Frightful Halloween Wreath

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

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

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

“Create” Banner using the Celebrations Basics Kit

This banner was made using the Celebrations Basics Kit and the Bermuda Bay Add-On Kit.  The instructions look long, but this projects took less than 45 minutes to put together and part of that was figuring out the details.

I am sure I posted the Rosette Wreath which is hanging above the banner.   The first one to find where I posted it and emails me the link will get the Embellishment of your choice (US only) OR a FREE Online Class (US & International).  Please let me know what you want when you email me.
Create Banner from Celebrations Kit

Celebration Basics Kit #133007
Bermuda Bay Celebration Add-On Kit #133432
Big Shot:  Deco Labels Framelits #130102
Floral Frames Framelits #127012
Marker:  Bermuda Bay
Other:  Tombow Glue
Silver Mini Brad #122941 or other brad (It won’t show so color does not matter.)
Bermuda Bay Reinker
Rubbing Alcohol
Silicone Baking Sheet or other protective covering for your table (foil or wax paper should also work well)

1.  Choose the word you want on your banner and make sure there are the correct letters available.
2.  Choose the papers from the Add-On Kit to go behind the letters you have chosen.  The Bermuda Bay Add-On Kit has Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Silver Foil papers.  Now is the time to select other things from the Kits to add to your banner.
3.  Choose the desired Framelit to cut out your papers to go behind the letters.  I chose the largest Deco Label Framelit.  You can choose either the largest or second largest of any Framelit set you want.
4.  Cut out the papers with the Framelits.  You can cut two sheets at a time to help things go more quickly.  I also colored the edges of each die cut paper with the Bermuda Bay Marker.  Watch this video on Paper Edging Techniques if you have questions.
5.  Now get out the number of banners you need to spell your word plus two.  Arrange the die cut papers and letters on the banners as desired.  Attach them using Tombow Glue or another adhesive.
6.  Find the Filter/Tissue type Paper from the Add-On Kit.  Cut a 4-1/2″ x 12″ strip from the bottom edge, and then a 3-1/2″ x 12″ strip also from the bottom which will leave the end with the adhesive strips for you to use later.
7.  Fold the 4-1/2″ strip in half and cut out the second largest Floral Frames flower.  Yes you can cut through all the layers at the same time.
8.  I cant remember if I folded the 3-1/2″ strip in thirds or fourths.  Determine the number of folds by the size of your die.  I used the third largest flower Framelit.  You can also cut through all these layers at the same time, just run it through once then back through to make sure it cuts all the layers.
9.  Pierce a hole in the center of all your flowers before you divide them up.  Now divide both sizes in half.  Put the brad through the smaller flowers first, then the larger flowers.  Open the tabs to keep the flowers together.  Now for the fun part.  Start scrunching the top flower layer.  I scrunched the layers straight up.  Scrunch each layer separately until all layers are scrunched together.  Now fluff and slightly separate the layers to look like a flower.  The smaller “inside” petals will be scrunched really tightly.  Just fluff and fiddle until you like the look.  Repeat with the second flower.
10.  Now for the messy part.  Put down your Silicone Baking Sheet or other protective covering on your table surface and work on it to prevent stains on your work area.  Put 10-12 drops of Bermuda Bay Reinker into your Spritzer Bottle that came in one of the Kits.  Fill the bottle about half full of Rubbing Alcohol.  Yes, this is the first aid kind.  You can test the color on a white facial tissue if desired.  If you want the color darker add more drops of Reinker.  Wipe off the mat with a paper towel.  Place your flowers close to the center so the excess spray will stay on your protected area.  Now spritz your flowers until you are happy with the color.  I did not do mine evenly so there was some color variation-some parts a little darker or lighter.  The centers remained white.  When finished, wipe up the ink with a paper towel and let your flowers dry.  It shouldn’t take long, but I did mine in the evening and let them dry overnight.
11.  String the banner cord through your banners starting with the blank one for your flower.  Just make sure you are stringing the banners in the correct order.  🙂
12.  Fold the Banners so the top of both blank banners show.  Now attach your flowers using Tombow Glue on the back center circle shape you formed when schrunching your flowers.  You don’t need much glue as the flowers are light-weight.
13.  Now to figure out how long your Banner cord needs to be.  Go to the place you are going to hang it up.  Tie a loop at one end of the cord.  Hold up your Banner to see how much cord you need and tie a loop at what will become the end.  Adjust your Banner pieces until you like them, changing the loop position if needed.  When you are happy with it, cut the excess cord off.
14.  Stand back and enjoy!

