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Friday, January 09, 2009
I made my first garland this week! I was very excited to make one of these decorations that are so "in" right now. I had a kit from Cosmo Cricket that I bought from my good friends at QVC a year ago, and never used. It's one of those all-encompassing kits with materials for different types of mini albums, cards, and stand-alone paper crafting projects. I like to put my own spin on things, so I used embellishments and fibers that I already had to jazz up the chipboard from the kit. Using two copies of some vintage Valentine images, I cut them out as precisely as I could, then glued them back to back. They hang from a fuzzy pink fiber, and being double-sided, no matter how they may turn in a breeze it will still be pretty.Then I used some stickers and chipboard pieces to decorate the floral circles and inside the shapes of the letters.I thought it looked pretty good when I first finished it, but I wanted to get the full effect, so I taped it up to the mantle for a quick look.The letters didn't stand out from the circles as much as I would have liked, so I did a quick outline of the letters with a dark brown marker, which gave them more presence. Voila!Now I'm going to make another one with the chipboard letters that were punched out of the circles!
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