Sunday, November 23, 2014

Advent Boxes

Someone asked me the other day if I was ready for Thanksgiving - my answer was NO!!!!!  For some reason I thought we had another week to go.  So I started cooking this weekend, as we always have Thanksgiving and then realized that next Monday is December 1st!!  I have been wanting to make something for the girls for Advent and found these cute Advent boxes over at Paper Craft Button's blog.  I decided that I had better start making them or the idea will be put away for another year.


They came together pretty quick.  Sarah felt sorry for me when she came out of her room and found me deep in papers, stamps and ink and helped me cut them out.  I used SU's Trim The Tree Designer Series Paper Pack and their gold and silver baker's twine.  I didn't have the punch she used but found my small scalloped circle punch worked out fine.  I finally found my Gel-a-tins number stamps buried in the bottom of my punch drawer.  I used these to make flash cards for the girls and they are great stamps!  I always used my small star punch on silver and gold SU paper to decorate the box.  There are so many other ways you can dress them up.  The best part was filling them with candy - one for the box and one for me!!

I haven't decided where I'm going to hang these cute boxes if my tree isn't up by the 1st!  I may just arrange them on the kitchen door in the shape of a Xmas Tree or wreath.  Everyone in the Pansy Patch would like to wish you all a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Jennifer's Birthday Card

With all that has been going on lately, I hadn't started Jennifer's birthday card, so I was short on time and ideas.  Sorting through a drawer for something in my craft room I came across some SU Sound cards I had purchased awhile ago which gave me an idea for Jennifer's card.  This is the front of the card.  I used my Fun Fest die to cut out a pumpkin in Pumpkin Pie and stamped a #1 on it.  The sentiment stamp I have had for years that I purchased for $1 at Michael's bin.  You have to love that $1 bin!  I had some corn brads and leftover Halloween ribbon to finished off the front of the card.


For the inside I made a template using my 1" and 1/2" circle punch and cut out that side of the card in Whisper White.  This way the unnecessary buttons are covered.  Joe and I recorded our message and I adhered it to the card.  I used my Cupcake Punch to decorate the middle of this side of the card.  On the opposite side, I put a layer of Pumpkin Pie where I wrote our message to Jennifer.  On the back of the card I put another layer of Pumpkin Pie to finish it off.


I was really pleased with the results.  The card comes in a white box which made it perfect to give and save.  Now she can hear our voices even when we aren't with her - which is rare!!!

We hope everyone had a great Halloween!  We had such a great time at Jennifer's birthday.  Here she is riding the Ladybug Rocker we gave her.  She was so excited with it!



Here's a picture of her pumpkin birthday cake.


I think she will have lots of fun in the future celebrating her birthday and Halloween!  This year she was a pumpkin!


Well, we had everyone over at our house today as our town had Halloween today.  The girls had a great time going trick or treating!  Now I'm going to go check out their bags for some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Boxes

I couldn't make my mind up if I wanted the new Curvy Keepsake Box that SU just put out.  I kept seeing lots of cute examples of things that could be done, so I bite the bullet and jumped right in and I'm so glad I did!  Every year I make goodies for my daughter to take to the hospital for the nurses and the Wellness Center and this year I decided to make these cute Halloween Boxes.  The nice thing about these Thinlits Dies is that you always get some extra dies with them and in this case it was some cute tags that you can use for so many things!


Here the trays are all ready to go.  I had to quick get some pictures as she is taking them in early this week as she took off Friday for Jennifer's 1ST Birthday!  Here's a close up of the boxes.


I used the Motley Monster DSP and used the faces from the Fall Fest stamp set.  The tags are one of the extra die cuts you get.  I love how they finished them off with tag hole.  My Halloween Wishes is from the Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

I saw this cute Spider on the web and had to try it out.


The box is the same and to make the legs they used the Square Framelits Die from SU, but since I don't have that die I used my Spellbinders Die which turned out fine.  You cut 3 squares inside a square (so 2 sizes of squares are sitting inside each other) and cut them in half at the opposite corners to make the legs.  Bend one end back, apply adhesive and glue them on your box and your done!  I'm going to try and make some more this week.  Jennifer likes to look at the bugs (we call them Halloween Bugs) on the screen, so I thought I would make a paper bug for her to examine.

Sarah has been home sick all week with a sore throat and coughing, so I hope no one else gets it before Jennifer's Birthday party on Friday!  We are back to watching her so our weeks are filled.  I'm glad I started these boxes a little early!  Have a great week!

Everyone at the Pansy Patch wants to wish you a Happy Halloween.

     Nancy          Rachel          Sarah

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Wreath

I wanted to quickly post the Halloween Wreath that I just hung on my kitchen door.  I ordered it a few weeks ago and finally got around to putting it together.  I really like how it turned out!  It was a SU project that came with everything in it except for the stamp and ink.


It came together really quick except for the spider!  I needed Rachel and Sarah's eyes and little fingers to do the beading for me!  I actually was pretty impressed with how it turned out.  I must have a fetish for wreaths as every holiday I'm on the lookout for one to make.  Here's some pass wreaths that I have made - Curly Paper Wreath and Rosette Wreath.  This one was perfect for me this year with my limited crafting time and with the black it really stands out on the light colored door!  Have a good week!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Cards

When I was attending one of the stamping classes with my SU Demo Denise, I made these cute Halloween cards!  I'll call the first one the Three Pumpkin Card.


