Monday, December 5, 2022

Winners of my Growing in Unity week

 Hi, crafty friends! 

I’m excited to announce the winners from my GIU week-

Berina Febin 


Kathy Dippner

Thank you all again for the likes and comments! Winners- please email to claim your $20 gift credit within 2 weeks, in the subject line put "Winner from MariLynn’s GIU Week."

Friday, December 2, 2022

Day five Growing in Unity

 I am going to share a really fun project. I saw it on Facebook. It is Christmas ornaments made with plastic cups. I also used Unity Here today Here tomorrow butterfly stamp. 

To do this project you need cups that have a recycle 6 symbol. I got mine at Dollar general. You also need sharpie markers, a hole punch, embroidery thread, a foil covered cookie sheet and an oven. 

I took the cup and colored with multicolored sharpie markers and punched a hole in side. Learned the hard way that you have to punch first before you shrink the cup. Then turn oven on to broil setting. Place cup on foil covered cookie sheet. Then place in oven. These photos you will show you it melting 

After it melted I stamped the butterfly on the ornament using black stazon ink. 

Tried it again with different patterns. 

I put embroidery thread through the holes and wrote the date. 

Some tips:
Melt one cup at a time. Multiple cups didn’t melt evenly. 

Sometimes I had to push down on the cups to make them flatten completely. 

Melt them with the lip of the cup touching the cookie sheet. They stick together if you try them the other way. 

It is easy enough that kids can do this project. My 6 year old and 3 year old grandkids made some at Thanksgiving time. 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Growing in Unity bow maker

Today I have a fun project to share with you. I made a fancy bow maker to give to a new stamping friend. I used the floral stamp from this past kit of the month called Everyday Fairytale

I took a piece of cardstock double the size of the stamped image. I stamped the flowers and folded the cardstock. 

I took four bamboos skewers and broke them so that they were the same length. I got glued them to the backside of the stamped floral

I then put hot glue all over the skewers and folded the lower half over the cardstock onto it sandwiching the skewers inside the cardstock. 

(Kind of like a matchbook)

I watercolored the floral image. 

I stamped the flowers again, fussy cut and painted them. 

I used dimensional sticky tape to adhere these flowers on top of the already stamped flowers on the cardstock. 

This is the back of the bow maker. I wrote the 2 lengths of ribbon needed to make the bow. 
16 inches and 7 inches 

To make the bow you start with the 16 inch length bow. You weave it in and out of the bamboo skewers. Leaving about 3 inches over the left side. 

Then you weave back the other way 
Then you weave back the other way 

Then back again 
You will have about 3 inches hanging off the right side 

Then you slip the 7 inch ribbon in the middle two skewers at the bottom and at the top 

Tie the 7 inch ribbon gathering the woven ribbon into a bow 

Then you slide the bow off. 

I hope you liked this fun project. Come back tomorrow for my last day of growing in Unity