Hand painted snowman pail tutorial

* Snowman Pail *
This little ornament is quick and easy to make, with just a few supplies.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Really!  Just a 2″ wooden pail,
and three or four jumbo craft sticks,
and some paintbrushes and acrylic paints:
light blue, white, black, orange and a hot glue gun with glue sticks. Those are the basics. To add some extra detail, you’ll want to use these supplies, as well: a scruffy toothbrush and an extra jumbo craft stick for spattering, a snowflake stencil for pail details, and pink powder blush and a cotton swab to blush the cheeks.
Base coat the pail with light blue paint. Use the scruffy toothbrush and a craft stick to spatter the pail with white paint.
Paint each jumbo craft stick white. Cut the craft sticks in half, make them varying heights such as: 2.5″, 2.75″, 3″, and 3.25″
Blush cheeks with pink powder blush. Eyes and mouths are dip dots of black paint.
Use a liner brush and a small amount of orange paint to add a carrot nose to each of your craft stick snowmen.
Notice I decided to paint a black hat onto on of the snowmen … just to shake things up.
Here’s a pic showing how I’ve added earmuffs and a stocking cap to two of the  snowmen.  Sometimes, I just can’t make up my mind!

Here’s how to make the earmuffs: I found these little holly berry embellishments in the Christmas craft section of Hobby Lobby.

The stem is a bendable wire, so it was super quick and easy to bend it into an earmuff shape and attach it to a snowman’s head.

Stencil some snowflakes onto the pail, hang with a bit of ribbon,
and … enjoy!
*** Peace and Snowflakes ***

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping

So now for my little treat bag topper. I decided to make a little cardstock box and top it using the little handled topper. I cut a 12×12 piece of cardstock down to 10 1/2″ x 7 and then scored at , 2″, 5″, 7″ and 10″ then turned a quarter turn and scored at 2″. I then assembled the box using the 2,5,7,10 method found here I loved the topper because it had that fun little handle top to it! I hope you enjoy!

12-16-10 Sizzix Blog Hop Week Seven - Joy Treat Box - Keri Lee Sereika

Paper Bag Christmas Gift Wrap

I decided to switch things up just a bit and I made a cute little gift bag. I just took the  My Minds Eye Christmas paper and used the die cuts and paper to alter a plain old paper bag! 🙂 I did use just a bit of  red cardstock and added aPetite Scalloped Circle layer between the other die cuts for a bit of added depth! I hope you enjoy!

11-18-09 Christmas Treat Bag - Keri Lee Sereika

Christmas Gift Wrapping

Next, I have a little holiday gift bag to share with you too! 🙂

It is simple enough to create and large enough to hold a good batch of Christmas goodies! 🙂 This bag is simply a version of the 2-4-6-8 box. Here I took a full sheet of 12×12 The Merry Days Of Christmas “Santa’s Forest” paper and scored at 2″, 5 1/2″, 7 1/2″ & 11″. I then turned the sheet one quarter turn and scored across the bottom at 2″. I then cut from the bottom of the sheet up the short score lines to the 2″ score and folded the tabs in to create the bottom of the bag. I then adhered the tabs, and the side edge. Then I just took a scrap of “Peppermint Stripes” paper and cut it 3″ wide and punched along one edge to create a scalloped border, folded it over the top of the bag and punched two holes to tie three colors of May Arts ribbons through to hold it closed. I used another scrap of “Peppermint Stripes” and Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle NestieTM to create the mat for my main image layer. I added a few Making Memories Trees & a Poinsettia, a “to from” stamp from Renaissance By Design and boom, gifty bag complete! 🙂 Enjoy!


12-2-09 Jbelle Day 4 - Gift Bag - Keri Lee Sereika


2 Christmas Cards you can make

Our CPS Sketch for this week  in 2009 was so FUN but so out of the norm for me! You have to check it out! So I had this cute paper from Basic Grey’s Eskimo Kisses line and I just had this funny little pun run through my mind “Thanks, you’re a deer”…silly I know but I just had to figure out a way to make it work…so I called my friend Karla at Charleston Scrapbooking to see if she had a deer image that she could cut on her Cricut Expression for me…and of course she did…so I whipped up a fun but silly card. I decided to keep the embellishments to a minimum by just using a bit of May Arts Ribbon and a Prima pearl… Enjoy!

