You may have noticed I have been absent! I was away enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation with my husband in Jamaica. We finally had the opportunity to enjoy a proper honeymoon! We did absolutely nothing… other than socialize which was really nice. We didn’t want to return exhausted, so we didn’t book any excursions. The people were wonderful and the resort was fantastic – we were truly blessed.
So right before I went on holidays I had my final stamp club gathering for the season. I did something I wouldn’t normally do, which is design the project(s) around retired product. With the release of the new catalogue I knew it would sell itself and the retired products fit in with what my husband and I were looking to accomplish for the final club get together.
I did have the women baffled at first as I only set out the items they were making, nothing else. They were loving the projects as they were making them (one item in one room, the other item in another room) but then I could see realization come over their faces as they wondered what on earth they would do with the pieces they made! It was great 🙂 I just kept saying, “oh, don’t worry. I’ll share some ideas with you!”
Mwah ha ha ha! My husband had a brilliant idea when we were in Ikea several weeks prior and little did my stamp club women know, but they were about to receive a beautiful “stamp club thank you gift” to display their projects in! So here we go with a slew of photos to show you what they created and what they were designed to be displayed in!
Yes, yes, Ikea had these beautiful bird cages meant to be used to hold candles. They are absolutely stunning. My husband came to me and asked if I could create a bird from paper. I asked why and he showed these to me. The light bulb went off in my head and I knew the Elegant Bird BigZ die would work perfectly. I envisioned it with colourful flowers around the bird, and the perfect die was the Succulent Garden Framelit dies.
Here’s an overall pic of the bird cage closed and open with the birds and flowers.
A bit of a better close up so you can see how I staged the flowers in around the bird. It was important to attach the wings in such a way that the body was tilted upwards, as well as the wings so that it fit in the bird cage.
Of course I needed to take a shot of these in the dark so you can see how bright the battery operated tealight is.
Another shot in the dark but a better close up.
So the bird is die cut twice from Vellum cardstock and the wings are die cut 4 times. I stamped little flowers in Versamark on the two outsides of the bird body and on two outsides of the birds wings. I dipped them in White embossing powder and heat set them.
With the extra wings, I snipped the ends of the feathers so they appeared more full and attached , offset, behind the outside wings so that they stuck out the back a bit.
I created a “U’ fold of Vellum to hold the battery operated tealight candle. I’ll have to get measurements for this and get back to you on that! I used Tear and Tape to attach the bird to the outsides of the ‘U” fold vellum. I then used a Glue Dot to attach the doves head together.
Of course I need to share a close up of the flowers. We used Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight cardstock to create the flowers. I used 3 pieces of the largest flower in the Succulent Garden Framelits and then one each of the next 4 smaller sizes. I burnished the flower petals with a Bone Folder to curl them up for more dimension. Each flower has either a Faceted Gem or a Glitter Enamel Dot in the centre to add a bit of sparkle and shine.
So if you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and have been to a Stampin’ Up! event, you’ll know the excitement and surprise and joy you get when Stampin’ Up! shows you a product and then says ” guess what? You’re all receiving one!” Well, I did that to my club girls 🙂 I made them close their eyes while I got the bird cage all pre-set up with the tealight turned on. I had my husband turn off the lights and then I let them open their eyes. The excitement over the bird cage in itself was awesome but then to top that off, one of my ladies said, “I love that cage, where can I buy one?” I just smiled, walked out of the room to grab them and started handing them out. That was when the squeels came! It made my heart so happy to be able to give that moment to others!
Best ending to my stamp clubs EVER!
I can’t wait for my next season to begin. The ladies have all been talking about it already!
Sometimes, you just need to think and step outside the box.
PS – I included a battery operated tealight candle and a 2″ square wood block to elevate the bird on in the cage.