The Bow Maker Die for Paper Crafters

I recently got a chance to play with the Bow Maker Die from The Maker’s Movement.

While I will admit that I was confused for a brief moment on how it worked.

Once I figured out how easy it was to use, I wanted to share this simple project

and tutorial with you.

 

The Bow Maker is a four-piece die set that is deep etched, which makes it so easy to cut through cardstock, thick paper, and even fabric. They are great for greeting cards, birthday cards, scrapbooking, gift tags, and much more fun projects.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

I decorated a little jar I found at  Dollar Tree and topped it off with a cute little paper bow.

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It makes a quick, simple, and inexpensive gift.

Materials Used:     (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Die-cut decorative scrapbook paper using the Bow Maker Die.  The dies cut four pieces, two bow loops, a center, and a bow base.
  2. Gently curl the paper on the two bow loops using your fingers or a small round marker to make the paper pliable for bending.
  3. Bend the ends over and glue to the underneath side of the paper using a quick setting glue like Rapid Fuse*.  (you could also use a small glue dot)
  4. Stack and glue the bow loops onto the bow base.
  5. Glue the center around the middle of the bow.

A Merry Little Christmas Tiny Book and Book Case

A Merry Little Christmas Tiny Book and Book Case

A perfect little album for adding small Holiday photos and writing special memories on the

pages.  The set would make a nice little gift or to use as an ornament to hang from your tree.

Materials Used to make the Merry Little Tiny Book and Book Case:    (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

    • Place a piece of white mat board over the Tiny Book Die and place between the two cutting plates on the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*.  Crank the handle to run the die through the rollers of the machine to cut out the tiny book.
    • With the book base flat, adhere the scrapbook layers onto the front and back of the book.
    • Cut the words “merry” and “Christmas time” out of gold adhesive craft vinyl and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  You could also use small Christmas Word Stickers.
    • Cut a Small Scallop Square out of white cardstock and the Nested Scalloped Frame Die.
    •  Apply the vinyl word “merry” using a small piece of transfer paper onto the top left corner of the scallop frame.
    • Apply the words “Christmas time” on the spine of the tiny book.
    • Adhere adhesive craft foam under the small scalloped square.  This creates a small shadow box frame for the front of the tiny book.
    • Cut a small 1 1/4″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper and place under the craft foam on the small frame and adhere to the front of the tiny book.
    • Glue the holly embellishment inside the frame.
    • Gently fold book along score lines.
    • Wrap twine several times around the front cover.
    • Cut two pieces of cardstock 2 3/4″ x 11″.  Score both pieces of cardstock every 2 1/8″ to create a long accordion piece.  You will end up with a small tab at the end of both strips.  Use the first tab to connect the strips.  Cut the second tab off.  Refold to make a long accordion strip.
    • Adhere both ends of the cardstock into the front and back cover.

Tiny Book Case Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper 6″ x 8 1/2″.
  • Place the scrapbook paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  Crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  The machine adds a complete layer of adhesive onto the entire piece of scrapbook paper.  Repeat with the second piece of scrapbook paper.
  • Cut a piece of mat board 6″ x 8 1/2″.  Adhere a piece of the scrapbook paper onto both sides of the matboard.
  • Place the covered mat board, outside pattern down, onto the Tiny Book Case Die sandwiched between two cutting plates onto the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*.  Crank the handle to run the die through the machine.
  • Gently fold the Tiny Book Case along score lines.  Glue both sides of the bottom section of the case closed using Rapid Fuse Glue*.
  • Paint the Miniature Drawer Handle* with white acrylic paint, after the paint has dried, glue it onto the top of the book case.
  • Die-cut a small white handle (from the book case die).
  • Wrap elastic around the slots of the handle and glue onto the underneath side of the elastic.
  • Glue the wood snowflake embellishment onto the front of the handle and add an adhesive pearl to the center.

The Merry Little Christmas Time Book and Book case is one of the projects made in

Sue’s 2020 Virtual Holiday Workshop.  (There are still a few kits available.)

The cost of the kits are $25 plus shipping.  For more information or to order a kit click here.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Free Trial 

Handmade Holiday Paper Crafting Parade

Today I’m parading around with several talented designers on Instagram for Scrapbook.com’s

The Handmade Holiday Papercrafting Parade.

