Friday, November 1, 2013

Kiwi Lane Blog Hop!



Happy Friday, everyone!  Today I am excited to be participating in the November Kiwi Lane Blog Hop!  I have always enjoyed these hops as a follower because I love seeing all the amazing things that can be made using Kiwi Lane's designer templates.  Now I get to show you what I made with mine! 

Make sure to leave a comment at the end of this post because one random winner chosen from one of the participating blogs (including the Kiwi Lane blog), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop!!  The winner will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, November 7th.  Here is the blog lineup in case you get lost or this is the first you're hearing of the hop:

** Cristine Redmond ** You Are Here!

Now that all of the technical stuff is out of the way, let's get this project reveal started!  I was given the Nature template set to work with: 


Being that fall is in full swing in my neighborhood, I was immediately drawn to the two leaf templates in this set.  I thought it would be fun to put together a wreath for my front door. 



Here are the supplies I used:
- wreath (mine was a straw wreath)
- burlap (can be ribbon or fabric cut into strips)
- Kiwi Lane Nature set
- Patterned Paper
- additional embellishments as needed
- glue gun
- a bone folder if it has a rounded edge and a straight edge, or a spoon & knife
- mouse pad or other soft surface

Here is the wreath that I created:


First I wrapped the wreath using burlap ribbon with a frayed edge to give the wreath a bit of visual interest.  Then I used the templates to cut out leaves from various papers from Authentique's Gathering collection.  I wanted to make these leaves look like more than just paper, so I flipped my leaves over to the side I wasn't going to be showing and used the rounded side of my bone folder in a circular motion to make the edges of the leaves curl up.  Then I flipped the leaves over and used the straight edge of my bone folder to create lines to look like the veins in the leaves.  Sounds complicated, but it was super quick and easy and gave the leaves so much more dimension (it's hard to see from the pictures).   


I used some lighter colored burlap fabric to make the rosettes, using my glue gun to keep them together and then to adhere them to the wreath.  What is the saying?  "I craft, therefore I have no fingerprints."  Yeah, that was me last weekend.  :)


I added a couple extra leaves and another rosette to the top of the wreath to balance out the heaviness of the other side.

I am SO HAPPY with the way this wreath turned out! As a self-proclaimed "novice," I've always wanted to make a pretty wreath but have always thought it would be too hard.  This came together so quickly and easily and I am so proud to have it hanging on my front door now.

Thank you so much for hopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Gift Shop!!  Now hop on over to Joy Nielson's blog to see the amazing project she created!

Until next time,

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67 comments:

  1. Your wreath turned out so adorable! I love the mix of burlap with the patterned paper for the leaves! Might have to make a new wreath for my door. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great use of the templates. Very creative.

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  3. You did a beautiful job with your wreath.... leaves and rosettes are so pretty :)

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  4. You are NOT a novice any longer, that wreath is to die for! Gorgeous!

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  5. The burlap flowers are great!

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    1. Thank you! They're a labor of love, for sure!

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  6. This is your first wreath?! It turned out GREAT! I just peeked around your blog and you are super creative! Bookmark :)

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  7. Wow! This is a beautiful wreath- great use of the templates!! and P.S.- I've been following your blog for a while now, and I think it's safe to say that you are no long a crafty novice! Your projects are all sublime!! <3 them all!

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  8. Wow, this is a beautiful wreath. What a fun way to use the templates.

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  9. I love the rosettes and what a different use for the templates! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  10. WOW! Its beautiful! I would buy one from you in a heartbeat! I love the paper you used.

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  11. I liked your different approach for using the bone folder. The added dimension is great.

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    1. This wouldn't have turned out near as pretty in my eyes if I had just left the leaves flat. Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. Love the wreath - liked the soft colors!

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    1. I have been hoarding this collection for a long time...I love them, too!

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  13. Love the wreath! I also love ideas that show the templates being used for things other than scrapbooking.

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    1. I think it would have been harder for me to think of a way to use them on a layout than it was to use them in this way. It just made sense to me. :)

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  14. LOVE the color combo, that is a beautiful project!

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  15. I love the sediment on the tag. It's a beautiful wreath.

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  16. Beautiful work! I love the burlap rosettes!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! My finger tips were fried the night I made them. :o

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  17. So amazing! I love your project - pinning to make one for next year!

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  18. I love your wreath ~ what a great way to use the templates!!

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  19. love the wreath~ really creative using the templates

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  20. I liked the idea of putting the leaf veins in the paper with the bone folder versus drawing them in.

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  21. Adding some dimension to the leaves makes all the difference! Very creative.

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  22. So pretty for the fall! I like the untraditional colors....

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  23. Your wreath is simply gorgeous!!! Love it!

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  24. Thanks for the idea, it's a great use of the templates for more than scrapbook pages.

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  25. Texture and autumn colors. What a lovely wreath!!
    <3 J

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  26. sooo pretty, love all the colors

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  27. What a pretty wreath! I love the variety of patterns, thanks for sharing.

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  28. Love the wreath you made!! :) Very creative!!

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  29. Very pretty wreath! I love the burlap and colors of the leaves....very nice.

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  30. being brand new to scrap booking, I never even thought about using the supplies for something other than pages.

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  31. I love your wreath, the leaves are beautiful

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  32. I really enjoyed looking over your blog! LOVED your cards made from leftovers!!

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