Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pretty, Pretty Paper...more fun projects!

I have to thank Kira and Patty for this adorable project from our Late Night Stamper Pre-Convention Stamp showcases the "Beyond the Garden" Designer Series Paper, but could be made with ANY of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous DSP (did I mention that DSP is Buy 3, Get 1 Free through August 31st?)

Apologies if the pictures are dark, since we are still "sans technology" at our house, I couldn't edit them on my Mac first!

Here is the "purse" for the cards...the handle was punched with the new Lace Ribbon Border punch:
It is filled with 4 simple and beautiful cards:

It's amazing how a little paper can cheer you right up, and this DSP is all sunshine and butterflies to me!

Would you like to come to the Late Night Stamper Pre-Convention Events in 2012? Click here for details and to register :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DSP is for PAPER

As promised, here are some fun projects for you to use with Stampin' Up!s fabulous Designer Series Paper (DSP) and one more way to take advantage of the the BUY 3 GET ONE FREE August Special! Here is the first project:
Basket o' Tags
and here is another fun DSP project that my 2010/11 Hostesses made at the Hostess Appreciation Party in July:
Stampin' Up! Supplies needed: DSP, Taffeta Ribbon, Fleurettes II, Antique Brads, Ink Refill, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensional.
Optional SU! Supplies: Jewelry Tag punch, stamps, ink.
Other Supplies: Small acrylic photo frame, post-it notes.

This super-easy project begins with DYING the fleurette (handmade, crocheted flower).
  1. Place approx. 3-4 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Add a few drops of re-inker color and mix into the water. 
  2. Drop your flower/fleurette into the water and submerge for 30-45 seconds. Hint: The longer you leave it in, the darker the resulting color.
  3. Remove fleurette and place on a stack of paper towels. Blot, allow to dry.
It's really that easy!

Instructions for the rest of the project:
  1. Cut a piece of DSP the same size as your frame and slide it into the frame. 
  2. Place a line of sticky strip across the top (really the bottom) of the frame where your ribbon will be "pinched" or folded across. Note: The frame will be laid down horizontally instead of standing vertically like a frame.
  3. Add an antique brad to your dried fleurette and attach with a Stampin' Dimensional.
  4. Finish it off by adding a pad of post it notes.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Eat Ice Cream, Do Something Good!

There are two wonderful reasons I support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Kayson (my son) and Gregory (my nephew). Most likely you know someone who lives with Type 1 Diabetes and it's complications...make your next Date night COUNT!! Click the "Buy Now" button to get your tickets today :)

If you can't attend the Desserts for Diabetes Fundraiser, you can still make a donation of any amount on my JDRF Walk Donation page:

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Stampin' Up! Special

DSP: Buy 3, Get 1 Free!
Check back soon for fun projects with Designer Series Paper!

Guessing Jars: A Family Tradition

A favorite tradition from our family reunions (on my dad's side) are the "Guessing Jars"! If you need a fun game that EVERYONE can participate in, this is it: Each family brings a container filled with something and we number each jar. Every person gets a piece of paper and numbers it with the number of jars that are on the table, then takes a guess at how many items are in each jar (or answer the related question on the jar/container)

Our family gets pretty creative: There have been piggy banks filled with loose change (guess how much $money is in the bank), pencil boxes filled with random school supplies (guess how many hours kids go to school each year) and even a package of Oreos (If Oreo cookies were laid side by side, how many would it take to cross the Golden Gate Bridge? Answer: 28,800)

But most of our "jars" are containers filled with candy, something like this:
This particular jar was one I created the Late Night Stampers Reunion Party at Stampin' Up! Convention and it is filled with taffy and rubber stamps! We wanted to start a new "family" tradition for the Reunion Party,and this fun game popped into my head. Here's a close-up of the sweet tag...I have to say I love these folded paper medallions and they are as addicting to make as the sugar in the taffy!
And of course, glitter makes everything cuter, so the edges are dusted with a little bling :) 

Update 5/28/13: Apparently I didn't finish my thought when I originally posted this! Each jar gets a number so that people can start anywhere on the table with their guesses (for instance, you could pick up jar/container #8 and write down the number and your guess, then move to jar #12, etc, until you had made a guess for each jar). Once everyone has made their guess, the M.C. reveals the correct answers and the person who guesses closest wins that jar/container!

This is a fun game for a crowd because there can be MANY winners :) You may choose to only allow a person to win ONE time. However, if they were the closest guesser on a future jar, they could choose to exchange it for their first jar, giving the original jar to the next closest guesser. 

To see how we modified it for a bridal shower, see this post