31 March 2012

Mark Last Sale-A-Bration Day with a Twitterpatted Card!


Yes - after today, SAB is over, sniff.......but that's ok because I did well during this time!  I hope you did as well in receiving the free goodies that came as perks during this period!!!

So in celebration, I decided to make a card last night in the wee hours!  I am nurturing myself back into shape as I had an emergency tooth removal - egads, not what I had hoped to be doing there in the middle of the week!
I can't operate my Big Shot {almost typed 'Big Tooth' ha ha haha}....due to pressure could prevent the tooth area from healing ..........but that's OK, cuz it makes me do "complete handiwork"!  

I started with our TWITTERPATTED DESIGNER SERIES PAPER because its so darn sweet [and STILL AVAILABLE TILL APRIL 30th- see Occasions Catty].  And it has that 'sweet-vintage-grandmother-making-quilts' feel....if you catch my drift!  And the 'crazy quilt' and 'shabby flowers' feeling came over me ! So here's a peek.....

You can see a lot of pattern going on here!  And not to forget to mention - you can 'tuck' 
little surprises like the way I tucked these gemstones under the flower - I think it helps 
to give your friend or family member extra enjoyment as they 'discover'  more as they study the card.

To start, I began with a plain circle in a polka-dot. I might of used my Scallop Circle Die if I could of used 
the Big Shot - instead, I took a strip of Baja Breeze cardstock and used my Scallop Trim Punch to create a border for my circle. If you want a straight strip to wrap around a curve - do as sewers do and clip the widest 'arc' to help it bend more. So I clipped between each scallop - just a bit. Then I wrapped and glued it around the circle.  
Also with sewing on my mind - remember I am thinking 'patchwork quilts' as my inspiration.....I accented the circle with our FREE ribbon from SAB.  I just used a darning needle and punched my way around the circle and DID NOT even pay 'any' attention to how the ribbon fell into place!  
To begin patchworking with the different patterns in the TWITTERPATTED DSP, I added a "photo-corner" to the bottom left. Ontop of that, I added a strip of satin ribbon.  

Stitch your Circle with narrow ribbon [Everyday Enchantment ribbon from our SAB promotion] and tie it off with a bow. Or leave the ribbon tied in the back with no bow - its a matter of opinion.

I mounted my Circle onto a card with a background mat of gray honeycomb design - and followed the honeycomb pattern with my scissors to create more hobnob design. Remember, if you are going to
do a shabby style - adding this and that is part of the fun - I think avoiding the straight 'n'narrow is better!
Tucked in a sprig of leaf cut from sparkly cardstock - gotta have some sparkle!!!
Ooops - forgot to mention, my CARD BASE is our BASIC GRAY cardstock. Its a great NEUTRAL colour especially for brighter colours!  

In my spare time, I made some leaves by punching some GARDEN GREEN cardstock with my HEART PUNCH and folding it in half before crinkling it through a CRIMPER.  Pinch the heart together at the center and glue it together and it causes a flap at the back - but it also causes it to have a bit of a gentle curve in the front which makes it look somewhat life-like.  Sponge the edges with a rosey red helps too! 

OK - next the FLOWER - shabby style! 

Here's how my scissors and I went to work on another pattern from the Twitterpatted papers. Keep thinking 'crazy quilt' here!  I cut a wavy edge to both a long, straight strip of the paper and a SPIRAL STRIP of paper.  No rocket science - just cut off a straight long strip  of paper but following a wavy manner of cutting - no particular wavy-iness - just here a wave, there a wave - and then I created my flower's "center" when rolled and glued together.  Then again, cut a  loose wave of the paper following a COIL shape or cutting a circular shape from the outside towards it's center.  OK?   Then this  "spiral strip"  of paper was wrapped more loosely around the flower center. A couple of paper Circle backs for both help to stablize the whole flower. Ahhh....also, spritz the papers after cutting and crunch slightly to give it a subtle shabby look!

HERE they are - Flower and Leaf!

Aren't they sweet? 


showing 3D quality of flower/leaf and scallop circle/ribbon accents

Did I go and ADD MORE PATTERN?  YES I DID!!  I added a small panel of blue/white floral pattern to the background!  Not to worry too much about the pattern because Designer Series Papers are meant to be co-ordinated.  You will always have a choice for backgrounds, usually some floral designs and more graphic patterns to mix'n'match.  The work is done for you - just load up the card as much as you want to in this style. Go have crazy fun! I certainly am, he he! I know call me wild, lol! Well I'm not 20 anymore, have to be wacky somewhere! OK I jest.....I'll wrap this up!

