Friday, July 30, 2010

Card sent to me.......from Oliebud!

Oliebud aka Cheryl sent me this great card!!!  I love it!  It has spectacular beads sewn onto it - glitter and pretty colours, texture - in short, its a great card for anyone but especially for a glitter lover like myself!

Cheryl and myself and a few other crafters on Love is in the Details forum are participating in an ATC Swap - butterflies in particular, so we should have a few fluttering around our homes shortly - a lovely reminder of summer!

While I can't show the ATCs I received yet till the Due Date for the swap is passed - they are all shaping up to be a fabulous collection!!!

Thanks Cheryl. It's a lovely card. :)

Stampin' Up!'s delicious colours in Buttons!

I have some buttons to show you today!

Stampin' Up! is well-known for their co-ordination of products drawn from their Colour Families. Here have a look  - these are the 'Brights Collection" buttons.   72 buttons in fun colours!  You get shapes, sizes and colours in a snappy little container - and I love looking at them!  Its like looking at beautiful marbles - esp. all in a bunch like that, makes it hard to want to use them, lol!

But for my OPEN HOUSE coming up - I  have them on display mounted inside a frame I recyled!.

Can you believe this frame used to be a dusty rose and gold?  I chose a fun poppy red to paint it, and distressed it lightly with some sanding paper after it was dry. Then a top coat of gel medium (purchase in art section).

      


You can see in my previous post that I used them to spruce up a project - and my tip for today?  If you 'sew' buttons on to a project like I have - put a tiny, tiny dab of glue on the knot and even the ends where you clip the thread - to prevent fraying or coming loose.  I use a dressmakers pin and dip the tip into the glue, and then dab it on the thread's knot, and it's quite easy that way. 


Cheers - have a great week-end!
Beverly

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Gift Bag using Sweet Treat Cups

Helllooooo!

Here's another SNEEK PEEK to a project
that will be on display at my
 OPEN HOUSE 
- COMING UP THIS SUNDAY - AUG 1  




First - want to know the secret for ador-able cards or projects like this?  Add treats!

It's seriously easy by using Stampin' Up!s Sweet Treat Cups!  You fill the Sweet treat Cup with some goodies and adhere it to your project.   There are several clever Stamp Sets that are designed to use the Cups as part of the image - first stamp and then punch out a hole using a circle or heart shape punch, and insert the treat cup like I have done here.

 I decided to make up my own design although I do have a co-ordinating stamp set, but I chose to punch out a circle and transform the treat cup into a flower!  And our beautiful coloured BRIGHTS BUTTONS really jazz it up!




Rather than make a card, I made a ' topper ' for a gift bag - one of those non-descript bags you can buy in the 'Party Supplies' section - and look at it NOW!   Just have to filler up and I'm all set to go :)

Since I purchase these bags when they are reduced - this whole project cost me about $1.60 - so CUTE and inexpensive for a CUSTOM GIFT BAG THAT HAS SWEET ALL OVER IT!!!!   

So for the cost of peanuts - or "candy" - you can give a gift in such a fun way.  I love that, and you'll probably be right there when they see their candy and their eyes light up - that's what its all about! :)


SEE YOU AT MY OPEN HOUSE!!!!




Cost of the project - 50 cents for bag; scraps of cardstock and ribbon - 50 cents; 4 buttons from "Brights" Collection - (4 0f 72 buttons) - 50 cents;  tiny amount of ink and adhesive - negligible; candy - 10 cents  = approx. $1.60 


STAMPIN' UP! Supplies: 1-3/4 " Circle Punch; 5 Petal Flower Punch; Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper; NEW 'Brights' Buttons; Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock; Hostess "Playful Pieces" Level II clear stamps; Wild Wasabi + Real Red + Peach Parfait Ink, Sticky Strip Adhesive, glue.


NOTE:  You can also purchase Sweet Treat padded envelopes to hold your creations if you wish to mail them.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

So Nice to make a Friend a little Something!

If you have a friend who is also crafty - wouldn't it be nice to make a little something for her - or him?

To prepare for my upcoming OPEN HOUSE, I turned and  took my cue from our latest STAMPIN' UP! IDEA BOOK and CATALOGUE - and transferred one of the catty's idea into a project perfect "for a friend".

