Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Clothespin Wreath

This cute Christmas wreath is made using clothespins.  Two of the demonstators in my group made clothespin wreaths for fall and they inspired me to make this one for Christmas using Stampin' Up!'s Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper.

Because the wreath uses clothespins pinned to a wire frame, you can decorate the other side of the clothespins for a different season.  When it's time to change your decorations for a different holiday, you flip the clothespins around and you have a wreath ready for your next event.  I like the idea of using the same wire frame and changing out the clothespins.  It greatly reduces the amount of storage space you need.

On the other side of the clothespins, I used Stampin' Up!'s Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper which can be found in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday catalog.  This paper is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and fall.  My friend, Connie, gave everyone this Halloween witch at our fall scrapbook retreat.  She was perfect for turning this into a Halloween wreath.

To decorate the wreath, I CASE'd the ornament on the cover of the Holiday catalog using the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and Holiday Ornaments Framelit dies.  I didn't have the Designer Rosette Bigz XL die with me at the retreat, so I used the scallop circle punch to make a slightly different rosette for the center of this ornament. For the center of the ornament, I used my new favorite combination of Stampin' Up!'s vintage faceted designer button and a pearl.

Using a hot glue makes it easier to assemble the ornament and add the tulle.  When I'm working with hot glue, my new favorite tool is this 6 x 6 silicone craft sheet.  It protects your work surface from the hot glue and the heat from the hot glue gun.  When you're finished, you can pop off any of those hot glue bits that end up on the silicone craft sheet.

Here is the Valentine's Day version.  It was fun figuring out how to make the rosette heart.  

You can make the clothespin wreath for both Christmas and Valentine's Day in a class I'm teaching.

Date:  Saturday, December 1
Time:  2 to 5 pm
Location:  Arlington, TX
Cost:  $25 fee includes kit

The kit includes the wire frame, clothespins and everything you need except for adhesive.  Contact me at to register for this class.

Stampin' Supplies for the Christmas Clothespin Wreath

Item Description Price
128051 Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set $25.95
127816 Holiday Ornaments Framelits $24.95
129950 Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (save 15% on the stamp set and framelits) $42.95
126896 Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper $10.95
126840 Gumball Green 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock $6.95
101650 Very Vanilla 8-1/2X11 Card Stock $8.50
126966 Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
126861 Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
125577 Large Pearl Basic Jewels $4.95
127555 Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons $5.95
118874 2-3/8 Inch Scallop Circle Punch $16.95
127841 Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon $6.95
127853 Silicone Craft Sheet $5.95

Visit my online store to get your supplies for this project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Thanksgiving Turkey Using Designer Rosette Die

Looking for Thanksgiving projects? 

I saw this turkey on Tim Holtz's blog and just had to make it with Stampin' Up! materials.  It gave me a chance to use my Designer Rosette Bigz XL die.  You can change the sizes of the rosettes by cutting your paper strips in different widths.  To make the three different sizes for this project, I cut the strips 1 1/2" x 12", 1 5/8" by 12" and 2" x 12".  You'll need two strips of each size to make one rosette.  I used the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper which works for both fall and Halloween.

I used the pointed end of the rosette for the turkey.  You can see how the scalloped end looks on this Christmas tree that I made.

For the body of the turkey, I glued two pieces of cardstock together and cut out the pattern provided by Tim.  I cut a slit in the scallop circle in the center of the rosette and added a little glue to hold the turkey body in place. 

I sponged the rosettes before they were assembled.  It was much easier to add shading with Soft Suede classic ink when the paper was still flat.  Hot glue seems to be the best way to glue the rosettes to each other.

While you can't see it in the picture, I used another scallop circle at the bottom to make a stand for my quirky turkey. 

Have fun making these turkeys for your Thanksgiving celebration.  It's quick and easy thanks to the Big Shot and Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Designer Rosette Bigz XL die.

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
125594 Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die $42.95
126906 Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper $10.95
102316 Naturals White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock $7.50
126968 Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
126978 Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
127811 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch $15.95

Visit my online store to get your supplies for this project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store