Monday, November 7, 2011


Our theme for the November Designer Crafts Connection blog hop is - HOLIDAYS!

This month I selected Thanksgiving!

Each year since my Niece and Nephew were old enough to color, cut and glue, we have made placecards for each member of the family for our Thanksgiving Day feast. This year the design has been elevated to a new level because at 8 and 11 - they told me they needed a challenge!

The placecards we created are full of patterned paper pieces, which are from an old stash of We R Memory Keepers paper that is no longer available, but their new line Autumn Splendor would work just as well. We also used Clever Lever Punches from Marvy Uchida, Aleen's Tacky Glue from i Love to Create and 3D Foam Adhesive Squares from Therm-o-Web.

1.) Cut a 4" wide by 8" long rectangle and fold in half. Glue tan rick rack to bottom edge and spell name with brown letter stickers.
2.) Punch one 3" scallop circle, one 2 1/2" plain circle and one 2" scallop circle from coordinating patterned papers.
3.) Using a Jumbo XL Woodies Tear Drop as a template, trace and cut out six "feathers" from coordinating patterned paper.
4.) Cut triangle for beak from scrap of golden yellow paper, draw two dots at top with black marker and cut waddle from scrap of red paper.
5.) Cut orange chenielle stem in two 4" pieces and two 2" pieces. Twist short piece around long piece to create legs. Glue to placecard, so name is visible.
6.) Attach "feathers" with 3D foam tape and layer three punched circles with 3D foam tape.
7.) Attach 2 small self adhesive black pearls to 2 small white buttons to create eyes and glue on turkey. Attach waddle to beak and beak just under eyes.

Instead of going out and purchasing supplies for a craft like this - use googley eyes, felt, fabric, feathers and any other materials that you might already have to create these cute Thanksgiving Turkey placecards!

Julie McGuffee has a fantastic giveaway on her blog today - a Sizzix Sidekick and two sets of Alphabet Sizzlets, "Girls are Weird" and "Script". To enter to win, check out each project in the DCC webring and as you hop around, note how many designers have used a die cut shape on their project. It can be any die cut shape. Leave your answer in the comments of Julie's blogpost, then check back on Julie's blog on November 16th to see if you're a winner!

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Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

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Ann Butler said...

I love this project! So cute...

Einat Kessler said...

This is just the cutest turkey ever! It's a really fun and creative project!

Anonymous said...

What a fanatic way to get the younger members of the family involved. Love that you met their "challenge" in such a clever way.

-Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Debra Quartermain said...

So cute Beth! Like those turkeys!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

I love how I could use random scraps for this project and not go out and buy "Thanksgiving" type paper! (pinned) :)