Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clear Mount Photo Frame

Can you guess what I mounted my grandson's photo on? Yep its one of Stampin' Up's! new Clear Mount Blocks (page 6 of the mini). I used Block E, $11.95. This is a great alternative to a regular picture frame. Plus it stands up all by itself. These blocks would be great on your desk at work. So you want to know how I did it? I took a 4 x 6 photo and cut it down to fit the block. Attached photo with 4 mini glue dots in the corners. Now you can see them if you look closely, but I couldn't think of another way to attach the photo, so if you can, let me know. Then I used 2 different rub-ons, (Chat Room, page 37 of the mini & Laughter and Love, big catty, page 177). You can't see the rub-ons in the photo, but I put them on the bottom and on each side. I wanted ribbon to go all around so I made a tailored bow. I used 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain & 1/4" Black Grosgrain ribbon. Since I was trying to mimic Anthony's shirt I glued the black onto the red and then made separate loops for the bow and used mini glue dots to put the bow part together. And finally I used Tiny Tags and the medium Jewelry punch to add the little tags on the bow.
Now if you would like to make one of these photo frames and don't have a SU demonstrator, you can order here (24/7) or contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Notebooks Jazzy Up!

Yesterday I decided I needed to clean out my craft closet and found these little note books that I had purchased from Target. I just added some Day & Night dsp for the black one and Sending Love dsp (it has glitter on it!)to each of the notebooks. Then I added different flowers and ribbon. The rosette is felted wool and I used the Table Setting die that is still available from the last mini. (item #116819). I just cut out the spiral for the flower and then the leaves and hot glued them onto the notebook. For the other flower I used the Extra Large Fancy Flower punch (page 11 in the mini). First I stamped the flower in real red (With All My Heart, stamp set) and then punched it out. My flower looked too flat so I sniped at each of the petals and used a skewer to curl the petals and added one of our new Epoxy Brads to the center. The leaves are the wing from the Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch. Who wouldn't want a small notebook like this? I love the way they turned out.

Sweet Pea Thank You Cards

I don't know about you, but I seem to always need Thank You cards. These are so easy to make using the Sweat Pea (page 33 in the mini) Designer papers and a piece of 12 x 12 card stock (Sahara Sand). Cut your card stock at 3" x 12" and score at 6". Then cut your dsp (designer series paper) at 2 3/4" by 6". Then I cut the bottom of the bird paper off at about 1 1/2" and used the other side of the dsp and adhered to the card. Added some So Saffron grosgrain ribbon and stamp a little tag using the Tiny Tags (page 28) stamp set and punched it out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch (page 11), attached it with some Hemp Twine.
Then I used the Fancy Favor box to hold the cards and envelopes. I also used the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (page 11). I love this punch. Didn't think I needed it, but of course when I saw all the cute stuff everyone was doing with it, I ordered it. You know you can order from me 24/7 by clicking on my 24/7 button on my sidebar or call me and I would be happy to order for you.
Now on these cards I made them the same way with a different print in the Sweet Pea package. You get 48 sheets in this package, 2 of each one and they are all double sided. Yeah! For this one I added a tissue paper flower. Want to know how to make these cute flowers? I folded some white tissue paper until I had about 8 layers and used my scalloped circle punch and punched them out, added a brad in the center and then went WILD. Just scrunch up each layer of tissue. Doesn't it look like a carnation flower? Oh, I also sponged (of course I sponged) the flower after I did my scrunching (is that a word?)
So now you know you need this dsp. You can make 4 cards from 1 sheet of 12 x 12 card stock and 1 sheet of dsp. and you will have left over dsp. Thats pretty inexpensive for 4 cards, don't you think? This would also make a great inexpensive gift.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Candy Class at Umpqua Bank

Last night I had a class at Umpqua Bank. I've known Debbie Walls (Assistant Vice President) for many many years. We had 6 gals. Debbie was so nice, she had pizza and wine before we started our projects. So everyone was in a very good mood. The gals in the bank took orders on what everyone was going to make and collected the money. They all were making several of each candy. A matchbook marshmallow treat & a Hershey candy bar cover. All had a Valentine theme. I think they had a great time. All of them came out so cute. It was nice to see them put their own "spin" on each of their treats

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I know I have been MIA, again......... Ever have one of those weeks when you are busy everyday, but not getting anything done? Well, thats where I've been. Everyday something else. But the highlight of my week was at Patty Bennett's (she's my upline, yeah!) Stamp-a-rama on Saturday. There was 10 of us and we each brought a shoe box swap. So many cute ideas. And then Patty gave us all a bag (from leadership) and we got to make the cute tag to go with our new bags. She printed out on MDS (My Digital Studio) the Sweat Pea dsp that matches this bag. Since there was no way she would have enough for each of to have the same print. We added our initial and sponged around (my favorite part, hehe) the heart and then added another piece of dsp for the other side. Added some of the Stitched Felt Sweet Pea flowers and some ribbon. Isn't it too cute?