Lots of fun stuff today…

Dec 1, 2010

First I will end the sus­pense of who the win­ner of my book “Delight In The Details” and Free Access Pass to my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop.

The win­ner is … Judi Lind­gren with her Com­ment: OMGYGTBK! This is a BFD — I’ve def­i­nite­ly got my FC! I had to research all those text words…I don’t even own one of those fan­cy phones or thing-a-ma-gings you text with! Got a real­ly cute grand­son that does tho(to young for a 16 year old I fear). I real­ly want this- real­ly, real­ly! I would be SETE. Your Mom’s site is OTT!

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Judi. Email me your address and I will get your book in the mail. I will have you set up and ready to cre­ate in the work­shop, today.

And since many of you who com­ment­ed already have my book I decid­ed to give away an addi­tion­al Free Access Pass to one of you as well.

So Con­grat­u­la­tions to… San­dra Doher­ty Com­ment: I just bought Delight in The Details. My friend have it and its LEGIT!! so I had to get one for myself. I would love to win the give­away, I know I could find some­one who would love the book as much as I do, and attend­ing the work­shop would be the best..

San­dra, I will have you set up and ready to cre­ate in the work­shop, today as well. Enjoy!

Now on to the tuto­r­i­al for the gift card holder/ornament I cre­at­ed using the Decem­ber Cocoa Daisy “Win­ter Mag­pie” and “Pat­terned Paper Add On Kits. The kits go on sale today.

Kit Sup­plies Used: From “Win­ter Mag­pie” Cocoa Daisy Decem­ber Kit: 1 — page from the My Mind’s Eye Chip­board Album, Seam Bind­ing from Album, Albums tag used as the name tag tem­plate — From “Pat­terned Paper Add On”: Pink Paislee Parisian Ele­ments Pat­terned Paper

Addi­tion­al Sup­plies: White Crepe Paper Stream­er, Maya Road Chip­board Snowflake Set, Maya Road Dan­gling Chan­de­lier Bead, Maya Road Pure White Pig­ment Inkpad, Plat­inum Stick­les, Cream Self Adhe­sive Pearls — 5mm, Cream Embroi­dery Floss #543, Glossy Accents, Liq­uid Adhe­sive (Aleene’s Quick Dry is awe­some), Fab­ri-Tac, 2 — 1/8″ Sil­ver Eye­let, 3 — Sil­ver Jump Rings, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Creamy Brown Ink

Tools Need­ed: Pen­cil, Scis­sors — Straight Edge, Pink­ing (Zigzag), Scal­lop, Paper Trim­mer, Crop-a-Dile, Sewing Nee­dle, Pli­ers, Sewing Machine (option­al)


  • Using a pen­cil trace one chip­board album page onto pat­terned paper.
  • Using scal­lop scis­sors cut out the tri­an­gle shape drawn onto the pat­terned paper, mak­ing sure the scal­lop scis­sors stay just above the pen­cil line. This way you will have a slight scal­lop edge hang­ing off of the edge of the chip­board page.
  • Ink the edges of the cut out tri­an­gle using Creamy Brown ink.
  • Using a sewing machine (option­al) and cream thread, stitch a straight stitch all along the very inside edge of the tri­an­gle shape. Stitch a zigzag stitch where the dif­fer­ent pat­tern designs meet on the pat­terned paper.
  • Using a paper trim­mer cut the top of the tri­an­gle piece so when attached to the chip­board album page it is 1.25″ short­er than the chip­board album page.
  • Using Plat­inum Stick­les accent the scal­lop edges on the pat­terned paper and the scal­lops and 1.25″ upper side edges of the chip­board album page, let dry.
  • Cut a piece of White Crepe Paper Stream­er to 12″ in length. Thread a sewing nee­dle with 3 strands of cream embroi­dery floss. Start­ing at one end stitch a gath­ered stitch up the mid­dle of the Crepe Paper piece all the way to the oppo­site end.

