Thursday, May 22, 2014

Time for some new colours! - Introducing Hello Honey!

Today's project is a little treat pouch made out of some a new dsp pack that will be in the new catalog that starts on June 2nd called Moonlight....and it feature one of the new in colors that starts with that catalog, Hello Honey...I love it!  It's warm & rich...I've actually been looking for a cardigan in that colour for some time now...maybe since it's an 'in colour' I'll see it in stores more!;)

The project is embellished with the fun clips that are retiring from the new ctalog, but everything else is sticking the scalloped tag topper punch that I used on the topper, the petite petals bundle that I used to embellish the topper and the stampsets That's the Ticket & Itty Bitty Banners that I used for the tag that I punched out with the tag duo punch on the bottom.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - Afternoon Picnic

I made this little lidded box out of some basic grey cardstock and decorated with the lovely afternoon picnic dsp that is retiring.  As you know I'm addicted to making roses with the Spiral Flower die (see recent posts!), and so I made 3 in coordinating colors that worked with this dsp for this project (wisteria wonder, coastal cabana & basic grey),  I also made a little tag with the Occasions Alphabet stampset that is retiring and punched it out with the ticket punch and adorned it with a bitty flower from the itty bitty punch pack that is retiring.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - Lidded Milk Carton

The other day as I told you I was inspired by Sam Donald as I was playing with using up some of my dsp, well, then I saw this adorable project and I knew I had to make my own.  This time I followed her formula to a 't' and got the darling boxes I'm posting today:)  I will admit this one is a bit trickly particularly the lid, but the result is cute and I like how easy it is to get into the box:)

The above one was made with the Afternoon Picnic dsp that is retiring  & I embellished with the Petite Petals bundle (stamps and punch), the 'for you' greeting from 'Itty Bitty Banners' & some flowers from the itty bitty punch pack which is retiring.  The wisteria wonder ribbon I used on the bottom is already retired, but I have seen some on the clearance rack not too long ago if you're looking for it.

The version of the box above is made the same way as the one at the top of the post except I used the Soho Subway retiring dsp and some summer starfruit card stock (a color that is also retiring).  The flowers come from the Petite Petals bundle and are embellished with the retiring dalias accents. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - More Modern Medley's

This adorable milk carton box is about 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" in the cubed area and would be cute for a chocolate or for a pot of lip balm etc.  I got the idea from Pootles when I was looking up dimensions for yesterday's project...It's almost done the same as this project of hers, so go to that link if you want to make one too!:)

I used the Petite Petals stampset & coordinating punch to decorate & more of that retiring baked brown sugar stretch trim.  Also the little bitty flower come from the punch pack that is also retiring...I don't plan to retire mine however, they're too sweet!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Retiring DSP Feature - How many gift bags/boxes can you make from a piece of DSP?

So this week, I'm going to feature some projects using designer series paper (DSP).  There are quite a few packs retiring at the end of May, and I determined a number of years ago not to be a hoarder, which for me means, **I  have to use my supplies, so if I want the new paper coming out in the new catty, I have to use the paper I have, so I can get the new stuff!;)  That might be just me...and after playing with the Modern Medley pack for this project, I'm tempted to buy more of it because it's just so  beautiful, so I want to continue to play with it for a long time even though it is retiring, *but in order to buy more, I must be using up my stash, so that's what I'm doing;)

Today I was inspired by Sam Donald to see if I could get 3 bags/boxes out of my dsp and these projects were inspired by her.  I believe she's gotten as many as 5 bags/boxes out of one piece of dsp...see her cute tutorial here.

What I used:
- 1 12 x 12 sheet Modern Medley dsp...I cut one strip at 4 x 12 to make the small box (score in landscape at 4.75, 5,75, 10.5 & 11.5; score in portrait at 1")...then I cut an 8 x 8 out of the remainder to make one of the bags (score in landscape at 1 7/8, 3.75, 5 5/8 & 7 1/2; turn and score in portrait at 1 17/8 & 7 1/2" ...thanks to Sam for the measurements...I  wasn't figuring out the 1/8ths on this one!)  and then made the other bag out of the remaining 4 x 8 piece  (score in landscape at 1, 3.5, 4.5, 7; turn and score in portrait at 1")
- I tied the bags shut  (and dolled up the box too) with the adorable baked brown sugar gathered stretch trim which is retiring
- Stamps used come from the set 'A Fitting Occasion' which is a real 'go to' set for me.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Club Project #2 This Month - Amazing Family Quilted Cards

