Friday, February 28, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Card with Iris Folding

Continuing my mission to use up some of my goodies I have accumulated over the years, I came across some cutouts that I used with Iris folding.  I used to do this a lot along with quilling, but one can only fit so much into a day!  There's was one left for St. Patrick's Day that was calling my name!  If you're interested, I got these at

Here is the finished card.  I mounted the finished Iris Folding on a layer of yellow scrap that I had and then put that on my base card of Garden Green - I still don't understand why SU eliminated that color!!

This is what the cutout package looks like when you receive it. Their directions are very good.  This is also a great way to use of all those paper scraps you are saving!  I used up a scrap of ribbon I had left over and decorated the front with some shamrocks!  I forgot how much fun Iris folding can be.  There are lot of websites you can visit as well with loads of free patterns you can download.  Give it a try!

Are you tired of snow yet?  I am!!!!  And no relief in sight - with more on the way!  We have our annual Scrapbooking show coming up in a few week, so I hope it won't be snowed out!!  Keep warm and have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

I have submitted this card to the Cardztv Card Challenge #2

Monday, February 24, 2014

Flower Shop Card

Over the weekend, I saw this video from Dawn's Stamping Studio and thought it was so cute and wanted to try it.  I thought I would have trouble cutting it out - as cutting is not a strength of mine - but it was the stamping I had trouble with.  Dawn made it look so easy but it took a few tries to get it right!


Stamps - Flower Shop, Petite Petals - SU
Ink - Melon Mambo - SU
Paper - Whisper White, Crumb Cake - SU
Accessories - Petite Petals Punch
Embellishments - Pearls - Michaels

I won't go into all the details as she does such a good job on her videos.  As I mentioned, I did have trouble with the stamping and I think it was because my ink pad was not wet enough so I could stamp a few times with it.  Fortunately, I had a re-inker for my Melon Mambo and I feel it definitely helped.  I didn't stamp any sentiment on my cards, as I think this card would be perfect for a lot of occasions and will stamp it when I go to use them.  I'm trying to build up my stash again, and I think this card was great for that - and it used one of my favorite stamps - pansies!!!

Rachel and Sarah spent time this weekend with Jennifer and had so much fun with her!  Snow is expected this week, so maybe we'll have more stamping time!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sympathy Card

My daughter's neighbor passed away this week, so I needed to make a sympathy card.  I never have any in my stash, as deep inside I probably don't want to make them.  But that being said - I had seen a SU sympathy card made with my favorite pansy stamp and choose that one to make.


Stamps - Flower Shop, Sincere Salutation, - SU, Sentiment - Michael's
Paper - Old Olive, Whisper White, DSP - SU
Ink - Old Olive - SU
Accessories - Floral Frames - SU
Embellishments - Mistletoe Ribbon, Pearls - SU

A made an A2 sized card in Old Olive and layered it with Whisper White and a piece of DSP.  I secured  my ribbon with a glue dot and then popped up my Floral Frames with dimensionals.  I decorated my pansies with some pearls and popped them up a well.  I added my sentiment "Thinking of You" on the inside and I was finished.  I think this design card could be used for other occasions as well.

Well, it is a miserable day for a funeral.  Lots of fog and nasty weather coming in.  We did enjoy the sun yesterday and spent some time holding our new granddaughter Jennifer.  She is really getting big - she now weighs 11 lbs. and is 4 mos. old!  Hope everyone has a good weekend and is keeping warm!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

School Projects

Well, the girls finally went back to school yesterday, after having last Thurs. and Fri. off due to the weather.  They had a delayed opening today and probably will again tomorrow due to the icy weather coming in the AM.  They were finally able to finish and bring home some projects they had been working on and they wanted to share them on our blog!

Sarah had sewing this quarter and her project was to make a pillow.  A few weeks ago, we went to Hobby Lobby with her shopping list and she picked out the fabric that she wanted to make her pillow.  She loves pink and knew exactly what she wanted.

Here is the finished result.  I should have taken a picture of the other side - which is all the solid pink material.  She was so proud of the finished product.  She was especially proud of the 4 pieces that she sewed correctly making the seams meet perfectly.  I told her she did a great job, considering it was the first time she used a sewing machine.  The teacher must have thought so too, as she got an A!!

Rachel had Art this quarter and they made a yarn bowl which I just fell in love with.  I had never seen anything finished off like this.

She said they started out with a piece of cording and wrapped the different colors of yarn around it keeping it very tight and gluing the ends.

This is how the bottom looks.  She said she then tied the cording together with yarn of the same color and formed a bowl.

This is a picture of how the bowl looks inside.  I was pretty impressed with the detail and so was the teacher as she got an A on the project as well.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing what they have been working on and that you enjoy the week ahead!

Thank for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Tray & Goodie Bags

Just wanted to post some pictures of all our Valentine goodies put together in their tray for the Wellness Center and the goodie bags a well.  Hopefully, the snow will stop for awhile and they will reach their destination tomorrow.

