Thursday, June 27, 2013

More 4th of July!

Been in a very Patriotic mood lately.  Even got flags painted on my fingernails today! :)
Today I have pics for you of a couple more goodies I made for the 4th of July and a little bit of decorating in my house.

Here is another twist on the stand up box.  I like the crispness of this one! 
For a stand up box you only need a paper cutter, a scoring tool and adhesive!
Used the Stampin' Up Perfect Pennants Bigz die for white scallop, the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, 3/4" circle punch and a star punch purchased at Joannes I finished the box off.

Used the Petite Pocket Bigz die for the white envelope, stamped it with Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy stars, then textured the stamped section with the Square lattice folder.  Wrapped Cherry Cobbler bakers twine around the pocket a few times, and added a tag and shimmer star, filled with Twizzlers and some star wire purchased from the Dollar Tree.  Simple, cute and sweet! 
 Here is our mantle, nothing fancy.  Just a banner I made last year, some wooden stars decoupaged with patriotic napkins, an empty Ghirardelli tin and a couple of framed flags I found at a garage sale or thrift store. (I must be getting old because I can't remember exactly where I found them!)
 Lastly in a cabinet in the kitchen we have an apothecary jar filled with stars and striped wrapped taffy and Tootsie rolls. Add an oak frame that I painted white and put a cute cupcake print in and added a little star pennant.
I hope I have inspired you to if nothing else, get a fingernail or toenail painted with a flag for the 4th of July! :) 
Have a very Happy and Fun 4th!

Be inspired to create!

Monday, June 17, 2013

More Patriotifc Boxes for 4th of July!

I am still in full on 4th of July mode!  My first batch of banners and favors are all gone! So I am on to making more.  This stand up box is 4" high and holds a handful of candy nicely.
Used my Stampin' Up Apothecary accents framelits for the red paper with stars, and then cut the white circle with the Perfect Pennants Bigz die cut.  Topped that off with a 1" wide rosette, Vintage Faceted designer button and cherry cobbler bakers twine.  There you have another cute little favor that would look adorable on a plate at the 4th of July BBQ!

I still have red white and blue paper left!  More to come! :)

Have a great week!
Be inspired to create!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Patriotic Party Favors and Banners! 4th of July will be here soon!

 Yes this year is flying by!!!! Memorial Day has come and gone and before you know it the 4th of July will be upon us.  That being said, I have started making some patriotic party favors and banners.

Let's start with the banners.  Using the pennant die cut, scallop punch, circle punch and star punch (all punches except star are Stampin' Up)  The centerpiece of this banner is a rosette made with 2 - 12" X 1" strips of paper scored at every 1/2".  Adhered the 2 pieces together, held into a tight circle and put hot glue in the middle and held it until it set. Finished off the centerpiee with a vintage button and cherry cobbler bakers twine. 
 Using the petal cone die, I put together these patriotic cones.  These will hold either snack size Kit Kat bars or Twizzlers, whichever I find first :)
 Made these cute boxes out of 10" X 5 1/2" pieces of heavy cardstock.  Used punches and the pennant die cut to make the embellishments.  I found Tootsie Rolls and saltwater taffy in star spangled wrap at Winco to put inside the boxes.
If I whip up some potato salad and barbeque some burgers and I think we have a party!!!! :)

I hope you are having a great week!
Be inspired to create!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mr & Mrs Wedding Card

A very good friend of my daughters is getting married next weekend.  My daughter asked me to make a card.  I was honored to fulfill her request.
The wedding colors are red white and black.  I came up with this card for the bride and groom.
Started with a 5" X 10" piece of white card stock , then cut a black piece of card stock with the square scallop.  Embossed the black scallop square with dot embossing folder. Stamped the Mr & Mrs towels on white paper, trimmed and rounded the edges.  Stamped the Mr & Mrs towels again with black ink and cut just the Mr & Mrs out with a circle punch.  Finished it off by adding the tiny flowers, tiny pearl accents and a red ribbon.
Then I realized that I needed a special envelope for this 5 X 5 card. After wasting lots of paper I finally figured it out!!  I can now make envelopes for any size card!
I am working on easy directions with pictures for tutorial challenged people like me!
Come back soon for that!

