Happy Easter 2017

Easter arrives here in Western Pennsylvania just as flowers are beginning to bloom.  The entire season and feeling of renewal and rebirth is emphasized by new things popping up all around us, while we are also packing away Winter things and excitedly planning for the weeks and months of Spring & Summer weather ahead.

This is a special time of year at Stampin’ Up! as well: the last few weeks of this year’s Annual & Occasions catalogs. Last week the retiring list was released to everyone and as usual some old & new favorites will be saying goodbye so new & reconfigured (yes, there are still rhinestones & pearls in the new catalog!) products can debut and keep our crafting up to current trends. Demonstrators everywhere are now getting a peak at what is to come in the new Annual Catalog which will debut June 1 and while it’s sad to say goodbye to some things in the 2016-2017 catalog, I’m really looking forward to quite a few things in the 2017-2018 catalog–I’m very sure you will love some of the new things too!

Today I wish to share this Easter card & additional wreath ideas made with a few products appearing on the retiring list.

If you saw my last card post (April 7) using the Law of 3rds, this card design should look very familiar. The Fruit Stand paper and outgoing Watermelon Wonder In-color makes this card feel bright & Spring-y.

Adding seasonal decorations, such as the Basket Builder Bundle here, to the Wondrous Wreath set is an easy way for me to make a quick card. Over the years, I’ve added many other sets to the Wondrous Wreath set to create cards for many seasons.

As you can see, by making a few changes, I could easily change up the look of the wreath with the same set of stamps & matching dies. The ideas were endless when adding other sets to create wreaths for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, etc.

While I will continue to love these sets (I buy what I love and keep what I buy), if you are in love with them too, you may want to check out the retiring section at my online store HERE. Things often go very quickly around retirement time and dies/bundles are often the first to fly off the shelves.

Happy Easter!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

A simple paper, scissors, glue project

Today is a very quick share of a very simple paper, scissors, and glue project perfect for on the go crafting.

Sometimes I want to create, but want to do so with as few materials as possible. This is especially true if I plan to create away from home. These following creations were made with that thought in mind.

I made these two pocket cards for my scrapbook album from the A Little Foxy paper stack and a Whisper White & Smokey Slate Die cut – I always cut extras when I’m working with any of the shaped Framelits I own so I have them on hand on days I’m not feeling up to die-cutting-or when I’ll be crafting away from home.

The little foxes were so cute on the paper and cutting them out was time consuming, but it didn’t take much energy to cut them and these little cards are too cute with those tiny little foxes added.  Plus, it really is nothing to take a 6″x6″ sheet of this paper and a pair of scissors with you to create!

I also thought these little cards (3″x4″)  would easily be turned into a card front with a “congratulations” or “welcome baby” or “hello, foxy” stamp sentiment, so making multiples of these makes sense if you aren’t using them as pocket cards like I decided with these 2.

So, if you don’t have a card kit or Paper Pumpkin kit to do in a pinch and don’t want to drag a lot of materials with you, try choosing a paper which you can cut out the shapes (in this case foxes) and adhere to a matching designer paper. Add coordinating cardstock die cuts for the perfect little on the go project.

Materials needed to make the cards above:

  • A Little Foxy 6″x6″ paper stack: this has the little foxes to cut out AND provides matching paper to make the pocket cards (sized 3 15/16″x4″ to fit standard Project Life pocket pages)
  • Paper Trimmer: to Cut paper to the pocket card size you desire (you could make 4″x6″ also, I didn’t need them for my project) *Pre-cut to prep an on-the-go kit.
  • Fine tip scissors- Stampin’ Up! Snips
  • Pre-cut Die cut shapes: I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits for the Whisper White Oval and Layering Circles Framelits for the Smokey Slate Scalloped Circle
  • Your favorite adhesive: Tombo in the white/green bottle works great
  • I gathered all of these materials in an empty Paper Pumpkin box for easy grab-n-go crafting. By pre-cutting the cards & dies, I could leave the Big Shot, Framelits, & Paper Trimmer at home & just take smaller items in this box.

If you are away from home sitting at an appointment waiting room, at a child’s activity, or on vacation, remember that you can take your crafting with you.  In this example even just taking the paper with the little foxes, scissors and a baggie for your cut out foxes would give you a head start on these cute little cards for later…and perhaps save you from reading an out of date well-handled magazine at a doctor’s office!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Baker’s Twine Wreath Ornament

Today I’d like to show you how to make a cute Baker’s Twine Wreath Ornament from only a few simple products.

