Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Week special from me to you....

In the spirit of the season, I am offering a Boxing Week Special! We have a new mini launching on Jan 4th, and once again Stampin UP has outdone themselves. There are so many lovely new stampsets, paper, fabric, buttons and more. In the last mini they offered 3 colours of the new Seam Binding ribbon. This is fantastic to work with, and now with the the new mini, there are 7 colours of ribbon.

Here is the special. For $10.00 you will receive 1 yard of each of the 7 colours, along with a sample pack of the Springtime Vintage paper.

For local gals, we can arrange a pick up/delivery. For my long distance customers, there will be a fee of $2.50 for shipping. Payment can be made by email money transfer, cash or cheque.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did, tons to eat, and being together with family and friends are truly gifts to cherish all year long.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Reason For the Season

Luke 2:1-38 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor in Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2-4-6-8-who do we appreciate?

At this time of year none other than Santa Claus is the focus on many minds. While Jesus is the Reason for the Season, it is still Santa Claus who continues to capture our imaginations and our hearts this time of the year.
There are great tutorials out there, but check out the one here if you need a good visual.

These boxes are so simple. Here are the directions: 1 - 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” piece card stock (you will get 2 boxes from one piece of paper.)
Paper trimmer with scoring blade or ruler with bone folder
Red line tape or a good tacky glue.
From short side of card stock, score lines at 2”, 4”, 6”, and 8”, leaving 1/2” for
flap. Score from one long side of card stock at 2”.
Cut on lines from bottom edge to scored edge. Remove small corner piece.
Place red line tape on side flap and on one of the flaps that will be the bottom
most flap when it is folded.
Fold on bottom score line and on all side fold lines. Adhere side flap behind opposite side, fold all bottom flaps in with flap with tape last. Adhere.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Good Morning Cupcake

Looking out my window it is a winter wonderland. The sun is making periodic appearances, and turning the snow to diamonds. I love this kind of day. Next week at this time we will unwrapping gifts, and munching on cinnamon buns, but today I clean and prepare!

This little cupcake box how-to was generously shared by Becky Roberts. She is amazingly talented. Be sure to check out her blog it is worth a visit. The tutorial for the box is here. Her directions are very easy to follow, and if you have made boxes before, you won't have a bit of trouble putting these together.

For the ribbon topper (not stampin up)I pulled a wire on one side of the ribbon and turned it into the little rosette. Another layer of ribbon was added, then I put them together with a glitter brad. The cupcake holder is from the Table Settings die for the big shot....I know I will get tons of use out of this die. A glitter ornament completes this little hostess gift.

Have a wonderful week leading up to Christmas. We are picking up Grandma tomorrow, and she is visiting for a week. She will join our family festivities next weekend as we gather to Celebrate the Reason for the Season.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Decor elements

Good Snowy Morning...well, here is another cold, cold day, and wow, another blast from Mother Nature yesterday. There are over 300 people stuck in cars on the 402, just west of here. We were pretty much spared yesterday, but those who escaped last week, got blasted.

Here is a very quick and easy Christmas gift. I added a little decor element to the front of the Dollar store frame. Inside, I added some fun designer paper, made a bow, attached it with some hot glue, and there you go. These make wonderful hostess gifts, or a nice little extra to tuck in someone's stocking. Tons of people have shown these on their blogs, but credit goes to Diana Gibb. She has a fun blog, with wonderful inspiration. Check it out!!! See how she added a cute button to hers, well, after I took my picture, I did the same thing!

Drive safe friends, the roads can be a bit tricky. No buses for the kids again...wish I rode the bus, then I could have a snow day too!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's a snowman building kind of day...

The weather has turned very mild today. However, we are bracing for another storm tomorrow. Hopefully it will pass over quickly, I am off on Monday, and I need to do some Christmas shopping.

This little snowman is the same pattern as the Santa's from a couple of days ago. I used very vanilla, ran it through the northern reflections embossing folder, dirtied him up with a little sponging...and now he hangs proudly on the tree.

