Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paper Flowers!

 This photo shows the flowers I made.  There are endless color combinations you can make.

I started with 5 punched out flowers.  This is using a 6 pedal punch but I have done it with a 5 pedal punch too.  The flowers are just a little smaller.

Next, I cut the 5 flowers apart.  I left 2 of the flowers whole, one flower I cut off one pedal, another flower I cut off two pedals, then I cut one flower in half.

Then, I punched holes in the flowers and parts of flowers.  On the two whole flowers I used a regular hole punch and on the others I used a 1/2" punch to make the circles in the centers.

I manipulated the paper but using the McGill paper blossoms manipulators.  I wanted the flowers to start to take shape.

I glued the smaller flowers into cones.  I used Yes glue but any glue that holds nicely will due.

Then I just started assembling the flower from the largest flower to the smallest.  I used Yes glue for this again.  There will be 2 pieces left over.  One of the pieces will be 3 pedals and the other will be just one pedal.

These are the tools I used to manipulate the paper.

These are my finished flowers.  The liter colored flower at the top of the picture is the one I did with a 5 pedal flower punch.  The other two I did with a 6 pedal flower punch.

These are easy to do and add a great 3-dimensional element to any project!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Random Acts of Kindness

Beginning Friday Jan. 16 through Sunday Jan. 18, 2015 we are encouraging everyone to participate in our 3rd annual "Pay It Forward Weekend". We are asking everyone to do at least one random act of kindness (more than one is even better). It is very easy to participate, all you have to do is do something for someone or some organization without expecting anything in return. Pay for a stranger’s meal, send someone a card, volunteer some time. The ideas are endless. 
All it takes is a spark to get a fire going.   Who knows, it might be your life that gets changed.
If we have just one participant then we have had a successful event. Spread the word and help make 2015 start strong for not only the one or more that you touch, but for you personally.
Remember, it doesn't take people doing a lot, just a lot of people doing a little. WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!

We are NOT saying this is the only time we should do something for someone, this is just a time where we can all do it TOGETHER!!!!! In your community, across the country and around the world.
Thank you in helping us keep this family friendly and positive!!!

What a great idea!!  I am going to send out cards to friends.  Gotta start creating!!

Friday, January 02, 2015

15 Things to Give Up

15 things to give up!

1. Doubting yourself
2. Negative thinking
3. Fear of failure
4. Destructive relationships
5. Gossiping
6. Criticizing yourself and others
7. Anger
8. Comfort eating
9. Laziness
10. Negative self talk
11. Procrastination
12. Fear of success
13. Anything excessive
14. People pleasing
15. Putting others needs before your own

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

Here's an idea I saw and thought I'd share.

Start a thankfulness jar.  Everyday write down one good thing that happened.  Even on bad days, find something that was good.  When you're having a bad day, you can re-read some of the things you wrote and put in the jar on better days.  At the end of the year, re-read all that you wrote.

You can even color code that pieces of paper you write on.  One color for days that aren't so good, one color for days that are good, another color for maybe something outstanding!!

I am going to do this this year!!

If you don't have a jar, try using a box, a plastic container, anything you have that would hold the pieces of paper.  I like the jar idea because it's clear and I can see the pieces of paper.