Fun With January’s Paper Pumpkin Kit! – Edited

Aloha, all!

     I love it when each month's Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up! arrives. Now, I may not always be thrilled with the kind of project when I first see it. But all it usually takes is a few minutes of thinking about the possibilities of the new goodies that have landed in my Craft Room. The January 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit was one of those. On the front of the booklet that comes with every kit I saw 6 treat bags. Oh, great (no exclamation point here). What was I going to do with 6 kits. They're cute, but even the smallest club to which I belong has 10 people these days. What the heck was I going to do with this – well, use the stamps of course.

     NOT! There in teeny print below the cover's picture was, "Kit contains supplies for 24 treat bags." Now that deserves an exclamation point!!!  Or three!

     That's the good news. With 24 kits, I can easily take a basket of treat bags to my Book Club Meeting later this month – we frequently have 20 or more people at our pot luck lunches.

     The not so good news is that, to make these lovely treat bags – all 24 of them – takes well over 2-1/2 hours. It will be close to 3 if you don't take some short cuts. This is not your 30-minute Paper Pumpkin kit. How do I know about the time? I had an afternoon all to myself yesterday, and I decided to have a go at the kit because who knows when I'll have a day to myself before the Book Club meeting, so I might as well get them done. They're not actually completely done because I do not have treats to put in them on hand. But putting treats in the bags and sealing them should only take another 15 or 20 minutes max. Nonetheless, I timed myself and did not let myself get side tracked while I was working on them.

     Since my original post, I have found my treats for the bags – Small packages of Dry Roasted Almonds that fit in the Treat Bags folded in half. Here is one important thing more than I wrote about in the following paragraphs: When the bag is folded on the top, it is very bulky, in fact too bulky for the little heart seals that come with the kit to stay in place for long. My solution was to trim off the top of the bag except for the front flap. Then the heart seal stayed put. I tried it on one bag and it did fine for almost two days. Now the rest are done and my treat bags are ready to give away at our meeting on Thursday! Oh, and this whole process added about an hour more to the total time for the kit construction, bringing it almost to 4 hours!

     Here are my notes on trying to get this project done in full in 3 hours:

  1. Definitely make this one of those projects you make assembly line style. Do all of one thing, then go onto another.
  2. Stamp the hearts before you punch them out. Those little critters are hard to hold onto when stamping individually. I know it looks easy in the Stampin' Up! video, but I did not find that to be true in my Craft Room. A possible downside is that, if you overstamp a heart you may end up getting ink on another heart. How did I come up with that? Guess. So I ended up stamping some of my hearts on the "back" side of the sheet that held them all.
  3. Think about just using one sentiment on all your bags. It was an easy decision for me because all of the book club members are my friends. But that way you're only inking up one stamp.
  4. Adhere the banners to the bags before you construct them. It's just easier to adhere the banners on a flat surface.
  5. If you have any vellum tape, use that to attach the vellum banner to the white banner. The time and fuss of putting two glue dots on each of 24 banners adds up quickly. I used the Tombow Vellum Adhesive in a tape runner like SNAIL's.
  6. Wait until the bag is made before pinching the gussets. It's tempting to fold them while you're folding the other scored lines, but you'll save time folding them at the end.
  7. Watch how you put the hearts on the dowels. The bottom of the heart is supposed to be the point on the arrow.
  8. I did not add the Gold Thread behind the hearts. The metallic threads and I do not have a good personal relationship. Heaven help me if I've allowed any adhesive to be out on my work surface because that thread is going to find it and stick to it! You can see the photo above. I think the gold thread is just a bit too much.
  9. Buy the treats to go into the bag first. Now I'm going to have to get them all out again and do the last few steps.

     The bottom line with this project is that it's fun. I'll enjoy the oohs and aahs and smiles when my book club friends pick them out of the basket. That's worth every minute!

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Posted on : Jan 19 2017
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The Last Card from This Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Aloha, all!

     As I've been madly getting ready for a month-long trip to visit family all over the U.S. Mainland, I've also been trying to make sure that I'm caught up on my birday cards. There are SO MANY birthdays that I want to remember this month, and every person gets a card. I'm following in the footsteps of Shannon West from Stampin' Up!, who started the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement in the beginning of the year.

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     This past weekend, when I thought I had all my birthday cards lines up, I posted several of them here. But as I was skimming through my June calendar, durned if another birthday didn't pop up! No, I didn't make a pop-up card – don't have time for that! But I did gather up the last of the Paper Pumpkin scraps from that blog post.

