Friday, December 28, 2012

Thank You


I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas.  So, now that the presents are opened, it’s Thank You card time.


I went with a simple design because I made a set of Thank You cards from my son to use for the gifts he got from some of his students.  I used up some leftover Christmas design paper (The Paper Studio) along with the Thank You sentiment printed with my computer (font is Britannic Bold – size 28).  I used Spellbinders Nestabilites A2 Matting Basics B for the Thank You rectangle and Back to Basics Tags for the dark green back piece. I covered the seam between the two design papers with 3/8″ Hunter Green Grosgrain and I finished off the tag with a little piece of Natural Jute String from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I was able to get some ribbon and trim on my cards and it still has a masculine feel.  This card would also be great for mailing because with this type of ribbon addition, the card remains very flat.
Another fabby CAS card from this very non-CAS girl! 
Here is the complete set.
Best part is that they went together really quickly once I had my design planned out.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy New Year everyone!
~ Bonnie ~


Monday, December 17, 2012

Grinch Pills and Santa Cookie Toppers


Hi everyone! 


I hope today finds you with a low stress level.  I know my stress levels have been soaring over the last week, but now most of my Christmas chores are done, so things are getting better.  🙂


I’ve been busy for the last week or so making some little Christmas goodies for my son Steve’s 5th grade class.  I like to do this for him and he says the kids love what I send, so I’m happy to supply some fun little gifts for his students.


Last year I made the class some little packs of Snowman Poop (made with white tic tacs) and they loved them.  Here is a photo of what I did last year.  Notice I couldn’t resist using a little Baker’s Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon on them.  🙂



This design actually comes from Whimsie Doodles and it’s in their freebie section.  What a cute and easy little craft.  I encourage you to head over and pick up the file if you have not already done so.  There is even a video tutorial for making them.  Even if you don’t have time this year, you’ll be ready to roll for next year.  Take a look at the great digi images Melyssa offers while you are there.  I love her style and she offers so many freebies and tutorials.



So, this year I wanted to do something different.  Pinterest is a great place to find ideas and I found several different ‘Grinch Pills’ options.  I really wanted to do one with green tic tacs, but I could not find value packs of green tic tacs, so I had to go with m & m’s.



Isn’t that adorable?  Sadly I could not find any free files for the photo and poem printout for this type of favor in the right size and shape, but I was able to use the poem and a Grinch cartoon image I found online and merge them together to get what I wanted.  It was a bit of a chore because I’m not a wiz on photoshop elements by any stretch of the imagination, but I got it done.


Hopefully you will be able to save the image below and use it for your own projects. 

I have also included a quick tutorial below.


I used this Grinch image because it’s one of our favorite scenes in the movie.


Here is another option you can use:
  And here’s a finished pack using the alternate image.  I used a little longer zip loc bag and this one contains peanut m & m’s.

You can also google Grinch pictures and find a whole range of options you can select to make your own special topper if you have the software to edit it yourself.



I’m also sending a little Santa topped cookie pack for each child. 

Isn’t it cute! 


When the cookies are gone, Santa can become a Christmas decoration.  It doesn’t show too well in the photo, but I put a red eyelet at the top of Santa’s hat and looped some White Iridescent Metallic String through for  a hanger.  To make this I used my Silhouette Cameo and a file called Santa Treat Topper.  I

re-sized it for my needs and cut the pieces out and assembled them. 

Seriously ladies, if you don’t already own this machine, it should be on your Christmas list.  This is my favorite ‘big-girl toy’!!




Grinch Pills Tutorial


Supplies are shown below.  I printed the Grinch Pills image and poem above and cut it out at 1 7/8″ x 3-1/2″.  The green card stock is cut at 2″ x 3-5/8″ and the stripe card stock is cut at 3-3/4″ x 5″.