Recipe:

Stamps - Fall Fest
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Black - SU
Paper - Garden Green, Black,Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White - SU
Accessories - Fun Fall Framelits - SU
Embellishments - Ribbon

I started with an A2 sized card in Black and layered down with my colors of Garden Green - 5 1/4" x 4", Black - 5" x 3 3/4". Pumpkin Pie - 4 7/8" x 3 5/8" and Whisper White - 4 5/8" x 3 3/8".  You can adjust the layers to any sizes you want to fit your base card.  I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of my paper first, so I could judge where to stamp my two pumpkins on the left and the right.  I then stamped my third pumpkin on an extra piece of Whisper White and cut it out with my framelits.  I used my marker on the stems after I had placed my pumpkin pie on the pumpkins.  I then stamped my faces and used my framelits to cut out some stems and placed them on the pumpkins just to give them some dimension.  I popped my third pumpkin up in the middle and then tied some ribbon around the layer so they look like they are sitting on it and adhered that layer to my base card and I were done.  So cute!

My second card I made was a cute Ghost Card.


Recipe:

Stamps - Fall Fest, Tiny Wishes, Simply Sports - SU
Ink - More Mustard , Black- SU
Paper - Black, More Mustard, DSP - SU
Accessories - Fun Fall Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits, White Embossing Powder
Embellishments - Ribbon

I made another A2 sized card in Black with a layer of More Mustard - 5 1/4" x 4" and cut two pieces of DSP and placed them together to measure the next layer of 5" x 3 3/4".  I then tied a piece of ribbon in the middle, stamped and cut out and embossed 2 ghosts in More Mustard with my powder and popped them up with dimensionals.  I then stamped my sentiment and used my framelits and adhered them to the bottom of the card and the ghosts were already to send!  I used the Motley Monster DSP but any DSP you wish will do.

We have been having beautiful weather here and love the colorful leaves.  Last weekend Joe, Sarah and I went to Syracuse for the Snowmobile Show and had a great time!  Here they are on a PINK Snowmobile that was made for Cancer Awareness Month.  We would have loved to brought it home with us!



Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel and Sarah

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stamp Class Cards

I went to another stamp class at Denise's and made these two cards.  I loved how they turned out. This first one looks so complex but was so easy to do.


Recipe:

Stamps - Swallowtail Background Stamp, A Dozen Thoughts - SU
Ink - Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist - SU
Paper - Whisper White
Accessories - Black Embossing Powder, Blender Pen

I had never used a background stamp like this before.  I stamped it out on Whisper White and then embossed it.  Then using a blender pen I colored it in making sure to blot any excess water.  The hardest part was cutting it out - but that wasn't too bad.  I stamped my sentiment first just in case it didn't stamp well and then using dimensionals I placed my butterfly on the front part of the card.


I then gently folded it over the crease and adhered the rest to the back of the card.  Then I opened it up and trim off the bottom even with the card.  I don't have a lot of large background stamps, but I am definitely going to use this technique with them.

The next card we made was using my new "favorite stamp set"!


Recipe:

Stamps - Work Of Art - SU
Ink - Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon - SU
Paper - Whisper White

This stamp set is so versatile!  I stamped the bottom line first and then placed my sentiment so I would know how much room I had for the flower I created.  I created a circle using the stamp and stamping off once to make it lighter.  Then I stamped another layer over it by stamping off a bit and pressing harder on the stamp.  I loved how it turned out!  Just stamp your favorite center for the flower and you're done!  Just think how many color combinations you could use with different sentiments!

We had one more stamping class on Friday with our friend Martha who is returning to Florida, which I missed, as Joe and I were on babysitting patrol!  Here's a picture that we took last week.


Well, I'm waiting for my SU order to come in so I can start some of my Halloween treats.  The girls and I started decorating this weekend.  Hard to believe that Halloween will soon be here and Jennifer will be one year old!  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, September 4, 2014

More Stamping Fun!!

I have some more cards for your today that I did recently at my friend Denise's stamping day.  They were so quick and easy to put together and I liked how they turned out.  The first one I'll call "Hello My Friend" card.  I have seen this around the blogs, and it was nice to actually put it together.


Recipe:

Stamps - Everything Eleanor, Tap-Tap-Tap - SU
Ink - Blackberry Bliss - SU
Paper - Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, Old Olive - SU
Accessories - Framelits, Frenzy BigzL Die, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder
Embellishments - Venetian Crochet Trim

This was a A2 sized card with a layer of 4" x 5 1/2" in Blackberry Bliss which I then embossed.  My pink layer was 3 1/4" x  3 1/4" which I also embossed and my very vanilla layer was 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".  After adhering them together I attached my flowers, stem and trim.

Our second card was made using my favorite stamp - the Flower shop.


Recipe:

Stamps - Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink - Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron
Paper - Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories - Matching punches
Embellishments - Pearls

The base card was A2 with layers in Whisper white of 4" x 5 1/4" and 3 3/4" x 5".  What's nice about this card is that you can use any colors you want to mix and match.  I used the Gorgeous Grunge on the top layer and attached my flowers with some dimensionals to make them stand out.  I didn't use any sentiment on this card as it can be used for a number of occasions.

The last card was a cute Thank You card.


Recipe:

Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge, Another Thank You
Ink - Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride
Paper - Whisper White
Accessories - Small Oval and Oval Scalloped Punches
Embellishments - Linen Thread, Sequins

The base card is A2 with layers in whisper white of 4" x 5 1/4" and 3 3/4" x 5".  I just used my Gorgeous Grunge set on the top layer where desired.  I punched out my ovals and tied some linen thread to the back before adhering it with some dimensionals.   I then glued some sequins around the card and it was finished.

It's nice to have some cards in my stash once again.  The girls are looking forward to the coming weekend to sleep in - in fact, so are we!!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah