Saturday, July 24, 2010

OFA Short Course and Trade Show

I have spent the last several weeks in Columbus, Ohio for the OFA Short course and trade show. Once I returned home, my Dad was hospitalized for several days. Right now I feel like I am a day late and a dollar short getting all of the new stuff posted here on the old blog. Stay tuned because I have lots to show you and time is quickly ticking away as I gear up for CHA. If you don't already know, CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association show. I'll be showing you the new products that are being released this summer.
Now let's get back to the Short Course. So now you might be wondering what this is, why I would go there and what this has to do with crafting. Well the answer is.........
           What- the largest green industry event and trade show in the country.
           Why- because I have volunteered to set up decorations for the last 11 years. The volunteers are a
                     wonderful group of people.
           Crafting- absolutely nothing. It is just something that I have enjoyed doing in my field of study. Since it is a part of my summer, I have decided to share some bits and pieces with you!
This first photo shows a banner in downtown Columbus which welcomes the OFA Short course. This event brings in about 10,000 people to the downtown area during the slow dog days of summer. We had people attend from every state in the US and also from 30 some countries.
          This shot shows some of the plant material that we move in for the event. Since it is a green industry event, we use a lot of fresh materials. A big thanks goes out to Proven Winners, Ball Seed and Baker's Acres for providing a lot of the plant material in this display. If you want to see the latest plant introductions, this is the place to be!
We used a lot of Dramm watering equipment in the decorations this year.  I glued vases to this water sprinkler and set a vase with color coordinating tulips to finish off this display. I know there is a bit too much light with these pics but this area is solid glass walls and it is tough to get a good photo. 
I'll be back soon with more pics of this event in the near future. Enjoy!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Sequin Bell Ornament

When I was growing up, my Mom would order sequin ornaments kits through the mail and we would sit and make this type of ornament for our tree. When I left home, my Mom shared the ornaments we had made all those years earlier and I had plenty of pretty ornaments for my first tree. I was in the craft store and found these foam forms and pins so I went over and picked up some sequins to make these ornaments again. I already had the other materials needed to complete these, in my stash at home. I went home and put this together for my daughter. Her room is blue, white and silver. She uses these colors on her small table top tree, so I thought I would continue the tradition. If this interests you, let me know and I will post more information about how to make these. They take about 8 hours or so to complete one ornament but they will last for decades on a tree. Mine are over thirty years old and they still look great! They are stored in the attic and they have not tarnished or discolored. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Addicted to Stick Pins

I decided to try my hand at making stick pins and I must say that it is addicting. Stay tuned to see what I have been up to. I am sure that I will soon snap a few more pictures of some of the other pins that I have been creating. I keep coming up with different color combinations and one pin leads to the next!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Christmas Ornaments in July!

It's never too early to begin working on items for Christmas.  I used Nestabilities Labels 3 from Spellbinders to create this silver ornament. Then I added a few beads to make a simple but elegant bauble for the tree. The red and gold ornament was made by using a Sizzix die that I recently picked up from my haul at This is the first ornament that I have tried using this die and I have many ideas for future projects.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Butterfly Floral Birthday

I have been putting my scrap basket to use lately.  You know the one that has a finished piece of artwork or a half finished one that didn't work out for a project as you had intended, yet it is too nice to discard into the trash can. This piece had too much glitter for my liking when I created it so I doubled up two of the images to show off the leaves from two levels. removing some of the glittered leaves looked better so I dropped it into my basket for later use.  I added the butterfly and a happy birthday sentiment to finish of this simple card. All of the stamps, papers, watercolor crayons and punch were Stampin' Up! products.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July Birthday 2010

This month I created a simple birthday card and used some Flower Soft to add dimension to my Larkspur. I watercolored the image first using stamp ink and then applied the Flower Soft. It is a simple and easy product to use. I really liked the way it turned out! Add a bit of ribbon and some bling to finish off this summer card. Enjoy!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Asian Inspired Quiet Garden

This is a card that I made for the Scrolls Work stamp company. If you are interested in the quick details, check out this video. Enjoy!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rose Petal Flowers

This is just a pic of a couple of flowers that I made from some inexpensive flower petals from a dollar store. I glimmer misted them, added stickles and bling. I then finished it off with a leaf that I kept from a stick of silk flowers that I stripped for cropping purposes. the top of the photo shows cream colored petals and the bottom shows white petals. Enjoy!


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