DIY Lantern Ornaments

DIY Lantern Ornaments
        Hi friends it feels like I have been away from crafting and blogging since ages when actually it has been just a month....life had dealt quite a few blows on several fronts and I was mentally completely drained out.
      My creativity is at an all time low right now but I had to make my DT project for Maureen's Rudolph Day Challenge and so do forgive the simplicity of this project.

Foam Crafts
        I made Christmas Lanterns using the Tim Holtz Rustic Lanterns die using chipboard and glitter foam . The gorgeous magnolia is my favorite and was made using the Spellbinders Magnolia die.
Christmas Decoration
I used glitter foam as it gives so much dimension and is lightweight too.
DIY Christmas Lanterns
 Festive Christmas colors always cheer me up and making this project was actually quite therapeutic for me!! It is at times like these when one truly appreciates the difference a hobby can make to your life!
DIY Christmas Decorations
 The white lantern is very simple but I love the cute mushrooms and the way the golden light bulb look!
DIY Festive Decorations
 I made the bulb portion of the lanterns using shiny golden holographic paper I had picked up from my local stationary shop...it shimmers so prettily when light falls on it.
Easy Christmas Decoation
 The berries are pollen and the glitter foam pine leaves were cut using a Poppy Stamps die.
Handmade Festive Decorations
These lanterns would work as festive home decorations or tags or even as a card front!
I hope you like this simple idea.
Don't forget to participate in the Rudolph Day Challenge !
Supplies : Dies :  Sizzix Tim Holtz Rustic Lantern ,Poppy Stamps Pine Boughs , Spellbinders Magnolia , Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip


DIY Earring Holder Tutorial

DIY Earring Holder 
Hi friends this DIY Earring Holder is my final post as Designer Spotlight for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  where the theme is "We're Going Around In Circles"

I love to incorporate recycling in my crafts and here I recycled CDs and cardboard tubes to create my earring holders.
DIY Earring Holder 
Each layer of this earring stand can hold 11- 13 pairs of earrings and the whole stand can display 30-39 pairs of earrings!
Handmade Foam Rose
 Foam is a material I have enjoyed crafting with even before it became the "in thing"!! All the roses and rosebuds on the earring holders were made using thin sheets of pink foam and Spellbinders Rose Creations  die.
Handmade Foam rose bud
 Here are some of the Tutorials to make the foam roses : Handmade Flower Tutorials. You can adapt most paper flower Tutorials to make foam flowers ...the main points are to use thin sheets of foam and to use hot glue as the adhesive.
 Before I made this stand I used to store my earring in Ferrero Rocher boxes...it was okay but I had to go through stacks of boxes to get to a earring I needed...this way the earrings are clearly displayed and dangle so prettily!

Handmade Foam Rose
DIY Earring Holder Tutorial 
Materials Required
  • CDs- though you may be tempted to use other materials for the layers, CDs are the sturdiest and easiest option. I used 4 CDs here.
  • Supporting cylinders- you can use any sturdy cylinder which is easy to glue to the CDs. Easy choices would be toilet paper rolls, the cardboard tubes inside cling film/ Aluminium foil rolls/wrapping paper rolls etc. I used the cardboard tubing of a party popper [you can see the  picture later down in the post]. You can also recycle plastic bottles to create your cylinders but plastic is trickier to stick to a CD and you need to have a bottle that is aptly shaped! You need 3 Paper rolls
DIY Earring Holder Tutorial
  • Paper- to line your CDs and Paper Rolls.
  • Adhesive- Liquid adhesive and the Hot glue gun.
  • Foam circles- optional- will explain why soon
  • Something to punch holes in the CDs- You can heat a nail and pierce through the CD but it requires a lot of patience and it can be frustrating! Easiest is to use a Cropadile or a good strong punch such as the WRMK hole punch.
DIY Earring Holder Tutorial 
Pretty up your CD with circles of pattern paper cut slightly smaller than the area of the CD. [It is better to cut your paper not to cover the entire CD so that you dont have to worry about strong adhesion at the area where the holes will be punched].
Punch holes in 3 CDs only as the 4th CD will be your base layer and will not hold earrings.
Punch holes at intervals of approximately 1/2 inch...you dont need to measure anything just eyeball it! Dont punch the holes right at the edge of the CD...punch 3-4mm inside the outer circumference of the CD.
DIY Earring Holder Tutorial 
Optionally add a circle of foam to the under-surface of the CD...adding foam and hot gluing the paper roll cylinders to it gives a more secure adhesion!
DIY Earring Holder Tutorial 
 I have used adhesive backed foam sheets which are nowadays available in the market but you can use regular foam too.
DIY Earring Holder Tutorial 
For one of my earring holders I recycled  a confetti party popper we had used in my daughter's birthday party.
DIY Earring Holder Tutorial 
DIY Earring Stand
In the first earring stand I made ,I was not sure if the rack would topple over after adding earrings so I created a weighted base using a plastic container.
Handmade Foam Rose
DIY Earring Stand 
But later on I found out that it was stable and sturdy with just  a CD as the base.
DIY Earring Holder 
I hope you liked this idea and I hope this will be useful for not only for others like me who have a good collection of dangling earrings but for also talented ladies who make and sell earrings at craft fairs and exhibitions.
DIY Earring Holder 

