I am still in California helping my parents.  My Dad is home now and needs lots of help and care.

My Sister lives close by.  She attended a series of classes in Scotland and now does body castings/moldings.  I thought that since I am not up to crafting right now, I would share her creative talents.  She lives in Southern California and is open for appointments.  She is also willing to travel.  Contact her for more information at meemoule@gmail.com.  Her name is Cynthia.

Here is some of her work showing part of the process.  Yes, this was made using live people.  It does not hurt.  I will post a couple more of her projects in the future.
Finished product.
Three Hands

I was watching a video about someone making diamond shaped decorations and decided to try and make a Pumpkin and a Turkey using a Pyramid shape.  These were pretty quick and easy.
Turkey & pumpkin decorationsSUPPLIES:
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach Marker – Pumpkin
Tangerine Tango ink pad – Turkey
Basic Black Marker – Turkey
Pumpkin Card Stock:  Pumpkin Pie
Garden Green
Turkey Card Stock:  Soft Suede
Tangerine Tango
Real Red
Cherry Cobbler
Cajun Craze
Pumpkin Pie
Delightful Dijon
Daffodil Delight
Big Shot:  Pyramid Pals Framelits #140618
Flower Fair Framelits #133731 Pumpkin
Layering Circles Framelits #141705
Adhesive:  Tombow Glue

PUMPKIN INSTRUCTIONS:
NOTE:
 If you want to open the Pyramids so you can put something inside: Put a piece of tape on the inside of the tips, then after decorating, punch a 1/16″ hole about 1/8″ from the  tip of each Triangle.  Decorate the Pyramids.  Close the Pyramids by threading Baker’s Twine through the holes.  Tabs:  You can glue the Front to the Tabs, but not the Back Triangle.
1.
   Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Cut two of the Pyramid shape Framelits.  Fold all score lines so both pieces are the same.
2.  Draw oval like shapes on each triangle with the Peekaboo Peach Marker.
3.  Put glue on the top side of one of the bottom squares.  Attach the other square on top making sure that the sides with the tabs are opposite each other.
4.  Cut a 1/8″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Garden Green card stock for the curly vines.  Run a bone folder over it to start it curling.  Find something round and narrow to wrap it around and curl it.  I used one of my grandson’s metal cooking spoons with the round metal part about 1/8″ in diameter.  Curl the strip around the round piece holding the end to keep it in place.  Gently unwrap the strip so you keep the curl in.  Cut it in half  Glue both pieces to the tip so one part sticks up and the other angles across.
5.  Cut a little stem from Garden Green card stock.  You can cut a Garden Green leaf from the Flower Fair Framelits or just cut it with scissors.  Glue the stem on top of the pyramid tip and over the curly vines.  Glue the leaf to the stem.

TURKEY INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut a piece of Soft Suede
card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Cut two of the Pyramid shape Framelits.  Fold all score lines so both pieces are the same.
2.  Choose one of the Triangle sides without tabs to be the Turkey front.  Cut 3 Scallop Circles from Soft Suede card stock.  Cut the circles in half.  Sponge the scallops with Tangerine Tango ink.  Layer and Glue the circles together.  Glue to the Front Triangle.  Trim off the excess.
3.  Cut a Beak from Tangerine Tango card stock.  Cut two “Bunny Ears” of each color:  Daffodil Delight, Delightful Dijoh, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, and Cherry Cobbler.  Hand cut the two Real Red piece to make the Wattle and the Comb.
4.  Glue the Wattle onto the back of the lower Beak.  Glue the bottom of the Beak to the top of the Scallop Circles.  Draw the Eyes with Basic Black Marker.  Gle the Comb above the eyes.
5.  Put Glue on the two tabs that attach to the Front Triangle.  Repeat with the tabs for the Back Triangle.
6.  Decide what color order to put your feathers in.  Start with the center two and glue them to the back so they stick up high enough to make you happy.  Work your way outward on both sides glueing all the bottom tips on top of the first two pieces.
7.  You are done.  Admire your cute Turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving Crafting!

I saw a Welcome Sign at Target that inspired me to make this sign.  It is pretty quick to make.  Choose your own colors to match your decor.
"wood" Welcome SignSUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Hardwood  Wood #133032, Clear #133035
Ink:  Soft Suede
Card Stock:  Soft Suede
Real Red
Big Shot:  Large Letters Framelits #141712
Punch:  1/4″ Circle (retired – buy from your local store)
Ribbon:  Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon #141984  12″
Adhesives:  Fast Fuse or SNAIL
Tombow Glue
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Soft Suede card stock into one 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece and two 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ pieces.
2.  Ink up your stamp and lay Rubber side up.  Lay one 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ sheet of card stock on top of the inked stamp.  Rub the stamp with a clear stamp block to transfer the ink evenly to your card stock.
~Repeat with the other piece of card stock.
3.  Now cut each stamped card stock piece 2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″.  Arrange them on the 4-1/4″ x 11″ card stock.  Attach them.  This is your “Wood Sign”.
4.  Cut out your Letters with your Big Shot and the Letter Dies.  Arrange the Letters on the “Wood Sign”.  Glue on.
5.  Punch a 1/4″ hole towards both top corners.  Thread your Ribbon though the holes.  (I cut 12″ of Ribbon-use more if desired.) I used Glue Dots to hold my Ribbon in place.
6.  Hang up your Wood Welcome Sign and admire it!
Wood look Welcome SignEnjoy Decorating!

I have been wanting to make a Four Seasons card with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  I got this Thoughtful Branches Bundle idea from Daniela Astor.  As usual I tweaked it and made it my own.  It took me about 1 hour to make this card, but it can be displayed all year long.  Yes, it fits in a medium Stampin’ Up! envelope so you can mail it!
Thoughtful Branches Four Seasons Card

This Thoughtful Branches Bundle is only available until August 31, 2016 so get yours now!  If you buy it from me I will email you a FREE document with lots of ideas I have gleaned from the web.

