Saturday, February 14, 2015

Making paper beads from Stampin'Up! blog

Pretty Paper Beads

Did you ever roll paper beads with toothpicks when you were a kid? I just rediscovered this fun, little craft—and making them is kind of addictive.
Just wrap a long, triangular piece of paper around a wooden skewer until you have a bead. Adhere the tail-end of the paper to the bead using a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue, then cover the bead using a thin coat of Mod Podge. Let your bead dry.
After making a few dozen of these little cuties I started to think of Easter eggs . . . and one of our new occasions catalog stamp sets—For Peep’s Sake, item # 138557—came to mind.
1 I used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch (item # 137416) on the top and bottom of this Easter favor to create fancy edges.

3To make the beads, I used Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (item # 137784),Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item # 138633), and the Rich Razzleberry designs from the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks(item # 130134).
Beginning at the top of a sheet of 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper, score every inch on one side; on the opposite side, begin 1/2" from the top and score every inch. Draw diagonal lines between the staggered score lines to create triangles.

The beads don’t have to be rolled up perfectly; their irregular look is part of their charm!

6When my friend, Bonnie, saw my paper beads drying, she said that they reminded her of an insect collection. My immediate thought was: butterflies!

8There are many ways to make paper beads from Designer Series Paper. Just do an Internet search for “paper bead templates” and you’ll find plenty! P.S. If you use elastic cord to thread your beads, put a dot of Crystal Effects (item # 101055) on the knot and allow it to dry. That will help it stay secure.
Have fun!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Final January club project

We made covers for a 2 year calendar in the past and I had a request to make another one. The cover is crumb cake with honeycomb embossing. I absolutely love the Butterfly Basics stamp set and coordinating butterfly thinlets. You will for sure see more from this set. I offered 3 color choices all with Pear Pizazz accents: Blackberry Bliss, Strawberry Slush, and Tempting Turquoise. What is your favorite color?

Friday, February 6, 2015

January club projects

January is always my hostess/customer appreciation where everyone gets prizes and we make extra projects.
 I love this lotus blossom stamp and the Irresistibly Yours dsp used on this first card. Both are FREE with a $50 order through the end of march. Watch for more of both.
 The designer paper used for this pinwheel card is another FREE Sale-A-Bration offering. Start with an 8" square and score from 3" on each side using the diagonal scoring plate. Cut out the triangles then score on the straight scoring board at 1" to the cutout area on each side, then fold. I need to add the picture of the inside of the card. 

We used the treat bag thinlet die to make this Valentine's day card. The sentiment is from Pennant Parade. I stamped the banner with the red dots with another stamp in the Pennant Parade set. 
Red, Black, and Gold is so classy!
This is the inside of the card. I "heart" you and the red heart are from Pictogram Punches. Gold washi tape and gold shimmer hearts add the finishing touch. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015


I recently got this stamp and decided to play today.
 I used Daffodil and Olive Bendabilities then fussy cut it out. I wanted the tulips to be the main focus so just added a couple of banners. The dotted banner is Irresistibly Yours DSP only available during Sale-A-Bration and is FREE when you purchase $50. It is white on white embossed in several designs, but becomes even more beautiful with color added with sponge or spritzing.  
I got my inspiration for this card with the doily from Jen Timko, but changed it up a bit. I colored the tulips with Melon Mambo and Old Olive blendabilities. The Strawberry Slush thick bakers twine matched perfectly. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

More Painted Blooms DSP cards

I used one sheet of designer paper to make these 6 cards! All are Wild Wasabi with a Blackberry Bliss layer and ribbon. I used the same tulip stamp, but changed up the sentiments. This design and layout was inspired by Bertina Maloy from the demonstrator website Stampin' Connection. I changed up the color layers slightly.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Painted Blooms DSP

I played with this paper pack yesterday when we were snowed in! Here are 3, come back tomorrow for more.

 The designer paper is so beautiful, it doesn't need much to make a great card. I used the tag topper punch with pacific point ribbon and Painted Petals stamp set.
 More paper with just a bit of stamping. Rose Red ink and paper match much better than Real Red.
 I used Rich Razzleberry here instead of Blackberry Bliss since I used Blaskberry in the other cards. It matches very well also. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentines Treats for Bake Sale

My sister and I made up items to sell at a Bake Sale/fundraiser for a gal I work with who had preterm twins with NICU and Peds stays. Lots of fun ideas! The pictures are what we had left over.
 1x8" cello bags with peanut butter or cherry cordial m and m's
 Mini coffee cups with Dove chocolates
 Starbucks bottle with Reeses peanut butter cups
 Hershey's kiss heart
 Berry baskets with cello bags of Dove or Strawberry chocolates

 The next seven are treat bags with a variety of candy

 two different designs of "crackers" with kisses

Starbucks bottle with Brach's hard candy.