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Baby Zoo…

Is there anything more fun than expecting a brand new baby?

In this case it will be a baby boy and his name will be Harrison.  He will be the son of my g’daughter’s best friend.  I’ve known Amy for over a decade and am thrilled to be able to watch her become a mom and participate in planning her a shower along with Kendall…

Harrison is a lengthy name, but I was fortunate to find a frame that would work.

I thought about painting the animals directly on the background, but chickened out afraid I’d mess up and have to start all over.

This little guy is always my favorite…who doesn’t love a teddy bear?

A side view…

Sitting on top.

I’ve probably made a half dozen of these baby framed names and they always are so appreciated.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Water Color Paper (the background piece is 6″ x 12″ and you’ll need more to stamp and paint the animals.
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate, Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky and Baked Brown Sugar
  • Stamps:  A Little Wild
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Little Loves Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, Round Brush, .005 Black Micron Pen, Dr. Ph Martin’s Cobalt Blue Fine Art Watercolor, White Fun Foam with adhesive back.

Digits

  • Cut a strip of watercolor paper 3″ x 12″.  Using a large round brush apply a light coat of the Cobalt Blue then go over just the bottom of the strip of color to darken the shade just at the bottom.  Let dry.
  • Cut letters of name from White Fun Foam that comes with a sticky back.  Apply Multipurpose Adhesive Strips to back of watercolor paper you just painted.  Cut letters from strip of watercolor paper.   Attach painted letters to top of White Fun Foam letters.
  • I have all the animals in this stamp set cut apart so I can use them singularly or together.  You can always put them back together on the acrylic block when you need both sides.
  • Stamp animals on separate piece of watercolor paper.  The elephant was stamped with Smoky Slate and with a damp brush I pulled the color inside the lines.  Add Powder Pink inside ears and on cheeks.  Go over detail lines with Black Micron Pen.  Cut out with coordinating framelit.  You’ll need to trim the top.
  • The lion was stamped in Crushed Curry.  I pulled the color in on his body with a damp brush then added Daffodil Delight to his head.  Add Powder Pink for his cheeks and use Micron Pen to add details.  Cut out with framelit.
  • The Bear was stamped with Baked Brown Sugar pulling in the stamped lines with a damp brush.  I added Daffodil Delight to his face and body and Powder Pink for his cheeks and ears.  Use Micron Pen for details.  The beehive was stamped in Crushed Curry and painted with Daffodil Delight.  Bees were Soft Sky on the wings and details added with Micron Pen.  Cut out with framelit.
  • Line up your letters on background 6″ x 12″ or whatever size you are using and place your animals where you think you’d like them to sit.  Pull off the protective backing of the Fun Foam and attach.  The animals were added with multipurpose glue.
  • Place inside your frame and enjoy.  I did make a full tag with the elephant to use on the wrapped package.

Got through my first FaceTime OnStage rehearsal yesterday.  Need to shave about a minute off my presentation…but at least I got everything stamped!  Donna and Brandy gave me some great tips so we’ll see how it goes at the next FaceTime rehearsal on the 25th!

Hope your “hump” day is awesome…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

hmmm….

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

 

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Watercolor Orchid…

This stamp set was on my top ten priority list when the Annual Catalog was released this past summer.

So why has it taken me so long to ink it up?

You really don’t want to hear that list…it might just sound like whining!  But this week this set finally saw ink for the first time and I just couldn’t stop making flowers…

isn’t that awesome?

Perfect for my entry way…two home décor projects in one week?  What’s this world coming to?

What fun!  The secret is in the water color paper…

Here’s what I’m thinking…wouldn’t this make the best gift for someone in the hospital, nursing home or hostess thank you gift?  Well, anytime really but you certainly wouldn’t have any worries keeping these orchids alive.  The plant pictured is one I had that was finished blooming.  I always try to bring them back…NEVER works for me!

