Sunday, 28 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Thanks very much to Jayne Mercer for the idea for these little treats, which she made in a different version for her team members attending our retreat this year. My kids were very taken with them, and I decided to put a Christmas spin on them and use them for my son's classmates this year. I guess they are either lollipop flowerpots or topiary trees, depending on your point of view. I used last year's Holiday Thyme designer series papers, available this year in a different colourway as Wintergreen. The double sided papers lend themselves beautifully to the folding technique, and the punches for the tops are quick and easy. You can either use up small scraps, or alternatively, there is almost zero waste when cutting from a 12x12 sheet, which makes 12 lollipop trees.
Here's the method:
Cut a 12x12 sheet into 2 6x12" pieces, and then cut the 6x12" pieces into 2 inch strips, each 6 inches long.
Score from each end at 3/4" and 2 1/2", giving you four score lines.
Decide which is the facing side of the paper and fold back the 3/4" flaps to show the reverse.
Pinch these folded edges together and fold the strip in half - this will make a crease at the bottom which falls between the 2 score lines.
Using scissors or your trimmer, cut a wedge from the bottom fold slanting out to the bottom of the folded flaps at the top, to create a flowerpot shape.
Use your 1/16" hole punch to pierce through all layers at one side of the top folded section, and secure with a brad
Insert your lollipop, and then secure the other side with the punch and brad again.
For the topper you could use several punches depending on what you have on hand, or even hand-cut some triangle shapes for Christmas trees. But, the scallop circle punch I have used here is quick and easy, and layers nicely with the 1 3/8 and 1 1/4" circles.
Stamp your desired image onto cardstock and use the 1 1/4" punch to cut out, 2 per tree. Layer this onto a 1 3/8" circle, and then attach these to the scallop circles. Here I used the snowflake circle from "Season of Joy" - gone now from the Spring mini, hope it will return in April (please?)
To attach the scallops to the stick, I found that foam tape was ideal. Cut 2 small lengths and position them with a small gap in between, enough to wedge the stick into. This allows the 2 sides of the scallop to stick well, without the thickness of the stick causing problems.
I finished the trees with a stamped tag and ribbon, and they were done! The kids were happy, or so I am led to believe!
Thumping is a method of adding touches of colour by lightly dabbing over the top of a base colour with a second of third colour, to get a sort of mottled or marbled effect. I've used it with dye inks before, but not pigment ink as a base, so now I can't wait for more colours in the Stampin' Up! Craft inks so I can match away to my heart's content, and have the lovely opacity that pigment inks add!! I trimmed the tin with vanilla taffeta ribbon and added a rhinestone brad to the centre of the flower. Inside, the tin is full of erasers. Yes, pencil erasers! Covered in small pieces of Blush range papers to match the tin. From my time in the classroom doing reading groups, I knew that LOTS and LOTS of erasers are a very good thing! I also added a small stamp for the teacher to use for her marking.
Monday, 8 December 2008
It's a real Santa's Sack assortment, with something for everyone! There are several stamp sets, scrap-able calendars in both 6x6 and 12x12 sizes, a Christmas-themed Simply Scrappin' Kit, the delectable "Three for You" punch box, ribbons and more. Click HERE for a link to the list of products with their catalogue page numbers and prices.
So, who's left on YOUR Christmas list this year?? (Shhh, of COURSE it's alright to get something for yourself! heehee!!) I know I am getting myself the "Three for You" punch box - irresistable value at just $68.76 (+ 5% p/h) for a Trio Flower jumbo punch, 3 stampin' spot ink pads and a 9 piece die-cut stamp set to match the punch! And, it comes all packaged for gift-giving delight in a special lunch-box style tin!
Ordinarily, you have to spend $20 in normal priced merchandise to qualify for the discount on these products, but if you are local to me, or are able to pick up from Cherrybrook in North Western Sydney, I will take care of that pre-requisite for orders placed by 8pm THIS SUNDAY 14th December (also when the Single Marker special comes to an end)
Ho Ho Ho!! Happy week everyone!