Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall Floral

Creating a floral arrangement is easy with just a few things you probably have around the house. I had a square vase that I wanted to use, but it's hard to arrange flowers in it, unless you have floral foam; not something I had on hand, so - empty pickle jar to the rescue! 

I placed the jar inside the square vase to hold the flowers.  

Insteading of taking time to remove the label, I filled the area between the jar and vase with corn kernels. You could also layer with different colored dried beans.  Small pieces of candy look great too!  M&M's for example, and they come in all sorts of seasonal colors!

Pretty cool, right...  now all I had to do was fill the jar with water and flowers. Quick'n EZ.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Y'all come back now.......

Yours truly,
Julie :)


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

Need some last minute decorations for Thanksgiving?  These are quick'n EZ....

You'll need:
  • Floral accent
  • Medium size glass candle holder
  • Small LED candle
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Wire cutters

1. Divide the floral accent into 2 pieces. It isn't necessary to unwind; just count the loops and cut the wire.
2. Fill the glass with popcorn kernels - about 2" deep, then place at the center of the loops.
3. Place the candle in the glass. Push to the bottom.  I used these on a sofa table, but they are an ideal height for the dinner table.

These floral accents are available each season and make Quick'n EZ candle rings.  They are easy to replace, so after Thanksgiving replace this one with a Christmas floral.  I usually buy three; one for the small glass candle holders, one for a larger glass candle holder on the coffee table and one to place at the center of my twig wreath - I told you it was Quick'n EZ! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Y'all come back now................

Yours truly,
Julie :)


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Paper Foil Blog Hop

A couple of months ago I received an email from a designer who had decided to import paper foil from Germany. She loved the product and wanted to make it available for US crafters.  She asked if I could take at look at it and perhaps make some projects.....  Are you kidding me!!! Look at what I've been keeping in my stash since 1967!!!

You may, or may not remember, but I lived in Germany from 1967 - 1976 and since I've always been a crafter, this was a product I was totally familiar with.  Needless to say I was all in and Diane sent me samples of Rinea® to play with.


I received two types of foil papers - double sided metallic and slightly thinner embossed foil. Both types are double sided in a variety of colors.  The colored metallic foil is either silver on the back, or gold. There is also a metallic with gold on both sides, or silver. The embossed foil is the same color on both sides.  They are so easy to work with. I used dies, embossing folders, a paper crimper, punches, and stencils for embossing.  It cut easily and scored with a paper trimmer and was easy to cut with decorative edge scissors. Here are a few of the projects I came up with.


The foil adhered easily with an extra strength glue stick, even to glass. It was so much fun! So much so, that I added an extra project for the hop, my "Accordion Star". 

You will need:
  • 10 Pieces of 8.5" x 4" metallic foil
  • 1/4" double stick tape
  • Extra strength glue stick
  • Tacky glue
  • Small piece of thin poster board
  • Embossing tool (for scoring)
  • Paper trimmer
  • 1" Circle punch
  • 1/8" hole punch
  • Optional: 1" round acrylic crystal jewel for center
1. Starting 1/4" from the short edge of the foil, use the embossing tool to score a line. Measuring from this line, score 3 additional lines 1" apart.  Turn the piece of foil around and repeat from the opposite edge.

2.  The 1/4" line is to show where the ends will overlap. Fold the strip back on the next line, then up then back. Repeat at the opposite side. Overlap the ends then glue in place. Fold and glue each strip in the same manner.


3.  Flatten the folded pieces then adhere a 4" strip of double stick tape down the center of each one and a 2" piece across the bottom.


4.  Remove the backing from the pieces of tape. Working with 3 or 4 pieces at a time stack together, then starting about 1 1/2" from the bottom, cut diagonally across to the center point at the top.

5.  Stack more pieces together, then stack the cut pieces on top. Using the cut stack as a guide, cut the next stack. Repeat until all the pieces have been stacked together and cut.  Press the stack gently along the center and across the bottom to make sure they are firmly stuck together.

 6.  Carefully pull the point of the top piece and the stack will start to unfold. Gently pull the top piece around to form a circle and adhere to the bottom piece.


7.  Punch 2, 1" circles from poster board,  cover the back liberally with thick, tacky glue, then place over the center.  While the glue is still wet you can separate the star points evenly around the center.  Let dry then repeat on the other side.  You can cover the circle with a different color of paper foil, or add a large acrylic crystal sticker as shown on my sample.

8.  Use a hand punch to punch a small hole at the tip of one of the star points for a hanger.


I loved working with paper foil again, it brought back many happy memories of the years I spent in Germany.  

Don't forget to check the other designers projects then comment here, or on their blogs and on the Designer Crafts Connection blog for a chance to win your own packages of paper foil. Use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the DCC post.  Good luck!

You can find more information about Rinea® Paper Foil and a gallery of ideas on their website. Enjoy! Y'all come back now............

Yours truly,
Julie :)  


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall Scarecrow

There once was a scarecrow name "Boo"
Made from bunches of straw, clothes and glue
He went trick-a-treating
And now he is waiting
To share all his candy with you.....

JOY iron-on letters
Small Scarecrow (on a pole)
Pumpkin (craft pumpkin used here)
Lo-temp glue gun
Knife to cut pumpkin (adult use only)

1.  Peel the backing away from each letter then adhere to the front of your scarecrow.

2.  Using a zig zag pattern cut the top from the pumpkin then cut a hole at the center of the bottom half of the pumpkin to accommodate the pole.


3.  Place the scarecrow in the bottom half of the pumpkin, pushing the pole thru the hole.  Glue the top of the pumpkin to the scarecrow's head.  Fill the pumpkin bowl with candy.

My outdoor table has a hole at the center, so I placed the pumpkin on the table with the pole thru the hole.  When using indoors, remove the pole, or cut a hole around the stem of a second pumpkin and place "Boo" on top......   Not just for Halloween, we use our pumpkin candy bowl up through Thanksgiving.

Enjoy!  Y'all come back now......

Yours truly,
Julie :)