Monday, November 19, 2012

Paper Christmas Trees embellished with ITH Buttons and Bows Banner

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We will post more detailed tutorials on how to make these in a little while, but wanted to make sure that these were up to give you some inspiration for the holidays!

We made these in May for the Holiday issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.  We have been (not so patiently) waiting for the issue to hit the shelves so we could release our pictures and not compromise the content of their issue.
Hooray!  It's on the shelves and in people's mailboxes now.  We couldn't be more excited about that!

Here is their picture

(also featuring our ITH Napkin Rings & Double Scalloped gift tag) with our Emily Font for the names on the place card tags)
Don't they make a beautiful table setting?
(little plastic favor boxes were wrapped with the dictionary paper, added May Arts Velvet Metallic 3/8" wide ribbon, embellished with a tag & a bow to look like a tiny present place card!)

these beautiful trees really broke the bank.

-   1965 medical dictionary from goodwill - $1
            (although these would be even more STUNNING made with sheet music)

-   wired ribbon velvety/sheer damask  (purchased from Costco a couple years 
       ago from the bow I made for my Christmas tree topper and random poofs around the house for the holidays.

-   pearls, buttons, and scrapbook embellishment - free from stash
-   1 can spray gold glitter spray (about $2.50 with Joann 50% coupon)

Just tear the pages out of the book (or do several at once using an exacto knife or the tip of a scissor blade) and a ruler to get a clean edge.

Roll the paper up and close them using a couple cots beacon fabrictac (which is what we used because it was on hand - a glue gun would work fine too...anything that gets tacky fast).

glue the rolled pieces together to form various heights for your trees

spray with the glitter spray, glue on some accents
and then embellish the trees
with our In the Hoop Buttons and Bows Banner

We folded the wired ribbon in half because it was kind of sheer with the velvet damask and love how it turned out.  We put the ribbons on after the rolled paper was glued together and the bow was on top.

In hindsight - it may have been better to place the ribbons on before the topper bow was added.  However, the ribbon idea was part of the "detailing things to death" that DeLynne and I love to do!

Enjoy!  Let us know if you have any questions...
and send in pictures if you make these!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pretty Little Poinsettias ~ in less than 5 minutes

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We are just starting to get all of our great Christmas designs on line so naturally I am getting super excited for the holidays!  We have just these fun little ITH Favor boxes together and what better way to embellish them, than with a pretty little poinsettia?!  It's so easy.  Here's how...

Cut out some random, curvy triangular petals.  The size of each will depend on how wide you want your flower to be.  I needed a pretty little flower.  Only about 1 1/2 inches wide so I made each of my petals about 1" long and 3/4" wide.  You can always trim them down so if you are unsure how big you want your flower, make it bigger and scale it down when you are finished.

Next, thread a needle with about 2 feet of thread doubled over.  Weave your threaded needle across the straight edge or bottom of each petal.  Pull the needle through, then slide it onto the thread

Once you have all of your petals on the thread, push them together as tight as possible and tie your two thread ends together.  Knot your ends several times to make sure it won't come undone.

 This is what it should look like after you have done that.
If your flower is too big you can trim it down now.

Add a few pearls and a rhinestone using some fabric glue.  We LOVE Fabritac made by Beacons. :)
Now take that little ITH Favor Box you just made...

Super cute, right? But...

How much better is it with a pretty little poinsettia and a little bling?!