Drive safe, stock up on your essentials...and take time to make something special. have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Peaceful Wishes

This is one of my favourite cards of all time, and I am happy to give credit to Amy who was the original designer. I covered my embossing folder with craft ink, then ran it through my Big such a nice distressed look. Easy clean up with some mild soap, and run it under the tap.

It really does look like a winter wonderland here. We have alot of snow. However, not as much as Lucan. Check out this link to see the piles and piles of snow. It is snowing again now, but schools and buses and everything should be back to normal tomorrow.

Drive safe.

Triangle Santa Ornaments

Ok, I promise next year I will host an ornament event. There are just so many creative people out there sharing their ideas, and since I have been home for 2 snow days, I did have some time to play.

These Santa ornaments are so easy to make. The original idea is from a demo Linda Creech. These are her instructions...easy peasy! Simple directions as follows: 3 pieces of cs 3 3/4" x 3 3/4", score each diagonally, run through embossing folder, using sticky strip adhere each edge to a folded edge(forming a tree or cone shape). Now create the head using different SU punches! Mine are spritzed with the hairspray/shimmer paint mixture, and look so cute hanging on the tree. There are some snowman friends waiting to join the Santa but not quite finished those yet.

We have never had so much is a true record. London has closed down, no buses, asking people to stay off the roads. Since I work for a bank, it is important to be there for our customers, so we are delaying opening till 9, then business as usual. It is still snowing here, quite hard in fact, but there should be less traffic than usual, so shouldn't be a problem to get to work and find parking. My daughter Meaghan is snowed in, her car is buried under snow, so after work, I am picking her up, we will get her car over the weekend.

Have a fun day, drive safe, and if you are at home, try making one of these little Santa ornaments.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What it looks like after 2 days of snow....

Right now the wind is howling, the snow is falling, and the flakes are HUGE. It is a total white out! This is day 2, and the outlook is for MORE SNOW! Crazy. Within a very few miles, they have no snow! Schools, banks, buses, malls...they are all closed. Here are a few pics of what it looks like after 2 full days and nights of snow.

We have a huge open field behind our house. In the one photo you can see the woods, in the other you can see how hard it is snowing and that the woods are totally lost in the snow.

Safe travels to those on the road, and if you don't need to go anywhere, stay home! I hear nap time calling!!!

Look at all that snow! Wrap it up with a bow!

WOW, we had a record snow fall yesterday, my Hubby is out blowing out the drive way for the 3rd time in less than 24 hours. The schools, the university, pretty much everything is still closed as more snow is expected today. Wish I could stay home again, however, the roads are plowed so off I go.

Yesterday we did get the tree decorated, and then pretty much chilled and enjoyed being home for the day. I stumbled across a great way to tie bows, and just had to share. The templates I made are so easy using the white backing from the dsp, however, a cereal box would work just fine as well. If you struggle with getting your bow just right, be sure to watch this video, then make you own template. Just leave a space in the template, and make sure your "flaps" are equal in size. Once you watch the video it will be clear.

I am also including a link to the "fork" bow. Talk about easy, and it follows the same premise as the first video. Be sure to give them a try, and let me know how it goes.

If you are off today, enjoying the snow, have fun. Drive safe for those who are travelling.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Paper crafts meet Cake Pops!

Happy Saturday. This is a very exciting day for the gals in our family, as we are going out tonight for my niece Kaitlan's staggette. We all have our ugliest sweaters, and after a pot luck supper, taking the bus to Cowboys...a great bar in London.

There is a bit of a competition for creating the best costume, and making fabulous food, so we decided to try something new: Cake pops. Check out Bakerella for videos and tons of ideas. They really are very easy. Bake a cake in a 9x13 pan, as directed. Once it has cooled slightly, crumble into a big bowl and add a can of icing. Mix, roll in balls, then dip in your chocolate covering. For our pops, we made them into peacocks. Kaitlan and Gerrit love peacocks, so we thought it appropriate to make a little treat with that in mind.

All I did was punch out a large scallop circle, score and cut them out. I punched some mini dots, layered them on, and there you have it.

We also made some reindeer pops as well!

I am post dating this post, so no one gets a sneak peak of our creations!!! If you are my friend on facebook, watch tomorrow...I will post all the pictures of our fun night out!

