You can now purchase the tutorial for my Kindness Matters class that I taught at retreat in Asheville, North Carolina. This class was very popular and I really enjoyed teaching it to a great bunch of ladies! The binder holds eight 5-1/4″ square cards, 2 each of 4 different designs along with envelopes. The binder and cards can be easily adapted to any designer series paper and stamp set so it is great for classes or a stamp camp, and if you are not a demonstrator, just to make and give as a gift. The cost is $12.50. Here’s the link to my new Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sherindipity
Spring is in the air, but the end of the school year will be here before you know it. So here is a little Mocha Morning for your graduate! The wording on this card is from Word Play and is one of my favorite stamps from the set and very versatile – works for graduation, new job or retirement. And the Early Espresso ribbon and the mini library clip definitely are perfect embellishments for this card. Get your Mocha Morning Specialty DSP before it’s gone!
Here’s another project using this great DSP from a class I took at the North Carolina Retreat. My friend Bonnie Henderson taught this beautiful Frame Class and I really loved making the flowers out of Mocha Morning Specialty DSP. Check out the texture on the leaves – she showed us how to use the Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to make the veins on the leaf. So cool!
Supplies for Card: Stamp Set: Word Play; Cardstock: Textured Crumbcake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink: Early Espresso; DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty; Accessories: 1/8″ Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Library Clip, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Retirement List will be out on April 15th, please be sure to check out this list on my demonstrator website by clicking on the “shop now shopping cart” button at the top right sidebar of my blog – it will take you to my site. These items will start to go quick so don’t delay if there are items you want from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.
Also the Clearance Rack has added over 50 new items. You won’t want to pass up these items either. Fabulous markdowns!
My neighbors, Phil and Mary, just had a beautiful baby girl, named Catherine Rose. I decorated this cute frame with some flowers to spice it up for their little beauty. Thanks Mary for letting me have my baby fix this morning. I used the new Mixed Bunch stamp set from the Mini Occasions catalog along with the coordinating Blossom Punch to make the flowers. I stamped the flower image in Pretty in Pink and punched out centers of the same color card stock. That’s what’s great about Stampin’ Up! products – coordinating colors in everything from ink, cardstock, markers, ribbons, buttons, etc. ! I added the new 8 mm pearls to the centers of the flowers and on the bow which I made with my Perfect Bow Maker. The smaller flowers were made with the Boho Blossom punch and the Basic Pearls. I added all the flowers to a base which I made out of chipboard covered in Twitterpatted DSP and hot glued to the front of the frame. I also modge podged the large flowers so I could form them to flip up on the edges. Both the chipboard and the modge podge gives the flowers stability as well. I used the Two Step Bird punch (wing section) to make the leaves out of Certainly Celery card stock and sponged them on the edge to give them some depth. I used my Perfect Bow Maker to make the Pretty in Pink Bow. What a sweet little girl full of sugar and spice!
Supplies: Stamp Set: Mixed Bunches; Cardstock: Whispering White, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery; DSP: Twitterpatted; Ink: Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery; Accessories: Punches: 3/4″ Circle, Boho Blossom, Two Step Bird and the Blossom Punch, 5/8″ Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls and 8 mm Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Chipboard, Frame, Modge Podge and Glue Gun.
This is a just a quick blog entry to show you the card I made for my hubby for Valentine’s Day. It is an Easel Card and was very easy to make. I viewed Brian Pilling’s video from Stampin’ Up! to get all my measurements and scoring lines for construction. This card went together quickly especially when I could use my Simply Scored Tool to make all my scoring lines. Easel cards are great because it allows you to display your card creation, but it can also fold flat for mailing. No special mailing required. My hubby loved the fact that he could keep the card out for display on his dresser. I used my Perfect Bow Maker to make the bow on this card.
Supplies: Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts, Take It To Heart and Style Beautiful; Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumbcake, and Basic Black; DSP: Mocha Morning; Ink: Craft Black Ink; Accessories: Simply Scored Tool, Embossing Heat Gun, Clear Embossing Powder, Large Pearl Basic Jewels (8 mm), Hearts Collection Framelit Dies, Big Shot, 5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals.
Here is Brian Pilling’s Easel Card Video from Stampin’ Up to help you with measurements and construction of an Easel Card.