So, I can't reveal the whole thing right now - hopefully you will drop by and see for yourself.  But I will show it here after my OPEN HOUSE is finished by AUG 4th  - so here's a peek!



I apologize for my laziness with the next pic - its a bit out of focus, but I have a
dog needs his walk! LOL! If only I had a photo fairy around here!

But you can see the word is 'FRIEND'



The main colour on this project is one of our newest: CHERRY COBBLER!
It's delish! 

Bye for now and have a pleasant weekend.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I will show some projects featuring different colours....today is GREEN....


Isn't this pretty - Pear Pizzaz and Peach Parfait IN COLORS!  


Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip!


Garden Green - Circle Circus Bookmark.





.....and while its only the foliage that is green 
and its an Easter Card I found on the net, by craft artist Sarah Stedler Miller - and thought 
it still is great as a summer card - we're still able to munch on 
fresh carrots, right!  It's too cute anyways!

Old Olive foliage. 

Well get your thinking caps on for green yourselves - see how you do! 






Sunday, July 18, 2010

Playing with FLoWers and RiBBon


Having a fantastic afternoon - listening to music and making ribbon and flowers come together!

Needed a 'special' birthday card....
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY

MARGARET!



And so I wanted to make one flower/ribbon combo, but I really got into it - must of been the music, and so I made more......I can always do more to these cards, but we're just focusing on the flowers, right?

HOW TO MAKE A PRETTY FLOWER
 with RIBBON ACCENT

YOU WILL NEED:  fabric flower + ribbon + needle/thread + pattern cardstock + (1 " Circle Punch, optional) + adhesive {strong}

{CLICK on pictures for a closer view!} 

TO START:   cut some lengthes of ribbon.    Next take your fabric flower, and ....'Fold' both the ribbon and the flower - stitch the ribbon folds onto the front of the flower, spanning them out - as many as you like. I am using 3 ribbon pieces.

*TIP - you can always trim ribbon to create a 'new' ribbon - I trimmed my ribbon off of the wider striped blue/brown/white ribbon because I did not want the brown and I need a narrower strip.


It doesn't look like much now but.......




...it will on the card....

Make your card 
...layer cardstock of choice onto your blank cardstock card base......




Add a Decorative Border

Above, I've made a strip (turquoise) and trimmed both sides with
 Stampin' Up!'s Scalloped Trim Border Punch; and layered
it with a colourful patterned cardstock.





Create a Center for the Ribbon-Flower
....I cut a  small circle from the patterned 
designer paper [see above], and layered it onto pink, then turquoise 
cardstock - cutting it out in a "wonky" style!  [look at the small circle, lower right]
No need to be neat! 




Assembling the Card
I added my flower-ribbon, and topped it with a 1 inch circle 
using STICKY STRIP tape...
... now it's lookin' better, right?




Finito! 

Here is the card! 
Along with the flower to the right, where I basically did the same
treatment to the fabric flower - only difference is I 
made the whole flower; and added a real button. 


Whole Flower with Ribbon and Button Close-up 

And that birthday card?  

Ta Da!   In glorious tropical colours! 



This girl is going on a cruise soon....so I think we are feeling that here, lol! 




So go ahead - experiment,  try different versions of 
this project yourself - that's the best way!

Well, back to my music! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Stampin' Up!'s New Vintage Wallpaper Texture Folder

Here is a sample of what I have done 
using the fabulous & new Textured Impressions Folder -
  Vintage Wallpaper

OMG I love this one! 


This was one of a gazillion old frames from a rummage sale, 
and I have a soft spot for frames - there is SO much you can do with them!  

Here's the close-up....


I have highlighted that great embossed design 
with some WHITE CRAFT INK by
 just lightly swipping the cardstock's raised design 
with my ink pad. A couple of times actually. 
The punched out flowers in glittery paper and
the button is sew on with linen thread. 

This is a outline stamp I just received new from 
my last order - FREE - that of course is what happens
when you order a certain amount (yeah!) and
I used my AQUA PAINTER and STAMPIN' PASTELS
to colour the images, and a glue dot to mount the 
sweet lil' chick!  Cutie pie!