Happy crafting...

Friday, December 3, 2010

I am trying something new....

Sure hope this works! There is an option to "post date" a posting, so I am giving it a try. Perhaps if I take advantage of this option, my posts will be more frequent, as I can do a batch and set them to pop up on a daily basis! So here goes.

This awesome Santa was made by a fellow demo, and I have totally "lifted" it from the Demo website. Susie, gives full credit to another demo, Patty Lee for the idea. Thanks Ladies, I need to make some gift card holders for my Mom, and I think this cute Santa will do the trick!

There is a die for Big Shot that will make the boxes in a snap, however, I am also linking this tutorial from SplitcoastStampers, so you can make your own little bitty box.

We got our first dusting of snow, so I am starting to feel the spirit of Christmas making it's way into our home. The real tree is going up tomorrow, and with that, Christmas will be official in our house. Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have a chance to copy your own Santa!

Monday, November 29, 2010

I piece of designer paper...and 9 cards later....

Good Morning my Stamping Friends. It is really starting to feel like Christmas, I have the house mostly decorated, just waiting to get our real tree this weekend. Maybe this year, I will actually get some cards in the mail!!!

These cards were made with 1 piece of designer paper, along with some punches and ribbon. All you do is cut your dsp into strips of 4 x 3, put them on your base, add some ribbon and bling, and there you go...some quick and easy cards, just in time for Christmas mailing.

Enjoy your day. Back to work for me after a 4 day weekend...wish I was home to create some more! But, since I owe, I owe, off to work I go!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

WOW, what a fantastic day...

Thanks so much to all you wonderful ladies who supported the "Save our Hooters" event. To those who donated prizes, who ordered the kits and those who attended yesterday THANK YOU! There are still kits available, and I have some cards to sell this week, so I am still adding up the donation, but I know we will be over $500.00 to donate to the fight against Breast Cancer.

It isn't too late to order a kit. They are $40.00 and include the stamp set Contempo Christmas, and all the supplies to make 10 cards. The last day to order is Tues, Nov 30th. Just send me an email if you are interested.

The winner of the $100.00 Stampin UP Shopping Spree is Barb V. Congrats, and thanks for your continued support!

The top picture is my Mom who is a cancer survivor and the inspiration for holding this event. Cancer can be beat! Thanks for all your help in making this come true!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Tree! Now my dream has come true, much to the dismay of my kids! This is my Stampin UP! tree. I glitter the ornaments, made the cutest little ornaments with the snowflake die and the melty snowman, cut up some pop cans, punched them out and embossed them, added some ribbon and bling! The Santa boxes hold the door prize tickets for the Save out Hooters event. The Ladies will select a Santa, then select the package with the matching number.

This is still a work in progress, however, I have to say I am pretty happy with it so far.

You can see this in person, and take advantage of some great deals if you attend the surplus sale this weekend. Remember, all the retired stamp sets are $5.00 and all the proceeds go to fight Breast Cancer.

Hope you can join the fun!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Online Spectacular Sale

Today starts SU! Online Spectacular. With discounts up to 50% off. This special starts today Nov 22, 2010 - Nov 30th, 2010.

Door buster sales include

* My Digital studio 50% off
* Designer Fabric 50% off
* FREE shipping on orders that reach $200.00 (before S&H and tax ) FREE shipping is for online orders ONLY .
* PLUS when your order reaches $200.00 or more remember you get the Hostess ONLY items as well as FREE money to spend .

I am placing an order tonight at 9pm, so if you want anything, just let me know!

All the details are HERE on my demo website. There is a special "promotions" button at the bottom of the page. There are some great deals on Big Shot dies, and tons of other items. If you have any questions just ask!

Only 4 more sleeps till my Surplus Sale to "Save our Hooters". Check the previous post for all the details. There are some outstanding stamp sets available for $5.00. Pop by on Friday or Saturday and stock up on some excellent bargains, and help raise funds and awareness to fight Breast Cancer.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Surplus sale to "Save our Hooters!"

Good Morning my Friends.

