Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pansies—with a twist

You’re not going to believe how we made these pansies!  I can tell you right now that you are going to need to get this punch because you aren’t going to be able to resist popping out a few butterflies (that’s right, butterflies) and trying this yourself!

kathy and John's 25th 001











Can’t see it yet?  Here’s a close up:

kathy and John's 25th 002

Look closely and you’ll see the outline of a butterfly. Each pansy is made with 2 butterflies.


1. Punch out the butterfly

2. Sponge center and outside edges using chosen colors (rubbing sponge back and forth gently to make it as dark as you want

3.  Then spritz both sides with water to completely moisten.

4. Scrunch up each butterfly as tight as you can, immediately un-scrunching but don’t smooth out too much so that it stays a little crumpled looking.  Allow to sit and dry for at least an hour.  Should not even be a little moist when you go to the next step

5. Carefully poke a hole in the center of each butterfly and insert a brad through the center of 2, laying them at opposite angles. 

6. Draw the faces of the pansy using a fine tip marker—I did them with black, but liked grey or purple better.


Okay, one more thing that my friend found when she was making these was the image that the butterfly left as you were sponging the centers of them.  I turned it into a border for one of the scrapbook pages I was working on. 


kathy and John's 25th 003

these are my son, Tyler’s, teammates—he’s sort of hidden
















kathy and John's 25th 005

this is what it looks like—see the shape of the butterfly beginning in the center—then I just put a dot in the center of each one.

More Cute Ideas With Greenhouse Garden

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The background is done with a product that will be available next month—Square Lattice embossing folder


This stamp set is available this month for 20% off, don’t miss out!














Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring is here and Change is in the air

Spring is here with it’s beautiful colors and Stampin’ Up! has announced even more colors with it’s Color Renovation.  What does this mean? A beautiful new palette of fresh colors, some returning favorites from previous In Colors, and a shake-up of the old color groups.  Instead of the Color Families you may be used to by now, the colors will be categorized into four Color Collections.  In addition, we will continue to have new In Colors each year—5 of them and now they’ll stay around for 2 years for us to enjoy!  What gorgeous color choices you'll have for your scrapbooks, cards, gifts, home decor items. 

Here is a list of the colors and how they’ll be set up.

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What does all this mean for you?  If you are a Stampin’ Up! color connoisseur, then you’ll want to make sure that you’ve purchased supplies in any of the colors listed below that you love!  Be sure to check all items such as ink refills, 8 1/2 X 11 CS as well as 12 X 12 if you’re a scrapper.  Don’t forget the ribbons, buttons, brads, and designer papers with any of these colors in them.

These items will be in unlimited supply only until the end of May, then after that, I cannot promise you because they will only be while supplies last!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Trendy Trees Special--$14.36


Sorry, I’m a day late for my last post!DSCF6725










by LeAnne Pugliese











by Nikki Bond




TreesCute and Simple





Handsome card!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Flower Fancy Special--$29.56

Another one of my favorite designers, Michelle Zindorf.


She did this on our watercolor paper for a gorgeous look!










And Doesn’t Sandi MacIver do beautiful work.  She used the two tags die to create the contrast.













What a great design for the front of a notebook or just the corner of note paper, I’m just going crazy over the possibilities, or create your own designer paper.






By Sandi MacIver























Fifth Avenue Floral
Fifth Avenue Floral
Flower Fancy
Flower Fancy
Greenhouse Garden
Greenhouse Garden
Trendy Trees
Trendy Trees

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fifth Avenue floral Special--$19.96










Cherie Franklin











by Brandi












by Laurie Ludwig







Another gorgeous idea from Sandi MacIver.

These flowers are embossed in clear on watercolor paper, then spritzed with water, then applied ink with the tip of an aqua painter, it spreads and fills inside the embossed lines!  Very fun.




byHelen Hengliu

Greenhouse Garden Special--$20.76

I thought you might like to see some ideas with the stamps that are on special this month!  I found some great demonstrator samples on our Stampin’ Up! Demo Connection.  I’ll highlight a different set each day!  So come back tomorrow!

Hope you enjoy.

Greenhouse Garden








This one comes from my very favorite demonstrator, Karen Barber.  She was on stage at my first convention winning sales awards and I was so inspired.  She is a sweet Christian lady!  Here’s how she says she did this:   This is stamped and then clear embossed each square... The size of the finished card is 5,1/2x 5,1/2 inches. Each tile square is 2"x2" before it's matted.

20100112JRBSCprchvs by Renee















by Cherie Franklin






I love the colors Mary Brown  used here!

Looks like Taken With Teal, More Mustard, Really Rust and Soft Suede.  Stunning!

Stamp Fest Photos

Deb Paisie showed us how she designed this shirt with Stampin' Blends (our alcohol markers).  It is such a gorgeous shirt and I want t...