Thursday, October 4, 2012

Paper Pumpkins and Turkey Table-topper

I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving. Are you? This morning I woke up early and the baby slept a bit late so I was able to create some fun Thanksgiving decor. I was inspired by this Turkey Die cut from Lifestyle Crafts.
Cute, no?
BUT I'm Canadian, and Canadian Thanksgiving is THIS coming Monday. I don't have time to go looking for this die, let alone order online and wait for it to arrive. Then I remembered: There is an adorable turkey shape on my Close To My Heart - Artiste cartridge! Hooray!

See it here on pg. 78 of the Artiste Handbook. It's not a 3D item though, so I had to improvise. I cut the top half of the 3D pumpkin out of two different B&T papers from the retired Abundance paper pack for the tail feathers. Then I cut two slits into the top of the turkey to slide them into. Make sure at least one of the feather pieces slides far enough down to rest on your table and help the turkey stand upright! For my next one I may play around a bit with the placement of the slits for the tail feathers, but all in all, I think it turned out pretty cute!

Next I made a whole patch of cute little paper pumpkins using B&T papers I still have from the retired Abundance and Felicity paper packs from CTMH (It really is amazing how much you can get out of a paper pack!). If you know me, you know I just love all things pumpkin. Just yesterday, when I brought home a lovely little pumpkin candy dish from Home Sense, my husband told me I may need an intervention (he hasn't even seen the craft Pumpkins my son and I picked up from Micheal's a few days ago...). Ha! Intervention, indeed....

Anyway, the pumpkins are made with the same shape as our turkey tail-feathers, as well as it's bottom half and the little leaf/vine in the bottom corner of the same page in the handbook. Using my Gypsy I was able to fit two tops and two bottoms for each of 3 sizes on ONE sheet of paper! Pretty sweet, eh? I got a total of 12 pumpkins out of just 3 sheets of paper (two orange prints for pumpkins and one greenish one for the leaves) - a very economical set of thanksgiving table decorations! And the best part is, they fold flat for easy transportation and storage. Yay for decorations you can use again but don't take up a lot of room!

Sorry the pictures are a little odd. I'm still just learning how to use my fancy camera and the editing in Picasa. I hope you enjoy these fun ideas nontheless. Have a craftabulous day :)