Now here it is paired with another ol' frame I 
filled with the parts of post-card.....i plan on expanding 
this 'vignette' as I find more rummage/garage sale frames! 

Thanks for dropping in! 
Don't forget to read below as you are welcome to my OPEN HOUSE!!! 


OPEN HOUSE!!!


Here's your personal invitation to my OPEN HOUSE where I hope to show you something exciting!

I will be sharing:   NEW PRODUCTS
                           A FREE MAKE & TAKE
                           DISPLAY BOARD
                           PRIZE
                           REFRESHMENTS
                           SMALL GIFT ITEMS FOR SALE
                            RETIRED ITEMS FOR SALE  and SWAP!!!
                                   - NEW: bring in your own SETS to SWAP for a RETIRED STAMP SET

And best of all - you can pick up your copy of our latest CATALOGUES!   For my faithful customers - receive your Free copy of Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book & Catalogue 2010-2011.

If you are new, and would like your own copy - place an order and you'll also get a Free catty!
All Mini-Catalogues are FREE.


OPEN HOUSE 
When:       #1 = Aug 1,   open from 1:00 - 3:00 pm      UPDATE - AUG 4 CANCELLED!
                              


Where:   Party Room - 1680 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, ON 
 Directions and Parking:
 [1 block East of McCowan+Ellesmere intersection]   Parking to the side or back of building {limited} - or right beside us at the Shopper's Plaza parking lot, walk over a short way to front entrance.

Come and learn about Stampin' Up! products, chat about crafting with me, and have some fun with a quick Make & Take {that's code for making a free sample}........sit and relax with some refreshments, look over the catalogues -------just have a nice time...some ME TIME!

WANT TO LEARN MORE about being a DEMO?  Ask me anything you'd like to know about this fun and fascinating BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY!   EARN extra money to pay for your hobby or extra milestones in your life! I'll be more than happy to help :)

See you there!
Beverly



















Red card - by Heather Fosbery


Monday, July 12, 2010

Lovely Cards from Blog Candy Winner Diane!

Diane - or as some of you may know her as StampingDeeDee on Splitcoast Stampers - - kindly sent along some of her projects she made using parts of the blog candy she won here.

Here are her lovely cards...very summery!






Thanks Diane :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chipboard Wall Decor and 2 Step Bird Punch

Hi!  I'm back from time away....but recently I have been digging away in the craft studio and trying this and that.
Here is what I recently came up with....

I found some chipboard squares - about 6x6 inches. And I created these because I wanted a project for my 2 Step XL Bird Punch and these cute phrase stamps which are all quotes concerning women. Then I just went hary-kary with my supplies, and it was really what-ever fell into place!

Here's my first one in a bright yellow!  It's got a new home with our Property Manager Marilyn's office wall!


Below you can really see the smooch in gold I sprayed on the keyhole plaque.  The plaque sits on a supporting back, and for a mysterious effect - I stamped the words again so you can seem them peeking through the keyhole! 



Now here is my pink version.



Same idea - just different decorations! 



This one I used our Polka Dot Textured Impressions Folder, and rubbed white then Rose Red or Choc Chip over the raised surface (see around edges)....and I scrolled the greeting - that was fun!

Hope you try one yourself! 

See ya later!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day

Hi - are ya havin' fun today?

I am!  And I've decided to stay away from stampin today even though I just got in a whole lotta stuff!  But instead, I'm posting pics of our Pepper - who celebrated his birthday on Weds. We took him down to the dog park on the Beaches - bought him some treats at the pet bakery, and just spent the day being lazy.  So here he is with his new look too!


Pepper and his new gang!




See the water running under this pipe?  A little dog kept disappearing 
by going under there - then popping back up!  Pepper is like "where'd he go?"



But here is the little dog back!  Pepper is not quite used
to the water yet - seems willing, but maybe next time!



And this adorable guy kept hogging the camera! LOL!
I also love the way his ear folded back (upper right).



Nice pic for a nice day!



Honestly, I feel the cold easy - so I look like this! 


We voted this our best pic of the day!  

HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY PEPPER!