Have a great week!
Be inspired to create!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Graduation Decorations on a Dime! :)

 My stepson Zachary graduated from high school last week. (my son is Zachary too) Crazy! :)
I put myself in charge of decorations. :)  As you can see the school colors are gold and purple.
So loaded with my handy Stampin' Up tools, card stock, some $ Tree items and recycled mason jars off I went!
Lets start with the mason jars.  Used framelits and a congratulations stamp to make the main pick in the jar.  Added a couple flags, made a belly band, filled the jar with purple shreds and finished with a layered scallop circle and a graduation cap.  (the graduation cap was found at Michael's)
Then with lots of purple and yellow card stock and my pennant framelit made banners to go all around the patio.
Then we have the pedestal vase used to hold cake pops.  I am certain I got this idea on Pinterest at some point.  This is a $ Tree vase, adhered to a $ Tree candlestick with clear silicone.  Easy peasy!
The yellow shreds were also purchased at the $ Tree.
 Purchased a new toy last week!  A babycakes cake pop maker.  Did a trial run Wednesday so I was prepared to make the purple and yellow pops you see here.  These do take a little time, but well worth the result.  My advice to you if you decide to try cake pops:  check out some you tube tutorials for tips before you give it a try.
The cake was purchased at Costco, but we personalized it with some photo pics layered with framelit shapes all hot glued to a wooden skewer.  I really liked the way this came out, and am sure we will do this again on future cakes!
I am very proud of my stepson! I wish him all the success in his future!
Do you have lots of grad parties this year? 
If so, hope some of these ideas helped!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Be inspired to create!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Graduation Time already!

Yes graduation time is upon us!!! Last year we had my daughters college and my niece's high school graduation bash!
This year my stepson Zachary is graduating from high school.
I made him this card using the school colors of purple, gold and black.
Hard to see with the black on black paper, but the 2nd layer of black paper is embossed with the square lattice embossing folder.  Layered over that are purple, black and then yellow pieces of card stock cut with the Framelits labels collection.  Dimensionals were used under the black embossed paper and the congratulations to make the card 3 dimensional.  The congratulations was stamped on whisper white paper and cut with the bitty banner framelits.
Big week ahead of us! Graduation on Thursday and the party on Saturday!
I will take pictures of the party directions to inspire you for your next party!!!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend!  Have a great week too!
Be inspired to create!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day and Dad's Birthday on the same day!

Tomorrow is not only Mother's Day but my fathers 71st birthday too! Needed to make a couple of cards!
Started with this cute vintage vibe card for Mom. Used the Apothecary Accents framelits to cut the shape for the sentiment.  Used the Morning Post Alphabet stamp set for MOM.  I finished it off with a flower made with the Boho flower punch, and topped that off with a Dahlia. Added a little bling on the sides with Rhinestone jewels.  My mom is truly beautiful inside and out, just had to reiterate that with the card. :)
Then on to Dad's card.  Started with a photo of him at I believe 4 years old.  I embossed the card stock with the stripes folder, used the ovals collection framelits for the photo and background paper.
Used the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and Bitty Banner framelits for the Happy Birthday and finished it off  with Early Espresso bakers twine.  I love using photos as elements on my cards.  I really think it makes the card special.  I am sure my dad will like this one!

We are celebrating Mom and Dad tomorrow with brunch at a new restaurant that comes highly recommended.  I sure hope it is good!
I hope you have a Wonderful Mother's Day!
If you are a Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Caregiver or any woman who cares for others, I hope you
are showered with love and affection tomorrow!
If you are not, then I hope you shower that special woman or women in your life with love and affection tomorrow!
Mom - I love you to infinity and beyond!!!!
(and as always if you want more information on these projects or Stampin' Up please contact me)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter Gifts for the Family!

