This week we are bringing you TONS of inspiration using the new Make It Merry collection, along with our previous Christmas collections and even some pieces pulled from everyday collections. I asked our talented designers to focus on fun little projects, and they did not disappoint! We have a fabulous mix of projects to share with you this week, including lots and lots of ideas for gift giving. And seeing as though the holidays can be one of our busiest times of the year, I love that so many of these projects can be created in no time at all.
Christmas Gift Wrapping, by Kat Benjamin.
I had such a fun time using my Bella Blvd stash to add a little "pop" to some of my Christmas gifts. I made a few different tags out of the "Christmas Cheer" and "Make it Merry" collections and used strips of patterned paper to add a bit more interest to a simply wrapped package.
Christmas Cheer: Merry & Bright, Trinkets, Treasures & Text, Daily Details; Make it Merry: Little Bits; Enamel Doo-Dads: McIntosh; Enamel Dots: McIntosh
Star Garland, by Heather Leopard.
For today's project, I wanted to make something that can be created quick and easy for a little DIY decor. I think this would be great strung across a door, mantle, picture frame or for gift wrapping (on a smaller scale). I simply collected a few branches while out and about on a walk and tied them together in a star shape using strips of paper and adhesive. I wrapped each point of the star in the paper several times using double sided adhesive. Once all the stars were created, I strung them on baker's twine and added Bella Bows as part of the garland.
Make it Merry: Border & Bits, Santa Selfie; Bella Bows: McIntosh, Guacamole
Christmas Stocking, by Christine Ousley.
So, at my home, I use pretty traditional colors of red and green with our Christmas decorations but many families like to decorate with theme related trees, decorations and yes, stockings. So it wasn’t hard to come up with this fun themed stocking made using the Bella Blvd Military Max fabric collection.
I used a fun quilt as you go method to make the stocking. I cut out the batting, backing and lining fabric in the shape of the stocking. Then I cut scraps of fabric and sewed them onto those layers, one piece at a time. This is one big stocking as you can see by the picture above. Lots of room for fun stuff!
The next step is to quilt on each scrap piece that I sewed down making the quilt sandwich. Then, with right sides together, sew along the edge of the stocking. Turn right side out and push the heel and toe out. Then you’ll just need to attach the hanger and the cuff. It’s a really fun project that you can do in an afternoon.
Bella Blvd Military Max fabrics by Riley Blake Designs, Stocking pattern by Handmaiden’s Cottage
“Joy” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
This card was completely inspired by the super cute cupcakes on the Borders & Bits paper from the Make It Merry collection. Using some dies, I cut the cupcake out of two different Make It Merry papers. I embellished it with some glitter and stickers from the Little Bits and Treasures & Text sticker sheets (both from the Make It Merry collection).
Make It Merry: Santa Selfie, Fa La La, Little Bits, Treasures & Text
“Joy To The World” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
Using traditional red and green papers and stickers form the Make It Merry and Christmas Countdown collections, I created this fun Christmas card. I think the Borders & Bits are perfect for cardmaking! I chose this cheerful Joy to the World piece and made it the focal image of my card. I embellished with other stickers and a McIntosh Enamel DooDads star.
Make It Merry: Little Bits, Treasures & Text, Borders & Bits; Christmas Countdown: Tree Park; Enamel DooDads: McIntosh