     One main thing that's different is that, instead of accenting the paper from the kit with its Bermuda Color, this time I used the Cucumber Crush color as the accent. I do love Bermuda Bay; but I am so over it for a while!

     Everything in this card, except for the Cucumber Crush Cardstock is from the Paper Pumpkin March 2016 kit. I made the bow with the Baker's Twine that was in the kit. But I twisted the twine into a bit of yarn before I tied it in a bow. After that, everything's pretty simple – and it went together fast!

     Now to finish writing a tutorial for my June 3rd Newsletter, and everything in my craft room gets put away (it says somewhere!)

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Posted on : May 31 2016
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Celebrating Lots of Birthdays!

Aloha, all!

     Have I mentioned our plans to travel away from home for pretty much the entire month of June? Well, so far that's our plan. And with June just a few days away, I hope it works out. Crossing fingers and toes that hubby's current medical issues allow this to happen.

     But in any case, I have a ton of birthday cards to send out in June, and I won't have much (any?) time to do any paper crafting while I'm away. So I need to get these birthday cards made and ready to go into the mail in somehwat of an appropriate time frame. Our house/pet sitter has agreed to do this for me. But, even though she's thinking about signing up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, she declines to make the cards for me. So that's up to me.  So here's my first batch of really quickie cards!

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     If you recognize the papers in this first set of cards for the day, you'll know they're from the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit. I shared a couple of cards that I made with this kit when I first got it. That kit was full of smallish cards to make – gift card inserts was the theme. But I rarely send gift cards, so I needed to make full A2-sized cards, and I did that with most of the kit. I stuck the leftovers on a shelf and forgot about them.  Until today.

     I was about to get out some other papers when I spied the box on the shelf and wondered, "what's in that?" When I saw all the leftovers, I went right to work. I made 2 each of 3 designs, and here's where I came up with each of the 3 designs.  Note that, for all of them, I used Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine to tie the designs together.

Card2 The first card is made almost entirely with products from the kit. The square behind the greeting was a punch-out from the kit, and I cut a smaller square of Whisper White Cardstock to place on top of it. I used a stamp from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set which seemed to fit very nicely with this square. The two banners on the bottom left are also from the kit and placed as one of the kit samples had them placed. After tying on the Baker's Twine, I adhered this whole group to a card base that was one of the last two I had in the kit (I used the other card for the duplicate of this one). Then I punched a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock using the smallest flower in the Boho Blossoms Punch, and added one of the Candy Dots from the kit.

 

Card1I based the second card on one of the business-card sized pieces in the kit. It was the front of a folded card. The Bermuda Bay Cardstock thin mat around it was not from the kit. The printed border, green liner inside the print and the white center were all on the original mini card. I stamped the greeting from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set. I mounted this with Stampin' Dimensionals over left side strips made with a rectangle cut from the envelope paper in the kit, and a striped cardstock strip also from the kit, but cut to size.

 

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Both this card and the previous one had card bases made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. For this last card, I used the same papers as a background as in the previous card, but I cut them to different sizes, tying the Baker's Twine around the two pieces which I'd adhered together before adhering it all to the card base.  The Bermuda Bay banner at the bottom is a self-adhesive die-cut piece from the kit. You can see the whole piece and how this card is laid out in the main photo, top, center. Again, I used the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, centering it at the bottom of the card.

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I love Paper Pumpkin kits – there's always so much you can do with them!  I also love that I can stop the kits from coming at times, like June!, when I'm going to be away and won't have time to play with them. If you'd like to know more about Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin, just go to the Paper Pumpkin website. Let me know if you have any questions!

     One of the reasons I added some photos to this blog post, besides the fact that they do help show you how I made the cards, is that this post is part of a blog hop for a summer online group to which I belong. It's a fun group of people who like Stampin' Up! products – some of are demonstrators, but most are not. If you'd be interested in joining, let me know this weekend and I'll send you the information you need to join. Sign up deadline for this year is May 31st, but there's not much to be done before being accepted in the group.


Posted on : May 27 2016
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Still Playing With my March Paper Pumpkin!

Aloha, all!

     I just have to get started on some of my April projects – yikes, it's already the 10th! But I just couldn't put my March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit away without making some more birthday cards for my "I'm Bringing Birthdays Back" collection!

 

PaperPumpkin3     These are not the cards that were meant to be made with the kit. But there is absolutely NO rule that you have to make the kits as they were designed.  In fact, the March kit focused primarily on cards to hold gift cards. As I usually do not give gift cards as gifts, this wasn't what I wanted to make.

