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How To’sday | Paper Pumpkins

I love today’s tutorial on making paper pumpkins by Amber Sheaves. What a fun project to do with your kiddos or at a school class party. Not to mention, these are the perfect decorative touch for your holiday table.

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I know Halloween is over but pumpkins stay up in my house until the very last day in November! I love pumpkins. So think of these as last-minute Thanksgiving decorations or file it away for next year! But, if you are just itching to get started on Christmas, there is a variation for you too. Just read on.

To make these pumpkins you will need:

  • 1″x12″ strips of paper – 24 for the pumpkin, 1 for the stem
  • 2 medium-sized brads
  • 1 leaf, if desired
  • several skinny strips for the tendrils (1/8″ – 1/4″ wide x 12″ long)
  • hole punch
  • adhesive

Step 1: Punch a hole through both ends of paper strips (make sure hole is smaller than brad head). A Crop-a-dile works great for this. A regular hole punch will work too, but you will just need to do it in batches instead of all at once. Secure all strips at one end together with a brad.

Step 2: Fan out all strips so they look like a sun. Bring the strips up and around to form a round pumpkin shape and secure with the other brad. I found the best way to do this was to start at the topmost strip and work your way down to the bottom strip (like in the ornament pic). Doing it by grabbing the opposite strip (like in the pumpkin pic) kinda left it a little weird and not quite evenly spaced. Now quick, close the brad before the strips fall down!

Step 3: Roll up the strip for the stem. Glue it together (I like hot glue because it dries so quickly) and then glue it to the pumpkin. Glue on your leaf if desired. To make the tendrils, wrap a strip tightly around a pencil and then release and glue to the pumpkin as well.

Now I also used this method to make a few Christmas ornaments. The only difference is the size and quantity of the strips. I only used 6-inch-long strips and only needed 12 of them. That’s half a sheet of 12×12 or 2 sheets of 6×6 paper. This is a great way to use up those 6×6 pads that you’re not sure what to do with. I just eliminated the stem, leaf, and tendrils, of course, and tied on some twine to hang it. I’m thinking of adding a gray or silver “stem” and and hook to make it look like a real ornament but haven’t had time to play with that idea yet. These are so easy that the kids can make them. Put them to work decorating for you! “Easy peasy” as my son would say.

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Amber, thank so much! I’m so excited to do these with my kids and let them make ornaments for their little tree.

If you have an idea that you would like to see star on a How To’sday then please send it along to me. Photos and directions can be sent to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo…with eleven photos. :)

Boulder Innovations Magnet Boards

If you loved the collection of 5×7 magnet boards when we offered them before, then you will be absolutely beside yourself with giddiness over today’s steal of Magnet Boards by Boulder Innovations.

Not only does today’s steal come with your favorite 5×7 boards (two of them), but you get a large square magnet board and a darling photo frame. Can you say handmade Christmas gifts? Grandma will be thrilled to have a custom created photo frame of her favorite little grandkidlets!

During the ScrapbookSteals retreat, I asked some of our attendees if they would be willing to alter one of the magnet boards for today’s blog posting. I think you’ll agree that they did a fantastic job! I know I was pretty excited with what they created.

Heather Conklin took on the big board! I love how she turned it into a “notes” board and dressed up the magnets with flowers.

Jana Paddington took the plunge with the photo frame. Can you say crazy cute? She almost makes me think that the impending winter is okay. Maybe. Just a little.

Venetia Holbrook, Erin Schultz, Minousha Bari, and Melissa Dehne decked out examples of what you can do with the two, 5×7 boards.

Here is Venetia’s darling hanging board board.

Here is what Erin created. *Sigh.  I miss these girls!*

Here is Minousha’s take for a fun grocery shopping list holder.

And lastly here is an example by Melissa of a hanging board with the 5×7. Oh and I’ll be right over for some shopping! I wish.

Thank you girls for helping out today! I love what you created and you make me want to get my crafty on with some of the Boulder Innovation boards myself!

Be sure to check out these ladies’ blogs by clicking on their names for further inspirational ideas.

Have a great day!

Bo Bunny Winter Joy

Can you believe that the holidays are creeping up upon us? Today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Winter Joy Collection is positively amazing. It’s such a beautiful collection in purples, blues and greens.

These papers would be great for a myriad of holiday-themed layouts and projects, but I thought I would show you how to make a quick and easy dimensional snowflake which you could make to put a homemade touch to Christmas tree decorations.

My girls have made these snowflakes for years and have had them hanging all over their room.  I’ve never learned to make them so I sat my Sarah down for a little crafty time to teach me!

Here are the basic directions.

  • Cut paper into squares. For our snowflake we used 6×6″ pieces of paper. Fold the paper in half one way, and then again in the opposite direction. Fold in half and then in half again so that you have a triangle like this.
  • With the point of the triangle pointed upward, cut strips across the width of the triangle starting from the side of the paper which is folded. Do not cut all of the way through to the other side.

