So excited to unveil our 2020 Riverbend Nursing Home Poinsettia Christmas Ornament. This will be our 8th year creating handmade Christmas ornaments for each of the residents. I’ve made it simple and elegant in hopes that others would copy and share with nursing homes all over the country; maybe even the world! It’s been such a difficult year for everone. But nursing homes, in my opinion, had the worse of it. Let’s spread some joy!
Because I used the Poinsettia Dies to cut that gorgeous bloom, it was very easy to create lots of dimension. Did you notice how sparkly it is? I spritzed it with Champagne Shimmer Mist. By doing so, it also helps the flower keep it’s shape. Not only that, you can emboss the petals in one pass on your die cutting machine.
Stampin’ Up’s! new Celebration Labels made the perfect backdrop. Embossing it with the Parisian 3D embossing folder gave it some depth and richness.
To cover up and secure my ribbon hanger, I cut the smallest die in the set and glued it in place. After I receive the roster from Riverbend, I will create a file with the names and punch them out with a 1 1/2″ circle punch. That way each resident will have their very own personalized gift from us. Next, it was time to make our Poinsettia Christmas Ornament even more special. We needed to create some festive packaging. The gold mini pizza boxes in the annual catalog did the trick.
Looks like the box was made for the ornament. And the best part, no gluing and the boxes are all cut and scored for you.
I needed a way to package the Christmas card with the Poinsettia Christmas Ornament and have them secure during the quarantine process. Creating a bag topper was quick and easy. The cello bags were ordered from Amazon, here.
Would you like to participate in our service project? We are in need of a few Christmas cards. If you’re interested, please send your handmade cards to Susan Levasseur, 105 Riverview Drive, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 by November 24, 2020. Write an uplifting message on the inside and be sure to sign it before placing it in an unsealed envelope. They would love to hear where you are from as well.
How about starting your own service ripple. I’ve even filmed a video tutorial, filled with tips and tricks to make the process easy.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Ornament Base – Bumblebee CS – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the second to smallest die from the Celebration Labels die set. Emboss with the Parsian 3D Embossing Folder.
- Poinsettia – Real Red CS – 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Poinsettia set. Spritz with the Champagne Shimmer Mist.
- Leaves – Shaded Spruce CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the dies from the Poinsettia set.
- Sprigs – Whisper White CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4, cut with the die from the Poinsettia set.
- Silver Sprigs – Silver Foil Paper – two images punched with the Sprig Punch.
- Back Ornament Label – Real Red CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the smallest label die from the Celebration Labels die set.
- Beaded Pearl – 1
- Silver Metallic Ribbon – 8″
Presentation Box and Topper
- Box – Gold Mini Pizza Box
- Mat – Shaded Spruce – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
- DSP Mat – Toile Tidings DSP – 3″ x 3″
- Flower – Real Red CS – punch one flower with the Small Bloom punch
- Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – punch one label with the Rectangula Postage punch. Stamped in Shaded Spruce with the stamp from the Wrapped in Christmas set.
- Gold Glitter Enamel Dots – 1 large
- Bag – from Amazon 6″ x 8″ Cello Bag
- Topper – Real Red CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 2 1/8″
- DSP Mat – Toile Christmas DSP – 5″ x 1 3/4″
- Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 1″ x 3 1/2″, stamped in Shaded Spruce with the stamp from Poinsettia Petals set.
Poinsettia Christmas Ornament Product List
Even though I couldn’t invite the masses to my house this year to create, I had a lovely group of my WOW Club Members step up and help me complete the 120 ornaments. Why not start your own group and spread the Christmas spirit. I would love to hear about it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
Can you believe it? We are preparing for Easter 2020 already. My Lenten Service Project is a great way to get in the spirit of the season. I’m going to gift one of these to my grandchildren, Trent and Elisabeth. Each day I’ll check in with them so we can share our experiences.
To cut the words for my Lenten Service Project, I used the Handwritten Prose Dies. Don’t you just love that font? Believe it or not, it only took two passes through the die cutting machine to get all the letters needed.