Lastly, I added more - uh-huh, by throwing in a greeting complete with twin banners flanking it and all tucked 
into the flower.  And to satisfy my bling thing - I added more gems in a lazy fashion, spot them?
I wish you could see this up close - and for you locals, you can if you come to a class!  But this looks sooooo much prettier in person!  It has a home-grown personaility and for your intended, this should speak volumes about how much YOU CARE for them!  

So THANK YOU for reading my incredibly long post today!   I know if I babble about the details it takes that much longer, but I hope it helps!

Welcome to leave a comment too!  Love to hear from ya! 

now.....off to shop!  

STAMPIN' UP! SUPPLIES:   Sincere Salutations Greeting Stamp Set {Thanks so Much}, Twitterpatted Designer Series Paper; Basic Gray, Garden Green and Whisper White  cardstock, Circle Cutter Tool, Heart Punch, and retired as of today, Lucky Limeade Everyday Enchantment Sheer Ribbon. 

Would you like to earn more FREE products from SU!?  HOST a PARTY with friends, family or co-workers, etc. and we can MAKE THIS CARD!  Just Contact Me for details - its fun -  you bring the people and I bring the rest!  

25 March 2012


SALE-A-BRATION IS NEARLY OVER FOR ANOTHER YEAR!!!  I don't know about you, but I took advantage of it as much as I could!   

NEW CLASS POSTED - See Details in earlier post - TULIP PUNCH ART CLASS for APRIL !!!!  


Oooh boy -my card made the FAVORITES OF THE WEEK [ending March 25,2012]   See post #5.

I am so happy - happy dance!  

 You can see the post here - I am post #5 chosen by a team member and SCS Team Moderator Cook22
who is obviously now one of my favourite people, lol! 

Here's the card again...

Splitcoast Stampers is a favourite among favourite spots for stampers - if YOU haven't posted your projects on there, think again and give it a try!  SHARING your ideas and efforts is every bit as important because you never know who you will influence!   Try as we might, some days we need a gentle push in the right direction to get us going creatively - or - fantastic techniques are captured there for you to try!  

Tulip Punch Art Card to Celebrate Spring CLASS

PaperPlay - Spring Colors


* Hi!

With Spring underway and our thoughts turn to all kinds of nice things, I ended up turning to PUNCH ART FLOWER making!    I guess it is the exciting - fresh colours of Spring that first had me thinking - and time for something NEW! 
SO with that in mind - I tried some new punch art and as many people, I found plenty of inspiration on the Net, and eventually found Valita's TULIP PUNCH ART - which is made from STAMPIN' UP!'s OWL BUILDER PUNCH.  

It's so wonderful to make PUNCH ART FLOWERS - very satisfying and surprising to people that such things can be made from paper! 

Therefore, my next class we will be making PUNCH ART TULIP projects similar to this one I made yesterday - please check back over the specific DATE/TIME of CLASS! 

* Card with TULIP PUNCH ART Focal Point

And here are close-up details..... .

** See my CLASS DETAILS for MAY - posted shortly!!! **

Bring Your Own Class Supplies -
glue - glue tape, tacky glue, or glue stick; 3 Dimensional Glue Foam {dots like Stampin' Up! Dimensionals)

Make an Envelope to go along with your nice hand-made card!

This card measures narrower and longer than any envelope I had on hand.  What to do?
Make my own envelope!
I used a 12x12 inch scrap piece of cardstock, and made it in a regular envelope fashion but 
adjusting for the dimensions. I made a slight error in folding on the right side, so I 
covered that little mistake with a strip of extra paper and a border punch. 

I do not have special envelope glue, so I glued it carefully shut (but not to the full length of the flap) 
and to compensate I place a cut-out of a stamped flower image on the tip - to act as a seal. 

And off it goes.......to my lovely Aunt Elsie. 

22 March 2012

Spring Cards with Bordering on Romance Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

* Hi!

Its been awhile since I've posted, but that shouldn't be a surprise with all the lovely weather!  Yes, we have been out and about and turning to our 'spring things' which includes the fun stuff such as window-shopping for new spring clothes - yay! And the necessary, arranging for our beloved pooch to get his medical check and grooming - he is going to look soooo strange when we shave him down, half his size for sure, lol!

I also have a friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who is in one of our local hospitals and she's recovering nicely - hi Maria!

Also, I did have a class recently where some fab girls came who were new to this hobby - hi gals!  Everything went swimmingly well and they left with their projects looking great!!

So now I must turn to some new projects!

Spring projects, of course!  It's time for more blooms!  AND since our Occasions Mini Catalogue has only 1 more month left before its time is at an end, I will turn to featuring projects with the lovely products it boasts!

Such products as.....the new nesting FRAMELITE DIES  'Labels' and 'Hearts' which have 6 different sizes each - so lots you can do with those, and I absolutely LUV the shape of the Labels set, but the Hearts set is a must too after all....when couldn't you use a Heart?