SUPPLIES:
Bundle:  Thoughtful Branches stamp set + Beautiful Branches Thinlits  #144328
Stamps:  Date It Photopolymer #141563
Ink:  Memento Black
Garden Green
Daffodil Delight
Card Stock:  Marina Mist
Soft Sky
Soft Suede
Early Espresso
Whisper White
Emerald Envy
Always Artichoke
Delightful Dijon
Cajun Craze
Big Shot:  Beautiful Branches Thinlits from Bundle
Softly Falling Embossing Folder #139672
Adhesives:  Tombow Glue or Fine Tip Glue Pen
Fast Fuse or SNAIL

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut:
~Marina Mist card base:  4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score and fold at 2-1/2″ and 5-1/2″.
~Soft Sky:  2-1/4″ x 4″ for Spring, 2-3/4″ x 4″ for Summer, 4″ x 5-1/4″ for Autumn and Winter.
~Soft Suede and Early Espresso card stock:  Cut two full trees each
~Tree Leaves:  Cut one each: Emerald Envy, Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze.
~Small individual Leaves:  Cut one each in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon
~Stamp and Cut.  Stamp Tree Leaves on Whisper White Twice – once in Garden Green ink and once in Daffodil Delight ink.  Cut out with the Tree Leave Framlit.
~Cut 7 apples from Real Red card stock.
2.  Stamp your Season names on the Soft Sky card stock about 1/4″ from the bottom (or top).  It is easy to center your stamping with the Photopolymer stamps.
-2-1/4″ x 4″ for Spring,
~2-3/4″ x 4″ for Summer,
~4″ x 5-1/4″ for Autumn and Winter.  Lay out your Autumn Tree with the 3 Tree Leaves and stamp Autumn in the center under the tree.  Stamp Winter centered in the small space left.  Put your Winter side in the Softly Falling embossing Folder with the Autumn side sticking out and run through your Big Shot.  It does not matter if part of the snow is on the Autumn part of the card stock.
3.  Attach your Soft Sky pieces to your card base in the coordinating sections.
4.  Spring.  Attach a Soft Suede Tree to the Spring section not adding glue to about 1/2″ on each side of the branches so you do not glue the card open.  😉  Attach the Garden Green stamped and cut Tree Leaves.  Cut 5 “flowers” from the Daffodil Delight Stamped and cut Tree leaves.  Glue The Tree Leaves on not adding glue to the 1/2″ on each side.
5.  Summer.  Attach a Soft Suede Tree to the Summer section centering the trunk and not gluing about 1/4″ on each side of the branches.  Attach the Emerald Envy Tree Leaves making sure the right side is just to the left of the fold line.  Bend the card between Spring and Summer and trim off the right side of the Summer branches and Emerald Envy Tree Leaves so the fold line shows.  Now lay the card flat with the Spring Tree Leaves overlapping the Summer Tree Leaves.  Trim more if necessary to have your card lay flat.
6.  Autumn.  Glue your Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, and Cajun Craze Tree Leaves together as shown.  Glue to Early Espresso Tree.  Now Glue so the Left side of the Tree Leaves almost touch the fold on the left by Summer.  Add extra single leaves beside Autumn if desired.
7.  Winter.  Trim your last Early Espresso Tree to fit in the space left beside Autumn.  Glue on.

Thoughtful Branches Buy Now!

Enjoy making your own Thoughtful Branches Bundle Four Seasons Card!

Paper Pumpkin celebrated it’s THIRD Birthday in April!  Along with this cute Wreath all subscribers received an extra stamp set!!  This took me about 45 minutes to make.
April Paper Pumpkin Wreath

Would you like a surprise Craft Kit in the mail every month?  Order one for yourself and Skip to the Fun!  Most projects can be completed in 45 minutes or less….. unless you get really creative and then the fun can last longer.  Some have their DH watch the kids while they escape for 30 to 45 minutes for some much needed ME Time!

Would you like a Girl’s Night out every month?  You and your friends can each order Paper Pumpkin and get together to make your projects.  Potluck treats will add even more fun to the evening with minimal effort for every one!

This video is for demonstrators, but includes the basics of Paper Pumpkin.

What is included in the Kit?
~Your first Kit includes a Stamp Block to use with the Photopolymer stamps included in each Kit.
~There is a full color picture of the finished project(s).  There are also basic instructions included behind the full color picture.  You should also receive an email with a video showing you how to make the project.  (If I remember correctly.  This is something they are just starting.)
~All the card stock and embellishments are included to make the project of the month.  There may be die cuts to punch out.  Some die cuts are self-adhesive.
~There is always at least one 1″ ink pad called a Stampin’ Spot.  The colors do not repeat in a twelve month time period.
~You will need to provide some basic tools like a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, a Bone Folder, maybe a ruler, and scissors.  Lately, all the adhesives have also been included.

Can I order more than one Kit?
Yes.
~You can order a FULL Kit which includes the stamps and ink pad and everything else you need just like the Kit you received in the mail.
~OR you can order a REFILL Kit which includes everything BUT the stamps and ink pad.

What types of projects are there?
~April was the wreath shown above.
~Most months have cards and envelopes.
~There have been mini scrapbooks, pinwheels, and a framed collage.  I guess I haven’t been writing down the list of all the projects.
~The projects are seasonal.  January was Valentine’s Day.  May will be Father’s Day.  There are a variety of stamps included to fit your card-giving and seasonal needs.
~I have really enjoyed most of the Kits.  I can only think of one that I didn’t enjoy, but I wasn’t feeling well when I got that kit.
~HERE are some of the past Kits available.

You have two options to get your OWN Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit in the mail every month:
~Pay for it as a Monthly Subscription.  You can skip a month or two if necessary or cancel any time without penalty.  You activate your subscription when you sign up.  No additional effort required.
~Purchase a Prepaid Subscription.  Check HERE for your options and the prices.  You can include your Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription on an order with other items to help you qualify for Stampin’ Rewards.  You will receive an email with instructions on activating your subscription.  If you activate it by the 10th of the month, you will receive that month’s Kit.  If you activate it after the 10th, you will receive the next month’s Kit.  After your subscription runs out, you can either get a Monthly Subscription or another Prepaid Subscription.
NOTE:  Shipping is included in the price for both Monthly and Prepaid Subscriptions.  You will still pay tax if your state requires it.

If you subscribe from me you will get a case to hold your stamps and small ink pads.

Happy Paper Pumpkin!
Nendy Kerr

Do you need a little Fall Themed basket?  Choose some Fall Themed paper and make one using the Berry Basket Bigz Die and your Big Shot.  Watch the Video to find out how quick and easy it is to make one (or more)!  Have fun making a variety of these cute Berry Baskets for every occasion!

This video is 6-1/2 minutes long.

