At Home with You bundle by Stampin’ UP!

When I saw the At Home with You bundle (photopolymer stamps & framelits/dies) I was very excited about the versatility of this set. Check out the items in the bundle (bundle photo supplied by the SU! online store):

There are many exciting things about this bundle, but at the top of the list is a Framelit which allows the door to open so that a hidden message may be revealed when the recipient opens the door.  How fun is that?!

I also believe this set is so useful to have for the seasonal pieces alone.  They can be used as stand alone pieces to embellish other cards, home decor, scrapbook items or can be used to embellish the entryway door as seen in this card:

On this card I did not cut the door to open. Instead I decided to use the Brick Wall embossing folder with the new Wood Textures paper for the porch, score lines to mimic siding, and add a roof with 1/2″ black strips which were angle cut on the ends.  I even added a house number on the small sign from the set to mark the house number for my card recipient’s new home.

The same set creates such a great Christmas card. The door opens to provide a hidden sentiment on the front of this card.  I think a simple “Merry Christmas” will do since the inside will contain more wishes for the season.

See that garland hanging over the door?  Do you have these Hearth & Home thinlit dies which create a window? Guess what? The garland from this At Home with You set fits over the window. How great is it when one set extends the life of another!

Are you excited about this set or just want to check out more products from the new catalog?  You can check out the entire line of products at the online store HERE…and if something calls your name, you can order online and it will be shipped direct to the address you supply. I’ll then celebrate (happy dance time!) that you chose me as your demonstrator and send you a card & small surprise to the address you supplied in your order to say, “thank you.”

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

A Fox Punch Merry Christmas

My last daily punch art share before I take a break to enjoy the Christmas holiday is this little pine tree.

The finished tree is only a little over 1″ tall.

I made an adorable mantel scene with this tree and some other cute holiday items to adorn it (all Fox Builder Punch Art items), but due to my recent health issues I didn’t finish the tutorials or photographs for mantel scene I created.  So, the sharing of that scene will have to wait for some future date.

From me to you I wanted to share my gratitude for all the support, kindness, and friendship you all have shared this year as I’ve launched this blog and then proceeded to increasingly struggle with ongoing health issues which have prevented me from making this blog everything I wanted.  Stampin’ Up! recently  had a stamp that said, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” and I so agree. Crafting creates happiness and meeting great people during the creative process is such a fantastic added bonus.  I appreciate each one of you!

Enjoy each moment of this week, however you may choose to celebrate the days ahead.  I’ll be back to posting after Christmas to share some layouts so you can get your Christmas photos in scrapbooks.  Plus I’ll have some cards to highlight products from the upcoming (Launching January 4, 2017) Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Catalogs.

I wish you happiness, health, & blessings.

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

 

Jar of Haunts: Holiday Traditions

Halloween may be long over, but don’t put away that Jar of Haunts stamp set yet.

The sinister eyes in the Jar of Haunts stamp set was the reason I initially bought this set. They screamed “BUY ME” so loudly that I almost didn’t give the rest of the set a second thought. It wasn’t until I played with the entire set that I really began to like them all.  BUT this image is still my absolute favorite in the set, because I knew I was going to make this guy:

su-sinister-eyes-jar-of-haunts-punch-art

Isn’t he great?!

I really love how this turned out and believe I will be making quite a few of this punch art this season and probably for years to come.  They are quite easy to make and everyone in my family loves holiday television specials, with this guy featuring as one of our favorite characters.  His transformation reminds us of love and that Christmas means more than things. It is this reminder we all need at the holidays.

Materials Needed:

  • Jar of Haunts stamp set
  • Acrylic block (I used D block)
  • Fine tip Scissors such as SU! Paper Snips
  • 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • Stazon Jet Black Ink
  • Project Life Black Pens
  • Old Olive card stock
  • Crushed Curry card stock
  • Fine Tip Glue Pen (or your preferred adhesive)
  • Jolly Hat Builder Punch
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock
  • Whisper White card stock

The Instructions:

  • Punch an Old Olive 1 3/4″ circle.
  • Stamp the eye image in black on this circle towards the top 1/2 of the circle (where eyes would be) & also stamp onto a scrap of Crushed Curry.
  • Cut out just the Crushed Curry eyes, leaving the black border intact, and attach over the Old Olive image.
  • Use a black Project Life Pen to draw the nose, grin, chin mark, and extra eyebrow markings.
  • Add a Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White Christmas hat made from the Jolly Hat Builder Punch.
  • Add a Whisper White fur strip from the Jolly Hat Builder Punch & then Cherry Cobbler one under it to mimic his collar & shirt.