Here’s some tips in Stuff ‘N Digits if you’d like to challenge Mother Nature too…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugar Plum
  • Stamps:  Climbing Orchid
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Orchid Builder Framelits, Aqua Painter or Medium Round Brush

Digits

  • Work on one flower piece at a time.  Stamp the outline in Lemon Lime Twist on Water Color paper.
  • With brush and clean water move the ink to cover the piece.  Drop some Daffodil Delight reinker toward the center and let it “bloom” while the previous color is still wet.  Drop some Sweet Sugar Plum at the center and let it bloom.
  • Continue with each flower or flower piece.  Let dry completely.
  • Stamp outline stamp again in Lemon Lime Twist.  Stamp detail stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.
  • Cut out with Orchid Builder Framelits.  Using your bone folder, break down the paper fibers by curling the paper then assemble.
  • Here I used hot glue to attach the flowers to the stem.  Ouch!

There are already several projects in various stages of completion all over the studio.  Some cards and more arrangements, but smaller ones.  Orchids in different color combinations.  Have you researched all the different colors orchids come in?  I’ll share these with you soon…

It’s “hump” day and the weekend will be here before we know it…plan accordingly!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

waste of your time…

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

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It’s Fall Y’all…

My favorite time of the year…except maybe spring.  I love spring too.  Summer too if it doesn’t get too hot and winter if it’s not too awful cold.

But fall, seriously people who could not love fall?

So I made myself (this NEVER happens) a little home décor piece…

and another eclipse project for you.

A little “fussy” cutting to include the acorns.

Fall leaf colors done with the new “Blends” alcohol pens.

Can’t wait to add this to our living space for the fall season.

Do you ever make home décor pieces…for yourself?  I swear usually I give everything away, but not this time!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Sunflowers…Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.  Leaves and acorns:  Blends Pens Old Olive, Daffodil Delight Light and Dark, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake plus Memento Black Ink
  • Stamps:  Painted Harvest and Count My Blessings
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Letters Framelits, Blends or Alcohol based pens, Fun Foam

Digits

  • The frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby and the opening is 6″ x 10″ ($13.95 less 40%) DEAL!  So the Thick Whisper White was cut 6″ x 10″.  The glass was thrown away.  Sometimes I save the glass to use as a painting palette, but there are too many here in the studio already.
  • The Leaves were stamped with Memento Black Ink.  Stamp a leaf on Post It Note and cut out for a mask.  Then stamp the center leaf, cover with mask and stamp the remaining two leaves on either side.  Remove mask.
  • Using the Blends Pens I colored the leaves individually finishing one before starting another.  Add the Daffodil Delight to the center, then the Dark Daffodil Delight around the edges.  Using the Light Daffodil Delight color over where the two colors meet to soften the color transition.  Add some Bermuda Bay here and there for interest.  You can go over this color with the Light Daffodil Delight and it turns a pretty shade of green and softens it a little.  The acorns and leaves were stamped and colored with the same pens excluding the Coastal Cabana on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy” cut.
  • Stamp a mask on Post It Note and cut out.  Stamp three sunflowers in the lower left corner.  After you stamp the first sunflower, cover with mask and stamp the remaining two.
  • Remove mask and add acorns with dimensionals.
  • Add a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back where the letters will be  on the stamped piece and run through Big Shot.  Add Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to back of Fun Foam and cut out letters again.
  • Place another sheet of cardstock behind your stamped piece for framing.  Add foam letters then the letters that have stamping on them over the top of the foam letters.  Add to frame and ENJOY!

This was fun to do and I’m sure I’ll enjoy seeing it in my home.  We should live with our art!

It’s so hard to wrap your mind around the Las Vegas massacre…unimaginable tragedy.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

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Henry’s First Birthday…

Alright, I know he was just born, but this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper just kept calling his name.  So…I made this 8″ x 8″ sampler to celebrate his first birthday next March!

Found this frame at Hobby Lobby on sale.  It’s the perfect size for a sampler!

