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Last Saturday spent the day with several of my stampin' buddies! I love it when I get a chance to sit and stamp for a change and that's what I did! Pam had her monthly Stamp-a-Stack and she had some darling cards ready for us to create!
Here's the first batch....
Come back tomorrow and you'll see the final four!!!
So I'm sure everyone has been watching the Olympics... such a favorite time of year... er uh... I mean every four years.... wow I loved the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night... It's going to be hard to get ready for my Stamp-a-Stack the next couple weeks cuz now my time will be competing with watching the Olympics!!
So one of the gals at work has a grandson who is turning six next week... and they are having a birthday party for him... of course. And guess the theme... yep... Olympics! How cute is that. They're going to have all kinds of fun games for the kids and some treats that I'm pretty sure most Olympiads wouldn't be eating.. but hey... it's a party!
Anywho, Karlyne asked me if I could make a birthday card for him... with Olympic theme... hummm....
So I came up with this.. pretty simple but cute...well actually this isn't the final card.. this was my first card. I re-did it again cuz it wasn't quite right...
Can you tell what's wrong? (Laura... don't give it away!).....
I didn't take a picture of the final card I gave her....
but I did fill it with extra Olympic rings and circles...
in case she wanted to use them to decorate but instead
decided they would make cute "confetti" inside the card...
Little Chaz will love it... besides he can't tell what's wrong with it....
ps at least it's not made in China.... oops did I say that out loud???
All you have to do is grab some Sharpie pens... and voila... you have colored pearls.. and bling too! Here's a great tip I found on Andrea Walford's blog..
expand your embellishment options by adding color to Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Pearls
and Basic Rhinestones with Sharpie markers – giving you a rainbow of colors to
choose from! You could of course use alcohol based markers like Copic markers
or Spectrum Noir markers, but these are significantly more expensive. Besides,
Sharpie markers are readily available at most office supply stores (and they are
a non-competitive product for those of you that are SU demos and need to think
about these things).
my Basic Pearls with a black Sharpie marker, and then stuck one to each of the
“popped” hexagons. If you’re wondering why I didn’t just use a Staz On pad, I
did try, but it didn’t work well – the pad is too big in relation to the pearl,
and I couldn’t get around the rounded edges of the pearl. Besides, Sharpies
give you more color options.
It's time for my Sizzlin' Summer Stamp-a-Stack!! Going to be held August 18th here at the Reed Ranch! I'm prepping my ten cards you'll be making if you attend.... and I'm so excited about all the new ideas! Fresh and fun and super simple!!!
Here's a sneak peek at my "circle of flowers"... and got the idea from my monthly Stamp Club that I belong to... actually it was really incredible that I received the same type card from different members from each of the two clubs... now that tells me that it's a popular card... and I just adore it... so I made a variety of colors and styles that you'll get to choose from!
Today would have been my dad's 91st birthday!! ... that is just amazing to me... so I wanted to dedicate this blog to him... take a few minutes to sit with me a spell and share in some of the old time songs he use to love...
I know I've shown you before some beautiful paper flowers.... well here's a great tutorial by Jilll Haddad on how to make paper roses... make with the Ornament Punch. These are waaaaay to big for cards and won't work well in scrapbooks - but they will look beautiful laying around the base of a candle or on the top of a gift box. They are a little time consuming - but well worth the time!
Stampin'Up! Ornament Punch
1 1/4" Circle Punch
Cardstock (Green and Color of your choice)
Classic Ink in Darker Shades of Cardstock Colors
2 Way Glue Pen
Stylus (pencil or screwdriver will work also)
Using the STAMPIN' UP! ORNAMENT PUNCH, punch 18
ornament shapes from your chosen cardstock. Sponge the edges of each petal on
both sides. Punch a 1 1/4" circle from matching cardstock. This circle will be
your flower base.
Next, use a pencil, stylus or screwdriver to tightly
roll the edges of each "petal" from one side to the other. Set each one aside
until all are curled.