     Let me tell you about all the pieces of this card:

  • The stamped layer is all from the kit. The 2" square with the dashed border, along with the "Happy Happy" and Balloon stamp are all from the kit, and I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin' Spot from the kit to do the stamping.
  • The mat behind the stamped layer is also from the kit, but was originally part of a small envelope intended to hold a gift card. The width of the Kraft colored paper envelope was 2-1/4", which made it the perfect size for this mat.
  • The two banners hanging from the stamped layer are also from the kit, and I used them just as they came in one of the die-cut sheets.
  • The 2" wide banner on the left side of the card front is a piece I cut out of one of the larger envelopes from the kit. It started out as a 2" x 5-1/4" rectangle, and I punched the notch using the Banner Triple Punch.
  • The main layer is one-half of a card base included in the kit. I cut each card into two pieces, and I've used each piece for another card. I trimmed the layer to 4" x 5-1/4" for this card. I then matted it with a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock, NOT from the kit.
  • The card base is a folded 8-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.
  • I made the bow for the card front from an 18" length of Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine.

     So it didn't take much from my regular stash of stuff to complete this project.

     Now I can hardly wait to see what the April 2016 kit is like! For one thing, I know that there is going to be not one but TWO STAMP SETS in the April Paper Pumpkin Kit! I can hardly wait!  Not only that, I've ordered 4 extra kits to use for my regular monthly card-making class in May. Once my regulars have decided whether to attend this class, I'll publicize any available openings on my Robin's Craft Room Facebook Page.

     Now to clean off my work table and get to work on other projects!

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Posted on : Apr 10 2016
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Paper Pumpkin is 3-years old!

Aloha, all!

     Before I get into today's greeting card project, I'll take a minute to remind you that the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit will have an extra stamp set to celebrate the product's 3rd Anniversary! Sign up before April 10th to get that kit. OR sign up for 3 months, by March 31st, and get a 3-month subscription for only $55 – AND get a Sale-a-bration product FOR FREE! Like the Party Pants stamp set that I used for this project! Click here for more information.

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     It's hard to believe that Stampin' Up!'s My Paper Pumpkin has been around for 3 years!  As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, back in the beginning of this product line I didn't see a need for me to subscribe to the monthly My Paper Pumpkin kit. But in the last year, I've realized that I've missed a lot of really cool papers and stamp sets by not being a subscriber. Take this month's kit and how I've used the papers to make a card that's my own style with papers that I'd never have had the chance to use if the March 2016 kit hadn't arrived in my mail box yesterday!

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     I just love the Bermuda Bay color that's the main color in this kit. And the green (Cucumber Crush? The kit doesn't say, but that's what it looks like to me) is just a perfect accent. And oh how I wish I had a complete sheet of that lovely floral print! Um, actually, with the square pieces and long strips (shown here), it looked like I did have enough for at least 4 or 5 full cards. But then I saw those envelopes included in the kit! Yes, they're cut to be envelopes. But, as I was getting ready to include the envelope in this photo, all of a sudden I saw LOTS more of the printed paper to use.

     Besides the printed paper, the kit also comes with some notched strips of a solid Bermuda Bay, and that little Whisper White square with the faux Bermuda Bay stitching around the edge.

     Oh, and the main background! The whole card (front and back) for the larger project in the kit was made of this cardstock that looks like it had been lightly sprayed all over with the lighter blue in the kit. But why let it be just one card? I cut that card in half, and now I have a layer for 8 cards with lots of different layout designs.

     With my current effort to get lots of birthday cards out as part of Shannon West's #imbringingbirthdaysback effort, I really wanted this to be a birthday card. But the stamp set that came with this kit did not have a birthday greeting per se. So I looked around at the sets I'd been using, and there was a fun greeting in the Sale-a-bration stamp set, Party Pants. To square it off a bit, I used 2 of the green "candy dots" that were in the Paper Pumpkin kit.

     And those of you who have been following me a while know that I love to finish a project by tying it up with a bow! So out came the Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, which matches this project perfectly!

     Wow! I can hardly wait to get back from a few days out of town to finish up this kit.

    


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Posted on : Mar 23 2016
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Fun with Valentine Cards – Card #3

Aloha, all!

     It's Valentine's Day week and I've got to get all my cards in the mail by tomorrow – and yes, they're all made – Yay!

