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I saw this fun wreath online and had to make one to display at my upcoming Christmas Open House! If you are local, it’s Saturday Oct 19!

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This wreath is made of Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper and ribbon, a styrofoam wreath and floral pins.

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I LOVE this paper! Not only is it durable enough to cut into strips and curl, it is fun and right on trend for the holidays. Cool thing though, it can really be used all year long for cards or scrapbooking!
Love it too? You can find it HERE

The ribbon is also Stampin’ Up. It’s 1″ stitched edge Cherry Cobbler grosgrain and I use it for cards but I think it’s perfect for hanging the wreath. Besides, the red in the wreath matches perfectly! You’ll find it right here!

The wreath came from Hobby Lobby. The label says it’s a 12″ white “extruded” wreath and cost $4.47. The pins, also Hobby Lobby, $4.99 for a pound. (I put the wreath sticker on the pin bag).

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Ok, here’s how to make one:
Order your paper and ribbon from my site here(thank you very much!).

Cut paper into 1 1/8 X 6 1/2 strips. I used my Stampin’ Trimmer

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Curl the ends of the paper strips. Tighten or loosen the curls as desired.

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Place the paper curl on the wreath and pin it down. It works much better if you just position it, hold it in place, then pin.

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I put the ribbon on like this so it would hang flat, then tied a bow at the top.

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Now all you have to do is cut, curl and pin to your heart’s content! It won’t take long to create this beautiful wreath to share as a sweet gift or to make your home even more special this Christmas! I love it so much I’ll be making a fall one next!
Thanks for visiting my blog! God bless you!

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Crafting typically brightens up the world of not only those who create sweet handmade items, but also those who receive such treasures.

But there comes a time when making something is the only thing you can do to offer support and comfort.

The situation is that I’m close enough to a neighbor family that I (along with many, many others) was devastated by the loss of their precious newborn child. But like many neighbors, not so close that I was “needed” for hands-on during their darkest hours.

It’s one of those times that privacy, rest and quiet are the greatest needs. Primal needs. The last thing they needed was to have a parade of folks in and out of their home asking what they could do. We did all we could; the ones who babysit kept the toddler. The ones who walk dogs walked their dogs. The rest of us joined those helpers by praying.

When I was asked to make a card to share on behalf of the neighborhood, I put my whole heart into it, because finally, FINALLY, I could “do” something “hands-on” for this precious young couple.

Powerless. That’s how we all felt- and still feel. There are no words. And so amidst the days of constant prayer and an unbelievable amount of tears, I went into my studio and sat down.

The young mommy loves bright colors, so I tried – really tried- but nothing came together. Likewise, a stoic sympathy card would not express what we as a community felt because just days before, we would have hoped to send cards of congratulations on the birth of this sweet little one.

No, it needed to be soft. Gentle. Not sympathy. It needed to offer support for this little family who desperately hung on to hope and their unwavering faith in God throughout every moment.

And so I made this.

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Psalm 42:8 is stamped on the front. It offers encouragement and said just what I felt it needed to say. “By day The Lord directs His love. At night His song is with me.”

The colors are soft and quiet. Respectful. Gentle.

I was finishing up the card when I received a text.

Do I have room at my house for family members who are flying in for the service?

Of course I do.

As I was making an envelope to go with the card I thought of the guest room, meals, comforts for weary travelers. Suddenly I have a lot to do.

Hug your kids.

God bless you and yours.

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I said I would have an announcement on September 6, 2013, and I’m so excited to share my news with you!

I am combining my love of stamping, papercrafting, scrapbooking, sewing, needlework and all crafting in general so that I can offer classes in all of the above as a Creative Consultant!

What does this mean for you?

It means classes, whether face to face or online, with all supplies mailed directly to you along with a link for YouTube instructions, you’ll enjoy learning all forms of new techniques!

It means that you can look forward to getting the absolute MOST out of your classes. Your instruction will be thorough and at the end of your class you will have finished projects to enjoy! I have been, and will continue to, do research and take part in classes, seminars and webinars so that I can share the latest and greatest in crafting with you!

From organizing your tools and supplies to learning the latest techniques, you’ll be able to learn something new with every class. Like this: how CUTE!!

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Want to know how to make envelopes out of paper? I have the best tool on the market!

How about how to efficiently make ALL of your Christmas cards or a stash of all occasions? I’ve got it down pat.

Want to get into sewing? I teach all of the basics!

Some things you will learn in my classes:

Papercrafting:

Tools: Which glue? Why “those” scissors? Learn all you’ll need to know about tools.
Cards with moving parts
Cards with glitter that DOESN’T come off
Cards with dimensions and layers
and lots more!

Scrapbooking:

Journaling: how to tell the story
Documenting: Why and how
Super Creative Pockets: Here’s how you stash those extra pix
Personalizing: How brochures, maps and menus make your pages pop

3D, etc.

Make boxes out of paper
Make dimensional cards, snowflakes and bookmarks

These are just a FEW of the many things I’m teaching, so subscribe to my blog now and stay updated!

Want a bit of history? Here ya go:

I’ve been a crafter for many, many years. I recall sewing at the age of 11, and thankfully my mom allowed me to use her machine. Otherwise, my dreams of piecing fabrics so that they can become something “more” may have never come true.

My trend is to sew accessories such as purses, but I also love to make home decor and cool, funky clothes for my grandLittles. I like to sew clothing for myself too, and now that there are so many amazing fabrics and patterns available, I expect to be sewing a lot more!

Back in the late 80’s, I began making jewelry out of Fimo clay. It became a successful business and took a lot of time. My husband and kids worked the business with me and we were able to vacation with the money I made during a time we couldn’t have gone otherwise.

I moved from Fimo to stamping in the 90’s and I haven’t turned back. I am a Stampin’ Up demonstrator but I also enjoy creating vintage cards and pages with Tim Holtz supplies and Austen Gallery.

Whether in person or online via YouTube, pull up your “Time Out” chair and let’s get creative together!

Until then, enjoy some of these fun designs!

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Thanks for stopping by! God bless!

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(This blog entry should have posted in Jan 2013)

I am so excited today! Ninja Man and I have traveled to Orlando and I will be attending a much-anticipated and hard earned Leadership event with Stampin’ Up! beginning Thursday.

One thing we can do at these things is sign up in advance of the event and commit to make a specified number of items and then swap them in a group. It might be cards, 3D projects, scrapbooking pages or …(drumroll please)…CARD CANDY!. I have never made cc before, so I couldn’t wait to whip some out!

Little did I know it would take QUITE a while to design these cuties!

When you do an arranged swap at a Stampin’ Up event, the purpose is to come away with a variety of examples of the latest products. New tools, papers, punches and techniques are released several times a year while previous favorites may be discontinued. We have to use only current products, so it took me a while to double check to make sure everything fit the guidelines of the swap.

So here are my little card candies! Let me know what you think!

Bo

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Which one is your favorite? Mine is the heart! I added an Action Wobble Spring to the back and it wiggles!

How fun is THAT!

Thanks for visiting! God Bless!
Kathy Bo

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