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Monday, May 31, 2010

June's Classes

Paper Roses

At this class you will learn to make these beautiful paper roses. We will make 2 cards. One card with roses made of regular cardstock and one card with roses made from Designer Series Paper. Here are the 2 cards. (projects may vary slightly) The class is Wednesday, June 9th @ 7:00 pm. The fee is $7 or get the class free when you purchase the Extra-Large Fancy Flower Punch 118073 ($22.95). The class is half full already so reserve your spot asap! 604 946-4994 or hands76@hotmail.com



Critters Class

Check out these fun guys. You get to make 5 critters of your choice. Perfect gifts for just about anyone. I know I'd love to get one of these. This class is Thursday, June 17th @ 7:00 pm. Class fee is $10. This class is also half full so hurry and reserve your seat. 604 946-4994 or hands76@hotmail.com



Come on out and get ready to have some fun!

Last Chance List!

Here it is...the last chance list. And it is a first come first serve basis. So get your orders in quick to make sure you get what you want! There are sooooooo many things that are going. Stamps, paper, sizzix, decor elements, accessories and more. Here is the Last-Chance List of stamp sets . Make sure you take a look at the Last-Chance List of accessories. And don't forget the Last-Chance List of Definitely Decorative. Some things are being blown out at 25% and 50% off! Make sure you check them all out so you don't miss out on something you had on your wish list.






Email me @ hands76@hotmail.com to order or go directly to my website and have it shipped right to your door! Happy stamping!

A First Birthday

My nephew turned 1 yesterday so I had the pleasure of making his birthday cake. He was in town with his mom for the weekend so I thought we could have a little party for him here. Now would you believe I forgot to take a picture of the cake? But I made a card to match the cake so I'll share that with you. I made a zebra cake and turned the filling blue to make it an ocean and put little fish crackers on it. It was really cute. So my card is along those lines.

I used Pals Paper Arts Sketch #44 and choose to keep it really simple. Actually this sketch inspired the cake and the card! I saw the zig-zags and thought right away to turn it into water. So, thus came the fish theme.



I used a 1/2" circle punch to make the waves. I've done it before using my scallop edge punch but I like how the waves are uneven when using a single circle punch. Turned out just the way I'd hoped.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunday's Technique Club

Here are the much anticipated projects that we will be making at Sunday night's technique class. The theme is vintage techniques so come prepared to get your fingers dirty. Drop-ins are welcome. The fee is $10. Please rsvp by Saturday. hands76@hotmail.com or 604 946-4994.

One slightly aged card... and a little treat holder. I stuffed mine with a tea bag but I know those skinny low calorie chocolate bars would fit in there nicely too.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rosy Elegance

I am so going to miss Pale Plum. I can't seem to stop using it lately. When I sat down to make this rose I wanted it to really look like a real rose. I've seen roses in Costco this colour and I just love them. A little different from pink but still soft and absolutely stunning. (someone drop a hint for my hubby would you?!)


The rose is made from the SU Ornament Punch. That's it! It doesn't get any simpler. I saw it on Lesley Croghan's blog as something she simply added to spruce up a post. The post was great but the rose totally caught my eye. I sponged the edges of every piece and once I had it all together I used my two-way glue pen on all the edges and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds all over.

Once the rose was finished I needed something just as stunning to go with it. Nothing screams elegance to me like window sheets. I ran the window sheet through the big shot using the Polka-dots embossing folder. Then I cut all the sides into semi circles and kept it together by putting a White Organza Ribbon around using sticky strip to adhere it.


The box I stamped with the rose image from Fifth Avenue Floral. Could it match any better? On the inside I stamped one single rose and used the sentiment from the same set. I love how this box looks when it's open and in all honesty it is easier than putting together a regular box. Score your box like normal but don't cut anything. Instead score 2 extra lines from corner to corner on the diagonal. When you fold your score lines simply push the corners that you have scored on the diagonal in. Voila! Piece of cake.


This post is a bit of an entry to win a spot as a Guest Paper Player (designer) for a new challenge blog that Lesley Croghan is setting up. It's called Paper Players. You have to go and check it out. What an honour it would be to be chosen as a Guest Paper Player for the kick off of a new blog. I love Lesley's work and she truly inspires me. I've only ever been on the entry side of a challenge blog and I'd love the chance to be on the other end of it and hopefully inspire others with my work.

