Saturday, November 14, 2009

Build A Bear

A friend called the other day and wanted to know if I could work up a design for her daughter's birthday invitations. The party theme was candy and I thought what could I do? Luckily she was having a party at a place called The Lollipop Shop (completely new to me!) and at their parties you can choose a stuffed toy/animal, actually unstudied, and then stuff it with candy! Can you say sugar buzz for a lifetime...unless they are the size of a Beanie Baby :-) Well when I heard stuffed animal I immediately thought of the SU! Build A Bear dies and stamp set then became quite disappointed as I have not yet ordered any BAB items. Got on the phone to my friend and rescuer Rita. She saved the day by letting me borrow her dies and her brand new unused stamp set. I felt rather guilty by breaking in her new stamp set first. As it turned out, I only used the dies and get to return her stamp set new as the day she received it. I made the lollipop from WW card stock and the shaving cream technique aiming for the swirly effect of those gigantic lollipops kids are always attracted to and then added a touch of Stickles for some sparkle. Yes, I know the greeting is not SU!, but it was all I had. My friend picked up the invites today and seemed pleased with the result. Now to work up a design for her other daughter's birthday in theme=winter so I'm thinking snow flakes or maybe the snowmen from the More The Merrier set. The most awesome thing about this invite is that the birthday girl has chosen NOT to ask for presents, but ask her guests to bring items for Project Night Night. This organization puts together small totes with a blanket, book, and stuffed toy for children at homeless shelters. This young lady truly has a heart of gold. If you get a chance go check out the website Once again, thanks for taking the time to share my blog.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Gift Market

Every November our church holds a gift market for missions. The past 2 years all of the items were fair trade products ranging from food, jewelry, and home decor from places like Vietnam, India, and other countries. This year, "crafty" church members were encouraged to donate some their art works so I pulled out my stamps to do my part.

Even though there are only 7 tags showing here, I made 8 different gift tags packaged in cute 2-4-6-8 boxes, that I neglected to take a photo of :-(
I made my own shimmer mist using SU!'s shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol in a mini mister and it added just a hint of sparkle to my tags and boxes. I also used some of the SU! silver elastic cording on each tag.

I just love this Snow Swirled set, it is so elegant! I have also found a new love....Spellbinders Nestabilities. I decided I really wanted to design this card with ovals and have not purchased the oval Bigz die yet so off I went with a coupon to one of those big box store and got my first Nestie. Sorry this picture and the next are a bit on the dark side.

I have loved this Cardinal since I purchased him last year and finally got around to using him. This frame was actually the remaining piece after cutting out the oval for the above card. I just had to use it for something so I ran it through my Big Shot using the Petals A Plenty Embossing folder and then layering over WW cardstock. Then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig and Staz On stamped Mr. Birdie and watercolored with reinkers and a blender pen.

My third card was the Holy Family stamp set on the shimmer cardstock using Night of Navy. I embossed the star and Baby Jesus' halo in gold and layered the trimmed Top Note on a gold Top Note.
I ended up with 6 boxes of cards, packaged 6 to a box, 2 of each design, in a clear acetate gift box (yes, I made those too) and was very happy to find out that all six sold!! I really liked the gift box that I stumbled upon and it held 6 cards and envelopes perfectly. Check out Tracy Schultz's blog at
Well, thanks for looking and hopefully I will be back in the next day or so to post pictures of a birthday inivitation I made with the Build A Bear die cuts.