Our second project his month was this quilted card.  Here is the process to create a quilted effect on the card:
- first punch squares of dsp (in my case, I used the Fresh Prints DSP paper stack).  I punched 4 squares of 4 different patters to achieve the effect above.
- then lay them out on your cardstock base, leaving the odd square blank/white (this makes all the difference when you quilt it!).  I find it works the best when I start in a diagonal line from the left corner to the right (perfectly vertical/horizontal can achieve a less authentic effect).  I was going for a patchwork effect:)
- then glue your squares down one you are happy with the layout
- trim any squares hanging over your card base
- emboss the card front.  I pulled out several of my embossing folders for club to use.  The most popular for this project were:  arrows textured and mosaic madness.
- stamp & embellish with a greeting!  The greeting above came from the Amazing Family stamp set which is sadly retiring.  I really luv this set as it is so versatile.  I did 'amazing mother' above as it's mother's day was coming up (and is in fact the day I chose to post this project...happy mother's day ladies!!)  Below you can see, that I did several of them too with 'amazing friend'.
Be sure to let me know I you decide to make a quilted card too!:))  I'd love to see:)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May Club Project #1 - Out of the Salt Shaker...Paper Roses

The first project I taught at this month's stampin club was this little bouquet of paper roses.  We made each of the roses using the spiral flower die and then attached them to a wire stem using a small flower I cut using the fun flowers die.  We punched a whole in the small flowers that I cut in old olive (as I ran out of gumball green...all of the retiring color cardstock seems to be sold out already!).  Then we punched a small hole in the middle and fed the wire through, bent 1/4" of it over at a 90 degree angle and adhered everything with glue dots.  It's just that simple!  Did I mention the rose is adhered with only glue dots too...each rose takes exactly 3 glue dots, that's it!!

The stems were then arranged in salt shakers, which is an idea I saw on pinterest.  I thought is was a genius way to help give the little bouquets structure, and I bought these salt shakers very reasonably at the dollar store.  We actually used the pepper shaker in club and I set the matching salt shaker home with each member to create something else with!
We finished off the project by embellishing with some retiring gumball green satin ribbon and a tag that was stamped in raspberry ripple (retiring) with an image from the Four Frames stampset and punched with the coordinating label punch.  Then we stamped in gumball green (retiring) either 'x is extra that's how special you are' or 'y is for you that's who this is for'.  Both of these images come from the Occasions Alphabet stampset that is also retiring.  We punched this image out with the large oval punch and popped it up on the frame with a dimensional.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

April's Paper Pumpkin...*new* Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions!...& Retiring Products Reminder!

I squealed when I opened this month's paper pumpkin...loved the project...a framable piece complete with frame & wrapping (in case you wanted to give it away for say mother's day or something;)  and supplies to make a ton of tags too:)

I didn't love the colours, I'll admit...a little tired of peachy tones, but no worries, I pulled out my stash and grabbed some real red coordinations card stock and my hearts a flutter framelits and created the darling heart you see above:)  That's one of the things I love about Paper Pumpkin, you can make them the way they come or do your own thing:)

BTW Paper Pumpkin can now be ordered as a subscription, meaning that you can prepay and order 1, 3, 6 or 12 months at a time and if you use the codes below hostess benefit is available too!  So you can subscribe for 3 months say using this method at your friend's workshop and it can add to their hostess benefit OR you can subscribe for say a whole year and since the amount is over the $200 minimum for hostess benefit, you can do it as your own workshop (contact me and I'll help you out if you want to see how, but it can even be done in an online order) and you'll earn a minimum of $35 of free products of your choice for yourself! Plus (as below) you'll be saving money on your Paper Pumpkin subscription too!!:)

Item#s -  Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription Price (Shipping Included)
137858 1 month $24.95
137859 3 months $74.85
137860 6 months $143.70 -- save $1 per month
137861 12 months $275.40 -- save $2 per month

Paper Pumpkin also makes a great gift, so you can give it as a gift subscription to someone for their birthday or mother's day or just because:)

If you're a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, this works for you too!  When you place your order for a prepaid subscription, you'll receive an email with a code that you simply redeem on!  You can only redeem one code at a time, so if you were to buy or receive 2 subscriptions, you would load them consecutively.

Also, I'm just reposting the retiring lists because many items are selling out.  The lists at the links below are updated daily for items that are sold out.
- retiring stamps
- retiring accessories
If you are placing an online order and would like my current hostess code, it is:  UAVFZRVH