Spiral Flower Bouquet

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I am having so much fun with the new spiral flower die!  I was honestly on the fence about whether or not to get this die.  I wasn’t sure how much I would use it.  I had no idea it would be so addictive much fun! As you can see, once I started making little real red roses I found it hard to stop. I made enough to make this little bouquet:

IMG_1851In the process of putting the bouquet together I came up with a few little tips to share with you:

I covered the tip of each stem (green florist wire from the craft store) with a one inch piece of coordinating ribbon.  I made a tiny loop in the wire and then used a hot glue gun to glue down the ribbon. This covers the green wire and holds the stem in place.

I then poked the stem down through the rose, making a hole with my paper-piecing tool when necessary.  I punched out 3/4 inch circles from real red card stock, (again breaking down the fibers with the bone folder) poked a hole in the center of each with the paper-piecing tool.  Then dabbed a little hot glue around the stem just below the flower, and on the bottom of each flower, slid the circle on from the bottom, and pressed it down onto the rose. That way each flower stayed nicely on its stem without sliding around.

Do you have any good tips to share? I would love to post them here.

Happy stamping and flower making,

Miriam

 

So nice to be back!

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My son is now officially cancer free – hooray!!!! – and is back at school part time.  We are overjoyed to have our son in good health, and I have finally been able to find a little time to get back to my craft room and have fun creating.IMG_1833This is the first card I have made in months! I was inspired by many cards I had been seeing on the Stampin’ Connection: the fabulous resource for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the adorable little Banner Punch and Banner Blast stamp set: each one a FREE sale-a-bration item with a $50 purchase.

As soon as that box arrived I got to work.  Colors are: crumb cake, real red, and my new all time favorite: coastal cabana. These colors coordinate with the dsp (designer series paper) from the Fresh Prints designer series paper stack. It is amazing how much paper you get in those little stacks.  I really love the designs in this stack and you will be seeing how versatile they are in my upcoming blogs. The heart embosslit is retired, but you could get a similar look using the heart punch or a framelit, and running it through the big shot with an embossing folder.  The xoxo is from the fabulous Circle card Thinlits Die.

Please send me a comment if you have any questions and I will answer in my next blog post.

Happy Stamping!

Miriam

Hello and Good Bye

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IMG_3440 IMG_3437We made these two cards at my “new catalog open house” yesterday.  The top card uses familiar products from the Spring Mini that are all carrying over (hooray!) to the new catalog.  The honeycomb layer is one of the brand new “in colors”, coastal cabana.  This is my new favorite color for sure!!!  The base is rose red, which will be moving from the Subtles into the Regals category, along with perfect plum, which is featured in the mosaic card.

I am in love with the mosaic madness stamp set.  It is one of those magical sets where every card I have seen it used on looks amazing.  The coordinating punch and folder make it even more fun.

I can hardly wait until May 31, when I can place everyone’s order from the open house, including my own!  That is the “magic day” when you can order from the old catalog, new catalog, and the Spring mini!!!

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Permut

 

 

Monthly Kits from Stampin’ Up!

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IMG_3418I had a fun surprise this weekend: my May Paper Pumpkin arrived!  If you haven’t heard about Paper Pumpkin yet, it is a new subscription craft project program from Stampin’ Up!  For a $20 monthly fee you receive a fun surprise in your mailbox each month.  A project kit containing everything your need to make something really great.  Please check out all the details here.  If you sign up and put me, Miriam Permut, as your demonstrator, I will send you an extra surprise as a thank you gift for signing up.  This picture shows everything that came in this month’s kit. Can you believe it?!  I am so excited to get started make a little scrapbook.

Happy crafting, Miriam

Mothers Day Cards From My Family

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When I was growing up and would ask my dad what he wanted for his birthday or father’s day, he would always answer “a home made card”.  At the time I thought that was an insufficient answer. I was sure there must be some material gift I could get him that he would want, too.  Fast forward 30 years and I completely understand where my dad was coming from.  There is nothing more precious to me than something made with love, from the heart.IMG_3372 (1)My kids made the two bottom cards with some “card pieces” I had ready to go. I love their creativity.  My husband really surprised me.  He actually got out a piece of my dsp, folded it, and stamped “Mom” on the front!  I asked him how he knew what to do and he said he is “very, very capable”.  Who knew?!  I think for his next birthday I will get him the Dude, You’re Welcome stamp kit.

I hope everyone is having a very happy Mothers Day and that you may have been lucky enough to have gotten a home made card, too.

Miriam

Perfect Punch Storage

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I have been trying to organize my craft room and needed a new storage  system for my punches.  They were all in a wicker basket in my closet, which I had to pull out every time I needed a punch.  Super heavy and super inconvenient. I had heard that Ikea bygel rails were a great solution for storing Stampin’ Up! punches so decided to give it a try.  I am very pleased with the results.  The punches fit really well and it is awesome having them right in front of me. The only problem is that I still have a lot more punches but no more rails.  So back to Ikea I will go…

Have a great weekend, and a very Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there. I hope you get some time to do some crafting, and may even be lucky enough to get a home made card from your loved ones.

Miriam

Camping Themed Card

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In an effort to encourage my son to make a birthday card for my husband, I told him if he bought one he would have to use his own money.  He looked at cards at the grocery store and decided they were too expensive.  I was shouting “hooray!” inside in my head.  But somehow, it turned out that I was the one who made the card!!!  I was happy to do it, of course, but if I can’t get my son interested in stamping with camping stamps there may be no hope at all.  *sigh*  I did make it in the style I know my son likes so he would be happy to give it to his dad. That means plain and simple.  No buttons, no fancy shapes, and no ribbon.  I was able to sneak in the linen thread bow without complaint, fortunately.IMG_3340I started by sponging some soft suede ink onto some very vanilla card stock.  I stamped the chair in cherry cobbler and tent in midnight muse.  Both stamps are from The Great Outdoors stamp set.  I combined some other stamps with Best Dad Ever to get the saying I wanted.  My son was super happy with it and my husband loved it.  Maybe next year he will want to make his own card…..

Miriam

Demonstrator Group Meeting and Card Swap

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Our local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator group, Creative Ink, got together last night to swap card fronts, do a make and take, and talk and laugh.  We also had lots of fun oohing and ahhing as we looked through the new Stampin’ Up! catalog which goes “live” May 31!  Demonstrators are able to pre-order some selected items, but I am SO excited to be able to order anything I want (or anything I can afford!) on May 31.IMG_3326For my swap card I used the you’re amazing stamp set, along with the apothecary accents framelits, and ticket punch.  I received this set free at Convention last year but haven’t used it much. I am so glad it is staying around for at least another year.  I really enjoyed playing with it yesterday.  The colors are: midnight muse, gumball green and whisper white. The dsp is from the print poetry stack in the Spring catalog supplement. My favorite touch is the honeycomb textured impressions embossing folder.  I don’t know how I managed before this was introduced!

Have a great weekend!

Miriam

 

April Showers Bring… Time to Stamp!

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I am so glad to be back to stamping and back to my blog.  This has been a crazy spring for my family.  Lots going on and not a lot of time to stamp.  My craft room stayed messy from all my winter holiday stamping until last weekend!!!  Now it is clean and organized and I am having so much fun!

My son was diagnosed with a brain tumor last month and was hospitalized for 11 days.  It was a very scary time but he is doing really well now; thanks to excellent doctors and lots of prayers and support from all over. I made these post it note holders as gifts for the nurses who took such great care of him.

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I used sale-a-bration products which are no longer available, but of course you can substitute your favorite dsp and stamp sets.  They are super easy and fun to make.  I use the measurements provided by Chiaki Haverstick in her “bountiful purse” tutorial, which is available free on her website.  I buy the little gel pens at Staples.  I packaged them in these wire baskets I bought from Ikea; they turned out to be the perfect size to hold up to 18.

I also made cards with my son’s picture on them so the nurses could put a face to the name. I won’t show those here, buy they coordinated with the post-it note holders.

The nurses were very pleased with their gifts!

:-) Miriam

Happy 2013

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Hello my stamping friends, I am back from my blogging hiatus and look forward to sharing my projects and my thoughts with you in the new year.

The project below is an 8 1/2″ by 11″ post card style card that I was asked to make by some women who wanted it to give to their co-worker who was leaving their department.   They wanted a lot of room to write, and since their co-worker likes to display her cards they thought a large, “open” style card would be great for her.

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I had A LOT of fun making this card.  The main colors are baja breeze, lucky limeade, and calypso coral.  The dsp is from last year’s sale-a-bration. The stamps on the upper left are from a set that was just for people who went to last year’s convention.

Happy stamping!