Next weekend is my "Save our Hooters" event. My good friend Joanne has donated all her stamp sets and said "sell them for $5.00 and donate the money to the cause!" What a generous offer. So, I am adding in all my retired stamp sets and selling them for $5.00 as well. Some of these sets have barely seen ink, they range in price from 15-$50.00. There is an unmounted brand new alpha set that will also be on the surplus table. There are some ink pads, some brads, and who knows what else I will find to add to the table. So, how do you take advantage of this incredible offer...and help "Save our Hooters"? Here are the details:

Friday Nov 26th from 2-9pm
Sat Nov 27 from 9-2
Just drop in, I will be here with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea, some treats, and maybe a little make and take for you to do!
My Dorchester, 143 Wheeler Ave
Call me if you get lost...519-268-8112

I will try and get a picture posted with all the sets...just to tease you a bit!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Contempo Funfold

This fun fold card was totally inspired by Stampingleeyours, she has an amazing blog. The card is very easy to make, just cut your card stock at 8.75 x 4.25, then score at 2.25 and 4.5". The embossed piece is a technique called "de-bossing" I inked up the embossing folder with old olive ink, on the raised side. The picture of the hand is actually Amy Celona, who shows how to do this technique. She used craft ink, and that will be my next project. Makes a bit of a mess, however the folders clean up with a little warm water.
The other fun technique on this card, is added glitz. I took a very cheap bottle of pump hair spray, and added a bottle of shimmer paint, including the little ball. It doesn't clog up and adds such a lovely glimmer to your cards.

Hope you have enjoyed your Saturday, and be sure to give these tips and techniques a try. If you do, please let me know how they turned out!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Almost too good to believe....


FROM NOV. 15 - 30, 2010

Buy a starter kit (regularly $215 for $400 in craft supplies) for just $107.50
Deal runs from Nov 15-30th 2010 only.
There is no shipping fees and no taxes
You can personalize the kit, selecting which stampsets, colour family etc, that best suits your creating pleasure.

The standard starter kit is only $215 (shipping is free, HST exempt). It has over $400 in supplies. The craft supplies included in the kit are:

Five complete stamp sets that you get to choose.
A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge - you choose the wheel and colour of ink.
Stampin' Pastels - all 48 standard colours!
Card stock - you choose the colour family.
Eastern Blooms D├ęcor Elements and applicator tool
Five Classic Stampin' Pads - you choose the colours
VersaMark Pad
Stampin' Scrub
Blender pens

This is an even better offer, as the regular cost of the digital software alone is $106.00
The Digital+ starter kit is $215 (shipping is free, HST Exempt) and contains over $385 in supplies. The craft supplies included in this kit are:
My Digital Studio software suite
Two stamp sets (Party Hearty, Petal Pizzazz) or two sets of value equal to these two.
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Four Classic Stampin' Pads (Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise)- or any other 4 ink pads you'd like
Four Stampin' Write markers (Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red) - or you can choose different colours
Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
Button Latte Designer buttons
Stampin' Dimensionals
Mini Glue Dots
SNAIL Adhesive

When I originally signed up, I had no intention of selling...just for my personal use. However, 4 years later, I have met so many new friends who also share the desire to create. Let me know what questions you have...and be sure to take a look at the value that is offered with this special incentive! It is the most fantastic deal I have ever seen with Stampin Up.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Flanders Field Poem

Be sure to pause this morning to remember those who have and are serving our country. Doug had an uncle who was killed in World War 2. You can actually search for details on the government website. It makes it very real when you actually the information online.

Thanks to Trooper Douglas Wheeler for making the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Love Birds

A good friend at work, is celebrating their marriage in Mexico. While the happy couple is vacationing, we are going in on a gift to celebrate this happy occasion. Once I saw the card on Teneale Williams blog, I knew it would be perfect. I used the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, and since I am using a whole sheet of paper, I just embossed the white layer 2 times. Using the bird punch I punched out alot of the branches and the 2 little love birds...notice the pearls for eyes! The colour combo is sahara sand base, then a layer of sage shadow (retired) and whisper white. The final touch is a spritz of smooch makes it so shimmery. Hope you like this card as much as I do. Enjoy your day, and I hope you can steal a minute for yourself!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Door prize teaser

Aren't these the cutest little Santa Hats? They are so easy to make, even more so if once you watch the video on Kimberly's blog. All you need is a 4 x 8" piece of cardstock, an embossing folder, and a keen eye to mark out your score lines. The trim on the bottom was made with the fancy trim die for the Big Shot.

