Friday, November 18, 2011

November Blog Hop--Ode to the Turkey!

Welcome to the 6th stop on our SUStars November Blog Hop-- with the theme of Holiday Gift Giving ideas.  If you've been hopping along you have arrived here from Monica's Add a Little Dazzle --I can't wait to see what ideas she's come up with--I know they will be fabulous because I love her work!  If you haven't been hopping from the start just keep traveling along and you'll get there or use the link here to our SUStars home page.

I'm one of those people who hates to jump to Christmas before I've created a couple of sweet ideas that could easily hold some little treats and go on your Thanksgiving table.  As my title states they honor that noble bird, the turkey.  By the way, did you know that Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey should be our nation's bird--not the eagle!  Just a little trivia......ha!  Here are my projects:

Fancy Favor Turkey Bag
I cut the bag out with my Big Shot using the Fancy Favor die and real red cardstock.  The turkey on the front is an adorable idea that I found online somewhere over a year ago....if it's your idea let me know and I'll give you credit here!  I love it!  The turkey is created with punches and his feathery body is made from 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon.  I think he's too cute for words personally!  =-)  I'll come back later this week with a quick tutorial for him.  (I need some posts for the future---it's been a month since I've posted--yikes).

Double Milk Carton Turkey Box
I cut out 2 of the milk cartons from my milk carton die on my Big Shot to make one of those 6 sided boxes that are everywhere you look right now!  I cut off 1 of the sections on each and then embossed them with the square lattice embossing folder.  I saw the tutorial for how to make this type of box here on youtube and was inspired to make it into a turkey by Lynn Pratt's post here.  My tail feathers are punched with the scallop oval punch.  The eyes are made with 1" circle punch for choc. chip eye base and lid, 3/4" circle for the whites of the eyes and 1/2" circle for the black.  Oops!  This picture doesn't show the white highlights I added to my eyes with my Signo Gel Pen.  The beak and wattle were hand cut from more mustard and real red. I really like how it turned out and I can't wait to make some more of these with a Christmas theme.
Here's a top view with the highlights in the eyes.  The neat thing is you don't need any holes punched or ribbon to hold the top of the box closed!  Yay--super easy!  My bow is for decorative purposes only!  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Now head over to Carey's Stamping Tree House and check out her fabulous projects---she has a tutorial for a great gift card plus more!