Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Getting into Christmas - just kidding.

I'm getting ready for the annual boutique at the Shakespeare Club in Pasadena.  My goal this year is to complete either projects started or bring to fruition ideas that have been percolating in my head.  Since I already had the spa fizz balls purchased as well as tea lights and matchboxes, I was determined to get unstuck as to how to bring together the idea.  My biggest dilemma  was how to keep the chocolate separate from the perfumey parts.  Done, done and done!!! 

Spa Bag w/o topper greeting.  Rose scented.
This first picture is after everything has been packaged before I got the greetings on them.  I only used one SU! DSP because my goal was to only use what I had available and not order anything more until my stash was depleted. 

Next hurdle was trying to figure out something cute with an explanation.  I was able to think of something basic but still wanted something fun and with a little rhyme. My friend MaryBeth always creates clues with rhymes for her Easter so I asked her if she could think of anything.  She did!! She's the best.  I'm sure I don't have to tell you which topper is hers.

Spa Bags finished.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Punches - Wall Art

You are only limited by your imagination!  Here is a little sample of something beautiful for your home.  You can customize it to coordinate with the colors in your home.  The possibilities are endless.  It's amazing what you can make with a little paper and a few punches.  The basket is woven paper.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stampin'Up! Fabric and Messenger Bag Tutorial

I'm waiting to place my next order with Stampin'Up so I can order the fabric Designer Fabric 126892 
Essentials Designer Fabric
I'm planning to make a few gifts using this Messenger Bag Tutorial which can be found  HERE.  Easy to follow instructions and step by step pictures.  Just love this hip fabric. It's also great fabric to reupholster a chair seat.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

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Spooktacular Display

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Canvas Art with SU! Designer Paper

A fun project to make with friends.  Cover any canvas board or old book cover with DSP newsprint, add a little paint in your favorite color, punch a few blossoms out of your favorites DSP paper and attach to canvas with buttons and twin.  Add a few favorite or inspirational words if desired and you are finished!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Rose Bowl Flea Market

This picture was taken in November 2009!!!  Some of my favorite like minded creative friends:  Amy Hanna  Pam Garrison Heather Bullard and behind the camera Jenny Doh.  There I am in the back row, third from the left.  Hope another fun outing is scheduled soon.  (hint, hint)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The New SU! Catalog has arrived!

View it here. Make sure you have plenty of time to browse uninterrupted.  Besides all our wonderful coordinating products, make sure to take a close look at all the wonderful samples on the pages.  Call me with any questions or place an order on MY WEBSITE.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fabric Necklace Video

I have some (a lot!) of beautiful fabric scraps that I just can't toss in the trash. I came across this fabulous video of how to make floral fabric necklaces. SU! also has some great coordinating fabrics, buttons, rhinestones, and ribbons, which I will also use to make a few necklaces. Visit my SU website here to view the catalog for all the coordinating supplies.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fresh Vintage Box

This is a quick and cute box using the Sizzix die from Stampin'Up! Change papers for the occasion of your choice. These make great party favors, place settings, and little gift boxes. Directions can be found on my demonstrator website and all the supplies can be ordered from here as well.

Supplies Used:
• Fresh Vintage
• Pool Party Card Stock
• Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
• Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad®
• Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack
• Decorative Label Punch
• Lace Ribbon Border Punch
• Big Shot™
• Bitty Box & Envelope Bigz XL Die

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flower Brooch by Shelli Gardner

Today I am taking out my scraps of fabric and making a few, or quite a few, of these cute brooches.  I plan to also make a few fancy ones to dress up my shoes for Spring.  These are so quick and easing using SU's Flower Folds Die (#115970), Antique Brads (#117273), or a favorite antique button, hot glue gun, and pin back or shoe clip depending on how you would like to use the gorgeous flowers.  The complete directions as well as step by step pictures can be find at the link below. (Why invent the flower, right!?)

Flower Brooch 

Here is a fancier version.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Birthday Card

Cute birthday card using SU!'s By Definition and Sizzix Die Embossing Folder.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fabric Purse using Scallop Square Die Cut

Fabric Purse - pattern and other ideas.  Quick and easy directions are listed below the cute photos.

