Friday, March 27, 2009

Dots & Flowers - a common spring theme

Have you ever noticed that dots and flowers are common combinations? In this card and matching envelope project, I will show you that you can pull this off without the help of any patterned cardstock...just the use of punches and stamps. Often, while creating projects, I will accidentally discover a good idea or technique. I just love when that happens and I am not even trying to make it happen! Well, that is how I came up with this cool punched border for my card. I was punching out a series of 1/2" circles for a workshop and as I was punching, I really liked the look I was creating as I made the consecutive punches. So I continued it down the other side of the strip to make a funky circle theme border out of the brown cardstock.

Here is a closer up view of the flower so you can see the details. To create the flower, I punched a scallop circle, folded and bent it. (The bending was sort of an after thought. Next time, I would score it for a cleaner look!) I added a white flower punched using the Boho Blossoms punch and added a 1/2" circle of Bella Rose designer paper (brown dot pattern) to the center. The verse is from the One of a Kind stamp set. All punches and stamps available for purchase on my Stampin’ Up!® website at

Here is a side view of the card so you can check out the dimensionality of it! This set is a better idea when hand delivering a gift, not suitable for mailing! The color inks & cardstock used were Chocolate Chip and Pixie Pink along with Whisper White cardstock.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Feeva!

O.K., I have to admit that this amazing weather we have had this week has given me a touch of Spring Fever! The sun has been shining and there’s been a pleasant breeze on my morning walks with Bella. What is not to love about days like this?!!! So, it made me want to post some Spring inspired projects. Check out this easy to make Flower Bucket project that can be made in 10 minutes or less. I did it using Glue Arts’ Crop & Glue™ Ribbon Adhesive and Adhesive Squares along with some ribbons, a button and large flower. Sign up for Glue Arts’ FREE craft club to receive project ideas and savings on their adhesive products. You will be able to see the project instructions for this FlowerBucket in an upcoming newsletter. Next week, I will share with you some exciting news so be sure and check back at my blog for the scoop!!!