Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My Version of the Carousel Note Purse

Yes, after receiving all of my supplies, I've finally been able to put together my version of Jan Tink's incredibly adorable Carousel Note Purse! This was such a fun project for me. I'm really excited for the ladies who are participating in my class next week to try this out too. We will also be making 2 cards and it's not too late to sign up, if you're interested.
I specifically made my purse for a Mother's Day gift for my mom. I think she will love the Afternoon Tea designer paper's colors! I'm going to fill it with pictures of the boys, which I know she'll love:)
This purse will hold at least 5 pictures. The green and guava cardstock mats on each side of the folded out purse will each hold a 4"x3" picture. The Soft Sky cardstock mat in the middle will hold a 4.5"x2" picture, and the 2 pull-out carousel notes will each hold a 4.75" circle picture. These notes convenientally slide into the actual envelopes that come with the carousel notes, which are the base for the whole purse.I used my CM circle templates to cut the cardstock and will use them for the pictures as well. However, if you have the Coluzzle or another circle cutting tool, that should work fine too. Below are some closer pictures of each side of the opened purse as well as the middle. You can click on any of them to enlarge.

The purse is actually larger than I thought it would be; front and back are 6.25"x6.25". I used 3 carousel notes and 2 envelopes + lots of DS paper and cardstock. Here's a picture of the back. The embellishments can certainly be personalized the way you want them, which is the fun part! Here's the supplies I used:
Stamps: Live Your Dream, Baroque Motifs (cherish), & retired So Very (sweet)
Ink: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava
Designer Paper: Afternoon Tea
Punches: Circle Punches, Photo Corners, 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms, Designer Label, Round Tab
Other: brads, jumbo eyelets, hodgepodge hardware, double-stitched ribbon, paper piercing tool

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Pretty Thank You Card

I LOVE the new Afternoon Tea designer paper! It's so pretty! I've already used it on several pages of a scrapbook. In fact, the Soft Sky and Wasabi green printed papers are perfect to add to a sweet baby boy's album. I also love my new "Live Your Dreams" stamp set, which I used on this card! It coordinates so great with this paper. What an easy card! I think I'll be using this set alot! In fact, this is the set I'll be using to make my Mother's Day cards and scrapbook purse. My carousel notes should be here tomorrow! So check back soon for pictures of my project....

Friday, April 18, 2008

Cute Kid's Cards

Kids love to give and make their own cards. Here's 2 little sets that I made which would be perfect! The images are stamped in black and ready to be colored with crayons or markers. I used kid-appealing bright colors and simple embellishments. The "God Is Love" stamp set is great for this idea. I also used one of last year's SAB sets "Very Punny."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I'm still playing around with the Love and Happiness rub-ons from SAB. They are really new to me, as I haven't used rub-ons before. However, they're really growing on me! I've had fun with these projects! I think the rub-ons really jazzed up these votive holders, giving them color and texture. I added the coordinating ribbon to complete the look.
The card is basically CASE'd from "sparklegirl" on splitcoast. What a resource of ideas! If you haven't checked this website out yet, you really need to. I have a link on my sidebar. Anyway, I changed a few things on my version. I really like the colors and the "patchwork" look. The big flower and the words are both rub-ons. This card is going to my grandma in Ohio who's recently been in and out of the hospital. I hope it cheers her up. Here's what else I used:
Rub-ons: Love and Happiness
Paper: whisper white, real red, old olive, bashful blue, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise
Other: 3/4" punch, red brads, paper piercing tool/mat,
As a side note--I recently ordered the rub-ons that coordinate with the Boho scrapbook kit, so I'm looking forward to "branching out" into that area too! I will most definitely post pics!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spring Solitude

I love the name of this set and of course it's perfect for this time of year! This is a hostess set from the current SU catalog. I've really been wanting to play around with it and just recently got the chance. I basically CASE'D it from the catalog sample picture-a great source of inspiration! Although the card requred alot of cutting, it's worth it because I think it turned out to be really pretty; perfect for a variety of occassions.
Stamps: Spring Solitude + retired sentiment stamp
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Blue Bayou + East Coast Prep Designer Series paper
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Olid Olive, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Not Quite Navy
Other: 1-1/4" punch, hodgepodge hardware, apricot appeal grosgrain, Fresh Favorites I button
I also made a mini notepad book, using this set. I made a couple of these not too long ago. Check out my older post here. Inside the book is a small legal notepad. Very simple to make. Let me know if you'd like the pattern.
Stamps: Spring Solitude
Ink: certainly celery, choclate chip, almost amethyst
Paper: almost amethyst, wild wasabi, whisper white, so saffron, & retired designer series
Other: silver mini brads, wild wasabi double-stitched ribbon, scallop circle punch, 1-1/4" + 1-3/8" punches.

Softspoken Thoughts


It's always an unfortunate time when sympathy cards are needed. Here's one that I made today. The LeJardin paper easily lends itself to a quiet theme. I pieced together several patterns of the double sided paper for a different look. This card is perfect for writing special thoughts or verses on the inside.
Stamps: Refuge and Strength, Happy Harmony (retired)
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Brocade Blue
Cardstock: River Rock, Brocade Blue, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Le Jardin Designer Series paper
Other: Brads, Photo Corners punch