Lavender Wand Tutorial

I’ve had a couple of requests for directions on how to make the lavender wands, so I thought I’d share with you. Easy to make and the scent lasts a very long time. Great for drawers or closets. How about placing one on a gift package for a little extra something?

Lavender Wands

Lavender Wands

Instructions: Because the wands need a firm stem, I prefer to use English Lavender. It has a long stem with the flowers at the end of the stem. You will see lavender sold in the home improvement stores like Spanish and Goodwin. Spanish lavender would not work well because it has a bulky flower head and Goodwin Creek Lavender is a bush with stems that are too short. Look to plant English lavender (Lavandula Augustifolia), also called true lavender.

Cut Lavender

For the wand, choose stems that are strong with firm flower buds.


Discard stems that look like this:


You will need 1/4-inch lavender colored ribbon, fabric scissors (to cut the ribbon), floral wire, and wire cutters. Optional: 1/8-inch lavender colored ribbon to tie the wand at the bottom.

IMG_6838Cut 4 feet of 1/4-inch ribbon. Gather 13 lavender stems and trim off any leaves. Some of your stems may have branched out with two smaller flower stems. Pull those off as well. Place 1/4-inch ribbon so that one end of the ribbon is about 2 inch past the end of your flowers. Wrap floral wire around the stems and the ribbon. (This photo shows only an inch of ribbon – you want the ribbon to be another 3 or 4 inches so that the ribbon is hanging past the flowers about 2 inches.)


Turn the bundle upside down and begin folding the stems over the wire.


Again, make sure you have more ribbon hanging past the flowers than this photo shows.

Fold over stems in a circular pattern.


You will have the short tail of the ribbon and the long tail end of the ribbon inside the bundle with your flowers. Pull out between the stems the long tail end of the ribbon and begin to weave to the right. Keep a tight weave.

IMG_6845Continue weaving around over and under. Sometimes a stem will hide behind some flowers and you’ll lose your place so if you come to an over/over or under/under, you’ve skipped a stem.

IMG_6846Continuing weaving all the way down until you just pass your flowers.



Grasp your short tail ribbon that was inside the wand and the long tail ribbon and wrap around once or twice and tie an overhand knot.

IMG_6851You may want to pull off any flower buds that are poking through the ribbon and tie the bundle at the very bottom with 1/8-inch ribbon to keep the stems neat and tidy.

photoTo freshen up the wand, gently roll between your palms to release the lavender scent. Enjoy!





Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge #2

Hello friends.

As promised, I’m posting another card for the Papertrey March blog hop. I embraced the challenge and used purple sheet metal by Architexture in a Papertrey cover plate. I’ve had the sheet metal in my stash for years. Looks like I bought it on clearance for .50 cents. The sheet metal cut through like butter. Gotta love the shine. photo 1

I also cut tissue paper wrap and white card stock in the cover plate die. The background is the printed paper that shows through in some of the 2

Thanks for stopping. Hope you’re enjoying the blog hop.


Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hello friends.

I’m joining in Papertrey’s March blog hop. The challenge this month is to use something shiny. Isn’t this a happy spring birthday card? Do you spy something shiny? The button! I sewed the clear button on a piece of satin ribbon. (I wonder if satin counts as shiny.) Just a couple of stitches to sew the button and ribbon together and no worry of it coming apart. The sentiment is embossed as well.

Ruby Rose 002c

Ruby Rose 001c

Enjoy the blog hop. Since I was so quick to get this project done, I will submit another project with a little more shine. Hop on back in a while for another shiny project.



Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

Hello friends. It’s a Papertrey blog hop! I’m looking forward to hopping on everyone’s blogs for some Pink inspiration. If you’re starting on this blog, visit Nichole Heady’s blog for details on the hop. I had fun with this challenge and made a couple of cards to share.


I have to say that my favorite stamps to use right now are from Mum’s the Word and Background Basics: Postmarks. I also love Tag Sale #3 and I hope Papertrey releases more de-bossed dots shapes in the future. hint hint. I did take the neutral color options and used white and a little grey for the leaves and stems. I started with a scalloped vellum envelope and cut it in half. The back flap is what you see and I tucked the tag behind the flap of the envelope. I tied up the corner of the flap with DMC floss #899, which matches the pink Hibiscus Burst well. I embossed the sentiment on the vellum envelope flap from Hello, Friend in white.


My second card.


