August 29, 2020
August 25, 2020
August 22, 2020
Since the pandemic started way back in March, there have been only two retail establishments I have visited. They are a local quick store and, of all things, Dollar Tree. I don't know why I feel "safe" at Dollar Tree, but I guess I do to some extent. It is never overcrowded and easy to keep my distance from others, while wearing a mask myself.
One of the main reasons I love to shop at Dollar Tree is the availability of so many crafting supplies, even some thing that aren't even meant to be crafting supplies.
Yesterday, when I was there, I picked up a sheet of flat cork, which is sticky on the back after you peel off the protective waxy layer. I actually dreamed about an idea using this cork sheet last night, with a project idea pretty well set in my brain upon waking. I was anxious to finish my upstairs chores today and get downstairs to my Creation Station to see if I could make my dream come true..
Not exactly the vision of my dreams, this is what resulted:
August 18, 2020
I know you are going to feel truly sorry for me when I tell you this. I can't have fresh flowers in my house. Why? Because my darling 14-year-old cat, Fred, eats them. Then throws up all over the house. But never on hard floor. Always on carpeting.
If someone does give me flowers for an occasion, they have to sit on the mantel where it's fairly dusky -- not light at all -- and where I rarely see them. Now, during the summer, it's nice because I can just set them on the table on the deck. I can see them nicely from the kitchen. And, when the weather is nice, I spend lots and lots of time sitting out on the deck. So that's perfect.
Anyway, no flowers in the house -- except on the mantel. Boo.
So, I thought I'd make myself a little permanent bouquet of flowers that he will leave alone. At least, I THINK he will. He hasn't spotted these yet.
The other day I was in my Creation Station all set to get started on a brainstorm idea I'd had. When I had finished the brainstorm part of the creation, it stunk. It ended up in my wastebasket. Which rarely happens. But it was that bad.
Wandering around aimlessly and disappointed in myself, my eyes fell upon a package of little white clothlike paper flower bunches that I'd purchased on Clearance and had yet to do anything with. I had an aha moment, and this one worked out nicely.
My result is the following:
I wasn't at all sure this brainstorm would even work, but I went ahead with a little bunch of five flowers I'd plucked free from the others. Grabbing five of my Stampin' Blends, I carefully colored each of the flowers. It worked perfectly!
The colors of Stampin' Blends I used were Light Granny Apple Green, Dark Pool Party, Light Melon Mambo, Dark Mango Melody, Light Seaside Spray and Dark Purple Posy. Didn't they turn out adorable?
My little bouquet needed some greenery, so I grabbed the teeny leaflet dies from the Forever Flourishing Dies (page 175 in the Annual Catalog), and cut out four of them. The die set comes with FOUR of these little dies, two facing each way, so you can run them through the die cut machine just once and get four of them. They were cut from Granny Apple Green cardstock.
August 15, 2020
If you've been following me for any length of time, you already know that I love projects that allow me to use up paper scraps, especially Designer Series Paper scraps. The Designer Series Papers of Stampin' Up! are always so so lovely that I can't help myself. I just need to invest in some of them as soon as they are released. After using them for a few projects and workshops, my stash still seems to grow uncontrollably.
So when I get an idea like I did for this card, it is always fun to dig through my stash for papers to use. It almost always works great if you are trying to coordinate papers and stick to one single pack of DSP since they are meant to be used together.
August 11, 2020
I just wanted to call to mind the sheer FUN of this card.
August 8, 2020
Wow! I really had to reach for some of these, eh? I apologize for the poor quality. Hopefully April will bring some better stuff.