And then the fantastic new EDGELITE DIES - which allow you to create 2 sets of different borders on your projects AND there's more.....they have matching EMBOSSING FOLDERS ......AND the Stamp Set " BORDERING ON ROMANCE " matches too!!!!!  Yes - its all so very cool!

Now that you know some of which I am all excited about - let me show YOU what is possible with but a few of these products.........

Lets look at the HEARTS FRAMELITE COLLECTION # 125599 retails at $32.95:

....there are the 6 sizes and the largest has a SCALLOPED BORDER. Lovely!  

Now lets see "BORDERING ON ROMANCE" Stamp Set which comes both in traditional wood-mount #125480, $33.95 and in my choice, clear-mount #125482, $26.95

*The bottom stamp, in the dotted pattern is a co-ordinating stamp for the EDGELITE Dies, "Adorning Accents" featured on page 11 of our Occasions Mini Catalogue - in fact, you will find all these products within the first few pages! IF you do not have a copy, CLICK on the LINKS posted at the beginning of this post or on my sidebar to the right.

FINALLY!   HERE IS WHAT I DID!  {hey, I am just being 'thorough' ! lol}


....beginning with cutting 2 of the largest sized Hearts and stamping them in 2 variations  and colouring.....

.....then cutting plain cardstock to either create a support backing, or a co-ordinating 'frame'.....as I have done here with this large scalloped blue heart {sponged with rose ink}.


I've coloured both stamped images using our AQUA BRUSH and various inks. I start by
colouring each in lighter shades and then layering deeper shades on top. Its very easy with the Aqua Brush! 
I also highlight each image with ....what else, but glitter!  Easy once more using our DAZZLING DIAMONDS Glitter in a bottle with fine applicator! 

NOW - here you can make a CLEAN and SIMPLE CARD {CAS} - lovely! 


Or take it up a level and embellish with gems, ribbons, fabric flowers and intense dotted background Patterns Designer Series Paper shown here in one of our 2012 In Colors, Concord Crush.

Once again - a simple card with an intersting edge to the card - highlighted with more Dazzling Details glitter! 
Add some ribbon and a simple knot - WHICH by the way, I am going to post some interesting details next 
about creating a simple ribbon technique - so COME BACK FOR MY NEXT POST!

Or again - add details with gems and pearls!  Look closely, I have added gems in matching colours along the edges and within the flower centers!  

As you can see, SPRING CARDS are a beautiful reminder to someone to show you care about them!  AND they are so nice to make - it really 'lifts' you up higher!  Take time to stamp something lovely to celebrate our new season!  


5 March 2012

Sweet Shop Suite from Stampin' Up!

I should showcase the products I used for my Birthday Party as seen in my previous post!  Here are most of the Sweet Shop products { Decor Elements come in 3 colours}......feast your eyes......AND don't forget, your birthday party may be in JUNE but SALE-A-BRATION continues till March 31, so be aware in case you'd like to order this awesome set!

The digital trifold invitation card is wonderful - I love the look of stripes together with other elements, don't you?
In case you don't know, digital designs are for use with our MY DIGITAL STUDIO software - just ask me about it! 

Here they are..... the SWEET SHOP SUITE line of products!                                                                  *

Trifold Invitation - digital download  

These Decor Element - adhere to smooth surfaces like glass candy jars! 3 colours!

Great line-up of Designer Series Paper and co-ordinating Brads 

There's more to use from our Occasions Mini Catalogue - ask me if you'd like more ideas!
Better yet, if you are local - let me show you ideas at your own home workshop!!!

Thanks for looking!

Sweet Shop did wonders for my Birthday Party!

*   Good morning!  Its sunny outside - hurray!  

Yesterday I was feeling the chill walking over to my coffee hang-out, but at least its sunny!  And speaking of that, I want to share the sunny feeling I had making party hats!  And all sorts of decorations for my birthday party table - it was a lot of fun. :)

Like some of you, and the other demonstrators I know from Stampin' Up! - I was excited, so excited when our 2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue came out.  I drooled over all the new stuff and had to start making hard decisions, but one decision was to definately buy the "SWEET SHOP SUITE" of products!!   I knew then it was great stuff for birthday parties.  

Since my own birthday was up first in the family, I had a blast designing projects - but the most AWESOME projects were the PARTY HATS!!!!  Oh my gosh - I am hooked!!!!!   I want to keep making them!  

