February 27, 2014

Escape Your Winter Blues- Scrapbook Page

Have you scrapped your Valentine's day yet? If not, I've got just the inspiration for you today. Check out all the sparkle!

I love how this page is chalkboard inspired- but with a twist :) Instead of white ink to mark up the board we are using the silver encore pad. It adds a nice bit of glitz that isn't too overpowering. Coupled with the silver glimmer paper and some rhinestones the page pulls together to make an 'oh so elegant' chalkboard :)

The family verse embellishments are actually printed up from MDS. Oh yes that is right. MDS is perfect for this task- since you can increase the stamp brushes (the new .svg ones) as big as you want, you are not limited by the size of a stamp for this sort of task. You can really make it fit your needs.

The page also uses many of the Hearts Collection and Hearts A Flutter (with matching stamp set) framelits. My favorite is this hanging cluster of embellishments. It is a nice way to group bits and pieces together by making them appear to 'hang' on the ribbon.

Hope you enjoyed! Be sure to flutterby again. There is still more to come.

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February 25, 2014

Escape Your Winter Blues- Watercolor Notecards

Everyone got to make a set of the five watercolor notecards. Have you seen these guys yet? They are so fun and make great simple card bases- not to mention come in a set of 20 WITH the envelopes. Talk about a great deal.

Paired with the notecards is the Peaceful Petals and See Ya Later stamp sets. The later is actually a FREE sale-a-bration set. Woot, Woot!

I think my favorite card of the bunch is the green alligator card. He just makes me smile. Not sure why but I just love it :)

Hope this inspires you to try out the watercolor notecards. And don't forget- when you order them if you make a bundle worth $50 you can get a free Sale-a-bration item too! (I highly suggest the alligator... as has been established, he is adorale!).

Flutterby again soon. Next up comes some awesome sparkle to show of your V-day pictures :)

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February 18, 2014

Escape Your Winter Blues- Winter Sampler

Don't be fooled by the name- even though it is a sampler it isn't the least bit simple!! This 5x7 framed sampler has a lot of parts that goes into making the whole. And it is SO SPARKLY in person, it really is very amazing :)

The stamp sets used for this project are the Best of Snow and Festive Flurry (holiday carryover) with the matching framelits. I absolutely love the little hedgehog- he is so adorable, and Frosty is definitely my favorite snowman stamp of all time (and I am loving him in this tiny size now!).

I am so glad they decided to carryover the snowflake framelits. Love these things! Just look at the snazzy (and sparkly) effect you can get by layering some of the different sized together. And did you know that the pointy flower from the Boho Blossom punch would look so perfect in the middle? Well now you do :)

The snowflake stamp from the Best of Snow also fits pretty nicely in one of the smaller snowflakes, don't you think? And last (but certainly not least) you just have to love this sweet little punch art hat with a bakers twine pom-pom. The pom-pom really 'tops' it off, don't you think (yes, pun intended- ha).

Whew! That was quite a post. If you have any questions on the details of this project don't hesitate to comment below. And make sure you Flutter Back again soon- we aren't even close to done with the projects yet!

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February 11, 2014

Escape Your Winter Blues- Envelope Punch Board

Glad you came back to see some more fun projects. Today I'll cover what we made at the Envelope Punch Board table. Here they got to make two fun little projects.

The first was some treat poppers (a.k.a. crackers- I think most people like to call them crackers but for some reason I cannot help but thing of anything but 'popping' them open... whereas crackers are a small, hard, bread-like substance to me :)  ). I'm sure you've seen these little cuties all over- but if you want to know how they are made leave a comment and I'll be sure to post one for ya!

We also had them make this adorable little basket. The DSP isn't current (we just used a pile of retired 6x6 samples that one of the demos had) but the idea can be done with any cardstock or DSP. And the Envelope punch board made this project a snap to prepare and score.

Have you tried out this new tool yet? It is so much more versatile than just for making envelopes. I hope you give it a try and start making some fun projects today too!

Up next- a 5x7 winter sampler. Make sure you flutterby again later for this one- it is sparkly and awesome- you don't want to miss it!!

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February 9, 2014

Escape Your Winter Blues- 'Small' 3-D projects

Wow- yesterday was a whirlwind. We had 21 fine ladies crafting with us at our stamp camp, just look at all the fun :)

So what did we make? Well let me take you on a tour of our projects :) I'll begin with the 'small' 3-D objects that the women got to make.

First, there were the washi tape candles. All you need is some washi tape and little votive candles. Just wrap a small piece of the tape around the candle's base. If the tape is too wide, the extra can be flattened around the end onto the bottom. Simple and cute!

