Desktop Calendar – with Video!

Having a daily reminder of our craft is a beautiful thing.  I love seeing paper craft projects on my desk year round. It inspires me when (cough) other work is not so exciting, shall we say?  *smile*  It reminds me that I have creativity in me that I can use, even in the office.   I believe that creativity is not just limited to one area of our lives.  Once  we develop our creativity, it grows to all aspects of our lives.

Join me in bringing something beautiful to the office.  This desktop calendar is ideal for December and January gift giving, too.  I have the 2016 calendar attached here so you can just download it and cut out the months, using the lines that I’ve drawn in for easy-cutting.

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The calendar has an accordion fold so it is stable and also looks great.  Once you have the base, you can make any design for the front of it.  I love flowers so I used the Flower Patch stamp set and matching framelits.

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For the supplies and cutting dimensions, click here to download the pdf file.

Below is a video on how to put it together!

 

I hope you enjoy and keep something on your desk that inspires YOU.
Rina

Flower Bouquet

Dear Friends,

For the past few months I’ve been teaching several friends how to sew.  It’s been a ball!!  For the past few years, I’ve been focusing on paper crafts and I forgot how much fun it is to use fabric.  My sewing machine has been OUT and humming away.  My girls have worked on quilts, my friends have made bags, and I just ordered some more fabric for more bags for all of us to work on.  I wish I had thought to take pictures.  I’ll be taking in the future so I can show you some fun times.

Today I was inspired today from my shopping trip to Trader Joe’s.  They had the most beautiful flowers!!  Here’s a card I made using some of the beautiful colors I saw.

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Stamp Set: Flower Patch and Flower Fair framelits
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride, & Smokey Slate

Flower Basket for Spring

Last summer when I went to the Stampin’ Up! conference, I received a beautiful swap.  I knew right away I’d be making my own version.  Just looking at it made me smile.  See my version below!
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The flowers come up and you can write a little sentiment in the card.

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I made this for my sweet mother-in-law. Then I realized it was teacher appreciation week.  So you guessed it.  I made 15 more of them . . . In less then two days.  I’m crazy like that — and I know I’m not the only one.  I typed little notes on the computer and glued them to the card so that I could fit in all the thanks I wanted to say to the amazing teachers.

Here’s a version with in light brown:

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Since I knew you’d love to make one yourself, I made a tutorial on how to do them.

Stamp Set: Flower Patch and Flower Fair framelits
Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake

Instructions:

  1. Cut Crumb Cake 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 (You can get 3 pots from one piece of card stock!)
  2. Score at 3 1/2 and 7
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  3. Using your scallop punch, scallop the small side (as shown below)
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  4. Fold as shown below.
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  5. Angle the folded pot in your cutter diagonally, whit the folded side on top.  Put one corner at the 3 inch mark and angle to the bottom score line (as shown below).
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  6. After cutting, flip over and line up with the 2 1/2 inch mark and angle to the bottom score line.
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  7. Your finished project should look something like this.
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  8. Cut green card stock to 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 and white 2 1/4 x 4 1/2.flowerpot_tutorial7
  9. Stamp flowers in assorted colors and cut out.  *Use dimensionals when putting the flowers onto the rectangular card stock.*  This will ensure that the card rests nicely over the flower pot.
  10. Use ribbon, tie a knot around the flower pot.

If you make one, be sure to send me a picture!  This is SUCH a fun project.

XO,
Rina

Flowers, Flowers, and More Flowers.

I cannot stamp enough flowers. I love flowers. I love seeing them, smelling them, and of course, stamping them. This card design was inspired by our Stampin’ Success magazine that demonstrators receive bimonthly (If you’d like to be a demonstrator and get this magazine, let me know. I’d love you to join my team – and you’d get all products for 20% off – all the time!)

This card is very simple. I’ve already used it twice as a host card when showing new stampers how to stamp. If you need to make cards in quantity, this is a great one to make. You can get them done QUICKLY. I’ve made a bunch . . .

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Here’s how to make it:

  • Cut a piece of Soft Sky card stock to 5 ½ x 8 ½. Fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 5 x 3 ¾ and a small strip ¾ x 3. Make a banner the right side end of of the small piece by cutting out a V.
  • Using Basic Gray, stamp the sentiment on the small white card stock. Here’s what I love – with the photopolyer stamp, you don’t even need to use a Stampin’-a-ma-jig to make sure it’s lined up – you can eyeball it! I’ve made over a dozen of these cards and I have never messed up the alignment of the sentiment. It’s crazy!!! The photopolymer stamps are NICE. And cheap. We like cheap.
  • Next, using the Flower Patch stamp set (134207) start with the biggest stamp. Using Melon Mambo, stamp the big flower on the white card stock. Using a piece of Whisper White scrap paper, stamp the flower again. Cut it out using your bigshot’s matching die.
  • Using Daffodil delight, stamp two yellow flowers.
  • Using Pear Pizazz, stamp some leaves
  • Using Soft Sky, stamp a few small flowers.
  • Using Smokey Slate, stamp the smallest flower in the yellow flower and randomly on the card.
  • Ahhere the Happy Blooming Birthday to the card using dimensionals. Next, adhere the pink flower directly on top of the other pink flower to the card using dimensionals.
  • Gotta have some sparkle! Add rhinestones to the center of each flower.
  • Adhere the entire whisper white cardstock to the Sky Sky card stock using dimensionals.