Friday, May 14, 2010

VC Blog Hop!

Welcome to my pitiful blog! If someone could explain to me how to make my own stuff on the sides of the pages, I would love that!

This is my first Blog Hop, and it is the first Annual Blog Hop for VC Rocks! VC is a super-fun group of stampers and SU! addicts. I have so much fun all summer in our virtual hotel, doing swaps, taking classes online, and so much more!

I have been so impressed by all the different punched bouquets out there, that I decided to make one of my own with daisies and black-eyed Susans. For our first VC Blog Hop, we are featuring retiring colors and/or Summer Mini products. I am using both!


Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Yo-Yo Yellow, Green Galore, Gable Green (all retiring), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White.
Ink: Going Gray (retiring) and Chocolate Chip used for sponging and inside greeting.
Ribbon: Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain
Punches: 5-Petal Flower, 3/4" Circle, XL 2-Step Bird, Scallop Edge
Big Shot: Square Lattice embossing folder (Summer Mini), Little Leaves Sizzlit, Birds and Blooms Sizzlit 4-Pack
Adhesives: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals


I made this up as I went along. I started with the flower pot, made from Creamy Caramel CS, 11" x 4.25"

1. Score at 5.5"
2. Fold in half, and measure about 1/2" in from the folded corner on both sides, and make a small mark with a pencil.
3. Cut straight from the open corner to the mark you made on both sides. This gives the pot the tapered look.
4. Punch Scallop Edge punch on both open ends.
5. Fold ends about 1" down and crease with bone folder to create lip of flower pot.
6. Sponge all edges with Chocolate Chip classic ink.
7. Use two small pieces of Sticky Strip to keep the pot closed. Put them inside the lip of the pot vertically, close to the edge to be sure you have room for your card to move up and down. You can also use some Sticky Strip to keep the lip of the pot down. Set pot aside.
8. Punch daisies and black-eyed Susans from Whisper White and Summer Sun card stock. Two punches for each flower.
9. Sponge one of each pair of white flowers very lightly with Going Gray classic ink. Do the same with the Summer Sun flowers with Chocolate Chip.
10. Mount the sponged pieces behind the clean ones. This implies shadow and gives definition to the petals.
11. Run Yo-Yo Yellow and Chocolate Chip cardstock thru the Big Shot in the Square Lattice embossing folder.
12. Punch circles out of the textured pieces with the 3/4" Circle punch. Adhere to flowers.
13. Punch the branch and wing from the XL Bird punch with Green Galore and Gable Green. I did two of each color.
14. Run some more Gable Green and Green Galore thru the Big Shot using the Little Leaves Sizzlit die. I used just one of each color. I also have a couple of the larger leaf from Birds & Blooms, but you don't need to do that.

Now we need to make the pull-out card. My inside card is 5.25 x 3. You might need a different size, because you'll cut it to fit your pot so that your flowers are positioned correctly when the card is in the pot.

15. After making your inside card piece, plan where you will adhere your flowers and leaves. Put three flowers on the edge of the pot, up high enough that you can see your scalloped edge, and three on top of the pull-out card. Be sure that they will sit the way you want BEFORE you adhere. I used a Dimensional on the center flowers.
16. Cut a pieces of Whisper White CS to go on the pull-out for your greeting. Mine is 3.25" x 2.5" and I would like it better if I had mounted it on some Chocolate Chip! So you do that. ;o)
17. Stamp your greeting in Chocolate Chip.
18. Adhere Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon to the pot, and you're done!

So... you likely arrived here from Stampin' Stace. Your next hop will take you to Maddiebug Designs. If you'd like to start the Blog Hop from the beginning, start here:

I will have blog candy!!! Oooooooooo what will it be???


  1. LOVE the flower pot cards and yours are so cheerful! TFS!

  2. I am first! Great items and yes I am with ya on doing more on our blogs...I need to work with MDS and make up a new banner for mine. And side walls too Barb

  3. Your flower pot ROCKS! Your blog is great even if you don't think so!

  4. Shari, you used my two favorite flowers!!! Love your use of them - great job!! Cute cards - I so need to update my blog - it's been way too long.

  5. Shari,

    I love your flower pot. I haven't made any yet, but I want to try. I just may for a shoebox swap I need on Monday. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. yeah... a place to comment!! Love the flower pot Shari! VC Rocks!

  7. You flower pot turned out awesome!!

  8. Your flower pots are so cute! I love how you used the embossing folder!

  9. Great flowerpot card, Shari. I just love making these! Love your flowers, too!

  10. I love black-eyed Susan's!!!! When I was younger I thought it was neat that I had a flower named after me (except I did not want a black eye...) too funny! Thanks for the candy offer!

  11. I love your flowerpot card! I have been wanting to make one of these for a while. I love the way you used the embossing folder for the center of the flowers!

  12. Love this! Great job! Those flowers are lovely.

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  13. The cutest flower pot card I have seen! You do such awesome work. Love it!

  14. Very cute flower pot. You've inspired me to make some. Thanks for a chance to win some candy.


  15. I love what you are doing. Your tutorial is wonderful. You are so good at bringing the thoughts and ideas down to the huddled masses. The card is so bright and cheery.

    Carey Rogers
    aka Roscoes' mommy

  16. Great card -- you comments are sure working now, lol. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I love these Flower Pot Cards!!! It's like getting a potted plant and you never have to water it!!!!! I love the Dasies and Black Eyed Susan's too. Great Job, and your blog is really cool!!!

  18. Oh the mighty Shari - I can't believe you went with sunflowers and not Pirates for VC!! hee hee

    I love it - very creative and fun!!

  19. Glad you got it fixed so we can leave our comments. Great flower pot card.

  20. Even though I'm not a flower fan- loved the flowers and the flower pots- may have to try and make this tomorrow for a friends birthday on Monday.

  21. Flower pots what a clever idea, cute you rock girl.

  22. This is too cute. I'm going to have to try this.

  23. really striking!!! love the flower combo! TFS! R ;)

  24. This is awesome!! You did an amazing job on the flower pot.

  25. Cute card with a great design!