SUPPLIES:
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight
Thick Whisper White #140272
Into the Woods Designer Series Paper #139586 (Or your choice)
Big Shot:  Berry Basket Bigz L Die #137366
Adhesive:  Choose:
Fast Fuse
Tear & Tape Adhesive
Tombow Glue

TIPS:
1.  Cutting measurements
~Cut two Designer Series Paper:  3-1/2″ x 8″ (or a little longer than 8″)  Yes, you can cut them at the same time.  Just make sure both pieces cover the Basket die cut markings.
~Cut two 1-1/2″ x 8″ Daffodil Delight card stock for the Scallop and Handle die cuts.
~Cut one Thick Whisper White bottom piece 2-3/4″ x 2-7/8″  Attach to the inside of the very bottom piece in the center between the cut outs.  Attach the upper piece over it to form a +.
2.  Choose either the Scallop or Straight handles to attach to the top of the basket.  Fold the Score Lines.  Add adhesive to the small tabs and attach together to form a square.
3.  Add adhesive to the top edge of each side of the basket.  Attach to one side of the topper piece, centering the basket side and the topper piece.  Repeat with one side at a time until finished.
4.  Add about 1/2″ of adhesive to the handle piece.  Center (and make sure it is going straight up and not at an angle) and attach the first side then the other side.
5.  Fill with lightweight treats or fill with decorative items and leave setting on a table just to enjoy looking at it.

Happy Basket Making!
Nendy Kerr

This is the Leaf Garland I made with Vintage Leaves left over from my Fall Wreath.  It is pretty quick to put together when the leaves have already been stamped and cut out.
Fall Vintage Leaf GarlandSUPPLIES:
Bundle:  Vintage Leaves stamp set + Leaflets Framelits  Photopolymer #140235
Clear Mount Stamp Blocks: 
Ink & Card Stock:

Crushed Curry
Delightful Dijon
Tangelo Twist
Cajun Craze
Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot:  See Bundle above which includes Leaflets Framelits
Other:  Metal Plastic Canvas Needle  #18 was used
Optional:  1/16″ Hole Punch #134363
Metallic Gold Baker’s Twine #132975
Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199

Vintage Leaves GarlandINSTRUCTIONS:
1.  I found it faster to cut out the leaves first. Cut each sheet of card stock into 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” pieces.  You can cut both sheets of the same color at the same time using your Big Shot and magnetic platform.   I used 15 Leaves for my Garland, each leaf shape in each of the five colors.
~Choose the leaves you want and choose the coordinating Framelits to cut out.  The three I chose are shown in the photo above.
~Put on the 3 Leaflet Framelits at the same time as close together as possible.  Run through your Big Shot.
~Keep placing the Framelits on the card stock and cutting them out until you don’t have enough space left for another leaf Framelit.
~Repeat with each of the other card stock colors.
Vintage Leaves Bundle2.  Now stamp your leaves. You can do this either by color or by leaf shape.  Either way it will take you a little while so put on some music or your favorite movie to work to
~Remember to use your Stampin’ Pierce Mat to get a great stamp impression.
~OR you can ink up the stamp and lay the stamp on the table with the inked stamp facing up.  Lay your leaf shape on top of the stamp, making sure to line up the edges.  Rub a clear block over the stamp to get a good stamped image.
3.  Lay out your leaves either in patterns or randomly in a line  for your garland.  I placed them in order rotating all three shapes and all five colors.  If desired punch two 1/16″ holes towards the stem of each leaf.  This will be where you thread your Baker’s Twine.  I just punched the holes with my Tapestry Needle.  You can use any Needle with an eye large enough for the Baker’s Twine.
4.  Decide if you want the Baker’s Twine on top of your leaves or under your leaves when threading.  Mine is on top as you can see in the picture.  I just threaded the Leaves onto the whole thing of Baker’s Twine and cut it after it was hung up.  OR you can cut about 6 feet of Baker’s Twine.  Use the Tapestry Needle to thread the Baker’s Twine through the holes in your leaves.  Do not worry about centering the Leaves or making them evenly spaced yet.
5.  Make a loop at one end of the Baker’s Twine for hanging on the nail on your wall.  Figure out how low you want the curve of your garland to be and tie a loop at the other end of your Baker’s Twine.  Cut off the excess.
6.  Now you can work on positioning your leaves and spacing them evenly or how you want them.
7.  Step back and admire your Fall Garland!

Happy Fall Decorating!
Nendy Kerr

Here is a fun Fall Wreath you can make for your home or for a gift.  It is pretty easy, but takes some time to make.  It seems like it took me a little over three hours to make this, but that includes design and figuring it out time.  I also made a Leaf Garland to hang under it.  I will post those instructions later, so stay tuned.  Have fun making your OWN Fall Wreath!
Vintage Leaves Fall WreathSUPPLIES:
18″ Wood Wreath Form:  Choose the same design as I did or choose a Grapevine Wreath.  This was purchased from Hobby Lobby
Bundle:  Vintage Leaves stamp set + Leaflets Framelits  Photopolymer #140235
Clear Mount Stamp Blocks: 
Ink & Card Stock:

Crushed Curry
Delightful Dijon
Tangelo Twist
Cajun Craze
Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot:  See Bundle above which includes Leaflets Framelits
Hello You Thinlits #137363
Little Letters Thinlits #133730
Punch:  Bow Builder #137414
Other:  Tombow Glue OR Hot Glue Gun
Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199
12” of 1-1/4” Burlap Ribbon #132140

