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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Big Shot Autumn Wreath


Hi and welcome to my post for our Autumn Mini Blog Hop! You might have just arrived from Kerry's lovely blog, hope you are enjoying our projects! Read on to find out how you can enter to win some blog candy!


I recently "made-over" our study with some de-cluttering, a fresh coat of paint and some rearranging of furniture. Before I painted, this room was a badly-painted icky yellow with green trim, and it was only the sheer volume of furniture in this room that put us off painting until now. I painted with Dulux "Puppy" but used Wattyl i.d. paint (low-VOC). This colour works so well with our timber furniture, especially our sideboard and piano.


"What does all this have to do with Stampin' Up! ?" You ask .... well ... after I had put up some artwork and framed some lovely old sheet music to hang over the piano I still had a blank spot over the sideboard. Having spent $$$ on paint, a new blind, and a new bookcase I really didn't want to spend any more money. But I wanted something cream-coloured and a bit 3D.

And then my Big Shot arrived in the mail! Woohoo! I've always wanted something to cut large leaf shapes so the Leaves #2 was the first die I ordered when Stampin' Up! demonstrators could pre-order from the new Autumn Mini. I pulled out some Very Vanilla cardstock and got busy cutting lots of maple and oak leaves. Then I cut a large donut shape (I traced a large plate and then a smaller plate inside) and started adhering the leaves, overlapping until they covered the donut shape.


At this stage it was looking good, but not quite what I had in mind. So I cut more leaf shapes and this time curled each one around a pencil for that "just fallen from the tree" look, and adhered them carefully to the wreath. Finally I used the Extra-Large Two-Step Bird Punch to punch some leaves and a bird and adhered those leaves around the edges of the wreath. (Loving the new style of Stampin' Up! punches!)


Fortunately I had a nail sticking out from the wall where we used to hang a picture and I've just hung the wreath on that, with the bird blu-tacked to the wall in the centre. I love that it is monochrome and therefore you can really see the light and shadows, it looks a bit like those expensive lazer-cut wall features you see in magazines! But I'm also thinking I might make another one in Autumn colours one day soon!

Total time taken: less than 30 minutes
Cost (using what I had): FREE!

And now for some exciting news for YOU: We are offering 2 lucky visitors the opportunity to win some ‘Blog Candy’ this time around. There are a few things you must do to be eligible and they are:

1. You must leave a comment on every blog in the tour. Please also leave your full name with the comment.

2. After leaving your comments, you need to email Kerry and inform her you have done so and would like to be in the running for the blog candy.

**Blog candy is available to residents in Australia only. Entry is open till midnight April 5th. Demonstrators are welcome to participate.

Well, that’s all from me. I hope you left your comment to be in with a chance at the ‘Blog Candy’. Now you’re off to enjoy the wonderful creations of Teneale. (Click here to go to the next step of the blog hop!)

Thanks for stopping by!

If you happen to lose your way here’s a list of all participants:

1. Juliette Chapman http://juleskraftikrafts.blogspot.com

2. Sue Dean http://www.addictedstampers.com.au

3. Meighan Wheller http://meighanwheller.blogspot.com

4. Chary Belfield http://charybelfield.wordpress.com

5. Nikki Stalker http://www.nicolestalker.com.au/blog

6. Sharon Wilson http://shaz.argyle.com.au/blog/index.php

7. Kirrily Matthews http://kirrilymatthews.blogspot.com

8. Rob Irving http://www.stampingitout.com

9. Sally Williams http://www.sallycancraft.com

10. Kerry Bunting http://www.kbpapercraft.blogspot.com

11. Fiona Harvey http://fionastamps.blogspot.com

12. Teneale Williams http://www.tenealewilliams.com.au

13. Liam Pucher http://www.inspirestampin.blogspot.com

14. Marelle Taylor http://www.marelletaylor.com

65 comments:

Kez said...

Fiona this is absolutely gorgeous and would also look great on my newly painted lounge wall!!! Are you taking orders? So creative and so elegant ... love it! TFS

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great idea - now to find a spot on my wall for it..
What a great Blog Hop!

- Cherrie Sharpe

Anonymous said...

Fiona, this is my first blog hop attendance, and so far I love what I've seen. The wreath was gorgeous and would be perfect for Christmas too. - Cassie Ingersoll

Sue Dean said...

Very Clever and a great use of that nail.

Cathie said...

What a great idea I have just the spot in my place, I can just see it in the colours I would like!!

Marelle Taylor said...

What an awesome idea...and I thought I didn't need that leaves die!!
It's just gorgeous Fiona!

Lisa Moloney said...

Looks fantastic! Can't believe it was made in less than 30 minutes!

