My Christmas Banner

I decided I needed a new banner for our fireplace this Christmas but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time making it, so I knew I needed to keep it simple.  Punches and dies to the rescue!

Christmas BannerI started by cutting out some of the red and white striped paper from the Season of Style DSP stack into the pennant shapes.  Then I die cut one of the snowflake shapes using the Festive Flurry framelits and the Champagne Glimmer Paper.  I punched a 1-3/4″ circle using my circle punch and white card stock.  Then I die cut the letters from Cherry Cobbler card stock using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies.

Christmas Banner MEFor the banner between the two words, I made a decorative snowflake using some Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Cherry Cobbler ink.  I also added a Vintage Faceted Designer Button.

Banner FlakeAll in all, it took me about one and a half hours to assemble the whole thing.  Pretty easy!

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!





“It’s Fall Y’all” Banner — Monday Montage #4

Monday Montage Banner -- October

It’s another Montage Monday (on Sunday evening :)).  I can’t wait to see what the other designers have created this time around!

I made a new Fall banner for our mantle.  We actually had a taste of Fall this weekend in Texas, and I’ve loved it.

Happy Fall Banner -- FullI used the Sweater Weather dsp and the large leaf image from the Bigz Autumn Accents die.  The alphabet letters, which spell “Happy Fall Y’all,” are from the Bigz Typeset Alphabet die.  Here’s a closer look:

Happy Fall Banner --Medium

I took the 7/16″ Natural Trim and layered it across the top of each banner.  I’ve found that sewing all of the banners together works best for me.  I just feed each banner through on my sewing machine, leaving a little space between each one.  This allows me to easily fold the banner up for storage until the next year.

Here’s one more close look at an individual banner:

Happy Fall Banner -- Close

Now you’re ready to hop on over to incredibly talented Breelin Renwick’s blog and continue on the blog hop trail.  If you’d prefer to work your way around in reverse order you can see the fabulously creative Wendy Weixler’s creation by hitting the Back button instead.

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Enjoy your Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Creepy, Crawly Halloween Treat Sack — FabFri28

Wow!  It’s already time for another Fab Friday challenge.  And this time around we have a fun color challenge for you:

Since this one just screamed Halloween to me, I decided to just go with it.  I love making little Halloween treats, so that is what I decided to make for this challenge.  The little Mini Muslin Bags are such a great size to hold bite-size candies and little treats.  And they’re so fun to decorate!

Creepy Crawly Treat SackUsing the stencils in the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, I sponged Rich Razzleberry ink to make the polka dots on the bag.  It was pretty quick and I love how this allows you to decorate the bags with any color scheme you choose.

Go by the Fab Friday blog and check out what the other designers made with the colors in this week’s challenge.  And then make your own project and share it with us.  You have two weeks!

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Halloween Bash
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Old Olive
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Embellishments:  Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape, Orange Stampin’ Glitter, Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Mini Muslin Bags

Two Last Hello, Lovely Projects

I’ve been featuring the Hello, Lovely stamp set all week, and today I’m sharing my last two projects with you.

Hello Lovely Display 3dThis project uses one of the super fun Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  I die cut the largest heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits and did some “crazy sewing” with my little sewing machine.  I added a wrinkled up doily and some fun embellishments using the Hello, Lovely stamp set.

Hello Lovely Display 3d - close upI thought this was a pretty color combination — Blushing Bride, Aqua Mist, Crumb Cake, and Midnight Muse.

My second project is a card.

Hello Lovely Display 4I didn’t get a good picture of this before I sent it off for the Convention display boards, but I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make score lines above and below the row of medallions.  I also added some Dazzling Diamonds to the medallions for a little sparkle.  I love Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral together.

Well, that’s it for Hello, Lovely week.  Though I’m sure you’ll be seeing more Hello, Projects in the future.  Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!




Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 8

2013artisanfinalistAWe are moving right along and are now on Day 8 of the blog hop for the Artisan Finalists who were not selected for the design team.  It’s been going by so fast — there has been a blur of eye-catching, spectacular projects these past few days.

