Monday, August 31, 2009

Pink Flamingo Creations!!

This past Saturday I had a workshop , here were some party favors I made. I love this paper and am not ready to say 'farewell' to summer. The colors in are just so bright and cheerful!~enjoy!
Here are some easy party favors made using the Pink Flamingo DSP (113976) and the Big Shot's Scallop Circle Die (113468). You could use a variety of treats inside and here I used Snickers candy bars. This would be quick and easy as a Halloween Treat using the Cast-a-Spell DSP (115677). Wrap around treat and secure with ribbon. Yummy!!
Here's an oldie but a goodie..Post-It-Note holder: I love using coasters for so many projects. Here I covered the coaster with the same DSP and slipped some matching paper inside the barrel of the RSVP pen which was covered with clear micro-beads, added a binder clip and ribbon~ (this became the door prize). Very easy!
To the left is the hostess gift made using a class that I purchased from Andrea Walford's Demo to Demo class planning service(this was back in April 2009) called Fifth Avenue Floral. I recommend her sight/classes. Very easy to follow directions and illustrations.
These two pictures give you an idea on how the card holder opened. Isn't it cute?? I can see doing more of these over the holidays for gifts. They are so stinkin' cute!! Lastly..these were the cards that went inside. Hope you all have a great day!! ~Erin

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A tisket, a tasket...a Wood Sheet Basket!!

As soon as I saw the birch Wood Sheets (116309) on pg 158 in the Idea Book & Catalog..I knew I had to have them!! Since I have now had them in my stash of un-opened goodies (shhh!!) I figured it was time to put them to use. I watched a tutorial at where they were used to create a cute little square basket. I altered mine a bit into a rectangular shape, then to cover the inside I used some of the Bella Blue DSP (113974) and now it looks like a fabric lined basket!! The handles were made by taking a strip of 1/2" x 6" Close to Cocoa CS use either a bone folder (or scissors) and press your thumb over the CS against the bone folder and slide in an upward motion (as if you were curling ribbon). Do that to both sides and it will be break the fibers in the card stock. You then can pull it apart and's soft and fuzzy like suede. This techniques is also great for making projects look like can do this with any of our colors to match your project. Another tip: I colored (stained) the top wooden strip by using an Aqua Painter (103954) and here I used Soft Suede refill (115663) (but you can use any color). Squirt just a few drops into the lid and dip with the aqua pen. Hope that makes sure to check out the video and let me know if you have any questions!! Have a great day! ~Erin

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

8/28 Stamp Camp

I meant to post these projects earlier but with preparing the kids to go back to school and visiting with my mother time has slipped by much too quickly!!
Here are the projects we will be making this Friday 8/28/09 at my Stamp Camp (7-9 pm).
This card uses bleach on the Soft Suede CS...I love how the stamped image 'magically' turned into Crushed Curry!! I took two pictures because it was hard to see the image behind the sentiment that was stamped on vellum. Different layout too...not one of my norms or even what I had intended in the beginning!! Always funny how that happens!! I do like the finished product...and have since used this layout on some Christmas cards. When you open the card, in this case you would see the back of the Soft Suede CS..I will add a picture of the kids to send to their grandparents. Pictures of that soon...stay tuned!!
Directions for card: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4" (just like a regular card) then cut off 2 1/2"..easy huh?? Then adhere the back piece (here I used 4 1/8" x 5 3/8") to the remaining front section of your card.
'Peek-A-Boo' Sweet Treat
This treat box was created using the Big Shot and the Movers & Shapers Die (114506) along with the Magnetic Movers & Shapers (115953) (love these!!) Be sure to check out for a great video tutorial...I love her ideas and she's not only inspirational but also SO uplifting..her voice and humor just crack me up!! This was so easy to make..and could easily be altered for any kind of party favor or holiday treat. Notice too how I went 'green' and used the punched out scalloped piece behind the stamped 'thank-you' from the Oval All stamp set (113790). What's that ribbon you ask?? Whisper White Organza ribbon (114319) that was stained to match the Melon Mambo CS using the Melon Mambo ink pad and stamping sponges (101610). I used velcro to seal it shut.
This last card uses the best stamp in the current catty..I call it 'da BOMB DIGGITY' of stamps!! The Medallion Stamp Set (115223) featured on page 133 in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog is Stampin' Up!'s top selling stamp set and I now see why...there are so many samples on . It's even on the front cover of our catalog. I took two pictures to show the glossy image, first I stamped in Elegant Eggplant then using the Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049) I re-stamped the image with the VersaMark pad (102283) and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. Pretty simple..just uses another step. This card we CASED from this one.
So..if you live locally be sure to contact me to attend an upcoming event..not only do we make great projects..but we have a blast! TFL and have a great day! ~Erin

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Day of School!!

Tomorrow is the first day back to school for the kids here in Frederick County, VA. I am sad that the summer is coming to an end...mostly because I LOVE the weather! If I wasn't so fair skinned and didn't burst into flames after being outside in the sun for over 10 minutes (LOL) I would be living in Miami, FL. The heat and humidity have never seemed to bother me...and I about cringe when I think of the cold weather and snow (YUCK!).
However...I do love all the holidays that will be here before you know it. The next Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog (issued Sept. 1) has gotten me even more excited to get started on upcoming fall projects and gifts for the holiday season. I have even started to make my Christmas cards!!
Here is a a treat box that I made for my childrens' teachers. It uses the Fancy Favor die (115965). I have always found inspiration on for so many of the projects you have seen here, and this box was no exception. Be sure to check out this blog (where the idea originated from). I always like to give credit to those clever and creative stampin' souls out there. Aren't the scissors cute?? This was so easy to just over an hour I made 3 of them!!! Contact me today if you have any questions on how to complete or be sure to click here to order 24/7 on my website. Hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Just a quick post today to show a card I recently made for a friend's birthday. I needed something 'quick and easy' that ended up looking like there was WAY more involved!! With the Sizzix Big Shot...almost any project becomes quick and easy, all you need is a little imagination! Be sure to check my SU! website for this month's promotion that I am offering on the Big is my own 'Starter Kit' (a deal way too good to pass up!!)
Stamp Set: Stem Sayings
Card stock: basic black, mellow moss, pretty in pink, pixie pink and Tea Party DSP
Ink: basic black
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Beautiful Butterflies Die, glue dots, double rectangle punch, grosgrain ribbon, sticky cuts sweet, green duo beads, pink duo beads
Thanks for looking and hope you have a great day!

Happy August!!

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