Remember in the Bambi movie, when all the animals in the forest became twitterpated, well that’s the way I feel about Stampin’ Up’s new Twitterpated Designer Series Paper from the new Mini Occasions Catalog! So much in love with it that I had to create something fun and creative for one of my upcoming classes entitled “Dare to Dream”. I love all sides of the double-sided paper and had a hard time trying to decide which ones to use because I wanted to feature them all, but I had to draw the line somewhere. Some of the other items from the new Occasions Catalog are the Elegant Bird and Designer Rosette Bigz Dies, along with the wording from Loving Thoughts, the flowers from Bordering on Romance and the banner from Take it to Heart. All that beautiful DSP was applied to Stampin’ Up!’s Decor Blocks. The application was very easy – just used a glue stick. I was able to hammer a screwdriver in the tops of the blocks easily to insert my Lollipop Sticks which were wrapped in Sticky Strip in a candy stripe pattern and then applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter to them to dress them up a bit. It might be hard to see in the picture, but they do dazzle in person. The Lollipop Sticks are kept in place with just a mini glue dot on the tip before insertion in the block. If you would like to make one of these creative displays, I will be offering two classes in my home studio on March 8, 2012 – one at 10:00 am and the other at 6:00 pm. The cost is $20.00 and you must RSVP and prepay by March 1. See you in class!
I recently attended a Tickled Pink Party held by one of my Sherindipity Stamper’s, Erika Clark. Erika is such a wonderful hostess and supplied us with great make & take projects and her yummy Ziti was to die for. She also had plenty of pink snacks on hand. Our swaps had to have pink incorporated somehow. Here is mine:
I will post the other attendees’ swaps and all the cute gifts we received from Erika on another day. You will definitely be impressed – everyone had such beautiful projects. But first let me tell you alittle about mine. I made the wrap using Pretty in Pink CS and the measurements for the main piece are 4″x12″ with scorings at 3″, 7″ and 8″. The scoring at 3″ will be the front flap of your project and I embossed that flap using the new Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which gave it that cute little scallop edging. Punched a trim using Island Indigo CS and the Scallop Trim Border Punch. I adhered the trim to the back of the front flap and Sticky Stripped it down closing my wrap. I adhered a strip of the new Twitterpatted Designer Series Paper to the top and ran a length of the new Blushing Bride pleated satin ribbon across it. Stamped my images using the Take it to Heart Stamp set. The same one I used on yesterday’s project. Hearts were punched out with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies and the Heart Punch. Added some bling with the new 8 mm Large Pearl Basic Jewels and a Blushing Bride Designer Button from the Twitterpated collection. Forever and Always is from the new Loving Thoughts stamp set and I received the stamp set as part of my Leadership package.
I filled my swaps with Rice Krispie heart treats that I made with my grandson, Andrew. We had fun making them, and as you can see he wanted to be completely hands on in the cooking process. We also cut out the centers and added one of the yummy gummy heart candies from yesterday’s project. Sorry I didn’t get a final pic, but we had to get them into the cello bags before they dried out. I used SU’s flat medium cello bags and they fit perfectly.
I can’t wait to cook in the kitchen with my other grandson, Owen, too but it will be alittle while yet. Andrew will be 3 in March and I am so impressed with how smart he is already. Whenever we say goodbye to each other, we always say I love you and then we say Forever and Ever! His sounds sorta like this: I love you Mimi! And then he says Foreva and eva! Melts my heart every time.
Sorry about the sugar tasting Mommy! But we couldn’t resist.
On our way home from the party, I took a pic in the town of St. Michaels – I found out the residents could purchase a heart for a $50 donation to a local charity and then they got to display their hearts on the telephone poles in town displaying their love to the world! What a great idea!
I also passed by a cute little candy store – do you think they may be wishing for snow on Valentine’s Day?
Supplies: Stamp Sets: Take it to Heart and Loving Thoughts; Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Island Indigo and Whisper White; DSP: Twitterpated; Ink: Blushing Bride; Marker: Island Indigo; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Twitterpated Designer Buttons, Blushing Bridge 3/8″ Pleated Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Scallop Trim Border and Heart Punches, Paper Snips, Basic Pearls and Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Mini Glue Dots, Linen Thread and Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I’m back! I never did find my old camera so I finally had to buy a new one and now I have lots of projects to share! This project was a gift for my hair dresser, Ashleigh, at West Wing Salon. She’s such a sweetie! I am meeting with her and her mom Friday evening to plan her wedding invitations. I can’t wait. She has a tight wedding budget, so I told her how she could save money on her invites. She’s planning on having a workshop with all the ladies in her family and her bridal party to earn all the products she needs to make her invitations with. Then I will show her how to make them and she will save herself oodles of money and will have the great memory of making the invites herself.
So this is the cute jar of goodies I gave her this morning – just in time for Valentine’s Day! I used the “Take It to Heart” stamp set featured in the new Mini Occasions Catalog as well as the Hearts Collection Framelits. Love the framelits – they are thin, wafer-like dies that perfectly cut out my stamped image of the boy and girl on the bicycle. There are 6 different sizes of hearts. The jar I used is a Collection Elite mini Ball jar that I purchased at the Big “W” and filled with yummy gummy heart candy I got from my local Amish Market. Wow, if you ever want to see a collection of candy you’ve got to go there!