Now granted, I took the most basic of party hat designs - the cone. But after rolling up a cone from a sheet of 12 inch Whisper White cardstock - the real fun starts!   I made the cone hats very tall - YOU decide what height you want, but I was going for a definite 'fun' side, ha ha.  And after having such fun designing my own, my daughter told me how she wanted lots of ribbon curls hanging to one side on hers!  She was equally excited about them.  AND since we had a GUY coming to my little party - I totally made his to look like a wacky fun medieval crown - with wings, ha ha!  

WARNING - this can be slightly addictive doing these, LOL!   Here are my results........................

And don't forget the guys!  Chose to design a 'crown' like hat!  
The wings are from Stampin' Up!'s latest ELEGANT BIRD Die for the Big SHot

All supplies from SWEET SHOP SUITE - Stampin' Up! Occasions 2012 Mini Catalogue.
Contact Me for your choice of products for your festivity. 
 Supplies:   Sweet Shop - stamp [cupcake banner embossed in white], white embossing powder, Versamark pad, Blushing Bride and Whisper White and lilac dotted/ blue cupcake Sweet Shop DSP.  Real Rose and Blushing Bride Pin Tuck / Pool Party Ruffled/ Whisper White / misc. purple ribbons.  Gems/pearls.  Tulle. 

TIP: purchase tulle in the round shape and you can tuck them into the top of the hats and as I have done on the blue cupcake hat, glued them in a bunch to one side for a large accent.  Glue Guns work the best for fast work attaching all ribbons. The other option is to take a roll of tulle and stitch a seam down the middle, pull one of the strings to gather it to the length you need.  Adhere to hat. 

And the fun continues.......

*My Party Table!   
Before the cake, lol!  Isn't it festive?  I loved it and so did my two special guests!
And YES we wore the hats - in fact, that what was the part that made you feel like you are celebrating in style!  There is nothing easier to create a festive feel than presenting your guest with their own special hat!
We even had fun tying them on to each other's head!  Then being a 'mile' tall, the mood turned to silly as we bopped around with our hats - we had to 'duck' through the doorways, yuk yuk!  

My close-ups....!

 *The Cake Stand *

 *What a blast - I have never before decorated my cake stand, so imagine how I felt when it 
turned out this delightful!  Of course, I have used the same rich papers from our SWEET SHOP DESIGNER SERIES PAPER {see Occasions Mini Catalogue}....to make the 'collar'.
TIP: paper can be stiff and depending on the height of your collar, will not follow the curve of your cake stand's dome.....try as I did and cut the top edge {about 1/2 in deep cuts} all around and then using your finger or a pencil, bend the paper backwards to form a FRINGE.  

And I decorated other items so the table has a unified look.  See my STRAW FLAGS?  I attached the mini lengths of paper banners to the straw with double-sided tape!  Voila! *

BUT......here is my stroke of genius, chuckle!!!
I had CANDY STICKS to offer up and CANDY CUPCAKE Containers chock full of candy {whatelse!} for my guests to take home, right?  Well, I usually decorate CANDY CANES with round scallop circles attached to the top of the candy - - but I have done that a gazillion times already!  I wanted a NEW IDEA!

And since the party hat theme seemed fresh, I created a CANDY STICK STAND from some pieces of styrafoam which I cut into a half circle shape and poked holes into before jamming the candy sticks into it. Fuddling around till I worked out how to keep it upright {added two tiny wings for stability} plus to hide the ugly contraption, I added more PAPER DOILY to it, and made a front ACCENT with my Sweet Shop Stamp and more tulle!  

Then came MINI PARTY HATS!  
Whoop-whoop - that was more awesome fun!  Making these darling mini hats was almost as fun as the biggy hats!  You could do this for: pencils, straws, kabob sticks - or just throw some around like who cares!  They are just FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Look at the sweet way to display some inexpensive candy - looks like a lotta fun! 

Last but not least - my cupcake treat holders.  Little inexpensive item dressed up to look amazingly sweet!
I found them at WalMart for a buck!  Good, and I filled them with easter eggs cuz that is what is out on the shelves right now for cheap. 
Stuff your candy in, and to cut down on costs, fill the bottom with some more tulle - looks prettier that way!
Then give them CUPCAKE COLLARS.  Nothing more than a circle, scallop circle or perhaps even a square....punched out, and if you can make a hole in the center easily - great!  But I cut a slit to the center and then punched a circle - wrapped it around the top knob, and re-glued it back into a circle shape

Here they are....

.....And just so you know I am not afraid to show me having fun in my hat, this is for you! !

* A birthday gal 
and a birthday guy - Hilton celebrates his birthday, his 78th! We chose to celebrate together cuz we both have winter birthdays and this seemed like more fun - there's that word again - FUN! 

Isn't he adorable? *

And 'somebody' won't let me post pics - ah well, she looked adorable too! 

Thanks for stopping in!

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