Monday, January 26, 2015

Blossom Paper Flowers

Last week I finally got a chance to do some crafting with my friend Denise.  She brought over some new SU tools to play with and we had a great time.  Before she left I asked if she wanted to make some paper flowers. The girls and I were checking out youtube awhile ago, as they wanted to make some paper flowers, and we came across this video.  I just loved how they looked.  The video was made by ddstamps so check it out for all the details.

These flowers were so easy to make and came together quickly.  I used whisper white paper and sponged them with melon mambo, red real and pixie pink.  I can see so many uses for these.  I'm going to try other flower punches as well.

The girls are home today and probably tomorrow as well with the snowstorm hitting the northeast!  I can see our Easter vacation days disappearing fast!  Hope everyone is keeping warm and safe!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Valentine Treat Bags

Well, I can't believe that I'm working on Valentine projects - but I am!!  I saw this cute little treat bag over at Papercraft Button's blog and decided to try it out.  When put together they measure just over 2" x 2"which is just the size I wanted.

These came together really quick and the best thing was that I used up a lot of scrap paper!!!  When I moved my scrap room this summer I found a bunch of Mat Stacks (6 1/2" x 4 1/2") by Diecuts with a View.  I remember buying these years ago when I first started scrap booking.  These were perfect for this project.  I just tore out a bunch of red/pink papers and started scoring.  I used my scalloped tag topper punch from SU for the flap and my 3/4" circle punch.  My little heart is a cute little punch that the girls had from American Girl.  I had a regular heart punch, but I liked how the heart looked with tiny scallops.

A few tips if you decide to make these.  After you score, make sure that the side you cutup  into is the smaller measurement side.  I did the opposite side first and the bottom won't come together correctly. Tying it together with the twine works better if you put the twine down into the hole, wrap it around and use a paper clip to hold the flap down while you tie your bow.  Works great when you have a lot to tie together.  I made about 30 bags and it probably took about 2 hours to complete.  I put a Dove's chocolate heart in each bag!

I haven't been able to do much crafting lately so it feels good to get something accomplished.  It's a special day here - Rachel is at the orthodontist getting her braces off after 3 1/2 years!!!  She can hardy wait!  No cutting off the corn on the cob for her this summer!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Stars

Well, Christmas is almost here - are you ready???  We're not!!  Everyone here has been so sick which makes everyday life a little more challenging.  I finally came down with the nasty bug and spent last Sunday in the ER.  Acute bronchitis is not anything I wish on anyone.  Everyone is still coughing - even little Jennifer!  This definitely put a crimp in our schedule.  I had started making these cute stars back in November - thank God - for the Wellness Center folks and just finished them up last night!  I had purchased the Many Merry set from SU.  I'm sure you have seen them around the blogs.  I thought they would be something nice for them to keep from year to year.

The girls only have two more days of school and are looking forward to some down time.  Everyone in the Pansy Patch would like to wish everyone and their families a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday season!!

Nancy                       Rachel                   Sarah

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