Sunday, April 25, 2010

Flowers and Phones

The big thing now is "Vintage" so I thought I'd try my hand at some vintage flowers. This is made from 6 flowers from the new Big Flower Punch and two Ballet Blue smaller flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch. The difference between this one and the scallop circle punch flower a while back is that I sprayed each layer with water before assembling. Once I had the brad in the middle holding it all together, I started scrunching layer by layer and then even separated some layers to really look old and vintage. (An empty Stampin' Mist bottle filled with water works great for this because it has a very nice, even spray).

A close up of the layers so you can see how some are pulled apart and how they have a suede look to them after being wet.

Here are a couple of cell phone holders made from what else? - the Top Note die cut!

I attached the felt flowers on the brown holder with a hot glue gun.

The nice thing about these is that you can adjust the size by how big of a seam you make. The brown holder no longer fit my phone after I got a protector for it, so I made the pink one from fleece which is kinda stretchy and also made the seam a little smaller. Fits perfectly! Note: the silver filigree brad and flower is attached to the ribbon on the outside and does not go through the fleece. I didn't want the ends of the brad to be on the inside and possibly scratch my phone.

It's Sunday night so I better get ready for tomorrow - I've been transplanting trees this weekend. It was a lot of work but hopefully the trees will live and be well worth my stiff back!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fabric Flower Pins!

What a great picture! This is of Val (center) our hostess, and Pam and LaReatha sporting their new flower pin made with the flower folds die cut for the Big Shot! I have another photo of a mom and daughter duo with their flowers - but I didn't get permission to post it - so I better not until I ask...

Here's more! I love all these flowers - many of them used the same fabric print but in different combos. The above flowers were made by Cadie, Sharon and Kristen.

Wow! This black and white one by Jess is gorgeous!! And below is the purse she also made that matches the flower!

Rhea has been busy! She made a cool purse for herself and for both of her little girls. Check out the ladybugs! Below is the flower she made to match it.

Stamp Club Night

Here are the projects from Stamp Club last night. We had an "Anything Spring" theme. The first picture is a flower pot card made by Stephanie that we've all seen on blogs and SCS BUT this one has the flowers textured with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder. Cool idea! The sweet treat cup card was made by Rhea and really says "Spring!", especially with the scallop border on each side.

This collection was made by Kristen. Wow! She had gotten the idea off of someone's blog and changed each card up a little. There's a story behind this too : ) Kristen has a history of battles with the corner rounder punch (you know - mishapen and nibbled up corners). So we are all very proud of her to have "worked it out" and made all these cards by punching squares and then using the dreaded corner rounder on each individual square! Yeah - Kristen!!

Here are some more cards, the one on the top by Val has actual stitching on it along with the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt. Real stitching always adds that special touch. Sharon made the card with the photo of the flower - I hear the flower was from her trip to Gemany. Fun idea! The one with the sweet treat cup was made by Kalie and is pretty clever - she used a sunflower stamp and went around the cup to make a whole different flower. The one laying down was by Jess. I like the splash of green the ribbon adds - red/black/white always look great together but the green really adds a little punch. The tulip card was also made by Kristen using the wings from the bird punch.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Color Renovation!

Here are the new color collections that are coming in July! The new colors are really nice! and they're retiring the colors that most of us rarely use - so I think this is a very exciting move. They've done a super job of coordinating the colors and put a lot of time and effort into this change. Note that Kraft is now "Crumb Cake" - fun!! Check out Cajun Craze and Marina Mist! Oh, and Cherry Cobbler too!

Here is a special for the month of April - Two-Step into Spring!
You can purchase some spring stamp sets at a discount. Click on the flyer to make it bigger and easier to read. (I'm not sure why both copied so small! - Stephanie - if you can fix it, please do)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Flower Fold Die Cut

I've got a thing for fabric lately! These flowers are made with the Flower Folds die cut which includes 4 different size flowers. These flowers just use 3 of the sizes but you could use all four if you'd like. It's pretty interesting how these are made. I wouldn't have guessed that there are 12 flowers making up 3 distinct layers. Each layer has 4 flowers that are folded in half and then are "woven" amongst each other.

It may be easier to visualize how these are put together when you look at the back. See how they are woven under and over each other? At this point you would add the pin to the back with a hot glue gun. Does this fabric look familiar? Yup! it's the same as the purse I made a while back.

I could put the pin on the purse or I could use it for something else. It's nice that it can be moved around and used with other items.

I hope to get a couple other projects posted this weekend - such as a cell phone holder using the Top Note!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another Stencil

I'm really liking these stencils. This is a one layer card - don't see too many of these because we all love to embellish! Sometimes less is more : D I also CASED the idea for this little 3 x 3 from "soshelli". I used Very Vanilla cardstock and Close to Cocoa ink. We will be making this at Stamp Club too.

This picture is a little off with the sunshine coming in on the side but I wanted to show you the little easel I found to display cards. I didn't realize that it's the same design as the card - funny!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I've had a package of 3 stencils for a while and just now broke them out to try. This card was CASED from "SoShelli". She's the founder of Stampin' Up! I did change the colors around a bit, tho. Stencils are so easy and fun! I might be using these quite often now. The card is made with Rich Razzleberry ink and cardstock. I just stenciled the design, stamped the greeting, then I ran it through the Big Shot with the polka dot embossing folder for some texture.

And you HAVE to do a matching envelope!

Check this out - it's just a single knot (no fancy stuff ; ) anyone can do this knot!) of polka dot ribbon that's threaded through a hole in the cardstock. Something new and different. Fun - Fun!!
Club gals - we will be doing this card and envelope for Stamp Club.

Here's what the stencil itself looks like.

All I did was take a sponge, ink it up with an ink pad and repeatedly dab it on the stencil with the cardstock underneath. Super simple!
That's it - I am headed outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine with the boys! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pin Cushions!

I LOVE this fabric - of course I'm pretty partial to anything dark pink!! These pin cushions were made with the scallop square and circle die cuts for the Big Shot. I CASED this idea from Angie Juda's "Chick'n Scratch" blog.

There's 4 layers, 2 layers of fabric for the outside and 2 layers of fleece on the inside. I sewed all four layers together but left about a 2" opening so I could get the stuffing in and then sewed up the opening.

Side view of round cushion.

Side view of square.
These would probably make cute little doll pillows for those who have little girls in their household : )
I'm still working on a couple of projects, hope to have some more new posts soon.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fabric Flowers

These are really fun! I cut multiple layers from a polyester fabric using the "Flowers, Daisy #2" die cut for the Big Shot, put a brad in the center and then fired up the heat tool. Because this fabric is polyester - it melts and shrivels up when heated. This is the BEFORE picture.

And here is the AFTER picture. Very cool - just another way to use the die cuts!

I'm off to make some more fabric projects. Hope to have another post or two for you this weekend!!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!!

I decided the ruby red pillow box I posted previously was not "Eastery" enough. So I changed up the colors and went with Lovely Lilac and So Saffron to make these for my Easter table instead.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Projects

These are some little treats made with the top note die cut and the new large flower punch.

Just tie a ribbon at the top and stick a peanut butter egg inside. Very easy to make!

Here are some more treats - it's the die cut pouch filled with jelly beans and decorated with a scrunched flower. I made these for my Easter table - everyone gets one at their place setting. The girls get the flower one and the guys get the bird ones.

Hope you have a Happy Easter!