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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Merry banner

Hi Everyone!

I am on a banner making kick.  For starters I plan to create a banner to hang in my kitchen window and in each of my 2 dining room windows.  A couple of days ago I shared the JOY banner that I hung in one of my dining room windows.  Today I want to share the one I created for my other dining room window.

My banner was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest that was created by plaidonline.  You can see their banner at this link.

I was trying to decide how to create the triangles for the tree shape when I realized that if I turn a triangle that I cut from my We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board upside down it looks like the tree shape that I wanted.  I used kraft tag to cut five 6.5" triangles.  Then I used 3 patterned green papers to cut five 6" triangles. 

If you don't have a banner punch board there's no reason that you cannot create and cut your own triangles.

I used a hot glue gun to glue a cinnamon stick to the back of each triangle to create my tree trunks.

I used a hot glue gun to glue a piece of a drinking straw to the back of each tree. 

I threaded a long piece of baby ric rac through all of the straws to connect the trees together.

I found a package of 2" foil die cut letters in my stash.  I used foam tape to adhere the letters to my trees.  Then I used my hot glue gun to adhere a dimensional star to the top of each tree. 

Now the banner is hanging in my dining room window, but it's too bright to take a photo of it.  Next I plan to create a snowflake like yesterday's creation to hang above it. 
Have a great day!  It's getting cold outside.  Brrr...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Hi Everyone!

I am a little hesitant to share what I created today because the tool I used doesn't seem to be available any place.  I decided to show you what I made anyway because maybe you'll find the tool or maybe you already have one and haven't used it in a while. 

I used my Martha Stewart Crafts Small Triangle Ornament Template to create a snowflake that is about 12" wide. 

To make this snowflake you need six 6" squares of paper.  I used 6 squares of Neenah white metallic paper.  The resulting snowflake is shiny and beautiful.

You use the template to create 6 single ornaments.  Then you glue the 6 ornaments together to create a snowflake. 

I used some double sided Halloween papers in October and made the same decoration, but didn't call it a snowflake.  I also made one using some double sided pineapple paper and hung it in my kitchen window. 

The decorations are very easy to make.  It takes about an hour to make one snowflake.  So if you have the tool dust it off and make some snowflakes.  If you don't have the tool, keep your eyes open.  You never know one might appear in the clearance section of some store.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Joy banner

Hi Everyone!

I put this banner together in less than an hour.

I used a We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board to cut the triangles.  I added letters that I cut from a Sizzix die. I layered a piece of foam tape, a letter, a piece of foam tape, and finished with a letter to add dimension to the banner.  The white header was created with a Martha Stewart border punch. 

I plan to hang little banners like this one in my windows this holiday season. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas Scrabble Frame

Hi Everyone!

I think I may be ready for Christmas this year.  I've created gift bags, cards, tags, stocking stuffers, and decorations. Today I want to share one of my favorite projects.

The space for the picture in this frame measures 9.5" by 9.5".  I trimmed candy cane paper from SEI so that it measured 8.5" x 11" and printed a grid on it.  If you enlarge the photo and study it you'll see the grid lines.  They helped me place the Scrabble tiles.

Then I used paper punches and dies to create embellishments for the frame.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the paper and to add dimension to the picture.  I plan to hang my frame over the fireplace, but it could be placed on a frame easel and displayed on a mantle or table. 

Have a great day!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Christmas Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!

I've been using things in my stash to help me create treasures.  Today I'll share some of the gift bags I made this weekend.

I have a collection of paper straws.  I cut some of the green ones up and used Scor-tape to adhere them to a gift bag.  The tree trunk is a piece of a cinnamon stick.  The snowflakes are buttons.  Not sure why I have so many in my stash, but they are coming in handy for my Christmas projects. 

I purchased the tree cutouts on this bag from SEI many years ago.  The snowflakes are silver gems.  I added a sparkling red gem to the center of each of them.  The sentiment was created with a die from Lawn Fawn.

I also purchased the Santa cutouts from SEI many years ago.  I used a hot glue gun to adhere a sparkly white pompom to each hat.  I sprayed a bottle of Maya Metallic Red Mist onto the Maya Road letters to give them color.

This dimensional Santa was also from SEI and was waiting in my stash.  He fit perfectly onto a small bag.

That's it for today.  Have a great night!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Gift Tags

Hi Everyone!

I cannot believe that it has been 3 weeks since I posted anything here.  I have been crafting for about 12 hours a day for weeks.  I did my first craft fair in 7 years last Saturday.  I have been planning, prepping and teaching craft classes.  I have been working on things for Marie's wedding. 

I hope to get back into the blogging routine soon.  Today I will share one quick idea with you. 

I've used tags with metal rims for gift tags in the past, but I only recently discovered that one of my paper punches creates a circle that fits perfectly into one side of the tag.  On one side of the tag the metal rim is slightly wider than it is on the other side. 

Here are 2 of the tags I created recently.

I used paper punches to create the trees, bell, and bow on the bell. 

I stamped "To" and "From" on the back side of each tag. 

The tags are cute and easy to create. 

Have a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thanksgiving Cards

Good Morning!

Before I was a card maker, Christmas and Valentine's Day were the only holidays that I mailed cards to a few of my friends and my immediate family.  Now I send out cards on a few more holidays and Thanksgiving is one of them. 

I stamped the pumpkin onto 3 orange patterned papers and just the leaf and stem onto a scrap of green patterned paper. Then I fussy cut the leaf and stem and an outlined section from 2 of the pumpkins.  I adhered the pieces onto the remaining pumpkin and glued it to a piece of layering paper.  It was easy to cut the pumpkin pieces, but the stem was a bit more challenging.  In fact I cut off a little of the stem as the curl of it was too hard to cut.  The finished card leaves me wanting to make a few more of them.  We'll see.

This card makes me think of my friend Toni who now lives in Ohio.  She loves wreath stamps.  I stamped the twiggy wreath onto the gingham patterned paper.  I paper punched the leaves and bow from papers in my scrap bin and adhered them to the wreath.  Looks good to me.


I die cut the door and added some clear plastic to the openings to make it look as if the door has glass in it.  I used my Scor-Pal to score lines along the white layering paper.  Then I stamped a smaller version of the twiggy wreath onto that paper.  I added the leaves and bow before I adhered the door to the card.  The pumpkin is adhered to the card with foam tape to give the card dimension.

That's it for today.  Peggy, Martha, Angela, Amy, and Kathy are coming here for a potluck lunch and I need to get things ready for them.

Have a great day!