Monday, February 23, 2015

Little Boxes, Big Fun!

Who doesn't love little boxes?  Here are a couple of cuties that I found while searching the internet for ideas!  The first is a teeny, tiny box made with the envelope punch board:


It starts with a 4 1/2 inch square of paper--you score and punch at 1 1/2 inches, then flip and score and punch at 1 1/2 inches again on the same side.  You do this on all 4 sides.   The cutting is a tad tricky, but not too hard.  I'll try and post a picture of cutting directions tomorrow.

The other box I made is a smaller version of the triangle box that was shown at Leadership this year (I saw it on the live feed).  I found the directions for the smaller version here on Mary Brown's blog.  This is my first try at this box--there are some things I would change, but it is really cute and it holds more than you'd think (unlike the above box which holds about 3 kisses).  The original was designed by Pootles, I believe.  







Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sheltering Tree x 2

Love, love, love Sheltering Tree and I've barely scratched the surface playing with it!  I haven't even done the seasonal tree thing!  It makes such a striking card and the photopolymer stamps make it super easy!!

Here's my first card--


C--ute...right?  Another favorite of mine?  The mini stapler--yep--it's a keeper!

Don't want to do only the tree thing?  Here's an idea of something you can do with the tree leaves to create a "frame" around any saying that you like:


I got this idea on Brian King's blog.  The colors used were soft suede and crisp cantaloupe--and the stamping was first with blushing bride then crisp cantaloupe closer to the edge of the oval for some color variation.  I certainly would not have put these two colors together left to my own devices!  I really like having an alternate idea for this stamp set!





Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bow Builder Punch -- Quick Tip

I have been on the fence about getting the bigz die for building bows....I saw so many cute creations using it, but just didn't see myself getting my money's worth out of it, however the minute I saw the Bow Builder Punch in the Occasions catalog I knew I had to have it!  So cute (as anything little tends to be).  Here's a quick tip, since you do have to punch this twice to get a bow---cut your paper to


You will have one extra little rectangle that you don't need.  The only other thing to watch for is if you have a design on your paper that needs to be right side up--but if you punch like this....it should work.  I used glue dots to put my bow together and used a bone folder on my bow pieces to get them 
to curve a bit.  

Then you can use those bows to create cute stuff like this:


If you'd like to order one of these cute punches let me know or visit here!



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Butterflies to Die For....

Although I'm not much of a collage-y stamper I like the look---I'm just not great at creating it....but I'm REALLY good at case-ing!  Ha!

Are you as in love with Butterfly Basics and the matching thinlits as I am?  So beautiful and the ensemble makes beautiful cards with hardly any effort!  Here's what we did at the party:


This little beauty was a case of a card made by Shelli Gardner with Dawn Griffith--easy to do and oh so cute!  Love the wisteria wonder butterfly ....and see that little bit of doily at the bottom?  I never would've thought to do that!  I'm not sure what size the card was that they did, but I made it into a notecard size--I'm telling you--those notecards and envelopes--one of the best deals in our catalog!

Then we "messed around" with the butterfly framelits....I shared an idea that I saw on Mercedes Weber's blog (love those weekly ideas from the Artisans) 



And then our make and take was this card that I cased (with a few minor changes) from Mary Fish's blog:


See that sentiment?  It's from a new photopolymer set called "Lovely Amazing You" which is going to be one of the sets I use for my next Stamp Set of the Month!

***I also shared the tip of using THIS sandwich when you cut out your butterfly thinlits  (the 2 intricate ones)--or for that matter any intricate frame lit.  Here it is--1. Platform; 2. Cutting Plate; 3. Unscented Dryer Sheet; 4. Cardstock; 5. Wax Paper and 6.  The thinlit.
I only use one dryer sheet folded in half--your Big Shot may be looser than mine and need another--you can use the same dryer sheets about 4 times by flipping and turning them.  Here's how you can tell if you are using too many---if you see polka dots on your butterfly's body.  Also--don't try with scented sheets--they will leave a residue on your card stock.

If you use this sandwich--the pieces will just fall out or stick to the dryer sheet!  It's so slick and easy!

I'll be back tomorrow with some more things that we did at the party!





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Fun

Woo Hoo!  I finally got to do some stamping!  We had our February get together last night at my house---and oh my!  I had so much I wanted to share....it was hard to decide what to do first!

How to make little envelopes with the hexagon punch and your scoreboard....


Then I did some sponging and created this cute little card using basic gray and pink pirouette and the hearts embossing folder in the new occasions catalog.  I really like how it turned out!


Thanks to Mercedes Weber for the cute idea!

Then I shared a cute idea for the Irresistably Yours designer series paper that you can get for free with a $50 purchase from SU during Sale-a-Bration!  I really bypassed this paper until I saw what other demonstrators were doing with it!


I burnished with my sponge dauber in calypso coral, pool party and daffodil delight--and then added a tag with a few flowers punched with the flower punch from the itty bitty punch pack and the adorable hello from the set of thinlits in the occasions catalog called Hello You!  See that cute ribbon--also free during Sale-a-Bration!  

Wait until you see the butterfly cards that we did--you are going to love them!

                     








Sunday, January 25, 2015

Birthday Fun!

A week ago today I was doing this.....

....enjoying the beach in Florida.  How much can it change in a week?  Well today I'm bundled in a blanket at my son's house babysitting for the grandkids (who are currently napping).  We came yesterday to celebrate this little girl's 2nd birthday!


Mya's party was a Frozen theme so here's the card I made for her using this youtube tutorial by Michelle Suit!  I made Olaf first and then realized that there was no way he was going to fit on a standard card size to this one is made to fit in a 5 x 7 envelope.  I didn't have the bow maker die so I made do with a leaf framelit from a retired set, and when I was all done realized I could have used the Christams light from the retired ornament framelit set.  Oh well--I think it turned out fine!  =-)


The inside said, "it's Mya's birthday!"







Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dropping the Ball.....and I don't mean the New Year's Ball!

Wow!  I haven't posted since early November!  Seriously, I think my school and holiday commitments got the best of me!  I owe some people some posts of pictures/instructions first AND then I will be able to start posting photos of cards and craftiness made with things from the new Occasions catty and Sale-a-Bration sets! (can't wait....)

So let's see....I'm hoping I have photos of the cards that I need to post since I gave a bunch to my mom over Christmas!

Here are the photos from my Nov. Stamp Set of the Month featuring, Ornamental Pine and Holiday Home.  I don't have all the photos....yet....but I'm still looking!


This was my favorite!  You can't really see the bling of glitter on the pine cones!


Love how the embossing folder mimics the look of pine cones.

This was case'd from Stampin' School.....and I should have one more, but can't find the picture yet.
Found it!!




Here are the four cards for Holiday Home.....


This is my first try--I changed the real red to cherry cobbler....and it looks much better~ cased this from Teneale Williams.


We did this card, but changed the white to soft sky and I liked it a lot better.


This was cased from our demonstrator magazine, Stampin' Success.


So sorry friends for these late, late, late pictures.....I'll be back tomorrow with pics of December's Stamp Sets of the Month-- White Christmas and Festival of Trees.