Archive for February, 2011

I loved the roses so much I made five more! These were for a conference for NEWIM, an organization I love and volunteer for regularly. I made the tags with the Curly Label punch and the Movers & Shapers Curly Label die. I can’t wait to try making other flowers!



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I love the daffodil flower in the petal cone vase and decided to try a rose, so I went looking for examples. I finally made it to YouTube and a video by Valita in Australia. Who would have thought you could make a rose using the owl punch? I don’t usually use the word awesome but there’s no other word for these roses!

I used Pink Pirouette for the base and embossed it with the Manhattan Flower folder. The roses are in Regal Rose with Pink Pirouette centers, sponged with Melon Mambo. The leaves were made with Pear Pizzazz sponged with Wild Wasabi and the 5-Petal Flower punch. I had to add a little weight in the bottom of the cone to counteract the weight of the three flowers – a little plastic bag with pinto beans, supported by a chipboard square. Hey, no one will ever see it! This might be the prettiest thing I’ve ever made.

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A fancy flower pin

Last week I needed something red to wear on a blue denim shirt, so I whipped up this cute pin with my Big Shot and the Fancy Flower die. I had some thin organza type fabric I saved from a bouquet of flowers so I used that as layers. The middle brad is non-SU – yes, sometimes I stray, but I wanted some bling too!

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This month’s workshop projects were a lot of fun – but then I always have fun when I use the Big Shot. The first one is a CASE of Stampin’ Kari’s creation (on splitcoast), which was inspired by Jackie Topa. We all share our ideas and copy everything! I used Whisper White for the vase, which was cut using the new Petal Cone die from the Occasions mini and embossed with Perfect Polka Dots. The daffodils were made using the Fun Flowers die, also from the new mini. I used strips of chipboard to make the stems and covered them with Pear Pizzazz.

The second is a card made with the faux pressed flower technique. It’s on a base of Rich Razzleberry. The mat is Old Olive. I used the vine stamp from Thoughts and Prayers and punched out the flowers with a retired punch, added the So Saffron centers and then ran the stamped and layered Top Note piece through the Big Shot to emboss it with the Vintage Wallpaper folder. Lots of die-cutting and embossing! The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

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Here are a little more detailed instructions for the cake explosion box:

For the lid, cut a 7×7″ piece of cs or dsp, score at 1-1/2″ on all four sides. Clip along one corner score line in each corner – in other words, don’t cut out the corner square, just clip once in each corner so you can fold in and glue the sides.
For the inside, take a 12×12 piece of cs or dsp, score at 4″ on each side and cut out each 4″ corner square. When you fold along the score lines and bring up the sides, that forms the box. Then make the cake and decorate everything.
I embossed all over the cake pieces before putting it together.

It’s pretty easy, although I spent a bit of time making this one as it was my first. I’m sure it won’t be my last. The happy couple are going on a cruise for their honeymoon, so they won’t even open it until they get back. At the reception last night, I got to see my 250 boxes (made from Box #2 die) on the tables. The bride’s friends made the tissue paper flowers, stamped the back and glued down the belly bands. They were filled with candy and made a nice party favor. Pirouette Pink and Whisper White with a touch of silver were the colors. It was a beautiful sight! Now you know why I made the cake white with pink butterflies!

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This is the coolest thing! I checked several blogs for instructions for a cake explosion box and found out it’s very simple – wish it had been my idea! It starts with a 12×12 piece of designer paper, scored at 4″ all around. Cut out the corners and fold. Then you make a cake with the Sizzix cake die, decorate and add the lid, which is a 7×7 piece of cardstock or designer paper, scored at 1-1/2″ all around and slit once at each corner. I added an SU exclusive scalloped envelope die for the gift card holder and voila! An exploding cake box. I also used the SU butterfly embosslit and several stamp sets. What a fun way to give a gift card.

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