Happy Banner Making!
Nendy Kerr

Geometric Basket Video

Make a fun Geometrical Basket to hold some light-weight gifts or treats.  It is quick and easy and takes just one 12″ x 12″ paper.  You can use card stock or Designer Series Paper.  I used the Venetian Romance Designer Series Papers for the baskets I made.  The Handles were either Midnight Muse or Pistachio Pudding card stock cut at 1-1/4″ x 11″. Geometric Basket SUPPLIES: 12″ x 12″ card stock or Designer Series Paper.  I used Venetian Romance. 1-1/4″ x 11″ piece of card stock for the Handle 1/8″ Hole Punch Baker’s Twine Sticky Strip Happy Geometrical Basket Making! Nendy Kerr

Luck of the Irish-Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day whether you are Irish or not!  Today I have a MDS Frameable to share with you and a recipe.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!Lucky Frameable Designer Template-Digital Download  #129930  $1.95
Each of the images in the Frameable is a stamp.  I did change the color and opacity of quite a few images to get it the way I wanted it.  It took me about 5 minutes.  They just left too many gray in my opinion.  So I changed them to different colors of green.  They also had the opacity set at varying levels.  I moved most of them back to 100% opacity.  I did add a Whisper White page layer resized so it would fit behind the words.  I then added a Gumball Green background.

My DH has Irish in his ancestral lines so we have enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes.  This is a fun meal and is quick to make in a Crockpot.  If you have less time, just do it on the stove top.

Just put the potatoes in the bottom (I like to use 1-2″ Dutch Gold Potatoes or other small potatoes). Put in the Corned Beef and sprinkle with the spices that come with it, then cover with water and cook for about 7 hours.  One hour before dinner time, cut your cabbage in enough wedges for the number you are serving and add them to the Crockpot, making sure they are in the liquid.  Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the cabbage is as soft as you want it.  Put the cabbage and Corned Beef on serving platters and the potatoes in a bowl and serve.  The potatoes are seasoned enough we just eat them plain.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Nendy Kerr

Festive Flurries Ornament

Here is an Festive Flurries Ornament I made.  It was pretty quick and easy.  Stamp.  Cut.  Layer. Admire & hang up.  This would be an easy project for children to put together.
Festive Flurries Snowflake OrnamentSUPPLIES:
Festive Flurries Bundle w#133284  c#133285
Silver Ink #132142
Whisper White card stock
Brushed Silver card stock #100712
Big Shot
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1.  Stamp your snowflakes in Silver Ink onto Whisper White card stock.  I stamped two of each snowflake so you can view it from any direction.
2.  Cut each snowflake out using the coordinating Framelit and your Big Shot.
3.  Cut a Ribbon 6-12 inches long.  You will need 2-4 inches hidden inside your snowflake.
4.  Use Tombow Glue to glue the ends of your Ribbon onto the back of one of your extra large Snowflakes.  Now Glue the other extra large snowflake to the back making sure the stamped images face outward and line up the die cut edges.  Set aside.
5.  Now layer the rest of the snowflakes together with Dimensionals:  small, medium, large.  Repeat with the other small, medium, and large snowflakes.  Put Dimensionals on the back and adhere them to the extra large snowflakes:  one stack on one side, the second stack on the other side.
6.  Hold it up and admire it!  Put it on your Christmas Tree!

Here is a video featuring the NEW Festive Flutties Ornament Kit!  #135813  $14.95 This is an even faster version since there is no stamping or cutting.  Punch, Fold, Assemble. Happy Snowflake Making!
Nendy Kerr

Snow Banner in Bermuda Bay

You can make this Snow Banner with the Build A Banner Refill Kit and the Christmas Accessory Kit.  It goes together really quickly since most pieces are cut and ready to go.  It should take you about an hour (or less) to make from start to finish. Snow Banner SUPPLIES:
Kits:  Build a Banner Refill Kit #132699  OR Build a Banner Simply Created Kit #133507 Christmas Accessory Kit #132697
Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay Silver Glimmer Paper
Marker:  Bermuda Bay Marker
Big Shot:  Circles Collection Framelits  #130911 Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies  #127553 OR get the Full Build a Banner Kit and use the Alphabet Stencils, Sponge Daubers, and either Silver Ink or Bermuda Bay ink
Punch:  3/4″ Circle Punch #119873  (Optional-if you want to add color to your clear buttons.)
Other:  Jumbo Sticky Rounds #127852 OR Glue Gun
Sticky Strip
Tombow Glue
Glue Dots