Simply Soft & Subtle Pink

I love the combination of a dark pink with a light pink. Today I took Rose Red and paired it with the soon to be returning Pink Pirouette. Lovely match! I used Sweet Sunday Sketch 70 for the layout. I inked up my Elegant Bouquet Impression Folder with Pink Pirouette to bring out the embossed flowers. Just a subtle colour change really makes them stand out.


For my flower bundles I actually used Glassine Bags. They are a little thicker than plain tissue paper and I find them easier to work with then. I punched out 8 flowers for each bundle with my 5 point flower punch and then sponged the tips of every flower with Rose Red ink using sponge daubers. Each flower is put together with a Clear Crystal Brad and then I pull up one layer at a time, scrunching as I go. The Glassine Bags give them such a soft touch. These flowers remind of water lilies with just a little touch of pink.


All the edges of cardstock were roughed up using my trusty old scissors. Even my sentiment which is from Elements of Style.


Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder 115964
5-Petal Flower Punch 109041
Elements Of Style (w) 118611 (c) 120045
Clear Crystal Brads 113144
Sponge Daubers 102892

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm Back

Well we have returned from a much needed family getaway. It was only for a long weekend but it was great! Our first trip out for the year with our trailer. We didn't go too far which is a good thing because it crept up on us far too quickly and we just started tossing stuff in the trailer Thursday afternoon and left that evening at 8:00 pm. Yes we are nuts but my husband is a huge procrastinator and after almost 12 years of being married to him I am still trying to get use to it. Usually it turns into a huge fight but we managed to avoid it this time. Yeah!!! I must be learning.

Anyways, I packed some stuff along to work a little but in the end, my girls won and they got my semi-undivided attention. I hid behind the trailer a few times sitting in my new awesome lawn chair (this is the first time I have spent a little money on a chair just for me!) and read about 1/3 of a Grisham novel. Not bad since I haven't made it through one of those in a weekend since I started having kids. I'm not sure when it will get finished now. lol.




So here is a card to start off my week. I used Stampin' 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 152. By the way it is their anniversary so go on by and check them out. This card uses the Reflection Technique. I used the set Lovely as a Tree and then did a bit of work with my aqua painter. All the edges of Sage Shadow cardstock are sponged with Chocolate Chip. I chose to make this card a little bigger (5 x 7) because my main image is bigger and I still wanted to fit in all the different mattes. I think my dad would like this card.

Lovely as a Tree 115026
Aqua Painter 103954
1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Chocolate Chip 111849
Linen Thread 104199
To The Nines Specialty DSP 114038

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Paper Flower Again

I can't get enough of paper flowers. What it is about them I don't know. I just think they are fun to make. This is an easy one. Punch a circle using your 1 3/4" punch. Using your circle cutter cut a circle 1/2" bigger around it. Then glue eight 1 1/4" circles to the circle. The farther to the outside edge you glue them, the bigger your flower will be. Then glue eight 7/8" circles in a coordinating dsp on top of them. You will most likely need to trim the inside of your circle again if you want to put in a sweet treat cup.




I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #69 for this card. I added 3 Itty Bitty Buttons on top of the Itty Bitty flower stamp to the top left corner and used Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon for the stripes across the bottom. The paper is Island Oasis.

I have to confess. There is an oops on this card. My fingers were inky and I left a finger smudge on the top right corner as I was putting it all together. Hence the reason for the top corner folded over. I think it would have looked okay if I could have pulled it over a little more but I always glue so close to the edges that it was not possible. I wanted to make another but I am all out of turquoise blue jelly beans. No, I did not eat the others. That was all I had to start. Lol.


