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One of my favorite nature stamp sets of all time – I used the Nature Walk stamp set (see it online) to create this framed gift for a friend of mine, using a poem written for her by her God-son. For more pictures and the text of the prayer, check my original post.
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Looking for a fun project idea that’s not a card? Something to create for a gift (or for your own space)? Try a fun embellished pin board! This board came from a big box store on clearance – they’re easy to find. Once you have your board, it’s all about embellishments.
Worried about what matches? What goes together? There’s a super-easy solution: the Artisan Embellishment Kit. It includes all the pieces, picked out to match and give your finished project an artisan quality. (see the Artisan Embellishment Kit Contents)
For this project, I stamped a few butterflies (love the Swallowtail stamp, don’t you? see it online – 129216) and heat embossed the middle one using my Pool Party ink pad and the Iridescent Ice Embossing powder.
I connected the butterflies in a banner-like layout (banners being oh so popular). Then I added some Designer Series Paper from the More Amore Designer Series Paper (see the paper online – 129309) to the background, the Soda Pop Tops, everything.
Those Soda Pop Tops make great thumbtacks. (see them online – 129388) Just use a strong glue like the Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach a tack to the back and fill the bottlecap with a punched circle of designer paper!
Or you can check out my Soda Pop Top Jewelry Tutorial for details on adding Crystal Effects to your bottlecaps to finish them off with a nice shine.
Have fun making your own Pin Board Project! This one went home with my friend Jane after our demonstrator group holiday party. Gotta love a gift exchange with stampers! This would make a great project for a bridal shower gift (can’t you see the bride-to-be pinning ideas to her board?) or a new baby gift (so many baby things to collect in a collage…hospital bracelets, a teeny sock, snapshots…).
This week I seem to be loving the Swallowtail stamp — so I’m happy to share a project here that uses it for something other than a card.
This card is a step up from the All Dressed Up card I shared last week — the fold of the card stock adds an extra pop to an already “wow” card!
Here are the easy directions for the Fancy Fold Flap card:
- Cut a ¼ sheet of card stock for the base (Primrose Petals) and layer as desired. Used here: More Amore Designer Series Paper (see the paper online – 129309)
- Cut a long piece for the center flap (Pool Party) at 3” x 11”.
- Decorate layers then fold long piece in half and attach around the back of the ¼ sheet layer.
Don’t forget, you can get the stamp set and the framelits together at a 15% discount! (check that online – 131095 for clear mount)
And while you’re thinking FAIRY TALES… don’t forget to sign up for the Paper Pumpkin subscription! You’ll want to sign up now to get your monthly kit in the mail — a sort of Cinderella’s pumpkin, turned into something beautiful by her Fairy Godmother.
I’d love to be your Fairy Godmother of Stamping! Be sure to visit www.MyPaperPumpkin.com and click “get it” at the bottom left corner. Select me (Meg Loven, IL) as your demonstrator.
Then drop me an email to let me know that you’ve signed up, and I’ll have a special gift for you to go with your kit!
Stamps: All Dressed Up; Ink: Regal Rose; Paper: Primrose Petals, Pool Party, More Amore Designer Series Paper, Basic Gray; Accessories: Big Shot, Vanilla 5/8″ Flower Trim, Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack, Chevron Embossing Folder, Pearl Jewels, Dress Up Framelits Dies,
Supplies for 4 projects — ready to stamp, delivered to your front door.
Looking for wedding table decor? Baby Shower centerpieces? These are Valentine centerpieces headed to my local library for table decor, but it’s a fun idea that can be applied to any occasion: Rosettes!
To make these easy Valentine centerpieces, I used the Designer Rosette Die from Stampin’ Up! (see it online) and the More Amore Designer Series Paper (see the paper online – 129309). If you’ve never made them before, be sure to check my Designer Rosette Die Tutorial.
For this size of picks, I cut one full strip of designer paper with the rosette die, then cut it into 3 pieces before folding and gluing (TIP: hot glue for speedy rosettes!).
- Big Shot (see it online – 113439) — see more Big Shot ideas on my blog
- Designer Rosette Die (see it online) — see more Designer Rosette ideas on my blog
- Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit (see it online)
- Occasions Alphabet ( see it online – 123598)
Here’s another idea for the Designer Rosette Die same shapes (cut into 3 strips per rosette die-cut) but different paper.
Have fun with these!
Happy Stamping, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Supplies: Stamps – Teeny Tiny Wishes, Occasions Alphabet; Ink: Real Red, Primrose Petals; Paper: Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper, More Amore Designer Series Paper; Accessories: 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch, Decorative Label Punch,
Supplies for 4 projects — ready to stamp, delivered to your front door.