1.  Choose 6 of the Banners in the Kit and choose the order you want them in.
2.  Cut 2 Bermuda Bay Scallop Circles using the largest (and only) Scallop Circle Framelit.  Add  the desired Snowflake from your Christmas Accessory Kit.  I punched a 3/4″ Bermuda Bay Circle to put under the clear buttons.  You can attach the card stock circle with either Glue Dots or Tombow Glue.  Attach to Button to the center of your Snowflake the same way.  Add a Large Rhinestone from your Kit to the center of your Button.  Glue to the desired Banner.  Adhere decorated Scallop Circle to your first Banner with Tombow Glue.
3.  Cut out your SNOW letters with your Big Shot and the Typeset Alphabet Dies and adhere them to the 2″ Circles that come in your Christmas Accessory Kit.  Go around the outside edges with your Bermuda Bay Marker so the letters will show up better.  OR stencil or write them onto the 2″ Circles that come in your Christmas Accessory Kit.  If you use the Silver ink go around the outside of the Stencil letters with your Bermuda Bay Marker so you can see the letters better.
4.  Assemble your Rosettes.  Fold on the Score Lines.  Attach Sticky Strip to one of the ends.  I usually put it underneath one end so the edge of the Rosette strip is against a fold line.  Flatten your Rosette with the back side up and pinch the center together.  Cover with a Jumbo Sticky Round.  Choose a 2″ Circle from your Christmas Accessory Kit to go on top of your Rosette.  Put 1/4 of a Sticky Round on the back of it and put in on the center front of your Rosette.  Repeat with the other three Rosettes.
5.  Add your Rosettes to the desired Banner by peeling the backing off the Jumbo Sticky Round OR use your Glue Gun.  (Glue guns don’t play nicely with me.  I almost always get burned badly so I now use Jumbo Sticky Rounds.  They work well  at holding the Rosette together AND holding it to the surface you want.)  Your Banner pieces are complete.
6.  String your Jute Twine from your Kit through the grommet holes.  I didn’t have enough Jute Twine left so I used some retired 3/8″ White Ribbon instead.  Tie loops at the ends so it hangs nicely from your nails in your wall or under your Fireplace Mantle.  Cut off the excess.
7.  Cut the 1″ wide Coastal Cabana Ribbon that comes in your Accessory Kit into five 6″ pieces.  Tie them in a knot between each of the Banners.  The Ribbon Knot helps keep the Banners from squishing together.  You can add some of the other Ribbons if desired. 8.  Hang your Snow Banner and enjoy the festive look it brings to your home!

Happy Winter Decorating! Nendy Kerr

Red & Green Merry Christmas Banner

We will be making this Merry Christmas Banner at my Class on Friday.  It is pretty easy to make.  There is a bit of cutting, but it goes quickly as everything but the letters are multiples.  This is a good project to work on while watching a favorite Christmas movie.  You should be able to finish your Banner in about 2 hours.  I will sure miss these Banners as I have had so much fun using them!
Make this Merry Christmas Banner in less than 2 hours!

Kit:  Build a Banner Refill Kit #132699
Card Stock:  Real Red (about 6 sheets)
Gumball Green  (about 6 sheets)
Silver Glimmer Paper  (2 sheets with some left over)
Red Glimmer Paper (4″ x 6″ or so)
Big Shot:  Bigz Alphabet Typeset #127553
Festive Flurries Framelits #132193
Circle Collection Framelits #130911
Holiday Ornament Framelits #127816
Bigz Serif Essentials Alphabet (sorry-Retired.  You could use the smaller Typeset Alphabet)
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Ribbon #132135
Gumball Green Stitiched Satin Ribbon #126848
Pear Pizzazz  Chevron Ribbon #130011

