SUCH a great weekend … and there is still half to go!
Yesterday was a GREAT day of relaxation and laughs. It started bright and early with some stamping - wa-hoo! My fabulous friend (and up-up-line) Tamye Dunbar held her monthly Diva Day stamping morning so I got to have coffee, snacks, stamping and laughs with a GREAT group of friends. The weather was PERFECT for a patio gathering afterwards in Tamye's amazing backyard. We won't meet again until September so it was really great to spend a little extra time just "hanging out".
Home to hang with my peeps … well … ok, to watch my peeps stare at their iPads for a while *lol* … got a wee nap in … then we went for dinner with Craig's sister and BIL to our newest favourite Vietnamese restaurant. We finished the evening off with a nightcap on our patio. Such a fun, relaxing day!
A whole lot of nuthin' going on today - just the way I like it! Life is good!
With such beautiful weather I doubt I'll make it to the Craft Cave today but I DID make it down Friday. I was positively GIDDY over what I came up with.
Backstory …. Months and MONTHS ago I ordered those teeny tiny 3 oz paper coffee cups and lids you may have seen all over Pinterest boards. I had been wanting some for a few years alas trying to find these things in Canada is like trying to find your contact lens in a snowbank. Seriously! I managed to track some down in the US … and … as is always the case … I almost choked when I did the currency conversion and calculated the shipping costs. MAN! Those extra costs really hurt … but … I wanted those darned cups so I did a Facebook post to other stampers and managed to get a large bulk order together so we could all get those shipping costs down. We got our cups and we were all thrilled. Naturally I put mine in my craft cupboard and there they have stayed … unopened … for months. Sound familiar? *lol* I DID let the kids have a few so they could decorate mini coffee cups for their dolls … but I just hadn't made the time to come up with anything myself …. until Friday. Wanna see what I made? Hee hee - so stinkin' key-UTE!
The stars of the show for this cutie patootie are the Botanical Blooms "toys".
OK - anther backstory (ya, feeling a little chatty this morning!).
I resisted getting the Botanical Blooms framelits … and stamp set … and DSP ever since they were released in the Occasions Catalogue. I saw them (and used them) at the On Stage event I attend last fall … and I REALLY didn't like them. If you have followed my blog for a while you know I'm not a big fan of flowers (either paper or real). I have all the "old" leaf framelits and Big Shot dies and thought "Ugh. ANOTHER flower/leave bundle?!" When Stampin' Up! asked for feedback from the On Stage event they asked which products we were likely to buy. I marked off "definitely would not buy" for this bundle. Ya. Never say never. Flash forward 6 months and guess what I now own … and love? Yup. Resistance really is futile *lol*. I saw one too many great projects with the framelits. My friend (and fabulous Artisan member) Krista Frattin finally tipped the scale from "should I?" to "I NEED it" … and I bought it.
Friday I decided I would OPEN those darned cups … and TRY those darned framelits and I am so glad I did. Love. Love. LOVE this bundle!
Right! Enough rambling already - let's get to the meat and potatoes of this bad boy!
First off I made a little belly band using the (now retired) Botanical Gardens DSP. (When I bought the bundle it came with the set, the framelits and the DSP. The set and framelits are available in the new catalogue but not the DSP … and the set/framelits now have to be purchased separately i.e. they aren't bundled together this round)
Botanical Builder $44
Botanical Blooms Photo $21
Botanical Gardens DSP - retired
I used a 1" x 7" strip of DSP. Alas, you can't just cut a straight piece. The cup is tapered and a straight belly band won't lie straight …
I plan to hit Costco tomorrow for some bulk Wildflower seeds. I believe (2) of the Miracle Grow Wildflower packs are $16 - best deal in town since a single, smaller, container at Home Depot is $12! I'll put some in little ziplock bags from the Dollar Store and have a sweet little gift for my customers this month. So cute I can't STAND it!!! *lol*
Right! Before I get the flood of emails asking where to get the coffee cups and lids ...
Buy the coffee cups here
Buy the lids here
No - I don't have any extras to sell … but if my Edmonton peeps want to do another bulk order I can order them and we can all share the cost of shipping. If memory serves it comes to around $15 (Canadian) for 50 cups and lids (that includes the shipping and currency conversion). ** If you are in Edmonton and are interested drop me an email here and I'll be in touch**
So that's my share for today. Koda doesn't LOOK ready for his walk …
Whatever you get up to today I hope you have a fun, stampy day!