1 3/4" Circle Punch 112004
1 1/4" Circle Punch 104403
3/4" Circle Punch 107217
Itty Bitty Bits (w) 117056 (c) 120060
Bitty Buttons 118761
Itty Bitty Shapes 118309
Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon 109038
Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon 111368
Island Oasis DSP 117173

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Family Scraping SR#19

When I saw what Stampin' Royalty's challenge was for this week, I wasn't sure about what I could come up with. I happened to be working on my projects for Iron Stampers Challenge again and one of the items needed to be a scrapbook page. The theme for my projects was definitely wedding ideas due to the products I was given to work with. Here is what I came up with. These two are as close as family gets.
Everything used here came from the Scrapbook kit called Guest Book. 115697 $26.95


I love the fact that you can see the colour of the bubble gum they are chewing. They specifically requested pink and green!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rolled Flower


I saw these little flowers originally here on Tiffany Bauer's Blog. What a cute little flower I thought and of course I had to give it a go. Here was my first attempt. (man am I going to miss Pale Plum. Got to stock up!)
So we had a Sea To Sky Stampers meet today so I thought I'd do another, using a few more products from the Summer Mini. These are super easy to make. I will get a tutorial going and post it soon.

Island Oasis DSP 117173
Bitty Buttons 118761
Itty Bitty Shape Punches 118309
Baroque Motifs Stamp Set 113490
Rhinestone Clear Brads 113144
Old Olive Satin Ribbon 117292
1/4" Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon 109030

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Good Saturday Morning!

Another very early Saturday morning. My girls don't seem to get the jist of sleeping in. Even when we keep them up till 10!!! I'd be happy even with an extra 30 minutes. Well I might as well put my time to good use and so I decided to pop in a movie for them and head downstairs to my room to play. (using my time wisely right?!?) Today I used Stampin' 411's Sketch Challenge 151. Clean and simple and lots of room to add or manipulate. Works for me!


I stamped off my main image of the tree to add a little something to the sentiment. I love the effect.



I have a habit of always using another ribbon with the white organza. I just love how no matter what colour or type of ribbon you use with it, it just matches perfectly and gives it a little boost!



Don't forget that May is National Scrapbooking Month and that with a qualifying order you can get the Filigree Brads for FREE! Check here for details.

Cottage Wall DSP 115671
Thoughts & Prayers 113252
Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder 119976
Whisper White Organza Ribbon 114319
Old Olive Satin Ribbon 117292
Filigree Brads 112577
Top Note Die Cut 113463
Frame, Oval Scallop Die Cut 114521
Large Oval 107305 Scallop Oval 114889

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Remember Me

I haven't played with Pals Paper Arts in a few weeks so I wanted to play along this week. However I needed a little help with their challenge this week. I found it a bit of a tricky colour combo. These are not colours I would ever think to put together but I wanted to give it a go. Anyways to help me out I chose to use Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 68.


In A Word (w) 117143 (c) 120057
Enjoy Every Moment 113622

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Invitation To High Tea

My aunt is turning 70 so my mom is hostessing a high tea party. If you've never been to high tea, you should. It is a real treat. My mom has taken her experiences and recreated them in her dining room to spoil her friends and family.



She sets the table with all the different antique tea cups she has collected. She serves tasty little pastries, sandwiches, delicate deserts and much more. Every tea pot is unique and beautiful and full of exotic teas.

I designed some simple napkin holders to compliment each tea cup and saucer.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Oragami Flowers

I saw these done once in Paper Crafts Magazine and just had to try them out. I think I am developing a bit of a thing for paper flowers. They just seem to wow me! They are made out of 4" squares of paper and then just a whole lot of folding. Click here for the tutorial. I changed it just a smidge to get a different design on the inside and outside. I used Cottage Wall DSP. These are definitely "Anything But A Card" so I thought I'd enter them in Stampin' Royalty's Challenge #18 this week.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Thought I'd share my Mother's Day card and gift box with you. The card actually came from my suite of projects that I did for the Iron Stamper's Challenge. Most of the things used here came from the Occasions Mini.













For the box I used more Sweet Pea paper to match the card. The flower is made using the Flower Folds Sizzix Die. I used only the smallest 3 of the 4 flowers. I accented it using the Filigree Designer Brads which you can get for FREE with a qualifying order. See here for details. To top off the flower I added a Crystal Brad and a little 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon to complete the box.Flower Folds Sizzix Die 115970
Circle Ice Crystal Brads 109111
Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon 109038