Such a quick way to cut out scallop squares to make a purse.  I made 6 to give as gifts this past Christmas but in the flurry of holiday hustle and bustle, did not take pictures.  I have a reminder note on my 2012 calendar to offer a class and this time take photos!  Here are a few from some fellow demonstrators to pique your interest until class:


  Batting - (27) 3 3/4" Squares of black Quilters Dream Cotton Batting
  Fabric - 1/4 yard each of 4 different fabrics - 27 Outside Squares and 27 Inside Squares
  Handles  -  1/4 yard of fabric, 1/4 yard 978F Fusible Pellon
  Accessories - Anywhere Glue (104045), thread.
  Tools - Big Shot, Scallop Square Clear Die (#115950), sewing machine


1.  Cut strips of 5" strips of fabric.  Cut the strips into 5" squares.  Then cut the squares with your Scallop Square Die running it through with approximately 6 squares (depending on fabric - I used cotton) at a time.  Use a thin cardboard shim to get them to cut out completely.

2.  To make your quilting sandwiches, lay down a fabric square of your lining fabric, wrong side up on the table.  Dab the center with your glue stick.  Lay down a square of batting in the center of the square.  Dab the center of the wrong side of an outside square and put down onto the batting.  Pin together.

3.  Sew diagonally across the square, creating an "X".  It saves a lot of time and thread if you chain sew these.

4.  Lay your squares out in rows or 3, 3, 3, 7, 3, 3, 3 representing your bag.  Using a 3/8" seam allowance, sew the squares together with the WRONG SIDES TOGETHER, so that the scallop edges are on the outside of the purse.  Sew in this order, the 3 x 3 Side Panels, then side gusset - to bottom - to side gusset.  Then sew the side panels to the bottom.  Then sew the side gussets to the side panels.

5.  For the HANDLES:  Cut 2 piece of fabric to 4 1/2" x 28" (or length of your choosing) and 2 strips of fusible pellon to 1 1/2" x 28".  Fuse the pellon to the center of the wrong side of your fabric.  Fold and press one side over the pellon.  Press a narrow hem on the opposite side and then fold and press that over the pellon.  Stitch close to the fabric edge.

6.  Insert the handle in the top of the outside front squares, being sure they are between the fabric and the batting.  Pin.

7.  Using a 1/2" seam allowance, stitch around the top edge of the purse.  Stitch again where the handles are about 1/4" above your first stitching.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are two projects to celebrate Valentine's Day.  The heart box can be found on my website Julie's website under projects.  Along with the project picture, you'll find a complete list of SU! supplies used to make the box.  While visiting my website make sure to take a look around at all the other fun projects you can make with Stampin'Up! supplies.  Enjoy the inspiration!
Stampin'Up! Heart Box

The other project is something I came across on the internet yesterday so it will be on my list of projects to make in 2013.  Cute, cute, cute.  And if you need instructions, just do a quick search on YouTube, there are many!

The pink heart heart card can be found here:  Little Birdie Secrets  and here is the link for the entire post which includes a video (so you don't have to do the searching on YouTube) How to Crochet a Heart.
Pretty Pink Valentine Card
What got me to the pink heart card was finding a basic kraft card with a simple red crochet heart. Which led me to here Crochet Heart Garland .  Now, if I could just remember where that cute card which started my search can be found. I think I have enough ideas to keep me busy without it, don't you think!?

Red Crochet Heart

Red Crochet Heart Garland

Monday, February 13, 2012

Beth Quinn Designs

Beth Quinn Designs  has the loveliest sentimental charm necklaces.  She also sells children's jewelry.

There is also a special with Social Goodies.  $4 from your purchase will go to the charity of your choice.  A little something for everyone. Love the glitter!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Teaching Spring Classes in Monrovia

Springtime Classes begin in March!  I'll be teaching Rubberstamping/Art Classes on Monday evenings from 7-8pm for 8 weeks starting March 26 and Beginning Jewelry Classes on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm starting March 29 for 8 weeks.  Here's a link to the current brochure Monrovia Community Classes which should also be the same link when the Spring Brochure is posted.  Here is a sample of one of the cards I'll be teaching.  So pretty!

Watercolored Rose and Shimmery Paper