Bakers Twine Wreath Ornament

Recently a milk jug ring was sitting on my kitchen counter and a flash of yarn crafts from long ago came to me- when rings which held 6 packs of soda pop cans together were used to create wreaths and hanging bell garlands.  [Yes, I’m feeling old as I recount that memory.] Those rings are pretty much a thing of the past, although not completely extinct if you really look for them.

Well, with that flash of inspiration, a Christmas movie on television, and an hour later, I had the wreath you see hanging on a branch of my Christmas tree above.

I was pretty happy with the results and made another a few days later to photograph the process to share it with you, my blog readers.

Numbered Directions to go with photos above:

  1. Finished item Sample
  2. Gather your supplies: 1 milk jug ring, Baker’s Twine- I had this Emerald Envy lying around from a Paper Pumpkin “What a Gem” Kit from this summer.  It was the perfect length at 10 feet, Mini Bells (a Holiday 2016 Catalog item-now only while supplies last), & scissors.
  3. To bulk up the wrap around the milk ring AND secure the baker’s twine, wrap the twine around the ring and then wrap around ring & baker’s  twine until the entire milk jug ring is wrapped.
  4. On the last wrap, allow the loop to remain.
  5. See that loop again?  Now you need to pull a loop through the loop. (Slip knot).  This will secure your work and allow you to continue without worry of the wrapping unraveling.
  6. This is what your looped loop should look like.
  7. Double check it!  Make sure you pulled tightly. If it isn’t correct it will be all wonky.
  8. Now you are going to finger crochet.  Really, you’ll just pull loops through loops…so don’t freak out by the words “finger crochet” Pull a loop and tighten, decrease size of the loop you are pulling thru if it got bigger and repeat.  You’ll do this 5 times before the next step.  It will create a chain of 5 which you see in the photo. (Own a crochet hook?  You’ll be whipping these out in no time.  I didn’t want to dig mine out. Plus, I also want you to know you do not have to have one.)
  9. Now you have to attach your chain stitches to the wreath base.  Notice in the photo how you run the baker’s twine thru the ring before pulling a loop to secure.  Pull tight when done.
  10. Now you are just repeating step 8.  Create a chain of 5.
  11. Now you are just repeating step 9.  Attach your chain to the wreath and pull tight.
  12. Continue around the wreath by chaining 5 and attaching the chain to the wreath. You can try to space these nicely and have only a certain number of loops OR you can just wing it and work with whichever number of loops you end up with going around.
  13. The newest wreath has 9 external looped chains.  My first sample had 7. However many you have at the end, make one last loop for the hanger and pull tightly to secure.  Allow extra twine to hang for now.
  14. You could stop without adding the bells, but I thought they’d be cute.  However, those holes to thread them are SUPER TINY!  So, you’ll need to split (unravel) your baker’s twine to allow for the tiny threading area.  I split it in thirds and then took one of those thirds and split into 2 threads each.  My Cross-stitching friends out there are certainly pros at splitting threads, but just be patient.  It takes a bit to unravel when you are doing this the first few times.
  15. Thread your bells (I alternated colors) on one of the split 2 thread baker’s twine pieces.  From the back of the piece you will then be able to slip them in each 5 stitch loop (I didn’t secure each one as they held snugly.) Once all bells are secure in their spots you can use the second 2 thread and other threads to knot off and scissors to trim.  Note: my first wreath had a hanging bell also.  I used the second 2-threads, before knotting off to hang that one bell.
  16. Samples 1 & 2.  More external loops or hanging bell- Which do you like more?

I’ve been trying to be a good patient and do little as I (hopefully soon) recover from these health issues I’ve been having. So, bear with me as my blog may not have as many new posts as I would like to be creating this time of year or only two months into this new blog.  I’m trying to do what I can, learn the ropes in blogging (a lot to learn a lot as I go along!), and take care of me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Happy Holidays Drawing: A Chance To Win Prizes with Every $25.00 Purchase

Announcing a Special Happy Holidays Drawing for my customers

Starting November 20th, 2016 you have the chance to win prizes with every $25.00 spent with me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

It is my FIRST ever HAPPY HOLIDAYS Drawing!

Every $25.00 spent (before tax/shipping) with me as your demonstrator
between November 20th & December 31st will earn a ticket/entry into a drawing for a basket (ok, it is really a cardboard box) of Stampin’ Up! items from my stash. All brand new products.

Note: This is my personal promotion/contest to celebrate the holidays.

$25.00 increments must be earned in the same purchase (Example: $43.00 on one purchase order and $57.oo spent on another order at another time will earn 3 tickets/entries in the drawing not the cumulative $100 or 4 entries-One for the $43.00 purchase and 2 for the $57.00)

The winner is guaranteed that AT LEAST: one current hostess set (my choice) & 1 new ink pad (my choice) will be included.

