Cricut Design Star Challenge – 5 Glittered Holiday Crafts

November 21st, 2014

For the November Cricut Design Star Challenge, my team created glittered holiday projects. I love all things glitter, and I love how easily my Cricut Explore cuts through thick glitter card stock.

Using my Explore, I created a Glittered Village House, and Glittered “Let It Snow” Banner  (and used them on my Michaels Dream Tree)

Here are all the lovely glitter projects that my team and I created:

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1. Glittered Village House & Glittered Tree Banner by The Project Girl
2. Christmas Woodland Terrarium by Brooklyn Berry Designs
3. Glittered Snowflake Pillow by Laura’s Crafty Life
4. Glittered Christmas Wreath by The Country Chic Cottage
Check out all the Cricut Design Space Star projects from this round on the CDSS pinterest page.  And if you don’t have a Cricut Explore, it’s the perfect Christmas gift. I’ll be posting the awesome black friday deals in a few days too!

Silver, Gold, & Mercury Glass Christmas Decor

November 18th, 2014

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In addition to home decor (my favorite place to get lighting), Joss & Main sells fabulous holiday decor. These gold, silver, and mercury glass items are some of my favorites right now. One thing to note about Joss & Main is that their sales end after a few days, and the products don’t necessarily return to their shop. So you really have to grab it while you can!

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Christmas Tree Decorating Tips – Dream Tree Challenge

November 14th, 2014

2 weeks ago I unveiled my 2014 Michaels Dream Tree, and today I’m going to share some of my tips for decorating Christmas trees. Here’s my finished tree in all it’s glittery glory: 

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So how did I get there?

TIP 1: Use Mixed Greenery Garlands

When dealing with a fake tree you need some greenery variation to bring added depth, color, and texture to your tree. My preferred method is to pick up some mixed greenery garlands and weave them through the branches of the tree.

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Here you can see the bare tree on the left, and then on the right I’ve tucked the garland in and around branches positioning the branches and pine cones (part of the garland) so that they stand out, but also appear natural. I ended up weaving 4 garlands through the tree.

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Here’s a close up of how the garland branches integrate with the tree.

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Here you can see the top of the tree. I started my first garland at the top and made it so that several of the garland branches were positioned vertically and extended the height of the tree by a few inches. It also makes the top just a little bit more full.

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TIP 2: Use picks to add visual size

Once the garland is integrated, I move onto picks. I love love love using picks to decorate trees. They ad some sparkle, fullness, and interest. At Michaels, they have picks in several different areas of the store. My favorite picks are in the floral department. I only use a few of theses because they are larger.

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I found these gorgeous frosted sage-looking bush picks in another area of the store. I ended up cutting some of the stems off to make them go a little bit further in the tree.

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And my favorite picks of all are the little glitter picks. The color on these were perfect, a warm white gold color. I also love how in the tree they look like clusters of mini glitted pine cones. Glitter picks are always a good way to bring some bling and texture to your tree.

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After all the picks are placed just so, I tucked some wide cream ribbon in and around some of the branches. Then I moved onto ornaments.

TIP 3: Use ornaments with a variety of textures

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