Saturday, October 1, 2011

WELCOME FISKA-BLOG-HOPPERS!!

You have found the next stop on your wonderful orange journey! If you are coming from Kim's Scrap and Stamp Blog you are at the right place if you are just visiting me cause you love me :) check out the Fiskateer Blog Hop starting at Fiskateers.


While all ya'll are hopping away I'm partying with 40 lovely fiskateers (and 4 fiskateens) at the United States of Fiskateers Illinois event!


I wanted to share with you the fun make and take I'm doing at the event. With fall in the air and Halloween around the corner these cute little pumpkins are a perfect project for you little pumpkin or to line up on a windowsill (or as a table favor for a Halloween party or even Thanksgiving dinner :)


You will need:



Supplies:

1-4" x 6" piece of patterned paper (I used some from Fancy Pants)

1-thin little strip 12" long and about 1/16" thick (seriously just a thin little piece) of Green cardstock

1-1/4" x 1" piece of brown yardstick

Glue Dots

2 mini brads


Tools:

Trimmer

A piece of foam (I used one of those foam door hangers but a piece of fun foam works great too)

A flat edge (bone folder or something similar. I'm shown using my pampered chef pan scraper :)

Needle or paper piercer


Optional Supplies:

Ink Pad

glue stick


Start by slicing your 4 x 6 piece into 6- 1" x 4" strips. I used the new Fiskars L.E.D. Trimmer with this project. This was sent to me to use at the US of F event. It's wonderful! Your cutting area lights up not only showing you exactly where you are cutting, but giving you that "extra" bit of light to illuminate the paper, great when you are cropping in a poorly lit area.



After you have your strips, ink them if desired and lay them out so your pattern is "reassembled" (you can skip this part if you want a more random look)


Stack your pieces in order


Using the needle or piercer make one hole in the middle of each end of the stack of strips (about 1/8 of an inch in or so)



Insert your mini brad in the holes, you can open one brad fully, leave the other one closed and set this aside for a moment.


Take your green strip and lay it on your piece of foam. With firm even pressure run your straight edge along the strip. This will curl up the paper giving it the look of a "vine"…for an even more natural look, vary the direction you are pulling, even start and stop. It' fun to see how the paper curls up (and you can always redo it if it's not to your liking)



Take your strip of green and make a loop in the middle. Wrap your loop around that brad you left closed. The green should be on the top of your strips. Open the back of the brad.



Starting with the back strip, start fanning out your strips. You will see the pumpkin shape starting to form.


To make the stem, roll the strip of brown into a coil and insert a glue dot into one end. Place the glue dotted end on top of the brad holding your vine in place. )You might need to secure the tail of the stem with a touch of a glue stick.


There you have it. A cute little pumpkin. It honestly takes longer to explain than to make! And kids LOVE making them! You can vary the colors, and the sizes of the strips for the pumpkin. (With larger sizes you may want to add a few strips to fill out the shape as well as secure the bottom in place (cause they can flop over when they get larger.)




Now what blog hop would be any fun without a prize? I have a wonderful assortment of Fancy Pants Halloween papers and dies, and two coordinating transparencies. To win simply leave a comment. If you are a follower I'll toss in some extra ribbons and such to match! (I'll draw a winner on Monday.)


I hope you enjoyed a peek into what we are doing at the Illinois event. I'm glad you stopped by!


Your next stop on the journey is Scrapulescence


Thanks for stopping by!


45 comments:

Debby said...

Betsy, perfect blog post. Your make-n-take is going to be a hit. Thanks

aspromised said...

Oh what fun! Thanks for posting - what a great way to showcase some beautiful papers - Fiskateer #514

Shannon Marie said...

love the pumpkins!!

Cindy deRosier said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I saw these in a magazine recently and have been wanting to try them.

lizzie said...

omg tha tlil pumpkin is SOOOO cute!!!!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

love it! just became ur follower

mjblahnik56 said...

cute pumpkins. I am a new follower. TFS

mjblahnik56@hotmail.com

sandyh50 said...

Oh, I love these little pumpkins. You guys are going to have fun today!

sandyh #4165

I follow you!

sharon g said...

How cute those all are. And easy...I also saw a very cute doggy on your previous posting. Love how he's so into crafting that he sleeps on the cutter. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

Kim said...

How cute are these! I have crops every month and this would be adorable to give with my witches shoes! TFS! I became a follower :) Kim 5612

Anita &/or Char said...

Betsy this is very unique just like I like thanks for sharing

Nitasha said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

Victoria's Place said...

I love the pumpkins! I am following you now and can't wait to see more ideas.

Sheena said...

those are just too cute! I may have to give them a try. I am a new follower :)

silvia said...

Cute pumpkins!! I LOVE the different patterns!!

Dot said...

It was a great day at the Illinois US of F event! Lots of fun!! Such cute little pumpkins to add to the season. I got to make one today at the make and take!!!

chignon said...

Those paper pumpkins are perfect! TFS

Divinity said...

cute!!!!!!!!! :)

Kelly Sas said...

These would make great decorations or name card holders at the Thanksgiving table. Thanks for a great idea and tutorial!
Kelly #6558

Life's Creative Adventures said...

I love these pumpkins, I made some last year.

Michelle #2068

Tona said...

That is just too cute. Thanks for the instructions.

Emily said...

These are great little pumpkins. I'll have to give these a go. Thanks!

TracyM #6773 said...

Cool pumpkins Betsy - thank you for sharing your tutorial :)

Hoping you had a wonderful day at your USofF party (even if you only had 9 orange toenails) and have lots of photos to share with us!!!

Jessica said...

Now that's just plain cute! Thanks for the idea.

doverdi said...

Great project & tutorial. TFS! I'm a new follower. doverdi Fiskateer #1329

Kelly Massman said...

Adorable!!!! thanks also for a chance to win!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

Debc06 said...

Love the make and take wonderful and can be used for so many different things. TFS I am a new follower.
Debbie
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com/

Colleen said...

Fun make n take. Did this same one last year and everyone loved it.

Lillian Child said...

Great tutorial and these little pumpkins are just the sweetest things!!

shersl84bed said...

How fun! Love the Halloween pumpkins, perfect decorations. I'm a new follower

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com
www.patternsbysher.blogspot.com

Babe O'Mara said...

Love these darling pumpkins. TFS I'm a new follower.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

kellystar said...

Cute, cute, cute pumpkins! I can't wait to hear all about your Illinois party!

Lesa said...

Fantastic! Love the pumpkins and thanks for the tutorial.

Laney said...

What a great blog tutorial, very cute!
Elaine-Fiskateer # 7777

Sue in CT said...

Those are adorable! Great paper too. I am a follower.

Lisa's Scrap Site said...

Awesome,Betsy,your pumpkins Rock!!!!

Connie said...

so cute~brillant never have seen those made before!!

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

This is such a fun project for a make-n-take! I am sure all of the Fiskateers and Fiskateens loved it!

Theresa said...

Cute! I like how simple this is, it is awesome!
TFS
Theresa
tmdettloff@gmail.com

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

What an adorable project!! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm a new follower. Thanks for offering the fab RAK!! ~ Blessings, Tracey #7938

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

What an adorable project!! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm a new follower. Thanks for offering the fab RAK!! ~ Blessings, Tracey #7938

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

RobinV said...

Those are a cute idea. I have the perfect place for some and think I will try. Thanks so much for sharing.

Give Sarah an extra cookie for being such a pretty girl.

Sylvia said...

Sorry if this shows up twice but I had problems earlier today with posts. Anyway, hope you enjoyed your USF :)
-Sylvia #5019

barbv #2975 said...

Great kids project! I hope you are enjoying the IL USF event and not working too hard!

Tifany said...

LOVE this idea...and can't wait to hear the recap of your crop. I had such a blast at the California USF Crop!

Thanks for the great tutorial!

-Tifany
http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com/