Decorative Housing: Noel Treats raise the roof!

What’s this you ask….read on…….

So many possibilities for titles when building houses…even paper ones.   Wicketcat was so entranced with the tiny bells and the moveable roof I considered something along the lines of cat shakes bells and house falls down.   If I’d made this house with stripes it could have been the jingle bell jailhouse rocks the roof.  But then I’d have had to fill it with rock candy for the prisoners to work on.  Not sure Wickets teeth would have been up to that…poor boo has some weird tooth or jaw or spider bite thing going on that the vet seems to be stymied by but has her stoically miserable and waiting for relief.    She’s going in for an orthodontic style x-ray this week so hopefully that will provide an answer.    If it’s indeed spider or other bug venom we may have to just wait for it to clear her system.  Not an answer she will be happy with.

This little house box is something I learned how to make at last July’s Stampin’ Up Convention.   Since one of the convention highlights was the introduction of the new Simply Score many of the projects there centered around that very cool tool.   Now that I have that tool in the house I can’t seem to stop building things with it.   Of course its good for simply scoring card bases too but boy is it capable of so much more.

 And while you’ll see I made mine a Noel Christmas box you can of course vary the colors, papers and other embellishments for any season or occasion.  I’m contemplating a bridal version for spring…all in White!  Might make a cute house for presenting the bride her garter at a shower or a slinky negligee.    Cute too as a welcome to your first home.   Hm…wonder if I should be offering these to local realtors?  What do you think…if you were buying a house would you like to receive one of these? 

 

Donna Griffith  a fellow demo who also works for Stampin’ Up Corporate  presented this house box project and I fell instantly in love with it (and with the scoring tool as well).   Luckily she also provided us with a template for the scoring and cutting and all dimensions.   Good thing too or I’d still be hounding her for it – LOL.   I’ve added that template to this post to in case you want to try your own.

 

As you can see my Noel House makes use of a number of Holiday Mini products.  The tiny Jingle Bells, the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper and of course my beloved Silver Glimmer Paper.   Boy do I hope that paper continues past the end of the mini.  Just in case I’m stocking up…you might want to as well.

I introduced this at a recent Gifts to Make Stamp Camp earlier in the month and it was an instant wow.   I had a little fun with the ladies who didn’t realize 1) this was a box and 2) just how much it would hold.    I stuffed an entire knitted scarf into it!  All 6 feet of it!   Then I slowly drew it out like a magician with one of those endless scarf tricks.   Luckily my scarf was a narrow one so I was able to cram it all in there.  Pretty impressive if I do say so myself.    Generally speaking you may want to keep the contents just a wee bit less compact.

 With a few alterations, I figure I can put together a village of different heights, colors and styles.     This little guy is also the reason I’m stocking up on the Holiday Mini’s mini jingle bells.   I still have a few more to make as Epiphany gifts (the traditional time to exchange gifts in many countries) so am ordering bells like crazy before they go bye-bye on January 3rd.  They do go pretty far but with 7 bells per house it still requires quite a few sets for the number of villages I seem to be creating.

Speaking of the bells I learned a very fun trick for stitching them on.  You’ll see a wire threader referred to in the directions and its one I made myself.    My SU partner Cheryl is a former jewelry maker and had several spools of very thin wire so for each person attending the Stamp Camp I snipped about a 7 inch piece folded it in half and showed them how to use it as both a thread puller and a needle for the project.   An easy peasy tool that impressed almost as much as the little house itself.   The tiny jingle bells have a very small loop at the back that most needles don’t fit through but the wire is the perfect little miracle tool.    Now that I’m addicted to these little guys I may just have to buy a spool of the wire myself.

While the house looks complex let me assure you that once you have your sheet of paper scored its easy enough for anyone including beginners to put together.  An economical gift too that comes in at just under $2 each and takes about  half an hour to complete including the scoring.   Well…depending on how much you chat while stitching the bells…with conversation it might take a tiny bit longer – lol.

