy chenille stem sticks[ pipe cleaners]
DIY Paper Stars
Used up some lovely Christmas themed chipboard elements I had been hoarding for years!
Paper Stars
The red star below is made of red foil paper from DCWV and is one of the cutest of the lot!
Handmade Christmas Decoration
I kept the embellishments simple just adding a few satin roses and pearl strings but yes the lace border around the stars added all the glamour!
Satin Rose
The cute bow is a broken earring and I think you will agree it looks so cute!!
Recycled Broken Earring
 And here is the chipboard reindeer with a fluffy pompom tail!
Chipboard Reindeer
 The white satin rose bud is one of my favorites!
Satin Rose
 And a cute chipboard stocking to hold Xmas presents!
Chipboard Stocking
 Chenille stem sticks are so easy to hot glue to paper  and that is the main reason I used them to create my hanging elements!
Chenille Stem Hook
This one is in classic Christmas colors!
DIY Paper Star
I do love how the big rhinestone heart shimmers on the glittery snowflake!
The snowman star is another favorite of mine and I do love the "joy" themed paper!
Handmade Paper Stars
My daughter added a cute glittering green heart button for our snowman!
Chipboard Snowman
One corner of our star has the humblest of embellishments...a cute button! And yes we added a bit of snow too!
Button Embellishment
 And this corner has a cute cherry and satin rosebud!
Cherry Embellishments
 The tree charm looks adorable beside the glittery ball but I couldn't quite get a good photo!
Tree Charm

The last star is my daughter's favorite as she loved making the reindeer embellishment!
DIY Paper Star
Love how the golden snowflake shimmers against the gorgeous pattern paper!
Sizzix Snowflake
Crystal pollen and pearl strings are some of my all time favorite embellishments!
Yummy Crystal Pollen
 The little present was die cut using a Marianne die!
Marianne Presents Die
And the super cute reindeer!!
MDF Reindeer Ornament
Leaving you with a picture of my desk with more stars I have to dress up!!
Paper Stars
Supplies : Dies :  Sizzix 5 point 3 D star, Sizzix Card front Winter,Marianne Presents.Papers :DCWV The Evergreen Stack, Debbie Mumm Harvest and Holiday
I hope you enjoyed looking at all the stars my daughter and I made!! I will be catching up on all your blogs! I have been a lazy blogger ever since the Instagram bug hit me a few days back!


Mixed Media Decor Piece Tutorial

Mixed Media Art Work
Hi friends, my blogging is pretty erratic these days as juggling so many things right now. Sharing a mixed media plaque I made as DT project for Crafters Corner to showcase stencilling techniques.

       My mixed media plaque celebrates life and enchanting nature with a butterfly and an angel encompassed in a semicircle of soft vellum flowers!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
          The colorful butterfly panel in various shades of pink and magenta is mounted on a curved piece of cardboard to raise it above the stencilled woodgrain background .
Mixed Media Tutorial 
My "celebrate" is also mounted on a curved platform and  has tiny shiny star sequins and shimmering translucent glass beads from glass beads gel!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
        The raspberry pink flower made using Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose Stamp and die set has a generous sprinkling of distress glitter and diamond dust.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
I recycled a sturdy cake base to create my mixed media plaque. After a nice coat of gesso, painted the base with Folk art Vintage White paint.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Used a mask stencil called Carabelle Studio Papillon Stencil with Distress Ink 
Mixed Media Tutorial 
And got the mask of the stencil design!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Replaced the stencil and applied strawberry collage clay
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Collage clay has a thicker texture compared to Ranger Texture paste but you can get a nice coating using a palette knife. Here is a post with more on Collage Clay and projects using Collage Clay : Collage Clay Projects
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Added splashes of orange with Art Anthology sprays and shiny pink with Wow metallic Pink embossing powder .
Mixed Media Tutorial 
The butterfly was starting to build up in texture and sparkle!
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Painted over the whites with a contrasting Folk art Apple green and added more textural elements with glass beads gel.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Added more texture with glass Beads gel, chunky glitter and tiny drops of  resin! 
Mixed Media Decor Piece Tutorial

To match the color scheme of my project altered a bronze key with embossing ink and gold embossing powder
Mixed Media Tutorial 
The colorful and sparkling butterfly contrasts nicely with the vanilla and copper gold background !
Stencil Art
The wood grain was created using the Carabelle Studio Effet Bois  stencil and texture paste
Mixed Media Tutorial 
Sprinkled Ranger Gold embossing powder on the wet texture paste and heat embossed to get the  beautiful golden wood grain.
Mixed Media Tutorial 
I used the same shades of Distress Inks  and embossing powder throughout the project to bring about a cohesive look.
Mixed Media Tutorial
I hope you liked my Mixed Media Decor Piece!

Supplies: All from Crafters Corner:Stencils : Carabelle Studio Effet Bois,Carabelle Studio Papillon Stencil.Paints and Media  : Folk Art Multi Surface Paints, Liquitex Glass Beads Texture Gel,Ranger Texture Paste,Collage Clay,Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy,Art Anthology Sprays,Ranger Multimedium Matt.Stamps and Dies : Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisies Stamp and die,Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings stamp and die
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