1.  Choose the order you want your Banner pieces in.
2.  Cutting:
~Merry with Typeset Alphabet dies from Red Glimmer Paper
~Cut one Ornament from Silver Glimmer Paper and two Ornaments (the same shape used before) from Real Red card stock.
~Cut 9 of the largest Festive Flurries Snowflakes
~Cut 5 Gumball Green Scallop Circles from the Circle Framelits.
~Cut 4 Real Red Scallop Circles.
~Real Red Letters:  C R S M S
~Gumball Green Letters:  H I T A
3.  Assembly.
~Merry Banner.  Ornament.  Cut one of the Real Red Ornaments in half lengthwise.  Cut the top and bottom tips off the other one leaving a strip of paper to glue to the back of the Silver Glimmer Paper Ornament.  Glue the top and bottom tips on first to the back of the Silver Glimmer Ornament leaving the desired Red Border showing.  Now glue the two halves of the Red Ornament to the back of the Silver Glimmer Ornament leaving the desired border showing.  Arrange the Merry Letters and the Ornament in the desired Positions.  Glue in place.
~Circles and Snowflakes.  Glue a Snowflake to each Circle.
~Line up your Banners in the order you want them.  Lay one Circle on each Banner in the order shown starting with the Merry, then alternate Gumball Green and Real Red Circles.
~Glue each letter on in order to spell Christmas.
~Thread the Jute Twine (included in your Kit) through all your Banners in the correct order.  Tie a loop at the ends to connect to the nail in your wall or under your Fireplace mantle.  Trim off the excess Jute Twine.
~Cut your Ribbon into 6″ pieces.  Three each of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Ribbon, Gumball Green Stitiched Satin, and Pear Pizzazz Chevron.
~Tie on the Ribbon over the Jute Twine in a knot:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Pear Pizzazz.  Repeat two more times.  Tie the knots tight enough to help keep your Banners from scrunching together.
4.  Step back and admire your Merry Christmas Banner!  The sparkly Snowflakes and Ornament look so much better in person than in the photo!

Happy Christmas Decorating!
Nendy Kerr

Spooky Halloween Banner with Complete Instructions

Today is my Spooky Halloween Banner Class.  After some experimentation I figured out an easy way to make it.  It is so easy that I will also be making a red and green Christmas one and a Let it Snow one using the Christmas Accessory Kit.  I am so glad there are 18 pennants in both the Kit and the Refill Kit.  Enjoy making your own Banners!
Spooky Halloween Banner

Kits:  Build-a Banner Simply Created Kit  #133507
Halloween Accessory Kit #132698
Inks:  Tangerine Tango ink pad (freshly reinked)
StayzOn Black ink pad  (freshly reinked) OR Basic Black ink pad (freshly inked)
Card Stock:  Basic Black
Tangerine Tango card stock
Crushed Curry card stock
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle
Other:  Sponge Daubers
Jumbo Sticky Rounds #127852  OR Glue Gun
Sticky Strip
Tombow Glue
Simply Scored Tool
StayzOn Cleaner if you used StayzOn ink

