A Joyful Village

As the Christmas Season gets closer…

I wanted to share this simple little wood project that I made for the “Creating with Joy” blog.

Being Joyful, is my goal not only at Christmas but throughout the entire year.

For my “Joyful Village”…

I  started with some wood trim scrap pieces cut into simple whimsical house shapes.

My pieces measure 4″ x 2″, 3″ x 2 3/4″ and 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″.

I painted the house with a couple coats of Americana Decor Satin Enamels 8oz-Grey Taupe*.     (*Amazon affiliate link)

After painting the houses…                                                                             (*Amazon Affiliate Links)

      • I created a roof using Black Corrugated Paper*.
      • I added color to my white iron-on embroidered letters by dampening them and rubbing color directly onto the letters using my Distress Mini Ink Pad-Fired Brick*.
      • After the letters are dry, glue the letters onto the houses using a craft glue.
      • I created a mini wreath and mini pine swags using Pine Craft Stems*.
      • I created small number charms by printing the numbers onto white cardstock and punching with a small circle punch.  I added the numbers inside Metal Type Charms by Tim Holtz Idea-ology*.
      • I tied the charms onto the wreath and swags with thin twine and glued them onto the front of the houses along with a little tiny bow.

The village wouldn’t be complete without a cute little red truck.

I picked up the tiny red truck at the Elkhorn Flea Market in Wisconsin and I glued three little

bottle brush trees to the back of the truck.  I rubbed the trees with clear glitter glue

for added sparkle.

This project was sponsored by Joy SA and DecoArts.

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Wedding Wish Tree Tag

An old tradition that has been gaining popularity with brides is the Wedding Wish Tree.

The Wish Tree is a Dutch Wedding custom where the guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf or tag made of cardstock.  When the guests arrive at the reception, they write their wishes to the happy couple and then hang them on the tree using ribbon, clips or string.

The Wish Tree will make a attractive centerpiece and a great statement to wow your guests.  It can also be used as an alternative to a traditional guest book.  Can’t you just see branches painted white with twinkle lights full of wonderful wishes.

Casual, Elegant, Rustic or Baubles and Beads.  Individualize your tree, the possibilities are endless. While Wedding sites on the internet suggest that Manzanita branches are the best to use, for those more creative souls, let your imagination run wild. The style is up you.

Why stop at weddings?   The Wish Tree could be used for any special occasion.

Marvy Uchida

  • Clever Lever Extra Jumbo Scalloped Circle Punch
  • Clever Lever Extra Jumbo Scalloped Heart Punch
  • Clever Lever Extra Giga Merchandise Tag Punch

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Instructions

Making the flower is easy. 

  1. Punch six cream scallop circles.
  2. Using a ink applicator, ink the edge of each scallop circle with the Tea Rose ink.
  3. Mist the circles with water, allowing ink to run.
  4. Stack all the circles together and pierce a hole the the center of all circles.  Attach circles with small brad.
  5. Starting with the top circle,  carefully scrunch the circle to the center.  One by one, continue scrunching the circles until you have a small paper wad.
  6. Gently unfold the circles to start forming the flower.
  7. For extra color, apply a little more ink to the tip of the flower.  This can be done while the flower is still damp or wait until it has dried.  Allow flower to dry.
  8. Punch two cream scalloped hearts.
  9. Ink hearts with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  10. Mist hearts and scrunch in your hand.  Carefully unfold.
  11. Glue dried leaf underneath the flower.  Another alternative for the leaf is to pinch the two rounded ends of the heart using the pointed end as the tip of the leaf.

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