I am decorating my Thanksgiving table with Pazzles’ Vinyl. This was my very first attempt to cut vinyl. I do not know what I had been afraid of. It is so easy.

I started with the “Give Thanks” phrase from the Craft Room Library to decorate a vase for a centerpiece.

Cutting The Vinyl

Cutting The Vinyl

I was working with small pieces, so I did not use the transfer tape to move the vinyl on to the vase. I did however, print out the image, tape it to the inside of the glass vase and use that as a guide to lay down the layers of vinyl.
My Printed Guide

My Printed Guide

Adhering the Vinyl in Place.

Adhering the Vinyl in Place.

Here is the vase as it stands alone. You will see that I added a candle holder topped with an electric tea light and filled with seasonal ribbon. I also cut a "mat" for under the vase.


The other two pieces for the table are a utensil holder (or pocket) and the wine glasses. I added the maple leaf to tie all the pieces together—as you will see it on each piece. You might choose to put your napkin inside the pocket. I used decorative paper.

I think the table looks lovely. Now I only need to make 20 more utensil pockets!! Happy Thanksgiving.

Full Table

Full Table

Here are the pieces individually.

Cat Admiring the Vase

Cat Admiring the Vase

Utensil Pocket

Utensil Pocket

Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses



Paper: Core’dinations basic and canvas textures
Pazzles’ Vinyl: Dark Brown, Dark Green, Dark Red (from Jewels), Light Tan (from Neutrals)
Ribbon, Candle Holder and Tealights from a dollar store
Cut Files are all from Pazzles:
“Give Thanks” Phrase
Thanksgiving Utensil Pocket
Swirled Maple Leaf
Bottom Doily, Edited Lace

Yep, I have been busy. The craft mojo is flowing and I am being exposed to some fun & attractive patterns. And, I am supposed to post a project tomorrow for my design team, made with love (and paper)! I hope you do not get tired of me!

Here is another challenge I participated in. This one is with Creative Kuts. Every week at Creative Kuts on facebook we do a new FREE Build-A-Project (BAP) and everyone is invited to play. Miss Cheryl provides a file or template and you can interpret as you like. This week Cheryl gave us this layout cut file:

Here is my interpretation. The ribbons look funny because I did not adhere them completely. I might sell this in my shop and want the buyer to be able to fit their picture under the ribbons. So I added adhesive tape, but only adhered one end of each ribbon. So look beyond the paper fringes sticking out of the ribbons' edges.

two page spread

love the tail!

word photo frame

add a favorite T-day recipe to the LO

the ribbon has a bow on top

side view showing the demensions

left page

right page

Fall has arrived. Are you ready to get creative? I am! The cave boys and the princess have returned to school and the house is sooooo quiet.

Time for a new creation for the "made with love (and paper)" Design Team. made with love consists of a group of gals that love paper-crafting! Each month we challenge ourselves to complete projects with specific requirements. Please stop by and join us!! You are always welcome to submit your creations to the challenges.

This was supposed to be posted at the start of September. I have no excuse. You can still join us too.
theme: "autumn"
requirements: pumpkins & patchwork

I went simple this time. Pumpkins made of paper strips. Well, simple if you are just making a few pumpkins. I figured I would go ahead and make my table favors for Thanksgiving dinner. Hard to believe, but these "simple" pumpkins take time. I had in my mind for the longest time that the requirement of patchwork was to use plaid instead. So you will see a number of plaid pumpkins.

There are a number of recipes for making this type of pumpkin. But really, you can make the strips in any length, width and quantity that you choose to get the effect that you are looking for. So just go for it and have fun!

Although the pumpkins do take time to assemble and then spread out, they are fun to play with. So many variations and attractive ways to decorate them. You can use paper (as I did) for the tendrils--or ribbons, pipe cleaners, etc. I like the idea of using fewer strips and then filling the pumpkin with straw (as shown in the thumbnail).

Remember when these decorative edge scissors came out? They were my first investment in the craft world 15 years ago! I am glad I hung on to them.

These scissors work great to cut the paper strips with a little flair.

Choose papers and cut strips.

I chose to combine my strips with a brad. You could glue them. Punching a hole and using a brad allows for play in forming the pumpkin.

Punch a hole on both ends of each strips.

Add a brad to one end.

Add a brad to the other end.

Open strips to a circle by moving half of the strips to one side.

Fan out the strips . . .

. . . to form desired look.

Here is another view.

and another.

Next step is to decorate your crop of pumpkins. The really fun part!! I'm saving those pictures as a surprise!!

I redeemed myself in regard to the requirement of patchwork with a scarecrow. I used some of the pumpkins along with him to create a center piece. I did faux stitched the patches with a gel pen--but it is hard to see. I like how he turned out. The scarecrow is a cut file from My Time to Craft. He is just an outline, but I cut him into pieces to dress him up a bit. I am horrible at drawing faces. In fact, Mr. Scarecrow did have a face and indeed, he scared the crows away--as well as this crafter! So I re-cut his head and made him without a face. Still so cute! Do you like him?


Here is the finished creation. I love all the parts of it! Especially the scarecrow.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Here are a few extra photos. I am offering the apple cut file for free. Leave a comment with your email if you want the file and the version (wpc, svg, pdf).

Cool Top View!

Apples--to add contrast.