Friday, August 30, 2013

Crafting Fun

The other day I spent some time crafting with some friends.  Our friend from Florida - Hi Martha!! - is up visiting her family.  We met over at Denise's house, as she has all the SU goodies to play with!  Here is one of the cards we made.


Stamps - Wetlands - SU
Ink -  Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry - SU
Paper - Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Whisper White - SU
Accessories - Early Espresso Embossing Powder, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Oval Punch - SU

The card is an A2 size card - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" in Crumb Cake.  The Soft Sky layer is 5 1/4" x 4" and the Whisper White layer starts out at 5 1/4" x 4".  Punch out a circle on a piece of scrap paper and use this circle as your template - don't throw the punched circle away.  On your Whisper White layer where you want the sun to appear, tape the template down or hold it and start sponging with the colors of your choosing.  We used Daffodil Delight and then sponged part of the sun with Crushed Curry.  Using the punched out circle piece, temporary place it over the sun as a  mask.  Place masking tape or a large post-it to form a line between the sky and sand.  Working with your blue inks, sponge the top section until you are happy with the look.  Use your light colors first and then your darker tones.  Turn the masking tape around so you can then sponge the sand with the brown tones.  When you are happy with the color, remove the masking paper and stamp your image. Then tear the paper on the top and bottom and sponge the edges with the appropriate colors.  Adhere this layer to the Sky Blue layer and add your sentiment using dimensionals. I think what's nice about this card is that you can use any colors and any stamp sets you have.  I really liked how it turned out.

Well, Labor Day is upon us - the official end of summer.  We hope that you and your family will have a fun packed weekend creating lots of memories!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bows - Bows - Bows!!!

In the new SU catalog there is a new die for making bows!  It was calling my name, as I'm not the best bow maker!  Well, it is very addicting - it's like the saying you can't eat just one potato chip.  Well, you can't just make one bow!

There are a lot of videos explaining how to use the die.  You can make three different sizes - a large one with double bows, a medium one and a small one.  This is just a small sampling of what I've made so far.  I didn't finish them completely, as I will embellish them some buttons, etc. depending on the type of packaging.  This will definitely help me out at Christmas Time.  I'm going to try this out using material instead of paper as well.  How cute would that be - especially in pink - my new favorite color!!

Hope everyone had a great week.  We're definitely looking forward to the weekend.  The last one before school starts on Monday.

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Baby Reveal Party!!!

Well, the suspense is over - the filling in the cake was PINK!  We are going to have another granddaughter!  Everyone was so excited at the Baby Reveal Party on Saturday!  Here's a few pictures:

Here's some of the goodies we had to eat.  Joe and I attempted to make a Baby Watermelon - and I think it turned out pretty good!

Here's a picture of the cake - Pest (which is what my son-in-law affectionately calls his son) or Princess?

Sarah trying to get the first peak of the filling!

My daughter and son-in-law gave his son a "Big Brother" shirt and the girls "Big Cousin" shirts - so cute!

The proud Mom & Dad to be.  We had a great time - lots of good food, great fun and a bonfire to roast marshmallows.  Not a bad way to celebrate!  Now I can start shopping for PINK!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thinlits Cards

Hope everyone is having a good week!  My friend and Stampin Up Consultant Denise came over this week, and we played with some of the new stamps and framelits.  We had such a good time.  Below are two cards I made with the new thinlits label and circle card framelits.

I was really surprised how quick these cards came together.  There are a lot of videos on how to cut these out and put them together.  I decided to layer my cards completely, but I have seen some where they also took about 1/16" of the edges to form a nice outline.  I also decided to pop my sentiments up with dimensionals so they would stand out more.  I'm always in the need for Thank You cards, so I used the dies thx and hi to put in my circle.  The 2 1/2" circle punch will also work in the circle as well.  I can't buy everything, but at least I know I can borrow these from Denise if I need them.

We had a great time at the Peach Festival.  None of us won at Bingo this year, but we won a lot at the cake walk.  Sarah won 2 huge cakes and was in her glory!  The weather here is great and we are all excited about this weekend.  My youngest daughter and her husband always host an end-of-year barbecue and bonfire for the family.  They are expecting their first child in December, and they are having a "Baby Reveal" included with the barbecue this weekend!  We are all suppose to wear the color of the sex we think the baby will be.  The girls of course are wearing pink, but Joe and I are wearing blue!  Such fun!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Masculine Card

This card is my version of a masculine card.  Depending on the color/design of the scraps, it can be used for any occasion.

Depending on the size of the finished card you want, cut out different squares of DSP.  This is  a great way to use up your scraps!  I used my square punch and after sorting them out I mounted them on Chocolate Chip CS.  I then adhered my ribbon - another scrap - and secured it with a button.  I layered it on a piece of Crumb Cake and then adhered these layers onto my base card of Garden Green.  I used my oval punch for my sentiment.  I usually try and make a few of these at one time and just leave the sentiment empty until an occasion arrives.  It is so great to have some on hand!

Hard to believe that another week of summer has slipped bye.  We have our Annual Peach Festival this weekend at the local church - lots of bingo, games, cake walk, music and great food!  Especially with peaches on the dessert menu!  I always feel that this festival means the end of summer - two weeks to school!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tea Lights & Gift Box

I was looking to make something different, so I went through my binders and came across directions to make this cute gift box filled with tea lights!  This cute item made by Lori Tecler made it into the Paper Crafts magazine special issue, of 350 Cards & Gifts back in April 2011. It took me awhile to make it, but I'm glad I did.

The tea lights were easier to make than I thought.  Stamp a solid image stamp on plain white tissue paper.  I used Fabulous Florets.  Use a circle punch to punch out the image and a small punch to make a hole in the center of the circle to thread the tea light's wick through.  Place a piece of copy paper behind the tissue before punching makes it easier to get a clean cut circle.

After setting the tissue circle on the tea light, use a heat tool to heat the wax so that the tissue becomes covered in wax, adhering it to the tea light.  Handle the tea light carefully, as the rim will get hot while heating.

I made my box with Pretty In Pink card stock.  You can find the template here - you'll have to scroll down almost to the end to find it.  I used the Fabulous Florets stamp to decorate a strip of Whisper White card stock to coordinate with the tea lights. Then I tied a little tag, made from my Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps, around it with some Pretty In Pink colored satin ribbon with some thread and added a small button.  I really liked how this turned out - so did my daughter who snatched it right up to give to a friend!  I have a lot of tea lights hanging around, so I am definitely going to make some more of these cute gifts.  My husband's birthday is this weekend, so we will have a fun weekend - hope you have some summer fun as well!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah