70th Birthday Gift Box!

We have been invited to help our neighbor celebrate his 70th birthday today. Chuck and I have a couple of things in common. One is that we both have lived most of our lives in the same house we grew up in ( he has been in his MUCH longer than me!) and the second is our determination on finding ways to keep the multitude of deer from eating everything in our yards! He and his wife have a lovely family and they are one of the reasons I like where I live so much.

One crafter I truly enjoy following is Pootles in the UK ( http://pootles.co.uk)  mainly for her tutorials on boxes.  Lately, Sam has been showing off her wonderful little gift boxes for “sweeties”  and such using the Stampin’ Up! dsp stacks.  But later this week, she mixed things up by using a 6×6 piece of dsp  to make a rectangular box with an open top. You can see it here .  A fabulous box, but for my gift it was just not tall enough. So I omitted one of the scores and closed the top like a milk carton.  I love this wood looking paper and  these tiny clothes pins add to the rustic charm. I’m really loving the feather dies and stamps from Stampin’ Up!  You will definitely be seeing more of those here in the future!
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Paper: My Minds Eye dsp and nv red
(Scored along one side: 1 3/8, 2 3/4,4 1/8, 5 1/2  and the other side 1 3/8, 5 1/2)
Stamps: Wish Big by Savy Stamps.
Embelishments:velum from Stampin’ Up! and clothes pins from Michael’s
Dies: Stampin’ Up! Deco Labels Collection (2014-2015 catalog pg. 230) and Feathers Framelit Dies  (Holiday Catalog pg. 42).
Embossing Folder: Spider Web by Stampin’ Up!
Check out the coordinating Four Feathers stamp set, you can purchase both sets and save15%!

First Workshop!

Hosting my first workshop at my Open House in July was an eye opener!  I’ve participated in many shoebox swaps over the years where you make one card and about twenty kits of that one card, often including step by step instructions, to swap with other crafters at a particular event, but I have to say that running a workshop is a little different!  We made two cards and a little box.  I forgot to set out all of the tools I needed and didn’t anticipate the chatter and other distractions, and I was getting sidetracked a bit,  but I think, overall , it went pretty good! Everyone said they had fun and that is what’s most important.

This was one card from my first workshop. I really enjoy CAS ( clean and simple) cards now and then and love the fun colors of this one. It was made with all Stampin’Up! products including the new Polka Dot Pieces stamp set from the 2014-2015 catalog(pg.139) stamped in Coral Calipso and Pear Pizzazz. The washi tape, from the Sweet Sadie set (pg. 190) made for an easy background embellishment as did the Very Vintage Design button (pg. 208) and Linen Thread (pg. 206).

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