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Flower Pot of Pens:

I thought I would share this easy and quick idea that can be given as a gift or simply made to cheer up your desk!

Things you will need:

Materials:

Some artificial flowers (or other items to top your pens with)

Some pens~ the BIC Sticks are my fav but any pen that is plain and no shirt clip etc.

A flower pot~or ANY container that is half the height or greater than your pens.

2 sheets of co-ordinating or contrasting paper (or cardstock!~pretty easy going here!)

Mod Podge  (I REALLY prefer the “matte” finish but use what you have!)

Dried Beans (from the bulk section in your grocery store. I like Pinto Beans but again, we arn’t picky)

Florist’s tape (its green stretchy tape meant for flower arranging that you can get at Michael’s in the flower area)

Embellishments as desired

Tools:

Hot glue gun

Basic Scrappin’ kit

Variations: Christmas Theme using Pointsettias and mini xmas light decorations

Seasonal artificial fruits or veggies and co-ordinating paper

Acorns or Artifical vegetation and sticks, bark

Mini balls of yarn and some spare knitting needles and co-ordinating paper

YOU think of one!! 🙂


Here We Go!

Once you have selected your pot, you will need to decide what width of paper strips will be easiest to work with. For my approx. 4″ wide and high pot, I used 2″ strips of the grey paper that covers the “body” of my pot. I like to overlap my strips a little bit and so I used 6-2″ pieces.

1. Apply an even and fairly thin (but not sparing) layer of Mod Podge to your pot using a foam brush or tool of your choice. (I use my finger…)

2. Now begin applying your strips vertically by placing on the pot and then using your (finger) brush to smooth and set the piece down to the pot. Sometimes depending on the thickness of your paper you will need to take a second to just rub and smooth until it sets properly. Repeat until you have the whole pot covered with your vertical strips. Let dry.

***HINT: I like to cut my strips about an inch longer than they need to be at the start, then give them a rough trim while wet. Once dry I use a sanding block to finish the bottom edge evenly.

3. Using your contrasting or co-ordinating paper, cut a strip to fit around the lip of your pot. ** If you are using a container that doesn’t have a lip, just decide how wide a bar you would like to see at the top) You will want to ensure that you either cut it exactly the right width or leave a bit of room to go over the top (as I have done-see pic). If you are new to Mod Podge I find the best tool is just some patience and a finger covered with the glue. It softens the paper and eventually starts to set and you can mould the paper to almost any shape/sized surface.

4.While waiting for your pot to finish drying, you can start your pens! begin by using the hot glue gun to glue your flower or other object to the very top of the pen.

5. Using the florist’s tape, begin at the top and with firm pressure, wrap the pen giving each turn an overlap. Go all the way down to the tip and then go back up again. You need to pull on the tape a little bit to stretch it out or it will start to sag when the pens start getting used. You can snip the tape with scissors and then just rub the end to “stick” it down.

6. If your pot is dry, it’s time to dress it up! For this pot, I decided to use some “hodge-podge” hardware from Stampin’ Up! which I bent to match the curve of the pot. I printed out the word “Spring” and then stamped over it to make a nice background. A flower hot-glued through the one side and some fantastic ribbon from the April Ribbon Kit to finish it off.

Now it’s time to make the flowers look like they are really growing out of their pretty pot!

***HINT: If you are using a “real” flower pot, you will need to plug the hole in the bottom using some glue and a piece of paper, a gob of hot glue etc.

7. Fill the pot approx 2/3rd full of dried beans. I prefer to use beans that are a dark brown ie: Pinto Beans because they look a bit more like soil. Other options would be some dried legumes, rice or even small stones/pebbles. (Hey! I just thought of another variation: You could use sand and decorate the pens with sea shells! This project is SO versatile)

8. Now “plant” your pens and enjoy using your wonderful creation or giving it to a great friend.

***HINT: If you would like to give this as a gift, may I suggest pouring the beans into a small ziplock bag and then putting them in the pot. Then “placing” the flowers around the outside of the bag but in the pot for wrapping/transport etc. This way you wont end up with beans where they don’t belong.

Have fun and get creative! I would love to see what you come up with!!

~Tamara

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I’m going to show you how to make these cute and super easy crepe paper ruffles! I loved the look of crepe ruffles, but was intimidated to try to make them myself. I finally got up the nerve and I can’t believe how easy they turned out to be!

Supplies


  • crepe paper (the crepe paper streamer rolls you can get at the dollar store are great for this!)
  • sewing machine and matching (or contrasting) thread
  • ribbon and/or seam binding or thin ribbon (Velvet and grosgrain ribbon I used came from the Feb SNS Cupcake Delight Kit.

