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Just a quick post to share the card I made for my Mother and wish you a Happy Mother's Day! If you haven't gotten the berry basket die, what are you waiting for?! It is so cute for cards! The paper I used for the basket and the buttons are on the clearance rack. If anyone would like to place an order please let me know!
Today I want to share a beautiful card I designed using the new Artisan Embellishment Kit on page 27 of the Occasions Mini Catalog. This kit is filled with all sorts of fun embellishments but my favorite thing is the die cut rose piece. be sure and keep one to use as a stencil with either an ink spritzer or sponge. If you haven't already gotten the butterfly framelits, I highly recommend them!
Hi Stampers! I am so excited to be back to blogging! For those of you who are wondering why I disappeared, I am not that computer savvy and I just found downloading the photos and watermarking them on the computer I was using to be too time consuming and I put blogging on the back burner. I am currently on vacation and one of the things I wanted to do when I had some free time was to explore some different options for doing this and I finally have things figured out so I am really happy to be able to share my card designs with you again.
Tonight I am going to share four cards that my pal Susan Gardner and I designed one afternoon using the Time to Celebrahte hostess set from the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Flowepot DSP. I love these colorful cards and they are so versatile because you can switch the designs on the card because they are all about the same size. I hope you like them!
I have had some questions on how to make the fringed flowers so here are a few pictures and some instructions!
- I used a 2 inch by 7 inch strip but the length could be whatever you like. - I put a piece if my 1/4 inch sticky Tape along one edge on each side of the DSP strip but didn't peel off the tape backing. -Then I folded the DSP strip in half lengthwise. I fold and cut on the side I don't want showing. -cut the fringe on the folded side of the DSP the entire length of the DSP. -open the folded fringe and smooth out the crease to the side you want showing.
-Then I peeled off the backing of the tape and taped the two uncut edges together.
-The expose the adhesive on your fringe strip and start wrapping the fringe around dowel, gradually moving down the stick. You could also just wrap without moving down the stick and get a different kind of flower.
Welcome to the Control Freaks January Blog Hop where we are going to share our latest Valentine's Day Projects for the ones that we love! Didn't you just love what my friend Connie Babbert shared on her blog. Her creativity just amazes me!
This week I had my first class since the New Year began and I was excited to share some of the new goodies Stampin'Up! came out with in our new mini-catalog titled "Celebrate the Everyday"! One of the things that I was the most excited to play with was the new Spiral Flower Originals Die. Wow is this thing fun! I decided to start with simple flowers and the two little tips I will share with you is that having a fine tipped tweezers or a skinny dowel makes the job much easier. Just start rolling until you get to the end, then let the flower loosen up and play with it a bit to make it look pretty. The most challenging part was figuring out how to glue the little beauties. I really didn't want to have to get the glue gun out, and I found liquid glue was just too messy and took too long to dry. The perfect adhesive turned out to be glue dots. Just pop a few glue dots on the flower base, and give it a little pressure and it is magic! I used some skinny dowels for the flowers - one I inserted thru a hole I poked in the bottom of the flower, and the other I wanted the flower to face forward so I just slipped the dowel up inbetween the flower base and the flower. I added a little seam binding ribbon that I dyed with a Pear Pizzazz reinker to look like leaves and decided to add a little diamond in the center! The little jars can be found at your local craft store in the dollar bins!
I hope you also noticed the beautiful red and white fringe flower I made. This was done with our new fringe scissors! Oh my - I was so excited to know that these weren't just for making grass! I am excited to explore the many different things we can do with these awesome scissors!
As a Valentine's Day treat to my customers, I had them all make a vase of flowers and I cannot tell you how excited they were to make them. Many of the ladies said they were going to put them on their desk at work!!
I also want to share a beautiful Valentine's Day card that I made at my class! I love using our framelits for cutting things out but I sometimes forget that they are great for making a window in our cards and this new Flowerfull Heart stamp seemed like the perfect thing. We also used the cherry cobbler embossing powder to jazz it up a bit! I hope you can see the texture on the front of the card from the Scallops Textured Embossing folder. I also did a couple of rows on the inside too! This folder is really cute! I have used mine so much in the past two weeks I already broke it! Well actually - I wasn't paying very good attention and put it thru very crooked and cracked the seam. I learned my lesson! I was able to tape it back together and get thru class but I guess I will need to order another one!
That is all for now - I will share some more of my beautiful Valentine's in the next few days! Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what LeeAnn Greff has to share - I am sure it will be inspiring!
Thank you for joining us on our November edition of the Control Freaks Blog Tour! Once again we have a Connie Sandwich - this time with LeAnn in between! I absolutely love the fabulous projets LeAnn shared with us this month.
