Friday, September 10, 2010

Let's go do a HOP

Welcome! I'm so glad you have joined us for the Fiskateer Orange Blog Hop! If you have come here from Lisa's (#5095) blog "Lisa's scrap site" then you are at the right spot...

If you happened here some other way... Please start at the beginning of the hop here---->Fiskateers Don't worry you'll get back here eventually! There are 43 of us participating in the hop filled with Orange inspiration, projects, tutorials, RAK's and more!

Hi! My name is Betsy and I'm Fiskateer number #2572. I've been a fiskateer now for 3 years? (Not sure how long anymore, time sure flies when you are having fun!) In the past three years I have continually been amazed at the amount of talent out there in the fiskateer community. As if the talent wasn't enough the support and encouragement between Fiskateers in the community is inspiring! I love when Fiskateers get together because there is always love, laughter and something crafty waiting to happen!

When I was asked to do this hop, I knew I wanted to share a very special project I made this summer! I love making things for my friends (especially my crafty friends because crafty peeps APPRECIATE handmade!) I knew I was going to see a ton of my fiskateer friends and wanted something that would be easy to make but cool at the same time so I decided to play with some etching cream and make ornaments for them. I know CHA was in July...but everyone has heard of "Christmas in July" right?

I took 2 inch mirrors and etched on them using "Armor Etch" but I didn't want a standard "shape" I wanted something that said "Fiskateers" and what says "Fiskateers" more than scissors. I created a stencil out of vinyl cut out with my cricut (I used the "A child's year" cartridge as well as "George and Basic Shapes".) I had to apply two different layers of etching cream to get both the scissors and the border on there but ended up being pleased with the final effect. Now if I wanted to just have it for a decoration I could have gotten a small plate stand to prop it up but I wanted to use these as Christmas ornaments. So I found "bail plates" in the jewelry making section and glued one onto the back, it gave me a place to secure a bit of orange and green ribbon as well as some fishing line so they can be hung up.

For me it's all about the presentation as well as the gift. (Plus I wanted to pad them somehow since I knew many of my friends had to take them home on the plane.) I cut down sheets of orange mulberry paper to stitch into bags. I love the look and feel of the mulberry paper...plus it holds up better than standard paper when using the sewing machine on it. A decorative stitch on the edges of the bag held it together nicely. Finish the bag off with a quick tag made using some glue dot layered punches (Square-a-licious and Block Party) and holiday stamps and you had a cute little package that was just as much fun as the present! (If I do say so myself ;)


So there you have it. A fun little project that was so easy to do (especially in bulk!!) Aren't those the best!

Thanks for visiting here today! I'm glad you decided to join us! I hope you won't be a stranger and come back to visit me! I always have something or another I'm rambling about :) Before you leave...add a comment and I'll draw a name at the end of the hop to win a fun RAK! (If you are a follower I'll add your name twice)

Your next stop on your fabulous orange journey is Marianne's (#6701)blog Number 1 Aunt

65 comments:

Karin Hall said...

Betsy - great projects I love them Karin H #6470

moloneyat said...

This is such an awesome project and clever gift Betsy!!!
Have never tried etching before but it looks like such a perfect finish on your mirrors, think I might have to give it a try :o)
I am a follower and drop by to ready about your adventures when I can.
TracyM #6773

Kelly Massman said...

Fun projects! I am a follower! 7120

Shannon Marie said...

people don't understand our obsession with scissors! lol

just hopping by to say hello to my fellow blog hop participant!!! :)

patty w said...

We do love our scissors, don't we ! I'm still hoping to find more of the ltd editon ones.

oops..got sidetracked thinking about scissors ! :)

Sweet gift for sure ! ...need to find the follow button ;)

Donna said...

Perfect gift! Thanks for the fun blog hop! Donna # 4454

doverdi said...

Great projects. doverdi #1329

Genevieve Rodriguez said...

Aw! That's super sweet! And all wrapped up in orange and green too!

CraftyAlice said...

Limited edition scissors! Lead me to them... new fiskateer #7351

Shirley said...

Love the projects!

Jennybean said...

very cute project!!

Stayce DeWid said...

Great projects!

Go Orange!
Stayce #2985
www.staycedewid.com

Stephanie said...

well Bets!!! This is too cool! I have etched before, sothis would be easy peasy! The only scissors I have are the fun ones from Locker Talk. I like this one better though from ACY. I'll have to borrow it from someone.
I'm already a follower of your blog. can't wait to make this!

Tona said...

What a fantastic tree ornament & I love the bag you made for it too.
I'm a follower ;)

pinkyxoxo said...

Great project Betsy! Where do you find the time with all that you have going on!?! Having lots of fun on the blog hop and I became a follower of your blog. Keep up the good work!

Cheryl #4362

Tifany said...

I'm now a follower! Love the project!
Thanks for the fun stop on the hop!

Tifany #5942

michelle said...

Oh those are so cute. . .

Debby said...

It is even more awesome in person. I love mine Betsy. You did a very creative and great job with the mirrors. I can't wait until my tree goes up this Christmas.

kellystar said...