Vintage Leaves BundleINSTRUCTIONS:
1.  
I found it faster to cut out the leaves first. Cut each sheet of card stock into 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” pieces.  You can cut both sheets of the same color at the same time using your Big Shot and magnetic platform.   I used 28 Leaves on my Wreath, just so you know.
~Choose the leaves you want and choose the coordinating Framelits to cut out.  The three I chose are shown in the photo above.
~Put on the 3 Leaflet Framelits at the same time as close together as possible.  Run through your Big Shot.
~Keep placing the Framelits on the card stock and cutting them out until you don’t have enough space left for another leaf Framelit.
~Repeat with each of the other card stock colors.
2.  Now stamp your leaves. You can do this either by color or by leaf shape.  Either way it will take you a little while so put on some music or your favorite movie to work to
~Remember to use your Stampin’ Pierce Mat to get a great stamp impression.
~OR you can ink up the stamp and lay the stamp on the table with the inked stamp facing up.  Lay your leaf shape on top of the stamp, making sure to line up the edges.  Rub a clear block over the stamp to get a good stamped image.
3.  Lay out your leaves either in patterns or randomly on your wreath form until you are happy with the color and leaf type placement. I would recommend starting at the bottom center and working your way upward.  I placed them randomly all over and there are now a few I would like to switch either the color or the shape.
4.  Now Glue the stems onto the Wreath Form. Remember to let them go different directions.  Real leaves go in many directions and don’t lay flat on the tree.  I used Tombow Glue.  You will need to hold each stem on the Wreath form for a few seconds to make sure it sticks well.  Keep your fingers clean and “glueless” so the stems don’t stick to your fingers.  🙂  You could also use a glue gun if you want.  Glue gun glue only holds for about a year or so, then things start coming off.  This is why I use Tombow instead of a Glue Gun.  I want it to last.
Vintage Leaves Fall Wreath-Top5.  Cut 12” of Burlap Ribbon. Cut the notches in the ends by folding the ribbon in half and cutting from the center to the tips.  Cut a 1” x 11” piece of card stock to glue to the back of your Burlap Ribbon.  This will keep it from sagging.  I used the Tangelo Twist card stock.  I also strung some Baker’s Twine (which the Bow Centers cover) to tie the Banner to the Wreath so I can switch my banner for Halloween, and again for Thanksgiving.
6.  Choose the color you want the words on top of your Wreath to be. Mine are Tangelo Twist and look really good in real life, but don’t show up well in the picture.  Cut out the words and letters.  The Happy is cut from the Hello You Thinlits.  The FALL is cut from the Little Letters Thinlits.  (See Product Links above under Supplies)  I used Tombow Glue to attach them.  Make sure and rub your Bone Folder over the Letters so they will stick well to the Burlap.
7.  Punch out the Bow Builder four times to get parts for two bows.  I used Crushed Curry card stock for the bows.  Put the Bows together with Glue Dots.  I attached mine to the Ribbon over the Baker’s Twine with Glue Dots.  As you can tell by the bow on the right, it does not hold it securely.  I have since attached them with Tombow Glue and covered all the parts of the bow that are on the Ribbon instead of just a few Glue Dots in the center of the Bows.
8.  Hang on your wall or door and Enjoy!

Happy Wreath Making!
Nendy Kerr

I have wanted to frame this sheet of Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper since I first saw it.  I finally put it into the 12″ x 12″ frame I bought from Hobby Lobby.  This is a quick and easy project (after you purchase your frame)!  Just remove the back from your frame and the sheet of paper that comes with it.  Clean the glass if it needs it.  Put your sheet of paper in making sure the top of the paper will be at the top of your frame.  (I checked to make sure.)  Now put the back on and hang it up.
Framed Painted BloomsHappy Decorating!
Nendy Kerr

Merry Christmas!  I hope you are enjoying spending time with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Here is a card made with My Digital Studio.
MDS Merry Christmas!  Below is a tree my grandson and I made together last Sunday.  We made the tree base from card stock by tracing around my largest dinner plate and turning it into the cone shape.  He chose the Nordic Noel paper because it had tree parts and pine cones on it.  He LOVES Pine Cones!
Paper Christmas Tree

The basic tree directions are on a site for My Newsletter Subscribers.  Get the basic tree directions when you sign up for my Newsletter and then register for the Exclusive FREE site.  You will receive three Exclusive projects each month.

Merry Christmas!
Nendy Kerr

Here is a Merry Christmas Printable as my Christmas Gift to you!  It was made with My Digital Studio (MDS) using the Christmas Collage stamp brush set.  I have searched and cannot find the item #.  Just print this, frame it, and hang it up.  You can use your 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out and insert a photo in the big circle if you want.  Enjoy!
Merry Christmas Framable
Merry Christmas Framable Link

Merry Christmas from me to YOU!!
Nendy Kerr

Do you need a quick gift?  Use a battery-operated Tea Light, a sheet of Designer Series Paper, and your Floral Framelits Dies to make these fun, decorative Tea Lights to help brighten someone’s day.
Tealight Flower

SUPPLIES:
Paper:  Your choice of 12 x 12 patterned paper.  I used the retired Polka Dot Parade in Real Red.
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot:  Floral Frames Framelits #127012
Circles Collection Framelits  #130911
Magnetic Platform (optional)
Other:  Stamping Sponge wedge
Bone Folder
Sticky Strip
Glue Dots
Paper Snips or Scissors
Battery Operated Tea Light from your local store

INSTRUCTIONS:
Note:  You can cut two sheets of paper at the same time with your Framelits which makes it easy to make a set of two.
1.
 Choose your patterned paper making sure there is a pattern on both sides.  I have also used Vellum to make this flower.  Cut your Designer Series Paper at 6″ x 12″.
2.  Measure the bottom of your Framelit with the Circle Framelits to find the correct size for the bottom.  Note:  I skipped this step on the first one I made so you could not turn the Tea Light on and off because it was covered with paper.  😉
3.  Choose the two largest Floral Frames Framelits to make your project.  Lay out one Floral Frame Framelit on your paper and Magnetic Platform (or Multipurpose Platform with all Tabs closed), then center the Circle Framelit.  Add your top cutting plate and cut out.  Repeat with the other Floral Frames Framelit and the Circle Framelit.
4.  Sponge the edges of the petals if desired.  Cut down about 1″ between each petal on both flowers.  Curl about 1/2″ to 3/4″ of the end of each petal using your Bone Folder.
Tealight Flower diagram5.  Put Sticky Strip around the bottom edge of the side of your Tealight.  Put the smaller flower on first, then add the larger.  Attaching the paper flowers to the Tealight is not an exact process.  It requires some crunching and perhaps tearing between a petal or two of the flower to get it onto the Tealight.  Use Glue Dots to attach these overlapping pieces.  Follow the diagram for attaching the Petals to the Tealight.  Now put Sticky Strip along the bottom edge of your paper flower pressing the paper and the Sticky Strip as flat as possible.
6.  Now add your Larger Flower to the Tealight following the same process as before.
7.  Optional:  You can add Dazzling Details, cut paper (using the same Circle Framelit) with a hole punched for the “flame”, or Glitter to add an extra touch to the top of your Tealight.

