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2012 in review


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“You Warm My Heart!” Cocoa Packs


You Warm My Heart Cocoa Packs“You Warm My Heart!” Cocoa Packs

I came up with these little goodie packs for our Santa Shop at my granddaughter’s school.   Our best sellers are mugs and all the kids want one for their mother, father or grandparent.  These packs made the best little accompaniment to the mugs.  They are very simple to put together and inexpensive.   They were about 33₵ to 45₵ each.  I also did up some packs as a little token of appreciation for the school’s staff.

Adding a homemade cookie or two would make this a perfect little take-home party favor for your holiday party or a cheap bulk Christmas gift for those you need to just give a “little something” too.  Pair it with a holiday snowman mug.

Materials Needed

  • Cocoa packs
  • Candy canes
  • Snowmen marshmallows
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 3×4 zip lock bags (craft bags)
  • Treat bags (clear or snow print)
  • Ties: chenille stems, tri-color yarn, ribbon
  • White cardstock
  • Red cardstock

Also Needed

  • Tag punch
  • Heart punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Bamboo skewer

Instructions

  1. Wash hands well and assemble supplies.
  2. Break the cinnamon sticks in half if they are too long.  Then if they are too “fat” insert a knife in the center of the curls and twist to split them in two.
  3. Put two or three marshmallows in each small zip lock bag.  If you can’t find snowmen marshmallows use plain or make a marhmallow snowman for each bag.  Search the internet – I found a whole flock (herd? gaggle? troop?) of different marshmallow snowmen crafts on Goggle from the simple to complex.
  4. On your computer open a document and make a label that will fit your tag punch or that’s at least 2×4 inches.  I used a candy cane font in red to type the words “You warm my _ .” leaving a blank space for a heart punch.  Print tags.
  5. Punch the tags and the hearts.  If you don’t have a tag punch then handcut the tags.
  6. Glue the hearts on the tags.
  7. Punch holes in the ends of each tag.
  8. Place a cocoa packet, cinnamon stick, candy cane and marshmallow pack in each goodie bag.   I used full size canes for the bags I gave the staff.
  9. Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.
  10. Tie the trim around the bag and attach the tag to the ends.  I cut chenille stems in half to use as the ties.  After twisting the chenille stem around the bag insert both ends through the hole in a tag.  I then bent the ends of the stem back on itself to eliminate any sharp ends that might poke someone.  Lastly I curled the ends around a bamboo skewer.
  11. I also used tri-color yarn to tie off some of the bags.   Tie a bow and then knot a tag on one end of the yarn.
  12. Place bags in a basket and they are ready to gift!
Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.

Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.

Thanks for taking a look.  As always I’d love to hear from you.  

Scandia Jul Chipboard Ornaments


002Scandia Jul Chipboard Ornaments

Scandinavian style decorating is such a popular theme this year that I couldn’t resist buying some “Making Materials” when I saw these on CLEAREANCE on Oriental Trading!   I can’t say that the way I decorated my ornaments is in anyway at all authentic.  I looked extensively on-line but did not find any pre-made ornaments or tutorials on this style of ornament.   What gives there?  So here is MY version of these ornaments!  There are so many ways to go with these items that I haven’t even explored them all yet!   So check back and see what photos I’ve added.

 “Making Materials”:

 Also Needed:

  • Foam Glue
  • Plaid engine red (2702) shiny craft paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Wood Skewer

 Instructions:

Chip Art Assortment: 

  1. Trace the shape of the chipboard item on the paper.  I like the lines of the paper skewed a little so they are not vertical or horizontal.   Be sure that you turn the paper over for the “other side” of the ornament or your shape will not face the right way.
  2. Paint the edges of the ornament to coordinate with the paper.  I choose red.
  3. Cut out the 2 sides of the ornament.
  4. If there is not a hole to thread and ornament hanger through screw an eye hook into the top of the ornament so it hangs evenly.  Be sure this is a SMALL eyehook so it won’t split the ornament.  Add a large jump ring.
  5. Glue (Mod Podge) the paper shape to one side of the ornament and allow it to dry.
  6. Repeat Mod Podge coat if needed.
  7. Repeat both steps for the other side.
  8. After both sides are dry cut tri-color trim (ribbon, rick-rack, yarn, etc.) and thread the trim through the jump ring.
  9. Thread a red or green bead on the trim. If you don’t have a red or green beads simply thread any wood bead on a chopstick and paint it. Allow to dry, repeat coat if needed.
  10. Settle the bead over the eyehook, flush with the ornament.
  11. Tie a knot right above the bead and slowly pull it tight.  Insert an ornament hook before you tighten the knot completely.
  12. Another alternative is to simply thread tri-color yarn through the hanger hole then tie a loose bow.  Tie jingle bells on the ends of the yarn.

“Wood-tone” Die Cuts: 

  1. I tried the rub-on cross-stich stickers with the Ornament Decorating Set but just was not happy with how they showed up.  They were really light on the “wood-tone” ornaments and you can’t see them very well.  They would show up better on a white ornament and I plan to try this later.
  2. Punch shapes from the scrapbook paper and glue them on the ornaments.  I use a wood skewer to apply dots of glue.
  3. Accent with the rhinestones from the Ornament Decorating Set.
  4. Thread tri-color trim through the hanger holes in the ornaments and then tie a knot.  Insert an ornament hook before you tighten the knot completely.
  5. If desired, thread a red or green bead on the trim before knotting.  Or tie bells on the loose ends of the trim.