I used 3 x 3″ zip loc bags for my green m & m’s and the ribbon topper is a 10″ piece of scarlet red double-faced satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Fold the card stock in half and on the fold edge measure down about 1/4″ and make two holes about 3/8″ apart and centered on the piece.  If you are going to be doing a large number of them, figure out where you want the holes and make a jig like I did above so you can just trace where the holes go on each piece.  Then punch your holes out.
Now get your 3/8″ Scarlet Double-Faced Satin (if you are just making one, use about 10″ of ribbon, if you are doing multiples, just work off of your long piece of ribbon to reduce waste).  Cut the end on an angle and thread down through the right side hole and back up through the hole on the left.
Now take the ribbon from the left and feed it down through the hole on the right side.  Take a moment to work the ribbon a bit so it lays the way you want it so it will eventually lay straight out on the right side.
Then bring the ribbon back up through the hole on the left.  You want to leave a little ‘poofiness’ in the center, so don’t pull the ribbon too tight.
Cut your ribbon at an angle on either side (or however you prefer it) and then I usually take a little micro glue dot (I’m not sure if you can see it below, but it’s near the end of the ribbon).  Then place the ribbon end where you want it and that’s where it will stay.
Now add the layered Grinch photo and poem to your piece and the topper is done.
Open it up and run a piece of double-sided tape along the inside of the back flap that’s about 2-3/4″ long. 
Press your bag of m& m’s to the tape.  I have my m & m’s in a 3 x 3″ zip loc baggie.
Then add another piece of double stick tape to the top and press the topper together.
And….. you’re done!  If anyone has any questions, let me know.  I’d be happy to help if I can.

Here is a photo of all the ones I made – 23 in all (okay, well, 24 Grinch pill packs and 23 Santas).  Right now his class is 20, but I like to send a couple extra just in case.  You never know when he’ll get a new student.

Here are some photos of all the goodies ready to ship off.

Fingers crossed that they travel quickly and safely!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Christmas!

~ Bonnie ~

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon December Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR December Blog Hop.

If you arrived here from Jeanne’s awesome blog, you are on the right track. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment is a frosty winter themed assortment and one of my all time favorites!!  I just love all the fun color assortment. Isn’t it awesome??!


Don’t forget that Really Reasonable Ribbon offers Gift Subscriptions in 3, 6, or 12 month options. What a perfect gift for a crafty friend.  The first assortment comes with a gift card with your special message enclosed.

This month I used several of the ribbons from the December assortment to create this non-traditional color Christmas tree.  I love the way it turned out.  I’ll be sharing a tutorial below.

Ribbon Tree Tutorial
RRR December Ribbon Club assortment
Pins – sequin length pins work best
Styrofoam cone (mine was 2-7/8″ x 5-7/8″)
3 Lindor Truffles (likely the most important item on the list!)

The first thing I did was cut 36 pieces of each of the 4 solid color 5/8″ ribbons.  I cut a point on one end and then cut the piece to measure 1″ from the point to the other edge.  I used closer to 50-ish pieces of each color, but that will vary depending on how far apart you place your rows.  I think if I tried to make another tree exactly the same, I would probably not use the same amount of pieces, so cut some to start and then add more when you run out.


Attach one piece at the bottom of the cone.  I started with the light blue checkerboard ribbon.  I let the point extend over the edge because you don’t want any Styrofoam to show along the bottom edge.


Then add a piece of the same ribbon to the opposite side and then half way between each of those.  Take care to have these initial pieces spaced as evenly as possible.  These are the most important pieces and will set the stage for the entire project.  I used a piece of string to measure the distance between the pieces and adjusted as necessary.  This in the only part you have to do that for.  The rest of the way you can just eyeball it.


Then you will add 4 pieces of the mineral ice diamond satin in between each of the light blue pieces.  Then come in with the rose bloom double faced satin and the iris shimmer satin and fill in all the gaps.


I staggered my colors as I built the columns for added visual interest.  I kind of like it that way, but you could certainly do columns of all the same ribbon too.  I also think a tree of one solid color ribbon would be beautiful.  I’m picturing a tree in my head using all White Glitz Ribbon that would be gorgeous!!  But now I’m getting off topic………. 
(Time for a Lindor break.  BTW – Did you know that a serving size for truffles is 3?  That’s important information to know while crafting in December!)


Continue adding rows of alternating ribbon.


When I got to the last row, I eliminated the light blue and mineral ice ribbons because they would have been totally covered up anyway.


And there you have it…….   Now for the tree topper. 
Now it’s time for my confession.  I started this with no plan what-so-ever.  I wasn’t even sure it would work and now here I am and I have no idea what to do with the top!

So….. I took some of the pretty lace from the assortment and pinned it around the top, kind of gathering it as I went.

Then I cut some ribbon spikes about an inch and a half long and pinned them to the top.


I then made two bows with white silky crush ribbon and cut off the tails, tied a nice bow with the iris shimmer satin and stacked it all on a big corsage pin with a pearl head.  There is also a small plastic pearl between the white loops and the iris bow.  Then insert the pin down through the center of the tree top.   Done!


And here is the finished piece.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Jacquie’s wonderful blog.
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.
 ~ Bonnie ~