Looking for a fun treat to make for holiday gifts? You know, the ones you always think about making to hand out to neighbors you see at the Post Office, or the clerk at the grocery store who always says something nice to you?
Oh wait – you haven’t gotten around to making those? Really? Well let me help you!! This is a really quick, really easy project that doesn’t use many supplies and is sure to put a smile on the face and in the heart of anyone who receives it from you!
Plus you can make about 20 of them in under an hour. That’s 20 smiles to share – won’t it feel great to share that happiness?
(click the photo for a larger view)
See how they fit together? The Petal Card Double Punch (see it online) is a perfect size for making little treat holders for the “minis” size of chocolates (Mmmmm….).
Here’s what you’ll do (picture yourself sharing these with friends!):
- Punch two petal card pieces for each candy. Place the candy inside one, put dabs of glue on three tabs of the other punched piece. Fold up and hold to adhere.
- Punch out ovals with the Small Oval Punch (see it online) from the Champagne Glimmer Paper (see it online)
- Stamp little trees (or another design) with the Merry Minis stamp set (see it online) and punch them with the matching Merry Minis Punch Pack (see them online).
- Layer all the pieces and put three treats into a perfectly sized 4 x 6″ Cellophane Bag (see them online).
- Tie with a piece of the sweet 1/4″ Sweater Trim (see it online).
- Add a cute little tag — if you don’t know who you’re going to give this to, then write something like “For You” instead of a specific name. Add a glimmer star with the Merry Minis Punch Pack (from above) and you’re all done!
So what do you think? I know you can do it!! If you make little treats to share this season, let me know – I’d love to hear about the smiles you’re spreading! And if you see me at the post office or at the IGA, maybe I’ll still have some left to share with you in person.
Looking for color ideas? Here’s what I used (click to shop for each):
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Thinking about party decorations? Wedding? Shower? The craze of rosettes has been going on for quite awhile (check some past posts) but the new Designer Rosette Die (see it online) makes them so easy! Here are two full-size rosettes that have been hanging in my stamp studio since the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper debuted.
It’s hard to tell the size of these from the picture, but they’re about like dinner plates — they’re 10 3/4″ across with the scalloped edge. They make great medallions to hang for an event. Just choose colors that coordinate with your theme — think pink & blue for a baby shower, or shimmery white for a wedding shower.
You can even make fun simple table decor pieces. Here are some floral picks created with the Designer Rosette Die. I put a 12 x 6″ strip of paper through the Big Shot with the die, then cut the scored strip into 3 pieces to make these three mini rosettes.
Add a coordinated color theme mini rosette to your table flowers, or just make vases of the mini rosettes. This ‘fancy’ vase is a repurposed Frappucino bottle.
Looking for tips on using your Designer Rosette Die? Check the pointers that I posted on my blog.
Do you like tea? I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan until a friend shared some Cardamom Cinnamon tea from The Republic of Tea with me…yum! I’m a certified tea lover now, so the Tea Shoppe stamp set was a ‘love at first sight’ set, especially since Stampin’ Up! gave it to us for free at the 2011 Founder’s Circle Retreat!
I’ve had this project ready to share for months, and finally get to pull it out to show! I’m a big fan of looseleaf tea, and these cool “make your own teabag” tea filters by T-Sac. So here’s a little gift to share with a friend — a 1×8″ Cello Bag filled with loose tea, and a 1×8″ Cello Bag with several tea filters, tied off with a sweet sentiment by Louisa May Alcott from the Tea Shoppe stamp set.
The two pieces are wrapped with a doily cut using the Paper Doily Sizzlit for the Big Shot. Gotta love these fun new toys from the Occasions Mini Catalog!
A couple of tips on the Paper Doily:
- Use a card stock shim (or two) between the bottom of the Sizzlit and the bottom cutting plate. These can help the die cut more cleanly — it varies from Big Shot to Big Shot (we’re talking a hair thickness here) so it may take a little trial and error to find what works best with your machine.
- To get most of the paper pieces out (they stick in the doily a bit after you cut it), roll the cut doily around a Stampin’ Around Marker or other small cylinder. After rolling it a few times, most of the doily pieces will pop out on their own.
- If you don’t like poking the center pieces out, skip it Use the doily as a bottom layer on your projects, since the outside pieces will pop out using the rolling technique, and you can add a Scallop Circle punched piece in the middle to cover the ones that might take a little more poking.
