So many things…

…to be thankful for!

This month,the Trendy Twine theme is Many Thanks.  The Design Team is spotlighting Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine, a unique colour combination that is a twist of orange and chocolate brown.

Now, Thanksgiving has come and gone up here in Canada, but this twine colour is fun for so many things.  When I first received this colour, it immediately made me think of twigs, so I decided to try my hand this month at a little twine wreath.

Albeit a little time-consuming, this wreath is so easy to make!

  1. I simply took a 1 1/2″ circle punch and then cut out the middle, leaving a thin 1/4″ wreath shape.  Make sure to use a thick paper for the base of the wreath as you will be pulling on it quite a bit!
  2. I then took a 2″ pieces of twine and looped it through the middle of the wreath, securing with a knot at the top edge of the wreath.
  3. Pull the ends of the twine upwards, and wiggle until the knot lays flat.
  4. Continue around the entire wreath shape.

That’s it!  It took me about an hour to complete this little wreath, but I think the result was well worth it!  It would look great on a card as well, perhaps with a sentiment in the middle!

I decide to use mine to finish off the top of a yummy cupcake box (okay, the box itself was not the yummy part!.  ;)  I loved the little peek-a-boo window, and I think the wreath finishes it off nicely!

The pattern for the box was lifted from Stampin’ Gal Val, but I modified the lid a bit by using a 5 7/8″ square as a starting point, and scoring at the 5″ mark all the way around.  I also didn’t have all the tools that Val uses, but with a bit of creativity, the box was really easy to recreate!

So, whether you are getting reading for Thanksgiving, or simply celebrating the last, fleeting moments of fall, break out the Orange Truffle twine!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Stacked Slider Tutorial

It was recipe challenge time over at CropChocolate this month!  The challenge for the design team was to come up with a project that included 3 metals, 1 decorative edge, 3 patterned papers and a fiber of some sort (ribbon, twine, etc.).  The 3 patterned papers reminded me of a stacked slider card that I have been wanting to try out, so I decided to give it a go.

This pretty card was made for my sister in law for her birthday in September.  Here are a few instructions if you would like to give it a go!

Made with Making Memories embellishment paper (Whimsy), this card style has “slid” into top spot for me!
Supplies:
- Patterned Paper- Making Memories Whimsy Embellishment paper (A 12X12 double sided sheet of paper will work great for this project, just make sure that the paper is not too thick as there are quite a number of layers in this card. One sheet will make all three strips, forming the tiers of your card (3 tiers in total).
- Fibers – Celebrate It Basic Narrows
- Ink – Distress Ink (Broken China)
Instructions:
Card Base:
1. Cut three strips of paper to the following lengths:
  • 4″X12 (Mark as “A“)
  • 4″X10 1/2″ (Mark as “B“)
  • 4″X 9″ (Mark as “C“)

2. Take tier C and score at the 4″ and 8″ marks.  Fold.

3. Take tier B and score it at the 3 1/2″ and 7″ points.
4. Take tier A and score it at the 3″ and 6″ points. 
5. Cut a coordinating piece of paper approximately 2″ by 3″.  Fold in half and adhere to the top center of tier A.  This will be the pull tab that the recipient of your card uses to pull out each tier of the card so make sure to use a good amount of adhesive.

To create the first sliding mechanism (use tiers C and B)
6. Using tier C - On the one of the panels created by the fold, place your ruler at the top edge of the tier and measure/mark 1″ from the fold and 1″ from the edge of the paper.
7. Place your ruler parallel to the edge of the paper at one of your 1″ marks and draw a line downward that starts 1/4″ down from the top and continues for 3 1/2″. You should now have a line that starts and ends 1/4″ from the top and bottom edges of your paper.
8. Repeat step 6 with the second mark.
9. Use a paper cuter or utility knife to cut along the lines you have drawn.
10.  Repeat steps 5-8 for tier B.
11. Using a scrap piece of thick cardstock, cut 2 pieces of paper that is about 3/4″ wide and 3″ long.  This piece of paper will be the piece that slides up and down on your card.
12. Take tier B and place it down so that the wrong side of the paper is facing up. Take one piece of your cut cardstock and slide it in between the two cuts you have made (the two ends of the cardstock should be hidden, and you should see an exposed section in between the two cuts you made on the tier).
13. Apply adhesive to the section of the cardstock that you can see.
14. Take tier A, line it up with the bottom of tier B and press down to adhere it to the cardstock slider.
15. Apply adhesive to the top and bottom edges of tier B and close up the folds ensuring that the slider is hidden inside the folded sections.  
16. Repeat steps 10-12 with tier C.
17. Take tier B (which now has tier A tucked away inside of it), line it up with the bottom of tier C and press down to adhere it to the cardstock slider.
18. Close up the folds of tier C ensuring that the slider is inside the folds and apply adhesive to the bottom and top edges to keep it together as you did in step 15.
19. Decorate as desired!  If you would like to include a paper rose just like the one on this card, make sure to go and check out the tutrorial here.
And for those of you who learn visually, I’ve got a video of the process here for you too!
Make sure you come back and visit later this week because I have some fun variations of this card to show you!

Making use of the flower tutorials!

Just using some pretty cardstock, WorldWin metallic paper and vellum...no patterned papers here!

Last week, I put together a series of paper flower tutorials, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some projects I have created with those very flowers.  The neat thing about the flowers is that they can be used on just about any type of project, but it is nice to have a few projects to spark the imagination and get the creative juices flowing!

So today, I thought I would share with you a project I recently created using  WorldWin papers - specifically, a beautiful metallic pink cardstock and some matching pink vellum.  I used the vellum to make the rolled roses on this banner that I created to celebrate my two little girls.  The vellum gives a fantastic, soft look to the flowers and really plays up the delicate nature of these blooms.

I love my circle punch - it makes such a great and easy scalloped edge!

The other fun part of the banner project was making the scalloped edges on each of the components.  I have to admit that I do not have a huge assortment of punches so I try to make the most of the ones I do have.  And much like I used my trusty circle punch to make some flowers last week, I also used it for this project to make the edging!

So what do you think?  Is the banner as cute as the girls?

p.s. – don’t tell anyone, but I actually had my whole banner put together before I realized that I actually had the banner pieces in the wrong order.  It originally read “CUET”.  It’s a good thing I had some scissors to cut it all apart – and it’s a good thing I actually noticed!

Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 5

My own little garden in my scrappy corner. The Echo Park paper makes these little blooms pop!

So today is the last day of my week long flower power tutorials!  It’s been fun to create all of these along the way, and I think I have saved the best tutorial for last!

A few nights ago, while I was watching a Startgate Universe with my hubby, I decided to see how many different flowers I could come up with only using my trusty circle punch and some pretty paper.  Two episodes later, 6 pretty flowers were in bloom around me!  I’ve picked a few of them to share with you today.

So, all you need for these pretty daisy-like flowers are circles, circles and more circles.  You will need two different sizes – I used 1″ and 3/4″ for the tutorial, although you can make them any size you would like!  And since the printable pdf tutorials have been popular this week, I decided to do one more in that format for you!  Take a look here for your copy.

I call these "Flower 1". Original, isn't it!?

Over at Scrap a Little, you can find a cute origami flower that would make a great flat embellishment on a project.  Go check it out! And if you are looking for a great, simple design with no special tools needed, check out this post at scrapbook.com.  CrimsonMama was kind enough to share her step by step guide with me for my post this week!

I hope you have had fun this week making flowers with me!  Be sure to visit again soon because I think I need to come up with some projects with flower embellishments now! Have a great weekend everyone!