3/4/21

Craft Month Takeover: Sizzix!

Spring is just around the corner and we couldn't be more excited! Sizzix is here with three bright and beautiful paper craft projects to help us kick off National Crafting Month. 

Butterfly Spinner Card


What you will need:


How to make:

1. Die-cut out of gold Texture Roll the sentiment ‘Just for you’ from the Butterfly Spinner Card die set. Die-cut out of white cardstock the card base and the Framelit butterfly, out of Banana Blast cardstock a large circle, out of Cherry Blossom cardstock the Thinlit butterfly and out of desired cardstock colors a variety of flowers, flower centers and leaves from the Butterfly Spinner Card die set. 

2. With liquid adhesive, adhere the flower centers to the flowers and the Thinlit butterfly die cut to the Framelit butterfly element.

3. With the Blending Tool, ink the top left and bottom right corners of the die cut card base with Salty Ocean ink. 

4. Fold along the crease lines of the main card base. Lay the circle Framelit halfway over the folded edge in the middle of the card. Die-cut the circle into the center of the card base.

5. Fold the card back into place, position and adhere the Banana Blast circle die cut on to the card base behind the half-cut circle with liquid adhesive.

6. Cut a piece of string 3 inches long. Use hot glue to adhere the layered butterfly element to the center of the string, with the wings positioned evenly on either side of the string.

7. On the backside of the folded edge on the card, hot glue each end of the string the top and bottom of the folded edge. The string should be taut and positioned so that it follows the folded line exactly. This will mean that the card front is folded back from the creased edge.

8. Adhere the die cut sentiment with liquid adhesive to the bottom left of the folded front panel. Arrange and adhere the die cut flowers and leaves, in a desired grouping, to the top left and bottom right portions of the card with liquid adhesive. Adhere on the folded edge of the card front, a flower above and below the cut out circle opening. 

9. Adhere small circle Primrose sequins to the top right corner of the card base with liquid adhesive. 

Floral Layers Home D├ęcor



What you will need:


How to make:

1. Adhere a piece of Arctic Sky cardstock to the front of a wood hoop with hot glue. Place the cardstock face down; using the Craft Knife attachment on the Multi-Tool, cut away the excess cardstock from the hoop by cutting along the edge of the wood hoop. With the Blending Tool Head, blend a light blue ink along the edges of the Arctic Sky cardstock. 

2. Apply and adhesive sheet to the back of a panel of Ballet Slipper, Cherry Blossom, Green Tea, Lavender Dust, Mint Julep, Sorbet and White cardstock. Die-cut out of the adhesive-backed cardstock various flowers, flower buds leaves and all layering elements for the flowers in a desired quantity and color palette from the Floral Layers #2 die set. Die-cut out of gold shimmer cardstock various flower bud branches in a desired quantity to match the flower buds die-cut.  

3. With the Blending Tool, ink the edges of the various die cut flowers, flower buds, leaves and layering elements with desired ink colors to create variations of depth. 

4. Assemble the flowers, flower buds and leaves by removing the adhesive release sheets on each element and adhering the layered elements to their bases following the embossed guidelines on each layer. For ease of assembly, consider using a pair of tweezers to layer the various elements together. 

5. Arrange all the die cut elements in a desired grouping in the center of the Arctic Sky circle on the hoop. To create additional dimension, considering adhering the largest flowers with foam tape. 

6. Cut a small piece of white ribbon and tie it into a bow. Adhere it to the top, center portion of the hoop with hot glue. 


Confetti Pockets


What you will need:

How to make:
1. Die-cut out of vellum, Arctic Sky and Ballet Slipper cardstock one confetti pocket from the Confetti Pocket die set.
 
2. To create a window in the Arctic Sky and Ballet Slipper pockets, die-cut into the center panel of each pocket a small circle from the same die set. Cut a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square of vellum and adhere it behind the die cut circle on the inside of the pocket with liquid adhesive. 

3. Fold along the bottom and sides score lines on each die cut pocket. Adhere folded in areas with liquid adhesive, keeping the top flap open for confetti filling.
4. Die-cut confetti pieces out of desired cardstock colors and ivory and silver Opulent cardstock from the Confetti Pocket die set.

5. Apply an adhesive sheet to the smooth side of a desired color of cardstock and silver Opulent cardstock. Die-cut from the adhesive-backed cardstock one label shape and a few chosen heart shapes to decorate the outside of the confetti pockets. Remove the adhesive backing and embellish the confetti pockets as desired with the die cut pieces.

6. Fill each of the confetti pockets with the die cut confetti pieces from Step 4. Fold down the top flag and adhere into place with liquid adhesive (or sew shut if desired).

7. Cut and tie silver twine into a bow along the top edge of the pockets if desired. 

Giveaway Details

As promised, we have a fun Sizzix giveaway for one lucky winner! 

This giveaway includes:
- Connecting Through Creativity Mug
- Gratitude Journal


- Tim Holtz Die Brush & Die Pick Accessory Kit (http://bit.ly/3cgDfTR)
- Tim Holtz Shaping Kit (http://bit.ly/3uR7okW)

 

Please read the giveaway details carefully so you qualify to be entered to win these prizes!

HOW TO ENTER:
- You must be a store owner and current customer of Notions Marketing.
- React to this blog post- at the end of this blog it allows you to check Funny, Interesting and/or Cool.
- Comment on this blog post with your first name, store name and store number.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Giveaway closes TOMORROW, March 5, 2021 at 3:00PM EST. Winner will be will be notified by their Sales Rep. Good luck!

2/25/21

March is National Crafting Month!

“Crafting can be an escape from the world, it helps us through the hard times by keeping us focused on something creative & beautiful.” 

 -Katie Elizabeth 

We know it’s not quite March but we wanted to fill you in on some exciting things starting next week! 


In honor of National Crafting Month, there will be blog takeovers published every Thursday in March. We don’t want to give too much away but each takeover will be featuring vendors from different categories so everyone will find a perfect project that fits their niche. 


Sizzix will be kicking off the takeovers next Thursday. To help us start out strong, they graciously gifted us the cutest rainbow mug and gratitude journal (and maybe an extra surprise product or two that's not pictured) to giveaway to one lucky winner! For more information and giveaway details we'll see you back here for Sizzix's featured blog on 3/4/21. 

CONNECTING THROUGH CREATIVITY 


We didn't want you to leave our blog today without learning something new so head over to the article below and find out some fun facts about the art of crafting.


20 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Crafting: http://bit.ly/37KqW0A


What’s better than a whole month dedicated to the best hobbies in the world?! Stay tuned for fun, inspirational projects from some of the best in the business.

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2/11/21

Puppy Painting with DecoArt!

We all know friends or family members (if it’s not you yourself) who added a furry companion into their lives during quarantine. These new additions have brought so much joy and happiness at a time when things were (still are) very uncertain. Dogs have become a wonderful distraction for everyone. It’s important to have a few keepsakes to look back on which will remind us of the time they spent being our emotional supporters and bringing us positive energy when we needed it the most. 

For today’s blog we wanted to supply some creativity for your next craft project. This project is so sweet and simple. It would be great to do with kids or grandkids and if you’re an adult (like me) it turns out it’s still just as cute and special! The piece of art is beautiful and will be perfect to frame and hang it next to a photo or portrait of your pet.


Watch this short video to see Sylvie pup in action!



Step 1: Have your pup(s) on stand by while you gather your supplies! 


Supplies for this project:

   • Paintable Surface

   • DecoArt Paint

   • Peanut Butter

   • Large Resealable Bag

   • Pup(s) ready to paint (lick) away!



Featured Products:

   • Crescent Watercolor Board: http://bit.ly/3jH4ieb

   • DecoArt Extreme Sheen http://bit.ly/3d3UUjm: Bronze (400587), Pearl (139466)

   • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics http://bit.ly/3qeDft3:  Zinc (287371), Gold (135047)


Step 2: Locate your surface and start adding paint blobs of different sizes and colors to it.