Today I have a 3-D project for you.  We had to make two for our entry, and this one was my favorite.  I’m not sure what to call this one.  I have seen these before made out of tin or other types of metal, but I wanted to make mine out of paper.  I’ll call it a hanging pocket for flowers.

Artisan 3-D Hanging Flower BoxThis was definitely a trial-and-error kind of project.  Once I got the dimensions right for the project, it was easy — I was just able to have fun decorating it.  It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the sides form a “V” shape.  They start out wider at the top and taper to a point at the bottom.  I used lots of sticky strip to adhere everything together.

I started by sponging Whisper White Craft ink onto the Natural Composition Specialty dsp.  After assembling the pocket, I adhered the tiny pearls all the way around the pocket.  I don’t know about you, but I always have those three long strings of attached pearls left on my Pearl Basics Jewels sheets.  Since I hate to throw things away because one never knows when something might come in handy, I had several sheets left with just these rows.  They were put to use on this project, so it wasn’t as time consuming as one might think to attach all of the pearls.

Artisan 3-D Hanging Flower Close Up of Big FlowerTo make the big flower, I used some ribbon scraps and did lots of sponging and used gold smooch spritz (oh, how I miss that stuff!).  I dyed the flower trim for the center of the flower with the smooch spritz too.  I used lots of layers here.

Artisan 3-D Hanging Flower Close Up of TrimI layered some Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon at the top, and then added some Flower Trim (which has also sadly been retired — I LOVED that stuff!), which I also lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  I embossed the Friend banner with gold embossing powder.

Artisan 3-D Hanging Flower Close Up of FlowersAnd then I got to make the flowers.  I just love this color combination — Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit and a touch of Gumball Green.  I inserted a piece of green flower foam in the pocket and used some green flower stems I found at the craft store.  I covered the foam with some of the First Edition Specialty dsp (another item I sorely miss), which I shredded and crumpled.

This was one of those rare projects that turned out exactly like I had envisioned before starting it.  I was able to finish it within one day, and I was sad to have to give it away.

Now you should hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog and check out her amazing project.  Or if you prefer, you can work your way backwards and go visit the fabulous Wendy Weixler.  Either way, you can work your way around to see all ten beautiful projects.

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Enjoy your Saturday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Amazing Family
Ink:  Versamark, Whisper White Craft, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Comfort Café Designer Series Paper, 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse
Accessories:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Paper Daisies, Blossom punch, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle punch, 5/8” Flower Trim, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Linen Thread, Natural 7/16” Trim Ribbon, Very Vanilla ½” Seam Binding Ribbon, Victoria 5/8” Crochet Trim, Summer Starfruit 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon,  Crumb Cake ½” Seam Binding Ribbon, ¾” Circle punch, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Pearl Basic Jewels, flower stems (non-SU),  Scallop Edge Border punch, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 4


I hope you’ve been enjoying the blog hop for the ten Artisan Finalists who did not make the design team.  We’re on day 4 now, and I have a 3-D project to share with you.

This project consisted of three canvases.  I first painted the canvases with gesso, and then used Mod-Podge to adhere the dsp to the canvas.  I then covered the top with Mod-Podge as well.  I sanded the edges to smooth them and give them a slightly distressed look.

Artisan 3-D Canvas All The largest canvas has the name Olivia on it.  She must be my fictional daughter as we don’t have any Olivia’s in our house, but I wanted to use a six-letter name because I thought it would fit so nicely on the canvas.  Since we don’t get these projects back from Stampin’ Up!, I decided to just use a random name and I think Olivia is a pretty name, don’t you?  🙂

Artisan 3-D CanvasThe letters are from My Digital Studio, and I punched them out.  The banners were made with the Bitty Banners and Hearts Aflutter framelits collections.

Artisan 3-D Canvas Banner

The blue part of the flower was made with a Canvas Creations sheet, which I spritzed with Island Indigo reinker mixed with rubbing alcohol.  I also die cut a layer of burlap.