I used an embossing folder for the base of the card. The vellum is stamped with Inside & Out: Well Wishes and I tucked the pink Faith and Hope die cut ribbon behind the vellum. Washi tape and a satin ribbon finishes it off. IMG_4813

The third card has some green and linen, so it’s not technically part of the blog hop, but I thought I’d share as a little bonus. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂


Same gorgeous Mum’s the Word stamp, tag and background. This time I added the die cut hello. To give the tag a little shabby chic look, I used a white-out pen along the edges.


Enjoy the blog hop and thanks for visiting.

Ingredients (all Papertrey, unless noted otherwise):

Well, Hello There
Mum’s the Word
Background Basics: Postmarks
Tag Sale #3
Hello, Friend
Hibiscus Burst Ink
Other: DMC floss #899, Memento Long Fog ink, vellum envelope, brad

Take What You Need
Inside & Out: Well Wishes
Faith and Hope die
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder “Charles”, washi tape, ribbon, brad

Mum’s the Word
Background Basics: Postmarks
Tag Sale #3
Hello die
Hibiscus Burst Ink
Ripe Avocado Ink
Other: washi tape

Make It Monday #148

Hello friends.

This week’s Papertrey challenge is presented by Dawn McVey. She shows us how to generation stamp with line images and multiple colors. Check out her video.

Here’s my take on the challenge:Love 001c

A close-up of the generation stamping using a single line image. I stamped in two colors: Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado.

Love 003c

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s cards. I had a little trouble finding a line image to use. I guess I don’t own that many line images. <grin> Time to browse my wish list!

Have a great week. We have a Santa Ana blowing through so unseasonably warm days and we really need the rain.

Papertrey Stamps – Tweet Talk, Lovely Leaves
Papertrey Inks – Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate
Papertrey Die – Tag Sale #8
Liquid Pearls

Make It Monday #147

Hello friends.

It’s Monday and I do love Mondays because I get to play along in another Make It Monday challenge from Papertrey. This week’s challenge is to use a multi-layer image from a single stamp. Betsy has an awesome tutorial here. Yet another way to look at and utilize the stamps I own. Here’s my take on the challenge:
Best Day 001

Here’s a close-up of the multi-layer image from Big Ticket Basics.Best Day 002

Big Ticket Basics
Get To the Point
Wonderful Words: Congrats

Make It Monday #146

Hello friends. I spent some time today working on Papertrey’s Make It Monday – Angled Backgrounds challenged. Be sure to view Ashley’s video for a tutorial of this technique.

Here’s my take on the challenge:

Chapel 001c

I chose various shades of white and grabbed a few embossing folders to give some dimension. Love it! The textures and shades really turned out great. Foam adhesive is used under the tag to raise it a bit from the card. Chapel 003c

Papertrey: Love and Marriage stamp set, Tag Sale #8 die
Embossing folders: Cuttlebug and Sizzix
Swiss dot ribbon, heart medallion
Chapel 005c

Papertrey December 2013 Blog Hop

Hi friends. I’m participating in Papertrey’s blog hop challenge “tied up with string.”

Here’s a gift that I made up for some very special friends. It includes a wicker charger, plate, teacup, napkin, lemon and candy inside the teacup and tied up with a green velvet ribbon, tea bags, and a label attached with a sparkly clothespin.

Teacup 001I put mahjong tiles in a teacup and had each gal pull out a tile with a number. The number corresponded with her special tea cup.

tea cup 002

teacup 003The label was made with Papertrey: Stylish Sentiments Holiday Stamp, Label Basics Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Make It Monday #145

As promised, I’m sharing the card sets I made for my Circle of Friends (a group of women I’ve known for over 35 years). I’m reposting for Papertrey’s Make It Monday #145 Al la Carte.

Gift Set 001c

Gift Set 002Aren’t the onesies cute? My family joked that I was setting up a nursery. I left the cards blank so the girls could fill them out and send as a congrats card, but I can see this used as an adorable baby shower invite as well.

The set included a birthday card and matching envelopes. Danielle Flanders made a really cute boxed set of cards using Papertrey’s plastic containers here. Great idea! I saved the packaging from Papertrey stamp sets I’ve ordered in the past. It fit the cards perfectly. With a little more time, I could probably fit another two cards in each box…say, a wedding and just-a-note card?

Here’s a close-up of the onesies:

Onesie 001 Onesie 002 Onesie 003 Onesie 010 Onesie 005 Onesie 006 Onesie 007 Onesie 011 Onesie 008 Onesie 009


Onsies Group

I could make these all day! Again, just using little bits and pieces to dress them up.