These triangle boxes will be filled with door prize goodies at the Save our Hooters event. So....if you want sure to register before Thurs for this wonderful stamping event.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I'm Melting...

We are so lucky as demos, to have access to literally thousands of ideas on Stampers Showcase. When I saw this little melty snowman, I knew he was destined to be on a card. He is made so that you can detach him from the card, and hang him on the tree. All you need to make this little man are 3 different size punches, dimensionals to give him some shape, and a little sponging around the outside. I also distressed the edges a bit to add some more texture. The snowflakes are stamped in white craft, and the snowdrift is sponged with Marina Mist, then dazzling diamonds add just the right amount of glitz.

Thanks to Lynda, for the original idea, and to Roxy who made him into a card.

Hope you enjoyed the extra hour we got today. I made great headway on the prep for Save our Hooters. As a little teaser, this is a card we will be making at the event.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Contempo Christmas

Here is a cute card made with the Contempo Christmas set. Remember, this is the set we are using at the "Save our Hooters" event. Time is running must register and pre-pay by Nov 11th, so I can get the order here in time for Nov 27th. This is such a great cause, and we are going to have so much fun.

This was one of the cards in the shoe box swap. The paper is from the Holly Jolly dsp, and coordinates so well with Contempo Christmas. Add in some old olive and cherry cobbler cardstock, and you have a fun, seasonal card.

Monday, November 1, 2010

3 days in a row...may be a new trend?

No promises, but I really will try and post on a more regular basis. There are tons of things to show you, so why not post??? I also have some fun tips to share, so stay tuned for those later this week.

Tonight's cards are really quite simple, the cool Caribbean is embossed with the snowflake embossing folder. I added some shimmer paint to to add a touch of shine. Dasher is dashing in cool Caribbean, and I like how the silver paper adds a bit of elegance to this card.

Thanks for stopping by...who's coming over on Friday night...let me know!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Christmas gift box....

This turned out so great...if I do say so myself. It is supposed to be a cupcake box, but I made it to fit a really sparkly ornament. For the box, I used real read for the base and some of the sparkly dsp from the Winter Mini. The little ornament is a clear glass ornament that is coloured with re-inkers. Add a little dazzling diamonds, and you have a lovely hostess or teacher gift.

Want to learn how to make this? Well, I will show you how on Wed Nov 17th. The fee for the class will be $5.00. What a deal. You will all make the box, and the ornament. Please rsvp so I can purchase the glass ornaments.

Hope you had a happy Halloween. We had less than 30 kids this year. A combo of not so nice weather, Sunday night, and the fact all the kids in our neighbourhood have grown up, made for a very quiet night.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Devil's night...

Time for some Halloween fun. Here are 2 luminaries I made using the fancy favour box for the Big Shot. This die is so versatile. The center is punched out and I added a piece of velum with a black Owl and the twig from the bird punch. Instead of candles I used a battery operated flicker light. These are totally copied off of the Internet...I am so sorry, I don't remember who I copied. The little witches hat was made at our Demo night. It is made with some of the black waffle paper in the Winter mini.

Hope you have a spooktacular Halloween, and that all the kiddies have a wonderful time.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Feeling Pink....

How do you like the new design? It is so dull and dreary outside, I thought this new design would offer a fun and refreshing change. Plans are shaping up for the big event "Save our Hooters". The deadline for final registration is fast approaching, so let me know asap if you are attending. A stamp set, paper, door prizes, 10 cards, a bonus project...and lots of fun, all for a great cause. Hope you can make it.
The sample is another card from the shoe box swap. I added an extra layer and the black ribbon. This is so elegant. The stamp set is "Snow Swirled" and has a great sentiment, and 3 really cute snowflakes, in addition to this tree. The tree is actually coloured with 2 different markers and gives a great 2-toned impact.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Geting ready for Halloween

Get ready to say BOO! Here is a fun little card...and no up your brayer, get out your punches, and let your imagination go wild.