Great project...I'm sure your Fiskateer friends LOVED them, because you are right...people who create handmade are the ones that appreciate handmade gifts the most.

Lesa said...

Super cool projects! Thanks for sharing.
Lesa #5200

Connie said...

That is a great project!! So very pretty the way you wrapped it up also.

Joanne said...

What a cute project. Love it. I am a follower because you come up with the cutest things. I will now try some etching because it didn't look that hard.

Thanks for the project.

Joanne #7173

jigglipuff7575 said...

great project. You are too creative! and giving.

Ashani # 4682

Carol N said...

Your little ornaments are so adorable. And then a second gift to put them inside was a brainstorm. You are one talented lady, Bets. TFS

CarolN 6158

Carol N said...

Forgot to tell you I became a follower too.

Godzoned said...

cool great projects.
this blog hop is so worth ignoring the kids for.... opps did I actually say that? ;)

marla said...

Beautiful project. I am a follower and love what you made. - Marla#3291

Bonnie in SC said...

Hi love the frosted look on glass. I just subscribed too.
~Bonnie in SC #7278

AngieMSaunders said...

loved the scissors....

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

lovely project.

BJ said...

Love the project.

BJ said...

I'm a follower :0)

Dot said...

Great projects! I am now a follower of your blog! It was great to meet you at CHA!
Dot #6703

Tami B. said...

It's a special treasure, Betsy. I can hardly wait to hang it on the tree.

Chris C said...

Great ideas, thanks
Christine C #2264

Katherine said...

Betsy - great job! What a fun idea!

Katherine #6847

Jean said...

I am a new follower. What a wonderful idea. So cool.

New to many of these blogs and am having fun hopping.

mjmarmo@comcast.net

jackie 4124 said...

Love the etched mirror.

Mary said...

Mary #5509,
I became a follower, love your etching project, I have to try etching sometime! Very fun!

Kat said...

You're right! Super fun project.
What a wonderfully, crafty, Fiskateer project. Thanks for sharing your creativity. #6243

NanaBeth said...

Betsey these are phenomenal-you did an awesome job and they are so original. Think I'm going to have to follow you so I get some more of your great inspiration!

Donna said...

OH BETSY! What an awesome gift with such thoughtful packaging. Now I have to add glass etching to my list of check outs.

Jessica said...

Very cute!!! It's true... I love handmade! Thanks for sharing
Jessica #5319

Cindy d said...

Great project! Such an adorable way to show your love of Fiskars.

weze said...

Good Morning Betsy! You always are so clever with making things and sharing them too!!!
glad I took the time to blog hop and relax before things get too hectic again!

Louise #3903

Paper Patti said...

Wow! That is a great project. Perfect gift for a Fiskateer! Haven't tried etching yet, but have wanted to. Thanks for the inspiration

Patti #3651

http://angeladaniels.squarespace.com/ said...

I am a proud owner of one of these lovely etched mirrors. LOVE, LOVE it! Betsy- you ALWAYS blow me away with your energy and creativity. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with your Fiskateer friends. We appreciate it.

Ang
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Colleen said...

Very cute and clever project. I need to try that etch stuff.

Laura Bray said...

I love the mirror! What a great idea!

beulahmom said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing.

Karee Sue said...

what a great project, I've always wanted to try etching myself.
#3609

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Betsy,

Those little mirrors are great! I bought the Armor Etch shortly after I bought my Cricut and I still haven't even opened it! I am going to have to check into the mulberry paper. It made a very nice bag for your gift!

I was surprised to see that I wasn't already following you blog. I have fixed that now!

Manhattan Mandie said...

Hey Betsy! I just LOVE my little ornament :) It's hanging in the window of my craft room! What a fun idea! Thanks!!!

Groovy Deborah said...

Hi Betsy! Glad to make it back by your blog again today. I love the project you are showing for the blog hop! Go girl!
God bless, Deb♥

mikj said...

I haven't etched in years - thanks for reminding me of the technique!

~Kim said...

What a clever gift idea! I may have to "lift" for our Lockport (NY) fiskateers this holiday. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Kim 5612

Peg said...

You are such an inspiration! I love both projects. I thought I already followed you, but I now I know I definately am. :)

ChangedbyHim said...

Neat projects, I am learning.

karenvonbaron said...

never tried etching...at least not yet! You've inspired me.
Karen #4500

Mandiannie said...

Inspiration around every corner with this blog hop. Great to see all the different projects.

Fiskateer #1485

MaryNSC said...

O goodie I Love RAKS.. I got me a jar of this I have not used it yet I scared of it But After this I really think I m going to try.Thank UUU

goldyfish said...

I am a follower. I love your project. So cute and so creative. Hugs Lucinda #7098

sandyh50 said...

What a great gift idea! I still want to learn how to do glass etching.
I am a follower!

sandy 4165

Rosalee said...

Hey ether Betsy awesome projects you have there. TFS with us.
I just became a follower of your great blog.
Hugs, Rosalee #5977

Suz said...

Super project Betsy. I only tried the etching 1x when we were at CHA FL & have been meaning to again.