Saturday, October 7, 2017

Adventure Awaits

As one who loves camping, hiking and all sorts of adventure, I had fun playing around with Stampin' Up's Pieces and Patterns designer paper.  The paper has all sorts of cute animals and camping images on it.  I spent a few minutes cutting them out (I think I need the Brother Cut and Scan for Christmas - hint, hint) and then made some magnets using the images.

I just love the little trailer in this one.  I just bought a vintage trailer similar to this one and can't wait to take it out "on the road!" 

I added ribbon, pearls, buttons and enamel dots to the magnets for embellishments.

Look how cute the moose is!  Someday I'd like to see one (from afar, that is) in real life. 

I had so much fun playing around with these.  Look how I even added an enamel heart to the little bear.  :)

Which one do you like the best?  Seriously, I could make these all day.

I finished off the day making a shadowbox with more cut-outs.  The saying says, Today is the perfect day to be happy.  Looking at all of these really does make me happy.  I'm already looking forward to next year's camping adventures.

How about you?  Do you love to hike, camp and find adventures?


Monday, September 11, 2017

Who is Your Neighbor?

From time to time, I teach a Sunday class at my church and come up with a craft project for them to work on.  The lesson that I taught to go along with this craft was the Good Samaritan, where Jesus was teaching about who is your neighbor - and that is anyone that is in need.

I had some 6x8" canvas boards in my stash of crafting supplies, so I took them out and found some designer paper to use for the background.  I glued the papers down before the class.  This made the houses and other items easy to glue on using a glue stick.

I used an old stamping wheel with a cute set of houses on it and rolled them in black on different colored cardstock.

At church the kids cut them out and made their own neighborhoods.  They could color in the white houses if they wanted and there were trees, clouds, dog houses, bushes and lamp post cut-outs for them.  I did a lot of cutting beforehand to make the craft easier for some of the children.

Then I made the "Who is your neighbor" sign for them to put on their board.   I was totally amazed at the creativity of the children.  Each board had its own creative look to it. Some children even stood up the houses along a row for a 3-D effect.  It was a lot of fun helping them to design their own neighborhood.

I think I'll keep this one around as a reminder of the great time that we shared together.  :)

More Daisies

I fell in love with the Daisy punch the first time that I saw it in the new SU catalog.  :)  I've made it in a lot of colors, shapes and sizes but haven't gotten sick of it yet!

I love the yellows and navy blues in this card.  I made a bunch of them as Thank you cards for some of my friends.  They're each a little bit different.

This one has a different background paper on it with the Daisy designer paper accents.

And this one has yellow daisies.  Which color daisy do you prefer?  I think the blue ones offer more contrast.

Now just to get them off in the mail to my friends.

Summertime Frame


Ahh, I'm so sad to see summer wind down.  I think I had so many expectations for summer and I didn't get to do many of them this year.  So I'm desperately trying to finish my summer projects and activities with a bang.

I have wanted to make a Summer framed project for a couple of years.  So I finally sat down and came up with something!  I had a bunch of these 8 x 8" frames laying around (!), so I took the glass out of the frame and made this 3-D project.

I started out making the squares to fit into the frame.  I wanted to have different sizes to give it some interest.  There were some summer stamp sets that I definitely wanted to include.  Don't you just love the fireflies from the Jars of Love set?

Jars of Love is also used for the lemonade and the flower arrangement within the heart, which is from the Swirly Bird framelits.  The sailboat is from the Swirly set, too.

I had to include the beloved Daisy punch and also the Adirondack chair from the Colorful Seasons. The kite in this frame is from the Swirly set.  I tried working up the frame using some different colors and different accent flowers.  This second one has a bit more whimsical look to it.

I'm not even sure which one that I like the best.  In this frame, I used coral colored paper for the background.  I just love the colors, don't you?

Which frame is your favorite?   Have you ever made a collage frame using different stamp sets?  I think it came out so nice, that now I want to work on a Fall one.  :)

Monday, July 31, 2017

It's Time for a Coffee Break

One of the sets that caught my eye in the Stampin Up new catalog was this set, Coffee Cafe.  Funny thing is, I don't really even drink coffee!

