Monday, December 17, 2012

Drawstring Gift Bags

I'm so excited! I'm learning how to sew. I have wanted to learn, since FOREVER! When I was a little girl we had a very temperamental machine in the house and try as I might I could not sew on it. Fast forward to 2012 and my birthday/Christmas present was a Baby Lock sewing machine. I'm the luckiest girl in the world to have a husband so kind to give me such a wonderful gift. Some girls like diamonds, perfume and shoes... and then there's me. I like crafty tools. :)

I've had my sewing machine all of three weeks and I've already read the manual cover to cover, taken a class (thanks Melissa), and used my friends as guinea pigs for my first solo project. I made these drawstring bags using Destri's great tutorial found HERE! I changed up the dimensions a little and I didn't square off my corners, but the rest is the same. I purchased the Deck the Halls fabric on the Stampin' Up! clearance rack for .99 cents! I made six drawstrings bag from one pack of fabric. I hope you like my first solo sewing project! I have a lot to learn.


Stampin' Up Supplies:
  • Fabric: Deck The Halls Designer Fabric (121716)
  • Ribbon: Retired Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin

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  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    Tea Bag Folded Christmas Tree Tutorial

    We made this card at my club workshops in November. The tea bag folded Christmas tree makes a pretty and dimensional focal point. The Festival of Prints designer series paper stack provided the inspiration for the colors and gave the tree its unique patterns. If you would like to make your own tree just follow my step-by-step tutorial below.

    Tea Bag Folded Christmas Tree Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Start with three squares of Festival of Prints Squares: 2-¼“, 2-1/8” and 2”. Follow steps 1-13 from the tea bag folded ornament tutorial.


    Step Fourteen

    14. Bring one of the points to the top.


    Step Fifteen

    15. Insert a pencil into the center of the point.


    Step Sixteen

    16. Remove the pencil while flattening the point.


    Step Seventeen

    p>17. Flip the triangle over.
    Step Eighteen

    18. Bring the middle point to the top.


    Step Nineteen

    19. Insert a pencil into the center of the point.


    Step Twenty

    20. Remove the pencil while flattening the point.


    Step Twenty-one

    21. Repeat the steps for the remaining two squares. Here is what the folded squares will look like when they're done.


    Step Twenty-two

    22. Take the largest piece and put multipurpose glue along the inside. Seal the piece shut.


    Step Twenty-three

    23. Take the middle piece and put multipurpose glue along the inside.


    Step Twenty-four

    24. Take the largest piece and put it into the top pocket of the middle piece.


    Step Twenty-five

    25. Take the smallest piece and put multipurpose glue along the inside. Take the joined pieces and put it into the top pocket of the smallest piece.


    Step Twenty-six

    26. This is what the three pieces will look like once they are joined.


    Step Twenty-seven

    27. To make the tree trunk, start with a one inch square piece of Festival of Prints DSP.


    Step Twenty-eight

    28. Fold the piece in half.


    Step Twenty-nine

    29. With the folded side towards you, snip off the edges on an angle as shown.


    Step Thirty

    30. Put multipurpose glue on the inside of the trunk piece.


    Step Thirty-one

    31. Adhere to the bottom point of the tree.


    Step Thirty-two

    32. Decorate the rest of the card as desired.


    Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Greetings of the Season Stamp Set (W 128030, C 128033)
  • Card Stock: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper (126904), Island Indigo (122923), Lucky Limeade (122926), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650), Red Glimmer Paper (121790)
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler Ink (126966)
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
  • Tools: Merry Minis Punch Pack (126882), Festive Paper Piercing Pack (127857), Piercing Mat (126199), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Big Shot (113439), Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (127819), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Large Scallop Edgelits (127019)
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Glue Dots (103683)

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  • Monday, December 10, 2012

    Tea Bag Folded Card

    Here's a card I made using the same tea bag folding technique I used for the ornaments. My idea for this card was to make it look like a wrapped Christmas gift. If you would like to see the tutorial click HERE.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Greetings of the Season (W 128030, C 128033)
  • Card Stock: Be of Good Cheer (126896), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), Gumball Green (126840), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Ink: Versamark (102283)
  • Embellishments: Brights Glimmer Brads (121006), Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details (127845)
  • Tools: Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), Big Shot (113439), Floral Frames Framelits (127012); Heat Tool (129053), Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder (122949)

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  • Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Tea Bag Folded Ornaments Tutorial

    These were some of the Christmas ornaments I made as samples for my club workshops in November. The ornaments were made using a technique called tea bag folding.

