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Mini Fall Bunting Tutorial

Don’t you just love a bunting? Apparently lots of us do because they are all over Pinterest! I recently made a Fall Wreath that I embellished with a miniature bunting I crafted myself. Here’s the details if you want to make your own.

Supplies:

  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Brown Cardstock
  • Fall Scrapbook Paper from the Martha Stewart Animal Masquerade Paper Pad
  • Slice Elite Cutter, Stencils, or Punches
  • Happy Trails Design Card
  • Parties Design Card
  • Martha Stewart Ballpoint Glue Pen
  • Crop-A-Dile

Step One:

Determine the length of the space that your bunting will be covering, and cut a piece of twine the appropriate length. Mine was intended to embellish my Fall Wreath, so I cut my twine 12 in. long.

Step Two:

Using either an electronic cutting machine, stencil, or punch, cut 4 triangles out of the brown cardstock. The size of my triangles was determined by the length of my twine. I cut a few different sizes out with my Slice Elite using the pennant shape on the Parties Design Card to see which size would allow me to fit four triangles across my twine. I ended up using the 2 in. triangle.

Step Three:

Using either an electronic cutting machine, stencil, or punch, cut out “fall” from the Martha Stewart Animal Masquerade Scrapbook Paper of your choosing. I used the scraps left over from decoupaging my Fall Wreath. To cut my letters, I used the Happy Trails Design Card for my Slice Elite in the 1 1/2 in. size.

Step Four:

Glue the letters to the triangles. I like to use my Martha Stewart Ballpoint Glue Pen for little, detailed pieces like this. I can easily control the amount of glue, and it adheres paper to each other wonderfully. I highly recommend you invest in one of these if you don’t have one.

Step Four

Step Five:

Place the 4 cardstock triangles on top of each other, and use a Crop-A-Dile to punch out 1/8 in. holes in each of the top corners of them. By stacking the triangles, you ensure that holes will be in the same place on each of them. The Crop-A-Dile easily punches through 4 sheets of cardstock.

Step Five

Step Six:

Thread the triangles onto your twine.

Here’s the finished product.

Mini Fall Bunting

Isn’t it adorable? I’m sure you’ll be able to think of loads of ideas for this mini bunting other than just adorning a wreath. Happy crafting!

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Scalloped Heart Earrings

I must have jewelry and accessories for every holiday. I am that girl in the office. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have some sweet Scalloped Heart Earrings to share.

Scalloped Heart Earrings

I made these earrings out of Martha Stewart scrapbook paper from a Valentine’s Day mat pad. Many of Martha’s papers are double-sided, which is great for earrings. This allows them to be as beautiful from the front as the back. I cut the scalloped hearts with my Slice Elite, but you can use a paper punch if you don’t have access to an electronic cutter. To get more information about the techniques I used to make these so shiny and bright, check out of my Paper Earrings Tutorial.

After I got my hearts finished, I decided to fancy these earrings up a bit by adding beads in a coordinating color. This does require some jewelry-making skills, so feel to omit the beads if you wish.

Scalloped Heart Earrings (2)

I am so pleased with the way these earrings turned out that I intend to wear them year round. They are just too cute to reserve for only a couple of weeks out of the year. Happy Valentine’s Day crafting!

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Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Card Tutorial

Because I don’t make a lot of Valentine cards these days, I like to create something really special for the few I need. This year I found a cross stitch pattern that is just perfect for a card. Be My Valentine, yet another freebie from Cyberstitchers, is small and simple, but darling. The color palette is lovely, and the design, though precious, stitches up in a couple of hours.

Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Pattern

Supplies:

  • Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Pattern
  • Blank Card and Envelope
  • Paper Frame
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue Dots

First, you’ll need to stitch the Be My Valentine pattern. I stitched mine on a small piece of 28 ct. cloth. The finished design is about 2 3/4 in. by 1 3/4 in.

Once you’ve stitched the pattern, you’ll need to trim it to fit your paper frame. I made my frame with my Slice Elite Cutter. This particular frame is from the Vintage Findings design card and is 4 in. If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, I’m sure that you can find a suitable frame in the scrapbooking aisle at the craft store. Trim your cloth a little bit larger than the inside of your frame. Tape the cross stitch piece to the back of the paper frame making sure to center it.

With your cross stitch piece framed, you need to adhere it to your blank card. I placed glue dots on the four back corners of the paper frame and centered it on my card.

Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Card

I adore my finished card. My colors aren’t so traditional for Valentine’s Day, but they are definitely on trend. Feel free to use pinks and reds if that appeals more to you. Whatever the color, anyone that receives this delightful, handmade card is sure to love it. Happy Valentine’s Day crafting!

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