Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ATC Calendar Tray with SRM Stickers

Hello friends!!  Do any of you ever buy something and then look at it and wonder what you are going to do with it?  Of course you don't.....well, I do and that is what happened when I bought this ATC Tray and didn't quite know how I wanted to use it.  I knew that I wanted something amazing to go into it, but I just didn't know what.  

I had an assignment to make a calendar project for SRM Stickers and found that the 2016 Decorative Mini Calendar Stickers and cut with the new matching Wafer Thin Die fit in there perfectly.  Take a look.....

To be able to re-use this calendar again next year (with the 2017 stickers, of course), I used some mini clothes pins and covered them with different black and white washi tapes.  I then just used some hot glue to glue these onto the background paper.

I used the Times and Seasons papers from Echo Park for the background papers inside the tray.

At the top of the ATC Tray, I used a sticker from the 2016 Year of Memories Stickers on some vanilla colored cardstock, added some brads to the ends and glued it with a glue dot to the top of the frame.  To use it again next year, I will just have to peel this off and put on a new one...shouldn't be too hard.

To finish off my project, I added some black and white ribbons to the top handle.

So, what do you think of my new re-purposed ATC Tray?  I think that it would be a great gift idea.

This was posted over on the SRM Stickers blog today and I would love it if you would leave a comment on the blog post over there, too.

Hugs,
Amy


Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate Fall!

Happy Friday!!  I don't know how about you, but I think that autumn goes by way too fast.  It seems to have come in late this year and then left early with our first snow storm earlier this week.  Autumn is my favorite season....the cool crisp air, the changing leaves, sweater weather, hot cocoa...I just love it all.  I thought it would be fun to share a card that celebrates autumn just a little bit longer that mother nature wants to.  

I created this card for the SRM Stickers blog last week.

I used my Silhouette Cameo and THIS file to cut out the pretty little leaves.  I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder and then added some Sticker Stitches and the sentiment is from the Fall Sticker Sentiments at SRM.

I tied it up with a bit of Solid Marigold bakers twine from The Twinery.  Here is a closer look.....

So, what is your favorite season??  Is there something that you do to help it stretch out a bit longer??

If you missed the great tutorial that I posted last week for the Handmade Holidays blog hop, CLICK HERE to check it out.  I hope that you have a great weekend!!

Hugs,
Amy


Saturday, November 7, 2015

String Art Project and Tutorial

Hello friends!!  Today I am sharing a post and tutorial over on The Twinery blog for the Handmade Holiday's Blog Hop.  The hop has great projects that you can give as gifts this holiday season from many designers all over the web.



I created a fun string art project using some yummy Solid Bakers Twine.  Here is my completed projectl....

I also have completed a tutorial for it so that you can make one of your own to give away this holiday season......

I love giving out handmade items for the holidays...it just makes each gift more personal.  Today I am sharing a fun string art project using lots of yummy Solid bakers twine from The Twinery.  To get started, you will need: A board base (mine is 11 1/2 x 11 1/2), nails (mine are finish nails that are 1 1/4 inches), bakers twine (I used the Solid Caribbean and Solid Pink Sorbet), die cut images (for template and saying).
There is a bottle of mist in this picture because I was thinking about staining the board, but decided against it and just used the board in it's natural state. 

Measure and adhere your template in the spot where you want it on your board.

Next, mark where you want to put your nails.  I used a paper piercing template to get the holes as evenly spaced as I could.  You could also use a ruler.

Begin nailing your nails into your board on the marks.  My board is about 1/2 inch thick and I nailed the nails almost 1/2 an inch in leaving about 3/4 of an inch above the board.  This took me about 30 minutes to complete and I only hit my thumb once. :)  I have seen someone recommend using some needle nose pliers to hold the nails up to keep from hitting your fingers/thumb, but I found that to be too hard to do and get the nail right where I wanted it.

Once you have all the nails in place, remove the template and discard.  Up next is the fun part...


Now, you get to tie some twine onto a nail and then go crazy.  Just weave the twine from one nail to the other.  I found it was easier to twist it around the peg at least every other one or so to keep it tight and also to make it so it isn't very easy for the twine to slip off the nails (in case you drop the twine a time or two like I did ;) ).

When you are satisfied with how much twine you have filled the image in with, you can then wrap it around the outside of the image and then tie it off and snip off the tails close to the nail that you tied it on.  I wrapped an outline around the image twice, but I don't think that it really needed it both times.

Repeat the same steps with the heart image inside the house....don't forget to outline it like the house when you are done (I may or may not have done this and then had to go back and do it before I took the picture below).

The only thing left is the sentiment that I adhered with foam adhesive to give it some lift off of the wood.  I was thinking about building a frame of some sort around the edges of the wood piece, but I haven't decided yet...what do you think?

Here are the twine colors that I used in my project today....
http://shop.thetwinery.com/product/solid-caribbean-twine-spool-240-yardshttp://shop.thetwinery.com/product/solid-pink-sorbet-twine-spool-240-yards

I would love to hear what you think of my project today in the comments below.  If you want to hop along and enter the HUGE giveaway going on for the Handmade Holidays blog hop (including every color of twine that The Twinery offers), you need to hop on over to The Twinery Blog post HERE, leave a comment and enter into the giveaway form embedded into the post.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Hugs,
Amy

Friday, October 30, 2015

Stash Your Stash Blog Hop with The Twinery

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Twinery's Stash your Stash blog hop.  If you have come from Jeanne Jachna's blog, you are in the right spot.  If you have just happened upon this post and would like to join us, you can hop on back to The Twinery blog to get started at the beginning.

Today we are sharing how we store our twine.  I actually have two places that I store my twine rolls.  The first is on a pegboard system:

I started by storing my twine this way when I had quite a few of them.  I love how pretty they look all lined up in a row.  For those who follow my blog, you may know that I just recently moved and have been setting up my scrapping space.  This is one of the first things that went up because it has lots of ways to store different products.  I need to get some more pegs and put up some more twine that I still have in a box from our move.  Here is a closer look at the twine rolls.....

I also was on the design team for Ribbon Carousel for a while and as compensation for my time, I received a ribbon carousel from them.  I don't know if she is still making them, but here is what mine looks like with all that pretty solid bakers twine on it. 

It looks like they might still be sold on Amazon (Ribbon Carousel) so you might be able to get one there.


Nicole with The Twinery is generously giving away a Striped Twine sampler ($18 value) on each of the blog hop stops....that means that if you leave a comment on each blog, that is an entry into each drawing and more chances to win!!

Comments will close at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Winners will be posted on The Twinery blog on Thursday, November 5th.



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Use the code above to get
25% off any order through 11/6 

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It is now time to hop on over to DoBea Alberts' blog to see how she stores her bakers twine.  Don't forget to leave a comment to get a chance to win the prize listed above!!

Hugs,
Amy