Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Embellished Notepad & Pencil Gift Sets

These are the little gift sets I made for the girls in my Awana class for an end-of-year gift. Somehow, amidst the chaos- school, feeding/bathing little ones, backed-up laundry, & last night's dinner dishes, I managed to get these made up! Sometimes I wonder how I get myself into volunteering for these projects!
I wrapped a simple 1" band around each notepad and glued a punched heart in coordinating paper. Then, I stamped the 'God is Love' image & attached the binder clip. The clips are embellished w/the same patterned paper + ribbons tied around each. I used the 5-petal flower punch for the flowers on the pencils. They're adhered w/glue dots- one on each side. I hope the girls enjoy them!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pretty Thank You + a New Color Combo

I think this card turned out so pretty- perfect for Grandma! I love the timeless, antique look. And I love the color combo- which I don't think I've ever used! The main card is So Saffron. The other cardstock colors are Basic Gray & Rose Red. I actually watercolored the stamped image, which is a technique I rarely use. It worked perfect with the antique-look of the jars w/flowers (hostess Level 1 set). The ribbon is tied through vanilla hodgepodge. The 'thank you' was popped up w/dimensionals + a flower image stamped in the background, which really adds alot. I find myself frequently using the flower image from 'Together Forever' in this manor. I used the scallop edge punch for the bottom of the card. The entire effect just reminds me of my Grandma! She sent the kids money for Easter, so this is the thank-you from them. And the best part is that I know she'll appreciate and save it!

Shabby Chic Fabric Projects

Here are 2 sets of the 'shabby chic' fabric projects I've been working on. I used the Big Shot & Circles #2 die to cut coordinating fabric circles of different sizes. Then, I pulled around the unfinished edges to obtain the 'shabby chic' look, before layering the circles. Each one is glued together w/hot glue. The object is to try to kind of scrunch each one up so it's not laying flat. For the hair barrettes, I used my paper piercing tool to poke a hold through the center and inserted a crystal brad. The barrette snaps are especially for embellishing and they have a small hole at the top which works perfect for inserting the brad. I added leaves to the larger brooch + a felt backing w/pin & glued buttons in the center, instead of using a brad. I think these make great gift sets! They can even be attached and used as embellishment on a card! The brooches can also be attached to a handbag or other clothing article.
The 3-6 grade girls in my Awana class are making the hair barrettes Wed. night- a set for themselves + a set for a young girl at the Rescue Mission. I'm also currently making batches of these to sell, in various fabric prints. Email me if you're interested in purchasing any.
Brooches, $5.
Hair Barrettes, $5/set of 2.
Brooch + 2 Barrettes, $8.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Simple Thank You

Here's a quick, simple thank-you that hopefully leads towards manly. Colors used are Ruby Red, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Old Olive, & Real Red. The only stamping is the little bird from one of my favorite retired sets. The blocks each have something dimensional on them: punched star, popped up bird, button, & felt flower. I think the overall effect is clean and simple! And by the way, Ruby Red & Crushed Curry will be retiring in June, so get them while you can! I happened to have this card already cut & scored, so I used it. As for Crushed Curry, I have practically a full pack, so I will be trying to incorporate it in near-future projects!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Together!

I love this adorable little set, 'Happy Together!' It makes such a cute little card, & this one is going to a baby shower. The designer paper is from last year's SAB choices, but it's once again a great example of how to use SU's double-sided papers. The patterns and colors are always coordinated for easy mix-n-match. I love patchwork looks. My embellishments are usually color choices pulled from various prints in the papers. This card uses a Bashful Blue brad and a Celery button w/ribbon tied through it.