Because the gorgeous Lily Impressions DSP has such lovely colors, it was easy to choose a color palette. I know we no longer have a Purple Posy stamp pad, but here’s a tip. By stamping second generation, Highland Heather, I was able to acheive a Purple Posy hue. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
And WOW, did you know that you can earn the sweet little Small Blooms Punch for free? Yep, it’s still Sale-a-Bration 2020 and the punch is available. I think it’s a must-have. Don’t wait, Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st.
Whatever you do, don’t forget about our Annual Catalog. There are loads of goodies in there, including the Butterfly Duet Punch and the Tropical Dies. Not to mention, one of my all time favorites, the linen thread.
The lovely stamped images are from the Positive Thoughts stamp set. And WOW, Stampin’ Up! added a die set, Nature’s Thoughts to coordinate. Pick up both and you are on your way to earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item.
A great way to stretch your supplies is to alter them. That’s easy with our Stampin’ Blends. I’ve colored the metallic edge ribbon, on the cross, with the Dark Purple Posy Blend. Are you ready to create on of these for your family? Here’s my FREE video tutorial to show you how quickly you can create one.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Would you like to win one of these? Leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday, 3/4, 9am (CST) and I will put your name on the wheel. I’ll announce the winner Thursday, 3/5.
- Click this link to print your service project items. Lenten Service Project PDF
- Base – Purple Posy CS – 12″ x 12″, score at 4″ and 4 1/4″, rotate 90 degrees and score at 4″ and 8″ just to the 1st score line.
- Mat – Whisper White CS – 11″ x 4″
- DSP Mats – Lily Impressions DSP – one @ 10 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and three @ 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
- Ovals – Purple Posy CS – 4″ x 9 1/2″, cut three ovals using the largest oval from the Layering Ovals die set.
- Scallop Stitched Rectangle – Purple Posy CS – 4″ x 3″, cut with the scond to largest die from the Stitched So Sweetly set.
- Detailed Bands – Gorgeous Grape CS – three @3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from the Detailed Bands set.
- Letters – Gorgeous Grape CS – 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Handwritten Prose set.
- Cross – Purple Posy CS and Gorgeous Grape CS – one each @ 2 1/2″ x 3″, cut with the dies from the Cross of Hope set.
- Leaves and Ferns – Garden Green CS – 2 3/4″ x 6 1/2″, punch 3 leaf sets with the leaf punch and cut two ferns with the die from the Tropical set.
- Stamped Butterfly – Purple Posy CS – 2″ x 2″, stamp the butterfly from Positive Thoughts in Gorgeous Grape, cut with the die from Nature’s Thoughts.
- Flowers & Butterflies – Lily Impressions DSP – 3″ x 7 1/2″, puch nine flowers using the Small Bloom punch and punch two sets of butterflies using the Butterfly Duet punch.
- Basic Rhinestones – three large and six small
- Metallic Edge Ribbon – Whisper White/Silver – 3″
- Bird Ballad Trinkets – one bow and one leaf
- Linen Thread – about 28″
Lenten Service Project Product List
Hope you join in this service, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
Community Service is so important. My little contribution is to the residents of Riverbend Nursing Home. A beautiful, talented group of volunteers join in quarterly to craft. Our friends at Riverbend LOVE IT!! They look forward to each visit and are waiting in the entry way when we arrive.
Because each of our friends at Riverbend have different skill levels, I try to design a project they can easily put together. But, it is also very important that they feel accomplished and love the process. That’s where our product coordination comes in.
Purchasing the little 4″ x 6″ frames from Dollar Tree helps make the project cost effective. Thank goodness I have a benefactor that donates the funds for our Community Service work. Hopefully, our friends at Riverbend will enjoy putting the frame on their bedside table. That way, they can be reminded that we are all thinking about them.
If you are looking for a cause or project, I urge you to consider your local nursing home. You will definately get back more than you give. I would love to share with you how I created this project.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Frame – 4″ x 6″ White – Dollar Tree
- Designer Series Paper – Magnolia Lane – 4″ x 6″
- Focal Image – Soft Suede CS – 3″ x 5″, cut with the die from Stitched Nested Labels.