Hello there!  Are you all ready for Easter?  I am not!  Have lots to do today because Easter is at our house tomorrow.  However, all the gifts and cards are ready to go for our guests!

Let's start with the cards for my parents and Johns mom. Started with card stock embossed with polka dots.  Used the window embossing folder on the white piece of paper.  Stamped the elegant egg, put a rhinestone in the middle of the egg and added a piece of ribbon and a bow to finish it off..  Sadly, this stamp is no longer available from Stampin' Up, but I love it so much I had to use it!!! Thanks again Julia for this great retired set!!!

Next we have cute little window boxes that I learned to make a couple of weeks ago at Stampin' Up demonstrator Karen Flores home.  Thanks Karen!  I love this box!
They will be filled with foil wrapped chocolate eggs. Yum!
 These are going to all the ladies in the house tomorrow.

 Lastly, I have the perfect gift for my teenage children and adult daughter.  Since they are older, I thought these recycled mason jars would be perfect!  I punched 3 graduated sizes of Stampin' Up circle scallops for the lids, topped with yellow buttons for my 2 young men and dahlias for the 2 young ladies . Put a layer of jelly beans in the bottom of each jar, circled peep bunnies around the sides and poured a few more jelly beans in the middle to keep the bunnies standing.
Wrapped bakers twine around the jar a few times and hung a Happy Easter tag on each one.
We are going to pick up Jamba Juice gift cards to go with the jars today. 
I woke up at 5:30 this morning (I must be nuts!) with a great idea to make little matching scallop envelopes to hold the gift cards in.  And there you have it a super easy, cute gift!
Mason jars are so versatile, you could adjust this project for just about any occasion!!!
I am so glad to have seen all the great ideas for mason jars at Pinterest!
Gotta love Pinterest!!!
 I wish you and yours a Very Happy and Blessed Easter!
 Be inspired to create!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Melinda!

 Hello and Happy Friday! 
Today is my good friend Melinda's birthday.  I made her this bright and springy card and gift.
Sadly that awesome egg stamp is no longer available through Stampin' Up :(.
When I saw a project with that egg I fell in love with it but I couldn't find it in any catalog!
I was very sad.  Luckily my crafty friend Julia had the set and was kind enough to share it with me!
Thank you Julia!!!!
Although the egg stamp is not available, all the other elements in the card are.
I used the elegant butterfly punch, the pennant punch, itty bitty shapes punch, bitty banners stamp and die cut, textured impressions embossing folder, bakers twine and some rhinestone jewels for both of these projects.  I am finding that I love the embossing folders so much that I rarely do a project anymore without them. 

I think this project is crisp bright and springy, perfect for a pre- Easter birthday.
Happy Birthday Melinda!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Be inspired to create!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I have Spring Fever!

 I do have Spring Fever! Which for me means, putting out the Easter Decorations, and creating stuff! :)
I know I may be a little late out of the gate to get lots and lots of items made before Easter.  But I have started and already have lots of cute things put together.

This is a recycled project.  I have been saving empty mason jars for this cute project I found on Pinterest at Dixie Delights blog. She has some really cute Easter ideas, you should check out the link.
For this project you need an empty clean mason jar.  Fill it with jelly beans, peeps, chocolate bunnies on a bed of Easter grass, whatever you like! The possibilities are endless!
I found that the large 2 2/8" Stampin' Up scallop circle punch cuts a piece of card stock to the perfectly on the mason jar lid.  I then punched a 1 3/4" scallop circle and the new 7/8" scallop circle to create the layered top on the lid.  I added a Vintage Faceted Designer button with pool party bakers twine to finish off the lid.
Tied a piece of ribbon around the neck and used the large oval punch to create the Happy Easter hang tag. Sooo cute and sooo easy!
I have lots of ideas for different ways to layer candy in these jars!  Can't wait to  make more!
Thanks for the idea Dixie Delights!