Artisan 3-D Canvas Close UpHere are pictures of the other two canvases:

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Artisan 3-D Canvas 3My two daughters have asked that I make similar canvases for their rooms, now that I’ve finished the decorations for the fake Olivia.  It wasn’t really a hard project to make — just a little time consuming, so I do plan on making more of these.

Are you ready to venture on and visit the next blog?  Breelin Renwick will have a project that you don’t want to miss.  Or you could work your way backwards and see Wendy Weixler’s awesome project.

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Enjoy your Tuesday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Ink So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Accessories:   Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Paper Daisies, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Subtles Designer Buttons, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 3/16” Brights Brads, Canvas Creations, Burlap (non-SU), Gesso (non-SU), Canvases (non-SU), Mod Podge (non-SU), Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
Baker’s Twine:  Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle Punch, Blossom Punch, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, 7/8” Scallop Circle Punch
Dies:  Floral Frames Framelits, Fun Flowers Bigz L, Bitty Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits,
MDS:  Just Perfect Alphabet in Calypso Coral

End of Lovely Romance Week

Well, we’re at the end of Lovely Romance week.  So what do you think about this set?  It definitely isn’t one I would normally choose, as it isn’t my normal style.  But I have enjoyed using it, and I have even grown to love the coordinating dsp, Venetian Romance.  It has such beautiful colors and it’s very different from the other offerings.

This is my 3-D project for the Convention display boards for this suite of products.  I used one of the Kraft Gift Boxes for it.

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This is such a fun girly box.  I love all of the lace and ruffles on it.  And these colors are so pretty together.

So what’s up for the next week?  Well, the ten Artisan Finalists who were not selected for the design team are doing a blog hop and it starts tonight.  We’ll be showing our ten projects which we submitted for the contest.  It seems like it was so long ago when we made them, and it has been hard to not share them until now.  I hope you’ll come check them out.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

End of Gorgeous Grunge Week

Today is my last day of Gorgeous Grunge week.  I have one more project from my work on the convention display boards to share with you.  It’s actually a 3-d item, which started out as an unfinished wood frame, and it contains a picture of my youngest.

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3dI started by applying three coats of gesso to the wood with a paintbrush.  I then mixed several drops of Pool Party re-inker and rubbing alcohol in a Stampin’ Spritzer, and spritzed the frame until it was the shade of blue I liked.  After that was dry, I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge stamps directly on the frame.   Here’s a closer look at the stamping:

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3d - close up grungeThe flowers were super easy.  I just punched some of the This and That Epic Day dsp with the Fancy Flower punch, and then crumpled them up.  I then added other punches to layer on, finishing with the Very Vintage Designer Buttons.  I just cut the leaves out by hand.

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3d - close up flowersI was really pleased with how the stamping looked on the frame.  The gesso gave it a nice base, and since the stamps have a grunge look, the stamping didn’t need to be perfect.

Well, I hope you all have enjoyed the Gorgeous Grunge week.  It’s definitely not my normal style of stamping — I’m a Clean and Simple girl at heart.  However, I do think it’s fun to mix it up every once and a while, and I do think the two styles can be used together.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Come back tomorrow, and I’ll be starting another theme week.  This one will feature the Lovely Romance stamp set and the Venetian Romance suite of products.  Thanks for stopping by!




Tag a Bag

Tag a Bag

Have you seen these cute little sacks in the catalog?  They come with the chevron print on them and they are a great size for little gifts.  You can also get the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, which contains cute labels, tags, and accessories.  Very fun, and very easy!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Express Yourself
Ink:  Gumball Green
Paper:  Crushed Curry
Embellishments:  Tag a Bag Gift Bags, Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Calypso Coral 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, In Color Dahlias, Bitty Butterfly punch, Elegant Butterfly punch, Linen Thread

An Easter Treat

Posies and Jelly Beans

While I was playing with the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, I made this little Easter treat.  I folded the embossed tag in half and added some strips of dsp.  I filled the small cello bag with some Easter “grass” and jelly bean eggs.  Easy peasy!

Have a great Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Summer Starfruit
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, In-Color dsp stacks
Embellishments:  Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, 1/2″ Circle punch