Friday, November 25, 2011

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Hello! This is Patti and today I have some handmade Christmas ornaments to share with you.  My favorite collection this holiday season is Bo Bunny's Blitzen line.  I love the colors and knew it would be perfect for the stitched and stuffed distressed paper ornaments I had in mind.  I've made 3 examples that are a breeze to make and can be done in very little time. 

Patterned Paper: Turtle Doves, Stripe, Blitzen and Sentiment/ BLITZEN; Winter Joy (brown)/WINTER JOY
Cardstock: Flourish/Orange Citrus
Buttons: BLITZEN
Chipboard: Layered Chipboard/BLITZEN

1. Create or find an ornament shape to use as your template.  You can also use large die cuts if you have them.  Stick with simple shapes (that are about 4" - 6" high) as they'll be easier to stitch and stuff.  I already had these templates (bird, snowman and tree) on hand that were ideal for these paper ornaments.  With a pencil, trace and cut 2 of each of the shapes from Bo Bunny patterned paper.

  • 2 triangles and 2 trunk shapes
  • 2 bird bodies and 2 wings
  • 2 snowman shapes
 2.  Ink the edges and distress, if you like.  To further distress my shapes, I also sprayed them lightly with water and carefully crinkled them.  Be careful - the paper tends to be very fragile while it's wet.  Then I flattened them out a bit and dried them with a heat gun.

3.  Once the paper shapes are completely dry prepare them to be stitched together.  This is a good time to attach a ribbon or string to hang the ornament.  Simply adhere it to the top back side of the front shape with a bit of adhesive.  It will be further secured once you stitch the ornament.  For the tree, stitch around the trunk leaving the top of the trunk open.  Add a very small amount of polyfil and with a little bit of adhesive attach it to the bottom back side of the front tree shape - again, it will be more secure once you stitch the tree ornment.

4.  Next, align the front and back pieces of your ornament - with wrong sides facing in.  Determine where you can leave a 2" - 3" opening on the ornament for easy stuffing and begin stitching around the shape - stitch 1/8" from the edge.  Also, be sure to backstitch a little bit to prevent it from coming undone later as you stuff. 

TIP: Change out your regular needle used for sewing fabric and dedicate a needle to paper sewing.  I switch them as needed.

5.  Before adding any stuffing, this is the time to add any details that would be difficult to add later - hand drawn details, rub-ons, etc.  I added the snowman's face  - a bit of blush with a cotton swab, and the eyes and mouth were added using the end of a paint brush dipped in black acrylic paint.  I also glued on the cardstock nose and punched heart with liquid glue.

6.  Add small amounts of polyfil or other stuffing to the ornaments.  Be sure not to over stuff as it will make it difficult to stitch.  Stitch the opening closed and tie off the ends at the back of the ornament.

7.  Attach the wing to the front side of the bird with a strong adhesive.  Then adhere any additional embellishments or accents to complete the ornaments and they're ready to enjoy!

Other suggested shapes: gingerbread men, stockings, stars and hearts.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and that you too will be inspired to create a few handmade ornaments this season. 

h a p p y  c r a f t i n g !

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post today to wish all of our wonderful Bo Bunny fans a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are certainly very thankful for all of you!  And just because it is the cutest thing out we will leave you with a picture of this adorable little turkey treat holder that Patti Milazzo made in this post.

From all of us at Bo Bunny, Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Focus on Snowfall

Today we are focusing on the new Bo Bunny line "Snowfall". It is one amazing collection and the Bo Bunny designers could not resist playing with it! I will keep this short and get straight to the projects because they just speak for themselves.

by Jolanda Meurs

Paper: Chocolate Flourish Cardstock/Snowfall Words; Die cut paper
Trinkets: Snowfall
Jewels: Snowfall
Cardstock stickers: Snowfall
Noteworthy: Snowfall

by Jolanda Meurs

Paper: Snowfall Cabin
Dimensional stickers: Snowfall
Cardstock stickers: Snowfall
Noteworthy: Snowfall

by Debbie Sherman

Paper - Snowfall, Cabin, Wintertime
Noteworthy - Snowfall
12x12 Chipboard - Snowfall
Brads - Snowfall
Jewels - Snowfall
6x6 paper pad - Snowfall