Have a great weekend!
Be inspired to create!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Super Simple Elegant Spring Card

Hello!  Today I have a very simple yet elegant card to share with you.
This is also bright for Spring/Easter.  And it was so easy and quick to put together!

The Stampin' Up tools I used for this one include:
Designer Frame Folders 123130
Delicate Designs Folders 127023
Perfect Polka Dots Folder 117335
(the folders put the embossing on the card stock)
Elegant Butterfly Punch 127526

I hope you are having a great week!
Be inspired to create!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mom & Dads Anniversary Card

Hello and Happy Tuesday!
Yesterday was my parents 52nd anniversary!  I can hardly believe that is has already been 2 years since we celebrated their big 50th on a cruise ship! I am constantly astonished at how quickly time passes. 
In honor of their anniversary I made them this card.  After 52 ears of marriage they are still in love, so I thought the two love birds were appropriate :)

These are the Stampin' Up tools used to make this card:
Stampin' up cardstock  for all but the birds.  The I love you paper was purchased at Joannes.
Large oval punch 119855
Bird builder punch 17191
Full heart punch 119883
Labels collection framelits 125598
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder 127819
Affection Collection Stamp Set 127949

I hope you have a great week!
Be inspired to create!
And as always, drop me a line if you would like more information on this project.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Butterfly Birthday Card for Sydney

Hello!  Hope you are doing well!
I am doing well and enjoying a day at home alone!  Pretty rare unless I am sick!
However today, I was able to get some cleaning and organizing done. 
And even snuck in a little crafting.

I didn't make this card today (show you that later:)
This card was for my niece Sydneys birthday.
Used several different elements to make this one: 
Scallop punch, Butterfly punch, embossing folder, Itty Bitty framelits, bakers twine and rhinestones.

I liked it, nice bright and cheery!

Be back soon!
Be inspired to create

Monday, February 4, 2013

More Valentine Fun!

I am a huge fan of Pinterest.  I get so many great ideas there!  I am so addicted that I can not go more than a few days without perusing everything to get more ideas!

I found this cute Valentine Chalkboard printable there.  The gals at Just Plain Cute were kind enough to post this free printable.  I printed it out in 8X10 size and put into a recycled frame my mom gave me.  The cute pennant banner was made with Stampin' Up paper, pennant punch, small heart punch and bakers twine.  I added vintage faceted buttons on the top and bottom of the frame to finish it off.  I later found metal easels at Hobby Lobby at 1/2 off!
Did I tell you that I love Hobby Lobby too!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Be inspired to create!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Recycled Jars for Valentines Day

Not sure what was going on, but I was having a problem downloading photos for the blog.  I was so bummed because I have been making so many cute Valentines!
Well finally looks like the problem is solved. Yea!!!
Here are some empty honey jars I have been saving to re use. 
With my Stampin' Up tools including retired Christmas fabric I put these cuties together.
Fill them with candy and there you have a cute little Valentines gift!

I know that I am not a consistent blogger, but I will be catching up with all the photos I can download again! :)

I hope you have had a great week and that you have some fun plans for Super Bowl Sunday!
Have a great weekend!
And as always if you would like more details about this project please leave me a comment and a way to get in contact with you.

Be inspired to create!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine cuties!

Hi there and Happy New Year!!
I haven't blogged in a while, but I have been busy crafting!!!
Made lots of goodies for Christmas and started Valentines about a week ago.
Just having a problem getting my photos to upload!
I was finally able to get this one to upload!  I have many more to share!!!
Ghirardelli chocolates fit perfectly into these little scallop envelopes.
The fancy favor box in the back will hold a cellophane bag filled with any treat you like!
I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
I wish you peace happiness prosperity and good health this year and always!
Hope to be back soon once I figure out the photo upload issue.
Be inspired to create!