12-4-09 CPS147 Youre A Dear - Keri Lee Sereika

Cardstock: Prism Papers
Patterned Paper: Eskimo Kisses – Basic Grey
Ribbon: May Arts
Pearls: Prima
Cricut Expression used to cut little deer image
Chalks, White Gel Pen & Black Ink Pen used to enhance deer image.
Fiskars Circle cutter.

 I decided to do a very “cardstocky” project…there is a tiny, little, itsy-bitsy strip of My Minds Eye  Colorful Christmas patterned paper on there but it was really just to set the tone of the fun feel to this card…I used it as my jumping off point for my color combination… 🙂 Fun Right? I decided to use a fancy schmancy Renaissance Hearts Pendantdie from Spellbinders along with their fun Snowflake Wonder die set to create the main element. Stamps from Impression Obsession’s Winter Seals were just what I needed to create the background and cute tag. 🙂 Enjoy!

11-19-09 CPS145 100 percent Winter Card -Keri Lee Sereika

Cardstock: Prism Papers
Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye
Stamps: Winter Seals – Impression Obsession
Inks: Warm Red, Lime Pastel Fluid Chalk Ink – Clearsnap
Dies: Snowflake Wonder & Renaissance Hearts Pendant – Spellbinders
Snowflake Brad: Creative Impressions
Needle & Thread
3-D Foam Squares


DIY Votive Cover

Last year in the months of November and December, Niki and I did Fast Friday Projects.  This was one of my pieces and I wanted to share it here since I had a blast doing this up and think I just may do one more so I can have two on my dining room table…

To create this DIY Votive Cover:

I cut a sheet of vellum in half so I had two pieces 5.50″.  I then cut two 2.25″ x 5.50″ pieces of dark brown cardstock. I placed the Vintage Medallion Art Stencil by Layers of Color onto the center of one sheet of vellum and air-brushed it using my Copic Air Brushing System. I then placed both layers of vellum between the folded pieces of cardstock  and adhered the over the edges of the vellum. I used Liquid Pearls and Stickles to embellish the front and bam, DONE! 🙂 I hope you enjoy!


11-12-10 Fast Friday #1 - Autumn Votive Cover - Keri Lee Sereika


And here it is lit and glowing….


11-12-10 Fast Friday #1 - Autumn Votive Cover Lit - Keri Lee Sereika

Thank you for  taking the time to  check out my Fast Friday Project.



Make a S’more Snowman Ornament

A S’more, the snack of the season! Here’s one you can’t eat … so quick and easy!  But you sure can enjoy it on your tree.

Here are the wood pieces you’ll need to make one:

(1) 1 1/2″ Square, (4) 1″ Squares, (1) 1″x1 1/2″ Rectangle
(1) 4 1/2″ Wooden Mitten Cutout

Acrylic Paints: Light Blue, Black, White, Orange,
Dark Brown, Brown, Red, and
Plaid® Extreme Glitter™ Hologram and Black
Multi-Purpose Sealer

Easy Cutter Ultimate, Crop-A-Dile, Stylus, Wire Snips
Permanent Black Marker, Pink Powder Blush,
Sanding Block, Wire for Hanging

Using the Easy Cutter, cut the rectangle in half lengthwise – this will be the hat brim.  For the hat, cut one of the 1″ squares in half.
Paint these black and coat with Extreme Glitter.  Paint mitten cutout light blue.  Sand edges.
Paint two 1″ squares white and coat with Hologram glitter.
Paint the 1 1/2″ square light brown for the
graham cracker.  Paint one 1″ square
dark brown for the chocolate.

Lightly sand the 1 1/2″ square and remove some of the paint from the edges.

Dip an old toothbrush into dark brown paint.

Spatter over the rectangles to create texture.  Add spatters of white, as well.

Swirl pink powder blush onto the cheeks with a cotton swab.  Eyes are black dip dots. Paint the nose orange.  Paint red dip dots down the center of the second white square (buttons).  Seal pieces and outline details with permanent marker.

Attach pieces with Tacky Glue.  Thread wire through holes for hanging.

Paint a red hat band above the hat brim.