Decide on the word you want to use on your banner and how many of the banner pennants you want to use.  Lay out the pennants in the order you want.  I will give the instructions for the Spooky Banner I made.
1.  Choose and lay out the six pennants as shown.
2.  First and last pennants:  Use a sponge dauber, the Tangerine Tango ink pad, and your Chevron stencil.  Place the stencil with the open circle up at the top.  I put it as high as I could on all my stencils.  Gently rub your Sponge Dauber in your Tangerine Tango ink pad, then gently rub your inked Sponge Dauber in the open part of the Chevrons until they are the color you like.  Leave the circle part blank.  Set aside to dry.
3.  Fourth pennant:  Use the Stripe stencil and fill in the stripes using your Sponge Dauber and Tangerine Tango ink, as above.
4.  Clean your stencils by running water over them.  Lay them on a towel to dry.
5.  Assemble the Rosettes in your Halloween Accessory Kit by adding Sticky Strip to one end and attaching the ends.  Remove one side of the Jumbo Sticky Round (or use hot glue).  Flatten out your Rosette and make the center as small as possible.  Cover the center with the sticky round.  Turn it over and put another Sticky Round on the center.  This should keep them flat enough to easily add your decorations after all your rosettes are assembled.
6.  Make two card stock rosettes.  Cut four 2″ x 8-1/2″ Tangerine Tango strips.  Score each strip every 3/8″.  Fold accordion style.  Attach two strips together using Sticky Strip.  Attach to Jumbo Sticky Rounds as you did with the other rosettes.
7.  Letter Strips.  Cut one 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Tangerine Tango strip and one 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Crushed Curry strip.  Decide how you want the bottom cut and line them up with the corresponding pennant, centering the strip, and cut the very bottom off.  Decide which letters you want on them.  I did the first “o” and a “k”.  Adhere to those Pennants with Tombow glue.
8.  Now to sponge the letters on your pennants and strips.  You might want to lay out the rosettes on the pennants to help you position your letters.  Choose out the letters you want.  Make sure you get the “p”.  I realized later that I used the “d” instead of the “p”.  The “p” had a line on the bottom of the tail that extends on both sides of the tail.  I laid out the stencils on the pennants I wanted them on so I would get them in the order I wanted them.  Sponge on the letters.  If you use Black StayzOn Ink, please clean the stencils immediately after sponging all the letters.  Use StayzOn Cleaner, then rinse under running water.  Dry with paper towel or let air dry on a towel.
9.  Punch out 2 each Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, and Crushed Curry 2-3/8″ Scallop Circles and 1 Crushed Curry and 1 Basic Black 1-1/4″ Scallop Circles.  The smaller scallops are optional.
10.  Decorate your Rosettes.  Place your rosettes on the pennant you want them.  Now decorate them.  Here is what I did to mine:
~S.  Chevron Pennant, Black Rosette, 2-3/8″ Tangerine Tango Scallop Circle, Crushed Curry Circle from Kit, Black Button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~P.  Plain Pennant, Crushed Curry rosette, 2-3/8″ Basic Black Scallop Circle, Spider die cut from Halloween Kit (The Skull and Crossbones is shown in the Holiday Catalog.)
~O.  Plain Pennant with Crushed Curry strip, Tangerine Tango card stock rosette, Basic Black large Scallop Circle, Orange circle from Halloween Kit, Crushed Curry 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, Black button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~O.  Striped Pennant, Black rosette, Crushed Curry large scallop circle, Orange circle from Kit, small Basic Black scallop circle, Yellow button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~K.  Plain Pennant with Tangerine Tango strip, Crushed Curry rosette, Tangerine Tango large scallop circle, Yellow circle from Kit, Black Button from Kit.
~Y.  Chevron Pennant, Orange card stock rosette, Crushed Curry large scallop circle, Bat die cut from Kit.  Add two Rhinestones for Bat’s eyes.
11.  String the Jute Twine from your Kit through the grommet holes in your pennants.  I had the longer part of the twine go behind the pennant.  Tie a loop at each end so you can hang it up.
12.  Now take the ribbons from your kit and tie them between the Pennants.  Here is what I used between each set of letters:
~S & P:  orange
~P & O:  Gray Striped
~O & O:  Basic Black 1/8″
~O & K:  Orange
~K & Y:  Gray Striped
13.  Now hang your Spooky Halloween Banner up.  Adjust the placement of the Pennants and the Ribbons.  Admire it.  Invite some friends over to enjoy your fun Spooky Halloween Banner!  You can also take pictures and email to others or Pin It to Pinterest!

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Happy Halloween Decorating!

Autumn Wreath

Autumn starts this week.  I made this Autumn Wreath inspired by the one on page 185 in the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It took about 2 hours to make which included figuring everything out.  Have fun making an Autumn Wreath of your own!
Autumn or Fall Wreath

Card Stock:  Tangerine Tango
Crushed Curry
Early Espresso
Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper #132184
Big Shot:  Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812
Gift Bow Bigz L Die #129977
Chalk Talk Framelits  #129983
Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies #127553
Embossing Folders:  Stripes  #123128
Woodgrain  #127821
Chevron #127749
Houndstooth  #123134
Argyle  #127750
Punch:  1-1/4″ Scallop Circle  #127811
Ribbon:  18″ of 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon  #119253
1-2 rolls of Chocolate Chip 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon  #130014 (Depending how tightly you wrap it.  The first time I had about 8″ of the wreath fom uncovered.  The third time I had about 6″ of ribbon left.)
Other:  18″ Flat Wood Wreath form (from your local craft store)
Antique Brad
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Fabritac -optional (from your local craft or fabric store)
Glue Dots
Glue Gun
Paper Piercing Tool & Mat
Simply Scored Tool

