Autumn Jewelry Pins

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!

Here’s another view of both pins.  Hopefully you can see alittle more definition in the petals.

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.

REMINDER!!!!  Don’t forget you can get a FREE Big Shot when you sign up to be a demonstrator this month OR an additional $100 in FREE product!  This is in addition to the Standard Starter Kit products you get when you sign up for only $175.00 (retail value of products is $345.00).  Contact me if you are interested or go to my demonstrator website to find out all the details at www.sherahlweadon.stampinup.net on this special offer.  Once you get to my website, you can also sign up on-line by clicking “Join the Fun” and then clicking again on “Join Now”.

Published in: on October 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm  Comments (8)  
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A Pumpkin With Spice!

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.

Published in: on September 23, 2011 at 10:46 am  Comments (2)  
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Giving Thanks Tags

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I got really pumped this week and decorated my house for Autumn. It all started when I made a tag for my Open House make & takes.  I made it to fit on one of my grapevine pumpkins.  I then made a different style to go on my candle holders.  I used the Stampin’ Up! wood sheets for the bases of both projects. I used the Two Tags die with my Big Shot for the long tag and then I used the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch for the other tag.  I was actually surprised the punch worked on the wood sheets! Who knew!  I then used these great Autumn ink colors for the leaves on the tags:  Cajun Craze, Baha Breeze and Early Espresso. I gave the Baha Breeze background some texture with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder along with my Big Shot.  And that beautiful stamped saying “Give Thanks” is from the new Hand-Penned Holidays stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I will be using that set again for my Holiday Card Stamp A Stack this Thursday, September 22 from 6-10 p.m..  If you haven’t signed up there is still time. I’ve also added an additional class to make the same cards on Thursday, September 29, in case you can’t make the first.  I will be doing this for all of my Holiday Card Stamp A Stacks this season. It seems that everyone is so busy these days, you could all use a second option!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Gently Falling, Hand-Penned Holidays (large tag) and Fabulous Phrases (small tag); Cardstock: Cajun Craze and Baha Breeze; Ink:  Early Espresso, Baha Breeze, and Cajun Craze; Marker:  Cajun Craze; Accessories:  Color Sprizter Tool, Early Espresso 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, Basic Pearls, Big Shot,Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder,  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, and Sponge Daubers.

I Prefer Treats over Tricks!

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.

Candy by the Inch!

8 Inches of yummy candy that is! Stampin’ Up!’s new 1″x8″ Cellophane Bags are great for showcasing small candy or even pencils for any holiday. I’ve filled my Halloween goody bags with m&m’s and Juju candy corn.  Can you image the expressions on the kid’s faces when they come trick or treating at your house this year?  You’ll be able to find the cellophane bags in the new Holiday Mini.  There are 50 in a package for $2.50!  The stamped images are from the new stamp set called Spooky Bingo Bits and you can find it in the new 2011-2012 IB&C. I’ve added a bit of ribbon to finish off each of the toppers.

Supplies:  Stamp Set: Spooky Bingo Bits; Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Basic Black; Markers:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  1″x8″ Cellophane Bags, Circle Punches:  1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ and Scallop Circle Punch, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon and assorted Candies of course!

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (2)  
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A Halloween Hoot!

My Friend, Hootie!

Hoot! Hoot! Isn’t this owl the cutest? Especially with that cute little trick or treat bag!  And look at those masked eyes filled with mischievous rhinestones – he is definitely ready for a night out on the town full of Halloween fun.  This little guy is from the hostess set “Warmest of Wishes” featured in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog which can be purchased with FREE hostess dollars earned at a holiday party or workshop.

The background paper featured on this card is from the new Designer Series Paper pack called “Pick Your Poison” which coordinates with the new stamp set “Piece of Poison”.  I got my “Trick or Treat” saying from this set which includes some other really creepy stamps great for making all of your Halloween creations.

That beautiful black border at the top of the card was made using the new Lace Ribbon Border Punch and the finishing touch was the new Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon which I ruffled a bit before placing the Designer Printed Brad in Calypso Coral.  I like my new owl friend, I think I will call him Hootie!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Warmest of Wishes and Piece of Poison; Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black; Marker:  Pumpkin Pie; Designer Series Paper:  Pick your Poison; Accessories:  Owl Builder Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Designer Printed Brads, Rhinestones, and Dimensionals

