A Flower Wreath From Up & Away Thinlets Dies

The balloon shapes in the Up & Away thinlets dies have been on my mind and on my craft table for some time now.  I have had a few ideas knocking around in my head and just finished this wreath about a week ago.

If you are questioning where the Up & Away balloons are, they are the petals and the leaves. The little heart die from this was also used for the Rich Razzleberry flower center as a Flirty Flamingo accent before placing the pom-pom.

The balloon dies are manipulated by rolling the edges with a marker (I used the project life pen because it was handy), and sometimes center cut (see picture) in order to get more dimension in the leaves.

How many petals or leaves I used was a personal preference as I worked with each flower, but each had 5 or more balloon petals.

The paper centers were made with 3/4″x8.5″ paper strips, scissors, and tear tape and petals were then built around them using tear tape as well. *Note: If creating something for an area with great temperature changes you may wish to use a different glue, perhaps even a hot glue, for these conditions.

The wreath itself is just a simple Styrofoam form I bought at the dollar store and wrapped in yarn I had leftover from a knitting project.  I’ve attached the completed flowers to the form with headpins (trying to hide them well) so that I may later remove the flowers and reuse the yarn-wrapped wreath form for another season, if I choose.

I chose my colors based on the large poppy flower which I first made as the center point-It is Calypso Coral with a black center.  All leaves are Emerald Envy.  Other flowers utilize Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, and Rich Razzleberry.

 

The pom-pom centers were made with leftover Flirty Flamingo thick baker’s twine (from a Paper Pumpkin kit), but remember any white thick baker’s twine can be dyed with  reinkers to the colors of your choosing.

I still haven’t figured out where I will hang this wreath, because I want to put it in more than one location!  It will certainly brighten up the rest of this winter and usher in Spring.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Groundhog Paper Piecing

February 2nd of every year is marked by Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog & weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil.  On this day his handler’s take him from his posh home (a glass encased enclosure in the city park, for those who are wondering and haven’t been to Punxsutawney) and take him to Gobbler’s Knob so that he may be ceremoniously pulled from a log-shaped box and deliver his prediction for the upcoming 6 weeks of weather. If Phil sees his shadow, it is a prediction of 6 more weeks of winter; no shadow means an early Spring.  Of course, it would not be groundhog day without somehow incorporating a groundhog into your day.  So, today I share with you my groundhog creations, and his prediction results.

My groundhog is made with the bunny (ears trimmed with snips) from the NEW Basket Bunch dies in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  The teeth are hand cut. The cheeks & eyes are from the cookie cutter & owl builder punches and the grass/dirt is from the now retired jolly hat builder punch.

In the second version of Phil above, I only used the Basket Bunch dies and Owl builder punch (for all the circles needed).  The Basket Bunch dies include the die which will form the black shadow and grass, which I later used snips to cut in places to hide the groundhog and prevent overhang of the shadow.

Other dies used in both embellishments above included the Stitched Shapes framelits, Layering Oval framelits, and Layering circle framelits.

If you ever make it to this part of the world some February 2nd to see Phil in person and want to see where all the groundhog action takes place, get there before the sun rises, bundle up in very warm clothing, and look for this statue to point the way to the festivities…

The whole town has various unique groundhog statues which make great photo props.  You could make a day (or 2!) of it by getting photos with each one.  They are all different and fun to see.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Lift Me Up: Encouragement with the New Occasions catalog launch

Who couldn’t use a little encouragement these days?!  Catalog launch day was one of those for me.  Such an exhausting day for me that I crawled in bed and called it a day at 7:00 p.m.  I had no energy to finish off my catalog launch post, which I realize should have been completed before then BUT it wasn’t.

I guess it is better late than never at posting how excited I am about the Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalog Launch though…

I’m thrilled that Stampin’ Up! has come to the plate with uplifting words, phrases, stamps, and fun things in its new Occasions catalog, which launched three days ago.  This catalog is filled with stamps which are happy, thoughtful, and encouraging.  Way to go SU!

I bought the Lift Me Up Bundle from the new occasions catalog because I really loved the sentiments and among all the fabulous cloud & balloon dies there is a nice size a heart, which I’ll find a lot of use for with Valentine’s Day coming up.

Stampin’ Up! shows the images of this bundle (and a sample) best in their online store picture:

Of course I must show you a few ideas I created one day last week with this set:

Those two little bags are super easy box bottom bags.  I changed the dimensions to fit my needs, but this bag has many youtube and pinterest posts about it, so I’m not currently going to share the how to information. Different sizes can be perfect for little candies or gift cards too.

Making the large balloon different colors is super easy too with all those dies to cut the various areas.  Deciding the colors for your balloon is going to be the hardest part.  Yes, I made several and still want to try other color combinations!

As I stated at the beginning of the week, I’m hoping to send more cards this year- “spreading happiness with cards”- and the ones below have been made and are ready for my next round of mailings once I sit down and write a personal note and address them.

You can see all the items needed to recreate the note cards in the post above.  They are Very quick to make in quantity too.  The photo on the right shows how I stamped the inside sentiment.

The balloon dies in this bundle have a bonus feature : Shrinking your paper scrap pile!  Since balloons can be any color and there are different sizes in this set,  I used a bunch of different card stock scraps I had sitting around to make the balloons.  Any time my paper scrap pile shrinks and I haven’t wasted paper, I am extremely happy.