I recieved a great box of exclusive Scrapbook.com products to use for my projects.

Most of the items were the everyday type of products.

But, as you’ll see, you can easily use your regular products to make some very unique

holiday projects.

(Link for the Handmade Holiday Paper Crafting Parade at the bottom of this post. )

Sprig of Joy Tag

There’s something special about simple wrapped presents.

As Julie Andrews sang in the Sound of Music, “these are a few of my favorite things.”

Materials Used:          (*afiliate link)

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The Gift of Joy.

I love using every day stickers to embellish this package.

This sticker set came with labels, alphabet stickers (including this lovely silver one) and fun

word stickers.  If you’re bold enough, add “you’re my favorite” to a present and see who notices.

Materials Used:

Happy Holidays Card

This simple card was easy to create.  I used the tall skinny alphabet dies to cut out the letters to

spell Happy Holidays.  To make assembly easy, I ran the paper through my Xyron Create A

Sticker before die-cutting the letters.

Draw a faint pencil line on the white cardstock to help line up the letters.

Erase the line after you’ve stuck on the letters.

Materials Used:

Click on the picture below to start on the Instagram Parade. 
And while you’re there, make sure to “Follow Me”.    (Thank You!!!)

Be Merry Poinsettia Card

How to Create a Beautiful Poinsettia Christmas Card using Distress Ink.

I like making clean and simple cards.

But everyone once in a while, a card just calls out to be inked.

This card was one of those projects.   (It’s still kind of clean and simple.)

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post  for the Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product
and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Materials Used:        (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  • Run several strips of 3″ cream cardstock through the Xyron Sticker Maker*. The sticker maker adds an even layer of adhesive to the back of the cardstock. Do this before die-cutting to make each small piece a sticker. (it makes assembly so much easier)
  • Using the Winter Foliage Die Set and the Crossover II Die-Cut Machine*, die-cut the pieces out of cream cardstock. You will need 8-smooth leaves for the flower, 4-pointed leaves for the foliage, 4-pine branches, and 2-small leaf die-cuts.

  • Ink the edges of the leaves using an Ink Blending Tool* and the Distress Inks.
  • For the base of the card, cut 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper. Adhere the woodgrain paper onto a 5″ x 7″ gold cardstock layer. Adhere both layers onto a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ cream card base.
  • Start with 4 of the smooth leaves inked with the Barn Door Red Ink and place onto the front of the top of the card. Place them so that they line up opposite of each other.
  • Place and stager the four additional red leaves on top of the first layer of leaves.
  • Adhere the leaves, foliage and, pine stem under the poinsettia flower.

  • Die-cut three small circles (from the Winter Foliage Die Set) out of gold cardstock and adhere to the center of the flower.
  • Die-cut the words “Be Merry” out of cream cardstock ran through the Xyron Sticker Maker* and place the stickered “Be Merry” onto the front of the card.

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Xyron Holiday Bundle Giveaway

My friends at Xyron has generously given me a New Xyron 2020 Holiday Bundle to giveaway to one lucky person.

This limited-edition holiday bundle is perfect for gift wrapping over the holidays or anytime. The Xyron Mega Runner lets you wrap packages beautifully, without the messy tape. Have fun making your own labels for any occasion with the Xyron 3” Disposable Sticker Makers. Let Xyron help make your holidays easier!

The Xyron Holiday Bundle Includes:

  • Red Xyron Mega Runner
  • Two Xyron 3″ Disposable Sticker Makers with a Blue Snowflake Pattern.
  • 40 Holiday Labels

There are several ways to enter.  

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to win.
  • Follow, Like and Comment on my Facebook Page
  • Follow, Like and Comment on my Instagram Page.
  • Follow Xyron’s Instagram Page and leave a comment on either this post or one of my other posts to let me know you followed them.

Winner will be chosen:  Sunday, November 15, 2020

Even if you don’t win you can get your own Xyron Holiday Bundle here.

Gnome for the Holidays

The Holiday Season isn’t even here yet, and Gnomes are popping up in stores everywhere.

That’s a good thing for me because I think they’re adorable.