Happy Gift-Making!
Nendy Kerr

We are putting up our Christmas Tree on Monday so I just had to make another Ornament.  This one uses the largest Apothecary Accents Framelit and one sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It is a quick and easy project for all crafters.
Apothecary Accents Christmas Tree Ornament

SUPPLIES:
Designer Series Paper.  Nordic Noel #135822  shown
Paper Trimmer with cutting and scoring blades
Tombow Glue
Dazzling Details:  Original Clear,  Cherry Cobbler, Gold Glitz, Silver Sparkle
Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon #119251
Big Shot:  
Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Designer Series Paper into two 5-1/2″ x 12″ pieces.
2.  Cut out six of the largest Apothecary Accents Framelit.
3.  Use your Paper Trimmer and scoring blade to score your Apothecary Accents Die Cuts in half.  I used the top point and lined it up in the Paper Trimmer’s cutting groove.  Fold each one in half along score line.
3a.  Optional:  Put a line of Dazzling Details along the outside edges of each die cut.  It is much easier to do it now than after the Ornament is finished.  You will have to wait for it to dry before completing the rest of the steps though.  NOTE:  I added mine after the Ornament was put together.  You can only do alternate sections, wait for them to dry, then finish the others.  Do whichever way you want.  I need to order more Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details because the original clear Dazzling Details just doesn’t look as good.
4.  Put Tombow Glue on one half of your die cut.  Attach it to another die cut half lining up the outside edges.  Do this with five of your die cuts.
5.  Cut about 12″ to 24″ of Ribbon depending on how long of a hanging cord you want.  Tie the cut ends together in a knot.  This will help prevent the ribbon from slipping through and adds a decorative feature.
6.  Run Tombow Glue along the center fold.  Place your Ribbon along the fold and rub it to make sure it is secure.  I also glued the Ribbon together that is in the Ornament.  Make sure the Ribbon is laying flat and the knot is tight at the bottom of your Ornament.
7.  Now attach the last die cut to the Ornament with Tombow Glue.  The last edge may be harder to line up the edges, but you can do it with only a little extra work.
7.  Let dry for at least 15 minutes or so before hanging on your Christmas Tree.  (Or letting the children play with it.)
Ribbon Note:  I used the full 24″ and decided it was way too long.  So I cut it in half at the top and tied a knot.  Then I used ribbon off the roll to tie a bow on top.  I am much happier with it now.

Variations:
~You can alternate the DSP side which shows so you have two different patterns showing.
~Use Glimmer Paper in either just one color or two colors.

Happy Christmas Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

Here is a Punch Art Curvy Keepsakes Turkey Box just in time for Thanksgiving!  It is fairly easy with a printout to use for the front of the Turkey and the wings.  The print out uses MDS Harvest of Thanks stamp brush set which is enlarged to fit the size of the Curvy Keepsakes box.
Curvy Box Turkey

SUPPLIES:
Printout of Turkey body and wings
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Chocolate Chip
Big Shot:  Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits dies #135853
Feathers Framelits Dies #135852
Other:  Fast Fuse Adhesive
Paper Snips
Bone Folder
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Chocolate Chip card stock in half:  two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pieces.  Make your Big Shot sandwich:  Magnetic Platform (OR Multipurpose Platform with tabs closed), cutting plate, both pieces of card stock-stacked, Curvy Keepsake Box Die, top cutting plate.  Run thought Big Shot.  Watch this VIDEO for more details on making a Basic Curvy Keepsake Box.  Fold up and close your Box.  It makes it easier to add the pieces in the correct position.
Curvy Box Turkey - Top View
2.  Print up the Turkey Body and Wings page onto Whisper White card stock or 24 pound white printer paper.  (Printer paper used here.)  Cut out the Turkey Bodies.  Lay the Curvy Box on its side so the handle is parallel to the table.  Lay one Turkey Body under the Curvy Box in the position you want it.  Draw a line where the Turkey Body meets the Curvy Box.  Fold on the line you drew.  Add a 1/4″ tab to add adhesive.  (I also cut a “V” shape in the center of the line to reduce bulk when adding the Turkey body to the Box.)  Use Tombow Glue to glue the very front part of the Turkey Body together – from the head to in front of the feet.  Add Tombow to one of Body Flaps and overlap the other Turkey Body flaps.  Add Tombow Glue to the other flap and attach it to the Box (which is now standing upright) so the Turkey feet are at least close to touching your table.  Use your Bone Folder between the Turkey Body pieces to make sure the Tombow Glue is on the Curvy Box.  Yipee!  The hard part is done!
3.  Using the scraps from your Curvy Box cut out 4 small feathers and 8 large feathers.  You can still have the card stock in two layers – so cut out 2 small feathers and 4 large feathers on the doubled card stock.  You can sponge the edges of your feathers if desired.  I forgot, but wished I would have.  Half the feathers use the front of the feather, the other half you see the back – so sponge accordingly.
4.  Use either Tombow or Glue Dots to attach the 4 small feather together in a fan shape.  Attach in the position you want on the back of the Turkey.  Add a few Dimemsionals to the back of the small feather fan.  Now attach the large feathers in a fan shape with Tombow or Glue Dots.  Attach to the small feather fan using the Dimensionals and either Glue Dots or Tombow Glue.
5.  Now cut out your Turkey wings and attach them to the sides of your Turkey Box.  Put your Turkey Box on display!

Happy Thanksgiving Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

I do LOVE making Banners and here is the Christmas Banner we made at my last class.  Hope you have fun making one of your own.  It is pretty easy and only takes a couple of hours to make.  I made it while helping my daughter after she had her baby.  I used a retired alphabet die because my DH could not find the current one to bring to me.  I was just pleased with how many of the crafting supplies he found.  🙂
Merry Christmas Banner