Here’s a look at the interior and the underpinnings of the roof.    The roof on this box is attached fully on one side of the peak and then left as a flap tied down with ribbon on the other side.   Of course you could also opt to do both sides with the ribbon thus allowing the roof to be fully removable allowing a larger item easy access to the insides of the box.

            

                                         

Supplies list:

Stamps: Many Merry Messages (Noel Stamp), Or other phrase from Four the Season

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler (full sheet scored and cut for basic house box),

Early Espresso (2-3/8” x 6”),  Frostwood Lodge DSP (11”x 2” strip),

Whisper White (5/8” x 3-3/4” scrap for banner)

Ribbon: 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon – Early Espresso – 13”

Other: Paper Piercer and Mat pad, wire threader tool (7″ length of fine wire folded in half), Simply Score, Perfect Pennants die & Big Shot, glue dots, dimensionals, scissors, Jingle Bells (holiday mini), linen thread or baker’s twine (alternate is to glue dot on the bells), Crop a Dile.

Directions:  House Gift Box Directions – Word file

Template:

The template means it when it says it’s not to scale.  Use the measurements (follow the arrows to see the scoring lines they relate to) to locate your score lines.  If you try to build it by printing out the template it won’t work.   The tricky scores are the diagonal lines.  I found that if I placed a light mark at the top of the angle I could then line it up in a score board groove using that mark and a corner.    You may also want to practice on a piece of cheap copy paper before moving to cardstock just to make sure you have the scores and cuts in the right place.   One other note…I actually made my roof piece slightly longer as you’ll see in the directions.  I like a bit more of an overhang. 😀

And a downloadable PDF: Donna’s House pattern and scoring template

Here’s a picture of Donna’s Convention Creation.

She made use of the Christmas Lodge Stamp set and the Winter Wishes Stitched Felt as well as the same items I CASE’d.

I hope you enjoy trying this for yourself.  It’s a wonderful sample project for your Simply Score and will impress the recipient with your crafting skills.  

Of course you can always opt to keep them and start your own village.     With my recent marathon viewing of the BBC series Monarch of the Glen I’ve decided to declare myself the Laird of my own little Village in the Glen.   Wicket of course will be the Gillie Gamekeeper.  Now if I could just remember which clan I’m supposed to be descended from.   Time to investigate some genealogical sources.

Hugs and Blessings and I hope your Christmas was a warm and wonderful one. – Jean

P.S.  While it’s still the season…have fun jingling your bells!    It occurred to me that Jingle would be a wonderful name for a Christmas Kitten.

It’s a Big Shot Christmas – quick neighbor gifts that sparkle

December is underway which means Christmas isn’t far away.  Time to get to my crafting for special friends and neighbors.   The Online Extravaganza may be over but there’s still plenty of sparkle and deals to be found in the two current Stampin’ Up Catalogs.   Some probably to be found on your own desktop too!  Would you believe I’m planning to gift some friends and neighbors with scraps!  Yep.  The many projects I’ve been working on and that are in the queue to share with you produced a lot of scraps and here’s a couple or three items rescued from the scrap heap.

My Big Shot Christmas mini gift set. Two cards (3″x3″) and a small ornament. Ornament is cut with the Bigz XL Flower Folds die from aluminum flashing from Lowe’s.  Layered with some netting then a snowflake from Northern Frost decorative strip die a small Real Red scallop circle from the Itty Bitty Punch set and a rhinestone.  This smallest flower from the die was another scrap!  A left over from the tea light holders we made sometime back that have been kicking around.  I knew they’d come in handy.    Snowflake was left from some recent holiday projects as well.  Those of you attending recent events probably recognize the flake.  I’ve had everyone punching out and die cutting the little bits for weeks and months now!   Love that die!    Ribbon is some retired Stampin’ Up gingham run through an eyelet placed with a crop a dile.  The ribbon was a Clearance Rack buy from a year or so again (love those retired SU bargains) but since I was looking for a Folk country feel with a bit of bling and polish it was the perfect counterpart to the silver embossing and glimmer paper.  Sadly Stampin’ Up no longer sells eyelets either but my drawer is still filled with them and without an eyelet the Flashing will cut the ribbon in no time.  Makes for a more finished look as well.  Taking pictures of this card had me realizing just what my sister bloggers have been talking about.  The glimmer and shine of Stampin’ Up’s Silver glimmer paper is of such high quality that the average camera just can’t help being overwhelmed!  Makes it almost impossible to see the Versamarked watermark on the Cherry Cobbler paper peeking out through the glimmer bird frame.

Cards use the Holiday Collection Movers and Shapers  bird die.  One is Whisper White run through the Snow Burst Folder on a background of French Script (retired version of En Francais) embossed in silver layered on Night of Navy with Silver cording from 2 Holiday Mini’s ago (those reels were so large they last forever – hee,hee).   Second card uses the glimmer paper negative left from another 20 swap projects.   Have you figured out that I have a bird and flake thing.   My swap buddies have come to expect wings on any card I send in.   One of these days they’ll all faint when nary a feather they see.   Won’t be anytime soon that’s for sure – LOL.    You can’t see it but French Script was watermarked with Versamark on the under layer piece of Cherry Cobbler then layered onto another 3″ x 3″ of Night of Navy.  More cording was tied across the top.

Nice little neighbor gift or even a his and her card set, for a friend with the ornament. I thought it was fun to create and  group these with the birds facing towards each other. Will present in a Fancy Favor Box or small Pizza type box with another die cut bird on the the box.  A Fancy Favor Box could also be a luminary making a fourth gift as well as a holder…still figuring that part out.   Only 23 more days to do so though so better see what else is on the scrap heap.

Paper:   Whisper White, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler & Silver Glimmer Paper(available in the Holiday Mini and slated to expire January 3)

Ink:  Versamark

Stamps:  French Script (retired version of En Francais)

Big Shot:     Big Shot,  Bigz XL Flower Folds die,  Holiday Collection Movers and Shapers die, Northern Frost Decorative strip die,  Snow Burst Impressions Folder 

Other:  Silver cording (ret. SU), Gingham ribbon (SU retired), rhinestone jewels, netting (fabric store), Silver Embossing powder, Heat Tool, Itty Bitty Punch Pack

If you sense me giggling right about now…you’d be right.  I have a secret and it’s killing me.  There’s another bird in my future and it’s winging its way from the future.      A future promotion that is.  And I can’t show you the die!   December 1st was a wild day as tens of thousands of Stampin’ Up demonstrators rushed to place their preorder for the Occasions mini promotion that begins  January 4th for the rest of the world.    As a demo we get a month’s jump on the rest of the Stampin’ Up fanatics (another good reason to join my team don’t you think?) in the world.  The oohing and aahing as we discussed our purchase strategy with one another online in the demo only and marvelously inspiring Stampin’ Connection was so much fun I forgot to sleep.    Now for the good news…My die will be here Monday…squeal!!   

Wonder what Wicket will think about “another” bird in the house.   This one however can bite back if she gets funny with it.   Shortly after that…while I can’t show you the die…I can…show you what I make with it!   And not only that…you may just grab a glimpse of future Sale a Bration product in action too!    That’s the double surprise SU hit us with last week.   Demo’s don’t have to wait for the Sale A Bration to start on January 24th we started earning them with our preorder purchases as of yesterday!    And should I mention Stampin’ Up ran some contests over the last couple of months and thousands of demo’s will be receiving free stamps, brads and more (yep…arriving Monday as well! ) as well as a chance at a few more stamp sets next week.   If you get a call from me then…do me a favor…pick up the phone and lets talk…you know I’ll share the loot at stamp camps and workshops so we can all have some fun with new rubber!    There’s never been a better time to be a demo than this very week.   Does SU know how to celebrate Christmas (and paranthetically my birthday in January) or what!  Yep…or what for sure and for the next several weeks!!    

Now of course I don’t want to distract you or I from the Holiday Mini that’s currently current.  There’s still a lot of terrific bargains and inspiring product found there and not only is Christmas still in the offing but so is Valentines and the need for the glimmer paper among others great craft product…and yeah…I ordered a bit of that holiday mini magic too that will be coming on Monday as well.   I’ll be showcasing that too before the mini expires  Jan 3rd.   I hope Mr. UPS is in shape…he’s going to get a work out!  Hard to believe its coming all in one 25 or 30 pound box!   Could be a Mary Poppins thing going on in that desceptively simple looking cardboard box.    You’ll be seeing some new color tones here too as I finally start playing with more of the In Colors.  Both sets are featured in the Occasions and Sale a Bration so get those colors warmed up and ready you’ll be using them for sure come the new year if you aren’t already.

One last detail about today’s project.  If you sign up and prepay for the Dec 10th Holiday Gift Camp my partners and I will be running the two 3 x 3 cards will be your bonus project!  We have mini houses, aluminum garden markers, joyful banners and more on the menu so come and enjoy for only $20 and a wonderful potluck lunch.   Email and Paypal will take care of your sign up so you can tuck some of these fun scraps into someone’s stocking or other gift.  If you can’t be there in person I’ll be happy to send you a kit with the directions you’ll need and most of the pieces prepped for you to put it all together in the comfort of your home.  Just add shipping to the basic fee.  I’ll even tuck in an ornament  for your very own tree.

So don’t forget to check your crafting area and scrap heaps.  There’s bling and gifts to be found in those there piles

Hugs and blessings as we begin our second week of Advent this Sunday. – Jean

Relax…there’s still 4 more days of the Online Extravaganza

Has the start to the holiday rush got you flat on your back?

 

Or are you still looking for a few good deals?

 

Either way…you are in luck. 

 

 

Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza has 4 more days to go!

So relax, kick back and let your paws walk the mouse through Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza.   And while you’re there don’t forget to check out the clearance rack for more outrageous deals (up to 60% in fact).  

Here’s the listing of what’s on sale – Online Extravaganza flyer

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And in the meantime…here’s a sneak peak of what I’m working on for another post.   Wouldn’t this be cute done up with the fabric now on sale?

Okay…back to the cute cats:

Hugs and blessings – Jean

It’s officially the holidays…have you punched something yet?

Today I have a quick punch tip/trick for you.  And knowing that the holidays are stressful for so many I thought I’d offer you an alternative style of punching to soothe and inspire you.   As a crafting enthusiast social worker friend of mine says…punch paper…not people. ☺

Here’s a PDF flyer with the above information on it.  One for you and one to share with a friend.  Or if you are a demonstrator you can print and share with customers.

Lace Ribbon Border Punch Trick Flyer  – PDF flyer with 2 copies per page

Okay, bad joke in the title I know, but I couldn’t resist, especially since I had a punch trick to share with you.   And it is Black Friday after all with all the pushing and shoving to get the best deal.    The crowds and bad behavior was one more reason I stayed home and shopped online in my jammies with Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza!    I also played with the bits and pieces from the picture above.  Don’t you love it when you can get one punch to work with another to create something wonderful.  I love my new little blossoms/snowflakes from the center of the Lace Ribbon Border punch.   I can see my next experiment will be to play with the open spaces the flowers left behind.

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Lately I’ve been getting fascinated with Redwork all over again.  If that’s not something you are familiar with there is a  summary here that I found using Google.   Whether in embroidery or quilt form its a fun, nostalgic crafting idea.   So of course I had to create a paper version – probably the first of many – LOL.   When I first learned the basics of redwork embroidery my Mom insisted on the KISS principle.  Keep it simple, unembellished and the only deviation she herself made was to use an ivory or vanilla background instead of the more traditional white.   Easier on the eyes and less glare I guess.   Whatever the reason that’s my prefered background too as you can see – ignore the brown matting if you can…that’s the only way I can get my scanner to show a vanilla background.   Although now I come to think of it.  I could have used just a vanilla layer on a Cherry Cobbler base…hm…note to self…try that variation tomorrow.

