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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hip Hip Hoorary & Yo-Yo How To

So you all have been loving the yo-yos as much as I have been, huh!!??  Aren't they just so fun!?  The possibilities are endless and if you send the card with a yo-yo on it, the recipient could easily re-use it for a decoration or a pin!  So fun!!  You know how it get stuck on a theme and can't seem to quit! Well, that is where I am right now with these yo-yos!!

I have another card to share with you today using a yo-yo! It is a very cheerful card, full of color, just like I like!  And then, if you stick around, I'll tell you the secret to making them at the end of the post!!

How fun is that fabric?  I thought it matched Dot Spot perfectly!!  Such a fun, fun pattern and beautiful and cheery colors!  I used the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping for this card!  Here is the sketch:

Don't you think that that corner was just screaming "yo-yo" on the sketch!! LOL!!  Here's a close-up. I took my needle and stitched the Pink Sorbet twine from The Twinery through the yo-yo and button.

Now onto the question I've been getting asked:  HOW do you MAKE them?  Well, let me tell you, it will blow you away with how simple it is!! If you can thread a needle, you are all set to go!  Well, actually I guess there is the help of having a yo-yo maker!  You can hand-stitch these but I prefer to use the tool that simplifies the process!

This is what the package looks like (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $5.99):

I purchased the large size yo-yo maker, although I'd like to get the other sizes as well.  This one makes a finished yo-yo approximately 1.8 inches in diameter. 

When you open the package, this is what you get, along with an instruction sheet:

Basically 2 pieces of plastic with grooves.  You take your piece of fabric and place it between the grooves (it tells you in the instructions how to line it up).  Then, you cut around your fabric leaving a small amount hanging over the sides.  Then, stitch with your needle and thread up and down through the grooves.  When you are done with that part, all you do it pop the plastic off and pull the thread, gathering the piece together.  This creates your yo-yo.  You tie a knot and if you want to add a button you sew it on and that is ALL there is to it!!  So very simple!!

Here is a video I found that will help you if you are more of a visual person and would like to see each step. 

There are also shaped yo-yos that you can make as well although I haven't given those a try yet.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! If you have any other questions, let me know and I'll try to answer them!  Have a great day!!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Dot Spot, Fillable Frames
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, White
Ink: VersaMark, Dark Chocolate
Other: Fiskars Border Punch, Pink Sorbet Twinery Twine, Fabric, Button, white pearls


  1. That card is crazy cute!!! I love the bright colors and the YO YO matches it so perfectly!!! Great job and now I am off to google where to get a yo yo makers since we do not have a HL!!! Thanks for the info ........ you are a peach!!!

  2. VERY cool Jen. Love that fabric and your use of Dot Spot!
    Thanks for the instructions too...I'm bummed that I need another piece of plastic though...I'm trying to rid my house of all the clutter, not bring in more! LOL

  3. So colorful and fun - great layout!

  4. You totally crack me up! This is super cute! I love the stamping! I made a card with this sketch too! Wait till you see it! LOL! We were on the same wavelength! :) Hasn't that happened once? Or no...always?

    Don't go out....61 is TERRIBLE!! Stay warm!

  5. So bright and colorful! I love it! You did a wonderful job with that sketch! Did I mention I love it?

  6. Love the colors and this sketch! You're right that fabric does go well with Dot Spot! I think these yoyos are just the cutest especially with the twine and button too!

    Ok, bought one. Now fabric. :)

  7. Great card! Very cheery and bright. Thanks for the info on making the yo-yos.

  8. Beautiful card, Jen! I love the dot spot background with the bold colors and the pearls accent is perfect. Thanks for the tip about the yo-yos!

  9. So, so cute, JEN! I love the colors, I love the fabric, I love the twine! Speaking of which, I REALLY need to get some of that Twinery twine- thanks for the reminder!

  10. What a happy card! I have a couple of those yo-yo tools somewhere in my stash...time to break them out! I love how the dot spot stamps mimic the round yo-yo!

  11. I do love your yo-yo cards -- and this bright number is no exception. Great job with the sketch. It was definitely crying out for a yo-yo!

  12. Great card! I have got to try the yo-yos, so cute!

  13. Jen, this is SO cool and very retro! I love the bold colours and that fabric flower!

  14. Love the yo-yo. I might have to check and see if our local craft stores carry that product. Lol.

  15. Oh Wow - the sun just came out! This is so wonderful ... it's happy and cheerful and fun all in one go!


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