I was hoping to create a fun holiday giftable to share with you, but life got in the way and we will have to save that for another time. In lieu of that tonight I will share with you a few of my favorite cards that I have been featuring at my Christmas Card Classes. This really is my favorite time of year to be stamping. This first card is one of those cards that gets lots of oohs and aahs! I had a few jars of the new Stampin'Up Silver glitter, and I decided to try embossing the Festive Flurry Snowflakes with it. In order to do this I had to find some Heat N Stick Powder. I found a jar that had been stashed away for many years, just waiting for this moment! It was a little bit clumpy - but worked like a dream. I remember in the past having difficulty using the Heat N Stick Powder, but this worked great. I think the trick might have been that I used it on Vellum Cardstock. It heats up really quickly and works just great. One thing that is really nice about this card is a tiny strip of DSP goes a long way. In the Winter Frost DSP pack you only get one sheet of this beautiful foil accented piece, so this is a great design to use because you can get a lot of cards from that one sheet of DSP! You can't really see it in the picture, but I did spritz this card with some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz!
The second card I want to share uses two of our individual stamps that we have available this year, the Christmas Star, and Magical Season. This card is also spritzed with the vanilla smooch spray but it is hard to see. I wish you could see it in person - because the pictures just don't do it justice!
Now for my final card for today! Many of you may have read my post recently about the passing away of my son. A few days after Robbie died, I received a beautiful card in the mail from Shannon West, who works for Stampin'Up! Of course the card was in a handmade envelope from a piece of our DSP and when I received that - I decided I needed to start making more envelopes. It is just so fun to get a card that is wrapped in something special. So I decided to make a card that would hold money for the holidays, and of course that would be an odd sized card and would need a very special envelope!
and here is the inside of the card!
I wanted to use the punch board on the card also, but one of the girls at class messed up her card and we came up with something even cuter. Instead of the slit - we punched a circle for the face of the money to show thru- and then stamped "Hope you're nice" next to the face. It gave us all a good laugh! I will try to make one like that and add it to my post for you to see!
That's it for me - now it is time to see what Dawn is up to in her stamping workshop!
Recently our famiy learned how quickly your life can change in ways that you would not have imagined possible. On October 26th, our beautiful son Robbie passed away unexpectedly. As you can imagine, we have been left with a gigantic hole in our hearts and our lives will never be the same. From the day Robbie was born we adored him and always knew he would grow up to be someone special. I just never dreamed his life would be so short.
Let me share a little bit about who Robbie was. Growing up he was a great kid, he always liked to have fun and was most definitely one of the smartest children I had ever been around (which he certainly did not get from me!). To his sister Sarah, Robbie was the best big brother you could ask for and he remained so until his very last day. In May, Robbie graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While he was at Purdue, he worked at the Union Rack and Roll (bowling alley), and he also drilled balls in their proshop. He was a member of the Purdue Intercollegiate bowling team for four years, which was probably his most treasured part of his life. He was an amazing bowler. One night when I was having stamp class, he called me to share that he had just bowled his first sanctioned 800 series. One week later he called again to tell me he bowled a 300 game! After graduation he came back to WI and lived with us, while he looked for a job. Robbie had just started his new career as an engineer a few weeks before he died.
During the past few weeks we have learned so many wonderful things about our son that we didn't even realize. He had a huge impact on so many people that he had met through his adventures and we have been overwhelmed by the beautiful stories his friends, teamates, coaches and coworkers have shared. On November 2nd we had a beautiful celebration of Robbie's life at our church and we followed that up with a luncheon in the banquet room at the bowling alley where Robbie bowled. After the luncheon all of his bowling friends from Milwaukee and Purdue got out and bowled a tribute game and it was really quite amazing. These are all of Robbie's bowling friends and his coach, that were with us to celebrate his life.
You learn a lot of things about life when something like this happens to you. Some things that I am grateful for are that we have always been a very close family, and we have always shared and expressed our love for one another. We are thankful that during the four years that Robbie was bowling for Purdue, we traveled to almost all of his tournaments. How lucky were we to get to share that experience with our son while he was in college. We got to know all of his friends, and their families. We are thankful that after he graduated he came back home to live with us and we had almost 6 months with him here. When Robbie started his new job, he had to be to work at 6:00 a.m. I got up every single morning and made breakfast for him, and that is not easy to do when you stay up until 2:00 in the morning stamping! We are grateful that nothing was left unsaid between us, and that we had so many great times and great conversations with this beautiful person who we will miss for the rest of our lives. The only thing I regret is that I did not take more videos on my cellphone of those simple little things that you treasure about your children. Robbie loved to yoyo and he was really good at it. I cannot tell you how many hours he stood in our family room yoyoing while I sat on the couch and talked to him. In all of that time, I never took a video of it. Thankfully one of his friends did - and he posted it on facebook. I cannot figure out how to add it here, but I will give you the link where you can see it and hopefully those of you who have kids and grandkids will remember to make fun little videos and treasure every moment you have with your loved ones.
In closing I want to thank all of my stamping friends who have sent cards, who were there with us that horrible week, and who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers. I am going to share some of the beautiful cards I received tomorrow. I am grateful for all of my stamping and creative friends and honestly if I didn't have this to keep me busy, I am not sure what I would do.
I have one more Fall card I want to share with you. The reason I am so excited to share this with you is because I did something really fun with the Burlap ribbon. I love this ribbon, but it is a bit thick and chunky and I was trying to come up with some different ways to use it. I pulled out my Tasteful Trims Big Shot die, and created some fabulous burlap scalloped ribbon! I hope you like it! I did use one of the old embossing folders on this card - this is still my favorite folder and if you don't have it yet - they have it in the clearance rack!