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Woven Jeweled Ornaments and Jar

This method of paper craft­ing is super fun and I love the look of woven paper.  I made these orna­ments and jar using Pion Design’s Days of Win­ter papers and this post is also being fea­tured on their blog here today.  The tem­plates, cut­ting files, and meth­ods for woven paper projects can be found on the Paper­ma­trix blog here.  
We took another trip to Lon­don, Eng­land recently and vis­ited the Tower of Lon­don in hopes of see­ing the crown jew­els.  The line how­ever stretched for what looked like miles and was mov­ing very slowly, so I decided not to stand in the line.  I did how­ever, visit Hamp­ton Court and the National Por­trait Gallery in Trafal­gar Square again, and very much enjoyed view­ing the paint­ings of dress and jew­elry dur­ing that period of time, so was inspired to make today’s projects heav­ily jew­eled for a royal, regal look.   

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Days of Winter Glass Decor

These con­tain­ers were just plain glass when I bought them, but were trans­formed into the below projects after paint­ing them with ivory paint and then decoupag­ing Pion Design’s Days of Win­ter papers onto them.  The post can also be found on Pion Design’s Blog here.    These make lovely gifts for the hol­i­days and are so easy to make.  I did find that when paint­ing, you can min­i­mize paint streak­ing by mix­ing Mod Podge (1/2 part paint with 1/2 part Mod Podge) in with your paint and then apply­ing the paint with a large sponge brush quickly.  I allowed 24 hours for the paint to cure before pro­ceed­ing with the decoupag­ing and dec­o­ra­tion.  I had orig­i­nally made the flow­ers using the Spell­binders Spi­ral rose blos­som #1, but I have never been able to shape a good flower with it despite many attempts!  Every time I make flow­ers with that die, my hus­band says they look like spiky “bar­na­cles!”   So I gave up on that die and ditched the “bar­na­cles” and used the much-used and loved Bitty Blos­soms die.

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Olive Oil Bottle

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Candy Jar

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Decanter

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I got these bot­tles from Hobby Lobby.  They go on sale for 50% off fre­quently and so that’s the time to pick them up!  
Many wishes for a happy day!
Tara

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Winter Drawers

This project’s cool blue col­ors bring to mind a crisp cold win­ter day.  It’s made with Pion Design’s new “Days of Win­ter” col­lec­tion.   This project is being fea­tured today at Pion Design’s blog here.

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Have a lovely day!
Tara

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