Step 3: Grab your resealable bag and cover one side with a thin layer of peanut butter.



Step 4: Once you have the peanut butter on, carefully open your bag and slide your surface with the paint on it. Try not to smear the paint too much when placing it in the bag. 


Step 5: Seal up the bag and let your pup start licking away. Once the peanut butter is almost all gone, it's time to carefully take out the painting out of the bag. 



Step 6: Let it dry.



Step 7: Add any finishing touches- your pup's name and date in the corner or on the back.


We would love to see photos and/or videos of your variation to this fun project. Share with us on Instagram and include #supplyingcreativity so we can check it out. 


Thanks for stopping by. We'll be back in two weeks with more inspiration! 


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1/28/21

We R Memory Keepers New Product Spotlights!

We R Memory Keepers shared six (yes, SIX!!) new launches for 2021 at our January Notions Commotion event. To tell us about all of them, here's the videos with Tavnir from American Crafts!


(Throughout we will sprinkle in a few real customer reactions to these new products so keep an eye out for those.)

1. Explosion Punch Board


We R started 2021 with a big bang…well a fun explosion is a better term for it! Create colorful kabooms of brightness with the new Explosion Box Board. This handy tool lets you make explosion boxes for dynamic memory keeping, gift giving, and more! Take a look…



“I can’t wait to try it, it looks awesome!!” -Milagros R.


“I know some customers with a sick sense of humor are going to be sending glitter bombs, lol!” -DNA Creative Shoppe


Send a little box of sunshine to someone special this Easter. 


   

(Photos taken from https://www.instagram.com/wermemorykeepers/)


Follow the link to shop this product! http://bit.ly/3oA3UQp


2. Mini Cinch


If you're a We R or Heidi Swapp fan, you know about or own the Cinch, but did you know it’s the ten year anniversary of that product which has been a best seller since day one? So it’s no surprise the mini has arrived this year. It’s half the size, a great value and it can pretty much do everything the larger cinch can do! 



Don't walk, RUN to preorder now! http://bit.ly/38Ob7GM

And if you’re new to the We R brand, shop the original cinch here: http://bit.ly/3ckm19u


3. Crop-A-Dile Multi-Punches 



We R is known for many great things but if you had to pick just one it’s for their strong punches. They started with the Crop-A-Dile ten years ago and now they’ve come out with some new additions to that family. Introducing Crop-A-Dile Multi-Punches! 


Whether you prefer more fun punches or simple/basic punches, We R has you covered with these guys! 


                  (Decorative Punches)                                           (Utility Punches)


    

             


Watch Tavnir demo these two new punches for us. 



Preorder now, shipping in April! http://bit.ly/39nrevn


4. Glue Gun


“Just when I think I don’t need a glue gun…I see this! Very cool.” -Paulin V.


The low-temp glue gun, more like glue gun station, is finally here! Perfect for paper, fabric, ribbon, burlap and foam.



The glue station of your dreams includes: Maker's Glue Gun, glue gun stand & storage, glue shaper, 2 finger protectors, 10 clear glue sticks and 5 black glue sticks. 


Shop Now! http://bit.ly/2XxjOPy



5. Foil Quill Cordless Freestyle Pen


Early 2021 launch- the battery operated, cordless Freestyle Pen! Not only does it come with the pen, the foil to get your started but it also comes with two interchangeable tips- standard and fine-tipped. See what amazing projects We R designers have created using the Foil Quill Cordless Freestyle Pen below! 



Preorder Now http://bit.ly/3simRJk



6. Square Button Press Inserts


Who doesn’t love making and receiving personalized buttons? Such a cute gift idea!


Easily create buttons, magnets, keychains, and more with the We R Button Press. It cuts your paper to the correct size to fit your project. The handle is ergonomic and easy to press. Create your buttons out of paper, cardstock, and fabric.  


After the huge success of releasing their Button Maker not too long ago, We R just dropped their Square Button Press Insert! Prior to this launch, the Button Press only allowed for circle creations. Now you have the ability to switch it up even more!