- Sentiment – Whispe White CS – 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. With the stamp from Woven Heirlooms, stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow. Die cut with the die from Stitched Nested Labels.
- Flowers – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 6 1/2″. With the stamp from Daisy Lane, stamp three of the medium daisys in Petal Pink. Punch the image with the Medium Daisy Punch. Petal Pink CS – punch six (6) medium daisys.
- Leaves – Mossy Meadow CS – punch 5 images with the Leaf Punch. Twist each peal with a tweezers.
- Butterflies – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. Stamp the large butterfly from the Butterfly Wishes set in Soft Suede. Color in with the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend. Punch with the Butterfly Duet Punch.
- Flourishes – Mossy Meadow CS – 1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″, back the CS with Adhesive Sheet. Cut with the dies from Detailed Deer.
- Small Accent Flowers – Petal Pink CS – Scrap – cut with the dies from Detailed Deer.
I hope you consider visiting your local nursing home and sharing your time and talents. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
Time to spoil our friends at the Riverbend Nursing Home. This year’s Community Service Project is going to be fabulous. I have gathered a very talented group of volunteers who will be helping me with this project. We will be creating 146 ornaments this Saturday, along with Christmas cards and gift boxes for each of the residents at the Home.
Every year I can’t wait for the Holiday catalog to debut. The first thing I look for is a bundle that I can use for our Community Service Project. This year, I was lucky enough to win the Detailed Baubles set during a prize patrol on the Stampin’ Up! Alaskan Cruise. That did it for me, it was so beautiful. I knew I could design an ornament that would make a fabulous show on their tree.
To start things off I selected my color palette, Call Me Clover, Real Red, Whisper White and Gold. To give the leaves a little more texture and depth, I inked them in Call Me Clover. Then I stamped them in Call Me Clover with the flourish stamp from Timeless Textures. To give the leaves a little more sense of movement, I twisted each petal with my tweezers. I love that look.
I just have to share a cute story from my WOW Club Ladies. They all love the new Sprig Punch. And after punching almost 600 images for this project, they have nicknamed the punch, spriggy! I think that is so stinkin’ cute. My Club Members, as well as some of my WOW Team Members are some of my volunteers for this project. I appreciate each and every hour they dedicate to this Community Service Project. We punched two gold and two red sprigs for each ornament, along with four leaf sets from the leaf punch. I thought that combination made a lovely focal image at the top of the ornament.
To be sure the detailed red ornament would spin in the center of the ring, we had to cut two of each element. But, before we cut those detailed ornaments, we made sure to back the card stock with our multipurpose adhesive sheets. In that way, we wouldn’t have to worry about getting glue all over that beautiful gold foil paper. Now we had stickers!
Would you like to create one of these lovely ornaments for your tree this year? I’ld love to teach you how to do just that. Here’s my FREE video tutorial, early Merry Christmas!
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Rings – Call Me Clover CS – 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the die from Detailed Baubles
- Detailed Ornament – Real Red CS – 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, back with multipurpose adhesive sheets and cut with the two with the die from Detailed Baubles.
- Sprigs – Gold Foil Sheet and Real Red CS – punch two each from each paper with sprig punch
- Leaves – Call Me Clover CS – punch four with leaf punch
- Circles – Gold Foil Sheet – punch two with the 2 1/4″ circle punch
- 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon – 8″
- Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon – 10″
- Rhinestones – four large and 3 small
- Clear Faceted Gem – one large
- Metallic Gold Thread – 6″
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Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll be sure to publish a blog post with photos of the tree. Our Tree Trimming Celebration will be December 1st. Wish us luck. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
I’m not sure we should really refer to this event as a service project because it’s more of a pleasure. Vising our local nursing home, Riverbend, is something we all look forward to. We get to spend time with twenty of the most lovely, sweet people I’ve had the privilege of getting to know. I’m always reminded of a quote about service that really touches my heart.
