Swirly Scribbles Love Banner Layout

This Swirly Scribbles Love Banner quickly turns a scrapbook page into a simple layout to remember the one(s) you love on this Valentine’s Day.

Plus, this page shows some simple die (framelit & thinlet) techniques of Inlay & Overlay to create subtle, but nice dimensions to your projects.

  • Die cut your banner with the Swirly Scribbles dies.
  • Then using the same dies cut the designs in other colors. Here, the banner has had the heart & love cut (will use the Flirty Flamingo Swirly Scribbles die-cuts on another item), a Melon Mambo heart & Basic Black heart & love.
  • Then go back and create an inlay look by piecing portions of the design back together.
  • Don’t want to add all those small white layers you see above?  Don’t piece them. Back the banner with Whisper White card stock after you cut out the design- Doing this will not only be faster, but will also add more dimension to the banner cut-out areas.

By simply adding the above banner to a Contrasting Pop of Pink 3″x12″ strip and  12″x12″ background ( also from the Pop of Pink DSP), adding 2 photo mats (4.25″x6.25″), and creating an embellishment on which you can journal your photo details or a cute saying, you have created a layout in a short time.

When using your layering framelits, you can always use two sizes at the same time.  This creates an Overlay -Example below: Melon Mambo layer.  Use washi tape to maintain spacing while running both ovals at the same time through your Big Shot and you can cut the exterior & interior oval (or other layering shapes) at the same time and create more dimension on your finished embellishment.  Plus, you’ll have the smaller (inside) shape already cut for another project!

Just like stamps, inks, & punches, the framelits & thinlets have techniques you may wish to explore.  I hope the inlay & overlay techniques in this layout help you find more uses for these products, helping you to create dimension and interest to your final projects.

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