Close up of each corner…

and the last close up…

Had I been making this same sampler for a girl, there is an image of a little girl on the DSP and a stamp for her back along with a bouquet of flowers.  Change the Real Red Cardstock to Powder Pink and leave everything else as is…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this sampler…

Stuff

  • Paper: Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper plus Real Red  and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red and Pacific Point
  • Stamps:  Birthday Delivery, Number of Years (st after number one)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Balloons Honeycomb Embellishments, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (surprise banner), Birthday Friends Framelits Dies, Large Numbers Framelits

Digits

  • This “shadow” frame measures 8″ x 8″ inside.  Cut the background DSP 8″ x 8″ and attach with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the fox, Hip Hip Hooray banner, cake, gift box and birthday hat out of DSP using Birthday Friends Framelits Dies and set aside.
  • Fussy cut the bear, squirrel, turtle and bunny from DSP and set aside.
  • Using Large Numbers Framelits cut the number from DSP and Real Red Cardstock and set aside.
  • Stamp the word “surprise” in Pacific Point on banner from Cupcakes & Carousel Embellishment Kit.  Lay the banner on a piece of Real Red CS and draw around edges with pencil.  Fussy cut larger banner just outside pencil lines.  Glue these two banners together with SNAIL.  Add dimensionals to back and set aside.
  • Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-3/4″ square.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-3/4″ x 2″.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 1-3/4″ square.
  • Cut two Whisper White CS pieces 3-5/8″ square.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 3-5/8″ x 1-7/8″.  Cut two Real Red CS pieces 1-5/8″ square.
  • Attach all  pieces with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Cut two pieces of “grass” 3-5/8″ x 1″ or less adding freehand curves.  Attach to bottom of both 3-3/4″ square pieces.
  • Starting with top right corner and one of the 3-3/4″ squares, add fox to right of square along with banner using multipurpose glue.  Add gift box with dimensional.  Add decorated square to background square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add squirrel, turtle and bunny to one of the 3-3/4″ x 2″ rectangles with multipurpose glue.  Add had to bunny.  Add rectangle under fox square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add surprise banner under previous rectangle with dimensionals overlapping at top.
  • Add bear to left side of second 3-3/4″ square with multipurpose glue.  Add three honeycomb balloons and hand draw with journal pen strings from balloons to bear’s hands.  Add this square to bottom left corner of sampler.
  • Add second 3-3/4″ x 2″ rectangle with happy birthday over the bear square with multipurpose glue.
  • Add cake to one of the 1-3/4″ squares with dimensionals.  Add to top left corner of sampler with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut the number from Real Red CS and DSP.  Stamp “st” in Real Red right top of square.  Glue together offsetting.  Add to second 1-3/4″ square with dimensionals.
  • Place inside shadow frame!

How much fun is that?  I think I will make a girl one too…it’s just too cute.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

I.  LOVE.  SHOES.

And stamping…come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

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Framed Succulents…

The Vertical Garden on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog caught me eye on the first pass through.  I mean who could not notice that kit?

So the kit was included on my first order and  instead of making the vertical garden I made this…well, maybe a couple or so of these.

and I loved it!  Then I remembered I had this frame just hanging around and thought how nice it would look with those succulents inside it…yep, bought another one!  But this project can be paired with the first one and looks so nice in the powder room.

See!  That frame was perfect…exactly what I needed to go with that pot.

Since I own the Spiral Flower Die, several more roses were made to fill in small spaces.

This dragon fly was just hanging out on one of the studio table tops, so he was popped up on a piece of Window Sheet to forever hover over this succulent garden.

Both of these projects now adorn the powder room for all to enjoy…

There really isn’t Stuff ‘N Digits for this post, but maybe a couple of tips…

To finish a framed piece like this one you’ll need:

  • An 8″ x 10″ opening frame
  • Stamps and Dies…Succulent Framelits Dies (there are some light green stem-like pieces here and there for texture at a different level), Dragonfly Die, Gorgeous Grunge (splats on plants) Oh So Succulent (tips of plants)
  • You’ll need a sponge if you want to darken the edges.  Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede was used here.
  • Hot glue gun to put plant layers together and add to frame.  These were glued directly to the glass

Questions?  Leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

Hope you enjoyed this personal project.  There may be more succulents in my future!  SU! was right on trend with this bundle!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

maybe?

Have a great day, stay inky and be HaPpY!