  • Open your folded paper and it should look like this.

  • Beginning with the inner most cuts, fold together and staple or secure with a glue dot. Flip the paper over and do the same with the next two cuts. Flip the paper again and repeat the process until you reach the outermost cut.

  • Your completed square of paper should look like this.

  • Repeat this process five times for one snowflake. You can use the same papers or different papers for variety.

  • Once all of your snowflake arms have been completed, staple two of them together at the tip.

  • Next staple the remaining four arms to the middle of the neighboring snowflake arm.

  • Once your chain of snowflake arms have been stapled together, begin stapling the bases of the tips together one by one.

  • Your completed snowflake should look like this.

We added a scalloped circle to the middle of the snowflake with a piece of chipboard embellishment to finish it off.

These snowflakes can be made in any size and would truly make the cutest decoration for a tree.

Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

How To’sday | Felt Flowers

I don’t know about all of you but I. Love. Flowers. If I’m ever looking at a layout, thinking that it needs just a lil’ something, my go-to is flowers. I love this technique which Julie Koets has been so kind to share with us for this week’s How To’sday. Not only would paper versions of these flowers be spectacular on a layout or card, but they are certainly the highlight of Julie’s beautiful head bands.

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I love the texture and simplicity of felt flowers and decided to try my hand at making my own.  I am making a headband for my beautiful niece and decided to create a few simple flowers to adorn it.  All you need is some felt (I purchased mine at my local craft store for 25 cents a sheet), scissors, and a glue gun.

To make a “loopy” flower,  I cut a strip of purple felt approximately 9 inches by 1.5 inches and ran a line of hot glue along one edge.

If you don’t have a glue gun, you could use fabric glue, but I don’t have the patience to wait for things to dry.  After running your strip of glue, fold the felt in half, sealing the edges together.

Using a good pair of sharp scissors, make snips from the folded end every quarter of a inch, stopping a quarter inch from the bottom so as not to cut into the glued area.

Then start rolling the felt strip tightly, adding a drop of hot glue every couple inches to keep the felt wound tight. Secure the end using more hot glue.

Fluff out the loops of your finished flower, which is now perfect to add to a layout, a hairband, or whatever strikes your fancy.  You can make the flower larger or smaller by adjusting the width and length of your felt strip.  This finished flower turned out to be about 2 inches in diameter.

You can also make a similar fringed flower, using just a single layer strip of felt and making snips every quarter of an inch or less to make a “fringe”.  I used a strip of pink felt which measured approximately 9 inches by 1 inch.

Once fringes are cut along the entire length of felt, roll the felt into itself, securing with a drop of glue every so often as you go.

Fluff out your fringes and snip off the ends of any fringes that are sticking out too far.

Lastly, I made a rolled felt flower by cutting out a circle of felt 3 inches in diameter and cutting a loose spiral pattern into the felt.

Starting with the outer edge, start rolling the felt and secure it every so often with hot glue.

Finish it off by gluing the end (the center of the original spiral) to the base of the flower.

I glued all three of my flowers onto a fabric headband that I picked up at my craft store.  I’ve also used these flowers on a shadowbox layout that I made for a friend and I think they’d look darling as a brooch by gluing  or stitching a simple pin to the back.

I can’t wait to see how pretty this looks on my beautiful niece! I tried to get one of my boys to model it for me, but seeing my camera in hand, they wisely refused. Instead, I had to use our favorite stuffed puppy to model my handiwork.

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Thank you so much Julie! I know my girls, as well as myself, will be eager to put this new technique to use.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us for a How To’sday tutorial, don’t be shy! Send your photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com, and you may be the star of our Tuesday tutorial.

Have a great day!

Crafty Mason Jars | Studio Calico State Fair

I’ll admit it. I love going to the Utah State Fair. I love entering my scrapbooking pages and other crafty projects and then go to the fair with my family each opening night to see if any of my creations have been awarded ribbons. I love looking at the needlework and the quilting, as those are two talents which seemed to have been eliminated from my crafty soul. I was so excited when I found out that we’d be featuring today’s steal, the Studio Calico, State Fair collection as it instantly made me start thinking of the excitement which lays ahead in a mere two weeks!

As I sat contemplating what I would like to do with the collection I thought about the gorgeous quilts at the fair and how once upon a time that was the social networking of many women, to sit around and create quilts together. I love how scrapbooking has become the modern woman’s “quilting guild,” and thought it would be fun to have a few crafty friends over to do some altering.

I rumaged through my pantry and pulled out a variety of cans, containers and canning jars, set out the papers and turned everyone lose to create whatever they’d like.

It was so fun watching the different styles come out in the creative process and having some grown up mommy time while the little ones had fun playing.

It was a lot of fun to see the different interpretations of altered containers.

And it was most definitely a day that rejuvenated my entire being! Now the countdown is on for the Utah State Fair, and the next time I can hang out with my crafty girls again.

Hope you have a great weekend.