- Finally, just take your time and use a Pokey Tool (aka Paper Piercing Tool) to get them all out. This is a gorgeous piece of die cut card stock — it’s worth the extra effort!
And the name will be easy to remember… because the stamp set is called Always (see it online). Thing is, it’s on the Last Chance list (aka will retire on June 30th) so I’ll <sniff> have to move it to my retired stamp shelf as a demonstrator. And if you don’t have this set yet, then be sure to place your order before June 30th!
Here are a few fun samples from this set. The first uses the Mosaic Technique, which is a gorgeous way to use up little scraps of Designer Series Paper that you can’t part with any other way:
Here’s another sample as part of a wedding idea set. Also be sure to check the Baskets & Blossoms Big Shot Die (the basket at the back right) since that Big Shot Die is not only retiring, but is also 25% off (while supplies last — check online).
And here’s probably my favorite “Always” project: a wedding invitation designed by my friend and LovenStampfuls Demonstrator, Julie Klock.
Each year we hold a large demonstrator training event called Spring Into Stamping. This year was our 6th annual event, and I wanted to share a few highlights. Except now I’m having trouble distilling the event into just a few highlights, so I think you’ll be seeing highlights over the next few days!
It takes many many demonstrators to put the event together, and we have helpers for Make N Takes, a Demonstration Fair, Registration, Shoebox Swap, AV help, etc. Plus we have a talented group of coordinators who coordinate some of these areas.
This year I made special Thank You gifts for the coordinators, based on a gift that Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, made for us as a gift at Founder’s Circle this year.
Shelli created these with her daughters for 100+ of us, and I appreciate their work even more now! My mom helped me finish these up in time, so ours was a family project, too. The bags would be terrific for Easter gifts, wedding or baby shower favors, or satchels for potpourri.
The bags are filled with chocolate, and created from the Pennant Die (see it online) for the Big Shot (see it online). The Pennant Die is one of my favorites (check out some of my other projects). Just cut two pennants, stitch the top down to make a little sleeve for the ribbon, sew the two sides together and you’re all set with a simple cinch bag with a sweet scalloped edge.
The fabric is from the Occasions Mini Catalog (available only til April 30). The Springtime Vintage Fabric (see it online) is a perfect match for the Vintage Flower Adornments (see them online) that I used to decorate the tag and the medallion on the bag.
The blue Scallop Square piece under the Adornment rosette is actually punched from the matching Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper (see it online). With the paper piece, there is a little more stiffness to help the medallion stand up a bit more than the fabric pieces.
The ribbons are the Rose Red Seam Binding and the Victoria Crochet Trim (love them both!).
The tag is from the Two Tags Die (see it online) for Big Shot. This wasn’t one of my first die purchases, but it’s always at the top of my stack now. In fact, watch tomorrow for the other gift project I created, also using the Two Tags die!
The stamp set I used is Nature Walk (I’ve been using it a lot recently). The “Thank You” is from the Elegant Engravings stamp set (love it–see it online). And you probably recognize the flower Adornment. The colors here are Early Espresso, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake, with a touch of Rose Red.
When I demonstrate Stampin’ Up! at home parties (aka ‘workshops’), I often like to share two projects. One of the projects is usually a card, and one of the projects always includes chocolate. Because stamping is fun, but stamping with CHOCOLATE is better!
In fact, you can check out a variety of the ‘candy projects’ that I’ve shared in the past.
Here’s one of my recent favorites, using the Sweet Summer stamp set (see it online). Sweet Summer is one of the free Sale-A-Bration choices available only until March 31st, so don’t wait too long! (learn more about Sale-A-Bration).
I used my favorite coloring tool for this project: Watercolor Wonder Crayons! The set I used here was the Subtles Collection (see it online) and my watercolor tool was an Aqua Painter (see it online).
- Punch with the Designer Label Punch (see it online) from a piece of Watercolor Paper (see it online)
- Stamp with the Sweet Summer stamp set in Staz-On Black Ink (see it online). Staz-On is the best choice for watercolor as it will not run when brushed with water
- Add greeting from the You’re A Gem stamp set (see it online)
- Use Aqua Painters and Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Subtles Collection) to color the design
- Attach to a piece of Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper (see it online) with Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Add chocolate to a Small Cello Bag (see it online) and fold over. Tie with a length of Baja Breeze Seam Binding (see it online)
- Dab a tiny bit of Smooch Moonlight Pearlized Accent Ink (see it online) to the bee wings and flower center. Remember that a little bit goes a long way with this fabulous glitz.
- Share with friend!