I thought he would be cute to put in cards; punch a small hole and add a string for an inexpensive little decoration to send along in some of my cards as an added surprise.  Then I decided I also wanted to make him into a card.  This is how that turned out:

su-sinister-eyes-jar-of-haunts-christmas-card

The additional materials needed to make the card include:

  • Moroccan DSP (Delightful Dijon quatrafoil pattern) cut 3″x4″
  • Soft Suede CS cut 2 1/8″x4″
  • Old Olive CS for card base 5.5″x8.5″, scored in half @ 4.25″
  • Old Olive CS  2″x3″ for Scalloped Oval Die cut
  • Whisper White CS  2″x3″ for Oval Die cut
  • Early Espresso CS cut 1/2″x4″
  • Soft Suede Ink
  • Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot
  • SU! Snips
  • Layered Ovals Framelits
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp “Merry Christmas”
  • Acrylic Block D (can use smaller, I prefer this size for hand grasp)
  • A small scrap of Cherry Cobbler CS for hand cut heart
  • dauber
  • Dimensionals &/or Foam Adhesive Strips (I recommend having both)
  • Access to running water
  • Paper towel or old towel
  • Fine Tip Glue Pen

Instructions for card:

  • Attach Moroccan DSP using SU! Snail adhesive to top half of card leaving equal edge borders.
  • Attach Punch art character to Moroccan DSP.  Use Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive strips to raise hat & head portion, while applying SU! Snail adhesive to Collar portion.  *Collar bottom should line up with DSP bottom.
  • Stamp “Merry Christmas” from Teeny Tiny Wishes set onto Whisper White CS
  • Cut Merry Christmas sentiment (center it) using Layering Oval (2nd smallest oval) Framelit & Big Shot
  • Attach White Oval to Scalloped Oval with Dimensionals
  • Cut Layering Framelits Scalloped Oval from Old Olive CS
  • Apply Soft Suede Ink directly to raised side of the Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folder and run Soft Suede CS thru Big Shot. *Pay attention that bricks are running length of CS in proper orientation for card
  • Immediately run your empty inky embossing folder under water to rinse away ink.  Dry with towel.
  • Using Dauber & Soft Suede Ink, add ink to edges and any additional to bricks as you desire to give aged appearance.
  • Attach brick CS to lower half of card base using Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Adhere Early Espresso CS strip so that it covers both brick & DSP area evenly.
  • Adhere Sentiment Oval directly to brick
  • Hand cut a Cherry Cobbler heart (use pencil to draw first if desired) & attach directly to brick
  • Add Fine Tip Glue Pen to entire heart to make glossy (this will take time-usually many hours/overnight+ to dry completely.  So, you may wish to omit if you can not leave it undisturbed for this long)

I have not yet completed an insert panel for this card, but I was thinking of using the stamp “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as the interior sentiment.

I hope you now look at these eyes differently and find the Jar of Haunts set is not just for Halloween.

If you wish to purchase anything from the Holiday or Annual catalog and do not already have a demonstrator, I would love if you would shop with me HERE.  Every single order increment of $25.00 (before shipping & tax) between now & December 31, 2016 qualifies for one entry into my Happy Holidays Drawing.  (Example: order $25.00 in product-1 entry, order $65.00 in product-2 entries, order $101.00 in product-4 entries)  ONE winner will be randomly (using random.org) selected from qualified entries for a package containing these products:

  • 1 New Hostess Set (My choice)
  • 1 New Ink Pad (My choice)
  • Every 4 entries (from all my customers total during this period) adds additional items to the winning package.  More purchases = A bigger  winner’s gift package!  The winner is guaranteed to win the Hostess Set & Ink pad regardless of sales.

Winner will be announced January 1, 2017 around noon EST. Items will be mailed out no later than January 7, 2017.

Everyone who makes a purchase from me during this time will receive a card in the mail from me.  This card will contain an extra surprise! 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Making kid friendly Christmas cards

In addition to the Christmas cards posted this week, I also made some kid friendly Christmas cards for my friends & family members who have little ones.  I am at least half way through the process of making this year’s cards which will be mailed.  That is pretty good progress for me.

Were you busy making Christmas cards or other cards yesterday during World Card Making Day?