Teneale Williams said...

How Clever and I love it in white...So elegant.

Patricia Gowlett said...

That is a beautiful wreath. This blog hop is just amazing. You are all such inspirational people!

Caroline said...

That's really different!! Would never have thought of doing that!! Gorgeous!!

thanks for sharing

Caroline

Liam said...

Absolutely fab. It is just devine.

Liam

Shandell said...

What a great idea to use die cuts to make wall art!! Shandell Hawkshaw

Lisa Martin said...

What a cool idea to make a wreath! Well doen!

Patrice said...

Perfect way to learn to use that beautiful BS! Very clever.

Patrice Easton

kma said...

Another superb idea and colours could be incorporated for any season / event - fantastic x
Karen Anscombe

Maree McIntosh said...

The wreath is so different but looks so elegant. Well done

Suzi said...

The wreath lovey and unique.

Love it

Suzi Reilly

Hi .... said...

A very interesting creation - I am amazed that you could produce it in half an hour.
Mary Kelly

Sandie C said...

Your wreath looks perfect on that wall - love the way you used it on something other than a card. TFS

Genelle Little said...

So pretty, Fiona! Love how you tied it in with your existing colour scheme.

Natasha Martin said...

Great idea, will have to get around to making one for christmas too :-)

Wendy Hawkinson said...

I have been looking for home decor ideas. This is going right into my favorites! Thank you for sharing!

~Wendy Hawkinson
www.gotrubberwillstamp.blogspot.com

Paula Fuller said...

This is beautiful. Just love what you have done with the wreath.

Anonymous said...

Wow, such a good advert for the big shot and dies! I want one now. I'd love one using my left over christmas DSP. How clever are you? Tooo clever. Thanks for inspiring. enjoy your Easter. Cheers Donna Zammit

Anonymous said...

Love the elegant wreath. Thank you for sharing.
Tamara Conroy

Shirley said...

The wreath is great but the new bird punch in the middle just finishes it off so perfectly
Shirley Macdougall

Kerron Ramsay said...

This takes the punches to a whole new level. So very elegant. Lovely.

Cards by Karen said...

This is such a beautiful idea and would be lovely to decorate a room. Great job!!!

Karen G.

Andrea said...

very clever idea. Isnt the Big Shot great!!!

Dione Bird said...

Great to see how Stampin Up products can be adapted to make home decor items! Very creative and it looks great!

Dione Bird

Allison Brudenell said...

What a fantastic idea - you've got me starting to justify a big shot... Husband wont be happy!

Allison Brudenell

bingarano3 said...

Great idea and it looks fantastic.
Thankyou
Heather

Ruth said...

awesome idea, really unusual, thanks for sharing

Linda said...

Lovely! Thank you for the story behind the work, too. It is nice to know what prompts an idea! Well done.

Tui Nathan said...

Oh how super creative of you .... would never have thought of makeing a wreath - a terrific and very clever piece of work. Thank you!!!

Mary O'Connell said...

I love this little bird and the new style of punches (so easy and pretty to use)! Mary.

Karyn Schultz said...

wow, this is so creative. I'm loving the big shot and all its wonderful dies nore and more. thanks for the inspiration!

Linda Craven said...

Very clever. It looks absolutely beautiful in your room.
Linda

Gwendolyne said...

Just lovely! I'm definately going to try one in Autumn colours but your wreath is gorgeous. What a clever idea!

Wendy said...

Such a creative idea - it looks fabulous! Clever girl!
Wendy Thrift

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Great job Fiona.

Sam Wilson

Christine Blain said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. LOVE this!! It looks sooooo beautiful; great job, Fiona.

Meighan said...

What a great idea Fiona. It must have taken you hours to complete but looks very stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Mae Collins said...

What a great project! Might inspire me to do something on one of the bare walls in our (not so newly now) renovated kitchen which my husband wants me to do something with! TFS

Linda Lee-Grant said...

Never would have thought to do this with punches. Well done.

Karen Williamson said...

so elegant and classic, I love it!

Anonymous said...

How very clever I would never have thought of doing this . Well done Marilyn Rae

Vicki Lynch said...

Very Elegant. I would not have thought of doing this.

Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona,

Your wreath is fabulous - such a clever idea.

Robyn Little

Michelle Cox said...

Very Clever such a great idea :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow

Your wreath is so lovely. I want one now!

Thanks for sharing your creation.

Joan Huff

Robyn P said...

What a great idea and the perfect touch to finish of your renovations.

Nanette Smith said...

A very clever idea and it looks great!

Sandra said...

What a fantastic idea! That's certainly thinking outside the square :)

Naomi Vaughan said...

That's great...did it take you long to make it? Thanks.

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