This card also included another experiment for me.  Heat embossing with a new embossing powder.  Stampin’ Up in the new catalog came out with a new Cherry Cobbler embossing powder that was a perfect accompaniment to my redwork inspired design.   I wish my scanner had picked up the shine of this awesome new option.    Can you tell I’m in love with all things Cherry Cobbler?  Yep, my all time favorite of the additions to the color family from last year.  And of course the perfect color for Fall and Christmas and probably Valentines too!  Really…I’ll find a way to even make it work for Easter!    And if you like the look of the “Noel” image you can find that in the Many Merry Messages stamp set that’s currently on sale for 50% off during the Online Extravaganza that ends November 30th.  

In case you’re wondering where the little tree came from.   No Stampin’ Up doesn’t have a new punch.   They do however have a new die.   The Stocking Accents die from the Holiday mini has a number of fun accent pieces you can use with the new Stocking die or all by themselves.   Lately I’ve been cutting them out of felt and creating fun ornaments but that’s a post for another day.

 

 

 Stamps:  Many Merry Messages (on sale for 50% off during the Online Extravaganza)

 Ink:  Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla & Cherry Cobbler Cardstock

Other:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Big Shot, Stocking Accents Die, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Heat Tool.

 

Stocking Accents Die #124099 $17.95 Many Merry Messages #116586 $17.48 while on saleMany Merry Messages #116586 $17.48 while on sale

 

Many Merry Messages #116586 $17.48 while on sale

If you decide to stay home and shop with Stampin’ Up you can click my shop online button in the sidebar or any of the highlighted Online Extravaganza text.  The sale runs until November 30th and you can order online through my website, email me your order or host your own workshop to take advantage of the savings.   There are glimmer brads and ribbon I was itching to add to my card on sale but of course that wouldn’t have been in keeping with the simplicity of redwork design.   Ah well…another day…another set of rules will allow me to play with sparkle and shine.   How about you…have you punched anything today?

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Glimmer paper…when you don’t have it in My Digital Studio…you have to make your own!

Hi all,

Are you as in love with Stampin’ Up Glimmer Paper as I am?   Especially the Silver variety in the Holiday mini?   I’m hooked, addicted, desperately seeking glimmer…oh yeah…

Hi…my name is Jean…and I’m a Glimmerhead!

So, what’s a girl to do when her favorite paper doesn’t have a digital equivalent.  Especially when she’s also an MDS addict?   Why make her own of course.  Say what?   Nope, I’m not a programming whiz or anything…but I am an ace recycler.   Have been for years…only now I’ve gone digital with that talent.

To start with…Stampin’ Up has this thing called the Online Extravaganza. 

You may have heard about it?   LOL!   If you haven’t and you inhabit Stampin’ Up cyber space zones you really need to have something checked.  Practically every demo’s blog has a banner.   See where I’m going with this yet?  Let me make it a little bigger….

Do you see the sparkle yet…or should I say the glimmer?   How about on this one:

Can you guess yet?   Okay…I’ll stop teasing.   After inquiring and finding out that Stampin Up does not yet offer a digital glimmer and that the ads were created with non MDS software (oh the horror!) inspiration struck and struck hard.

See glimmer…want glimmer…..STEAL GLIMMER….Ta Da!!    My criminal…um…recycling talents came to the fore and I created these quicky bits just to see if the idea had merit.

First  a card front.

And since the inside is mostly white it doesn’t show up that well on a blog so I skipped it.  Shows up just fine when you print it of course.

Then a small wedding present tag.

Well it’s supposed to be a small tag but I couldn’t figure out how to down size the background in my gleeful and larcenous state.  Still learning my way around the program.

And finally a sheet of Christmas Tags all ready for the whacker!

So what do you think.   Was the experiment successful?   It’s much shimmery and glimmery in My Digital Studio of Course.   I really wish you could see my screen and all the sparkle.

  Might have to have a couple printed up by Stampin’ Up’s professional print service for a true test.  

