Iced Tea Holder

Today’s project is a fun little pouch that could have lots of different little things put inside.  For mine I chose to use it for Iced Tea packets and based my color choice on the tea package.  The idea for this pouch came from a project I saw on Stampin’ Connection created by Nelia Harper.

Here is the pouch with everything inside – the colors are Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso.  I used a medium cello bag and wrapped it with Cherry Cobbler card stock that was run through the Big Shot and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  If you fold up the card stock before putting it in the embossing folder the whole thing will fit inside.  I did have to open my multipurpose platform to use none of the tabs since the card stock was doubled.

Inside the pouch is my jumbo packet of Iced Tea and then I added a tag to slide in there with it.  You can print the instructions from the box on the back of the tag or write a little note.  The tag uses the Word Play stamp set which is on sale for 30% off this month – what a great deal!  It has a lot of fun phrases in it that make it great for scrapbooking.  I also used the Tart & Tangy stamp set – I liked the idea of the lemon to go with the tea.

The flower on the outside of the pouch is the Fun Flowers die that was introduced in the Occasions Mini catalog.  While the mini catalog has ended this die is still available.  The edges of the flower are sponged and you can either crumple the flowers or curl them with a bone folder to give them shape.  I added a jumbo button to the center tied with some Linen Thread in the center.

It really ended up being a fun project.  I hope you like it.  The Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog started today.  There is a link on the side bar of my blog and you can see the products on my website.  Also two specials – the National Scrapbooking Month Special – 30% off selected stamp sets, 30% selected My Digital Studio Professional Print products, 30% off selected My Digital Studio download bundles – you can see all of them on my website online store.  There is also a special My Digital Studio Starter Kit option this month – so if you have an interest in joining my team as a demonstrator and want to know more about the My Digital Studio Starter Kit option call me and I’ll tell you all about it.  My next team meeting is on May 14th and I’d love for you to join me.

Nature Walk Scrapbook pages

My upline, Wendy, always create beautiful scrapbook pages.  I always loved going to her monthly scrapbook class.  But last summer she moved away and I have missed attending her classes.  A couple of months ago she created a beautiful layout using the Nature Walk stamp set and Botanical Gazette Designer Series paper.  I asked her if I could use it for my scrapbook class.  I had my class yesterday and we made this layout with a few modifications.

The Very Vanilla background is wheeled with the Very Vintage Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel and Versa Mark ink and then used a cotton ball and Stampin’ Pastels to rub the color over the ink.  Now I couldn’t decide which way I wanted to do my background – so if you look closely the left page is wheeled on the diagonal and the right page is wheeled straight across.  Which one do you like better?  I still haven’t decided but when I do I’ll have to redo one of the pages to match.

The Botanical Gazette Designer Series papers were cut into 2″ squares – I used 4 of each double sided print.  I changed the right page to have the squares in the opposite corners of what Wendy did on hers.

I stamped the Nature Walk stamp set and Wendy used it and also the Sale-A-Bration set Bliss.  I was trying not to use it since Sale-A-Bration has ended but I did put the word “Bliss” in the hardware label on the right page – I couldn’t find anything else that I liked to put there.  You could just add a date in there that corresponds to the pictures you put on.  I haven’t decided yet which pictures to put on here so I didn’t add a title yet either.

Today is the last day to order from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini catalog.  The Botanical Gazette Designer paper and the Nature Walk stamp set are both in there.  It’s possible we will see the stamp set in the next Idea Book & Catalog coming out in July (I’m crossing my fingers!) but typically they don’t carry over any of the designer papers.  Occasionally Stampin’ Up! will keep the prints and release them again in different colors.  We can only hope – but these colors seem so perfect I don’t know what other colors you would use.  On the other hand you can get these as Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio and just print them on your printer at home when you need them.  But unless you have a 12×12 printer you won’t be able to print the full sheet.

Have a great day and weekend!

Clearly For You in Old Olive

Old Olive has always been one of my most used and favorite Stampin’ Up! colors.  And when I saw a card created by Mary Fish I knew I wanted to make one like it.  The Clearly For You stamp set is in the Occasions Mini Catalog and it was the set that we got at our Leadership Conference back in January.  This is another stamp set that I hope ends up in our next catalog – it is great for project with the Simply Adorned Charms or the Beveled Windowpanes.  So here you go – a card devoted to Old Olive!

