Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Blog Hop with blog Candy


Hi everyone, welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop, I am so excited that you stopped by today.

If you have arrived here from Elizabeth at 217Creations, you are on the right track, if not, go back to Pam at the Bug Bytes to start Hopping.  There is a list below of all the blogs in case you get lost.

For my project today, I was inspired by a picture I came across where the artist had taken a wooden reindeer that she recycled with new paper, etc.  I loved the shape of the wooden reindeer, and went to see if there was a similar cut on any of my Cricut Carts.  Unfortunately I could not find one, so I took my Gypsy, and several of the carts I did have and created my own Reindeer.

I used Walk in my Garden for the Legs and "ears"(this is the turtle shell distorted).


CM Tis the Season for the body.
 
 

and Paper Doll Dress up for the antlers.

 I didn't have enough of one pattern of Holiday paper for the whole project, so I printed some with my Cricut Imagine and the Christmas Wish Patterns cart.  I cut all of the images 1x on paper flipping the images, and 1x on light weight chipboard.  I actually used a backing piece I got with a stampin up paper pad I bought.  It was very light weight and cut nicely.  I assembled him, inking the edges as I went(Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany).  Made the wreath around his neck using silver paper and the branch out of the Tim Holtz Pine Cone die, and he was ready to go.






I also wanted to share today, some pine trees I redyed for the holidays.  I have been wanting to try this for sometime.  I purchased a pack of pine trees from Micheals.  I had a coupon and got a package of 10 for around 6.00.  I filled a metal pan with about 2.5" of bleach and put the pine trees in the pan. I rotated them severeal times, and within 10 minutes the green dye had been removed.

 
I rinsed them in warm water and a little soap to get the bleach off and then I started to experiment.
 
I purchased some tshirt die at Joanns which I also got on sale.  I think it was 2.79 per package.
 
It came in all kinds of bright, festive colors.
 
Here the trees are in the die bath.   
 
 
I also got my Tattered angels spritz's out and colored them with those.
 
Both methods worked well.
 
Here are the semi finished trees.  I love how they turned out.
 

 
I say semi finished because I need to glue on some baubles I bought, and then glitter them up.
 
This was a really easy project if not just a little messy,  I can't wait to make some blue ones.
 
OK, so here is the part you have been waiting for....
 
What is a blog hop without blog candy?  I am giving away a brand spankin new Chic and Scary Cricut Cartridge.  If you are a follower and leave a comment on this post, you might have a chance to win.

I will draw a post number on 12-18-12 using random.org, please, to make it fair one comment per person.  Also, don't forget to visit the other blogs on the hop for some amazing inspiration.

    Elizabeth www.217Creations.com
ME! 

until next time, Beth.

36 comments:

June Houck said...

Holy moly, that reindeer is amazing! Fabulous home decor :)

Pam said...

Cute cute cute! Amazing job! Love that reindeer. So going to scraplift

SherriB said...

Awesome reindeer! I also love the paper you used to make him.

sherri_braun@hotmail.com

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Oh My goodness - this is such an awesome project - I Love that reindeer. And those trees are fabulous - what a very creative idea. TFS and have a great weekend:-)

PoJo said...

Thanks for experimenting on the trees and sharing your results with us!

ptucker6 at cox dot net

Lisa said...

WOW WOW WOW, now that is what I call talent. Your reindeer came out amazing. Love those trees, what a great idea.

Adele Karabadji said...

What a great reindeer and your experiment on the tree's worked out just great, love it all...TFS
Hugs
Adele

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

The reindeer is just as cute as can be! TFS

Lori Apgar said...

Beth I just love your projects!!! You are so creative and invest quite a bit of time into your wonderful ideas! I LOVE seeing what you create. The very first project I remember of yours was a bunch of horses and cowboys and a barn all out of paper - you are super talented my friend!!!

This reindeer is darling!!!! And who would have thought to dye trees with t-shirt dye?!? Reminds me of some of the crafts my mom made when I was growing up :)

Anonymous said...

just beautiful, love the trees also. Thanks for sharing. and the chance to win cart. would love to win. thanks again.
Eacosta@dc.rr.com

ladybugstamper said...

I really like the reindeer, very clever. Thanks for sharing your idea and the opportunity to win Chic and Scary. Merry Christmas

Michelle said...

Beth I love the reindeer, I think I may need one of those too. Great Idea with the pine tree to bleach them and then color to match your own decor :)

Sherry said...

That reindeer is amazing! I can't believe you designed that on the gypsy. You are so talented!!

SherriC. said...

wow wow wow....you are amazing, love this reindeer...and those trees.....beautiful.....i would to do some purple trees....hmmmm.....
TFS!!!!
brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

KAT said...

what a cute idea with your trees. love your reindeer. i'm a new follower

Cropalcoholic!! said...

So talented!! I really love it!! Thanks for the chance to win a cartridge!!\\

Janis said...

First off let me say that I absolutely love your antler project. It's so darling. I also like the out come of your Christmas trees, looks like you were having some fun experimenting.

Merry Christmas, Janis

Tracie Rollins said...

Wow - that's a fabulous reindeer! You are so creative!

Felisa Montee said...

fabulous creations

Treva said...

Love that reindeer, tfs!

TheTulipCollector said...

You are an artist!!! Long time follower here!! Will be back more often. I love dying stuff to match. Awesome project.

Lori Comeau said...

Super cute!!!! I love the paper you picked. Great job on your project!
http://lorisartsyobsession.blogspot.com/

flowerdisco said...

love that reindeer and the fact that you made it withe the g is totally great!

Carrie K said...

So cute!! Ilove how you did the trees. Very pretty!

Pam said...

Love the reindeer! And the tree idea is nice to know!

Sukie said...

What a stunning project! I love how you used the different cartridges to create the reindeer and the paper you printed is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tips on dying the trees!

Sara Andrews said...

Your reindeer is just fabulous!! I love that you were able to make exactly what you wanted. So creative!

scootingranny said...

How truly creative you are to make a reindeer out of a turtle!! It took quite an artistic eye to pick out all the shapes to make what you wanted and it was super. Have never printed on light chipboard before but may try it now. And the little brush trees...totally neat way to get the colors you wanted. TFS!

Kards by Kathi said...

I think this project is so unique that I became a follower and also an email subscriber. You did a terrific job and I cannot wait to see your next project. Thanks for your time and talent.

Freda said...

What a great project, your ability to do things like this constantly amazes me. Would love the file so I can make some next year...definitely pinning this one to my things to make for next year.

Josie0602 said...

Your projects are amazing! How did you get the reindeer so big? Love those dyed trees...what a fabulous idea!

Tracy

Becky said...

Love your projects. I am following your blog now. I like all your home decor projects.

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

You are just too clever! Love the deer and the way you created it to be 3D. Thanks for the instructions on dyeing the trees.

Lori said...

The deer project is lovely. You did everything just right :) I have seen those trees and now I think I have to buy them since now I know to customize them with my favorite colors.

Peneeeee said...

You are a girl after my own heart! Between my CCR (Just got my Gypsy and I'm having issues) and scraplifting, I can see this being something I would do! GOTTA love the Cricut!

Jenny said...

Wow, love the tutorial! Love the festive deer! Thanks for sharing your "die job"! LOL Always good to learn something new! TFS!