And I’ll have to see if I can do a print screen by print screen of the process to give you a better idea.    Basically I imported the jpg (the old right click and save works every time)   from the file saved to my computer into MDS then covered the ad part with a punch and used the color matching option to find an appropriate color in another part of the original jpg.  Then dropped on a few layers of whatever and voila…recycled art!  I’m thinking that with a steady hand and few more punches or other ink layers I can do a true fill and still preserve the ornament image.   But that’s an experiment for another day.

What did I learn.    First…I still have a lot to learn about my new software.   Second…learning is fun, stimulating and occasionally leads to head slaps and colorful vocabulary…can we all say SAVE as you go along and don’t be too quick to click okay when a delete screen comes up – I clicked while watching an exciting cop show in another open window.    Note to self…forget TV while attempting new things.    Third…this was so fulfilling and outrageously fun once I figured out the basics.    Oh…and blue tones work best with silver glimmer…or colors that contain blue tones (of the right hue).   Real Red and Cherry Cobbler are amazing with Marina Mist.   Both are new colors since the Color Renovation.   And both of course are perfect with glimmer paper.  Probably why SU combined all three in the original ad (actually I think they used Real Red but Cherry Cobbler works too).

So….from this:

To this:

Not bad for an evenings work.   Oh..and did you read the ads besides looking at their glimmer borders.   There are still lots of great deals going until November 30th.   Don’t miss out.   The two 24 hour specials are gone but there are lots of terrific MDS downloads to play with and stamps to stamp with and ….  well…you get the “picture”…right?

To place an order click here or on my sidebars link to my online store.   If you have more questions about today’s post leave me a comment or drop me an email.  I’ll be happy to explain further.   And don’t forget to try your hand at recycling…an ad (and its glimmer) is a terrible thing to waste. {grin}

Hugs and blessings – Jean

P.S.  My new Simply Score is on it’s way and should be here next week …the downloads I bought at the same time today were delivered to my desktop in seconds!  Better still…there is always free shipping on digital downloads!    Whether you spend 95¢ or $95 there is never any shipping on digital downloads and never a minimum purchase requirement.

Hopping Llamas are at it again….this time…It’s the Holiday Hop…join us!

 

It’s time for……

(note: the hop starts at 11:00 am (Eastern) Saturday and runs through Sunday though some links may be up earlier than that)

The Llamas are hopping again!  My llama sisters and I  have been itching to share our holiday ideas.  We’ve even scheduled a swap among ourselves for November.  So October just seemed like the right time to get the holidays started and release that holiday inspired creativity.  

This time we are featuring a variety of holidays…some standard and some not so much (at least at planning time there were hints there might be Chinese New Years, Solstice or other possibilities so keep your eyes open…one never knows just where a llama starts and where they’ll end up).

If  you are following the hop in order you’ve  arrived here at my stop on the hop from Jackies very creative addition to the Llama Holiday Blog Hop (we call her Jackers but that’s a story for another day as are the many discussions about Otters that always seem to follow her!).  Trust Jackie to add  dazzling sparkle to the holiday.  Love those doily snowflakes Miss Jackers!

I’m starting off with a little known holiday…It’s the Great Pumpkin Day!  You know…the one where the Great Pumpkin rises out of the most sincere pumpkin patch?  

What…you mean Linus and Charlie Brown made it up?  Drats!    

Okay…seriously…these little darlings are perfect for any fall celebration whether its Harvest Festival Day, Halloween or as table decor for Thanksgiving.   No carving necessary…just a bit of punching and sponging (a little glue goes a long way too!).   A perfect project for slightly older kids or youngers with a little direction and help.  Gather the family and make your very own sincere pumpkin patch.   Up to you if you skip the candy grab and wait up instead for the Great Pumpkin!

Boy do I wish my camera would show a bit more detail.  These little darlings are stamped and embossed and sponged within an inch of their life.   The ingredients are pretty basic. 