1. Gather your supplies and thread your sewing machine.  I used a contrasting color of thread so it would be easier to see for this tutorial, but you can use matching or contrasting depending on how you want your finished ruffles to look.

2. For mini ruffles, cut a good length of streamer and fold it in half, using your fingernail or a bone folder to crease in the middle.  (Skip this step if you want wider ruffles)

3. Start feeding your folded crepe paper through your sewing machine.  BE VERY CAREFUL!!  Slowly sew down the middle of the folded crepe paper, bunching up the crepe paper as it goes under the machine foot.  Don’t try to make the folds even.  The beauty of these ruffles comes from their imperfections.

4. Work to the end of your paper.

5. I love adding a piece of velvet ribbon or grosgrain over the middle of the mini-ruffles.  I just attach this with glue, since the ribbon is too heavy to easily sew through with all the layers of crepe.

6. If you want to add a contrasting color without gluing on ribbon, use thin ribbon or seam binding and stitch it to the crepe paper as you are creating the ruffles.  Here I used a crepe paper streamer at it’s full width and stitched pink seam binding to the middle for a wider two-tone ruffle.

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Isn’t this the yummiest…

I love the colors in this kit, perfect for March. Here is what I did.

For this one I used the new Basic Grey Origins collection, quite possibly my favorite so far.

This one uses Little Yellow Bicycle paper

More Basic Grey here:

I went Christmasy here with American Crafts

And some old Daisy D here

All my stamped images were colored with Copic Markers. If you like Copics you should check out our new club here

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Click on the image above to purchase this fabulous kit!

TIDE POOLS

  • Hambly overlays
  • Purple Onion number stamps
  • Art Warehouse alpha stamps
  • Cosmo Cricket PPs
  • Tea-Dyed cardstock
  • Staz-On Ink
  • 3D foam

I used the polka-dot grosgrain here, stapled down to hold a folded paper ruffle to the page.  I like the way it allowed the folds of the paper to stand up more than if I had used glue.

SAVOR THE SEASON

  • SNS March ribbon kit – polka dot grosgrain and white ric-rac
  • Brown pompom trim from the SNS February kit
  • Red eyelet from SNS (out of stock)
  • Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, 7Gypsies, and DCWV patterned papers
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Prima and Kaiser paper flowers and leaves
  • Unknown silk flowers
  • Various brads and buttons
  • Basic Grey and Paper Studio alpha stickers
  • Purple Onion numbers stamp
  • Autumn Leaves journaling stamp
  • Art Warehouse alpha stamps
  • Staz-On ink

I tea-dyed the white ricrac to give it a creamy color that matched these papers a little closer.

ME AND MY SHADOW

  • SNS March kit ribbons and trim
  • Fancy Pants, 7Gypsies, and Cosmo Cricket papers
  • Basic Grey and American Crafts alpha stickers
  • Handmade cardboard butterfly embellishments
  • Sewing machine
  • Sharpie
  • DistressInk

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Here are Holly’s projects with the fun kit!  Click on the image above to purchase.  🙂

Happy and Carefree
March SNS Ribbon Kit
Prima paper
Assorted scrap papers
Assorted Prima Flowers
Hambly Tansparency
Doodlebug Stickers
Misc. Gems
The Paper Studio Butterfly Punch

So Pretty but I hate it
March SNS Ribbon Kit
Assorted scrap Papers
Assorted buttons
Assorted Prima Flowers
Snowflakes-unknown
Qwik Kuts flourish die
Misc. Gems
Bo Bunny Alpha Stickers
MM Alpha Stickers

You’re Great
March SNS Ribbon Kit
Assorted Slab Papers
Assorted Prima Flowers
Misc. Gems
Assorted buttons
Bo Bunny Alphas
Unknown Alpha stickers
Smooch-Gold Lame

Snow Fun
March SNS Ribbon Kit
Assorted scrap Papers
Unknown snowflake
Unknown branch
Misc. Gems and buttons
Unknown Alphas

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Click on the image above to purchase!

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USING SCRAPS to create Embellies

(thanks to my friend SARES for the inspiration to try this technique)

1. Gather your supplies, scraps, adhesive, punch and a base cardstock piece (I use 8 ½ x 11)

2. Glue the pieces together onto the cardstock to form a collage of scraps.

3. Cover as much of the cardstock as you think you will need!

4. Use your punch to punch out shapes that show several scraps in an appealing way.

5. These little embellishments are fun to arrange and rearrange due to their varied colors!

6. Place punched pieces onto your layout and enjoy!

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