I guess it's the colors that drew me to this suite- I love the way these colors blend together- the browns, teals and greens.  Then I think it's the cute images that are on the designer paper.  You can cut them out and use them as embellishments on your cards and projects.

This first card, Happiness is a Cup of Coffee shared with a Friend, has some Espresso designer paper as the background and then the two cups of coffee that are "shared" together are set on a green striped banner to make them stand out.  I added the straw, sugar cubes and a button to give this card it's cute factor.  I put this card idea together myself. 

On this next card, I just love the paper that has coffee rings on it.  It goes great as a background for the Coffee Suite.  The band on the coffee cup has ridges on it that can be made using the die cuts that come with the set.  Then I took out an old tool- the crimper- and made the corrugated heart for the center embellishment.  In real life the card has a lot of dimension on it.  This idea came from Joann Mulligan.

Third up is this gate-fold card.  It opens in the middle and has this cute coffee cup in the center, only attached to one side, of course.  Don't you just love this polka-dotted paper? 

Here is the card showing how it opens.  This idea came from Joann Mulligan, also.

Then I made this instant coffee favor.  It's made using the tag topper punch and then folded up, leaving a small gusset for the bottom to make it stand.  The hole used to insert the instant coffee packet is made using the small oval punch.  Then it's just decorated using cut-outs from the designer paper.  I saw this idea from thepaperedchef.  I purchased the coffee packets at Starbucks, 10 for $10, but when I was over at Walmart, I saw the same item for only $6.  You can also put tea packets or flavored drink packets in them.

Last up I made this little candy/gift card holder using a 6" square piece of designer paper. I remember making these paper drinking cups when I was a kid!  Now I'm making crafts out of them.  :)  I got the idea from Cindee Wilkinson.  If you click here, it will give you the instructions on how to make them.  

I had so much fun working with this set and the beautiful coordinating papers.  Have you tried using them yet?  Which one is your favorite?





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Do Something Creative Every Day

One of the new stamp sets that Stampin' Up has to offer is called Crafting Forever.  Okay, doesn't that sound just like me?  Seriously, I just move from room to room in my house making crafts.

It has cute images of paintbrushes, pens, scissors, twine and of course, a rubber stamp!  It also has 3 cute sayings, but the one that I love the most is, "Do something creative every day." 

I made this little magnet the size of an Artist Trading Card which is 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I stamped the paint brushes onto white cardstock and then again onto designer paper and cut out the pot.  I used the Delightful Daisy paper and then coordinated the rest of the colors in my project to match with Calypso Coral and Tranquil Tide. 

The stamp image and saying really make it look crafty.   Add the bow or a button for the perfect embellishment.  What a great reminder to be creative, don't you think?

It's a Daisy Craze!

This week I made 3 cards featuring the Daisy Delight stamp set.  I wanted to show the ladies who come over to stamp with me the diversity of the Daisy stamp.  And I am loving this set.  
 
 Here is Card #2 (Card #1 is in the previous post), made with Bermuda Bay cardstock and accented with some sponging. 

For the sponging, I punched 3 different sized circles with punches onto a piece of scrap cardstock and then sponged them onto the white layer with different colors.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay and Soft Sky.  Once you are done with that, randomly stamp the Daisy image using black ink. 

Add a saying and some rhinestones to make it sparkle.  Very different look, right?  I got the idea for this card on Pinterest from Amanda Mertz.

Card #3 is a bright and cheery yellow Thank You card.  For this card, I used thick white cardstock for the base, added black frame and some Daffodil Delight designer paper.  Then I used a circle framelit and added stitches with a white chalk pen.  I stamped and punched two daisies for the center.  I put the dimensionals under the black circle and under the saying.  The idea is from dutchstampin.blogspot.nl.

There are so many different ways to use the Daisy stamp set!  I think I've only just begun.  :)