SUPPLIES:
Kit:  Banner Kit #132699  OR Build a Banner Kit (includes stencils) #133507
Stamps:  
Merry & Bright
Ink:  
Cherry Cobbler
Real Red OR Cherry Cobbler Marker
Card Stock:
  Red Glimmer Paper #121790
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper #135315
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003  OR Framelits of your choice
Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz Die #133725 (I used a retired one which is about the same size.)
Ribbons:  Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron #130012
1/8″ Silver #132137
Other:  Tombow Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Choose whether you want “Merry” all on one Banner as shown OR each letter on a separate Banner.  The Basic Instructions here will be for “Merry” all on one Banner as shown.
2.  Choose your letter dies.  You can also use an e-cutter to cut your letters.  The size of your letters helps determine which Framelits you can use and if you use a second Framelit shape to put the letters on.  The Perfect Print Letters are about the same height as the letters I used but thinner and even the “M” fits all the way inside the smaller Apothecary Arts shape.
3.  Choose your Framelits.  I used the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Do you want two Framelits shapes or just one under the letters.  Would you like the word “Merry” on one banner or with each letter on a separate Banner?
How to make the banner pictured above.
1.  Choose the number of banners and banner shapes and put them in the order you want them.  I used 10 Banner pieces.  I started with the the one that is like an arrow pointing down, then the one with the notch, then the one with the rounded bottom and repeated this pattern ending with the same pointing down shape I started with.
2.  Get out your Framelits and Big Shot.  I cut five of the largest shape and four of the smaller shape from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Then I cut four of the largest shape and five of the smaller shape from the Red Glimmer Paper.
3.  Now to cut the letters.  If you are using a Bigz die for the letters you can cut 2-3 at the same time if you lay them over the letters you need or stack the papers 2-3 high.
~Red Glimmer Paper:  MERRY H I T A
~Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper:  CRSMS
4.  Use your Real Red or Cherry Cobbler Marker to edge the Dazzling Diamonds larger shape Framelits and also any letters that hang over and blend in.  You don’t have to edge all the Dazzling Diamond letters, just the ones that need it.  HERE is a video showing some edging techniques.
5.  If you have any of the Red Glimmer letters that hang over and blend in, cut the letters out of Whisper White card stock and glue the the parts that need the emphasis under the Glimmer letters.  Yes, you cut the letters at least in half.
6.  Now to start gluing things together.  Glue the “MERRY” on the first Banner.  Now stamp the stars on with Cherry Cobbler ink.
I will list the letter first, then the smaller shape color, then the larger shape color.  DD=Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Red=Red Glimmer Paper
~C in DD, Red small, DD large
~H in red, DD small, Red large
~R in DD, Red small, DD large (I edged my R with red because it hangs over)
~I in red, DD small, Red large
~S in DD, Red small, DD large
~T in red, DD small, Red large
~M in DD, Red small, DD large ( I also edged my M with a marker)
~A in Red, DD small, Red large
~S in DD, Red small, DD large
7.  String the Jute cord through the grommet holes, making sure you do them the same way, either with the cord behind the banner OR in front of the banner.  Choose which you like best.  My Jute is behind each banner piece.
8.  I cut the ribbons each about 6-7 inches long.  I cut 11 sets.  Hold them together and tie as one ribbon moving them so the silver ends up facing forward on both ends.  Tie the first set on the left side of the “Merry” Banner, then between the MERRY and the C banners, repeat between each banner, and end on the right side of the S banner.
9.  Tie some loops in your Jute and hang your Banner.  Adjust the Banner pieces and the Ribbons.  Adjust the hanging loops if necessary.  When it is positioned the way you like it, you can cut off the excess Jute.
10.  Admire your Sparkly Christmas Banner!

Merry Christmas Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

We can now make things for each individual place setting for our Thanksgiving table.  Each Celebration Basics Kit has enough supplies for 10 people.
Thanksgiving Table Place Settings

SUPPLIES:
Kit:  Celebration Basics Kit  #133007
Stamps:
 Fall Fest Photopolymer #135194  (Bundle with Framelits #137628)
For All Things w#135152  c#135155  French #136985  MDS #138114
I’m Thankful For w#135170
Ink:  Tangerine Tango
Chocolate Chip OR Black StazOn OR Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Other:  Tombow Glue or adhesive of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS:
Decorated Goodie Bag
Decorated Goodie Bags
We decided this would be great to put some snacks in for late morning snack if your Thanksgiving Dinner is mid afternoon, or for later that evening when you want something to eat but not a whole meal.  You can also write names on either the bags or tags.
1.  Get out the paper bags, Baker’s Twine, and the round tags.  Choose a Pumpkin to stamp at the bottom and a sentiment to stamp on the round tag.  You can stamp on either the plain or patterned side of the tag.
2.  Stamp a Pumpkin on each bag as shown in the picture.  I used Tangerine Tango ink.
3.  Stamp the sentiment on the Round Tag.  Some liked the plain side, some liked the patterned side.  Use a Black or Brown ink.  We used “Grateful for All Things” from the For All Things stamp set.
4.  Tie a bow in each Round Tag using your Baker’s Twine.  Attach to your Bag.  I used Tombow since children are involved.
5.  You can fill with Treats later and use the long white bag closure stickers to hold the bags closed until you are ready to pass out the treats.

Name Place Cards
Thanksgiving Name Place Tag
1.  There are 20 of the “Ticket” shaped tags.  Use two-still together-and write someone’s name on it.  Do this for up to ten guests.

Thankful for….. Cards

Thankful For..... Card1.  Cut ten (or the number of people at the table) card bases (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Fold at 4-1/4″) from Whisper White card stock.
2.  Stamp “Thankful for…” in Tangerine Tango ink.
3.  If desired you can stamp either leaves (Tangerine Tango ink) and/or acorns (Chocolate Chip ink) to decorate your card.

Day Before Thanksgiving
Fill then seal the Goodie Bags using the white long stickers contained in your kit..

Thanksgiving Day (or when you set the table)
Place a Name Place Card, a Thankful For Card, and a Goodie Bag at each place.  Make sure everyone admires your Banner.  😉

Happy Thanksgiving Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

We made this Thanksgiving Banner and Table Setting pieces at my Thanksgiving Class Saturday.  We used the Celebration Basics Kit, a couple of ribbons, and some stamps.  Today’s post covers making the banner.  Come back on Wednesday for instructions on making everything else.  It will help put you in a festive Thanksgiving mood and dress up each place at the table.  The Kit contains supplies for the Banner (15 Banner pieces) and 10 people.
Thanksgiving Banner and Table Setting

