Vendor Spotlight: Meyer Imports (day 3, part 1)

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…

hog heaven paper {sassafras}, howdy stamp {the saltbox studio}, marvy punches & meyer imports gnome miniature

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!

hog heaven paper {sassafras}, friends always, circle frame, ribbon & note card {a muse}, deer sticker {martha stewart crafts}, corner rounder & meyer imports mushroom miniatures

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.

hog heaven paper {sassafras}, sm lc polka dot alpha & ribbon {a muse}, chipboard & meyer imports german glass glitter in green yellow + ladybug miniature

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.

hog heaven paper {sassafras}, 1″ circle punch, flattened bottle caps, crystal effects, magnets & meyer imports miniatures

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!

Editor’s Note:
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24 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Meyer Imports (day 3, part 1)

  1. Avina April 10, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    Love your bottle cap necklaces!!

  2. Tamikko April 10, 2009 at 3:07 am #

    I love that idea! My girls would love it too. Perfect time of the year. Your idea is so inspiring and very original. Gotta try it. Thanks for the tutorial, and the chance to win 🙂 I’m really loving this.

  3. ~amy~ April 10, 2009 at 6:08 am #

    Oh good grief…Lexi is rockin’ the sassy’iness goodness…sooooooo stinkin’ CUTE!

  4. lisa g. April 10, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    so clever!!! the necklaces are such a great idea!!

  5. Christina April 10, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    The necklaces are awesome. And so is the gnome riding in the card. Love it!

  6. Elaine A April 10, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Lexi –
    What fantabulous things you have created! I love them. You are a genius my dear! My favorite though has to be those bottlecap necklaces.

    Elaine Allen

  7. Tracey April 10, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    Oh my, what cute projects!! Love those necklaces!

  8. GramaCat April 10, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    I adore the bottle cap idea !My daughter has a Girl Scout troop that this will be the PERFECT craft they can do ! …And Ihave a BRAND NEW Big Shot to smoosh them with !

  9. Nicki's BIG ideas April 10, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Those necklaces are absolutey adorable Lexi! I’m definitely going to try this with my girls! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Lori April 10, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    The necklaces are awesome! Once my Little Man isn’t into eating things, I’m doing that.

  11. Anna Banana April 10, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    OMG, What ADORBLE bottle cap magnet/pendants! I will HAVE to give that a go – the little import elements make these so much fun!
    Anna Banana

  12. java diva April 10, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    Lexi’s magnetic necklace charms are awesome!!!! Brilliant! I can’t wait to make something like that!

  13. Donna April 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I love the pendants. They are so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Carolyn April 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    OK, love the cards, not sure I would have thought of that, and that Sassafrass paper is awesome, will be looking for that one. I have never heard of the magnetic necklaces, but I have used Crystal Effects to make little pendants before. I know several little girls that would love these. I need to order some of these little minis and get to making some gift items.

    thanks for a great review and great ideas.

    ceashark at aol dot com

  15. andrea April 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    these are fabyouuuulousssss, my girls and i would need neck support to help us wear all the necklaces we would make!

  16. Jennifer April 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Love the bottle cap necklaces. I am in love with the glass glitter!!!

  17. Sharon O April 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    I am heavy into crafts and scrap booking and I loved the glass glitter from Germany. I am so anxious to use it in my cards that I want it here yesterday!!! lol Thank you so very much for sharing the many ways to use it in the projects you displayed. Let the housework go, cuz here I come to play!!

  18. rush8888 April 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    still love that glitter!

  19. Chris S. April 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    I can see girls loving those bottle cap necklaces. Where do you find the washer necklaces? Thanks for all the inspiration.

  20. Katherine April 10, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    Love love love the bottle cap necklaces!

  21. Kathy M April 11, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Love those necklaces. My own daughter is too young for them, but I have lots of friends with older girls who would LOVE them, too!

  22. Anonymous October 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    Love these! We just don’t know where to find the right material for the stretchyt necklace part. Any tips on a good source?

  23. Vicki December 16, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    I love these!! So does my daughter. Could you give some more info on where to find the stretchy cord and magnet?

  24. Melissa February 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Love the necklaces! My niece would LOVE these.