Sunday, March 16, 2008

Easter: A card and rub-ons redux

I think it's been a while since I've posted a card on my blog! Easter is only a week away and I've got both a card and a home decor project to show you....

First the card. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I used Wild Wasabi textured cardstock for the base. Actually, this is from the Wild About Wasabi promotion going on through the end of April. Check out the details HERE. I am IN LOVE with textured cardstock, by the way - I can't get enough of it, but I'm finding that it's one of those things that I hoard... you know... want to use it, but if I use it I won't have any for when I REALLY want to use it. How silly is that? So I am trying diligently to hoard less and use more!

For the main image, I watercolored the leaves using the Garden Green watercolor crayon & the Aquapainter. For the center of the flower, the Apricot Appeal WWC & Aquapainter. For the flower itself, I simply added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the petals. What a WOW effect! Make sure you click on the picture to see the full-size version!

Stamps: From the Garden (Hostess), All Holidays
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi textured, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: Watercolor Crayons, Aquapainter, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Silver brads, 2-way Glue, Round Tab Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

And now the home decor (I know - you really wanted to see this first, but I was holding out on you!). My inspiration for these decorated eggs and crate came directly from Stampin' Up's Spring Summer 2008 Collection - page 27. I really wanted to recreate the item to use for spring & Easter decoration. Stampin' Up's rub-on's made it so easy! A rub-on on each egg, whitewashed acrylic paint and ribbons on the crate, a bit of paper shreds - and you end up with a really cute project!

Here's a close-up of a few of the eggs...

Accessories: Eastern Elegance Rub-ons, Apricot & Pink grosgrain ribbon, Soft Sky & River Rock Double-stitched Ribbon

Have a wonderful, blessed Easter!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Basket Weaving, Anyone?

First, let me tell you that I have never, ever done basket weaving before! But I found directions on weaving a basket using patterned paper and I couldn't resist!

Would you believe that this basket used just one single 12"x12" sheet of patterned paper? I used a sheet of the new Afternoon Tea Designer Paper from the Occasions Mini Collection. This paper is to die for! It works beautifully for this basket. I haven't tried it yet, but I think that Stampin' Up's textured cardstock would give a fantastic look, also.

The basket took about an hour to do... I'm talking an hour from start to finish, taking my time because - yes... I've never done basket weaving before! So don't let what looks like a complex project stop you from trying this... you'll be so glad you tried this out!

I'm not going to even try to give directions here. Mainly because I want to make sure that Laura Canale, the creative mind behind this, gets credit for it, but also because she's got it laid out so nicely on her blog. So click HERE for the directions and let me know if you try it.


Afternoon Tea Designer Paper
Silver Brads
Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon
Glue Stick
Paper Cutter

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Occasions Mini Collection Accessories Share Club

The Occasions Mini Collection introduces some fantastic new accessories. Would you like the opportunity to try some of them at a substantially smaller investment than if you’d purchased them all individually? Join the Accessories Share Club and you’ll do just that! For just $23 you’ll receive a sampling of each of the accessories spotlighted below for less than 1/4 the cost of the full purchase price! And as a bonus, each club member will receive a sheet of Love and Happiness rub-ons from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!

• Carousel Notes: 3 notes and envelopes (1 note of each color – Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava)
• Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware: two (2) of each style label holder, two (2) of each style of Cast brads and twenty (20) silver brads
• Afternoon Tea Designer Paper: Two 6x6 sheets of each design
• Summer Picnic Designer Paper: Two 6x6 sheets of each design
• Chocolate Chip Poly-twill Ribbon: 3 yards
• Old Olive Poly-Twill Ribbon: 3 yards
• Die Cut Blooms: 34 various die cuts in a variety of colors – Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red

To get your Accessory Share, call or email no later than March 14th. If you’d like the convenience of paying with PayPal, use the “Buy Now” button below. Payment is due when you join. All items will be ordered no later than March 17th. Your share will be delivered approximately 1 ½ weeks after that. Please add $5 to your payment if you would like it shipped to you.

Occasions Mini Collection 2008

The Occasions Mini Collection is packed full of brand-new stamp sets, accessories, and stamped samples. You can order from this fresh new mini catalog between March 1 and May 31.

I haven't decided yet, what my favorite set or product is, but I'm leaning towards the coordinating Love Birds rub-ons, Carousel Notes, Afternoon Tea Designer Paper, and Live Your Dream stamp set. Oh - can't forget about the awesome new SILVER Hodgepodge Hardware set that also goes fabulously with these products!

What's your favorite??