SUPPLIES:
Kit:  Celebration Basics Kit  #133007
Stamps:
 Fall Fest Photopolymer #135194  (Bundle with Framelits #137628)
For All Things w#135152  c#135155  French #136985  MDS #138114
Ink:  Tangerine Tango
Chocolate Chip OR Black StazOn OR Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Ribbon Choices-Choose 1 Orange, 1 Green.  Make sure each ribbon is a different width and type.  You want variety:
Two Toned Trim:  Tangerine Tango #135838 OR Old Olive #135837
Ribbon:  Mossy Meadow 3/8″ Satin Stitched #133670 OR Pear Pizzazz 3/4″ Chevron #130011 OR Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron #130015 OR Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Ribbon #133669
Other:  Tombow Glue
Letter Options:  I used a retired Bigz Die set since I was out of town and my DH could find it.  🙂
~The letters “Celebrate” come already cut out in your Kit.  You can add a Banner piece at each end with Pumpkins (stamped on card stock, then cut out with the Framelits) on each end.  This is the quickest option.
~The current Alphabet Bigz Die is Perfect Print #133725 which are up to 1″ wide and 1-1/4″ tall.
~You can also use the alphabet stencils that come in the Build a Banner Kit #133507 which are 1-1/2″ wide by 2″ tall for the shorter letters (I measured the “s”) the letters are all lower case.  Use a sponge dauber and ink pad to add the letters to your banner pieces.
~You can also use an e-cutter to cut out the letters if you have one to cut out your letters.  You can use any of the MDS Alphabet stamps or punches and save them as SVG to cut them out.  OR use an alphabet set that comes with your e-cutter.
~You can use MDS Alphabet stamps or punches, print them, and hand cut them.
~You can choose a larger alphabet stamp set and stamp the letter directly onto the Banner piece or onto a background shape cut with a Framelit or large punch.

BANNER INSTRUCTIONS:
Choose a movie to watch while making these projects to help the project seem to go faster since this project involves a lot of repetition.
Note:  The Kit has 15 Banner pieces and enough of everything else for 10 people.  If you have more people coming, order a kit for every 10 people.

Thanksgiving Banner
Use the Banner Pieces and the cord from the Kit.
1.
  Choose “Thanksgiving” OR “Give Thanks”.  Choose your letters and get them ready.  Determine letter placement and if you want to add a background shape behind the letters such as one cut from a Framelit.  I cut my letters out of Whisper White card stock.
2. Choose your Pumpkin Stamp to stamps at the bottom of each Banner piece.  Choose the small leaf to stamp at the top corners of each Banner piece.  I used Tangerine Tango ink for both the leaves and the pumpkin.
3.  Now add your letters and do your stamping.  If you chose “Give Thanks” you can stamp all three Pumpkins on Whisper White card stock and cut them out with the Framelits to add to the Banner Piece in-between the words.  Use Dimensionals behind the pumpkins if desired.
4.  Line up your Banner pieces in the correct order.  Take the cord that comes in the and thread it through the holes.  Just make sure you thread each Banner the same.
5.  Now for the Ribbons.  You will cut 6″ lengths of both of your Ribbons.  (My six inch lengths had the diagonal cut on the outside of the 6 inches so my thicker ribbon is between 7-8″ total length.)
~Celebrate = cut twelve of each ribbon
~Give Thanks = cut twelve of each ribbon
~Thanksgiving = cut 13 of each ribbon
You can tie the ribbons by holding them together and tying it like it is just one ribbon, OR you can tie each ribbon on separately.  Whichever you think looks best.  I did the first option.
Tie the ribbons in a loose knot starting on the outside of the first Banner piece.  Tie ribbons between each Banner Piece and also on the outside of the last Banner piece.
6.  Figure out where you are going to hang it and how long you want it to be.  You will need at least 2″ between the outside Banner Pieces and the loop you will tie to hang it.  Tie the loop.  Even out the Banner pieces and Ribbons so they are evenly spaced.  See how you like the positioning and the way it looks hanging.  Adjust if necessary until it is how you want it.  Cut the cord.  Admire your Banner.

Happy Thanksgiving Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

This cute Boo Halloween Banner is pretty quick and easy to make.
Boo Halloween Banner

SUPPLIES:
Build a Banner Kit #133507  Banner Kit #132699  (Banner Kit has just the Banners and Jute-no stencils)
Card Stock:  Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper  #135819
Basic Black card stock OR ink and sponge daubers for letters
Tangerine Tango card stock to go behind letters (or sponge the letters on)
Whisper White for printing images on your Printer
Silver Glimmer Paper #135314 or Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper #135315
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection Framelits
Circle Collection Framelits or 2-1/2″ Circle Punch for Tangerine Tango Circle
Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Dies (retired) OR use the Alphabet stencils that come in the Build a Banner Kit
My Digital Studio (MDS):  Spooky Bingo Bits #127616  I am including a Printable.
e-cutter or scissors to cut out images
Scissors Punches:  Owl #118074
1/8″ Circle Handheld  #134365
Ribbons:  Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta  #119256
Very Vanilla Seam Binding #120999  OR Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon #134550
Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin #133669
Basic Black Baker’s Twine #134576
White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim (cord) #135838
Adhesive:  Tombow Glue
Other:  Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Choose the four banner pieces you want.  I chose one of each and then ended with the same shape as the first one.
2.  Choose your four paper designs and cut them out with the Scallop Oval Framelit.  You can cut all four at the same time.  Glue one Oval onto each banner piece in the order your want them.
3.  Letters:  I used a retired Alphabet Bigz Die set.  You can use the alphabet stencils that come with your kit (which I forget about-and I have two sets!) Use a sponge dauber and Black ink to stencil in your letters.  Practice on a scrap first.  OR you can use an alphabet from another cutter.  The letter “O” is 2-1/8″ x 2-1/8″.  The “B” is 1-7/8″ wide by 2-1/8″ high.
4.  Punch/die cut your Tangerine Tango circle so it is just slightly larger than your letters.  Sponge OR glue on your letters.
5.  I used My Digital Studio for the Pumpkin and Ghost.  I used “Custom” 8.5″ x 11″  so I could print on card stock.  Here is a video showing how to set the grid lines to help you keep each image withing the size limitations.  I resized the pumpkin and the ghost so they each were slightly smaller than the block inside the grid lines.  Print on your printer onto Whisper White card stock.  Since these are svg files you should be able to cut  them out with an e-cutter (on my Christmas List).  If you are like me, I used scissors to cut them out.  Attach your cut out images to the fourth banner using Dimensionals.
6.  Punch out 4 Glimmer Paper Owls.  Cut off the feet.  Punch a 1/8″ hole close to where you cut off the feet.  Punch 2 eyes from Basic Black card stock for each “Ghost”.  Attach the eyes with Tombow or Glue Dots.  Attach to a banner piece with up to 8″ of Baker’s Twine per ghost.  Tie in the left grommet.
7.  Cut at least 4 feet of cord and thread through your Banner grommets.  You can choose whether or not the cord shows on the front or goes behind.  Tie a loop at each end to hang over your nail.
8.  Now for the Ribbons.  I chose 3 different ribbons.  They go between each Banner and at each end so you need a total of 5 sets of the 3 ribbons.  I cut each ribbon piece at 6″.  Hold 1 set of 3 different ribbons over the cord/jute and tie a knot.  Repeat with all the ribbon sets.  Don’t worry about positioning until after all the sets are tied.
9.  Hang up your Banner.  Position the Banners and Ribbons and Ghosts as desired.
10.  You now have a cute (or spooky) Halloween Banner!  Admire it every time you walk past it!