Since the Ball jar lids are in two pieces. I put a couple of mini glue dots between the twist frame and the lid to hold it together. I then ran a length of Sticky Strip around the top edge of the lid and then ruffled my satin ribbon around the top as shown in the next picture, pinch pleating as I rounded the jar. I added some doubled up Dimensionals to the center of the lid. The Dimensionals will keep the top cover that I will apply in the center level with the ribbon around the edge.
I then used the #2 Circle Scallops Die and Real Red CS to cut a top for my jar. It fit perfectly! I then stamped my main image in Real Red Ink and used the Framelit Die to cut out my image. The small assorted hearts are cut from the new Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.
Do you like my perfect bow? Well, I learned a trick at Leadership Conference I will share with you later this week. I’ll never freehand another bow again!
Here’s an even better close up of the top of the jar.
Supplies: Stamp Set: Take it To Heart; Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink; Ink: Real Red; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die; #2 Circle Scallop Die, Dimensionals, 5/8″ Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip; Non-Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Elite Collection Ball Jars and Candy.
I finally arrived at my Stamp/Scrap Retreat yesterday afternoon. I flew into the Greenville/ Spartansburg Airport in South Carolina and then rented a car to carry me and all my STUFF to the Ridgecrest Retreat Center in Asheville, NC. The drive to the retreat center was beautiful with all the changing foliage along the way. I managed to squeeze my clothing and all my supplies into two large suitcases and one small carry-on. All arrived safely without incidence, except for a brief inspection of one of my suitcases by the TSA as indicated by this tag. They were probably wondering what all those scissors and blades were doing in there. LOL! I have been having alot of fun meeting new friends, sharing ideas and attending classes.
I’ve included some of the projects I’ve been working on so far – holiday gift tags using the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and a gift card that will be offered in my Holiday Gift Card Stamp a Stack on December 8 and 15 from 6-10 p.m. Take one class or both. Cost is $20.00 for each class. This gift card holder is perfect for the men in your life. Very manly with the woodgrain paper from the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper pack along with the stately deer from the Winter Post stamp set. When open, the gift card sits in a pocket on the left and your word saying is on a small card to the right.
Will try to post again later tonight with more projects from my retreat. Thanks for checking in with me!
Tag Supplies: Stamp Sets: Bright Hopes, Winter Post, Tags Til Christmas and Short & Sweet; Cardstock: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Marina Mist, and More Mustard; Ink: Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler; DSP: Letters to Santa; Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Punches: Extra Large Oval, Boho Blossom, Decorative Label, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1/8″, 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circles and Postage Stamp, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers, Distressing Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Manly Gift Card: Stamp Set: Winter Post and Christmas Greetings; Cardstock: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Winter White; Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso; DSP: Frostwood Lodge; Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Petals A Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponge Dauber.
The letters on the cover of the Dino Packet were made using my Big Shot and the Timeless Type Medium Sizzlits Die. And, when I made each alphabet page, I used the Big Shot again with the Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die. I created the camouflage effect by cutting random pieces of River Rock cardstock and adhering it on to Always Artichoke cardstock and then running each square through my Big Shot in the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to embed them into each other. I then stamped each dinosaur from Stampin’ Up!’s Dinoraur stamp set using Stazon Black Ink and watercolored them with my Aqua Painter using River Rock and Always Artichoke Ink. I added two of the dinosaur cards to the front of the pack and two to the backside sandwiching the ABC’s in between. Let me know what you think!
Supplies: Stamp Set: Dinoraur; Cardstock: Always Artichoke, River Rock & Whisper White; Ink: Black Stazon, River Rock and Always Artichoke; Markers: Always Artichoke; Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die, Small Heart Punch, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 3/8″ Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon; Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Sponges, Non-Stampin’ Up! Items: Gold Ring and Mini Clear Bookmark Covers.
I’ve been wanting to make a flower pin using the Big Shot and Fun Flowers Bigz L Die. Well, I finally got around to going to the fabric shop in town. For a first try, I guess they’re not too bad. I used some organza spools I found for only $2.50/roll so they are just the right size for fitting on the Fun Flowers die. I cut a couple of pieces so my flowers would be nice and full. I sandwiched the layers of fabric on my die and ran it through my Big Shot. I then stacked each of the petal sizes on top of each other and punched a hole in the middle of my flower with a Crop-a-dile. I inserted an Antique Brads in the center to keep them all together and then pulled out my embossing gun. I held the flower down with a bone folder on my cutting mat so it wouldn’t fly off the table while heating the fabric. I then lightly began heating the edges of the fabric petals until they started to curl and stiffen rotating the flower and even turning it over, lifting the petal edges and heating them until I got the desired effect. Be careful not to get the heat too close or it will shrivel up or even begin to burn. I used my glue gun to adhere a jewelry pin back on it so I can attach it to my Stampin’ Up! bag. Here’s the 2nd try:
I wish I had more time to play because I have some other ideas in mind I would like to try, but I am busy inventorying and pricing my retired product to get ready for the Cropmania Yardsale on Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Annapolis Elks Lodge. There will be over 50 tables with lots of scrapbooking and stamping goodies for your shopping pleasure! I have lots of stamp sets, ribbon, embellishments and background paper marked down 50% or more! Make sure you get there early because I hear the line starts forming quickly. I hope to see you there!
