Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Harvest

This past week has been all things
HAPPY HARVEST
at Doodlebug Designs
This is their newest 'fall, autumn, thanksgiving' collection with an 
array of cute little critters like squirrels, owls, scarecrows, foxes and more!
And they're having a fun giveaway that involves pinning to Pinterest...check out the details:

I love little hangers made from wood and other sturdy objects, but
how about a stuffed paper ornament?  This one comes in just under 12 X 12
so it's a great size for hanging on a door or cabinet front!

To start out, I took a piece of 12 X 12 cardstock and folded it in half.  
Next I sketched out half of a pumpkin shape
(basically just rounding the edges and then creating a valley at the top)

After cutting out the design, open up the template and place it on top of desired
patterned paper (you will need two sheets for the front and back).

Trace the design onto the two patterned papers and cut out.  
The great thing about pumpkins is that they come in all shapes and sizes...you can't go wrong :)
You can also find templates online or use a svg file or other die-cutting file.

Match the two patterned papers up and begin machine stitching around the
perimeter or use a quick drying craft glue.  Be sure to leave about a 2"-3"opening
at the top so that you can stuff the shape with cotton filler, paper shreds
or tissue paper.  Use a ruler or long knitting needle to pack the filling.
After filling, glue or machine stitch the top closed.
I used a 1" circle die to create a fun folk-artsy polka dot pattern.  
The lace circle was made with a Lace Nesting Die (by Lifestyle Crafts)
and then I die cut the center with a circle die.  And I LOVE the new Sprinkles!

I hand-cut a few pumpkin leaves from an old template that I had...there
are many online by simply doing a search for "pumpkin leaves".
After cutting out, I sanded around the edges just to give a more finished look.
I also cut the stem from one of the Happy Harvest papers and then attached it to a 
piece of chipboard before gluing to the top of the pumpkin.  
Two small holes were punched at the top and then strung with wire for the hanger.
A cheery bow (ribbon from May Arts) completed the look and now it's ready
to greet our Autumn guests!


And y'all get ready...tomorrow we will begin our PaperHaus Fall Splendor Hop
along with the reveal of the newest issue...I've seen it and it's loaded with beautiful things!

9 comments:

  1. Your pumpkin door decoration is adorable! I hope that you had a happy birthday ;)

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  2. This is totally delightful! Hope your BIrthday is fantastic!!

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  3. May Arts let it slip that you're celebrating a birthday. Wishing you a day as delightful as your creations!

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  4. Hi Shellye....this is soooooooooooooooooo sweet! Love it!

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  5. LOVE the pumpkin...so bright and colorful and ready for FALL!! Great job!!

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  6. Wow...I love it!!! What a neat idea...Thanks!

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