During my productive card making day,  I even remembered this year to keep those cards which I am mailing from needing extra postage or hand cancelling.  So, they should be easier and less expensive to mail.  I’ll hand deliver some more embellished versions to those I see in person.

I have a lot of family & friends who have young children who have told me they really enjoy my cards.  I try to remember to send cards to which a child can relate to these families.  This creation with the Cookie Cutter Christmas reindeer fits that category:

cookie-cutter-christmas-reindeer-card

I think most children start singing songs about that cute red-nosed reindeer around Thanksgiving here in the USA.

Instructions to recreate this card:

  1. Card Base is Cherry Cobbler card stock (CS), cut to 4.25″x11″ and scored/folded in half @ 5.5″ (Going forward, score is on your left)
  2. Layer 1 is This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) is cut to 5.25″x4″ Attach to the Card Base using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  3. Layer 2 is Very Vanilla CS cut to 3.75″x5″ and embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder & the Big Shot. Attach to the DSP layer using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  4. Stamp the reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle onto Tip Top Taupe CS with Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and punch out.
  5. Stamp the Banner & sentiment from Banners for Christmas stamp set onto Garden Green CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and die cut using Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
  6. Punch a Cherry Cobbler CS circle from the Owl Builder Punch (use the largest circle in the punch)
  7. Attach banner and reindeer to the embossed card layer using dimensionals
  8. Attach nose to the reindeer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  9. Adding a shiny nose is important  (it is part of the song, after all) and can be easily accomplished with the Fine Tip glue Pen or replacing the Cherry Cobbler nose with Red Glimmer Paper. If you are already using the Fine Tip Glue Pen for the nose, I suggest adding to the eyes also.

Here is the inside of the card:

cookie-cutter-christmas-reindeer-card-insertI wanted to continue with things kids associate with Christmas for the interior of the card. Kids (and adults too) love treats; one of the most popular Christmas treats is the candy cane. Banners for Christmas, which was already used for the exterior card sentiment, contains a wonderfully large candy cane in the set.  Adding a few of the words from the same set, I created the insert or interior panel of the card.

Instructions for the card Insert:

  1. Cut your insert of Very Vanilla CS to 4″x5.25″
  2. Stamp the Candy Cane from Banners for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler Ink
  3. Line the sentiment words Merry & Christmas from Banners for Christmas so that the curves come close to mimicking those of the candy cane, then drop your acrylic block to pick up the stamps in that position.
  4. Stamp Merry Christmas using Stazon Jet Black ink (or your favorite black)
  5. Adhere insert to card base.

I believe some children & adults are going to enjoy this card this year.

If you have decided to make this or any other project I’ve posted and need supplies, you can shop online HERE.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

World Card Day: Getting Cards Ready

It is time to get those holiday cards ready.  I like to mail them Black Friday, so that I can have the rest of the season to do other things.  So, making Christmas cards has to come long before November rolls around if I wish to include handwritten messages and address the envelopes in time for my personal mailing deadline.

World Card Day is Saturday, October 1, 2016.  What a great day to create cards for my holiday mailing list!

These are some of the handmade cards I’ll be sending out this year.

SU! Holiday Cards 2016

These cards were all made with supplies from the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog for the 2016 season.  I really love the subway art look of the Christmas Medley background stamp.  I used it with Whisper White ink on Basic Black cardstock  to create the backgrounds for each of these cards.  Adding just a little focal point popped up on dimensionals from Banners for Christmas or Father Christmas really made the cards.  Of course a little bit of ribbon, twine, glittery Wink of Stella, or a few rhinestones were easy additions to make special, but simple cards.

I know many people say it is no longer a trend to send cards, but I don’t care.  I’m going to continue with my card making and sending tradition, because I enjoy doing it.  From time to time I’m even fortunate enough to hear that those who have received my cards look forward to getting them and the little messages written inside – I always hand write something.  It is no fair just to sign my name after all that effort!  I’m happy some people still share their gratitude for small things.  Funny that sending a card now often gets a thank you from the recipient.  It used to be that the card had to be included with something for it to earn a call, email, text, or in-person shout out. It just shows that people think of cards as mini-gifts in this cards-in-the-mail-aren’t-trendy era.   So, here’s to the new thinking of these little happy mail gems being not just cards, but a work of art from the heart and a handmade mini-gift to those we hold dear.

Are you going to be creating new or stamping prior card creations on World Card day?

Remember you don’t have to be on trend to do something you love doing. Traditions & Trends start somewhere.  Let that be with you.

Have another crafty day.  Until next time…

-Joanne