I especially love the Holiday Gnomes.

Did you know that Gnomes are considered good luck?

The way things have been going this year, I’m going to need a lot more gnomes.

Have you tried making Gnomes yet?

I haven’t made any Gnomes yet myself, but it’s on my Holiday to-do list this year.

I thought this “Gnome for the Holidays” sign would look perfect with the two I already have.

I used StyleTechCraft metallic luster vinyl for a fun shimmery, metallic Holiday Decoration.

Materials Used:

StyletechCraft products brought to you by ATSM Craft

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Directions:

  • Cut a piece of coordinating holiday scrapbook paper to fit inside of the frame.
  • Use the “Gnome for the Holidays” SVG cut file and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to cut the pieces out of vinyl.
  • Use the vinyl pick tool to remove the excess vinyl from inside and around the letters and shapes.
  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Remove the vinyl from the white liner.
  • Using the transfer tape, line up the vinyl words onto the scrapbook paper.

  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Continue adding the vinyl layers that make up the Gnome.
  • Add into a fun red metallic frame and enjoy it.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Red Posies Felt Christmas Ornaments

Fairfield World’s 80th Birthday Celebration

If you are a crafter, chances are you’ve used Poly-fil a time or two. (or much, much more)

Would you believe they’ve been around for 80 years?

My grandma used poly-fil for years, and so have I.

So when given the opportunity, I  jumped at the chance to help them celebrate.

And talk about celebrating, they even sent us a box of goodies to inspire us.

How cool is that? (my favorite was the cheese popcorn)

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With Christmas coming soon, I decided to make a couple of Red Posies Felt Ornaments.

I enjoy stitching from time to time, but because I’m not an expert by any means,

I’m going to call them “Simple Homespun Charm”.

Materials Used:              (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • Die-cut the flowers, leaves, and circles out of felt.
  • Arrange the die-cut pieces on the felt.

  • Add a small dab of fabri-tac adhesive* under the top felt piece to hold it in place while you do your stitching.
  • I like to start with the top layer first and work my way down so that I’m not going through as many layers of felt at one time.

  • Hand sew simple stitches in white and red thread around the pieces.

  • Use small, close stitches to close the ornament 3/4 of the way closed.
  • Add a small amount of poly-fil into the center of the ornament and finish sewing it closed.

  • Use a large hole needle to add twine to the top of the ornament for hanging.
  • Adhere a small bow onto the top of the ornament with fabri-tac adhesive*.
  • To add a small word, like the word joy, iron the letters onto the felt circle before stitching.

 

For more 80th Birthday Celebration check out Fairfield World on Instagram.

Holiday Snow Globe Cards

Whether you like a classic style or cute, holiday snow globes are just fun.

Especially when they are made into cards that you can send.

For my cards, I used the Snow Globe stamp and die set from The Maker’s Movement

to make two snow globe cards with two different styles.

Both of these cards could also be made into a cute little shaker cards. 

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Penguin Snow Globe Card

  • Stamp the penguin on watercolor paper with a black permanent ink pad.
  • Use markers, colored pencils, or watercolor to color in the image.
  • Use the coordinating die to cut out the penguin.
  • I like to use the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive onto my decorative scrapbook paper before die-cutting  fine detailed pieces. It makes adhering to detailed pieces like the snow globe outline so much easier to adhere to.
  • For the base of the snow globe.  I adhered a small piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper onto a small piece of double-sided adhesive craft foam.
  • Run the woodgrain/foam piece through the Crossover II die-cutting machine* to create a think foam base.
  • Add a couple of thin foam mounting squares* to the back of the penguin before adding him to the card.
  • Adhere all your pieces together and stamp a little greeting on the top of the card.

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Supplies Used on Cards:       (*affiliate links)

Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Card

Create  the soft look of freshly fallen snow with this Winter  Wonderland Snow Globe.

I love how different this card is.  (can you tell it’s my favorite)

It’s made similar to the Penguin Snow Globe.  The two trees in the middle are popped up using

thin foam mounting squares* to give the forest dimension.

Organizing Your Holiday Craft Supplies

Creative Christmas Crafting Organization Tips…

It’s that time of year when thoughts are leaning towards the Holidays.

