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November 2016

Birthday Sweater

Lori's birthday is on Christmas Day.  Needless to say, her birthday does not get the attention it deserves.  So our team decided to celebrate her birthday early.  Lori is a fancy person.  She likes bling and sparkle.  Somehow, I went in a different direction. It might be because I just got the yet to be released Balloon Adventures and the Balloon Pop-up Thinlits dies.  I got to order early because I went to the OnStage event.  I've also seen the Christmas sweaters others have made using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Boy, that's a mouth full.  I decided to make a birthday sweater.  Because the card was for Lori, I had to pull out the Melon Mambo.  She is also a brights person.

Sweater 1

  • The sweater is cut 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  To make the V neck I measured in 1 inch from each side of the top and made a mark.  Then I found the middle and made a mark 1 1/4 inches down.  Connect the dots and then cut out the V.
  • I really hate to tempt you with these balloons.  Do you see how cute they are? They won't be available until January 4th.  Bummer.  Now, if you are a demonstrator, you can order it December 1st.  Want to join?  Get in touch with me!  I used Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, and Emerald Envy for the balloons.  Fantastic dies!  Use the circles left from the balloon dies to decorate the rest of the sweater.  Oh, by the way, the die cut balloons fit perfectly on the largest balloon from the Balloon Bouquet punch.  That's good planning!
  • I adhered all of the parts to the sweater layer.  I then embossed it all with the Cable Knit folder.
  • The trim on the neck and bottom of the sweater is 1/2 inch wide.  I scored it with the Simply Scored at every mark.  I used Fast Fuse to attach this and trimmed to fit.  Hint:  Cut your paper 1" or 1 1/2 inches wide.  Do all of your scoring.  Then cut your paper into 1/2 inch strips.
  • Behind the neck, I used a piece of the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper cut at 1 1/2 x 3.
  • All of this is adhered to a card base of Melon Mambo 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.  Use something strong like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.

Sweater 2

Here's the inside of the card.

Sweater 3

Happy Birthday to you Lori.  Let me just mention that without Stampin' Up! I wouldn't even know Lori.  Now that would be a shame.  So, thanks Stampin' Up!  Maybe you really should think about joining my team.  I promise you that stampers are good people.

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Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card

I get so excited about the Holiday catalog that I sometimes forget about the annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  I'm so glad they included Christmas stamp sets in the annual catalog.  It lets you get a jump on the season.  Here's a simple card using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and the coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlit Dies.

Embellished orn 1

This was a favorite at my classes last week.  It's elegant without being too involved.  I did have some help from Pinterest on this one.  There are many that are very close. This card used the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's the elegant touch.  For the front of the card, I put the paper in the embossing folder side ways.  It's hard to see on this picture, but maybe it helps.

Embellished orn 4

I stamped the ornament in Cherry Cobbler and cut it out with the coordinating thinlit. Glue it onto the card.  I used the Golf Foil Sheets for the decoration and the ornament topper.  Embellish with pearls in the center and a bow of gold twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack.  All that's left is the sentiment from the same set and a few sparkles from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

Embellished orn 2

Do you ever think about embossing the inside of the card?  This time I embossed in the folder with the paper turned in the usual way.  Add the sentiment and the inside is done.  This sentiment is also from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set.

Embellished orn 3

So, there you have it.  I must tell you that the gold embellishment in the center of the card goes a certain way on there to cover the white lines.  It's not too hard to figure out.  If you need a pretty, but easy card, this one fits the bill.



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Ear Decor with Christmas Trinkets Embellishments

Have you noticed the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments on page 27 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog?  I tend to overlook this kind of thing.  Recently, my sister Martha gave me a little present, just because.  Here it is!

Ear rings 1

So, of course, my first question was how?  It turns out that it's really easy to do.  First you need to buy the supplies.

Ear rings supplies

I bought mine at Michael's but I'm sure you could get them at any hobby store.  You also need a tool to use to open the little metal ring, put on the trinket, and then close up the ring.  That's really all there is to it.

Here's how each pair of ear rings will look once you turn them into ear ware.  You can get four of each kind from a single pack of the trinkets.  That's 12 pairs of ear rings!

Ear 1

Ear 2


Ear 3

They are just so cute!  Which are your favorites?

The packaging is what takes the most time.  I will admit that as soon as I could, I took Martha's gift apart to see how she made it.

