Friday, January 15, 2010

Change your flower color

Happy Friday morning!  I'm pleased that I only need to work a few hours today, since I worked late last evening, so I have several hours to flex!  That will work, since I still need to design and prepare a Valentine themed shoebox swap for my Demo group on Saturday morning, PLUS clean up the classroom!  I also have some decorating things to finish in the bathroom. *sigh*  Why do I wait until the last minute?

Anyway, in an attempt to finish up my newly remodeled bathroom, so I can show it off on Saturday, I am getting things to decorate.  One thing I wanted was a vase of flowers to set on a shelf.  Couldn't find blue flowers that I liked, so finally found a vase with white hydrangeas (on clearance even!) and a light bulb went off!  Smiley from

I brought it home, got out my aqua pen and Bashful Blue reinker and went to work.  I spritzed the silk flower leaves generously with water, and then touched the reinker-dipped aqua painter to the wet leaves.  The ink was magically drawn into the silk and then spread.  It was actually fun to watch!  This is my finished project:

I failed to take a "before" picture, darn it, but I think it turned out really nice.  Here is a close up so you can see better how the ink mottled some of the leaves.  Messy, but so easy!

So to keep this stamping related.  I wanted to share a cute little Valentine treat container with you.  I don't know if you would call this a "box" or what, but I think they are so cute.

I used the Scalloped Square Sizzix die for the Big Shot and Melon Mambo cardstock. This is a really tiny "box", but sooo cute!  All you need is a square of cardstock, making sure the size is divisible by 3.  You then score the cardstock in thirds, both ways.  The corner boxes are scored on the diagonal.  These are the parts that are folded and brought to the center.  Punch a hole at the tip of each of these corners and then feed ribbon through and tie.  Here is a picture of how the score lines look:

I have seen these made with 12x12 cardstock to make them larger and they look wonderful! Let me know if any of the directions are unclear and I will answer pronto!  The size I made is just big enough to hold 2-3 pieces of candy.  Wouldn't these be great for your kid's school parties?

Okay, so I need to get my act together and get off to the office.  Hope you have a great day and fun plans for your weekend!


  1. The box...Oh, so cute!!! Those darn squirrels in my head are turning gears!!!! This could be a new favorite for me!!!!!

    The flowers are beautiful! You are so creative! May have to give that a try!

  2. Stunning job on the flowers Kathy. Too clever.

  3. Kathy your flowers turned out terrific. I love that you were able to use the refill to get the color you wanted.