The card base is Old Olive, then there is another layer of Old Olive that all the squares are attached to.  The squares are punched 1-1/4″ squares from White Naturals card stock.  Each square was stamped with images from the Clearly For You stamp set and sponged with Old Olive.  Attach all the squares to the Old Olive layer – which was also sponged – and then use the Color Spritzer Tool and the Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker to spritz the whole thing.  The flower accent is Old Olive card stock cut with the Big Shot and the Fun Flowers Bigz XL die.  The flowers are sponged, crumpled, and spritzed.  In the center of the flower I added the smallest size of the Beveled Window Pane.  I thread through some ribbon and tied the bottom with Linen Thread.  Pick your favorite color and make a monochromatic card to show it off.

I’ll have updates on the birds coming up later today and tomorrow.

Nature Walk in Faux Silk

This beautiful card was one of the creations we made in my April Hands On Class.  It uses the Nature Walk stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog and a technique called Faux Silk.  This particular card design is from Sandy MacIver – she is a very creative demonstrator.  Nature Walk is one of my favorite stamp sets and I’m hoping so much that it ends up in our next Idea Book & Catalog so I can keep using it for classes and clubs.  I think it is so pretty that I bought the wood set so I could put it out on a shelf for decoration!  I just love all the images in the set.  So when I saw this design from Sandy I wanted to use it.

Other items from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog that I used are the Framed Tulips embossing folder, the Botanical Gazette Designer Series paper and the Cherry Cobbler seam binding.  The Mini Catalog ends in just a few days so hurry if you would like to purchase any of these items.  I do know that the embossing folder will continue to be available but not the other products.  I always hate the end of a mini catalog – especially this one it had so many wonderful products in it – I only hope that is a sign of what’s to come in our new Idea Book.

I hope your Easter was wonderful – ours was just perfect.  We were here with 32 family members and friends.  We had great company, great weather and wonderful home cooked food.  We had three tables set up in the new sunroom and it was perfect.  This year we had a lot of different states represented – while most of the group was from all over Georgia – we also had some from Indiana, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, and even one from California.  How fun to have us all together in one place.

Have a great week!

Springtime Vintage Quilt card

This card has a variety of “techniques” on it.  Quilting – using various pieces of Designer Series papers that have been pieced together like a quilt.  Embossing – using the embossing folder over the quilted piece.  Distressing – using the cutter kit on the outer embossed panel.

The card base is Rose Red.  Then a layer of Very Vanilla that was embossed with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder – distress the edges with the distressing tool in the Cutter Kit, and sponge with Sahara Sand ink.  To create the quilt piece I glued the rectangles of Springtime Vintage Designer Series paper onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Then cut it using the Big Shot and the Top Note die.  Then emboss with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  Make sure to cut first and emboss second.   I also cut a piece of Rose Red card stock with the Top Note die and cut it in half long ways.  Take each half and glue to the back of the quilted piece to create a faux frame.  Tie a piece of Rose Red Seam Binding around the Top Note before adhering it to the front of the card.

To decorate the front I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and cut butterflies out of Very Vanilla card stock and sponged them with Sahara Sand ink.  I used the Petal Cone die to cut the banner from Very Vanilla card stock – stamp with Rose Red ink and “Happy Mother’s Day” from the Something to Celebrate stamp set.  A Pearl was added to the center of the large butterfly and finally using a small amount of Crystal Effects (so it wouldn’t fall off) I added a Vintage Flower Adornment to one side of the banner.

Many of these items are in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog which ends on April 30th.  I do know the Petal Cone die, the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and Rose Red Seam Binding will still be available after the Mini end but don’t miss out on the Springtime Vintage Designer Series paper, Vintage Flower Adornments or the Something to Celebrate stamp set.  You can order online 24-7 on my website – – just click on the SHOP NOW button in the upper left corner – or send me an email and I can place the order for you.

Have a Happy Day!

Nature Walk meets Pocket Silhouettes

Here’s what you get when you cross Nature Walk and Pocket Silhouettes stamp sets:

Lots of pretty spring tags for my customer orders!

This could be called a SIP project – Stamps, Ink and Paper is all you need to make this into a pretty card.  I added the hemp twine so I could use them as tags.  They turned out so pretty.  These are 3×3 pieces of Natural White card stock.  On the bottom I stamped the image from Pocket Silhouettes in Old Olive multiple times across the bottom – stamp more than once before reinking and it gives you the variations in shading.  I also used a Stampin’ Sponge to sponge Old Olive ink all around the bottom edge.  Around the top I sponged with Marina Mist ink to make it look like the sky, leaving spots white to look like clouds.  Then I added the bee from Nature Walk – he is colored in with a So Saffron Stampin’ Write marker.  The “thanks so much” is also in the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set.

They were quick to make and I think very pretty – I really like how the sponging turned out and I think I need to do this on a full sized card.  When I do I’ll post it too.  Have a great spring day!