If all goes well, I’ll post again soon.  I’ve got to update you all with my thoughts on my new Selphy too.  Hint: I’m finally getting some photos off my phone and computer and thanks to Project life (so glad SU! carries this product line with all the great matching products) I’m making slow but steady progress and 2016 may actually be completed before too long into 2017- Yippee!

To check out all the new products, including the Lift Me Up Bundle shown here today, shop at my online Stampin’ Up! store-  CLICK HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Joyful Christmas Card with Father Christmas Stamp Set

If you have a few more Christmas cards to make before you’re done, this Joyful Christmas card might be the card to finish off your list.

The focus of this Joyful Christmas card is the wreath made with the Father Christmas Stamp Set and the background embossed card stock with the Dynamic Cable Knit Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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After some basic stamping and coloring with markers, the images are finished in no time. The Layering Ovals and Banners for Christmas and matching dies complete the card front by providing a focal point and even more dimension to please the eye.

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Add the bag of gifts from the Father Christmas stamp set if you have a little more time to color and then hand cut.  For an added touch, which unfortunately is hard to capture on camera without an extreme close-up, use Wink of Stella on the gift bag and berries of the wreath to add some sparkle.

Texture. Dimension. Sparkle.  And it won’t cost extra postage to mail!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

A quick Super Moon card with the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Bundle

Last night’s Super Moon pictures are all over the news and internet.  That moon sure was impressive!

I made this quick card a few weeks ago and just found a reason to send it thanks to that super moon! I thought I’d make a quick post before I sent it off to a friend.

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The quick & easy details:

  • On watercolor paper I did a quick wash to create the background with Marina Mist & just a hint of Wisteria Wonder using a large paintbrush & water to thin and add the color.
  • The pumpkins were stamped & colored with the Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive Markers.  I made two and cut apart the second to add dimensionals to the back of pumpkin 2 & 4 (Left to right) and also add a longer patch (normally there are only three in the line).
  • Simple hand drawn birds added to the sky add interest and also capture the reality of living in Pennsylvania.  It is that time of year for birds to migrate south for winter.
  • The moon is the large circle from the Owl builder punch; punched in Peekaboo Peach and then given some ink of the same color applied with a dauber.
  • The tree & fence are die cuts from the Spooky Fun Bundle.
  • This was all attached to a Marina Mist card base and a white insert area was added inside to include my hand written note.

I hope you got a chance to see the moon in real life last night.  If not, check out some online pics.  You won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for taking a peek at my quick card.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Stitched Shapes Framelits are coming to Stampin’ Up! November 1, 2016

STITCHED SHAPES FRAMELITS

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Stitched dies are right on trend and Stampin’ Up! is officially launching an early release of their version November 1, 2016.

Now YOU have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog!  So, they will be around for some time.  Yippee!

In addition, Stampin’ Up! has gone through the current sets in both the holiday and annual catalogs and chose some stamp sets which they felt would fit and highlight these stamps nicely and marked these coordinating stamps sets  25% off for November 2016.

How exciting!

And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date. 

Look at these samples using just a few of the framelits in this set.  It sure gives an added design element without a lot of fuss.

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Purchasing Details:

 Stitched Shapes Framelits are available beginning November 1, 2016 & will be in the next Annual Catalog!
November 1-30, 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
 Promotion Deadline (25% off select stamp sets):
         • Phone: November 30, 2016, by 6:50 PM (MT)
• Online: November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

ITEM DESCRIPTION RETAIL PRICE SALE PRICE
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies-Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares $30.00 No Discount
142069 Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P.11) $27.00 $20.25
143269 Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 11) $19.00 $14.25
142114 Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 15) $21.00 $15.75
142049 Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 19) $35.00 $26.25
142142 Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P.23) $23.00 $17.25
142145 Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 23) $17.00 $12.75
142180 Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 33) $21.00 $15.75
142206 Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 43) $28.00 $21.00
142209 Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 43) $20.00 $15.00
140386 Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 31) $21.00 $15.75
141859 Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 61) $26.00 $19.50
141784 Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 139) $21.00 $15.75

 

 Are you as excited as I am to see these stitched dies come to Stampin’ Up! a little earlier than they planned?
Plus, with a 25% discount, I’m thrilled I may finally add Merry Mice & Baby Bear to my stamp collection.
Until next time…
-Joanne

Swirly Scribbles Black Cat

Have you seen the many Swirly Scribbles ideas floating around the internet?

Today, I have a quick post to show yet another idea with this versatile set of Stampin’ Up! thinlets dies- A black cat.  Just in time for Halloween AND National Cat Day in the U.S.A. -October 29th.

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This card uses the Swirly Scribbles thinlets dies for the body and tail of the cat.  I cut the barbs from the smaller circle to form the head and the tail piece was a ‘negative’ of that smaller circle also, leftover when cutting.  The ears were hand cut triangles.

A little bling was added to the Swirly Scribbles flower and Wonderful  Wreath framelits bow.

The Designer series paper is from the Pop of Pink collection. and is cut to 3.5″x5.5″ and matted onto basic black then offset onto a Pumpkin Pie card base.

The sentiment “Happy” from the Banners for You set was stamped and embossed in white onto a 1/2″x 1.75″ banner.

It is a simple card which any cat lover should enjoy; made easy by the some of the many dies available thru Stampin’ Up!

Want to check out other Stampin’ Up! products?   Click HERE.

Have fun crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne