Friday, November 27, 2009

BO BUNNY Thankful Blog Hop......

I hope those of you celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday enjoyed a wonderful holiday! Despite feeling a bit under the weather myself, my family and I had a really great day together. It's sooooo nice to take a break from everything and simply be together. It's just the 4 of us but I like to cook the whole feast with all the trimmings. Usually it's just me in the kitchen but this year I was thankful to have so much help from my husband and children and I couldn't have done it without them. I truly am very grateful to have such a loving family!

I wanted to share a mini floral arrangement I embellished with some Bo Bunny paper and embellishments. It stands just 7" high and was a cute little addition to our table as part of the festive decor yesterday.....

Supplies:
Bo Bunny: Kitchen Spice - Nutmeg patterned paper; Buttons & Bling; 5/8" Harvest Ribbon
Tools:
Fiskars: Floral Spray Foam; Floral Multi-Snip; Professional Grade Stem Cutter


Now on with the Bo Bunny THANKFUL Blog Hop............

With it being Black Friday, I'm sure many of you are out finding great sales in preparation for the holidays or some of you may be taking the time to wind down from yesterday and still others (like me) are getting your homes ready for the upcoming winter holidays. Whatever you may be doing today, I hope you'll join Bo Bunny and its designers in this Blog Hop. Be sure to start at Dee's blog and follow along to the other designers' blogs to enter some fun giveaways as well as ending at the Bo Bunny Blog for the Thankful Blog Hop Prize!

Your next stop from here is to visit the fabulously talented, Debbie Nicholas!

Just in case....Here's the Bo Bunny list of designers taking part in the Blog Hop today....
Dee, Christine, Juliana, Sherry, Carole, Me!, Debbie, Rita, Kristen, Julia, Robyn, Tonya, and then back to the Bo Bunny Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the Blog Hop!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 3 for the Giving Thanks {Blog Hop} 2009...






Today's share is something small.............a Thanksgiving card.

I liked the paper posey I made with ink & distressed circles for the Gratitude Journal so much that I did it again. Except this posey is even puffier! I don't know how I'll ever stuff it in an envelope for mailing but I still like how it turned out. :)

Title: Giving Thanks
I stamped the background cardstock with a floral image using Versamark ink.

Also, I added a rub-on to the button along with a few gems. The border sticker is stitched and the leaves are layered and then stitched to the card front.

Supplies:
Bo Bunny - Gypsy: Lace, Saffron, Curry, Henna & Spice patterned papers; Bohemian Borders Rub-On; Gypsy iCandy Jewels; Gypsy Buttons & Bling; Fall Favorites Cardstock Stickers; Gypsy Combo Stickers; and Double Dot Cardstock - Chocolate Dot & Chiffon Dot
Tools:
Fiskars Americas - Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Circle Shape Template; Round 'n Round and Mint Condition Squeeze Punches
Bo Bunny - Sunburst Clearly Stamps


Contributors to the Giving Thanks {Blog Hop} -
Just click on their names to visit their blogs...

Alison Kreft Abad
Becky Novacek
Debbie Hodge
Elizabeth Kartchner
Jennifer McGuire
Jodie McNally
Kelly Purkey
Lain Ehmann
Lisa Dickinson
Liz Hicks
Margie Romney-Aslett
Margot Potter
May Flaum
Patti Milazzo
Rhonna Farrer
Stacey Kingman
Stephenie Hamen
Wendy Smedley

Happy Saturday & thanks for visiting! I'm off to get out of the house & hang out with the family...enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Welcome to the GIVING THANKS {Blog Hop} 2009...






I've been given the fabulous opportunity to be a part of the Giving Thanks {Blog Hop} along with a super talented group of artisans and designers. Over the next week, you'll be able to hop around the web from the list below to find various projects and stories each will be sharing on their blogs. Each person participating in the hop will have a full list of contributors so that you can hop from one to another. It's our hope that you will be inspired with creativity and share in our gratitude for all things good this Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Alison Kreft Abad
Becky Novacek
Debbie Hodge
Elizabeth Kartchner
Jennifer McGuire
Jodie McNally
Kelly Purkey
Lain Ehmann
Lisa Dickinson
Liz Hicks
Margie Romney-Aslett
Margot Potter
May Flaum
Patti Milazzo
Rhonna Farrer
Stacey Kingman
Stephenie Hamen
Wendy Smedley

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A Gratitude Journal.....


We keep Thanksgiving pretty simple in our home. It's just the four of us but we all look forward to a day of being together with no other commitments, good food and later that afternoon a trip to the movies. It's become a tradition we all enjoy. To add to that day, I've been wanting create a holiday keepsake that as a family we could contribute to each Thanksgiving. I thought it might be nice if this year I created a gratitude journal. I think it's important to keep it simple so that it's not a chore but instead a small activity to do together before the meal. My plan is for each family member to have a page with their photo and a simple journal entry from them about what they are thankful for and anything else they'd like to share that year. No rules, no fuss...just a moment to record how we are grateful for all that we have together as a family.

Since I've yet to make a fabric covered mini album/journal, I saw this as my chance to give it whirl. I also wanted to play around with stamping on fabric and mixing paper with fabric and trim in a fun way.
Instructions:
To make the cover and back of the journal, I cut 2 - 6"x8" pieces of thin chipboard. It's important that it be thin enough to machine stitch through and to add eyelets. I also cut 2 - 6"x8" pieces of fusible fleece to give the cover a little bit of a quilted look. I cut the fabric larger (2 - 8" x 10" pieces of muslin) and then stamped my images onto the fabric.

I layered the fusible fleece onto the back of the fabric and ironed the stamped side to secure the fleece. This also heat set the ink in the process. I added my thin chipboard to the back of the fleece and wrapped the excess fabric around the edges and corners. I added a few stitches at the corners to tighten the wrap and further secure the fabric from slipping.

Once all the corners were done, I machine stitched 1/8" around the edge of each piece (front and back covers) twice.

At this point, I created a few embellishments to dress up my journal.
-The paper flower: The leaves were punched, inked, distressed and machine stitched in place. The flower is a stack of graduated punched circles that were also inked and distressed. I layered and adhered them together slightly off-center so that the different patterns and colors could still show through. I used a paper pierce tool to punch holes in the center and added the button with embroidery thread with a large needle tying the thread behind the chipboard.

-The mini blue ribbon flower: This is made using regular thread and needle stitching along one edge of the length of ribbon - about 2 1/2" long. Then gather the thread to cinch the ribbon into a circular shape. I adhered it to the cover with an adhesive square and added the gem to the center.

-The lace trim: With this I weaved the 3/8" wide ribbon through the lace, wrapped it around the cover and machine stitched across the center of the ribbon several times to secure it in place.
-The heart stamp: I created a stamp like square with pattern papers and scallop decorative scissors. I stitched it onto the cover and added punches and other embellishments.
I also added other buttons, a decorative brad to the mix as well as the printed strips of cardstock.

Once my embellishments were complete, I covered the back side of each cover with a 6" x 8" piece of cardstock to hide all the stitching and brad prongs. I adhered this with the permanent adhesive squares.

I punched holes in both the front and back covers and added red eyelets for the binder rings as well a few orange 1/8" eyelets just for fun. I kept the back cover simple with stamping only and the red eyelets for the binder rings, but this could also be more embellished if you choose. I tied several ribbon strips - each about 6" long - to the top binder ring.

The pages are slightly less than 6" x 8" and have holes punched in alignment to fit the rings. In the example page I'll be using for my own entry, I kept the decorating to a minimum. I adhered a piece of black cardstock (a bit larger than wallet size) as my photo mat and stamped journaling lines as well as adding a few paper accents to brighten it up.


As I've mentioned, each family member will get a page to decorate. I'll place the black cardstock photo mat and add the stamped journal lines but otherwise they can decorate and embellish as they like. It can be short and sweet or as elaborate as they please. I'm certain my kids will have a field day adding all sorts of things whereas my husband will keep it pretty simple.

I'm looking forward to one day looking back at this journal when we have several years' worth of entries. I think it'll be a treat to especially see how the kids' entries change and grow. I know it will be something I treasure and hopefully will become a new Thanksgiving tradition for our family.

Supply List:
October Afternoon - Weathervane patterned papers
Bo Bunny - SWAK iCandy Brad
Bazzill - Kraft cardstock
Clearsnap Chalk Ink - Bisque, Ice Blue, Chestnut Roan
Staz-On Ink - Timber Brown (or textile ink)
Glue Arts - Permanent Adhesive Squares (these worked great with the fabric!)
Muslin or other cotton fabric: 2 - 8 x 10 pieces
Fusible Fleece; fabric trim/lace; ribbon; eyelets; assorted buttons; 3 binder rings; gems; mini brads; black embroidery thread

Tools:
Bo Bunny - Fancy Frills and Write On! Acrylic Stamps
Fiskars Americas - Round 'n Round, That's Amore and Mint Condition Squeeze Punches; Scallop Paper Edger Scissors and Eyelet Hole Punch/Setters


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit again with me and the other participants to join us in our week of Giving Thanks {Blog Hop} 2009.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Some Bo Bunny Goodness...

I have been one busy girl lately and have some recent Bo Bunny projects to share today.......

For the Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge this month, Rita Shimniok gave us a great single page sketch to work with that I turned to the right to put together a layout of my girl. It's been months since her birthday and I STILL can't believe she's 13! It doesn't seem that long ago that she still needed to hold my hand when we crossed the street....eek! :)

Title: Love You
I used the new Love Bandit collection along with the Persuasion Buttons & Bling for this layout. I wanted to create a larger flower embellishment and decided to replicate the flower shape found in the patterned paper. I used heart shape punches in graduating sizes and pieced 4 together for each layer and then added the cut out flower shape to the center along with a button.
Tip: Use a large circle punch underneath to anchor all the heart punches in place.

The butterfly punches are layered and stitched to the page. For the tag, I stamped the flourish images with Versamark Ink on kraft cardstock.

Supplies:
Bo Bunny's Love Bandit - Nuts, Whoo Loves You, Stripe and Flower Die Cut patterned papers; Love Bandit Combo Stickers; Double Dot Card Stock - Shiitake, Kiwi, Strawberry & Wine; Persuasion Buttons & Bling
Tools:
Bo Bunny - Journal Acrylic Stamp; Love Birds Clearly Stamps
Fiskars Americas - Flutterby, A Chip Off the Ole Block and Round 'n Round Squeeze Punches; Ultra ShapeXpress Tool and Circle Shape Template; Apron Lace Border Punch and Scallop Paper Edgers
Quickutz - heart and tag die cuts

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This next project was for the Fall Flower challenge. Now, when I think of Fall flowers, the first flowers that come to my mind are Chrysanthemums. I just love them.... the endless layers of petals on each flower is so pretty and for me the Gypsy collection had the perfect color combination to recreate them.

Title: Fall Flower Bucket
I used a small pre-painted bucket from the craft store and then splatter painted with brown acrylic to make it a little less stark looking. I embellished with the layered flowers, ribbon and flourish stickers and added pinch of seedbeads with liquid glue in the center. Fill the container with candy or baked goods to use as a favor or even as a placecard for the Thanksgiving table if you like.

Supplies:
Bo Bunny's Gypsy -Henna, Lace & Spice patterned papers; Gypsy Combo Stickers; Gypsy Buttons & Bling; Double Dot Ribbon - 5/8" Orange Citrus & 3/8" Harvest
Tools:
Fiskars Americas - Oopsie Daisy Squeeze Punches; Daisy Pop-Up Punch; Ultra ShapeXpress Tool and Flowers 1 Shape Template and Shapes & Flowers set of Shape Templates

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These Christmas cards are the projects I used for the Stamping Shrink Plastic with Bo Bunny Stamps tutorial. Using shrink plastic to create your own unique dimensional embellishments is super easy and fun...something you can definitely do with the kids too. I like that it gives me another way to put my stamps to good use. You can find shrink plastic at your local craft store and they typically carry a few different types. I like to use the Frosted for most of my projects. Aside from scrapbook and card embellishments, you can make earrings and charms for bracelets among other things.

Card Title: St. Nick

Supplies:
Bo Bunny's St. Nick - Mistletoe, Noel, St. Nick and Sugar Plum; Chiffon Double Dot Cardstock; Home for the Holidays Cardstock Stickers; Christmas Wishes Rub-Ons; Holly Berry iCandy Jewels; and St. Nick Buttons & Bling
Tools:
Bo Bunny: Dear Santa Clearly Stamp
Fiskars Americas: Lattice & Lace Border Corner Punch



Card Title: Christmas Trio
Supplies:
Bo Bunny's 'Tis the Season - Treasure, Stripe, Yuletide, 'Tis the Season and Deck the Halls patterned papers; Wildberry Bodacious Brads
Tools:
Bo Bunny - Merry Christmas Clearly Stamp
Fiskars Americas - Scallop Sentiment Border Punch; Round 'n Round Squeeze Punch and Seal of Approval Scallop Squeeze Punch

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So that's it! As you can see, I'm all about creating your own embellishments and I hope I've given you a little inspiration to make your own, too.

By the way, later this week I'll be joining in on a Blog Hop along with a super talented group of Fiskars designers and friends. Please stop by as I'll be posting a project of my own along with the list of other participants. It's sure to be a Blog Hop full of creativity and fun!

Thanks & have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fall and Winter Holiday Projects

I wanted to mention that November is another Project of the Day month over at the Fiskars' website. Each day you can find something new to inspire you which may be especially helpful with the holidays approaching.

Here's a peek at two of my projects shown so far. The links will bring you to more photos and directions.
A Fleece Football

A pretty simple project for your own football fanatic or it can be made from all natural materials as a toy for a furry family member.

Holiday Candle Jars

These candle jars are also easy to create and embellish, economical and a project the kids can help with for teachers or grandparents.

Check back to see more projects as the month progresses. I and the other designers have much more to come....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Into November...

almost a week already! Is it me or is the time just flying? I can't believe how quickly the holidays are rushing up on us. I feel like I need the next few weeks to slow down a bit just enough for me to feel like I've got things together. But I am looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving with my family. Our day is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings then off to the movies. We love it...no fuss just fun together.

In the meantime, I'm crafting away and working on an assortment of projects...everything from layouts and cards to sewing projects and floral arrangements. So I'll have lots to share this month. Today, I wanted to post this layout I have over at the Fiskars website for November's Sketch of the Month. There, you can see the sketch and basic instructions as well as a close up of the flowers. I designed it as a multi-photo layout for small photos but you could easily adapt it for larger photos with a little rearranging.

Hmmm...this makes me think I need a really good group photo. The weather should be nice this weekend. I wonder what my chances are with having them cooperate for a fall photo shoot. Wish me luck!