Thursday, November 04, 2010

Guest Designer, the sweet Alison Steadman of Oopsey Daisy

Good Day! As I write this, Max is sleeping and my older kids are completely engrossed in Toy Story 2 (we haven't bought Toy Story 3 yet but we WILL!) The funny thing is they have never seen any of the movies (until now) but they just have toys and other things with Buzz and Woody on them and LOVE them! They've only recently had interest in movies.

I'm excited to share our second Guest Designer this month, the sweet and talented Alison Steadman of a fun blog, Oopsey Daisy. Her blog shares pics of her adorable children, fun craft projects, GREAT kids projects, home decorating and yummy recipes (like these Snickerdoodle Muffins that I made lasy month). YUM! She also has some great free downloads that you can find HERE. Read on to learn a bit more about her. She also shares a tutorial for our Standing Christmas Tree Funny how she had the same idea as Jody with a Christmas countdown. I think everyone's excited for Chrismtas! I know I am. :) (EDIT: An unfinished tree can be found HERE).

Hello, my friends! My name is Alison, and I am the lady behind Oopsey Daisy, my own little creative outlet. Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. Now, I am a happy stay-at-home Mom to a handsome toddler. My husband travels all week long, so I keep myself busy with crafts. I love a good project, and I especially love to make things for kids. I am also a holiday NUT--just ask my family! I love all things festive. I am thrilled to be a guest designer today!

Come along with me, and see how I designed this adorable 12" Christmas Tree.

Imagine my excitement when this package arrived at my door! The tree stands perfectly using the second piece as a stand.

As soon as I saw this tree, I knew I needed to go shopping at my local Archiver's scrapbook store. I cut strips of the new Mind's Eye Christmas paper and used my Fiskars scallop punch on some of the strips. I overlapped the paper strips and mod-podged all of the paper onto the tree. I covered both sides of the tree and even the edges. Then, I trimmed it all up. I even sanded the edges so there were no sharp paper edges.

I decided that this tree needed some BLING. I gave the tree a thick coat of mod podge and started dumping on the glitter! Next, I added red sparkly ribbon and green sparkly ribbon stripes. This little tree definitely shines!

I decided that it would be fun to use this tree to count down the days until Christmas. So I found some glittery snowflakes and used E-6000 to secure magnets to the back of each snowflake.

Using my Cricut, I added vinyl numbers to the snowflakes so we could count down the days until Christmas!

Using chipboard letters, I made the "days" sign. I also distressed the edges.

I just glued some thick magnet tape onto the tree so that the snowflake numbers would stick. I topped the tree with a big red ribbon bow.

I glued these fun epoxy buttons all over the front and back of the tree. I love that they look like ornaments!

I found this cute star box at Hobby Lobby and spray painted it red. Then I mod-podged paper and ribbon around the box's edges. Now I can use this box to hold the extra snowflake numbers! I am excited to start counting down the days until Christmas!

Enjoy your holiday season! I hope you'll come stop by my blog and say hello!

Isn't it adorable?! Thanks for your inspiration, Alison! It was fun working with you! Please visit the Oopsey Daisy blog for some fun finds and tell her we sent you!


Hanneke said...

Thanks for sharing that ,love that tree!!!

Lyndee said...

CUTE!!! I really want to make one. Where does one find such a Christmas true?

Michelle H. said...

Your tree is so pretty!!
Love that MME paper collection!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Very cute!! I love all of the glitter and fun Christmas colors.

ellen s. said...

i love the fun details and the countdown idea is brilliant!

Tanya said...

Cute, and almost instant gratification. Nice!

stephanie said...

This is wonderful