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Gently Falling Favors

Thanksgiving Favor

Fall is one of my favorite times of year – the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change colors and then begin gently falling. Thanksgiving is then just around the corner.  Wouldn’t this box look great at everyone’s plate when you sit down for the best holiday dinner ever?  You may not have room for a full dessert, but you always have room for two little chocolates! Especially when they are Ghiradelli caramels.  They fit perfectly inside this box which is made with the Bitty Box w/Envelope Bigz XL Die.  It’s a charming little box with leaves from the new Gently Falling stamp set decorating it. I also used the new Spice Cake Fabric as ribbon by tearing strips of fabric and fraying it around the edges and then adhered Spice Cake DSP on the top and bottom of the box.  This box is very easy to put together and requires only a small amount of adhesive.  Falling Gently is full of different size leaves plus a little acorn. This set is a two step stamp set meaning you stamp a solid stamp image and then an overlay of an outline stamp in a different color to highlight and define the original stamped image.  I used Pumpkin Pie Ink with an overlay of Soft Suede Ink on my leaves. It’s so fun and easy to use a stamp set like this.  In addition to the two leaves stamped for the top of the box I then stamped two extra images and placed them on top of each of my chocolates for an extra flair when you open your box of chocolates.  Finished it off with a small acorn and a tag of thanks from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set.

Would you like to learn how to make these cute little favors for your next Thanksgiving gathering?  When you host your own party, you earn a FREE 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog and based on the sales at your party you can earn product to make your own favors for FREE.  Want to learn more, just give me a call at 410-673-1673 or e-mail me at sweadon@hotmail.com and I can set up a party for you and your friends to have a girl’s night out and stamping too!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Gently Falling and Fabulous Phrases, Card Stock:  Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla; Ink:  Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, and Crumbcake;  Designer Series Paper and Designer Fabric:  Spice Cake; Accessories:  Word Window Punch, 1-1/16″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Extended Cutting Pads, Bigz XL Bitty Box & Envelope Die.

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (5)  
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Fall Thank You’s

Fall Leaf Thank You

I recently made this card for a client to send to their customers letting them know how thankful they were for their business. They thought Thanksgiving would be the perfect time to thank them and their cards would not get lost among all the other company cards that normally go out at Christmas.  The main focal point is stamped with leaves from the Autumn Splendor stamp set, sponged with different colored inks and then embossed which really sets off the fall colors!  I made 100 of them as you can see in this photo. 

100 Fall Thank You Cards

 Sorry the photo was taken with my camera phone and is a little blurry.  I was very pleased with the completed project and my  client can’t wait to send them out!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Autumn Splendor and Days of Gratitude; Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, and Very Vanilla (plain and textured); Inks:  Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, and More Mustard; Accessories:  Antique Brads, Crimper, Sponges, Linen Thread, Embossing Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pad, Scallop Edge Border Punch, 1-3/8″x5/8″ Oval Large Punch, and 2″x1-3/8″ Oval Extra Large Punch (inside of card).

Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm  Comments (3)  
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Thankful for Autumn Days

Falling Leaves

Since it’s my favorite time of year when the air gets crisp and the leaves are changing their colors I had no problem with finding inspiration to make these cards.  The first card features the leaf from the Autumn Days stamp set along with the saying from the Days of Gratitude.  I love the way the leaf, no matter which way you turn it to stamp it, seems to give off that effect of a leaf as it gently falls to the ground. So pretty, yet sad at the same time. A gentle reflection of the year soon coming to an end. And I love the Gratitude saying bumped up with dimensionals and laid on an embossed background of the new “Cajun Craze” cardstock that has been embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I then made a bow to finish off the card using our new Crochet Trim.

Days of Gratitude

The second card I again used the new Days of Gratitude stamp set featuring that lovely medallion stamped in “Cajun Craze” ink which is quickly becoming my favorite ink color for Fall.  I then used the “Happy Thanksgiving” saying from the set Thankful For.  This is a quick and easy duplicatable card if you are running short on time to get those Thanksgiving cards out to friends and family.  I placed one of our new antique brads in the center of the medallion which really dresses up the card.  I embossed the Always Artichoke cardstock background with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Gotta love those embossing folders for adding just the special touch.

These cards were created for a corporate customer  who wanted to send Thank You cards to their customers for Thanksgiving.  I made three samples, two of which are featured above, and I will post the third after I have delivered the final product to my client on the 15th so watch for an additional Autumn Days posting.

Supplies – Falling Leaves

:  Stamp Sets:  Autumn Days and Days of Gratitude; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, & Very Vanilla; Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, & Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Crochet Trim, and 2″x1-3/8″ Oval Extra Large Punch. 

Supplies – Days of Gratitude:

  Stamp Sets:  Days of Gratitude and Thankful For; Cardstock:  Crumbcake, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze & Very Vanilla; Ink:  Cajun Craze & Early Espresso; Accessories:  Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Paper Snips; Very Vanilla 5/8″ Satin Ribbon & Antique Brads.
Published in: on November 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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