  • Using Scal­lop scis­sors trim length wise the top edge of the gath­ered Crepe Paper. Space gath­ers so the Crepe Paper will go all the way across the top of your pat­terned paper piece.
  • Using a strong liq­uid adhe­sive attach the gath­ered Crepe Paper piece to the top of the tri­an­gle pat­terned paper piece.
  • Attach a strip of 5mm self adhe­sive pearls along the gath­ered stitch­ing.
  • Using Plat­inum Stick­les Accent the top and bot­tom edge of the gath­ered Crepe Paper, let dry.
  • Cut 2 pieces of White Crepe Paper to 12″ in length. Thread a sewing nee­dle with 3 strands of cream embroi­dery floss, at one end begin stitch­ing a gath­ered stitch on the right edge of the Crepe Paper strip, con­tin­ue gath­er­ing until you get to the oppo­site end. Tight­ly tie the two thread ends togeth­er to cre­ate your Crepe Paper rosette. Using Pink­ing (Zigzag) scis­sors trim the edge of the Crepe Paper rosette so it mea­sures 3″ in diam­e­ter. Accent the edges of the rosette with Plat­inum Stick­les, let dry.
  • Repeat the same step as above but this time trim the Crepe Paper rosette to 2.5″ in diam­e­ter. Accent the edges of the rosette with Plat­inum Stick­les, let dry.
  • Ink two Maya Road Snowflakes (1 small and 1 large) using Pure White Ink, apply Glossy Accents to the top of each snowflake and apply Mica. Using Tweez­ers move the Mica around so that it is not hang­ing off the edges of the snowflakes, let dry. Once dry accent the edges of each snowflake with Plat­inum Stick­les, let dry.

  • Cut a piece of the blue seam bind­ing that comes with the chip­board album to approx­i­mate­ly 8″ in length, tie a bow and attach a 5mm self adhe­sive pearl to the bows cen­ter.
  • Glue the small­er Crepe Paper rosette on top of the larg­er rosette, glue the larg­er snowflake on top of the small­er Crepe Paper rosette, glue the small­er snowflake on top of the larg­er snowflake, now attach the seam bind­ing bow to the cen­ter of the small­er snowflake, let dry.
  • Cut two pieces of the blue seam bind­ing to approx­i­mate­ly 3″. Cut the ends that will show at an angle. Attach the rib­bons to the pat­terned paper tri­an­gle so that the tips of the rib­bons are approx­i­mate­ly 1″ from the bot­tom of the tri­an­gle pat­terned paper piece. Now attach your Crepe Paper rosette to the cen­ter of the tri­an­gle pat­terned paper piece, let dry.
  • Using a strong liq­uid adhe­sive attach the altered pat­terned paper piece to the chip­board album page mak­ing sure to leave just enough space for the gift card to stick out.

Note: I applied glue to the left and right sides then placed a strip of liq­uid adhe­sive approx­i­mate­ly 1.5″ from the top of the pat­terned paper piece. This way the card will not go down below the paper line and get stuck. After mak­ing this holder/ornament you don’t want them to have to tear up your project try­ing to get their gift card.

  • Cut a piece of seam bind­ing to approx­i­mate­ly 13″ in length and attach through the chip­board album holes. I placed the ends of the seam bind­ing through each hole, slight­ly pulled them through each hole, fold­ed the cut end up then using Fab­ri-Tac attached the cut ends to the backs of each seam bind­ing strip.
  • Using the tag from the chip­board album as a tem­plate trace the tag onto pat­terned paper, cut out, ink edges with Creamy Brown ink, attach a sil­ver eye­let then accent the edges using Plat­inum Stick­les, let dry.
  • Attach the tag to the seam bind­ing hang­er with Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine.
  • Using a Crop-a-Dile punch a 1/8″ hole at the bot­tom point of the tri­an­gle, attach sil­ver eye­let.
  • Using pli­ers attach 3 jump rings to each oth­er, attach one end through the eye­let then attach a Chan­de­lier Bead to the oth­er end.

There ya go… you just cre­at­ed a gor­geous gift card hold­er and it’s lucky recip­i­ent has two gifts in one… their fun gift card and an orna­ment to dis­play year after year! If you hung in here this long as this has got to be one of the LONGEST blog posts I have ever post­ed leave a com­ment and you will have a chance to win your very own Cocoa Daisy “Win­ter Mag­pie” kit.

I love hav­ing give­aways! So so so much fun!!! Good luck.

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