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Thanks for taking a look.  I’d love to hear your comments.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Craft Stick Snowman Ornament


005Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – – –   Paint Stick Snowmen.  As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes.  I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project.  It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.

I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project.  Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.

These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.

Materials

  • Craft sticks
  • Homespun fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Mini buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Snow scene “fabric” or quilt batting

Also Needed

  • White craft glue
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Orange marker
  • White paint

Instructions

  1. Paint the craft sticks white and allow them to dry.  I used two coats.  On some of the sticks I use some white fine glitter paint over the last coat to add some sparkle to the ornaments.  I’d recommend 2 coats of this for maximum effect!
  2. Break off about a third of the toothpick.  Then color it orange with the permanent marker.  This is much easier than getting the paint out and making a mess!  I also like Amanda’s idea of using an orange toothpick and I have some colored toothpick on-hand but wouldn’t you know it there are no orange ones!
  3. Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch square from the material.  I like the way homespun fabric drapes and how flannel looks but you can use any you have on hand.
  4. Glue the square to the top of the craft stick to make the hat.  See Amanda’s excellent tutorial for how to do this.  I found that doublestick tape works really well for attaching the fabric when you are doing a bunch – and it eliminates drying time!   But when you tie off the hat with the embroidery thread leave long tail ends and tie them in a knot so you will have a hanger.  I forgot to do that with mine so will have to go back and attach a loop.
  5. Cut a one half inch strip of the snow “fabric” and glue it to the bottom of the cap.  Then trim the end off.
  6. See Amanda tutorial and read the comments for some additional hat ideas.
  7. Cut (or tear) a one inch strip of homespun fabric for the scarf.  Tie it around the snowman’s “neck” and then fringe the ends.  How long you want your scarf is up to you.  I prefer a short scarf.
  8. Apply 2 dots of glue with the bamboo skewer for the eyes (cut the sharp tip off if kids are doing this project) and then glue on two peppercorns.
  9. Apply a line of glue for the nose and glue down the orange toothpick piece to finish the carrot nose.  You could also cut a nose out of orange craft foam.
  10. Apply 5 dots of glue for the mouth and glue down 5 peppercorns.
  11. Glue 2 or 3 mini buttons on the snowman’s “body”.
  12. Let dry completely and the hang on the tree.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love to hear your comments! 

Buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!


Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!

 If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy!  If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)! 

I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts.  But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?

So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift?  If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc.  If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.

This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand.  I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash.   I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such.  And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.

This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc.   If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how.  Find one on eHow;  “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.

MATERIALS:

  • Construction or scrapbook Paper
  • Blank note cards (optional)
  • Large envelopes (optional)
  • Stamps (optional)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, gel pen, metallic sharpies, crayons
  • Other Materials: yarn, gift wrap ribbon, rick-rack, sequins, mini pom-poms, “paper” stickers, rhinestones

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut or help your child to cut a piece of construction paper in half then fold it to make a card. The cards can be any size but I found a note card size worked best for me.  If making gift cards to attach to presents cut the paper into fourths then fold.
  2. Provide the paper materials to your child.  Help them to make punch outs if needed. 
  3. Save the reverse punches (the “hole” left behind in the paper).  These make some really cute cards.  For example; Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).  Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).  Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.
  4. Let your kids decorate the outside of the cards the punches and embellishments.  I have posted photos of some sample cards I made.  Coordinate the cards with the wrapping paper if the card is to be placed on a gift.
  5. Help your kids write a personal message on the inside of the card and then let them sign it.  If you are using a dark color of paper give them a metallic sliver Sharpie or gel marker to do this.  Another option is to cut pieces of light colored construction paper slightly smaller than the card and glue it on the insides of the cards.  Either write on it before your child glues it or allow the glue to dry before writing the message.
  6. Finish the card off perfectly with a stamp or sticker won the back.  Or simply write something like “Buggal Cards” or “Made especially for you by Buggal”.
  7. Wrap the card with gift wrap and then delver it in person or put it in an envelope and mail to the recipient.
  8. Don’t forget to take photos for your scrapbook!

  Thanks so much for taking a look.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!

buggalcrafts

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off. Glue to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete "snowy" look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.Holly Card:  Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern.  Then glue a piece of yarn to the page.  Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch).  The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete “snowy” look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.
Holly Card: Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern. Then glue a piece of yarn to the page. Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch). The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Flower Card:  Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems.  I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper.  Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center.  Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.Present Card:  Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag.  Write a message on the tag and you're done!.

Flower Card: Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems. I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper. Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center. Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.
Present Card: Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag. Write a message on the tag and you’re done!.

Gingerbread Cameo:  Glue a strip of ribbon to the card.  I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose.  Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card.  Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.Snowman Card:  I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them.  Draw on the features and arms with markers.

Gingerbread Cameo: Glue a strip of ribbon to the card. I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose. Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card. Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.
Snowman Card: I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them. Draw on the features and arms with markers.

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