I mentioned earlier on that I would be away for a few days taking a much needed break in honor of Memorial Day. I literally set the computer aside and devoted the entire weekend to family and the great outdoors. On Saturday, we visited my sister's home in Wisconsin for what turned out to be a family "pool party". It was so much fun! The following day, I took Ethan to Big Marine Park Reserve, a regional park along the scenic St.Croix River (Minnesota). Ethan had his first official "beach" experience while there...never have I seen him so excited about sand in my life. At first, he couldn't quite figure out why sand kept getting caught between his toes, so he insisted that we stop every two seconds to clean his feet. Eventually, he gave up on the whole "no sand between toes" deal and found himself a large pile of sand to play in...didn't take him long to start throwing sand in the air. To revert his attention, I suggested he bury my feet. We ended up burying each other's feet. We had a wonderfully good time at the beach..so much so that I'm already making plans for our next beach visit :) While at the reserve, I picked up a Washington County park pass that'll last us 'til next May - yah!!
Before leaving the park, we spent some time on the play gym. We then picked up some ice cream at a local ice cream parlor before finishing out the remainder of the day at my folk's place. Today, we visited Eric's resting place with family. We also meddled around Woodbury (local town) and ran a few errands. We didn't return home until just a few hours ago and this is my first time on the computer since late last Thursday..it looks like I have lots of catching up to do..including posting the next doily, which I've done below - take a look!
This particular doily isn't too difficult. It does involve more circle cutting, which should be of no surprise at this point for many of you. You're once again going to need your circle cutter - go dig it out! :)
Trim two 2.25" circles from the following papers: Vanilla cardstock & Light Turquoise petite floral pattern paper (Bella Blvd/Estate Sale - "Hat Box"). Hold the circles together in one hand and trim in half as I've done above.
Never have I scored such a great bargain on stamps before! Michaels had a super duper awesome sale between nine and one today. Many of the scrapbook products were marked 25% off and in conjunction with the discount, one could use a 20% off coupon. These stamps were marked $6.99, but were also on sale for 25% off. Combine that with the coupon discount of 20% and the stamps suddenly became a mega-bargain! Took me all of two seconds to put them in my basket..I love a good sale!
Locate a simple, ornate border stamp and use it to stamp a border across the small vanilla half circle created in the last step. Use Black dye based ink for stamping your image.
Cut a 1.75" circle from a light turquoise print pattern paper (October Afternoon/Fly A Kit - "Sprinklers"). Adhere the circle on top the large Turquoise floral half circle from the first step as I've done above. Trim excess pattern paper from left side of half circle.
Now it's time to combine our two circle halves on top your selected doily. Adhere the stamped vanilla half circle to the left side of the doily using wet adhesive. Adhere the turquoise half circle to the right side of the doily using foam core pop dots. The right side of the circle should raise off the doily and sit just slightly above the stamped border.
This part gets a little tricky, so pay attention :) Using either ribbon or Studio Calico's FabRips (Home Front), create a ruffle border as I've done above..the great thing about SC's FabRips is that they're self adhesive, which makes them an ideal option for creating the ever popular ruffled ribbon look! Simply fold it over a FabRip on top itself every few centimeters and trim the ends to make it look like ribbon! Super easy..you can find the FabRips at SC's website.
After (or before) you've applied the ruffle border, trim a large pink oval label in half (October Afternoon/Thrift Shop Label Sticker) and apply it just beneath the lower right portion of border. Trim off excess oval label from circle design using scissors.
Apply a petite, multi-layered pink flower (Martha Stewart Crafts/Gerbera Daisy Stickers) to the upper right hand side of ruffled border using a foam core pop dot. This particular daisy has a thin foam adhesive on it's backside - add another pop dot on top of the pre-existing adhesive before applying it to your doily.
Add a bird (October Afternoon/Thrift Shop) or butterfly to lower left corner of doily using a pop dot or two. I recommend the bird or butterfly be neutral in color to match it's neutral background (Vanilla cardstock). Ultimately, the goal is for the right half of the doily to be brimming with color and the other half to be strictly vanilla & black (neutrals). Wouldn't this concept make for a interesting layout or mini album design? Neutral vs. Color...something to contemplate.
You know the rest...I won't repeat this last step from this point forward. I chose to use a pattern paper from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop Collection ("Needs Paint") as my background paper. The vertical striping reinforces the vertical movement of the doily's overall design.
That just about does it for doily number nine! On another note, a few of you are still waiting for a reply from me. I promise to return your email in the next couple of days...for those of you seeking doilies, I'll do my best to find some for you, whether it be online or via one of my local Michael's craft stores. I appreciate your patience! I realize that quite a number of you are still trying to find them...I'll keep you posted! :) See you Wednesday with the tenth doily update! Thanks to all whom continue to follow along! Definitely feel free to post your completed doilies if your up to it via the comments section below! I'd love to see them!