Pinwheels & Butterflies

Happy Saturday!

We've had a terrific day and I actually feel like I got lots of things accomplished.  Woot!  I'm most excited to be sitting out here on my deck as I type...listening to the night sounds.  I feel like I've been waiting to do this for a very long time.  I honestly didn't think all of that snow would EVER go away!

I was so honored to be asked to be a presenter at the "Stampin' with Style" Team Meeting last week.  Thank you, Christina Crawford, for allowing me to share what I love with your awesome team of stampers.  I had a few projects to share and this gift ensemble was one of them.  I absolutely LOVE the new in colors that will be debuting on June 2nd in the New SU! Catalog.  This ensemble shows off two of my very favorites....Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.  Don't they just sound YUMMY??

Here's the gift ensemble all together....

From left to right...there's a sweet card with a fun, silver foil "belly band" made with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  The ends are  tied with a bow made from the new Hello Honey Cotton Ribbon.  (It is SO ymmy!)  The flowers are colored with the new Blendabilities markers in Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry and they coordinate just perfectly.  The fun, little butterfly is one of my new addictions.  LOL  They are made using the Circle Framelits in two different sizes.  (any two...depending on the size butterfly you'd like).  The top two wings are the larger of the two and bottom two wings are the smaller.  You will score the circle every 1/4" and fan fold them both.  Adhere them together with a little bit of Multipurpose on top of the other and then you'll hold them together by wrapping a piece of wire around the center and twisting it to create both the bottom of the body and the antennae on the top.  SO simple and SO fun to create.

The next part of the set is the tin watering can.  I made three pinwheels with "stems" in varying heights and stuck them down in a little spanish moss.  My favorite part, though, is the fun, vintage bottle cap centers on each of them...Especially the "Grape Soda" one in the middle.  It reminds me of the Disney movie "Up".  LOVE IT.  Everybody needs an "Ellie Badge".  (and "Up" reference...)
I added a larger butterfly on the handle to finish it off and tied a piece of the new Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon around the watering can too.  Sometime I think it's better to send something like this for a birthday or event instead of flowers so that the recipient can enjoy it for a lot longer and even use it as decor later. 

Here's a close up of the card.  You can even see the "grid" technique on the flowered panel here.

And's the "2-4-6-8" gift oldie but a goodie...  It's filled with candy.  I glued it shut so I wouldn't be tempted.  LOL  I stamped the flower images with "Whisper White" Craft Ink.  It just "pops" on that Blackberry Bliss card stock.  I made another butterfly and used the same ribbon so everything would coordinate.  To finish it off...I made a "Faux Metal Edge" tag.  I punched out the "metal" edge out of a scrap of Silver Foil card stock with a circle punch that was just a tad larger than the one that's stamped with my sentiment.  Cool! Huh?

The thing I love about this ensemble is that each of these items could be "stand alone" gifts or paired with one or more of the other items too.  They also work for lots and lots of occasions so the possibilities are really endless. seems like the head mosquito has gone off to headquarters and returned with friends for a "Suitable Buffet".  I'm starting to feel their nibbles.....  I'd better sign off and run inside.

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend spent with the ones you love.  We are so incredibly grateful for all of our service men and women and their families who have and continue to sacrifice SO much for us and our freedom.  God bless them one and all.

Stamped Blessings to You,