If you don’t already, step one is to snag yourself a Button Press Kit (http://bit.ly/3prD11v) and then preorder the Square Insert here: http://bit.ly/3nWM0pB



Follow this link for helpful instructions on how to make bobby pins, paper clips, key chains, etc. using the Button Maker. https://www.wermemorykeepers.com/buttonpress/



Loving those new products but craving more from We R Memory Keepers? Shop through all We R products here: http://bit.ly/2kT280T

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1/14/21

Valentines Soft Crafts with Premier Yarns!

Can you feel the love in the air? We do! Premier Yarns has a few Valentine's Day themed projects for you to enjoy! These projects use popular yarns like Ever Soft, Everyday® Soft, and Home Cotton (solids and multis) to give your Valentine's project a cozy foundation.

Note: Feel free to substitute whatever yarns you want to customize your color palette!

Heart Coasters/Garland


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length: 31/2”
Width: 4”

MATERIALS
Premier® Yarns Home Cotton Solids (85% Cotton, 15% Polyester; 80gm/140 yds)
        068414 White – 1 ball
        068473 Pastel Pink – 1 ball
Premier® Yarns Home Cotton Multis (85% Cotton, 15% Polyester; 60gm/105 yds)
        068631 Cotton Candy – 1 ball
        436487 Flamingo Splash – 1 ball
        #44-16 Valentine – 1 ball

Hook: US Size I 9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle

GAUGE
Granny Heart = 3 ½” x 4”
Save time, check your gauge.

Heart (make 8 for garland)
With A, ch 4, join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc into ring, ch 2, (3 dc into ring, ch 2) 3 times; join with a sl st to top of beg ch-3, turn.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc into the ch-2 sp, ch 2, 3 dc into the same ch-2 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-2 sp, 3 times; join with a sl st to top of beg ch-3.
Rnd 3: Sc into the next 2 sts, (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) into the ch-2 sp, 1 sc in each st across to the next ch-2 sp, 12 tr into the next ch-1 sp, sl st into the ch-2 sp, 12 tr into the next ch-1 sp, sc into the next ch-2 sp, sc in each st down the side of heart, join with a sl st in beg sc. Fasten off A.
Rnd 4: Attach B at the ch-2 sp at bottom of heart, sc in the next 13 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 5 sts, sc into the ch-2 sp of round 2, sc in the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc into the next 13 sts, join with sl st to beg sc.
Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc into the same sp, sc into the next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc into the next 4 sts, sl st across the next 3 sts, sc into the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc into the next 14 sts, join with sl st to beg ch-1. Fasten off.

Pattern Notes
Vary colors for each heart, working Rows 1-3 in one color and switching to second color for Rows 4-5.

FINISHING
For garland string ch 160. Weave string through the middle of each heart. Weave in ends.

Abbreviations
beg     Beginning
ch       Chain
dc       Double Crochet
sc       Single Crochet
sl st    Slip Stitch
sp       Space
st(s)   Stitch(es)
tr       Treble Crochet

Heart Trinkets


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Width: 3½”
Height: 3”

MATERIALS
Premier Yarns® Ever Soft (100% acrylic; 85g/158 yds)
    637505 Rose (A) – 1 ball
    637506 Red (B) – 1 ball
    637538 Thistle (C) – 1 ball
    637539 Purple (D) – 1 ball
    637536 Lavender (E) – 1 ball

Hook: US Size E-4 (3.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, short lengths of ¾” wide ribbon for A, B, C, & E Trinkets, 3 small wooden beads for D Trinket, small amount of rickrack for E Trinket, polyester stuffing

GAUGE
20 sc x 22 rows = 4”
Save time, check your gauge.
Directions:

STITCH GUIDE
Heart 
Ch 14.
Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, [sc in each of next 5 ch, 3 sc in next ch] twice, working in beg ch of opposite side, sc in each of next 4 ch, sc3tog, sc in each of next 5 ch, 3 sc in last ch.
Rnd 2: [Sc in each of next 7 sc, 3 sc in next sc] twice, sc in each of next 5 sc, sc3tog, sc in each of next 4 sc, 3 sc in last sc.
Rnd 3: [Sc in each of next 9 sc, 3 sc in next sc] twice, sc in each of next 4 sc, sc3tog, sc in each of next 5 sc, 3 sc in last sc.
Rnd 4: [Sc in each of next 11 sc, 3 sc in next sc] twice, sc in each of next 5 sc, sc3tog, sc in each of next 4 sc, 3 sc in last sc.
Rnd 5: [Sc in each of next 13 sc, 3 sc in next sc] twice, sc in each of next 4 sc, sc3tog, sc in each of next 5 sc, 3 sc in last sc.