As you can see, we put the treat bags in the back of the tray with the fringed pencils in the middle with the few heart tins I made in the front.  My daughter found some sugar free Hershey bars for those who cannot have sugar, so I made a few of the Treat Holders I showed you last year.

We made a bunch of goodie bags to hand out as well, putting one of each of the treats in a plastic heart bag with a heart tag made with my Cricut and gypsy. 

Since I was stuck in the house today with all the snow, I decided to make these cookies that I saw at cookinupnorth.  They're called Cherry Blossom Cookies.  They're very similar to the Blossom Cookies I make at Christmas but uses chopped cherries instead.  I really liked how they turned out.

Well, the girls called that they have no school tomorrow so they are happy.  They were off as well today.  They have a huge snow fort in their back yard.  I don't think it will melt until Spring!!  Hope everyone is warm and safe during this winter snow

Everyone in the Pansy Patch would like to wish you a wonderful  Valentine's Day - even with the snow!

Nancy                  Rachel                   Sarah

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine Fringed Pencils

I saw these cute pencils being made over at Chic"n Scratch's website the other week and knew I wanted to make some.  I had just ordered SU's fringed scissors so the timing was perfect. 
I decided to put them in a jar and use them as my centerpiece for my goodies that I'm sending to the Wellness Center.  The only thing that I did different from her video is that after I scored the DSP, I applied my score tape and then cut up to it.  It made the process so easy.  The tape is your marker and doesn't allow you to go any farther.  I'm going to give some for the girls to have and give their friends, so I think I'll be making some more of them before Friday.
Here's a picture of what the washi tape looks like attached to the fringe.  I used the same tape that I did for the heart tins.
Here's a picture of what the pencil looks like after I spread out the fringes so you can see the eraser.  I have to say that these pencils are great.  When I went to get these at Staples, I got the last package on the shelf.  When I went to check out the clerk asked if there was something special going on with these pencils, as there had been a run on them.  She laughed when I told her why I was buying them.  These stores should give these bloggers a discount on their supplies, as I think they're helping them sell out their stock!
We had about 2" of snow yesterday which wasn't so bad.  Joe has the snowmobiles out and is having some fun!  More is expected during the week, so I hope it doesn't screw up every one's plans for Valentine's Day.
Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sweetheart Treat Bags

I finally got myself back to the craft room to finish making these adorable treat bags for my daughter to take to the Wellness Center.  Valentine's Day will soon be here and I'm not ready yet!!  I fell in love with these cute heart treat bags and brought a few sets from SU and really like them.

There are a lot of videos out there showing many different ways to put them together, but since I'm trying to clean out my stash, I decided to use some heart paper doilies that have been laying around for awhile.  I filled the bags up with some heart candy and folded the top down about 1" and stapled them closed.  Then I used my glue gun and adhered my doily on the front.  I stamped my Valentine sentiment on the banners which came with the set.  I used my stamp set - Love Monsters - from Taylor Expressions that I showed you on a previous post.  I popped that up with dimensionals and then used the heart stamp from the PS-I love you stamp set from SU.  I punched that out with the Heart to Heart Punch and adhered a red button with some Pool Party twine that came with the set and popped that up as well.

They came together pretty quick.  The only thing that took some time was tying the bow in the button with the twine.  I just felt the heart needed something else, and I liked how the bow made the difference. 

It has been a rough week around here with the weather, but I know other places have had it worst.  More snow is expected this weekend, so hopefully I'll have more time in the craft room.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we won't get too much snow as the girls want to come up and make some of their Valentines.  Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Heart Tins

Cleaning out my craft room, I came across a few of these cute heart tins I had used a few years ago for teacher's gifts.  Keeping up with my promise to use up things, I decided to decorate the 6 I had left being stored in a huge box on the shelf.  Now I have room for something else - I don't think that was the plan - oh well!  I originally purchased these at Michael's in the wedding department.

The last time I made these, I cut paper to fit around the heart, but I had purchased some washi tape awhile go and it fit the bottom of the heart perfectly.  This was so much easier than adhering the paper.  Here's what it looks like from an angle.

I couldn't have asked for a better design.  I think I picked this up for the baby shower and ended up not using it.  I used my crop-a-dile (the largest hole) to punch out holes on either side.  Make sure the holes are up high enough - but not too high - so the ribbon is centered in the middle when tied.   I cut 2 lengths of 1/4" ribbon each about 6".  Then I tied a knot in one end and pulled it through the hole with the knot on the inside.  Then do the same with the 2nd piece of ribbon.  Fill up your heart with some goodies - I used some candy hearts and place the top on.  I then used a glue dot to adhere my sentiment in the center and tied the ribbon in a knot.  I really like these as little favors.  You can do so much with them.

Well, it's off to watch the Super Bowl game!  The girls are hoping for no school tomorrow as snow is coming in with another snowstorm the middle of the week!  Hope you are keeping warm!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

I entered this post in the CardsTV 3-D Valentine Challenge #1