Next we had the favor ideas table. They got to make a little nugget holder and a Rolo flower. The nugget holder uses the new Scalloped Tag Topper punch. With this new punch you can cut a strip of paper to whatever length you want a tag to be, and then add a cute end to it (or in this case we punched both ends and wrapped it up around the chocolate nugget).

The Rolo flower uses the Mixed Bunch stamp set and the Petite Petals stamp set, as well as their matching punches. Do you see the small flower? If not look closely at the little butterfly.... yup that's right there it is :) The antenna is really just one of the petals with a triangle cut out of the middle of it. Isn't he cute!!!

There is so much more that we made, but it will take awhile to show it all to you (either that or a REALLY LONG blog post!). Hope you flutterby again soon to see some more :)

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February 7, 2014

Sale-a-Bration on the "Banner"wagon

Banners are so fun and popular right now. So it is no surprise that one of the Sale-a-Bration sets is Banner Blast with a bunch of fun little banner pennants. But even more fun is the punch that goes along with them. It is such a cute little thing :)

Don't you just love that punch coupled with the Metro Fresh DSP? Such a yummy combination, and it looks awesome in person. I love the clean lines of this layout along with the dangly banner too- it makes it look so crisp. A big thanks to Tracy Schultz for this swap!

I'm so excited for our big day tomorrow- it is the Winter Escape Retreat my mom's group is hosting. We are going to have about 30 fantastic ladies crafting with us tomorrow. So much fun! I'll keep you posted on some of the adorable things we make. Flutterby again later :)

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February 5, 2014

Sale-a-Bration & Watercolor Notecards

I've got a great combo for you today. The Watercolor Wonder Notecards and See Ya Later FREE stamp set. Aren't they a fun together? I received this card in our group's spring swap, from our team leader Patsy Waggoner.

This rainbow inspired notecard goes really well with the 'when sky's are grey' saying. Doesn't a rainbow make you feel just HAPPY after a storm too? I've also seen the green notecard paired with the 'See ya later Alligator' saying and it is super cute.

This set together would make a really good gift for the starting stamper (or the one who wants some quick and easy cards). The notecard set comes with 20 pairs of cards and envelopes, so you can make quite a bit with it. Then just pair it with some cardstock, ink, and accessories (rhinestones, pearls, ribbon/twine... whatever you want) to bring the order up to $50 and you can pick the stamp set for FREE from the Sale-a-bration brochure. It's a great deal :)

I've got at least one more awesome Sale-a-bration swap card for you yet this week, so make sure you flutterby again!

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February 2, 2014

Elli's Valentines

I love giving my kids 'treats' that are actually healthy (just don't tell them that- they think I'm giving in to dessert all the time ;) ).

One of my daughter's favorites is the GoGo Squeez Applesauce packets. Seriously, these things are pretty awesome. They taste fantastic (yes, I've tried a couple on occasion) but are 100% fruit. No extra sugar added. WooHoo! That's the best a mama can ask for :)

Well, since she loves them so much I thought- hey, why not use them for her Valentines. I bet all the kids would love a little V-day squeeze. So I whipped up these MDS tags to tie onto them. Didn't they turn out cute!

And here they are after she helped me tie them on. I bet she is going to have a blast giving these to her friends at daycare.

Bonus- do you want to make some too? Just click HERE for the printable. Enjoy!

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February 1, 2014

Sale-a-Bration Sample

I know, I know. You came back hoping to see my finished hybrid card. Well, here is the thing- I was borrowing some of the yellow twine from my mom to make the finished product... and well, I forgot to get some for my own sample!! No need to fear- she is sending me a little in the mail. But in the meantime I will entertain you with some other cards :)

I just finished our quarterly demonstrator swap, and I got some AWESOME samples made. This is one talented bunch of ladies I work with :) Since we are just starting up Sale-a-Bration I'm going to share those cards with you first... Ready... Set... Here we go!

I think this has to be one of my favorite cards of the day. But then, it has butterflies so there really is no competition right ;)

This card was designed by my Mom, Michelle Lembcke. Isn't she fun. It uses the FREE You're Lovely stamp set. I love the Hardwood background with it- they really go nicely together. And the color she picked for the flowers and butterflies really makes this card shine. It would make a perfect card for spring- perhaps for a Easter greeting :)

One of my other favorite little details of this card is how the linen thread was tied around the ribbon. It is such a simple trick, but it really does create a pretty effect. What do you think? Will you give it a try?

Flutterby again soon to see more samples using the FREE Sale-a-Bration products :)

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