Thursday, March 27, 2008
All you have to do is to make a photocopy of the pattern onto the backside of your cardstock. Cut along the solid lines, and fold along the dotted lines. Punch out a 1" circle where indicated. Then there are two 1/4" tabs that need to be secured with double stick tape. After that, you just need an aqua tube to hold you flowers (you can get these wherever they sell floral supplies) ...just pop the aqua tube into the 1" circle you punched earlier. Then, decorate with ribbons and stamps!
For this vase I painted a chipboard tag with Making Memories scrapbook paint (Rose Petal) and stamped #1302 (Happy Mother's Day) and #5031 (Floral Scroll).
You can use school colors to decorate graduation vases.
Stamps used are #1401 (Graduation Monkey) and #2013 (Happy Graduation).
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I always think of this quote when I get stuck in "stamper's block"...you know...like "writer's block". I can sit there forever waiting for a brilliant idea to strike me...but, sometimes, you just have to do something for the ideas to start flowing. And for me, that means to get back to basics. Keep it simple!!
Stamps used are # 3017 (Sunflower Thanks) and #5007 (Sunflower). Ribbon is from American Crafts. Very simple, right? But....oooooooh!!! Now I have a good idea for tomorrow!!!!!
Friday, March 21, 2008
The easiest way to do this is to make a photocopy of this pattern directly onto your cardstock (make sure you print it to the backside). Then all you have to do is cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines.
Next, I punched out two 5/8" circles with a 1/8" hole punched in the middle of each circle. Fold the box together (don't tape it together yet!) and place the two circles in the following positions:
With a pencil, mark the center of each circle onto the box...then punch a 1/8" hole at each mark. You're going to attach each of these circles with an eyelet. On the flap, line up the holes in the circle and in the box...slip an eyelet through both holes and secure the eyelet.
On the bottom part of the box, slip one end of a 5" piece of string or thin ribbon into the hole in the box (so that just a bit sticks through to the inside of the box). Then align the circle and slip the eyelet through both holes...when you hammer the eyelet in it will also secure the string.
Now, put double stick tape along the 4 small tabs on the box and put the box together (if you made all your folds, the box should naturally come together). Then all that's left to do is to decorate the box. I used stamp #4033 (Panda). Use the string to close the box like those manila envelopes. I know it may be hard to understand some of the instructions (it's hard for me to explain it!!)...but, please feel free to write to me if you get stuck!! I also made an Easter sample (yes, you still have time to make it for Easter if you hurry!!)
This Easter box uses stamp #1010 (Bunny). I hope you all have a very happy Easter. For those of you in the Mapunapuna area...I'll be doing a make 'n take at the Mapunapuna Ben Franklin from 10-12 tomorrow (Saturday, 3/22). They asked me to do the following project:
I'll also be doing the same project at the Enchanted Lakes Ben Franklin on April 19, for those of you on that side of the island. I'll fill you in on the details as that date gets closer!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I started by cutting out a rectangle in the card (the yellow cardstock). I cut strips of patterned paper and glued them down just on one side on the card. I flipped the card over and using the original rectangle as a guide, I cut through the patterned paper. Then I slipped a piece of acetate between the yellow cardstock and the patterned paper...then I glued EVERYTHING down.
On vellum, I drew a heart shape in pencil (I used a heart template I have), then I used stamps #5035 (Monkey With Flowers), #1105 (Cat With Roses), #4015 (Love You Script) and $5004 (Rosebud).
Then I just cut around everything and erased the heart pencil lines. After that you just have to color everything in and glue it to the back of the acetate. Add glitter, ribbon and a brad (of course) and you're done!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I threaded a silver cord through each of the holes and tied double knots before taping them onto the card (see below). Can you tell I slipped a tiny bead through the cord on the top before I taped it down?
I pasted a sheet of printed paper over that (to cover all the mess...now you know what's underneath it all!! Yikes!) I stamped, colored and cut #5052 (Koala) on vellum paper and glued it to the back of the clear acetate (just a liiiiittle glue around the edges of the design). Added some adhesive ribbon from K&Company, some glitter glue and #5058 (You Make Me Smile). I don't know if you can really see it, but it looks kinda like stained glass. I'm working on another card now with more designs and brighter colors so you can see the effect better. Check back tomorrow to see how that turns out!!