Snow Angel
Irene Tan

Bo Bunny Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Snowfall, Blizzard, Dot and Cut Outs/Snowfall
Stickers: Feelin' Frosty Cardstock Sticker
Noteworthy: Snowfall
Brads: Snowfall
Jewels: Snowfall
Buttons: Snowfall
Trinkets: Snowfall
Chipboard: Snowfall 12 x 12
Clear Stamps: Snowfall

Holiday Greetings and Merry Christmas Cards
by Luzma Bruna

Patterned Paper: Snowfall 6X6 pad
Jewels: Snowfall
Buttons: Snowfall
Trinkets: Snowfall
Chipboard: Snowfall 12 x 12
Clear Stamps: Snowfall

Baby it's cold outside
by Gabrielle Pollacco

Patterned Paper: Snowfall; Flakes, Blizzard & Snowfall, Et Cetera; Symphony
6x6 Paper Pad: Snowfall
Trinkets: Snowfall
Brads: Snowfall
Jewels: Snowfall
Combo Stickers: Snowfall
by Tomoko Takahashi

Bo Bunny Supply List
Patterned Paper: Drift, Cabin, Hot Chocolate, Blizzard, Cut Outs / Snowfall
Stickers:Combo Sticker
Noteworthy: Snowfall
Jewels: Snowfall
Chipboard: 12" Chipboard, Layered Chipboard
Buttons: Snowfall
Trinkets: Snowfall
Brads: Snowfall

Project: Bracelet
Bo Bunny Supplies used on charm: Et Cetera Pattern Paper (Stamped), Et Cetera Button

Happy Winter
by Mireille Divjak

Cardstock: Frost Dot
Patterned Paper: Cut outs / Snowfall
Layered Chipboard: Snowfall
Cardstock Stickers: Snowfall

Snow Angel
by Romy Veul

Bo Bunny Supply List:
Patterened Paper: Blizzard, Chill, Drift, Words / Snowfall
Chipboard: Snowfall 12 x 12, Snowfall Layered Chipboard
Rub-Ons: Snowfall
Jewels: Snowfall

It will be cold out soon and I hope the Bo Bunny designers have left you feeling inspired to create with the new Snowfall line! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Card Challenge Tuesday!!

Are you ready for the card creating season??? How many of you make your own Christmas Cards? Today we have a fun sketch to help you get going on your handmade cards!!  Today's sketch is brought to you by our very own Sarah Encleva!! It will help with all that card making we have to get done quickly! Our design team has been busy creating seasonal cards and cards for those special people in your life...they are sure to inpire you!!

May your Christmas be Merry and Bright
by Samantha Wright

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Double Dot: Wine, Deep Sea
Patterned Paper: Father Christmas 6x6" pad
Noteworthy: Father Christmas
Ribbon: Holly Berry Wrap
Buttons: Assorted Bo Bunny

Other: Jumbo Java chalk ink, Cuttlebug, Stickles- Xmas Red

Happy Holidays
by Sarah Eclavea

Patterned Paper: Snow Globe, Cut Outs/ Blitzen
Stickers: 12x12 combo/ Blitzen
Jewels: Blitzen
Chipboard: 12x12, layered dimensional/ Blitzen
rubons: Noel
Ribbon: Double Dot Chiffon

You are the Best by Jolanda Meurs 
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Garden Girl Wisteria
Card Kit: Garden Girl
Jewels: Garden Girl
Layered Chipboard: Garden Girl
Brads: Garden Girl

We hope you all enjoyed the cards and the sketch we shared with you today!
You can link your card inspired by our sketch below and you have until December 6th to play along.
We can't wait to see what you create and share with us!