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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to School & Twinery Anniversary

Hi everyone!! Have you heard about The Twinery's anniversary celebration?  It's all this week!! Today there is a blog hop with The Twinery and Scor-pal so be sure to check that out! And Thursday be sure to come back and visit my blog when we hop with Echo Park Paper!

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This week school begins for my kiddos.  Since I have school on my mind a lot lately, I wanted to share a project I made that would be a great teacher gift!  I used a lot of Twinery twine and some great products by Lil' Inker Designs!!

It is a gift set that includes a card, a fun envelope and a colored pencil jar!

I'll start with the card.  I used 2 colors of The Twinery's fabulous twine around the center of the card and used 3 colors of twine to tie around the ribbon on the tag.  Perfect colors for school related themes!  The school themed paper came from Hobby Lobby.

I used Lil' Inker Designs "Sentiment Flags" dies and stamps to make the bottom part of the ribbon and the sentiment comes from Rainbows & Clouds stamp set.

I really love how the envelope turned out!  I made a pinwheel with Lil' Inker Designs Pinwheel die.  For this one I made it a little bit different so that I could attach it with a thumb tack to the pencil and so that it could also spin (more about that below).  I created the long banner in the middle of the envelope by folding a piece of cardstock in half and cutting with the Lil' Inker Designs' (LID) Flag Sentiment die with the top part of the die hanging off the edge of the cardstock.  Then I stamped the flag image twice.  I attached the pinwheel with the twine which covers up the fold in the middle of the banner.

To make the pinwheel so it spins I first laid out each piece how I wanted it and glued each end together.  Then, I bent each piece over to where it needed to be and glued them too.  This didn't take long to do at all.  I needed the center hole to be a tad larger so I used my Crop-a-dile to punch a hole and then attached an eyelet to the center.  The hole in the center of the eyelet allows a thumb tack to fit through the center.  I pushed the tack into the pencil eraser and now the pinwheel can spin!  (Note:  I did try attaching the eyelet without first gluing the pieces together but I could never get it in just the right place.  Once the eyelet is closed, you cannot move the pinwheel pieces around to arrange them so gluing them gave me more control.)

To make this jar/vase I cleaned out a soup can (opened with a smooth edge can opener so that there weren't any jagged edges).  I then hot glued the pencils (which you can buy super cheap right now!!) around the can (I didn't have mine quite close enough together so my last one didn't lay flat so be sure to push them together as close as you can!).  Then I added Denim, Lemondrop & Maraschino Twinery twine around the outside and used a couple of pop dots to attach the pinwheel to the front.

Here's a fun view of the can!

Thanks for stopping by today!! Be sure to visit The Twinery's blog to check out the giveaways going on AND the blog hops this week!  Also, check out Lil' Inker Designs store to grab your very own dies and stamp sets!!

Have a wonderful day!!


  1. Sooo so cute Jen! I LOVE that can with the pencils wrapped around it and that twine is awesome! Your card is fabulous too! Love the LO and the texture, what a fabulous job!!

  2. LOVE your projects!! The colored pencil can is so cool and i love the pencil!!

  3. You officially are the smartest person I know. That soupcan pencil holder is so great! What thought you put into this project. If your kids don't score straight A's this year, I will be shocked. Love all the twine and those pinwheels on this one Jen. Great job.

  4. Super projects, Jen. Love, love, love the pencil holder. super cute idea!

  5. Oooo.....the kids' teachers are going to love their little gift! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I LOVE THIS Jennifer!! You are so talented!

  7. Fabby card and projects...
    love that coloring pencil pencil holder!!
    And just got all the new Twinery colors...
    they are gorgeous!!
    Buttercream is so soft...
    I die!

  8. You are just too clever, Jen. Love this bright and colorful ensemble!

  9. This came together so well Jen! I'm glad to see you worked out the spinning pinwheel for the pencil. Love the pencil can.....that's my favorite part of this. I'm going to hold out a bit on buying pencils til they go cheap and then make one of these for Payton's teacher!

  10. Such an ADORABLE set!!! What a great feature Jen!!

  11. Super gift the tag on the card and all of the bright primary colors you used.

  12. I just LOVE these super colorful projects!!! Especially the pencil cup!!!! I'm going out today for some colored pencils & make one!

  13. WOWZA, JEN!!!! This is totally cute, clever and adorable!!!

  14. Fabulous! Love the bright colors of the papers and pencils. Great uses for the twinery.

  15. so many great projects! what a creative idea you have here, Jen :) love the vase so much! ;)

  16. Jen, these are all amazing ,bright and colorful. Such creative ideas! I love them all!

  17. What a fabulous little package you put together!
    Love the jar/vase idea and that card is bright and fun. :)


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