 

 

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Friends & Hearts…

There are so many different parts of my “job” I love and one of them is being able to make just a little something for a friend “just because”.  We don’t always need a reason for a thoughtful gift…

So I made this for a neighbor/friend I met only a year or so ago.  We just “clicked” and have so much in common…

Being as Valentine’s is next week, this seemed the perfect gift to share with her…

And a close up…

There aren’t many instructions for this one.  The frame is from Hobby Lobby and should fit in nicely with her home décor.  Hopefully she will use this each year at Valentine time.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Gray and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree and Hello Life (retired, sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Confetti Hearts Border Punch, Craft White Ink, small round brush

Digits

  • The open in this mat is 5″ x 5″ so I cut the Thick Whisper White 5-1/2″ square.
  • Stamp the tree image slightly left of center in Basic Gray.  With small round brush and Craft White Ink Refill, highlight left side of tree trunk and top side of limbs.  Let dry or heat.
  • Punch hearts with Confetti Hearts Border Punch with Real Red Cardstock.  Using Multipurpose Glue add hearts.  I kept the larger ones to the center and smaller hearts out.  Place a few hearts falling to the ground.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Run a bead of multipurpose glue around edges and place behind mat.

Classes today and Monday here at Rambling Rose Studio.  We are making some really pretty projects I hope everyone will be excited about.

Spring weather is back here in Tennessee…I’ll take it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

My two furbabies always dance with me rain or shine…

Stay inky…Be Happy!

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One for the Team…

My team is so special to me and occasionally I like to surprise them with a little something.  Who doesn’t like to get “happy” mail, right?

The Designer Series Paper Stack, Cupcakes & Carousels is amazing…had to reorder it, but I wanted to use it on these desk calendars…

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Here’s a closer look…

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Tie Dyed T-Shirts…remember those?  Love that little stamp, too!

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On the back …

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pens to match…How fun is that?

Have you made these desk calendars before?  They really aren’t hard at all and are fun decorate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Natural White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock, plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate,  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases (sentiment), Tie Dyed and Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies, Succulent Framelits Dies (flower on pen)  Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight pom-poms (retired), Stylish Stems Framelits (sentiment label), 1-1/4″ circle punch

Digits

  • The Natural White base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 4″, score at 1″, 2″ and 3″.  Make the 2″ score a mountain fold and the 1″ and 3″ valley folds.  Attach inside the folded base at bottom with multipurpose glue to create stand.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and attach to one side of base with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with SNAIL over Bermuda Bay.
  • The calendars are 2-1/2″ x 3″ so the Bermuda Bay is 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″  Attach together and to the bottom of card with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp T-shirt in Smoky Slate on Natural White CS.  Using a wet wipe folded in half twice and lying inside a stamp folder, drop reinker using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.

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  • This will be your stamp pad for the tie dyed stamp.  Stamp the T-shirt with this.  Add and words you like for the shirt in Archival Basic Black.  Also stamp a collar and small flower with Bermuda Bay on this scrap.  Cut out all with framelits.  Add collar to t-shirt with multipurpose glue.  Add dimensionals to back of t-shirt and add to top of card over calendar.
  • Cut sentiment base from Bermuda Bay.  Stamp “just a note” on scrap and cut with framelit  in Stylish Stems.  Glue together and on card back top.  Stamp flower on scrap and cut with framelit.  Add under sentiment with dimensional.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 5″.  Score three edges at 1/2″ and 1″.  Leave one edge unscored.  On the unscored edge punch with 1-1/4″ circle punch.  Burnish score lines.  Trim corner tabs…

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  •  Attach small tab in with glue dot.  Place glue dot on bottom of side tab and fold over bottom tab.  All multipurpose glue all around tabs and attach to back at bottom.  This box will hold 3″ post it notes
  • My pens are Bic Pens without the tops.  Cut DSP 2″ x 5″.  Using your bone folder curl the paper the way it will wrap the pen.  Add hot glue to one long edge and lay the pen on this line of glue.  Once dry, roll the pen in the paper.  At this point if you need to trim off some of the paper that’s fine.  Add hot glue to last edge and roll the pen to glue and hold til dry.  Punch flower from scrap Bermuda Bay and add to top of pen with hot glue.  If you don’t have the pom poms, maybe add a large pearl or rhinestone or anything else you like.
  • To hold the pen to the card, cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 1″ x 4″.  Wrap this around your pen and pinch together  so you know where to add hot glue.  Hot glue together leaving opening for pen.  Add more hot glue to one side and place behind front of card about half way up.  Insert pen.

