Friday, November 23, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge 007

Happy Black Friday!  Although I am not a black-friday shopper, I do enjoy hearing the insane stories.  I am not a fan of crowds and quite honestly, I don't feel like the "deals" are that great anyway.... especially having to deal with crabby customers, over-tired workers and waiting in lines.  Mindy created this adorable sketch -  I love it's simplicity!
I decided to use some of my new supplies - one is this "single" snowflake stamp that works with our Blossom Punch.  I just LOVE that punch and was so excited to see a snowflake!
I wanted to this polka paper in the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper pack, so I pulled some coordinating colors: Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple and Pretty in Pink.  


How did I emboss the snowflake without having Raspberry Ripple Embossing Powder?  Well.... I first inked the stamp with Versamark (cover it good) and then directly inked up with Raspberry Ripple.  You don't need to worry, you can stamp the Versamark onto the other ink colors.  Then, I sprikled the sparkly embossing powder and heated with my NEW heat tool.  I LOVE the new Heat Tool... it has two settings: one for setting ink and the other for embossing.  Arnie is not a fan of the noise but he doesn't like many noises.
It's hard to tell but I embossed the Pretty in Pink and Old Olive strips with Polka Dots and Chevron.  It gives it the texture it needs!  
I actually made a coordinating inside, typically I don't do that so this card will be for someone really special!  :)

Check out the creations of our Design Team:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving preparations!

I feel like Thanksgiving came upon us way too fast.  I know it's technically a week earlier than it normally is, and that affects us more than normal!  I have been making "Thanksgiving" cards over the last few months and have sent them out... but I still felt like I hadn't used my supplies enough.  

My first project today is a fall card... I figured I could use this as a thank you.
But in making this card, I realized it'd make a great start to a scrapbook page - especially since the flag is too long for a regular envelope.  So my plan is to make it into a scrapbook page later today.  My next project is place cards for tomorrow's meal.  My plan was to just use extra DSP to make leaves for the table, then I thought of place cards.
I am going to use different combinations of leaves and embellishments to make the 6 place cards.  We don't have a big event, especially since most of our family lives in either Michigan (where I grew up) or Maryland/ Virginia (where my dad grew up).  Despite a small gathering, I look forward to spending time with my family and playing games!  :)  And it's always fun to see my 5-year old nephew.  Speaking of my nephew, here is his place card:
All of the pieces are either the leaves from the Leaves Die or the Owl Buidler Punch.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Check back tomorrow for my last "Fall" post.  Friday is a new Fab Friday Challenge (did you participate in our last one?).  And.... Saturday starts my 12 Days of Giftables!  You WILL NOT want to miss out on the quick, easy and FUN projects posted for 12 days straight!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge 06

Here we are with our 6th challenge over at Fab Friday!  
This week we have a crisp color challenge...
My first choice wouldn't be to use a blue with fall colors but it's really starting to grow on me!  This year we are really getting some fall in Florida... I have been wearing long sleeved shirts all week!  
Oh' and I have been working on redesigning my blog... I am only halfway done!
Although at first glance I see this as a "plain" card, I really like it's simplicity.  This is a great card to use for any occasion.  I earned this stamp set free, isn't Stampin' Up! awesome?  It's called From My Heart.  I am really wishing I had sponged the edge of the die with the Midnight Muse.... 
oh' well, next card. :)

Check out the other cards from our Design Team for this challenge

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop

Welcome!  Did you enjoy Annie's projects?  This month we are focusing on being thankful!  I am thankful for YOU... all the readers of my blog and who encourage me!  I am also thankful for numerous things including my life, my family and friends, job, health, etc... but something that really helps me to stay focused on having some fun is crafting!  I just love making things that are creative a beautiful!
My two projects were featured in my November class.  The girls made the card and Blessing Mix.  The Blessing Mix also doubles as my "Hostess Gift" for the rest of the month.  Anyone who hosts a workshop will receive both items as a thank you!  :)

The card is one of my favorites because it includes several of my favorites from the mini catalog!  The leaves, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Metallic Buttons and the Tulle!