Make a Hand Painted Toy Soldier Gift Tag

I’ve decided on the paper and ribbon I’ll be using for some of my gift giving this Christmas …the next step was a coordinating gift tag!  I ordered some round heavy weight coasters last year.  Since I had some left over, I thought I’d use those.
Here are the paints I used:
DecoArt® Americana® Acrylics:
Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green,
Black, Flesh Tone, Honey Brown
Primary Red, Napa Red
 Here is the pattern:
First, I base coated the front, back, and sides of each coaster with light green acrylic paint. I sponged on an even lighter shade
to give it some texture.
 Next, use transfer paper to copy the main pattern outlines to the dry coaster.
Shade around the main pattern lines with medium green.
Base coat the larger areas and add details as needed.
 Shade and highlight where appropriate.
Brush on a coat of acrylic sealer and allow to dry. Then outline details with a black permanent marker. I sprayed the edges lightly with sealer and added some glitter; then spray again so the glitter doesn’t rub off.
Punch a hole in the top; thread embroidery floss or ribbon through for hanging. Handmade for the Holidays!

Scrap Savvy Bird Ornament Tutorial

Create one of a kind ornaments and use up your fabric scraps at the same time.  These scrap fabric bird ornaments can be made in any color combination and with any left over embellishments you have on hand. Make them for ornaments, as package toppers or sew them together and make a garland.  Scrap fabric bird ornaments can be fringed to create a vintage feel. They are pretty easy to sew if you take your time.  Happy crafting.   This photo shows what you will need to make these birds. You will also need a sewing machine and thread, and a die cut machine. I like the BigShot Die Cutting Machine by Sizzix.

Sizzix Die cut bird

First, you will need to cut two birds using the Bird with Wings Bigz Die and the BigShot Machine. I used felt from National Nonwovens.

Sizzix Die cut bird
Use the pattern provided in the patterns section of the magazine, and trace one wing on the fabric you will be using. I used osnaburg since it has a nice raw look to it. Use a disappearing ink fabric pen to trace.

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Use the die and smaller pieces of a wool felt to die cut a small portion of the birds head. You will need the beak piece so be sure to get that onto the felt.

Scrap bird 3
Cut off the beak piece and glue it onto the whole bird die cut using Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.

Sizzix Die cut bird
You will need a “back” and a “front” piece so make sure you do not glue them to the wrong sides of the bird shape.

Next, use solvent or pigment ink to stamp a holiday sentiment to the one side of the wing. Heat set this with an iron on a low-medium setting.

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Now its time to sew the pieces together. Start at the bottom of piece and sew with a straight stitch and a contrasting thread. You will sew 3/4 of the shape, leaving a small slit open for stuffing. Sew in a free form fashion. The point of these birds are the really scrappy look. Sew about 1/4 or more from the edge. Your fabric will begin to slightly unravel, adding to the scrappy look of the ornament.

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Lightly stuff your pieces using a small amount of fiberfill stuffing. I like Fairfield’s polyfil fiber stuffing because it’s soft.


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Just a couple of more steps to completing your scrap savvy bird. Once you have your stuffing in place, use the sewing machine to sew the opening closed. Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon and glue it to the bird with Aleenes Fabric Fusion. Double over the glue the ends to the front of the bird ornament.

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To finish, use the fabric glue to glue the stuffed wing to the bird over the ribbon ends to hide them. Glue on assorted embellishments such as old earrings, buttons, etc. Glue a 6/0 pebble bead to the bird for the eye.

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If you do not want to make your own birds, you can order them from my etsy shop!

Live Life Creatively,







A simple thank you

I decided to ink up a set by Melanie Muenchinger called A Year of Borders. It’s a great set on it’s own but it also coordinates with all of her other nature sets offered by Gina K Designs. Check it out! I also grabbed another set offered through Gina K Designs that is by Nina Brackett called Elegant Post. It just has the most beautiful sentiments with it, and I thought this one went just perfectly with Mel’s sweet Autumn border.

Today I decided to go super simple. Just stamp stamp stamp, watercolor, adhere, wrap with ribbon, tie bow and stick a button on for good luck, adhere all other layers and DONE! 🙂 I hope you enjoy my “Simple Sunday” concept. The purpose is to do something fun and simple that will bring joy to the persons who see it.

11-14-10 Simple Sunday - Thinking of You - Keri Lee Sereika