Ghost is made with the owl punch, just cut off the little legs. Pumpkin is made from the large oval punch. By using different sizes of oval punches, you can vary the size of your pumpkins. I like to distress the edges with a little ink.

I started out with a brayered background but you could easily sponge if you use a light hand & rubbing or washing with your sponge instead of dabbing.
1. Brayer apricot appeal classic ink onto Whisper White card stock (4" X 5 1/4") from the top right corner down into the cs.
2. Place a 2 1/2" circle mask (sticky note punched) over the area brayered with Pumpkin ink.
3. Brayer marina mist ink over the mask from the top edge of the WW card stock down.
4. Brayer (or sponge) old olive from the bottom edge of the WW card stock.
5. Sponge on a bit of Baja Breeze ink between the Concord Crush & Garden Green inked areas to blend.
6. The base of the card has a hand-cut curved hill from Black card stock.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

And the bride wore...

A dress made from the butterfly punch! If you want to make the most of your punches you must visit Ellen's a word INCREDIBLE. I look at a punch and see the shape, she takes the shape and makes people, characters, name it she can make it. This Bride was made with the butterfly punch and the heart punch for her arms. Check out Ellen's blog for tons of inspiration.

Enjoy your night...what plans do you have for this weekend? Let me know...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Save our Hooters...and the winner is....

Drum roll please...the winner of the early bird draw is Dawn T. Dawn, you have won ANY stamp set from the catalogue. There is still plenty of time to register for this amazing event.

These little Hooter Houses are full of treats. The milk carton die is so versatile, and who can resist those little owls??

Have a wonderful evening...and please check back here often for more projects and updates on Save our Hooters. You never know when I might sneak in a picture of one of the projects we will be making!!!

Tea bag Favours

As I mentioned we hosted a Bridal Tea for the shower on Sunday. We encouraged everyone to bring their favourite tea cup, and to share it's story over a cup of tea. These are the favours I made. Easy, peasy...and a great way to use up retired paper.

Here is the how to:
Cut strips of paper 3.25 X 9"
Score at 6 and 9". On the last fold, cut a diagonal strip, then adhere the flap down, to create a pocket. Decorate as you see fit.

On the inside I used a stamp that says "A woman is like a teabag, you don't know how strong she is until she gets into hot water!"

For all the strong women in my life...this is for you! Have a cuppa on me.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wonderful Weekend.

WOW..what a fantastic weekend. Yesterday I was at Cropalooza from 9-almost midnight, creating and stamping with a roomful of creative Women. So much fun and so much accomplished. Over the next week I will share what I got done.

Today we honoured my niece Kaitlan with a Bridal Tea shower. There were 100 ladies sharing tiny sandwiches, and their favourite tea. Everyone brought their own teacup and shared stories of why it held special meaning. We really are so blessed to have such great family and friends, as Kaitlan was showered with very generous gifts.

The project I am showing you today is how to use the Big Shot to make a fabric covered star. For this example I used some of the Candy Cane fabric from the winter mini. This is my first stab at a tutorial...please let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.

Step 1. Measure off and rip a 3" strip off the longest edge of your material. Then cut that strip into 5" lengths.
Step 2. Using a piece of chipboard (I use the white backing paper from our designer series paper)cut into 3 x 5" pieces.
Step 3. Using a glue stick...yep, that is correct, a glue stick, attach the fabric to the chipboard.
Step 4. Run each piece through the big shot, using the star die. Make sure your fabric is up!
Step 5. Using Tombo glue, attach each petal of the star together. As you can see in the pictures, I use office clips to keep them together while the glue sets...this is a very quick process. Leave the clips on while you decide how to embellish your star, by that time it will be dry.

These are great as a tree topper, or wouldn't they be cute with a letter in the centre spelling out a child's name. Your imagination is your only limit.

Please let me know if you make one of these stars. Also, let me know if you need to order a Big Shot and this die!!!