HEART TRINKETS
Trinket A
With color A, make 2 Hearts. Sew Hearts together around ¾ of the perimeter, stuff with polyester stuffing, sew remainder of perimeter together. Cut a 7” length of ribbon. Sew to back of Trinket to hang.

Trinket B
With color B, make 2 Hearts. Finish as for Trinket B.

Trinket C
With color C, make 2 Hearts. Sew Hearts together around ¾ of the perimeter, stuff with polyester stuffing, sew remainder of perimeter together. Cut a 12” length of ribbon. Sew to back of Trinket to hang.

Trinket D
With color D, make 2 Hearts. Sew Hearts together around ¾ of the perimeter, stuff with polyester stuffing, sew remainder of perimeter together. Cut an 8” piece of color C, loop in half and sew to top of Trinket. Slide 3 beads on the C piece, knot just above top bead to secure.

Trinket E
With color E, make 2 Hearts. Sew Hearts together around ¾ of the perimeter, stuff with polyester stuffing, sew remainder of perimeter together. Sew rickrack around perimeter of Trinket. Cut a 7” length of ribbon. Sew to back of Trinket to hang.

Abbreviations
beg         Beginning
ch           Chain
sc           Single Crochet
sc3tog    Single Crochet 3 stitches together - 2 stitches decreased

Heart Garland


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length: 36”
Heart: 2” x 2”

MATERIALS
Premier® Yarns Everyday® Worsted Solids (100% anti-pilling acrylic; 113gm/203 yds)
466010 Baby Pink (A)  – 1 ball
060903 Orchid (B) – 1 ball
466011 Really Red (C) – 1 ball
100-32 Peony (D) – 1 ball
466006 Cream (E) – 1 ball
100-26 Grenadine (F) – 1 ball
100-21 Magenta (G) – 1 ball
Premier® Yarns Everyday® Worsted Multi (100% anti-pilling acrylic; 100gm/180 yds)
200-27 Valentine (H) – 1 ball
Hook: US Size G-6 (4 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle

GAUGE
Heart = 2” x 2”
Save time, check your gauge.

GARLAND
Hearts (make 2 each in A, B, C, D, F, G, H – 14 total)
Ch 2. 
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, 3 sc in sc, turn – 3 sc. 
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn – 5 sc. 
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn – 7 sc. 
Row 5: Ch 2, hdc in next 3 sc, turn. 
Row 6: Ch 2, hdc2tog over next 2 hdc, ch 2, sl st in last hdc. Fasten off. 
Row 7: Join yarn in center sc of Row 4, ch 2, hdc in last 3 sc of Row 4, turn. 
Row 8: Ch 2, hdc2tog over next 2 hdc, ch 2, sl st in last hdc. Change to E. 
Edging Rnd: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each st and row evenly around Heart, sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off.

Hanging Chain
With B, ch 30, *sl st in 1st top edge of Heart, ch 3, sl st in 2nd top edge of Heart, ch 7; rep from * 13 more times attaching Hearts in a random order, ch 23. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

Abbreviations
beg          Beginning
ch            Chain
hdc          Half Double Crochet
hdc2tog   Half Double Crochet the next two stitches together (1 stitch decrease)
hk            Hook
rep           Repeat(ing)
rnd(s)      Round(s)
sc            Single Crochet
sl st         Slip Stitch
st(s)        Stitch(es)


There you go! Three different heart garlands (or a coaster) to brighten up your Valentine's day decor! Shop all the fun Premier yarns on our website!

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