Supplies: Big Shot, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Antique Brads, Embossing Heat Gun, Crop-A-Dile, Cutting Mat, Bone Folder, and Organza Fabric Spool, Glue Gun and Jewelry Pin Backs.
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Spice Cake Designer Series Paper is filled with so much spice it’s overflowing from this cute floral display I made for my hair stylist, Ashley at West Wing Salon & Spa. She does an amazing job on my hair so I wanted to make something nice to let her know I appreciate her. I found this beautiful little ceramic pumpkin container at my local grocery store in three different colors – orange, olive and purple. I can’t wait to to fill the remaining two containers with matching flowers. I’ll have to check my paper stash and see what I can come up with.
The flowers are made using the 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch. For instructions on how to make these flowers see my November 19, 2010 posting by putting “shower” in the search engine on my right sidebar. I made several of those beautiful bouquets for my daughter’s wedding shower. My scallop punch definitely got a workout when I made them. LOL!
I added an oversized styrofoam ball to my ceramic pumpkin pushing it in as far as it would go to secure it and began inserting the flowers into the ball using large corsage pins. In the past I have also attached the flowers using a low temp glue gun, but by using the pins avoided the mess this time. Stamped my tag with “Life is a matter of moments” stamp and attached it with linen thread to my bow and using the large corsage pins inserted the bow into the flower arrangement. Because of the pretty blue pearl on the end of the corsage pin I didn’t mind having it show.
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Supplies: Stamp Set: Elements of Style; Cardstock: More Mustard and Soft Suede for flowers, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso for the tag; Ink: Early Espresso; Designer Series Paper: Spice Cake; Accessories: Neutral Brads, 5/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval and 1/16″ Circle. Non-Stampin’ Up!: floral container and corsage pins.
Isn’t this just the cutest little Hobby Horse ever! I was inspired by Jackie Topa’s hobby horse on Stampin’ Connection, the stamper’s showcase on the demonstrator website. The top of the horse is actually a holiday stocking stamped from Stampin’ Up!’s new Stitched Stockings stamp set and then punched out with the coordinating Stocking Builder Punch. I love it! His mane is made from Early Espresso Baker’s Twine and the stick itself is a little red coffee stirrer that I covered in sticky strip and then dipped in Dazzling Diamonds glitter. How’s that for being creative?! I then wrapped the stick in Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon. And how about that Red Glimmer Paper!! Absolutely gorgeous!
Supplies: Stamp Set: Stitched Stockings and Four the Holidays; Cardstock: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla; Ink: Early Espresso; Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stocking Builder Punch, 1/8″ Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, Red Glimmer Paper and Red Coffee Stirrer.
I love Halloween! In fact, my daughter, Lindsey, was born on Halloween and was definitely my treat that year. Since then we have had many halloween birthday parties but one in particular I remember making a paper mache bat pinata. It had so much glue in it no one could break the pinata. LOL! One of the dads ended up having to break it open so the kids could get to the candy. A little disappointing to the kids, but my daughter and I sure had fun making our first pinata together. Lesson learned – less glue!
I made this cute little treat box for a shoebox swap I attended yesterday with some other ladies from my upline and sideline. However, you can make it too if you attend my Fall Stamp Camp on Saturday, October 8 from 2-6 p.m. I’ll have three other fun fall projects as well for $15.00. Check out the details of my Fall Stamp Camp on my demonstrator website events calendar at www.sherahlweadon.stampinup.net soon!
I used Stampin’ Up!’s new Kraft Gift boxes for the base of my project. These are a deal at 4 boxes for only $2.95. I used the Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper pack to decorate all sides and inside the top lid. I then stamped my pumpkins using the Jack of All Trades stamp set. Love that witch hat and rhinestone bling for his eyes!
Supplies: Stamp Sets: Jack of All Trades, Piece of Poison, and Got Treats; Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Basic Black; Designer Series Paper: Pick Your Poison; Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Old Olive; Accessories: Large and Small Tag Punches, Kraft Gift Boxes, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Basic Rhinestones, Medium Flat Cellow Bags, Linen Thread, Paper Piercing Tool or 1/16″ Circle Punch, Halloween Candy and Lollipop Sticks.