1.  Wreath Frame.  Use a couple of Glue Dots to attach your Chevron Ribbon to the back of your Wreath Frame.  Wrap your Ribbon around the Wreath Form.  I overlapped about 1/4 at the bottom (inside) and just barely overlapped at the top outside of the frame.  Continue until done.  Adhere the end of the ribbon to the frame with either Fabritac or Tombow.  Hold ribbon in place while it sets-about a minute or two.  You will have to hold the ribbon in place longer with the Tombow.
2.  Cut your Leaves using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  You can cut 3-4 layers of card stock and up to 6 layers of Designer Series Paper at a time with the Bigz Dies.  I will give you the number of each leaf and color I used.  I did use more of the yellow leaves, but you can use the combination you like the best.  I personally just cut a bunch of leaves and have plenty left over for other fall cards.
~Card Stock is cut at 3-1/2″ x 11″.  You can get both of the two largest leaves twice.  If you want to cut just the number of leaves I used the large leaf is 3-1/2″ square.  The longer leaf is 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.
~~Tangerine Tango-Large:  4  Longer:  1
~~Crushed Curry-Large:  4  Longer:  4
~~Early Espresso-Large:  3  Longer:  1
~DSP is cut at 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  You can get the two larger leaves once from this size.
~~Yellow Plaid-Large:  3  Longer:  2 (Back side is blue polka dot)
~~Yellow Slanted Zig Zag-Large:  1  Longer: 2 (Back side is brown & Blue plaid)
~~Yellow Star-Large:  3  Longer:  1  (Back side is orange houndstooth with blue background)
~~Brown Chevron-Large:  1  Longer:  0 (Back side is blue design)
3.  I embossed the card stock leaves with a variety of embossing folders.  I can’t remember if I could get two or three in at a time, but tried to put different colors in each time a ran it through to give a variety of textures.  I folded the DSP leaves in half lengthwise and did a fold to the center of two of the sides.  The longer leaves I just folded in half.  I did this to add dimension to the leaves since real leaves are not perfectly flat like paper.
4.  I placed the card stock leaves on the ribbon placing them at different angles and trying not to have the same color of leaf touching, or having the same texture touching.  I adhered them with Tombow Glue.  I did about 5 or 6 card stock leaves then added some DSP leaves on top.  I then repeated the process until I was happy.  The main leaf area is about 12″ wide.
5.  The Bow.  Cut 3 Tangerine Tango of the long bow part and 2 Crushed Curry of the long bow part.  I cut them from about 3″ x 11″ card stock trimming the corners that stuck over the edges of the Bow Die.  You will also need two about 3″ circles or squares – of any scrap. (You won’t see them from the front.)  Punch a 1-1/4″ Tangerine Tango Scallop Circle.  Use your Bone Folder to curl the bow parts.
6.  Assemble your Bow.  (Note:  Positions mentioned are the number positions on an analog clock.  So the 12:00 position is the very top part of your Wreath Frame and 6:00 is the bottom.)
a.  Crushed Curry.  Assemble these as the directions tell you.  Match up the straight parts and hook together with Glue Dots being careful not to put your Glue Dots in the center.   It makes it VERY HARD to get your Paper Piercing Tool Through the center!!  Repeat with the second one.
b.  Tangerine Tango.  Put a Glue Dot on the back of each side about 1″ from the center.  Attach your Bow end here instead of in the center.  Do this with all three.
c.  Put Glue Dots on either side of the center of each one Crushed Curry Bow part.  Adhere the second one making sure they are evenly spaced.  Pierce a hole in the center.
d.  Place Glue dots on either side of the center of each Tangerine Tango Bow part.  Adhere to each other making sure they are evenly placed.  Pierce a hole in the center.
e.  Take your 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle and snip a about 2/3 of the way to the center on every other scallop so it will bend in some.  Pierce a hole in the center and put your brad through the hole.  Next put your brad through the Crushed Curry Bow parts and then the Tangerine Tango Bow Parts.  Spread out the tips of the brad which will be very short.
f.  Put hot glue on one of the 3″ circles or squares and attach your bow to it while flattening out your bow.  Don’t burn yourself!!
g.  Take the other circle or square and attach two large Crushed Curry leaves with Tombow Glue on opposite sides and two longer Crushed Curry leaves in between so that the large leaves are at the 12:00 and 6:00 positions and the longer ones are at 3:00 and 9:00.  Add large DSP leaves in between.  Adhere these leaves to the circle or square under the bow.  I just used Tombow Glue here.
h.  With your leaves in the 3:00-5:00 position, adhere your Bow & Leaf combination in the 12:00 position using either Fabritac or your Glue Gun.  Tombow isn’t strong enough.
7.  Banner
a.  Cut six Tangerine Tango Chalk Talk Labels using the Framelits and your Big Shot.  I just used a half sheet and kept moving the Framelit around.
b.  Cut the Letters from 2″ squares of Crushed Curry.  You can cut multiple letters at the same time on the die and cut both “U”s at the same time.
c.  Score 1/4″ at one end of the Chalk Talk die cuts.   Use your Bone Folder to make a good fold line.
d.  Fold the little tab part over the 1/8″ Taffeta ribbon and put a Glue Dot on the end of the rounded part to adhere to the back of the card stock trying not to adhere the ribbon.  Adhere all the tabs to the ribbon.
e.  Now glue the letters to the banner labels using Tombow Glue.  Use just a super thin line of Tombow so it won’t squish out and make a mess.
f.  Use Fabritac or your Glue Gun to adhere the ribbon at the 10:00 and 2:00 positions on your Wreath Frame.  Cover the ends of your ribbon with a large Tangerine Tango leaf using Tombow Glue.  Now attach a long DSP leaf.
8.  Admire your fun Autumn Wreath and hang it up for everyone to enjoy!

