I couldn’t make up my mind what to title this post so I just went with a little of everything!  LOL

This week Flourishes has asked their designers to feature the Peony set.  Chances are they wanted us to do a card or project with… well… the Peony image.  But I just couldn’t take my mind off of the bugs in this set.  I’ve mentioned before that I love the bee.  So I decided to combine the bee image with some of my JustRite Stamper’s Toys to make a gift card and wrapping paper.  Oh yes, I also used a small flower image from Flourishes Fantasy Floral Garden set to stamp the tissue paper.  Here is the finished project.



Using SU!’s Whisper White wrapping paper I stamped and masked and stamped some more with one of JustRite’s new borders in their 2-5/16″ Harmony Classic Circle II Stamp Ensemble.  And aren’t those bees cute!  I added Twinkling H2O’s in Lemondrop to give each bee a pretty shimmer.


For the gift card I also used the flower border from JustRite’s 1-5/8″ Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit.  It is embossed with black embossing powder.  The letters are Times Roman Font.

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As much fun as I have had with the bee, the cute little beetle in the Peony set had not been inked.  That needed to change.  See him peeking out from behind the panel of the new Sparkle DP from Memory Box.  The sentiment is from JustRite’s Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit.  It is one of their new centers.


I know exactly who I’m going to give this card to.  My oldest son’s girlfriend LOVES bugs.  She has been on expeditions/grants to Costa Rico to study butterflies and the Amazon to study ants.  Well I have a deathly fear of spiders.  The good news is that whenever she is around, if a spider decides to appear, I can call on her and she will just go over to the thing, pick it up and put it outside!!!  So ya… she LOVES bugs and her birthday is next week.  This one’s for her.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my 17 year old son wanted only one thing for his birthday and that was tickets to see Shawn Johnson in the “Gymnastics Superstars” at the Tacoma Dome.  I had managed to get him 5th row tickets in the center section.  I was very pleased with myself.  WELL…..  It was this past Saturday.  He came home floating on air.  It turns out that rows 1-4 are bleachers which they couldn’t set up because they had the gym floor elevated for the gymnasts.  So… HE WAS IN ROW 1!!!!  He told me that if he could have picked his seats out of the entire dome, he would have picked the ones he had.  How cool is that.  The balance beam was set up not even 10 feet from him!  When Shawn finished her routine she came over and high-fived him!!  So did Nastia.  The funniest thing was his comment about Shawn’s floor routine.  I guess after she finished with it, she once again came and high-fived him.  Well he said that she was “a little sweaty” after her routine.  So when she touched him he got some of her sweat on him.  I thought he was going to say it was kinda gross.  But no… his response?  “It was great!!!!”  Life is good.

Shawn Johnson (above) and Nastia Liukin (below)
Tacoma Dome – September 27, 2008


Wrapped Box Project
Stamps: Flourishes “Peony”, “Fantasy Floral Garden”; JustRite “Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit 1-5/8″”, “Harmony Classic Circle II Stamp Ensemble 2-5/16″”, Times Roman Font
Papers: SU! Wrapping Paper, Really Rust, Whisper White; Tissue Paper
Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento Rich Cocoa; SU! Really Rust Classic and Yoyo Yellow, Summer Sun, More Mustard Markers, VersaMark
Accessories: LuminArte Twinkling H2O’s Lemondrop, May Arts Sheer Ribbon, Gingham Ribbon, Raffia, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circle Die Cut, Jumbo Eyelet, 1″ and 1/4″ Circle Punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Eclipse Masking Tape, Gift Box

Stamps: Flourishes “Peony”; JustRite “Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit 1-5/8″”
Papers: SU! Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Memory Box “Sparkle”
Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: May Arts Ribbons Polka Dot and Satin, Kaiser Rhinestones, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circle Die Cuts, McGill Super Giant Flower Punch, Photo Corner Punch

18 Responses to “Peony’s Bugs, JustRite Fun and a Balance Beam”

  1. What a fun-filled post today! I love love love how you created the gift wrap and tag. I’m sure that took quite a while to mask and stamp, but the end result is fabulous!! Those little bees are da bomb! Your card is so unique with that bug appearing to crawl across the top and it’s just perfect for the intended recipient. She’ll love it! As for your son’s experience with Shawn and Nastia- WTG! How exciting that must have been for him to have the best seats in the house and actually high-five them both!!! I bet you’ve earned the “Mom of the year” award for grabbing those tix for him! That’s a special moment that will surely never be forgotten!