Happy Halloween Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

We are making this Fall Banner at a Class this Saturday that I am participating in with several other crafters.  It uses the Build a Banner Kit.  This is a pretty fun little Banner to make.  It also goes together pretty quickly.
Fall Banner

SUPPLIES:
Simply Created Build a Banner Kit #133507  Banner #132699
Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812
Burlap Ribbon #132140
Vintage Faceted Buttons  #127555 Or use the colored button of your choice.  Next time I will choose a darker, contrasting color.
Metallic Gold 1/8″ Ribbon #134583
Jute Cord from the Kit OR White & Tangerine Two Tone Trim (cord) #134838
Tombow Glue
Card Stock:  Old Olive
Tangerine Tango
Crushed Curry
Cajun Craze
Early Espresso for letters.  If stenciling, use a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink.
Letters:
Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Dies (Sorry, retired)  Use the stencils included in the Build a Banner Kit.  I always forget.  🙁
You can use the alphabet stencils that come in the full Build a Banner kit for the letters and use a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink to sponge them directly onto the banners.  The “Banner” Kit only has 18 Banner pieces and 9′ of Jute Cord-NO stencils.  You can also use your favorite cutter to cut your letters out.  These are 1-3/4″ wide x 2″ tall.
Other:  Tombow Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Leaves out with your Big Shot.  I cut each color to 3-5/8″ x 6″, stacked them over the two largest leaves and cut them out all at once.  Oh, the advantage of Bigz Dies!
2.  Arrange your leaves and figure out your letter placement.  Attach or sponge on your letters, trying to keep the bottom of each letter so it looks like there has been a line drawn straight across all the banners.  I used Tombow Glue to attach all card stock to the banners.  After your letters are in place, glue on your leaves in the desired pattern/arrangement.
3.  Thread your 1/8″ Ribbon through your button holes.  I made a little loop with thread to help me.  Tie the ribbon in a knot or bow as desired.  Attach your buttons to the top of your leaves with Tombow Glue.  Glue Dots don’t hold the buttons on well enough, especially if you keep moving the Banner around.
4.  Cut your cord to 4 feet.  Thread it through your banner holes.  You can thread it through so it does NOT show on the front of the banner OR so it does show on the front of your banner.  Choose whichever you like the look of best.  I threaded mine behind this time.
5.  Cut five 12″ pieces of Burlap Ribbon.  Tie a loose knot between each banner and at the outsides of the first and last banner.  Trim off excess ribbon if desired.
6.  Tie a loop at each end of the cord so you can hang your banner.

Happy Fall!
Nendy Kerr

I got this Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit which is perfect for Halloween at the Stampin’ Up! Convention.  It also came with the coordinating stamp set.  The actual wreath went together pretty quickly-about a half hour.  The beaded spider took a little longer.  Have fun making your own Halloween wreath and beaded spider!
Frightful Halloween Wreath

SUPPLIES:
Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit #135866
Frightful Wreath Photopolymer Stamp set #136816
Holiday Invitation Photopolymer stamp set #135074 for the pumpkins
Black StayzOn OR Basic Black ink pad for sponging
Blackberry Bliss ink pad OR Cajun Craze ink pad
Tangelo Twist Marker
Garden Green Marker
Glue Gun
Needlenose Pliers
Silicone Craft Sheet #127853

TIPS:
The Kit does come with great instructions.  Here are a few tips to help you though.
1.  Spider Body.  Get the long pin and put one of the smallest bead caps on, then the large silver bead, then the second small bead cap.  Now add a large bead cap, the large purple bead, then the last large bead cap.  Take your Needlenose Pliers and twist a little circle tight up against the purple bead making sure the silver and purple beads are kind of tight.  You will need about 1/8″ between the beads to add the legs.
2.  Spider Legs.  Make a small circle at the end of the wire with your Needlenose pliers.  Add two silver bugle beads, then 3 purple seed beads.  Look at the picture in your instructions and do the same for all four leg wires.  I twisted the leg wires all onto the Spider at the same time.
3.  The Wreath instructions are pretty simple.  Put a glob of hot glue on your styrofoam wreath base and add the end of your black tinsel.  Wrap the black tinsel all around your wreath form and attach the end with one more hot glue glob.  Fluff you black tinsel to cover the wreath form.
4.  Form your Rosette.  Put a large hot glue glob on your Silicone Craft Sheet and squeeze the center of your Rosette over the hot glue glob, being careful not to burn yourself.  (Yea!  I didn’t get burned on this project!!)  Repeat on the other side of the Rosette if necessary.  You can also use a Jumbo Sticky Round instead of hot glue to hold your Rosette together in the center.
5.  Sponge your Doilies using a part of the sponge and your black ink.  Attach a Doily to the center of your Rosette with hot glue., then attach the black circle with hot glue to the center of the Doily.  Repeat on the other side of your Rosette.
6.  Thread your Orange Tangelo Twist Satin Ribbon through the hole in your Rosette.  Tie it around your Wreath Form covering the Ribbon with the Black Tinsel if desired.  The Ribbon is now at the top of your wreath.  Hold your wreath upright and tweak the ribbon if necessary so the Rosette hangs nicely. Tie a bow then trim excess ribbon if desired.
7.  Stamp your saying on your Whisper White banner in the desired ink color (Blackberry Bliss used).  Stamp little pumpkins or embellish as desired.  Attach to Rosette with hot glue.
8.  Spider Web.  Attach your sparkly spider web to the black tinsel on your wreath with hot glue. I just did it in 4 places.  Put the hot glue on the back of the web, then attach to your wreath.
9.  Attach your spider to the web, wreath, or Rosette as desired using the silver cord from the kit or hot glue.
10.  Use a piece of the excess ribbon to make a loop to hang your wreath and attach it to the back of your wreath with hot glue.

Happy Frightful Halloween!
Nendy Kerr