As a crafter, it’s my favorite time of year to do craft projects.

But, as a blogger, there’s a lot of crafting, creating, and sharing to do.

For fun, I thought I’d show how I organize my Craft Supplies for the

Ultimate Holiday Crafting Season.

Of course, my go-to storage comes from Deflecto.

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To prepare for the busy season ahead, I like to transition my space with

all my Christmas Crafting Supplies conveniently close.

I like to mix a little old with the new to make it interesting.

I never know what will inspire the next project.

Here a few of the products I used for my Holiday Crafting Organization.

I use the Deflecto Interlocking Tilt Bins* to keep my jingle bells, small

wood embellishments, paints, bottle brush trees, all neatly organized and

easily accessible.

I use a lot of ribbon during the Holidays.

I use the Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* that fits into the large section of the

Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* and add all my favorite holiday

ribbon rolls. As you can see, it holds several.

The small and medium containers hold my glue guns and adhesives.

The Stackable Caddy* is great for grab and go crafting.

The Deflecto Caddy Storage Tray* is perfect for holding my floral embellishments and beads.

Not only is it efficient, but it’s really pretty to look at.

(It fits nicely into the large compartment of the Deflecto Stackable Caddy*.)

I use the Deflecto Stackable Open Cube* to hold the Holiday Dies and

Stamp Sets that I will be working on soon. It’s also a great place to stash

cut cardstock ready to be folded into cards.

I use the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* to hold paint brushes,

scissors, pens, and pencils. It looks great and keeps everything neat and

tidy. (and…it fits nicely into the stackable caddy)

When working on cards it’s great to have my markers organized and close

at hand. I love that I can unfold the Expandable Marker Accordion*

into several different configurations.

It’s a perfect companion to have on my desk.

I hope you enjoyed the tour into my Holiday Crafting Organization.

Now it’s your turn to… Update your Holiday Craft Space and enjoy the difference it makes.

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Christmas Letter Box and Cup of Christmas Tea

I really love these New Winter Release Dies from Eileen Hull and Sizzix.

The new dies cut the cute little Post Box*, which is perfect for letters to Santa or even a gift card

and the Teacup Box* that you can fill with teabags and other holiday goodies.

You will have fun embellishing and creating holiday treats for everyone on your list!

Letters for Santa…

I created the Christmas Teacup first and thought that it would be my favorite project.

Then I created the Christmas Letter Box*, and IT IS MY FAVORITE.

I think it would make a cute ornament to hang on the tree.

Little kids can write a note and stick it inside for Santa to read.

The Post Box Die* cuts the box in one piece.  Just fold on the score lines and glue.

I like to use Rapid Fuse Adhesive*  to hold my sides together.  (Thirty seconds and it’s ready.)

A Cup of Christmas Tea.

This project was inspired by the book A Cup of Christmas Tea*.


           A Cup of Christmas Tea*

Many, many years ago, I owned a Gift Store.  One of the many items we sold was Teapots and Teacups.  One Christmas, I happened across the story of A Cup of Christmas Tea*.  It’s the story of a young man’s reluctant visit to an elderly aunt at Christmastime, and the unexpected joy it brings.  I loved the story so much I decided to sell it in the store.  Many times, customers would stop and read the book while browsing.  I had more than one customer with tears in their eyes purchase the book.  It’s a sweet book, and it reminds me now more than ever the importance of taking the time with those we love.

A few details on the Christmas Teacup.

  • Before cutting out the die, I used my Xyron Creative Station*to put adhesive on the back of the Snowflake scrapbook paper.  Just place the paper on the Creative Station design side up and crank the handle to run it through the machine. It adds an even layer of adhesive on the entire piece of paper.
  • I adhered the paper to a piece of white mat board*and ran the covered mat board and die through the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine* to cut.
  • I edged the teacup with a DecoColor Premium Silver Calligraphy Pen*.  I used the pen to paint the mat board spoon also.

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Materials Used on the Christmas Letter Box and Christmas Teacup:

      

Authentique Paper “A Magical Christmas Collection” available at Scrapbook.com

For more great projects from the New Winter Release make sure to check out the Blog Hop on Eileen Hull’s Blog.  

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