Monday, March 17, 2008
For this card I used Making Memories paint in lilac on a chipboard frame from Deluxe Designs. The paper is from Autumn Leaves (Filigreen), and the ribbon is from Martha Stewart. Stamps used are #1003 (Fern) and #4021 (Thinking of You). Have a great Tuesday!!
This card uses stamps #3003 (Happy, Happy Birthday), #3004 (Birthday Cake), #5004 (Rosebud), #5030 (Scattered Flowers) and #5041 (Butterfly With Candle). Papers are from Creative Imaginations (Studio Basics 101) and Provo Craft (Pink and Orange Flowers).
Now I'm off to do some spring cleaning!! My son just started his 2 week spring break (I'm sure this is just what he had in mind for his break!!) and we're going to get organized!! Have a great week!
**Just a note: I was asked how I attached the rubber stamps to this card. It's really easy...I just cut cardstock to fit the "spine" of the card, then I punched a 1/16" hole on either side of each rubber stamp. Next I got a piece of elastic and threaded each end through one of the holes...and tied knots in the back. I used double stick foam tape (the kind on a roll) and placed it along the top and bottom edge and also right down the center of the cardstock and stuck the whole thing into the card. That's it!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Ok...that turned out pretty well...but, did it really need to take a few days to figure that out??? Aaaahhh...but wait! That's not all!! Let me show you the inside!!!
Now that's the kind of card I would like to receive...filled with all kinds of goodies! If you agree and would like to receive this card in the mail, just post a comment by Sunday, March 16. I'll pick a winner at random from the list of posts. I'll announce the winner on Monday, March 17! Now, here's a close-up of what's included:
5 Dandelion Design stamps,
Flower brads and ribbon,
Of course, some candy!!!
Rub-ons and a mini card,
a bookmark and adhesive bling!! Good luck to all!!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Stamps used are #2015 (Buddies) and #2020 (Smile). Maybe I'm just in "Easter mode", but something about this card reminded me of an easter basket. So, I had to give it a try...
I started with a stack of 4 easter candies and put a strip of double stick tape on each side of the stack.
Then I wrapped a strip of printed cardstock around the candies and attached the ends with tape on the bottom.
I stamped #1205 (Chick with Jellybean), #1210 (Happy Easter) and #1206 (Jellybean), then punched it out with a scallop rectangle punch. Add glitter glue and a ribbon and you've got a quick "easter basket".
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
A few more ideas for little treats on Easter morning. The first favor uses paper door hangers. This is another idea from my friend, Pam, taught to me many years ago. You just need to make 2 score lines at 3" and 4" from the bottom of the hanger. I usually like to cover the front section with printed paper. I decorated this one with stamps # 1203 (Chick on Egg), #1204 (Chick With Tulip) and #1205 (Chick With Jellybean). Add a bag of candies and double stick tape the ends together. You can also use the punched out window as a gift tag. (Printed paper is Easter Ribbons by Reminisce).
These egg holders are also VERY easy!! Just cut a strip of cardstock and bend it in the shape of a ring and glue the ends together!! That's it!! Decorate with stamped images and you're done!! You can use these for real eggs or fill some plastic eggs with more goodies!!
Monday, March 3, 2008
How often do you think about certain people...but never get around to connecting with them? Life gets so crazy sometimes that you put it off until "later". That's my challenge for you today. Send a quick note to someone to let them know that you're thinking about them...make a phone call to brighten someone's day!!
I fell in love with this paper as soon as I saw it...it's from American Crafts (Marquee), and the dotted paper is from SEI (Forget-Me-Dots). The stamps I used are #3024 (Dog in Heart) and #4021 (Thinking of You). Other supplies are Icon rhinestones, K & Company adhesive paper ribbon (aren't these great?? they come on a card with 2 yards each of 3 different designs!!), Marvy square and scallop square punches.
As for me....I'm sending this card off right now to someone very special!! Have a great day!