I'm always looking for creative ways to brighten someone's day or share a little surprise! Mini gift ideas are perfect for this time of year. There seems to be an abundance of reasons to celebrate: weddings, graduations, showers, birthdays, end of the school year...
Today, we're sharing quick and easy gift ideas from Laura and Ashley featuring clear Craft Trendy Tubes!
Make this trail-mix tube for the scout or camper in your life. All it takes is a circle cutter, kraft cardstock (or Canvas Corp's Kraft Round Tags & Ties), your fave die-cut, a bandana (or ribbon) and some hot glue! Oh yeah - don't forget your favorite trail or granola mix:
Looking for a great party or shower favor idea? Select fun, bite sized snacks to fill the craft tube and a coordinating ribbon. You can even personalize them with a tag to include the recipient's name or a special thank you message!
I really LOVE Ashley's idea to adhere craft tubes to a greeting card:
You've seen them at bridal showers, streaming from banquet hall ceilings and decorating table centers everywhere.
But how do you make one?
It's even easier than it looks and is the perfect project to share with your girlfriends and/or kids!
Make it a group effort and you'll have tons of these flower balls done in no time flat!
Here's what you'll need:
Flat bottom coffee filters (tinted filters work great for 'vintagey' affect)
Hot glue gun
Small decorative brads
2"-3" Circle or Scallop Punch
Step #1: Fold your coffee filter in half twice - making a triangle shape
Step #2: Feed the triangle shaped filter through the punch. Take your time.
Step #3: Punch out the shape. If you've folder the filter correctly, you should have 8 individual punch-outs. Pile them on top of one another and punch a hole in the center using a hole punch. Repeat this 3 times for 1 flower.
Step #4: Stack the three piles of eight punch-outs making sure to align the center hole. You're going to hold them together using a brad:
Step #5: Begin 'pinching' each layer up over the center brad:
You'll end up with something that looks like this:
Whew! You're almost there! Stay with me -
Step #6: Here's where the artist in you gets to shine. Starting from the bottom of the flower - just start flattening and adjusting until it begins to resemble something 'floweresque':
Cute, right? :) You could stop right here and add it to a frame, layout or finish it off by hot gluing a safety pin to the back to make a quick broach or attach it to a headband - but we're on a flower pomander ball mission! So let's keep going -
Step #7: For a 4" ball - you'll need approximately 20 completed flowers. Spritz them randomly with your favorite dye mist to coordinate with your event theme.
Step #8: Go hot glue crazy! Begin adhering the handmade flowers to the styrofoam ball. You can opt to attach a ribbon to hang the finished ball or make various sizes and place them in bowls to use as center pieces.
Hint: The 'Pomander' part means it should smell good - you can add your favorite scent to the finished project (I LOVE jasmine and lilac), but do it sparingly. :)
You can do this same concept using other types of papers. Click HERE for more ideas. As always, we love hearing your comments. Let us know if you plan on trying this project! Thanks for reading!
By Laura We hear lots of specific requests from our A Cherry On Top customers. Having a lack of male specific products or projects happens to top the list.
This week, Laura shares with us this perfect gift set idea just in time for that graduate in your life or Father's Day!
Recycled gift or paper shopping bag
First, decide on the card size you would like to make. Typical finished dimensions are 5¼" x 7¼" or 4½" x 5½". To construct the card, cut strips of patterned paper and dark cardstock matting, and adhere it to your card:
Create the dark brown matting for the sticker sentiment by gluing it to a scrap of cardstock and trimming around it. Then attached it to
the card with foam tape.
Check out Laura's complete step-by-step tutorial in our Ideas Section. This project can be revamped over and over again to use for showers, teacher gifts or any special occasion.
A Bit About Laura: 'I love bright colors, graphic patterns, clean and simple everything,
polka dots (and chocolate!) I am a card-maker and stamper at heart, but I
enjoy creating all kinds of paper-crafty goodness! My work has been
published in Paper Crafts, CARDS, CardMaker, Simple Scrapbooks, and
Crafts 'n Things.'
This past Saturday, ACherryOnTop.com hosted the annual National Scrapbook Day online crop event! Talk about all kinds of crafty fun. There were fast scraps, challenges, live chats with fantastic manufacturers and of course LOTS of giveaways!
We will be busy for a while sorting and shipping prizes. We want to thank all participants and a special thanks to our sponsors:
Weren't able to attend the entire day or think you missed something? Visit our NSD 2012 Message Board Forum to view classes, games and challenge details. If you participated in the online crop festivities and are wondering where your prize is, don't fret! All Bonus Points will be issued by May 8, 2012 while all product goody packs will be awarded and shipped by May 30, 2012.
Thanks again for a successful day of crafting fun!
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You know how much fun our online crops can be! Tell your friends and
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Our National Scrapbook Day (NSD) Celebration is only a few days away! Like we mentioned in our last post, there will be inspiring challenges, fast scraps, giveaways and terrific mini classes throughout the day.
We're also going to be getting to know more about a couple of our fave manufacturers during live chats! Pink Paislee and Authentique Paper will be in The Cherry Loft sharing stories and project ideas!
Pink Paislee products never disappoint and always offer fresh, fun designs.