I have had so much fun creating for Simon Says Stamp and I hope you liked my posts as well.
Do drop by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  blog to be inspired by  gorgeous creations by the amazing DT and also to participate.You can link in 5 times and you have a chance to win a $50 prize each week!


3 D Garden Shed with Little Critters

3 D Garden Shed
Hi friends sharing a 3 dimensional Garden Shed with Little Critters for my 4th post as Designer Spotlight for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  where the theme is "Little Critters"

And I made a 3 dimensional garden shed using chipboard and added cute little hedgehogs, butterflies and dragonflies as critters!
Garden Shed with Hedgehogs
I love to use Sizzix Big Z dies and to create the 3 D window for my garden shed I die cut 3 pieces of chipboard using  the Tim Holtz Window and Pediments dies, layered them atop , applied gesso and gave a nice coating of Prima Texture crackle paste .
3 D Window
Added Graphic 45 Time to Flourish papers behind and around the window to create  a sunny cheerful scene!
3 D window with Graphic 45
I fussy cut some gorgeous flowers from the Graphic 45 papers and also made matching handmade sunflowers [using the Cheery Lynn  sunflower die] .

Handmade Sunflowers
Since the theme was "Little Critters" I added butterflies, hummingbirds and dragonflies to my garden!
Handmade Sunflower

Here is how I made my 3 D Garden shed which is open on the side to house a mini album/ diary/etc[not yet decided what I  should put inside it!!]
3 D Shed Construction
I embossed cream card stock using the Spellbinders Brick folder and added my 3 D chipboard window to the front piece. Used double layers of chipboard to create the roof , base and sidewalls.
3 D Shed Construction
When constructing such a 3 D structure it is easier to stick the roof and base first and later add the side wall.
3 D Shed Construction
I used card stock and liquid glue to stick the pieces together. 
3 D Shed Construction
The base and roof of my Garden shed are lined with beautiful papers from Graphic 45 Time to Flourish.
I added a hovering hummingbird on the roof...made it literally hover using acetate!!
Graphic 45 Time to Flourish
I used rusty hinge and wild honey Distress Inks  to create the gorgeous shading for my sunflower and added chunky glitter on the center!
Handmade Sunflower
I also made the golden dragonfly fly in midair by suspending it using a thin strip of acetate!
The garden floor has moss and mushrooms!

The picture below shows the open side to slip in your mini album or secret diary!
Open wall for Mini Album
I used a Graphic 45 chipboard"time to flourish" on the base of my window...such an apt sentiment for this project wont you agree!
Graphic 45 Time to Flourish
And bidding you adieu with the cutest image...an adorable hedgehog from Penny Black's Critters in love stamped and watercolored using Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens .
Penny Black Hedgehog
Do drop by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  blog to be inspired by  gorgeous creations by the amazing DT and also to participate.You can link in 5 times and you have a chance to win a $50 prize each week!

Linking to
Butterfly Challenge _ I have lots and lots of layers and also used the cream color. The gorgeous butterflies are in fact a winnings sent to me by dear Mrs A many moons back for winning the Butterfly Challenge !
Pile it on Challenge Animal ,Deep Ocean Challenge Furry Feathered FriendsCrafty Animals Challenge 2, Double D Challenge Flowers Galore,Rainbow Craftykari Challenge 3, Crafty Calendar Challenge May flowers , Pixie's Snippets Playground , Dream Valley Challenge Things with wings, Ribbon Girl Use any Image Challenge
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