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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Teacher Gifts 2011- Part 2

Here are the knitted gifts that I made for Ashley's reading teacher and Timmy's preschool teacher. I added strings to them to make them into little ornaments. This one I just did on my own, so no pattern. They came out so cute!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Teacher Gifts 2011- Part 1

This year I had a lot of fun making the Holiday Gifts for the kids teachers. We are truly blessed with an amazing school and wonderful teachers. I really can not say enough about them. We do gifts for the kids main teachers as well as the school nurse (my hero), the two ladies who run the front desk, Ashley's reading teacher and the principal.
About two weeks ago I taught myself how to knit and crochet so most of the gifts are done that way. I will link directions I found for them, however I am better at making things up on my own instead of actually following directions, so these patterns are not exactly what I made, just what I used to go by.

Here is the link for the Crochet Nurse mini doll. I did shorten the hair and make her body and dress a little bit longer. This one I followed pretty good since I am still just learning. I also attached a string to the top of her hat to hang her by and make her an ornament.

Keep checking back for the rest of the gifts!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Enchantment Purse, Envelopes & Cards Set

Here is my Enchantment Purse, Envelopes & Cards Set. This project uses some of the great new products from the 2012 Occasions Mini and the 2012 Sale-a-Bration catalogs.
If you are a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, then you got the chance to pre-order these products and may have them already!! Here is a great project to showcase these great new materials to your stampers. If you are not a Demonstrator, then you will get the chance to order these products in January, and this is a sneak peak for you!
You can also make this project with any colored card stock and DSP that you would like. Make it out of Christmas colors for a great holiday gift!
The purse and envelopes are made with the Framelits Labels Collection. The purse is approximately 5-1/2" x 4".

to see more details or get the tutorial!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clearance Rack Blitz

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jingle Bells Ornament

Here is the ornament that I made using the little Jingle Bells from the Holiday Mini Catalog! I also used the pearl beads from the old retired Pretties Kit, but you can use any type of beads between the bells.

Here is how I made this:
I used a small paper clip and straightened it out. I put the bells and pearls on it and bent the ends with a pliers to keep them on. Clip off the excess paper clip.

I unbent another paper clip and put it through the hole in the middle of the center jingle bell, and put the beads on both sides. I did this with another one also, three total. So you have one going through the top hole on the bell, and the other two go through the center slits.

I put a glue dot over the center to keep them all in.

Then I used a hot glue gun to put the flat pearls on the top and keep it all together good. If you don't have the Pretties Kit (retired) flat pearls, you can use the Jewels pearls in the main catalog and the Large Pearl Basic Jewels (upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog) for the center. Do this on both sides to keep everything together really well. Add your string and you are all finished!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Envelope Pull-Out Tab Album

Here is my Envelope Pull-Out Tab Album!
This project uses large and small square envelopes to make a great album for photos or journaling or many other uses! CD's will also fit into the large envelopes to make a great DVD, music or photo CD gift!
I have 24 photos in this album, and that is without using the small pull out tabs at all, with plenty of room left over for journaling! This is the perfect album to use when you just have way too many good photos of an occasion to fit on a scrapbook layout. It's also the perfect thing to give as a gift, especially with Christmas coming up!

You can add on as many extra pages as you want, if you want your album to be larger or smaller then the one shown. I have used Spice Cake DSP but you can easily use any pattern you would like. Album is approximately 5-1/2" square.

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Lattice Fold Wreath Ornament

I had so much fun with my Lattice Fold Ornament, I just had to make one into a wreath! There are a few more directions below to change the Lattice Fold Ornament into the wreath, but check out the other post for the full directions.

You are going to fold the Lattice Die cut just like you did for the other ornament, then you are going to cut out the middle. I have shown below where you cut with the red lines. Do this after you have folded and glued the loops together to make it easier to assemble.

Once they are cut, you can put them together. The wreath only uses three lattice shapes so it pops up a little bit when they are all together. (The other one used four.)

Once they are together, fold back the outside ovals so the center bumps up, but the wreath lays flat. make a second one and glue it to the back to make them stronger and to be more 3-D.

