Friday, December 6, 2013

Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to Ladybugs's Spot!!!  

Sooo excited to be participating in the Kiwi Lane Designs Blog hop!  Read all the way through to find out how to enter to win their $25 giveaway and a BONUS favorite woodcraft original from my Etsy Shop!!!

This is my first time working with Kiwi Lane's designer templates, and I loved it!  I received the Christmas set to create with.  Perfect!!!  
Here's what I came up with......

The Poinsettia template totally grabbed my attention first, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I traced the template onto five different dark red papers, making three of each.  Next, I cut an "X" style slit in the middle of each flower then folded each of the petals in half to give it some dimension.

Staggering the three papers for each flower together, I layered them under one of these cute, little gold ornaments inserted through the slits in the papers.  Next, I stuck in a small spray from my craft store berry picks and added some floral stem wire to the back to hold it all together.  Once the wire was secure, I wrapped and shaped the berries around the ornament part.
View from the back with wire stem.
I repeated this same process for all five flowers, then arranged them in a tall skinny vase.  Wanted to incorporate another texture and some green, so I filled the vase with a garland clipping.  This provided some great stability for my wire stems, which were super easy to bend and arrange exactly as I wanted them to go.  I used another template to cut some bright, corrugated, green leaves, tucked them in and tied some burlap around the vase with twine. Absolutely love the way it looks!!!

These flowers also look great tucked into garlands or wreaths!
Or on packages too!
 Loved those bright green leaves so much I thought they would make for a very elegant wrapping on a special gift.  Gold paper, burlap, some red ribbon..... glued on my leaves, three pieces of curled copper jewelry wire and my favorite glittered glass gems.  Beautiful!!!


 You make the glitter berries by brushing mod podge onto the back them sprinkling with glitter.  Brushing on your adhesive allows for great control over where your sparkles will go.  Simply shake off the excess and finish with a light spray of a high gloss varnish to seal it all in.  I've been using these on all kinds of projects lately and they always look fantastic!
The leaf and berry combination would also make darling cards!  You can even incorporate craft pick berries in place of the jewels with the leaves like we've done in our Christmas Joy Letters!

As a wood designer, I had to make some of these darling ornaments!  The large size template in the set would be perfect for some big, chunky ornaments, but I really loved the idea of creating re-usable gift tags!  Using the smaller template I cut out some on 1/8" plywood with my bandsaw.  So quick and easy!

 Sanded down any rough edges, drilled a small hole and sprayed the back side with chalkboard paint.  Took two coats.  Then I painted the front and sides with bright colors and covered them with glitter using the same technique as the glass stones.  Tied some silver cording through the hole and now I have lots of happy, blingy tags to tie onto Christmas presents!  The chalkboard backing makes them totally re-usable and adds such a cute finishing touch!


Seriously loved working with these designer templates and will definitely look for more from Kiwi Lane!

So, here's how this blog hop works.....  Visit each of the blogs listed below and leave a comment on each one as you go along.  You receive one entry per comment and a random winner from one of the blogs will receive a $25 gift certificate to Kiwi Lane Designs!  Awesome!!!

WIN your favorite item from our Etsy Shop too!!! Leave an additional comment on this post about your favorite item from Ladybugs' Spot to be entered to win it!  Shipping included.  Bonus entry if you also become a follower of our blog!  That's a Win Win for sure!  :)

This contest will run though 11:59 PM MST on Sunday, December 8th.


Here's the blog line up.....


  1. Kiwi Lane - Kiwi Lane Designs
  2. Mary Hartmann—Bowden - Me Quilter
  3. Janie McKissick - Typical Scrapbooker Crafts
  4. Carrie Bryant - Happy Scrappin’
  5. Amy Berrett - Ladybugs’ Spot *You are here!*  
  6. Cassandra Henson - For the Love of Scrap
  7. Carrie McDaniel - Carried Away with Crafting
  8. Apryl Holland - One Scrappy Soul
  9. Erin Colby - Our Slice of Cheese
  10. Brenda Smith - The Imperfect Scrapper

Have fun and good luck!!! 

32 comments:

Carol Hunsucker said...

I love the ornaments and the Joy!

Carol Hunsucker said...

I love the ornaments and the Joy!

Carol Hunsucker said...

I love the ornaments and the Joy!

Cassandra said...

Oh my goodness how I love that poinsettia bouquet! Well, I love everything else too!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

TheresaH said...

Loved all the projects. The reusable ornaments were my favorite.

scrapsofmine said...

Adorable holiday decor! Loved everything!

Carrie McDaniel said...

Oooh, Aaah, LOVE! The berries are my fave!

cghundley said...

Wonderful projects!
Loving the poinsettia.
Carla from Utah

Mary said...

Talk about thinking way outside the box, you did! Great ideas.

Robin M said...

I love the Christmas Joy Letters.

dale88jr said...

Great use of the templates outside of scrapbooking. Thanks

juliem said...

Great projects. TFS

Joyce Woodhead said...

You did a great job!! I love the glittered ornaments!!

Jenny and James said...

I love your penguin!!!

I also followed your blog.

Stephanie said...

What cute ideas - I never thought to use the templates with my wood projects! Thank you!

carrie said...

Beautiful flowers. Great job with using these fun templates.

lindanell said...

Well, I thought I had all of the templates that I needed until I saw your blog post. The Christmas templates are now on my wish list. You make me want to ask my husband to teach me how to use a saw. Loved your projects.

lexi_kaye said...

I love the wood ornaments, and your ideas on the flowers.

Robin B. said...

I love your etsy shop! I really like the carved chunky snowman and the winter seasons block set.

Lucy Wafwa said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE the ornament idea. What a way to take the templates to the next level!

Scrapping Nana said...

Love the joy and ornaments!

Scrapping Nana said...

Love everything at etsy, favorite .....the chunky candy corn.

Lori A. Geise said...

Merry Christmas to me....I hope I win!!

Lori A. Geise said...

I can't wait to try your Gingerbread cookie pie recipe. Yum.

TINA said...

Great! Now I need the Christmas set! I love your flowers :)

Natalie said...

Your ideas blew me away! Wow! Very classy ideas.

terylswife said...

too fun, your house must be full of the Christmas spirit with all these great decorations!

Steph Manhalter said...

Your Joy letters with the light green-striped "O" is one of my favorites. Also, loved the ornaments with the chalkboard backing.

Jaci Burgess said...

Love them all! You done an awesome job!

C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

Excellent hop! Thanks for the inspiration. I love how you made your own decorations - especially the berries. I will scrap lift!! I am a follower of the KLD blog and have commented on all the participating blogs! Thanks for the giveaways!!

La-Vie B.
Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

I'm a new follower of your blog and have checked out your online store. I like the believe blocks the best. Thanks for the special giveaway and two chances to win!!

La-Vie B.
Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

Gail said...

Oh, WOW! I love your projects! I especially love how much texture you were able to use in the poinsettia arrangement! Thanks for the eye candy! :)