Wednesday, 14 November 2012

All Spruced Up!

Hello everyone and welcome to my new followers - so lovely to see you here and so glad to have you.
I'm  here today with another Christmas decoration using some recycled materials along with some of the gorgeous images you'll find on the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 2 CD - Gingerbread Twist which is my inspiration for Studio 12 Creative Team.
I adore robins as we have a pair that nest every year in the ivy twining round one of our pergola posts and they're so cute when feeding their babies so the gorgeous images on the CD are a real favourite of mine and I couldn't resist using one of them on my decoration.
Here's what I made:

It's actually simpler than you might think as the base is made of 2 circles of greyboard, one left whole and the other with a central hole cut out. I used a circle cutter as I didn't have the right size dies but if you do it's a lot quicker! I painted the ring circle with deep green acrylic paint.
I then made the inside section firstly cutting a circle of plastic packaging slightly larger than the central hole of the ring and embossed this with Cuttlebug musical folder. I then inked it with Adirondack Watermelon and Butterscotch alcohol inks.
I cut an even larger circle of vintage music score and stuck this to the whole circle (this is the back of the wreath), then added the embossed panel using small pieces of tape round the edges so that it didn't show in the ring aperture.
I printed out the robin and some spruce which I re-sized slightly to fit my design - I dropped them all into a Word document as I find this the easiest way to print out multiple images. I then cut them out and inked the white portions of the spruce with green ink.
I assembled the wreath as you see, sandwiching some rustic twine between the 2 layers as a hanging loop then adding some bows and tiny roses to embellish it and cover up some of the gaps. As a finishing touch I then gave the spruce a coating of glitter glue and added a sprinkle of Distress Stickles Rock Candy dry glitter for some frosty sparkle.

Have a great day and hope you have a little sunshine as we do here at the moment.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my wreath:
Corrosive Challenges - Flutter By
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Things With Wings
Divas By Design - Anything Goes


  1. This is fabulous Fliss, something you can bring out every Christmas and great that it was made from recycled packaging.

  2. Gorgeous project. Thank you for joining thhe Dream Valley challenge this fortnight. Marlene DT

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous Fliss the design and colours are fabulous. Caroline xxx

  4. Wow! fliss love it...
    Suzi B

  5. Hi Fliss - loving your wreath especially the ribbons and roses - Jacqueline xx

  6. WOW! This is so beautiful. I love the design and that robin is gorgeous


  7. Loving your gorgeous wreath, x

  8. A stunning Christmas wreath Fliss - the rich colours are wonderful. Absolutely love it!
    Hugs, Sylvia xx

  9. Wow Fliss this is beautiful hun. I do love that robin image. The bows and flowers give it such a lovely finishing touch. Big hugs Clare xxxx

  10. Very nice project. Thanks for joining us to Dream Valley challenges.

  11. Brilliant wreath Thanks for playing at Divas by design hugs Rebekah xx

  12. Really pretty Fliss! I love robins too and we have one in our garden. It was two but I'm ashamed to say my naughty cat somehow got hold of one - he nearly got expelled from home for that!
    I love those little roses and how on earth did you manage to cut that robin out so neatly? Amazing!

  13. Fabulous Fliss, love how the gorgeous bows really pop against the greenery and the Robbins are just so gorgeous. This is such a fantastic piece of art.


  14. A fabulous wreath decoration Fliss, with lovely colours.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  15. Such a wonderful decoration, love the bright colors.

  16. A beautiful creation Fliss, love the rich tones
    Thanks for playing along at Diva's this week and good luck in the challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  17. Gorgeous wreath, love that Robin

  18. Beautiful. Fab colours love the robins. Thanks for sharing with us at glitternsparkle hugs trisha x

  19. Beautiful wreath, love the colours. TFS

  20. This is really lovely Fliss and the little robin is the perfect finishing touch.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    B x

  21. Great upcycling Fliss, and love the rich colours of your beautiful wreath. xx

  22. This is such a fabulous wreath, thank you for joining us over at the GlitternSparkle challenge, good luck

  23. What a beautiful project! Love it!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this fortnight at Dream Valley.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Dream Valley Design Team Member

  24. great project love the bird thanks for joining us at glitter n sparkle and good luck emma xx

  25. Hi Fliss,
    This looks fabulous. Such a gorgeous creation. Thnaks for joining us at Divas By Design this week.
    Andie xx


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Fliss xx