Thursday, April 21, 2011

I would give up stamping if only …

I would give up stamping if only my dear son would get better. My son has been in the hospital since the weekend. On Sunday, he had surgery on his ruptured appendix. It’s killing me to see my little soccer player so weak and helpless. His recovery is going ever so slowly.

My son often tries to bargain his way out of things he doesn’t want to do with cherished items and now I find myself trying to bargain. So here I go: I would give up stamping if only you’ll get better sweetie. I’m not truly going to give up stamping, because I know the universe does not work this way, just as his bargaining never works as a bribe with me. But at times like these, one’s mind does grasp at straws.

If you don’t see any new stamping projects from me for a while, just know that I’m working on the most important project of all: getting my son back home.
Friday, April 15, 2011

Nature Walk Club Card

We made this card yesterday at my April stamp club. I wanted to showcase watercoloring with Aquapainters and markers and the Nature Walk stamp set provided perfect images for us to use. I hope you like it.

Nature Walk Stamp Set; Card Stock: Confetti Cream, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Paisley Petals DSP, Watercoloring Paper; Ink: Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Black StazOn; Markers: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso; Big Shot; Oval Scallop Frame; Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder; Peach Parfait ½” Stitched-Poly Ribbon; Peach Parfait Glimmer Brad; Boho Blossoms Punch; Aquapainters; Sponge Daubers, Mat Pack, Stylus Tool.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ghirardelli Square Purses

Last Monday while a storm raged through our neighborhood, my inconsolable Sheltie and I got comfortable on the floor. I grabbed a stack of scrap paper, my cutter, and my scoring tool and began to design. My quest was to create a new Ghirardelli Square purse to showcase at stamp club. I hope you like what I came up with and if you want to create your own, just follow my tutorial below.

Details: This purse uses 2 Ghirardelli Squares. The beauty of this is that the purse can stand up and therefore also makes a really cute place card holder. I used the in-colors to create a rainbow of purses with matching designer paper, ribbon and glimmer brads. The other cool thing, is that you can get 4 purses out of a sheet of 12" x 12" designer paper.

Ghirardelli Square Purse Tutorial

1. Start with a piece of cardstock 11-½” x 3”. On the long side, score at 3”, 5-¾” and 8-½”.

2. On the 5-¾” score mark, cut in 5/8” on both sides.

3. On the side of the paper that will face outwards, place four ½” pieces of double-sided adhesive on either side of the cut marks.

4. Remove ONE of the adhesive liners and adhere one of the ends of a 7” length of ribbon to it. Feed the ribbon through the cut mark to the backside of the designer paper.

5. Loop the ribbon around and feed it through the cut mark on the other side. Remove ONE more adhesive liner and adhere the other ribbon end to it. In the photo, I’m lifting up the designer paper, so that you can see how the ribbon is looped and also where it is adhered on the other side.

6. Remove the final two adhesive liners and fold the designer paper in half.

7. Place a one-inch strip of double-sided adhesive on the square next to the ribbon handle. Repeat for the other side.

8. Remove one of the adhesive liners and adhere one of the Ghirardelli squares just above the score line. Repeat for the other side.

9. This is what the purse will look like once both Ghirardelli squares are in place.

10. Close the purse and pierce through the top layers and secure with a glimmer brad. Make sure that the top edges of the purse are aligned before piercing. The outer sides are meant to bow slightly to accommodate the chocolates and to look stylish.

11. Decorate the rest of the purse as desired.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Eat Chocolate Stamp Set; Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730), In-color Cardstock, In-color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack; In-Color ½” Stitched-Poly Ribbon; In-Color Glimmer Brads; Heart to Heart Punch; Full Heart Punch; Modern Label Punch (119848); Word Window Punch (119857) Other Supplies: Ghirardelli Squares

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Origami Basket with Duck

My dear friend is still in the hospital. I try to visit her every other day and I try to stamp something to bring her every time. She loves to stamp, so she has been very touched by all the hand-stamped cards she has received from her friends. Yesterday, I saw this cute little duck and I just knew that it would have to be hers. Besides stamping, my friend and I love to duck watch. I hope this little ducky will cheer her up.

If you would like to make your own origami basket, please check out my Origami Easter Basket Tutorial. This basket is really fast to make once you know how and requires very little adhesive. I used a 10" x 10" piece of Greenhouse Gala DSP to make the basket. The handle is about 10-1/2" long.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Easter Blossoms Stamp Set; Paper: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist; Ink: Chocolate Chip; Punches 1-3/4” x 7/8” Oval, Scallop Oval, Eyelet Border, Dotted Scallop; Daffodil Delight PomPom Trim; So Saffron Flower Brads.
Other Supplies: "Puddles" Basket Beanie by ty

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