You can color your Rhinestones with a permanent red marker right on the sheet and then put them on the wreath. Put your bow and string on. and you are ready to decorate the tree!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lattice Fold Ornament

I saw the Fleur de Lis ornament tutorial on Splitcoast by Becca Feeken and just had to change it around to work with the Lattice Die. I will show you a few steps below to make it work with the Lattice shape, but the rest you can get from the original tutorial for more help. This one took a little while to finish with all the scoring on the Simply Scored, but was really simple to do.
It is stunning in person!
Here is how to make one:
Using the Lattice Die on the Big Shot, you will need to cut out four shapes. Each one will be scored and folded the same way. Score like shown below. Cut to the center on the bottom side. Fold them up like shown on the right. The red lines are folded to the top.

Using the Two-way glue pen, stick together the center ovals like shown on the left. Then just stick your next one right to the edge oval and keep going with all four. I used the 2-1/2" Circle punch for the red circle in the back. This helps add some stability to it.

I used the Lace Ribbon and Striped Grosgrain for the back, and then just used Sticky Strip to add another circle to the back of that so you don't see it all glued together. Add a string and your ornament in finished!

I love this one! Hope you guys have the Lattice Die, because I have some more too! Check back soon.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mommo's Birthday Card

After making my In-laws birthday Card, I knew I had to do one for my Mommo's birthday too. Here is hers!
The person is made the same way as the other card for all of the pieces. The table and chair are cut freehand. I used the Tote-ally Tess stamp set for the stamping tools on the table and the Happiest Birthday Wishes Hostess set for the banner. The hair looks gray in this picture, but its really brown on the card.
I thought this would make a great Christmas card to give your favorite SU Demo too!
Happy Birthday Mommo!
Her birthday was December 2nd.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Double Lattice Ornament

After I did my other Lattice Die ornament, I looked through Splitcoast for more ornament ideas. I not only found that someone else had already done the same thing I did, but I saw a great new way to layer the lattice shapes on the Sunshine, Smiles & Stamps blog. This made me think how nice it would look to combine these two ideas, and this ornament was the result!
I love it! The pictures really do not do this justice, it is gorgeous in person, especially when it spins.

Here is how you can make it:
Using the Big Shot, cut out your Lattice in two different colors. You are going to use the Two-Way glue pen and stick them on top of each other like shown. Then using the Simply Scored, you are going to score right down the middle in one direction and fold it in half.

Then you are going to glue them back to back just like you did for my Lattice Die ornament. I made eight of these total for the entire ornament.

Here it is with a red background so you can see the white better.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

In-laws Birthday Card

Here is the card that I made for my In-laws birthday yesterday. They share a birthday as well as their sofa each night. My father-in-law watches TV and snoozes while my mother-in-law knits. I thought this card would be perfect for them! I am truly blessed with not only amazing parents, but in-laws as well!

Here is how I made them below!
For the main card I folded in half a 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of Not Quite Navy card stock. I cut the corners rounded at the top fold and sponged the edges and center. I freehand cut the top pieces and put it on top with Dimensionals. Make sure you sponge behind where the cushion hits so it pops out more.

So here is what your card base will look like after they are together. I also put shading with the marker and highlights with the white gel pen after.

For the punching of the people:
head- 1" circle
hair - 1-1/4" circle
torso - wide oval punch
hips - retired small oval punch
legs - retired small oval punch
feet - toe from stocking punch
arms - medium heart on heart-to-heart punch
remote control - top from the stocking punch
hands - large circle on the owl punch with a finger cut out
the footrest is just a rectangle with the corners rounded

for the knitting:
I used sticky strip and put it around the word window punch for the scarf, and then around the 1/2" circle for the ball of yarn. You really have to put the sticky strip on both sides and then just wrap it with the Bakers twine. The needles are cut freehand.

head - 1/2" circle
ears - mini heart from the owl punch
body - retired small oval punch

Just about every layer is put on with Dimensionals, so in person this card really pops out at you.
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