     Today and the rest of the week I'll share some of the cards I've made – and maybe you'll be able to use the ideas for your last minute cards. After all, if you're on the US mainland and are sending to other mainland addresses, you have a few more days before your mailing opportunity ends.

     Today's card (and tomorrow's) features hearts laid out in a grid pattern.

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     The papers are all from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack that's one of the paper sets in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog.  While I didn't do a fantastic job of getting all my little squares all lined up, I did get the grid laid out a bit better. The secret is in the almost-invisible square on which I lined them up. Look closely and you'll see that the small squares aren't adhered to the 3-3/8" Whisper White layer that peeks out from the edges of the grid. Rather they're adhered to a 3-1/4" Whisper White layer that's on top of the (slightly larger) layer. The larger of the two squares supporting each heart is a 1" square which I punched using the 1" Square Punch. I started by adhering a 1" square so that it was up against the left and top sides of the 3-1/4" square, then adhering another 1" square up to the top and right edges of the larger square. This left a 1-1/4" space in between the two, and it was easy to center a third 1" square between the first two that were in the corners.

     After the top row of squares was in place, I then put the 4th square in the bottom left spot, and the 5th square in the bottom right spot. I centered the left and right middle squares and the bottom square just as I did the 3rd square in the top row. Finally, I added the last square into the center/middle spot.

     After I added a 3/4" square, cut with the Stampin' Trimmer, on top of each 1" square, I added a heart made with a punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and paper from the Designer Series Paper set.

     It should be obvious that the hearts were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. Or is it? Nope, I didn't cut Stampin' Dimensionals into bitty pieces. I actually had some mini dimensionals left over from a Paper Pumpkin set from a few month's back. If I have ANYthing left over from a Paper Pumpkin kit, I squirrel it away and usually find a way to use the leftovers as I did with this project. Unfortunately, they're not available for purchase. One can only hope they might appear in a future Stampin' Up! catalog!

     The sentiment is my favorite from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set, and is perfect for a Valentine's Day card!

     One more hint for making this card. When there's paper with stripes either vertically or horizontally, be careful how you cut the paper to fit a card. With the paper in the background of this card, rather than just blindly cutting the layer from the paper, I used a ruler to see if I could make the background symmetrical. I could and I did. I didn't throw away the small piece that some might consider "wasted." It will be an element on some other card before this paper retires!

    


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Posted on : Feb 08 2016
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On Sale! Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions!

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 Aloha all!

     Remember yesterday when I was raving about the latest Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kit? Well, now's your chance to buy a 3-month subscription and save $5 in the process! During this year's Sale-a-bration – going on RIGHT NOW! – you can order up a 3-month subscription for $55. 

     Not only is purchasing a 3-month subscription less expensive than 3 months at $19.95 each, but when you order a subscription, you get a FREE ITEM FROM THE SALE-A-BRATION CATALOG!  Click here to read more about this and you can put it your order right there on my own Stampin' Up! website!  Oh, and once you've placed your order, you'll be asked to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog!


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Posted on : Jan 12 2016
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Fun With the December Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Aloha, all!

     Today some of my friends and customers got together for a Stampin' Up! session to make the fabulous calendar that was the project in the December 2015 My Paper Pumpkin kit. What a lot of fun and laughs we had going through all 12 months of designs in the kit.

     Back when I first received my December kit, I knew right away that I had some peeps who would LOVE this project. Just on a whim, I looked online to see if, perhaps – just perhaps – Stampin' Up! might put the kit refills on sale earlier than usual because the kit was a bit on the time sensitive side. And wow, there it was – the kit refills had JUST gone on sale! I briefly thought about getting in touch with people to see if they were interested. But something told me to get these refills while the getting was good, and I ordered them up. Good thing because they sold out within hours!

     And today we got to enjoy them – and they were as fun as the project looked in the Paper Pumpkin video!

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     Here are two of my favorite ladies who paused while we were in the process of putting the kits together, and below is Lucy showing off all her finished calendars.

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     Before we started we all watched the Paper Pumpkin video – a quick run through of all the projects in the kit. Then we all worked on one design at a time, giving and taking advice from us all as we went on. Most of the time, I like the peace and quiet of doing Paper Pumpkin projects at home – just some nice, stress-free crafting! But I know I would not have had as much fun with this project doing it by myself as I had with the company jazzing up our time.

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     Here is the finished calendar set, put together and now displayed in my craft room, though it's going to end up in our living room for its 12-month home. Even the stand came with the kit, and the background papers are a cardstock weight, so they'll stay standing up even in our humid East Hawaii climate. If you look at the details, everything you see came with the kit, including the gold thread, the flowers and the frame in which January and two other months are stamped.  Just lots of fun.

     In case you're not aware, the Stampin' Up! Paper Pumkin kits are getting better and better each month! For just $19.95, I get all the papers, embellishments, stamps, ink and adhesive that I need for each month's project. In your first Paper Pumpkin kit, you get an acrylic block to hold the stamps as you use them. The only thing that we used that didn't come in the kit was a pair of scissors that we needed to cut strands of gold thread and gold Baker's Twine. I did add a piece of grid paper for everyone to use in my craft room, and a pencil so we could write notes.  But other than that, the kit is complete!

     For the best part about Paper Pumpkin this month and through March, check out my blog post tomorrow! Yep, there's a special going on!

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Posted on : Jan 11 2016
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A Last-Minute Christmas Card, Paper Pumpkin Style!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am, less than a week before Christmas and I still don't have my Christmas cards sent out. The list is done, and we've started on writing a short recap of our last two years (no Christmas cards last year as we were spending our time being worried about lava flowing near our home!). And I was sure that I had plenty of cards made. But sure enough, as I get towards the end of the mailing preparations, I find myself with not enough cards. How can that be????! But the good news for me was that I'd never gotten around to making the cards in the November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit as the last thing I needed right now (or so I thought) was more Christmas cards. Hooray for Paper Pumpkin!

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     If you have this kit, you'll recognize right away that I didn't quite make the card as designed. I just felt that the two white square layers that made up the greeting element on this card was just too close in color value to the card base provided. So I "stole" the Cherry Cobbler layer from the materials for the other card in the kit and put it behind the greeting element.

     Everything was cut out and ready for me just to choose which greeting to stamp and off I went. I now have enough cards!

     I wasn't going to post this card on the blog because, as busy as I've been, I haven't been posting too much – just not enough time!  But my summer online Stampin' Up! group, VC Rocks, is having a small blog hop this week, so it was easy to photograph the project and now I'm in the hop!  Just click here to see some more projects! This link will take you to the blog hop for quite some time to come as we don't get back into too much posting until next May.

     Check out some of our other posts, too!  You might want to join us next summer. No requirements except that you love to use Stampin' Up! products – and they don't even have to be current!

     Now off to get that letter finished and stamps put on envelopes. Merry Christmas to all!


Posted on : Dec 20 2015
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Quick and Easy Book Club Gift!

Aloha, all!

     While members of the (very large) Book Club to which I belong don't usually exchange gifts, I decided this year that I'd spend some of my paper crafting time making holiday bookmarks for everyone in the group. A bookmark is definitely not expensive, especially when I've got everything I need to make them already in my craft room supply stash.

Bookmark Cover2     This is a 3-layer bookmark, which gives it enough thickness to use for quite a while without it getting too messed up with all the handling it should get. The back layer is plain Very Vanilla Cardstock and the middle layer is a piece of one of the sheets from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper set from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog. Cutting and adhering them together was just as simple as can be.

     The stamped layer took a bit more work, but still it was pretty easy to construct. For the images, I chose two of the stamps from the November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit. I wanted that layer to be fully stamped, so out came my MISTI tool. It's not a Stampin' Up! tool, but it's readily available online and makes stamping like this SOOOO easy! For the red in this design I used the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Spot that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, and both my Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers. The holly leaves are line art, and I filled them in by using a Stampin' Up! Blender Pen inked up from my Stampin' Up! Garden Green Classic Ink Pad.

     Finally, to give the bookmark some texture, I punched the corners using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

     As I said, this is a very large book club, and we usually have 16 to 20 people attending each meeting. So if I am to make, say, 25 of these bookmarks, I'll likely have to use different Deisgner Series Paper – or even card stock – as my middle layer. But that's not really a problem as I manage to have a good stash of holiday papers that will be nice accents for the stamped layer.

     The final touch for the bookmarks are the vinyl covers that I'll use to package the little gifts. That way I can put them all in a basket and those who want one of the bookmarks won't end up with one that's been picked over and messed up by lots of hands, no matter how late they are in picking one out. I tied bows to hold the top of the cover together, using pieces of the Garden Green 1/8" Striped Ribbon and the Gold Cording Trim, both from the Holiday Catalog.

     I think this is a nice little gift for my Book Club – and it won't take too much time to get them all made by the December meeting a week from tomorrow. Yikes! 7 days to make these! Better get a few more started!


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Posted on : Dec 10 2015
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