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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

November 15, 2009

Blessing Book Tutorial-500th post Giveaway

Woohoo! It is that time again!

First of all I want you to know at the end of this post to leave a comment for my 500th post giveaway! I'm a yacker...what can I say. Blogging is a blast, keeps us from procrastinating...I don't know about you but I have accomplished more projects than I have in years! Big smile. If you finish a project you get to post about it! Right?
This is a repost of my Blessing Book. I make a blessing book every year and our families write in it what they are thankful for and how they have been blessed.
First I took about 10 blank cards (I got a package of 50 with envelopes at Michaels) and I sewed down the center, which I don't think was a good idea because it wanted to split on me. Next time I will just punch holes and tie it together with twine or a tight woven ribbon.Next I free hand...cut a large pumpkin about the size of the front of the card. I inked the edges, used a black pen to draw the pumpkin lines curving around toward the bottom. At the top I used (sorry it is blurry...I have been working on this) brown checkered ribbon for the stem.
Next I used rub on letters, but I also like to just print things out on cardstock as well, to spell Give Thanks. You could also say 'Fall Blessings',
Thanksgiving, etc. I cut this out and inked the edges...but then I edged it with black cardstock to make it stand out a little more. I just glued the saying on Black cardstock and cut around it leaving a little bit of an edge.

Next I glued things down. I don't use anything fancy, I use a glue stick or sticky dots. I love how sticky dots stick to your hair, clothes, nose, eyelashes (don't ask..) I end up with them everywhere! And I mean everywhere~ Hahahaha
Then this part I loved! I got my buttons, bows, ribbons, fall leaves together and started layering things...at first there wasn't enough so I added more, a tag here... a leaf there...but no glitter! Hahaha can you believe it! Maybe I will do something for Christmas...we have to have glitter!

I bought a while ago one of those cutters, that cuts out these tags. You have to fold them in half but I just love them. You glue one side on at a time...

Mr. Rooster is giving thanks because his relatives won't be eaten at Thanksgiving! Well any of his close relatives!
Today I'm playing along with these wonderful blogs!

"Let the BEAUTY of the Lord our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands for us." Psalm 90:17

A Gooseberry Patch cookbook, a glue pad by Martha Stewart (you use it along with your rubber stamp after stamping you sprinkle with glitter for a little bling!)Tiny little craft containers -24 of them.

And of course some Martha Stewart glitter to get you started. A tiny handblown chicken!Naturally I wanted to give something a little more special. This is a Winter/Christmas cross stitch I completed a few years ago, but just framed! The little tree is included!

A fall pumpkin tassel that I made.A few salt dough ornaments with glitter, including the basket!
Please just leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Friday. Thank you so very much for visiting my blog! And please disregard the 2008 comments posted. The tutorial is a repost and I could not for the life of me figure out how to delete the old comments!


Juanita said...
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Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Thanks so much - I love seeing things explained like that. I need me one of those punches now!1

Tabitha Blue said...

What a great idea!! Your book is just beautiful!!

Thanks for checking out my guest post over at Raspberry Lemonade and for your sweet comment there!

Hope to get to know you better soon!!

Georgia Girl said...

Great idea Debbie!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

I found your over at Darlene's and have had so much fun snooping around. We have lots in common,except the chickens. After 12 years of having them, all we have left are a few feathers in the grass.....so sad, and a long story. We'll probably get some more in the spring but I am missing a fridge full of eggs like you have.

carolyn@simple~primitive~devotion said...

Oh, thank you! I want to make some of these for gifts.
You are an angel!

Have a great day!

Robin Beck said...

What a blessing you are!!!~♥
Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial!

Angie said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing with us how to do it!

Lulu said...

thats such a lovely idea..

Darlene said...

Great tutorial on the blessing book!! That is so GREAT!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a great idea, and thank you so much for taking the time to show us how to make it. laurie

Tea Time With Melody said...

This is great, thanks for sharing step by step.

Anonymous said...

That is really cute!

Becky W said...

What a great idea! I am going to try this myself!!!

Kelli said...

That is so beautiful...a wonderful idea for a book!

krista said...

Great job! I love your book idea...I'm making one that combines family favorite Holiday recipes and pictures of family on Thanksgiving and what they are thankful for! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Suzanne said...

How delightful!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

WONDERFUL! There's always something extra good going on here! I love those tabs. I'm going to have to look for that cutout.

9405018--Pat said...

Congratulations on your 500th. post! Great tutorial on the Blessing Book...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Anonymous said...

Happy 500th post! What a generous giveaway!! Please enter me! Your Blessings book was so sweet, what a wonderful idea!

Julie said...

Oh my goodness! What a neat giveaway. I love your blessings book idea. I visited here from White Wednesday. Enjoyed visiting previous posts too. :-) Lovely family!

The Old Parsonage said...

First Debbie let me say that you and your family are in my prayers. Please take care of yourself.

Your giveaway is absolutely wonderful. So full of thoughtfulness and love - just like you. You have chosen so many wonderful things to include I'm thrilled to be entered to win.

BTW - I would love to have your address to send a return Christmas card too. Can you please e-mail it to me?

Thanks and I'm sending big hugs your way!


Amy'svintagecottage said...

500 posts wow! Good for you! Im up to about 60 and thought that was alot! ha!
Love your blessings book what a sweet idea!
visit me sometime if you like Seattle.

Ralaine, Author of Burden of Promise: When Tragedy Becomes A Teacher said...

Just wanted to say congrats on your 500th post. I always love to peek in and see what you have going on. I am in awe of your talent and creative ideas. I think you have a special team of angels assigned to fly over you and drop these wonderful activities into your mind. You have acted faithfully with them. I look forward to more great things to come.

Fran. said...

Hi, Debbie I love to check your blog out! I think your a great lady and I love the way you share so much with us! like your love of God and family! and of course crafts too! I would love to get anything from you for a giveaway (especially if it was made by you!) I didn't see a sign up by date. I've been on my couch recovering from outpatient surgery. I've missed checking out the blogs. I can't find the power cord for my laptop. I am praying really hard to find it! One, so I can blog and check them out, and two before my husband kills me! LOL Take care, XO Fran.

Simple Home said...

I think it's probably too late to enter the giveaway, but wanted you to know that I love that book idea. What a blessing to have it in the coming years to look back on. I'm not as crafty as you, but I've got to try and make something like this. Thank you for the idea.

Gayle said...

Great step-by-step instructions!