  • Every 4 entries in the drawing overall adds another product to the basket. What the basket will eventually hold will be a surprise.
  • It may hold additional current or retired product, inks, paper, stamps, embellishments or samplers.
  • I doubt anyone would be disappointed by the products I have to put in the box
  • That means All Sales over the next month+ drive how large or small it will be.
  • Drawing for the winner will be held January 1st using Random.org and items will ship out from me or be hand delivered (to a local winner) by January 7, 2017. If shipped, I will cover shipping fees and use the method which works best for me.  Please allow contact information when you order so that I have your address if you are the winner.
  • All online, in person or phone in orders with me chosen as your demonstrator will be included and counted to drive up product winnings (my personal orders don’t count-lol!). Stampin’ Up! provides a list of all customers who choose me as their demonstrator, so you do not need to contact me separately if you place an order unless you wish to do so. I MUST be chosen as your demonstrator to qualify.
  • All Entrants will get a card direct from me when I get notification of your order.  There will be an extra surprise in there!

So, get out those wish lists!

Orders can be placed through THIS LINK TO MY ONLINE SU! STORE.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

While preparing the above information to post on my personal holiday drawing, I got word that Stampin’ Up! is continuing their annual tradition of offering an Online Extravaganza (their version of Black Friday/holiday kick-off sales) November 21-28, 2016.  Why not get things at a discount during those days and still qualify for tickets/entries into my drawing with every $25.00 spent.  Win-Win!  The Online Extravaganza information follows:

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How to make guilt free Candy Apples

It is Autumn, which means it is time to make things with apples!

Apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, apple crisp, apple dumplings, apple cider, & candy apples. Here in Pennsylvania it is that time of year when making things with apples is at its peak. Biglerville, PA even holds the National Apple Harvest Festival and is finishing its two weekend run this weekend. While I haven’t been there for years, I have many fond memories from this festival from my childhood. At the festival you could make your way thru a multitude of stalls with apple-centric crafts and eat your way thru the experience with any of the above (and then some) apple-y treats. As a young girl I would never leave the festival without some type of candied apple on a stick. Yum! For this reason, I decided to make the following card to send to a family member who would get a good laugh at the memories conjured up by this autumn greeting.

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The best part is that these apples can be enjoyed without the guilt of the calories that comes with the real thing.  Although, I think pairing these with a homemade apple treat might be nice, don’t you?

If you’d like to make this card, or just the punch art apples, read on for the details.

Instructions:

  • The Card Layers include a Soft Suede card stock (CS) base, Early Espresso layer and Early Espresso striped DSP layer (from the Neutrals DSP Stack).
  • Since chocolate drizzle seemed the most appealing, I went with Early Espresso Ink to stamp the image from Jar of Haunts onto a 1 3/4” punch circle in both Cherry Cobbler & Pear Pizzazz card stock.
  • Then I used the same color to color in the stamped image.
  • The circle was then also punched using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch’s largest circle(s) which is located close to the punch edge and allow for the 1 3/4” punched circle to be inserted so that a portion can be punched to form the ‘bump’ you may find on each apple.
  • A 2”x5/8” strip of Crumb Cake CS was inserted into the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch leg in order to get the rounded Popsicle stick look.
  • The 1/2” x 4” Soft Suede inked & embossed Brick Wall strip was made by inking the embossing folder before running thru the Big Shot machine.
  • Layered oval framelits with “sweet treats” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set were stamped in Early Espresso Ink.
  • Whisper White Twine bows were added on each stick.
  • To finish it off, I added a glossy look to the chocolate drizzle by adding glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the entire chocolate drizzle area.

*Note: These will need to dry for about 24hrs, so make sure you have the space to leave them untouched for the glue to dry and take on that shiny appearance.

I set my stamp pad down on my first green apple while the glue was still sticky and didn’t notice it right away.  Once discovered, I was able to clean the glue off the ink pad, but I had to remake the apple. I got a good laugh since this triggered a memory of a time I was eating a candy apple and it slipped off the stick after only a few bites, creating a similar sticky situation & subsequent cleaning.  Isn’t it interesting how things can  bring back memories?   I hope this card brings back some good, and fun times for the recipient.

I hope you have a go at making some of these no-calorie, guilt free candy apples.

If you need any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products to make this or any other item, I’d love to be your demonstrator. You can shop with me by clicking HERE. Any order before October, 28, 2016 using hostess code: Q6HTERV3 will include a handmade card sample (my choice) sent directly from me as a thank you.

Until next time…

-Joanne