Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! Burlap and Blooms Wreath

Hi all--I hope you had wonderful Easter!  We had all of our family home except Amy and we were missing her today, but had fun with the grandkids!  Brody is 2 3/4 years old and Mya is 14 months--they are of course precious to this grandma and I love watching each little thing about them as they grow and change.  You know you can pay so much more attention to that when you aren't about the business of parenting!

A few weeks ago I offered to have a class where we all make our Burlap and Blooms wreaths together, but nobody took me up on it---so here's what I made.  I'm not sure about it to be honest….I know you could create the flowers easily, but when you figure in the cost of the burlap ribbon and wreath form the cost of $20 doesn't seem so prohibitive.

I added the burlap ribbon on the wreath and decided to use some stitched grosgrain to hook the wreath to my nail on my door.  Easter Blessings to you and yours!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Monthly Party --10 Minute and Under Projects!

Hi all!  Our monthly stamping group got together last night and it was a lot of fun!  After reading my back issues of Stampin' Success I had a new idea for our party….I demonstrated a couple of ideas and then had 4 tables set up -- each with a 10 minute or under project.  I had a lot of fun finding ideas for the tables and hope that the ladies enjoyed making them!

To start off our party I demonstrated these 2 bundles in the Occasions Catalog:

      1.  The Geometricals Bundle
      I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder--then       sponged over the top with Smokey Slate using a sponge dauber.  I then stamped the triangles in Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana and punched them out.  Add a few rhinestones and you're basically done!  Thanks to Mary Brown for her card design that I totally cased!

2.  I used the Petite Petals Bundle along with the Chevron Border Punch to make this lattice card designed by Deb Valder at  Love how the chevron punch makes such an easy and cute lattice!

Lastly I showed the ladies how to fold these little "carrot treats" and how to make the topper with our new fringe scissors!

You can make the carrot out of any size square paper--this is made with a 5" square.  Fold it diagonally then open it up and fold each side into the fold line to make a kite shape.  Fold back the top part of the kite and then make into a triangular shaped container.  Glue the flaps together.  I put my candy in a small cellophane bag and then put the topper in and closed it with some baker's twine tied around it.  Thanks to Brenda Church for this idea!

This was one of the projects I set up (minus the candy).  Here were the other three 10 minute or under projects:

First--a marker card--the design on the card and card flap were created by using the brush tips of the markers--I used the new in-colors.

The sentiment is from Yippee-Skippee.  The inside has a birthday greeting and the cake from the stamp set "Make a Cake" that is on sale this week.

We made a card using the Happy Watercolor set and some card stock vellum butterflies.

Ink up the "blotch" stamp and then stamp it 3 times without reining.  Stamp the flower with black stazon over the splotches, add your sentiment and then punch out your butterflies attach with a glue dot and add your pearl.  I offered this in either Coastal Cabana or Wisteria Wonder.

Lastly--I have a bit of in-color supplies that are going to be retiring at the end of May--so we made a white flower punch card with the in-color paper and matching dahlias and ribbon.  The d.s.p. is the patterned acetate from the Quatrefancy paper in the main catalog.  I used the 3 sizes of flower punches--Blossom, Pansy and Petite Petal punch.

I'll be back soon with my Burlap and Blossom wreath…..

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stippled Blossoms and Hearts of Oz Fun!

On Saturday I spent the day getting to know demonstrators from the Wichita, Kansas area.  Can I just say that I have met so many nice people through Stampin' Up!  It was a great day--filled with fun conversations, the sharing of new ideas and a yummy lunch!  Here's the swap card I took--of course I forgot to take a picture…not sure what my problem is….I forgot to take my camera too!  Fortunately some great pictures were posted on the Hearts of Oz blog.  Here's a picture of my swap prototype--I changed a few things after I made this card front:

I was able to take a photo from the Hearts of Oz blog and crop it to show you my final card.  I just felt like something was missing when I did this first one so I added another postcard under the top one so it looked like multiple cards were stacked and tied together.  

I was inspired by a card from Nancy Stanelle at 
Here is my supply list:
Stamp Sets: 
Stippled Blossoms
Vintage Postcard
Blessings from Heaven                                    
Blush Blossom
            Primrose Petals
            Pear Pizzazz
            Old Olive
            Soft Suede
Large Oval Punch
            Scallop Oval Punch
            Crochet Trim
            Linen Thread
            Basic Pearls
            Naturals Ivory
            Crumb Cake
            Soft Suede