Monday, December 31, 2012

Delicate Paper Snowflakes

These 26 paper snowflakes were created to honor the staff and students of Sandy Hook school. The PTA had put out a call for snowlfakes so that they could transform the new school that students of Sandy Hook will be attending in January into a Winter Wonderland. I believe they have accomplished their goal, as today when I went to the web site to retrieve the address to ship my snowflakes, they had a new note stating that with regret they had to close this project for further donations of snowflakes as they have been overwhelmed with donations. So, my little snowflakes will be donated instead here at home to a project involving children or schools. So, if you too are like myself, I encourage you to visit this site to find out other ways your snowflakes can be used to honor the community of people at Sandy Hook school and help others.

If you wish to create snowflakes like the ones shown above for your own creative projects -- ornaments, tags, gift packaging, or cards.  Here are some brief instructions:
1.  Cut out snowflake of choice by hand or using a punch or cutting system. The snowflakes shown here have been created using a Spellbinder'sTM template.
2.  Next cut a scallop shape, one that has an even number of scallops, this scallop circle is 1 3/8-inches. Tape metallic thread to back, wrap thread through the valley of one scallop, count 7 valleys to the right and wrap thread through this valley. Wrap thread around back of shape and to the right of the first wrap. Continue wrapping in this manner until two threads appear in each valley. Adhere thread to the back and trim. Place an adhesive rhinestone to the center. Adhere to one side of the snowflake. Complete an additional thread wrap scallop and adhere to the opposite side of the snowflake.
3.  Finish the snowflake by applying Stickles glitter glue randomly to the snowflake.

As a new year is quickly approaching I would like to take this time to wish you and yours all the best and may 2013 be filled with good health and happiness. Life is as delicate as snowflakes, and just like snowflakes, each persons life and path is different.  I do hope the common denominator will be kindness and compassion. Have a safe and happy New Year!
Creatively Yours,

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holidays & New Iris Folding Book!

Where did the month of December go? Unfortunately, between a lingering month long cold and some personal and family commitment's I blinked my eyes and December had marched on without me. As I truly enjoy this time of year it was my hope to post and provide lots of inspiration for cards, favors, packaging etc. Alas, this was not in life's plans for me this year. That being said I do truly count my blessings of which I have many, and my heart and prayers go out to all who are experiencing hardship, loss and difficulties at this time. 
I hope that however you celebrate the holidays that you were able to wrap yourself in some precious moments spent with family and friends! 
I know you stopped here to experience something creative so I thought I would share with you a sneak peek of the cover of my most recent book, scheduled to be released in February. It is a collection of Iris Folded Cards celebrating Life's Special Moments. Watch for more info in the future.

Book & images ©Annie's
As we are approaching a new year I would like to extend my Best Wishes to each of you and it is my hope in this coming year to provide you with regular inspiration through these posts. Lets hope that 2013 is a great year and one filled with kindness, compassion, good health and happiness!
Creatively Yours,

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quick & Easy Christmas Card!

Project design © Sharon M. Reinhart 2012
If you are madly finishing up your Christmas Cards and looking for a quick and easy design, this card is it. Simply layer decorative paper onto the card front, add a punched border strip at left side followed by some rich velvet ribbon and a sheer ribbon accent at the top. The main focus is the beautiful layered snowflake - a SpellbindersTM snowflake die, they have quite a few to choose from. A sparkling rhinestone accents the center of the snowflake and then pick one of your favorite greetings to convey your message.

The inside does have a pocket created from the same papers as used on the front. This pocket is great for a gift card, money, or the annual family Christmas letter. You can always skip the pocket for a simple greeting. Hope you like this design and look for future posts on Christmas tags, decor and party favors using your paper crafting supplies.
Creatively Yours,