Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas wreath!

Hello, hello!  Hope you are doing well today!  Count down is on.........only 13 days left until Christmas and the craftiness is in full swing around here!  In fact, I have a fun Christmas project to share with you right now! I was browsing the craft aisle at a nearby store recently and found a Styrofoam wreath shape and decided I needed to add it to my "needs to be altered pile!"  I wasn't sure at the time what it would grow up to be, but last night it found it's voice, so to speak!  Take a look:

I had the best time making this little guy!!  I started by cutting 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips of Garden Green Card stock.  I wrapped them around my wreath form and glued them together where they met.  I have seen a couple like this floating around on Pinterest and thought they were genius!!  Once they were in place I cut a banner shape into the end of each one.

This is what the form looked like before I dressed it up! It measures 12".

I made the three flowers using the Blossom Builder punch.  I punched out all of the petals and crunched them up.   I then glued them onto circle scraps forming each layer.  I layered one small and two large layers and then floofed (technical term!) them up by doing a little more crunching. The large layer on the bottom took 7 large petals, the middle layer took 6 large petals and the smallest layer on top took 6 small petals.

I made my snowmen by punching out different sized circles.  I glued them together and added the buttons and eyes from scraps and a standard hole punch.  I hand cut the little carrot noses.  The scarves are also hand cut and made from scraps.  The arms are stamped from the Colorful Season stamp set.  They are the branch stamp!  I fussy cut them and glued them in place.

I cut out the deer from the Detailed Deer Framelits and added him to a couple of circles from the Layering Circle  Framelits.  His bow is from the Beautiful Bouquet Framelits set.   He is just so regal looking!

I hand cut the banner pieces and ran them through the Swirls and Curls Dynamic Textured Embossing folder.  I cut the letters out using the Large Letter Framelits and tied it together with some scrap chunky twine I had laying around! (It's amazing the things we manage to collect as crafters!)

Here it is doing it's thing!!  Really. Fun. Project!! 

Here is a list of everything I used to make it!  

Have a wonderful day!!  I hope to see you right back here soonest!!  I have lots more to share with you guys! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Bag-a-lope fun!!

Hiya!!  Well, looks like we survived the snow madness!  Sun is out and starting to melt things away already!  Going to be a few days before things return to normal though and we can get out of our house.  We live at the top of a loooong windy driveway!  

I have a fun project to share with you today!  These little guys have been around for a while, but I haven't made one in forever!  Thought I would revisit this oldie, but goodie with you!  These little guys are called Bag-a-lopes and they earn their name because you start out with an envelope and wind up with a gift bag!!  Fun, right?!  Take a look:

How cute is that?!  They will hold lots of fun little goodies!!  You could add a pair of socks and a gift card and a candy bar!! You could fill it with candy or nail polish and manicure set!  So many fun possibilities. I used 2 different sizes to make these.  You can use any size envelope that you have.

This gives you an idea of the stuffing capacity!

View from the side.

I am including a tutorial so you can make oodles of these too!
Start with an envelope of your choice.  Any one will do, but keep in mind that the smaller the envelope the smaller your gift bag will be.

First things first, seal your envelope!

Now you are going to score on both sides of your envelope.  This is your choice as to how wide you want your bag to be.  Whatever you score at will double the width of the bag.  For instance, if you want your bag to be 1" wide then score at 1/2" on either side.  If you want it to be 2", then score at 1".  I scored my small envelope at 1/2" and my larger one at 1".  Be sure to score the same on either side. (right and left).

Time to score the bottom.  You will score at the same measurement that you scored your sides.

Once your envelope is scored on both sides and the bottom, you can cut off the top. This will open your bag!

On to the fun part!  Time to decorate your bag!  

Once it is decorated, you can fold on all of your score lines.

Gently open your envelope (about to be a bag!) and fold/crease all of the score lines again.  You are creating the bag shape here.

Fold the triangles outward on the bottom and crease everything really well.

The bottom should look like this.  Using the adhesive of your choice fold in and adhere the triangles to the bag base.

Next punch some holes! (This part is optional!)  Thread a ribbon through and tie in a bow to keep your bag closed!  You could use a clip instead or simply fold the top over too.

Another view of my envelopes turned bags! Cute, cute, cute!! 

Here are the goodies I used to create my little project today:

Have a wonderful day!! I will see you soon!