 Paper: I used First Edition DSP and Pumpkin Pie cardstock (of course anything you have in your cupboard will work too…even newspaper!).   A punch that’s symetrical and somewhat round:  I used the  Round Tab Punch.   Then I added some glue and a bit of ribbon for the stem (hard to see since I used Crumb cake) then add a bit of curled shreds of Crumb Cake to add a little interest and dimension.  Oh…and I stamped a little tiny image from Circle Circus…a favorite set that luckily survived the catalog changeover.  For the stepped up version – after stamping run it through the Big Shot with your favorite embossing folder.   Come back next week and I’ll show you the layout and outline the details a bit more.   In the mean time….as a It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown treat….Here’s a fun video for you to play while building your own pumpkins!

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In keeping with the Fall theme I have going,  the next project is one from a recent stamp camp.  My friend and upline Cheryl (without whom I’d never be a llama or an SU Demo) with a little help from Frenchie Martin’s very helpful tutorial found here designed this wonderful Joseph’s Coat technique card using Autumn Splendor & the new Occasions Alphabet.  

I love the text she chose since Thanksgiving is, for me, about togetherness and celebrating our blessings for another year.  Truly love is the greatest blessing!    Photographing this project reminded me once again how tricky Glossy paper is to get just right.   But keeping the glare shot allowed me to  show the hidden acorn layer.   When I first saw this design it brought back childhood memories of creeks with floating leaves and acorns and rocks and other bits  from the creek bed reflected and magnified by the running, swirling water.    Makes the glare seem almost necessary now doesn’t it…a sunspot reflection in the water.

Stamp Sets – Autumn Splendor, Occasions Alphabet, A Word for You, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card Stock – Cajun Craze 8 ½”x 5 ½” and scrap, Old Olive 5 ¼”x 4” and scrap, Glossy 5”x 3 ¾”

Ink – Versa Mark, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard, Early Espresso Classic Ink pads

Punches – Large Oval, Scallop Oval, 3/16” Corner

Accessories – Clear Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Cool Tools – Sponges, Heat Gun, Paper Piercer & mat

Thanks Cheryl for guesting on our hop!

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My last project is a combo.  Perfect for Christmas and with these Baja Breeze colors and a change of sentiment it works for Hanukkah as well.   Wouldn’t you love to find something small and sparkly in this little treat box?   

And the best thing about these projects…they are so very simple.  The basic card and the die cut tag (and the base for the box) are from the Simply Sent kit Everyday Elegance.   With the addition of a snowflake (from the Northern Frost die) and a bit of ribbon and the use of the Merry Christmas from Four the Holidays an everyday card becomes an elegant holiday greeting.    Change it to the Happy Hanukkah from one of our other stamp sets and you are also good to go for yet another holiday.   That splash of red is our new quilted ribbon from the holiday mini.  I considered adding a Cherry Cobbler snowflake for my Twilight obsessed readers but decided to keep it a tad more traditional – besides the idea of blood coloring the flake was just a little icky for this reader.    And yes…the little box is made from the same card base as the card.    And that reflecting jewel is a very affordable little Simply Adorned Bauble (who says only diamonds are a girls best friend?) threaded through the Whisper White Tafetta Ribbon.  I’ll be back next week to share the details and a fabulous PDF from a fellow demo so you can make a mini box of your own.  

Oh…and one last special note about this project….the Simply Sent kits are featured in a current October only Stampin’ Up Promotion!  Make just a few of these little darlings and you could earn yourself some free stamps!

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Time now to move along to Kathe’s stop on the hop.  Click the button below or this link.  Of course if you get lost anywhere along the line or you just want to see the list of hoppers you can always return to the blog hop home page by clicking on the appropriate button or this link.  The home page will also give you future access to this hop as well as our first time hop links.  Enjoy!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Halloween Wreath and a Guest Artist

Hi all,

Have you jumped on the rosette/lollie/accordion flower bandwagon yet?   By whatever name you call them these little darlings are taking over the web!     Maybe it was the introduction of Stampin’ Up’s new Holiday Mini with its very cool wreath depicted on page 6 or maybe it was the introduction of the new Simply Scored that makes it so easy to create these little darlings.   Whatever it was, a very good friend of mine has jumped on and I’ve learned a lot from her.   So…..