    Tea bag folding was invented in the Netherlands, in the 1990s by a woman named Tiny van der Plaas. The story goes that Tiny wanted to create a special card and hit upon the idea as she was folding her tea bag cover over and over. Of course you can imagine that the tea bag cover she was folding was much prettier than some of the commercial ones that we see in stores these days.

    Basically, tea bag folding is a form of origami that uses small symmetrically patterned papers that are folded and glued together to create pretty medallions. I have also done tea bag folding with non-symmetrical patterns and have liked the results as well.

    I used the tea bag folding technique to make ornaments, but it can also be used to make pretty focal points for cards and to adorn 3D creations. If you would like to make your own tea bag folded ornaments, just follow my video or step-by-step tutorials below.

    Tea Bag Folded Ornaments Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Start with 8 squares of designer series paper. Card Stock is too heavy for this project. Make sure that you use squares that are at least 2” or greater. I’m using squares that are 2-3/8” for this tutorial.


    Step Two

    2. You will only see one side of the paper with this fold, so choose which one you like best and fold that paper to the inside first. Start by folding the square into a rectangle.


    Step Three

    3. Open the square up


    Step Four

    4. Fold the square into a rectangle again in the opposite direction.


    Step Five

    5. Open the fold up and the creases should form what looks like a plus sign.


    Step Six

    6. Flip the square over.


    Step Seven

    7. Fold the square along the diagonal to form a triangle. This time the pattern that you would like to show should be on the outside.


    Step Eight

    8. Open the square up


    Step Nine

    9. Fold the square along the diagonal again this time in the opposite direction. Leave the triangle folded this time.


    Step Ten

    10. Pick up the triangle by the fold. The open end should be facing the table.


    Step Eleven

    11. Push the ends of the triangle together to form a piece with a point in the center with 4 sides that jut out from it.


    Step Twelve

    12. Flatten the triangle making sure that two of the folds are on either side of the middle.


    Step Thirteen

    13. Your piece should look triangular like the sample on the left. If it looks square or diamond shaped like the sample on the right, you have folded the piece incorrectly and you will need to go back and refold it.


    Step Fourteen

    14. Repeat the steps for each of the squares so that you have 8 folded triangles in total.


    Step Fifteen

    15. Grab the first triangle with it’s closed point facing down (open end up). Open the two flaps up and place glue all over the inside.


    Step Sixteen

    16. Take the second triangle (flaps together) and place it between the two flaps of the first triangle. Make sure that the open end of the triangle is facing out.


    Step Seventeen

    17. Seal the end of the glued flaps around the second triangle and hold for a few seconds until the glue holds.


    Step Eighteen

    18. Now glue the rest of the triangles together one at a time, making sure the folded point is to the inside and the open ends are to the outside. The above photos show four of the triangles glued together from different angles.


    Step Nineteen

    19. This photo shows where the last triangle will be glued in place.


    Step Twenty

    20. After you glue the last triangle in place, you will need to glue it to the first triangle. Open the flaps of the last triangle and position the flaps of the first triangle inside. Put glue on the flaps and seal the triangles together.


    Step Twenty-one

    21. This is what your medallion should look like when it is completed.


    Step Twenty-two

    22. Punch a 1-1/4” scallop circle out of red glimmer paper. Pierce the punched piece in the center and adhere to the ornament with a glimmer brad.Pierce a hole near the top of the ornament about ¾” from one of the points.


    Step Twenty-three

    23. Thread a 10” length of baker’s twine through the hole and tie with a knot.


    Stampin’ Up Supplies:
  • Paper: Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper (126896), Red Glimmer Paper (121790), International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (126920), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
  • Embellishments: Baker’s Twine: Cherry Cobbler (123125), Lucky Limeade (125572), Island Indigo (125575), Wisteria Wonder (125576); Brights Glimmer Brads (121006)
  • Tools: 1-1/4” Scallop Circle Punch (127811) Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199)
  • Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

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