Begin creating the rose by placing the curled petals
around the circle base as shown to the left. I used 7 petals to create this
layer for coverage and fullness. I alternated petals - one curled up, the next
curled under - overlapping each petal and the petal tab as I worked around the
The second layer was created by using 3 petals ,
curled inward, glued to the edge of each petal tab on the previous layer.
The next time I will use 5 petals in this
The third layer uses 3 petals, all curled
The 4th layer you begin creating the center of the
rose. You will use 2 petals. Bend the base tabs at 90 degree angles to the petal
and glue the tabs together. Roll the both petals inward creating a cylinder.
Apply a small amount of glue as shown on both sides of one petal and hold both
petals together with paper clips until dry.
To create the 5th layer - which is the very center of
the rose - roll the last ornament shape tightly around the stylus. Add
a small amount of glue to the inside edge of the center petal and clip it with a
paperclip until dry. Once dry, fold the base tab at a 90 degree angle so that it
lays flat across the bottom of the petal. Put a dollop of glue in the center of
the rose and put the final petal in place.
To create the leaves, punch 2 or 3 ornament shapes
from a green cardstock. Using the stylus and a scoring tool (personal cutter,
scorpal, etc) create the veins as shown to the left. Turn the "leaf" over and
sponge a darker green ink across the veins and along the edges of the leaves.
Glue into place on the back of petals as desired.
Well here's another version of the lollipop flowers similar to what I made at my last Stamp-a-Stack... this is done by Connie Babbert.. very cute
Except she went to way more trouble than I did... and used the Floral Frame Framelits and
Using the Polka
Dot Designer Paper she cut the middle sized and next to smallest flowers from
the framelit with the DSP and coordinating cardstock. Between each of the
petals, towards the center, she pierced a hole large enough for the
lollipop stick and tucked the lollipop down into it, securing with a few Mini
Glue Dots. Then she scrunched the flowers up around the "bud" of the lollipop. Next she cut the next to largest flower size with Garden Green cardstock and cut off two
of the petals to make leaves. She ran the leave thru the Big Shot with the
Chevron Impressions Folder and adhered to the bottom of the flower with Mini
It's Saturday... and I'm wondering around the backyard... such a gorgeous summer morning! Most often every day I buzz off to work early.... and never really get to tinker around the yard... I miss those days that I use to do that... but really it's my own fault. Generally we say we don't have enough time... honestly it's that we don't TAKE enough time... we all have the same amount of time.... 24 hours in each day, it's just a matter of choice of how we use those 24 hours, right?
Well thankfully Jerry does take the time... the time to keep our yard looking so awesome and enjoyable... and I am so grateful! He loves to garden and work in the patio... he always has a project going or building something or scaring off rabbits... did I say that out loud? Well, anywho... I pulled out my handy dandy little camera and took a few shots on the patio while I enjoyed the Saturday morning sunshine!
Succulents are so popular now...
I think they're great so Jerry's been tenderly growing quite a variety for me!
Allen was "cleaning out" his classroom at school and was going to
throw away this bowl he made cuz it had a nick on it...
glad Jerry grabbed it and created a birdbath out of it!!
Jerry's favorite... plumeria's blooming so much right now!
And they smell awesome!
We've had this plant for 7-8 years now..
some friends gave it to us when they were moving away
and couldn't take it with them...
we sure lucked out!
love the variety.....
Notice the time... 8:50am....
and notice the temp...
wow.. it's already 70 degrees!
gonna be another warm day in Poway!
very popular spot for bird nests...
we constantly have babies hatching from this one....
....now that's some rolling pin!!!
...and I have no idea where he got that from!
we've had this plant stand since the early '70s...
got it on one of our trips to TJ....
it's been painted and repainted about a gazillion times!
Love the "fish"... Allen made a bunch of these eons ago...
Claire gave this plumeria plant to Jerry last Christmas...
it was just some sticks when we got it....
now look at it... and blooming too!!!
More evidence of Allen's ceramics scattered around the yard....
I couldn't resist getting this darling lazy frog for Jerry...
not that he's lazy... it's that he's getting a well deserved rest after all his hard work!!