Today I have a special treat.   A guest artist has dropped by my blog to share her wonderful project.   Patti Leeke is another Stampin’ Up!  demo, a fellow llama and more than that…a wonderful friend.  Currently living in Tennessee Patti shares her crafting talents with friends, family and customers.   Stamping has been her passion for the last short while and I hear tell she even stamps out on the ice floes while her husband is ice fishing!   And let me tell you she isn’t a one trick gal by any means.   She’s as famous for her humor and good heart as her crafts.  Every day she sends me howlers in my inbox as well as telling stories on the various forums we both frequent and where we met around a virtual watercooler.   Trust me when I say…there is never a dull moment no matter where she is!  

Recently I saw Patti’s Halloween wreath on our private Llama site and was so impressed.   Well I was impressed with her work that’s for sure and even more that she had posted something online.  Hee,hee.   Knowing her love hate relationship with computers and they with her (boy can she tell some hilarious stories that beat my own crazy computer experiences) and since I’ve yet to convince her to take up blogging, I asked if I could share her work with fellow stampers on my blog.   Being the terrific llama gal pal that she is she said yep!  Go for it.   We even collaborated on an outline to share with you.

Here’s the wreath and the following are pics of the various components.  

I might add that one of the things Patti taught me with this project is that stamping and a variety of punch creations can add a lot to the basic rosette.  Somehow that hadn’t occurred to me as most of what I’d seen was a layered effect with buttons and die cuts etc.   I should also note that some of the color shades are a tad funky due to the miracle of digital cameras.   It seems I’m not the only one afflicted with one that looks perfect on the little LED screen and then transforms once its downloaded onto the computer!

Little Witch Rosette

Boo Rosette

Three Hanging Spiders Rosette

Big Button Rosette

Bat Rosette

Jack-O-Lantern Rosette

Button Rosette

House of Haunts Rosette

Happy Halloween Rosette

Spooky & Antique Brad Rosettes

Boo Pennant Rosette

Pretty much everything but the bat punch pieces are current Stampin’ Up product.   Currently the bat punch IS available in the Clearance Rack of the online store.  If you want to use it…better grab it quick!  

 To see a list of supplies and a few basic directions, as well as links to where you can learn how to make these rosettes for yourself, download Patties outline PDF.

Patti’s Rosettes & Halloween Wreath – PDF

Thanks Patti for starting off October on my blog with Halloween fun and spooky high fashion.   And never fear my friend…love or hate your computer my goal is still to get you up and blogging in time for our next Llama blog hop on October 22nd!   Gotta share those shoes you’ve been making!   Also have you earn that Computer Guru of the Household title for real!

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If you are looking for help on making rosettes here’s a few helpful sites with tutorials:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BorVDVTxRaI – simply score tour and rosette ornament

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjJnP23LHXE – detailed view of creating rosettes

Alternate method using thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmwd6emDV8o

And a few tips:

Scoring:

When using a scoring tool, like the Simply Scored, it is easier to fold the strip accordion style if you score on one side of the strip for every other score line, then flip the strip over, and do the other score lines. For example, if scoring every ½ inch, then on one side score every inch, flip over, and score the alternating every inch.  When you go to fold, the paper will want to fold in the direction of the scoring, making the back and forth accordion style much easier!

Buttons: 

Need to keep costs down?  Use the button embosslit to create button embellishments for Rosette Wreaths, etc. – cover with Crystal effects to approximate shine of the real thing.

Glue gun seems to work the best for holding down rosettes over time and to attach to wreath backing.

I’ll be back another day to share more cool Rosette links, tutorials and projects.   As well as a look at our new scoring tool the fabulous…Simply Scored.    Until then, to see more about it download the Holiday Mini from my sidebar and check it out.   Or better yet…go to my online store (linked in the sidebar) and pick one up of your very own and just get scoring!

Hugs and blessings to you all – Jean

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