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Cross Canada Blog Hop: Christmas Decor

Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring Christmas Decor.

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If you have just come from Sheri’s post then you are on the path of Christmas fun!

 I LOVE christmas and my favourite part is all the activities- crafting, memory-making and baking! I just LOVE it!  Every year I add to my Christmas home decor so here are two pieces that I created just for you (and now for me to enjoy!)

The first project features one of our new magnetic chalkboards. The red frame is just PERFECT for Christmas decor!  You may notice that I covered the chalkboard- well I wanted to use it again later and had one piece of our 12×12 chalkboard paper left so I saw the opportunity to reuse this frame for at least two things.

I covered the back with Kraft paper, framed my chalkboard piece with green glitter paper… now how did I do my awesome chalkboard image??  READ below for my tutorial!

Christmas chalkboard

 So it started with a pinterest search- free chalkboard printable. I found one I liked and printed it out (note: I used the draft feature on my printer settings so that I did not waste a lot of ink).  I then used white transfer paper (bought at the craft store) and layered it between my image and my chalkboard.


Next I took my Piercing and Embossing tool (embossing end) and went over the image outline so that the white off the transfer paper would do its job… and voila! It worked.

Next I took our Chalk Marker (this baby is permanent so be sure you are placing it where you want it!) and went over the outline and filled in the bits I wanted to fill in. To finish it off I also added green glitter leaves where they had chalk ones- I wanted to make this part easier AND add some colour!  This worked great and I have plans to do it again!


My second project is a Display Tray decorated with Yuletide papers, complements and accessories. These frames have been very popular as gifts over the last few years and our new family photos are going to have a special place in this one.  It is a very simple and quick project that looks great no matter what the theme!

christmas display frame


Now if you would like to purchase any of these items please visit my SHOP.  You won’t have it in time for the holidays but you will have it in plenty of time to craft for next year!

To continue on in our Cross Canada Hop, visit Christine’s blog!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Simple Summer Wreath

summer wreath

I really enjoy adding touches to my home that make it reflect my personality and use up stuff in my stash! Really it is win-win!!

I have had my winter wreath up on my door for far too long- since the colours were muted and not strongly winter I thought I could get away with it. I knew I had to make a new one soon and even bought the foam circle at Michael’s so that I could… but the month’s just slipped on by…. My son and my husband both made comments and Austin even tried to take it down and hide it. I true sign that it was time!

Early July I got out my supplies and set to work! I used my foam base and a full pack of our Skylark textiles (which are set to retire at the end of July- so act fast if you want some).

summer wreath one

I cut all the strips of fabric about 2 1/2 inches in width – I wasn’t very particular on being exact because I knew the wrap style would cover most of it up.  I also cut the strips the full length of the fabric that comes in our textile package- about 36 inches.


summer wreath two


Then I got wrapping and used LOTS of hot glue to hold it down. I took my time to make sure I got the wrapping just right but it didn’t take long before I was done. I had fabric left over and made a lovely bow with it- I also added a bow made from our jute ribbon to help it stand out.


summer wreath


As a final piece, I added a base and bling pendant and two charms- I made sure the quote was fitting of the season and me!

summer wreath final

Until we craft again, The Brae-er