These are really fun to make and useful too.  I’m sure they will enjoy receiving this little surprise in their mailboxes.

Well…I’m off to Nashville to attend a stamping event featuring Lisa Pretto.  Meeting up with some demo friends I haven’t seen in a bit so it should be lots of fun and no sleep!

Hope your weekend is all the fun you can handle…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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all.  the.  time…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

 

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Pot ‘O Succulents…

 

First order of business is to announce the winner of a personal gift from me to one of my readers for commenting their “word” for 2017.  There were so many great ideas!  But the winner is…

  • Rosemary (rregan@bresnan.net)  CoNgRaTs Rosemary!  Send me an email at brm643@comcast.net with your mailing address.

My blog readers are just the sweetest and evidently all I needed to do was ask for you to visit my Rambling Rose Studio FB page and click “like” if you liked the page.  I have set a goal to reach 1000 in the month of January and many of you did visit.  Thanks so much!

This post today is exciting because the idea formed in my mind over the Christmas holiday while in Florida.  Ikea was on the “to do” list and some kind of flower pot was one of the items to be found.

Ikea is like a candy store…so many ideas are born and its a struggle to focus.  But the pot in mind was found and here’s what happened to it…

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A size reference would have been nice but I can tell you the top opening is 4″ and the height of the pot is 4-1/2″.

Here’s a couple of close up shots…

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and another angle…

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making this pot ‘o succulents gave me practice for a kit class later this month with the Vertical Garden Kit in the Occasions Catalog.  Of course, everything in the kit is precut for you which is really nice!

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The colors were the first consideration.  Every color of green was pulled, then branching out with Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral and even Tip Top Taupe.  There is one retired color here…can you find it?

It’s the little strip of circles sticking out here and there.  That is Starfruit…how many of you remember that color?  So many didn’t like it, but as green is a favorite, I loved it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugar Plum, Calypso Coral (roses), Rich Razzleberry. Pool Party and Starfruit
  • Ink:  Craft White, Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Oh So Succulent and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Spiral Flower Die (rose), Succulent Thinlits Dies, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, 4″ Styrofoam ball half (I found a green one), container and hot glue

Digits

  • Glue the 4″ half Styrofoam ball in top of container.
  • Pick your cardstock colors and start cutting.  There are three large succulents different colors.  For the large pieces use two of four different thinlit die sizes.  There are four medium succulents.  To make a medium piece, do not use the largest succulent die.  There are three small succulents.  For these I used the three smallest dies.  Make three Calypso Coral roses and five of the circular strip pieces in Starfruit or any color you like in your stash.  Maybe Daffodil Delight or Crushed Curry.
  • White Craft Ink was used with the small stamp to add color to the tips of the layers on some and Rich Razzleberry on others.  Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp was used on some in Rich Razzleberry.
  • Use your bone folder to slightly curl each petal.  If you accidently chop off a piece, not to worry.  Plants are not perfect and besides you’ll never see it anyway.  Layer with multipurpose glue trying to twist each layer so that the petals do not align.  Build all your pieces then add them to the Styrofoam with hot glue.  I added the largest first, medium and small last.  Use the roses to fill spaces inbetween pieces.  Add circular strips here and there.
  • Cut a piece of Burlap ribbon to fit around container and hot glue.  Make a Burlap bow by looping four times and tying in center with Linen Thread.

Seriously, this piece could be used for your own home decoration (I plan to make an accompanying piece) or as a gift especially for someone in the hospital or nursing home as they take no care.

