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It’s A Lovefest Here…

I’m so happy to announce today that a brand new Demo has joined my team…Welcome, Karin Tittle!  I’m so excited for her to discover not only the magic of this wonderful craft of stamp ‘n ink, but also what a delight it is to be associated with a company like Stampin’ Up!  I see many happy times together ahead.  If you are considering becoming a hobby or career demo, come on down.  I’d love to have you join my team.

Have you signed up for Paper Pumpkin yet?  The deal SU! is offering is unbelievable…free welcome kit and free set of in-color markers.  You can drop anytime just my sending an email, but I’ve seen the next two kits and they are adorable.  $19.95 plus shipping per month for a box of “happy” delivered to you door.  Just click the Paper Pumpkin photo to the right.  Let me know if you have questions.

Getting ready for  Valentines, which is one of my favorite “holidays”,  is so much fun for me…what’s not to like about a day to celebrate those you love, right?   Making seasonal décor you can keep and reuse is one of my favorite things to do.  Each year it gets easier as the different holidays approach.

Here’s a wreath for the mantle…even though to get a decent photo I had to set it up on a table…

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A 12″ foam wreath was wrapped with the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon on page 37 of the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog.  Used a little hot glue for this.  The bow with the print was bought at a local “box” store and hot glued in place.  The Valentine Box was made using the Heart Framelits, Spiral Flower Die, Bird Builder Punch (leaves) and Words Thinlits.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits:

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink cardstock and Silver Glitter Paper (leaves)
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools:  All of the Dies, Framelits and Thinlets listed above and the new fringe scissors to cut the side strip of the box (maybe a video would help…I’ll get on that one)

Digits:

I used the second largest heart framelit for the box top and bottom.  Then two smaller hearts for the pink and white layers.  For the sides of the box, cut a 2″ strip of cardstock 11″ long, score at 1/2″ and 1 1/2″.  Cut to score line on both sides with the fringe scissors.  You may need a another small strip to finish the sides depending how large your heart is.  Hot glue half of the top of the box and lay one side the fringed strip along the edge.  Finish gluing the rest of the top edge and attach the fringed strip.  Fold down the fringe on the other side of the strip, run glue around the bottom of the box and attach to the fringed strip.  It’s a box that doesn’t open, but that’s ok for this project.  Decorate with the flowers and words.  I’ll try to get a video done for this because reading this makes it sound harder than it really is.  Give it a try and you’ll be surprised how well it goes together.  The fringed strip easily folds around the heart shape.

You can go crazy decorating your box.  I thought of lots of things I could have put on this box, but other projects were calling from the other side of the studio.  Hope I’ve inspired you to give it a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  “If you have to swallow a bowl of frogs, swallow the largest one first!”…Zig Zigler  Ha! I love this one…you can’t imagine how many times I’ve said this to myself when facing a difficult day or situation.

I certainly swallowed my big toad for the day and now I’m enjoying myself getting inky…

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