Monday, March 1, 2010

A Treat made at our Stampin' Retreat

Hello Friends,

How was your weekend?  Mine was fabulous.  I stamped and stamped and stamped and stamped. It was 'stampin' heaven' :) I haven't been feeling well lately and this past weekend was exactly what I needed.  My friend, Cindy Petersen and I drove to New Harmony to spend the weekend with a few of our stampin' buddies.  I could write a whole post about the weekend itself but for now I must show you 'one of the many' projects we made.

This project inspired me.  It was a swap at Leadership. I cannot give credit to the creator as I don't know who made it . (If anyone knows who did make it, I would be happy to edit my post to give the due credit.

Tucked inside was a pack of Doublemint Gum.  I am not a pink and green kinda fan, especially 'brights'.  SO I wanted to re-create this using different colors.  I am really loving Stampin' Up!'s In Colors this year, so  I went with Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and the ever favorite, Old Olive. I couldn't decide which to use, so I decided to use both - Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry 1/2" polka dot ribbon. Here is my re-creation.  One fabulous thing about getting together with stampin' buddies is leaning on their advice and ideas.  This was re-created using both mine and Cindy's 'minds'.

I love the rich, vibrant colors used here.  The "crimper" is a great tool and I don't remember the last time I used it BECAUSE I have been using the Big Shot every chance I can get.  The flowers were made using the "Flower Folds" die and the "Perfect Polka Dots Impressions folder". I also used the one of the hearts from the "Hearts Sizzlit 4-pack Dies"

The focal point of this cute project is the Designer Paper flower middle.  I learned so much this weekend but THIS was the highlight for me.  Quick, easy and fun.  I am going to get brave and make video tutorials on my blog but I have to get over the 'stage fright' first ;) So for now, I thought you might like the picture tutorial. 

You will need to punch out 5 scallops using the Scallop Circle punch. I chose Melon Mambo from the "Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper."

Place the five punched scallop circles on top of each other and use the piercing tool to poke a hole through the center of all the circles.

Add a brad of your choice to the center.  I chose the rhinestone brads here.  (Note: You can use snail adhesive to attach the circles)

Begin by spritzing the first layer (of 5) with water and then folding and scrunching inwards.

Repeat the above step with all 5 pieces and this is what it will look like.
I made 6 extra ones

After a short while, I opened them up a little.

Now to me this seemed like a lot of work and was way too cute to simply add a pack of Doublemint Gum so I placed 4 of the flowers above into a "Small Flat Cellophane Bag" that I trimmed down and here is the finished project.

What a cute gift to give somebody.

Would you like the chance to win this cute gift?  Simply leave a comment to this post and let me know what you think. Do you have a question? Simply ask your question and you will also be entered into the drawing.  I will have a name drawn and will announce the winner on Friday.

Be sure to check back for some more wonderful projects we made at the retreat.

Have a wonderful day!


Jen said...

So cute! I love it better with the IN colors myself :)
Great job on the mini tutorial! thanks for sharing!

Liz Miller said...

Stinkin' cute Max!!!

Penny said...

Hi Max!! love the flowers!! We did this at one of my workshops- but we didn't use spritzer- instead they were rolling and scrunching- most got pretty tired- wish I had known about the water technique- I'm SURE this would have helped!! I'll have to try this for sure!! I love love the colors you used to!! Thanks for sharing!!!

D Sparks said...

This is so so so cute. I love it. I've got to try these flowers.

Stamp with Frenchie said...

Love this ... I will have to try this but in the mean time how are you???
Been thinking about you Friend!
The French one :)

gjainfl said...

What a cute and easy project! I'm going to give these flowers a try. Thanks for sharing.

PhotoDivaJ said...

What an adorable project!! Love it!!

missy said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is just adorable! I sure hope I win this!!! Thanks for being so generous not only with the giveaway but also your blog! I learn so much from you talented ladies! I truly appreciate YOU and all that YOU do!! You are such an inspiration!

Mary Fish said...

Man, those little blossoms are the bomb. Thanks for the deets! Hugs, M

Maria Williams :) said...

LOVE the flowers!! Thanks for sharing how to make them!

Diana Gibbs said...

I love this Max, and I have never used the water, so I definitely have to try it.

This is such a fun project, YOU are so smart!

Love ya,