My upline gave me the Blessing Mix idea last year, but I never made it.  I decided to use it but put it into a Mason jar.  Who knew Mason Jar gifts would be all the rave this year?
 Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance.
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
Candy corn: Sacrifices. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.
Marshmallows: The Pilgrim's first winter brought cold and snow to the Pilgrims.
Seeds: Promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
Dried fruits: Thanksgiving is the celebration of the fruits of the harvest.
M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future. 
Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Nancy B of Momma B Stampin'
  12. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Curly Paper Wreath

I am member of this awesome website for Stampin' Up! demonstrators only (for the downline of Amy) and someone posted this beautiful wreath on the blog!  It was love at first sight!  I knew I HAD to make one (and now many)!
Isn't it just adorable? I love how festive it looks and the bells really add some extra shine to it!  I did some extra embellishments but it looks the best with just the "curly paper".  I watched a video on Youtube (click here) that showed me exactly how to do this!  But, if you are like me, pictures sometimes help more than a video!

You will first need 6 sheets of double-sided Designer Series Paper.  I used the Be of Good Cheer pack from Stampin' Up!  Our paper packs are $10.95 and you only need half of the pack.  Pull out your NEW Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer and start cutting strips of 12" by 1/2" strips.  It only takes maybe 10-15 minutes to cut it all up!
Next pull out your wreath.  I got mine at JoAnn's with a coupon for only $3.  You need the 12" GREEN foam as the white crumbles!  You will also need a package of at least 140 flat-head straight pins (cheapest kind).  I bought the biggest pack they had because I know I will be making more of these wreaths!  
After all of your paper is cut up, put aside your trimmer and pull out your bone folder!  The SU! bone folder is longer than those sold in the stores and is only $6.95!  :)  About halfway down one strip you are going to "curl" the paper as if you are curling ribbon.  You will curl both ends.  The more you "curl" the more flimsy the paper becomes.  Be careful not to rip the paper.  Some patterns required some extra "curling" action from me.
I started getting little paper cuts from the paper on my thumb - so I put a band-aid on it.  Here's the hint: put on the band-aid no matter what!  It really HELPS curl the ribbon and keep it from slipping!  :)  Crazy I know but your thumb will thank me later!
Now you are ready to start attaching the curls to your wreath.  Grab a pin, poke it thru the paper and attach to the wreath.  There really is not a rhyme or reason.  I put them every which way, making sure to fill in the holes.  I had it sitting on my desk because you only need to cover the part of the wreath that faces the room it will be hanging in - so about 1/2 of the wreath has no curls on it (it faces the wall anyway).  

Once you get the wreath about 5/6 of the way done, you are going to need to attach ribbon.  I used the 2012-2014 in-colors stitched satin ribbon because I have a TON of it left over!  I made a bow at the top  of it, but you can put the bow wherever you'd like.  Finally, I took two bells strung on the ribbon (also on sale at JoAnn Fabrics) and attached them to the back of the wreath with 3 pins.  I staggered the lengths to get them to look this way!
As a side note, I did try making some glittery snowflakes and cutesy bows made from the sweater trim and it was too much for this wreath.  I love it just the way it is!  I bet it'd look pretty without the bells and sparkly snowflakes dangling, I might just have to try that next!  

MAKE YOUR OWN!!!  I am going to be offering this wreath as a class with two different options to purchase the Bone Folder and the NEW SU! Paper Trimmer.  Let me know if you'd be interested in purchasing the kit, or a wreath from me!

12" Green Foam Wreath from a craft store
2 large bells
140 flat-head straight pins
SIX 12x12 pieces of double-sided paper (Be of Good Cheer)
50" Stitched Satin Gumball Green Ribbon
Stampin' Up! Bone Folder

Leave me a comment if you love seeing this tutorial and if you'd like to see more....