Meyer Imports Take & Make Crafting Set :: A “Mini” Review
Reported by Lexi Daly
When I signed up for this vendor review opportunity, I did so because of the sparkly German Glass Glitter. Then when I received my box of product, Meyer Imports had included the same Take & Make Crafting Set that my fellow reporters have mentioned. So I went about playing with and writing about the glitter, all the while being drawn to the challenge of using some of the miniatures in that little box! I love little pieces and parts, but I’m a quick and simple kind of stamper, so I rarely think to add much more than ribbon or bling to my cards. But when I finally sat down with the specific purpose to use these little minis, I really had a lot of fun! Since you’ve already heard so much about the product, I’ll just get straight to the eye candy…
The little gnomes, mushrooms, and overall colors immediately made me think of the Sassafras Hog Heaven pad that I’ve been hoarding–the colors and images are such a perfect match. Although the little gnome might be walking, he also looks like he could be sitting, so I tried him out on a caterpillar and now he’s off on a Sassafras adventure!
I adore these teeny, tiny mushrooms, and I’m happy to report that there are lots of them in the set. For this card, I snipped off the little stems that would be helpful for placing them in a diorama, and glued them on beneath the larger mushrooms from the patterned paper. The deer in the craft set reminded me that I had a sheet of Martha Stewart Crafts flocked deer stickers, which was just the right scale for the tiny ‘shrooms.
The little ladybugs are a close second to the various mushrooms, so my next card had to feature one. I stuck to the Sassafras theme since it was already all over my desk. This time, to balance out the charm, I added a chipboard disk trimmed in some of that luscious German Glass Glitter from my last article. I really like the grouping of the ladybug and the chipboard, especially with the owl looking over the edge. And when I mail the card, the ladybug won’t be a random lonely bump.
Finally, as I often do, I saved my favorite project for last. My girls are into magnetic bottle cap necklaces and these minis are absolutely perfect for creating unique ones. After flattening my bottle caps with my Sizzix BIGkick, I adhered a 1″ punched circle of (you guessed it) Sassafras Hog Heaven paper to each. I used my Xyron Create-A-Sticker and pressed them in really well. Then I filled the cap with crystal effects, being careful not to over fill. Finally I gently dropped in a miniature and nudged it into place. I also sprinkled a little white German glass glitter to the ladybug one. After letting them dry overnight, I added a strong magnet to the back so that they would stick to the washer necklace. Aren’t they to die for?! My girls love them and now I have to order more one sided small mushrooms and small ladybugs, since those were their favorites. For information sake, here’s a picture of the basic necklace and the back of a bottle cap…
My main goal for this article was to rise to the mini-challenge and share a few more ways to use these cool little products from Meyer Imports–a mini review of the minis! While all of the miniatures I used are included in the Take & Make Crafting Set, which I recommend to anyone who wants a good mix to start with, they are also available individually for those who know exactly what they want to make. The Crafting Set price is $19.95, while the smaller individual designs are mostly sold in sets of 10 for between $2.95 and $6.95 depending on the size. And while the website is a little hard to navigate, the search feature works well. I can’t wait to hear what you buy–and if you have more ideas for me to try with my remaining minis, I’d love to hear them!
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