  • The base of the card is cut at 2 5/8 x 5 1/8.
  • Use Thick Whisper White card stock cut 2 1/2 x 5 to layer on top.
  • The 1/16" Handheld Circle punch was used to make the holes to hold the ear rings.
  • A resealable bag measuring 3 x 5 was used to package the ear rings.
  • Patterned paper is used for the topper of the package.  It is cut 3 1/4 x 3 1/4, score at 1 5/8 and fold.  Staple it on.  
  • Decorate the bag as you wish.  Martha used retired product.  Of course you can use anything.

I'm going to make these for a craft fair and package them separately.  I bought the 3 x 4 inch resealable bags but they are a little tall.  I folded them over about 3/4 of an inch.  The toppers measure the same as above.  I used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper.  The base is 2 5/8 x 3.  I used Real Red.  The Thick Whisper White is 2 1/2 x 2 7/8.  Decorate as you wish.  I used the new Stitched Framelits, the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, the Holly Berry Builder Punch, and the Jolly Hat Builder punch.  So, here are my ear rings in single packs.

Ear 4

Ear 6

Ear 5

And all together.

Ear 8

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Now go make ear rings!  I bet you already have someone special in mind!  The product list is below!



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Penguin Hershey Bars Waddle in for Christmas

If you follow my blog, you know that I'm into the craft fair scene.  Today I have a penguin Hershey bar to show you.  It is just so cute!

Penguin Hershey bar

Isn't it just adorable!  It's also easy to make.  Here are the details.

  • Start with a piece of Basic Black card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 6.  Score along the 5 1/2 inch side at 1 3/4, 2, 4 1/4, 4 1/2.
  • Put Tear & Tape down one side of the paper.
  • The feet are made using the Petite Petals punch.  I used Pumpkin Pie card stock. Just fold up 2 of the petals. I put glue dots on them and tucked them under the black card stock.  I did adhere them before I put in the candy and sealed up the wrapper.
  • The eyes were purchased from the Dollar Tree and adhered with glue dots.
  • The beak is from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I punched it out with a retired punch.  I think it was one of the itty bitty punch packs that were offered a while back.  It's a square shape and I folded it on the diagonal and then glued it down.
  • For the tummy, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut a Whisper White oval.  I cut another one the same size from Basic Black. I cut it in half long ways and adhered it on each side of the white oval so that it looked like wings.
  • Add a scarf of material.  I got my material from Walmart.
  • The hat is part of a glove.  Do you remember the nugget treats I shared last week?  The nuggets used the fingers of gloves and this project used the rest of the gloves.  You can see the nugget treats here.  I tied around the hat with Thick Whisper White Twine.

Penguin Hershey bar 2

I love how it turned out.  Hope it brings a smile to a little face!  A list of products used follows.  Have a wonderful day!

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Bus Swap on the way to Atlanta!

On my last post, I shared my swap for OnStage Atlanta.  Nine of us from the NC Demo Facebook group rode down in a van.  We decided to do a bus swap.  This was my swap.

Atlanta swap 3

For information and details about this card, go here.  Today I want to share the rest of the cards I received on the bus.

Bus swap 5

Kaye Owenby made this card.  She is part of my Luv 2 Create group.  The next card was made by Martha Morin.  She is also a part of my downline.

Bus swap 8

I also belong to a group of local demonstrators called the Southern Belles.  We meet once a month and all live in what is called the Unifour area of NC.  Along with my Luv 2 Create group the next two cards were made from ladies in that group.  Want to be a part of this group?  Let me know.

Bus swap 2 

This card was made by Tina Lesson.

Bus swap 1

Beth Fox made this card.

Making new friends and getting to know them better is so important.  I so enjoyed having the next ladies on the van and knowing them better.

Bus swap 3

This card was made by Beverly Carlen.

Bus swap 6

Wanda Williams made this card.

Bus swap 4

Shavon Borders made this card.

Sandy Herman has been a friend for a while.  She has attended my Stampin' Up! catalog Bingo events.  She won the Merry Medley stamp set and made this card for the swap.

Bus swap 7

So you can see that we have some super talented people here in North Carolina.  I think we are all ready to attend the Savannah OnStage event in April!  Want to go?  If you aren't a demonstrator it's really easy to become one.  Just let me know if I can help!  See you next time with another craft fair project.