My Paper Cone Wreath

Well hello everyone,

I hope you are all well – I just noticed that in less than a month, I will be celebrating my 1 year blogoversary! How time flies – I can’t believe I have been blogging for 1 year already. Stay tune for some blog candy giveaway … in the mean time,

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks and this is what I’ve been doing …

… making paper cones (about 75 of them – roughly half of them in 3″ squares and half in 4″ squares).

I rolled them on the diagonal into paper cones – adhering the larger cones on the outer ring of the wire wreath and the smaller ones on the inner ring with a hot glue gun. I  glued flowers with button center at the base of the cones to hide any seams and gaps on the wreath. Added the “welcome” greeting on red burlap and spellbinders die and adhere them on 1/8″ wooden dowels. All papers were made from Momenta Chloe’s Garden Pyramid paper pack - I used about 6 different double-sided sheet of patterned paper and there was still more left in the stack! That stack really goes a long way!

Glad I got my wreath done just in time for Spring!


Happy New Year!

May 2012 bring all of my online and real life friends all the peace and happiness you deserve! Thank you for being a part of my life.

And with the close of one year, bring new beginnings. I am very proud to announce that I have been invited to join the Flower Soft 2012 Design team.  I get the privilege to design with these talented and well known ladies:

The 2012 Flower Soft Design Team:
Jen Buck {DT coordinator}
Stephanie Lee (that’s me)

Head on over the Flower Soft Blog – each designer will be introduced individually throughout the month and you will get to know us and see our work. I’m excited to get to know my new friends too!


Bring nature into your home

Good morning everyone,

Some of you may know that we just moved into our newly built home last year. It’s about time we started decorating after spending many many months unpacking. No we don’t have that many things – but we do have 2 young kids that redo every effort you make because they think they are helping – hence the many many MANY months of unpacking.

Well, we still have the basement to finish but it’s definately time to start decorating. Here is my start …

It’s so simple, anyone can do it too. Here are my directions:

  1. Adhere a piece of 4” x 6” burlap to white cardstock of the same size. (Note: burlap will be marginally smaller after trimming away/cleaning up frayed edges.)
  2. Adhere twig/grass from nature to burlap. My kids enjoyed collecting the twig/grass to add to our home decor.
  3. Stamp 2 vases onto chipboard. I used Stampendous Perfectly Clear Vase Set. I embossed 1 vase with Frantage Embossing Enamel (Aged Black) and the other with Embossing Powder Scenic Selection (Olive).
  4. Fussy cut vase out, clean up edges with alcohol ink and adhere to twig/grass.
  5. Pop the finished art into a 4” x 6” shadow frame, I got mine from Target.

Now, let’s just hope it doesn’t take us another year to hang it up.


Stampendous Christmas cards

Does this ever happen to you?

You send someone a Christmas card for years and no reply – then you cross them off your Christmas card list this year and walah! a card finally comes. Grrr … I hate that when it happens because I feel guilty for taking them off the list and I have to make a last minute card to send back.

Well, this is the position I find myself in 3 days before Christmas. So here are some cards I have made just for that purpose.

This Christmas tree card was made using Stampendous Cling Tinsel Tree onto patterned paper. The pots were embossed with Aged gold embossing enamel and stars toppers with Halo gold mix glitter. I added a few dots of red stickles to the tree and fussy cut out the trees.  Then I stamped the cardbase with 1 tree image (didn’t want too many background stars) and added more glitter on the stars on the background. I assembled the card with some left over burlap I had from making a wreath, adhere the left and right tree onto the card 1st, then popped up the middle tree onto the 1st 2 trees. The sentiment tag was a ready made sentiment I got from a box of chocolates.

When I saw this Cling Jumbo Holly Stocking – I had to colored it up. It looks so elaborately decorated like it was cut from some ornate velvet. I also wanted it to look unique so I used gold rather than traditional red. For gold, I used Copic markers Y21, YR23, Y26 and Y28. My light source is coming from the right of the stocking and I darken the edges so it looks more dimensional. I then embellished it with Stampendous Fun Flock and Halo Silver Mix glitter. Hung my stocking up with red twine against some corrugated cardboard and patterned paper as background.

I hope I don’t have to make anymore Christmas cards because I need to get to cookie making for my friends and neighbors. So many things to do and so little time …

And don’t forget to check out the Stampendous blog for more projects from my design team mates.