Using the onesie die from Papertrey, I cut the card base onesie and then another in whatever paper I was using for the top. Paper piecing tip: If you cut your decorative onesie in half, you have a top and a bottom that you can mix and match on two different cards. The little raised dot embellishments are made with Liquid Pearls. Also used tiny snaps, tiny buttons, flowers, lace, trim, ribbon and border dies. All rubber stamping and animals are from Papertrey stamp and die sets: Bitty Baby Blessings and Sweet Baby.

I finished the box off with a wrap-around sleeve and then added Everyday Photo Finishers. I love how the set turned out. So much so that I made two of every card so I could keep one. I think I need help.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit. Have a very merry Christmas!

WMS Pajama Party Christmas

Salt Shakers 001cHere’s another project for the Waltzingmouse pajama party to create something Christmas. I love this project!

I’ve been collecting little Christmas bell jars for years and this year I decided to make one of my own. After an unsuccessful and exhaustive search for an affordable small glass globe, I happened upon some salt shakers. Just about the right size to fit tiny Christmas trees. These little Christmas shakers were born. I hope you love them, too.

Although no Waltzingmouse in this project, you could easily add an adorable little WMS tag. I’m new to WMS and I see quite a few sets that would be cute with this idea. I just might try a garden theme with a nest and little eggs. Wouldn’t that look adorable for spring?


Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hello bloggers. This month’s challenge at PTI is to use embroidery floss.  I’m happy to share my little card with you all.
Baby Card
Stamps are from Bitty Baby Blessings. Aren’t they so sweet? The cardstock was really thick so I used a paper piercer to pierce the holes and then ran a backstitch.
Thanks for looking and enjoy today’s blog hop!

Sarah’s Birthday & Blogoversary Sketch

Hi friends. There’s a celebration going on over at Sarah’s blog and I couldn’t help but want to participate.

What a fun sketch! All of the blog hop creations are fabulous and so very different from one another. Very inspiring. Here’s my project…

I punched out the flower from the background paper to place inside the Rollabind disks. Then I filled them with glossy accents. Note to self: Don’t rush the drying process of glossy accents! I tried using my heat tool to speed up the drying process and that didn’t work so well. Had to start over with one of them. Sentiment is from Papertrey.

I think I’ve mentioned this in past posts, but I am really loving the Liquid Pearls by Ranger.

This may be one of my favorite cards and I’m filing away the sketch for future use.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Thanks for visiting.

PTI Make It Monday Challenge No. 5

Hi friends. Papertrey’s Challenge for this week is to distress a project and I’m happy to share this little get well card in craft, yellow and orange.
Closer view.
I’ve been anxious to use my new Tea for Two stamp set from PTI. Inked up the edges and distressed the edges of the yellow printed paper. Also tore a piece of muslin for the fabric bow. Oh, and one of my new favorite products, Liquid Pearls dimensional paint by Ranger. Color used here is cantaloupe.
Thanks for visiting.

Little Scallop Cards

I wish I could remember where I saw the cards that inspired these little cuties from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge. The hardest part for me in using the Cricut is to find the right combination of dial settings for the project. Oh, and viewing the small keypad with my aging eyes.

To help me repeat the process later, I keep a small stenopad on my desk to write down the “recipe.” I also make a little drawing of the image for easy reference. Scallop card recipe: Wildcard cartridge, p. 52, letter A <doily>, dial 4″. The inside circle is cut from Accent Essentials, shift + any circle (p.32 for example) and dial to 3″.

First of the Valentines

Made the first of the Valentine’s. Die cut and stamp order slip from my favorite stamps and die cut store, Papertrey, Tim Holtz ticket stub, hearts background stamp on order slip by JudiKins, heart charm by Maya Road.

I used brilliance pearlescent orchid ink for the hearts and embossed the ticket stub.

Tussie Mussie

Here’s a little tussie mussie I made last year for my Circle of Friends at our annual holiday dinner.  Loved how the rosette turned out. I made the rosette by hand, so I was thrilled to see that Tim Holtz came out with a new die cut.  Now I can make them to my heart’s content!  I bought my die cut at Inspiration Emporium.  Each girlfriend had a tussie mussie with her initial on it and I hung them on the back of her chair with a few goodies tucked inside.

12×12 paper folded into cones.  To keep shape while glueing, I used wooded clothespins.  Vine ribbon glued along top.  Made rosette and adhered to glittered star ornament.  Red background circle behind the snowflake and glued all together. Hung glittered letters from star and a red glass dangled out the bottom. (I used a pipe cleaner to thread through the bottom tiny hole with a large jump ring for the glass dangle.)