Can’t wait for the kit class later this month…

We are getting snow today…first of the winter so it’s a little exciting because snow is rare here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

supplies

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Staying inky will make you HaPpY!

 

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Christmas with the Peeps…

Today’s class was a special one.  The “peeps” all agreed last month that we would entertain each other with a “shoebox swap”, small gifts and lots of yummy sweet and savory food.

Here’s a pic I took just after we exchanged gifts and had tasted all the delicious food (I should have taken a pic of the table…it was loaded!)…

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It’s hard around the holidays to find a date that works for all, but we set a date and stuck with it.  Look how neat everyone’s space is?  That didn’t last very long.  From left:  Jan, Dawn, Dana, Carol, Jeanette, Patty and Barbara.  What a great group!

Today I’ll show you my shoebox share and later this week the other projects we shared…

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A small desk calendar for 2017 with a coordinating pen and on the back…

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A post it note pad.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Real Red Cardstock plus Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Perfect Blend
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bic Pen, 2017 Calendar (Tayloredexpressions. com),

Digits

  • Cut your base cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score on the 11″ side at 4″, 8″, 9″ and 10″.  Burnish all folds making a “W” with the last three score lines, or mountain, valley, mountain if that’s easier to remember.  Attach last 1″ score to inside to create the calendar stand.  I used Tear Tape.
  • Cut a strip of your DSP 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ and a coordinating DSP 4-1/4″ x 1″.  Attach together with SNAIL then to bottom of one side of calendar stand.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 1/4″ bigger  than your calendar on all sides.  Attach calendar to this piece of cardstock with SNAIL and then to calendar front over DSP with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 1″ x 3″.  Wrap pen and make a crease in cardstock for the pen.  Then glue this piece together up to the crease line leaving room for pen to slip in.  Glue the pen holder to inside of calendar frame at front or back, whichever you prefer.
  • Glue post it note pad to back.
  • This calendar can be decorated with flowers, birds whatever you like.  Since I’m a coffee nut, we used the retired Perfect Blend stamp set to make the coffee mug and stamped our sentiment on the label.

The Bic pen was covered with a coordinating pattern using hot glue and slipped inside the holder.

Here’s a pic of a small gift given to each “peep” today…

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and inside…

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All in all it was a great day.  Our projects were quite varied (I’ll show them this week) and we didn’t even plan what each would bring.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you have checked out the year end sales at stampinup.com.  Any of the products can be ordered from this blog site by clicking on the “shop now” star to the right…just sayin’!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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got mine on all the time.

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

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Of Mice and Candles…

Do you like my title today?  John Steinbeck and especially his book, Of Mice and Men are favorites of mine since high school and I couldn’t resist the pundit on the book title.

Today we have mice marching bravely around the base of Christmas candles.  More product for the Christmas Market…

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Here is one batch all packaged and ready to go including the coordinating tags…

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A close up without the packaging.  And…

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a decorating mouse (he is on both sides).  And…

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A singing mouse.  Plus…

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A red bird in the Sheltering Tree.

These were fun to do…have you ever applied art to a candle?    It’s not hard at all.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  White Tissue wrapping paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, plus markers in the colors you like.
  • Stamps:  Well any of them…but I used the set Merry Mice and Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Any size white unscented candle, heat gun, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbon

Digits

  • Stamp your choice of art on white wrapping tissue paper with Archival Black Ink.  On the back of the stamped image color with markers.
  • Trim away excess paper close to your image.
  • Place image on candle and begin to heat with Heat Gun.  You can see when the tissue paper melts into the candle.  Don’t linger in one spot or you’ll melt your candle and it will look “wonky”!
  • If you want to apply Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, heat image and immediately sprinkle with glitter.  Some of it will stick.
  • Make a tag with whatever stamp set you used.
  • I used the large wine bottle cello bags to package the candles (trim the bag top after placing candle inside) and tied with Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbon sliding the tag over the ribbon ends.

Here’s hoping those stopping by my space at the market will like these little Christmas mice as much as I do…

Here is your “B-ism” for today…

wednesday

coffee every day.

And inky fingers too so you will be extra HaPpY!

 

 

 

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