Friday, September 25, 2009

September Blog Hop

This month's challenge is to find a new way to use the things that we normally throw away when we get our brilliant PTI packages. I decided to utilize a few different things: the tissue paper, the box everything comes in, and the bags from the Vintage Buttons. I always keep the tissue paper but I used them differently for my project. I actually did two different projects and am now hoarding boxes, paper, and things that used to be considered "trash".

For my first project, I made some napkin holders by using my Nestabilities to cut the ring and then twisted up my tissue paper to tie it together like ribbon. I had picked up the Christmas bulbs at Michael's in the $1 section for this year's Christmas stuff. I wanted to make the napkin rings so that it could be at anyone's seat so I didn't stamp names but rather phrases from Signature Christmas (LOVE Dawn's handwritting!!!). Also, used the great stocking and flocked the top of each one. These were hard to photograph, that's for sure!

A little closer:

Even closer:


My second project is my favorite and will be such an easy gift to put together for those last-minute gifts that we all know we have to put together two days before Christmas. I used the Nestabilities Labels 1 and the great stamps to make a cover for the button bag. I also made a little card for each set and then an ornament to go inside the bag. I used my Nestabilities to cut the background square and hand-cut around the tree that I stamped from the new PTI set. I decided to get out my embroidery floss and stitch the lines on the tree and added some sweet buttons.

Here are the ones I was able to make. From this order, I now have three little Christmas gifts and I'll know what to do with those bags. I think you could fill them with candy for Halloween or Easter. You could even do a little felted heart for Valentine's Day.


One complete set:

Close up of the embroidery (So fun!):


If I left out any details or you have any questions let me know!

Have a great time at the Blog Hop...I can't wait to go check out what everyone did with their "trash". Check out Papertrey Ink and their message board for the other blogs!

36 comments:

Terri E. said...

Stinking cute projects. Love how you reused the button package. It didn't even cross my mind and now they are a must save! Way to rock the recycling challenge.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Stampin' Pam said...

oh man these are TOTALLY aadorable - I LOVE the ideas and love that I now have a use for all my button bags! ROCK ON! SO clever.

Catherine Doucette said...

Wow, those are some beautiful projects! I save those button bags all the time too!

Laura B. said...

Oh my, I loooove those felt trees!!!! So cool:)

Linda said...

Lovely. And now I have to order buttons!

ashjoy said...

Wow, they are amazing!

Dru said...

Very cute and what great gifts!!

Marge said...

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S projects!!!

Jamie said...

I love it! Great job!

Leora said...

Wow! The gift sets are amazing!

Bonnie said...

Lots of wonderful ideas!! Love them!

Silke Ledlow said...

FABULOUS PROEJECTS!!! I love the napkin holders and your *last minute* gifts!!! ~S~

ryannmarin said...

These are really cool - great job :)

Joanne said...

Very lovely

Liz said...

Beautiful! I love your ideas!

Melissa said...

They are beautiful! I love both projects--so full of great details!

Dana said...

Your little projects are gorgeous!! What a great idea to use the button bags {Hee hee, I kept them all and waited for a great idea to use them... and here it is :-)} Love your little cards and hand-stitching, too.

kimosabescraps said...

wow, you have been busy!! Love those projects.. the Christmas one really makes me want it to be December! lol so so cute!

BethieJ said...

Oh everything is so CUTE!! What fun ideas!! Love the felt trees!

Cheryl said...

Amazing projects! I love everything about them.

Terri said...

Nice job on all of them. I especially like how you added the embroidery on the trees.

Lori said...

Great holiday projects!

Debbie Olson said...

Kristy, these projects are oh-so-elegant--great work, as usual!

Marisa G said...

These are beautiful projects. I love the ornament and the stitching! Thanks so much for sharing.

Lori said...

WOW!!!! Terrific ideas!!! Love them both!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Oh My Goodness!!! All of your creations are fabulous! My fave might be the napkin rings! Way to rock out the challenge! :) TFS

A Little Licht on the Subject... said...

Oh my gosh! I SEW love the stitching on the Christmas trees!

Winter said...

Very pretty! Great job! :)

Dru said...

This is adorable! What a great idea and gift - love that felt tree!!

Susan said...

Both of your projects are adorable! I'm a Kentucky girl too - but live in Georgia now. Our daughter is at EKU, so we travel that way often. I enjoyed looking at your blog - you're a busy girl!

Banu said...

WOW, great ideas. The use for button bags is just way too neat. How cool is it. I have to CASE this.

Nancy L. said...

brilliant!! very very pretty!

Laurie said...

WOW!! What cute and creative projects! tfs!

Taheerah said...

Wow, I love it all!!

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