  2. Okay first off… spiders EEK!!!! I am right there with you. Glad she likes them and all but no way… haha I love the gift wrapping you created so much more personal and better than store bought. Very cool gift without even a gift inside yet. lol She is going to love the card. Sounds like he was very happy and gross on the sweat too, but hey he is a guy and all. haha Thanks for sharing some picutres. Just shows that I know I am not that *flexible* anymore. haha have a great day Susan.

  3. These are both amazingly gorgeous!! I surprisingly love the bugs!!! How cool for your son, what a great mom!! Happy belated birthday!!

  4. Oh, my gosh! Your card and gift paper are fantastic, Susan! I love how you made such great use of these smaller images and the JustRite stampers–and they’re ideal for the recipient! Wow!!! Your son had the most fabulous experience! Even better than you could have imagined!!

  5. What a great gift set!!! This is just a lovely presentation!

    As for you son’s birthday gift ~ how exciting!!! That will be a gift he will NEVER forget!!!!

  6. I love the package you’ve done! Looks very fun! The card is very nice too- looks perfect for a bug person.
    That is such a great story about your son’s gift! You really are the coolest mom!

  7. Susan, you ROCK these are all awesome! I love the wrapping paper and card…these are so wonderfully creative.

  8. A wonderful ensemble Susan, perfect gift wrapping, I love the bee image! Your tag is absolutely perfect for the package. Wow, I guess “Mom” is ranking pretty high with son right now!

  9. Your gift wrapping is absolutely awesome, the bee and flower are just 2 cute…The card is just darling with the bug, it’s just way to cool, and wow way to go mom!!!

  10. Susan, I am speechless! These photographs really show the awesome details of this project. Outstanding work!
    I absolutely love this birthday card. It could not be more perfect! I just love the little bug peaking out and the awesome colors. The fabulous new stamper is a spectacular addition to a wonderful selections of Just Rite stampers. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful creations.
    You also put a smile on my face after I read your ‘sweaty’ story!

  11. That wrapping paper and card are to die for! I love bees, but have to say I share your feelings about spiders. I’m sure your son’s girlfriend will love her buggy BD card!
    What a fantastic experiece for your son. Way to go mom!

  12. Beautiful! Love the focus on the bee…funny how sometimes the small compliment stamps can make the set! Great way to utilize small stamps period and I love the idea of using them with the Just Rite stamp!

    How fun for your son to be able to take in the gymnastic’s competition in ROW 1!! It will definitely be something to look back on. When I was a kid, I just idolized Nadia Comaneci when she won gold in the Montreal Olympics (1976!)!

  13. Your wrapping paper is FABULOUS!! Goodness you have a lot of patience to make that, and I love it!! Your card is so very cute too (love the colors)!!

    That is sooooo awesome about your perfect seats at the Gymnastics Superstars show!! High fives???? Wooooo hooooo!!! (Love those girls!)

  14. that is the most gorgeous stamped gift wrap I’ve ever seen!!

  15. Gorgeous project! Love the pattern you created! The little bee is so cute! I think your son’s girl friend would be very happy to get this card! Love the colors!
    Great pictures! And great gift to your son! WoW! To be close on this show is like to be close to the stars! I can only imagine what your son felt at this moment!
    I remember how happy I was to visitit figure skating show with Ekaterina Gordeeva. I was not close to the ice ring but my heart was beating as twice faster when she was dancing…

  16. Susan, your entire ensemble is totally awesome!


  17. I really enjoyed the part about your son. How sweet it is at that age. I love the DP you made and the package. The card is just gorgeous. What I like about it is how unique, creative and pretty too!

  18. That is SO cool that your son got his gift of a lifetime, courtesy of you! Too funny about the sweat comment. 😉

    The gift wrap is cute and I really love your buggy birthday card, but I’m with you on not particularly enjoying bugs…okay I really don’t like them at all, and spiders are at the top of my hate list. (I pounded two with my shoe outside yesterday — totally creepy, but I had no one else to do it for me and at least I know they won’t be finding their way inside!)

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