Friday, September 21, 2012

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

 My direct upline (Maureen, the original CSL) had a birthday in July. 
I thought it would be nice to give her flowers.

I'm sorry that this second picture is so blurry -- apparently I moved when I took the picture. But I wanted you to see the vase I put these flowers in. It was one of those great finds some place, but I can't remember where. I filled it with clear glass pebbles.
The roses were made with Daffodil Yellow card stock, and then I sponged them with Tangerine Tango. I used Garden Green for the leaves. And I adhered the roses to a stick you would use to make candy (lollypop sticks). I just wrapped the white sticks with our Always Artichoke Seam Binding ribbon.

This was a fun item to make. It was so cheerful. And it made me feel so good -- I went to visit her in her office yesterday at work (we work together), and she still has these on her desk. Paper flowers last SO long! HeeHeeHee. I am glad that she enjoyed them.

Thanks for stopping in today -- now go find your inspiration and get to creating!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Paper Roses

Another blast from the past. I found another post that never got published. This was supposed to be published in April 2010. Well -- lucky you -- you get to see it now. :-)

My fellow stamping sister, Julie (SimiStamper), who is part of our CSL group (Crazy Stamping Ladies), is just so incredibly creative! You have to check out her blog! This woman has SO much talent!! She has a wonderful tutorial posted for creating paper roses. Here is my first attempt at making a card with her paper roses:

Here is a close-up of these roses -- We use the large flower punch to create them.

You can find Julie's Tutorial here:

I used her recipe for the roses (Orchid Opulence Paper sponged all-over with Rich Razzleberry, with the edges sponged in Orchid Opulence). The Trellis (Stampin' Up/Sizzix Bigz Die) is made using Pretty in Pink paper. The leaves are in Always Artichoke, punched with the Bird Punch (I just used the branch portion of the punched image). The card base is Confetti White (one of my favorites). I then added 1/2 pearls from the Pretties Kit (these are the largest of three sizes you receive in the kit). And then added the white ribbon. I didn't add a sentiment just yet, as I still am not sure who I will send this card to... But I think I will only add a sentiment to the inside of the card (I just don't want to clutter up the front).

I hope you enjoy the card! Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 17, 2012

3D Flowers

Art from the Past
Apparently I created a post and never actually published it!! This photo is from back in spring 2010 -- the card below was created for a design challenge in our CSL (Crazy Stampin' Ladies) downline meeting.

One of the other CSLs taught us how to create paper roses (see SimiStamper's blog and search on "paper roses"). Inspired by her creativity, I created this card. I have three paper roses, and then added two paper Star-Gazer Lilies.

Here is a close up of the flowers:

The card recipe:
Bride DSP sponged with Melon Mambo (soooo glad that is coming back!)
Black CS
Presto Patterns DSP (left white, but you can sponge it or brayer it to make those designs POP)
Black Satin Ribbon
Pretty in Pink Card Base (and used for Roses)
Sentiment: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window, and Scallop Trim Border
Stargazer Lilies: 5-Petal Flower, Watercolor Paper, Melon Mambo and Yo Yo Yellow Inks, with Hemp Twine
Roses: Fancy Flower Extra Large, Pretty in Pink paper, Chunky Glitter

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Halloween Card Swap

It is that time again -- Halloween crafts start taking place! I created the card above for a card-swap that I participated in through the mail. This group of ladies are from back east; well, at least the coordinator of the swap is from Minnesota. I have never met them in person. But we all share a love for stamping, and we are all Stampin' Up demonstrators. Being a part of Stampin' Up is like having a wonderful extended family from all over!! And it is so much fun to mail off 10 cards that I have made, and then wait to see what I receive in return. I will try to post some of the other cards (once I get permission from the creators). The theme was Autumn, so we have a few Halloween cards and a few cards with beautiful autumn colors.  ALL the cards featured items from our Holiday Mini Catalog and our 2012-13 Idea Book.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day!
Happy Stamping....