We visit the nursing home on a quarterly basis to create a project with our friends. To make it even better, I group of dedicated volunteers join me to make this day very special. This time, I designed a sweet little framed piece they can place on their bedside table. Hopefully it will remind them that we are thinking of them and that they are near to our hearts.
I started this project by visiting my local Dollar Tree to get some inspiration. I needed to prepare 20 kits and design a project that isn’t too challenging for our friends at the Nursing Home. I noticed the 5 1/2″ x 7″ frames and my creative wheels started to turn. I remembered the sweet sentiment in the Hold on to Hope stamp set and thought I could design a bedside frame featuring that sentiment. I knew the beautiful stitched frame from the Stitched Labels set would make a great focal image.
The background for each of the frames will be a little different because I used the the beautiful papers in the Garden Impressions DSP stack. This helped to bring some color to the project. Then I knew I wanted to accentuate the focal image. The beautiful large flourish from the Flourish Thinlets set was perfect. That is one of my all time favorite sets and I use it all the time. I also cut the frame accent piece using the same set.
To make it a little easier for our friends to adhere those intricate pieces, I backed the cardstock with our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. That way, it’s just like a sticker.
Everyone there loves flowers and little bling. So, I broke out my new Four-Petal Flower Punch and my Leaf Punch to start creating flowers from the Garden Impressions DSP. The leaves, punched from Shaded Spruce CS, needed some texture, so running them through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder did the trick. The flower center was cut from the die from the Springtime Impressions set. And of course, I had to add some “diamonds” as the ladies at the home call it.
Would you like to create these with some friends at your local nursing home? I sure hope so. Just in case, here is an easy how-to video to help you out. If you decide to do this, I would love to hear about your visit.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Inside Frame – Night of Navy CS – 7″ x 5″, cut the center out using the cardboard template that comes inside the purchased frame.
- DSP – Garden Impressions – 6″ x 4 1/4″
- Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Stitched Labels Framelits. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink. I did use my Stamparatus to do this step, since we had to prep 20 kits.
- Fourish – Blushing Bride CS – 4 3/4″ x 3″, back the cardstock with the multipurpose adhesive sheets, cut with the die from the Flourish Thinlits set.
- Heart – Blushing Bride CS – use a scrap – cut the small stitched heart from the die in the Stitched Labels Framelits set.
- Frame Accent – Melon Mambo CS – 5 1/4″ x 1″, back the cardstock with the multipurpose adhesive sheets, cut with the die from the Flourish Thinlits set.
- Flowers – Garden Impressions DSP – punch four images with the Four-Petal Flower Punch.
- Leaves -Shaded Spruce CS – punch four images with the Leaf Punch and run them through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst embossing folder.
- Flower Centers – Blushing Bride CS – use scraps to cut two of the small flower images with the die from the Springtime Impressions set.
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Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
I love it when I come across a Dollar Tree find and turn it into a home decor project or gift. This Valentine decor piece was designed for the Residents at our local nursing home. We will be visiting them this week and they each get to create with us. This is a truly rewarding experience. We laugh, create, and share throughout the afternoon. We’ve made friends with so many of the lovely ladies and gentlemen.
The color palette for this piece is Daffodil Delight, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Pink Pirouette. I was amazed how closely our Stampin’ UP! colors matched this sweet little hanger. I replaced the original ribbon hanger with a 15″ piece of our beautiful Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon.
By punching nine images from Daffodil Delight with the Daisy Punch, I was able to create three of these lovely flowers. The center was cut from Cherry Cobbler, using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and the faceted gem really makes it pop. The Leaf Punch is one of my new go-to punches. I used Always Artichoke and punched six images, two for each flower.
The Sweet and Sassy framelits came in handy to create the trio of hearts. And I just knew it needed some texture, so I used the Quilt Top Embossing Folder to do that. I love that stitched Daffodil Delight ribbon and thought it added just the right touch to the hearts.
To finish things off, I used the Bow Builder Punch and created the bow from Pink Pirouette card stock. Be sure to check out my video tutorial and create one of these for someone special in your life.
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Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!