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Happy Autumn!

Pop-Up Posies Banner

The Pop-Up Posies Kit is really fun to use!  I made a Banner, decorated a Fancy Favor Gift Bag, and made a card.  I still have lots of Posy flower pieces left to decorate more things.  The Pop-Up Posies Instructions suggested using a lot more Posy Flower pieces but I didn’t like those as well.  I have used less flower pieces and like the way the flowers look much better.  I hope you enjoy making your own versions.  We will be making these projects at my Classes an March 22nd.
Pop-Up Posies Class-001SUPPLIES:
* = Spring 2013 Catalog
*Pop-Up Posies Kit #131395
Card Stock:
 Pacific Point
Big Shot:  Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies  #127553
Other:  Paper Piercing Tool & Mat
Glue Dots
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
White Baker’s Twine if you want more to hang up your Banner

When this Kit is no longer available you can use any Framelit or Big Shot Die and Punched Flowers to get the look you want.

1.  Decide what word you want on your Banner.  I chose “Create“.  There are 9 of the embossed labels in the kit.  So if you want more than 9 letters and spaces you will need a second kit.
2.  You can choose either Pacific Point, Cajun Craze, or Island Indigo for the letters.  I used Pacific Point since it was brighter.
3.  I used 2″ squares to cut out the letters.  You can cut out multiple letters on the die and several of the same letter can be cut at one time because there are no score lines on the die.
4.  Assemble your flowers using as many layers of the flowers as you want.
Daisy.  I used a thin handled paint brush to shape the flowers.  Lay the handle across the flower down the center of two petals.  Fold the petals around the handle, but don’t fold the center of the flower.  Continue this process on all the Daisy type flowers you want to use.  Layer them together and pierce a hole through the center with your Paper Piercing tool.  Insert the desired brad from the kit.  Align or stagger the petals as desired.
White Flowers.  I just used two each of the large and medium “cupcake liner” flowers and one of the small ones.  For the large and medium ones I laid the two of the same size together and cut every third line to the flat part.  I cut every 2nd line on the smallest one.  Layer the Large ones together, staggering the cut lines.  Now add the medium ones also staggering the cut lines.  Add the small one.  Make sure they are in the position you want and pierce a hole through the center.  Insert the desired brad from the kit.  Fluff up the petals as desired.
5.  Take the desired number of embossed labels and lay them out in a line.  Pierce a hole on the top two corners of each one.
6.  Lay out one letter on each embossed label.  Decide where to put the flowers.  Make more if necessary.  Adhere the letters with Tombow Glue.
7.  Connect the embossed labels with the cut Baker’s Twine included in the Kit.  I tied a bow.
8.  Now adhere the Flowers in the desired positions with Glue Dots.
9.  Add enough extra Baker’s Twine to the outside ends of the Banner so you can hang it up on your wall.
10.  Stand back and admire your lovely Banner.

Happy Stamping!