Tropical Luau Ensemble

All materials are Stampin' Up!
Finally got around to posting some pictures of some projects I made at my last Open House at the end of June. The ladies made the tag and the small take-out style box. I added the adorable coconut drink vessel and the card to make the ensemble complete.
MOST MATERIALS USED FROM SUMMER MINI CATALOG: Island Floral Bigz Die #118871, Island Oasis Party Favor Boxes #117178, Island Oasis Designer Series Paper #117173, Tropical Party Cear stamps #120081, Scallop Circle Punch #119854, Rhinestone Brads (Square Ice) #109113
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Once flowers/ leaves were cut on the Sizzix machine,  I distressed/ shadowed the edges with classic ink in the same color (rose red/olive green)  I then used a bone folding tool to curl the petals.  I threaded string through the small button, tied in a knot,  and attatched button to the center with a glue dot. I fell in love with this line of products once I saw them in the catalog.  They are so bright, happy, and cheerful.



Ok, if you follow my blog you know that I met one of my favorite stamp artists back in April. I posted this picture back then but, had not got around to posting the picture of what I did with the photo. I decided to make a distressed shadow box. I coordinated the paper with both Tim's and my shirt.
I came across the shadow frame clearanced in a large chain store. I could not pass up the deal- 80% off.  It was already distressed to the extent that I wanted so I did not do anymore with it. It was perfect!
Here's a close up picture of the tag (sorry for the glare). I added pearl-like embellishments (misc.) to coordinate with the pearls I was wearing (my great-grandmother's). I added SU! polka dot ribbon (Bermuda Bay- retired) to the tag (size #8 tag). I added further metal embellishments from Tim's line (of course, could not use anythign else). I distressed with SU! Soft Suede classic ink and sponge dauber.  
I am so happy with the way it turned out... LOVE IT!!!! My husband doesn't understand it.



My youngest turned 9 this week. We had a small birthday party during the day because of our hectic softball schedules. Thank goodness the season is almost over.
Here is a picture of the goody bags I made up for the girls. I found these clear, snap closure bags a while back and decided to use them for take- home bags for the girls. I stamped a tag for each bag coordinated by color. Embossed texture using Sizzix Big Shot machine and plates.Filled each with stamps, ink spots, beads, bath gel, picture frames, and candy. Used a retired SU! set named  ALPHABITS and retired  1/4" square punch to label each tag with their names. Tied each tag on with retired SU! rainbow sheer ribbon. Colored each tag with COPICS and viola!
The girls just loved how they truned out! They couldn't wait to use the bags for their makeup and nail polish. They are going to use the tags on their overnight/ book bags.



Playing around with some non SU! stamps. Isn't she cute? Couldn't resist this one. Colored with Copics. Punched 3 different size and shaped stars and attached at various heights using dimensionals. Added small brads, star brads, and button in center of each star for more depth and texture. Used up some retired SU! (Ballet Blue) cardstock and some old (misc.) patriotic striped designer paper. I only had a 1/2 sheet of DS paper  (I got 12- 1" strips to make 12 of these cards). I thought it was a clever way to use a splash of  busy patterned paper that was sitting in my stash for many years. I whipped these up in no time at all. I like to make quick- "no frills"- cards these days.
I always decorate my hutch in my kitchen with various dishes and items that coordinate with the season, Holiday, or time of year. I have recently started to collect antique milk glass (white- from various makers). I like to coordinate these items with new and festive pieces to give an eclectic look. Here's what I did for INDEPENDENCE DAY. I like how it turned out.



Here is the card I made for a local wounded soldier (link for info regarding the soldier on June 30th post). I used  the SU! COURAGE set #115330 from pg 49 in the new catalog.  I borrowed this from my aunt (thanks Crystal). What a beautiful stamp! I really like the stippled/ collaged image, it is different than something I usually purchase. I may have to add this to my wishlist ( which is a mile long since the new catty release).
 I distressed the edges by tearing and inking with the new Crumb Cake Classic ink # 121030 color using an ink dauber #102892 from pg 195 in new catalog. I used a color combination found from the new Color Caoch #121620 on pg 165- Not Quite Navy, Red Ridinghood Red, and Crumb Cake. The Color Coach is a "MUST- HAVE" from the new catalog. I used color pencil to add further color and mounted onto cardstock with dimensionals #104430 on pg 197.
I hope everyone enjoyed their  Holiday weekend, and spent many wonderful hours with family/ friends. Thanks for stopping by.