Friday, March 13, 2009

Stationary Box

Who doesn't love a great gift idea to a friend? This will be a gift for a good friend (it is a VERY late gift....her birthday was in January). The box contains 8 cards, and I used 2 different color cominbations for the cards.

I am attempting to use up some of my designer paper so that I don't feel guilty about opening a new package. I just love the Candy Lane Designer Paper, although most of it looks very "Valentine-y". Some of the prints are mono-chromatic and make for a very elegant card. I also used 3 of the different Sale-A-Bration stamps. I skipped the sentiment so she can use them for whatever occasion she needs them for!

This is the stationary box that I made them to go inside of. To make the box: You will need 2 pieces of cardstock that measure 11x7.5. Score them at 2.5" on each side, and cut the 2.5" score line to form the bottom of the box. Make sure you use Sticky Strip to put the box together so it stays!!

Here is a side view of the box. You can see that I used the Jumbo Eyelets to make the handle with the Pink Pirouette ribbon, knotted on the inside of the box.

Stamp Set: Polka Dot Punches, Time Well Spent (retired)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouettte, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Felt Alpine Ribbon (retired), Candy Lane Designer Paper, Metallic Eyelet, Dimensionals, Scallop Circle Punch, 5 Flower Punch, Silver Brad, Flower Fusion, Jumbo Pewter Eyelet, Pink Pirouette Ribbon
Technique: Sponging

Hope you enjoyed my little stationary box! It was so fun and easy to make, and I think she will just love her gift!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hostess Gift Candy Box

Stamp club was last night, and this was the hostess gift for Bridgett. I love decorating up some candy, and this little box is perfect to do that with some chocolates! And I didn't even eat any of them while making the treat! That is will power!!

These containers I purchased online, and figured it was about time to fix it up! The Good Morning Sunshine Designer Paper is just the funnest! And I love using the Crimper to dress up a package! The candies are the Hershey's Nuggets wrapped in the designer paper (measures 1"x3").

Stamp Set:
Yummy (SAB)
Cardstock: Summer Sun, Pacific Point
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Crimper, Good Morning Sunshine Designer paper, Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, Metallic Eyelets, Linen Thread
Technique: Sponging, Crimping

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March Stamp Club

It is stamp club time again! We are making some wonderful things - 3 full size cards this month! Contact me if you want to join - you could make all these great things for free!!

The first card is for St. Patrick's Day. I don't really do green beer, I'm not Irish, and don't have a St. Patrick's day stamp set. So - I improvised - and you can do with some strategically placed hearts! I am also using the bleaching technique, which turned out different than I thought - but interesting! They are they punched out with the Large Heart Punch. The lucky sentiment is from Define Your Life.

Stamp Set: Define Your Life
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Glorious Green, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Large Heart Punch, Natural Hemp Twine, Black Embossing Powder, Certainly Celery Ribbon (SAB), Dimensionals, Clips Assortment
Technique: Embossing, Bleaching

The next card uses the Gatefold, you have seen a different version of this card at this post. I actually created this club card first. I love these colors - the Sahara Sand with the Real Red is very striking. To create the Gatefold, cut your cardstock in half lengthwise, and then score at 2 3/4" from each side and fold in!
Stamp Set:
Congrats (SAB)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories: Dimensionals, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Boho Punch, Brad, Delicate Dots Designer Paper (SAB)
Technique: Gatefold, Sponging

The last card is my favorite, by far. It uses one of my favorite techniques (sewing) and is a great way to use up all those scraps of designer paper that you just can't bear to throw out! Each of the square are 1"x1". I'm thinking that the 1 1/4" square punch would be an easier way to go about it, cuz it seems to be quite difficult to cut such a small piece with the paper trimmer. I sewed around the edge and then created the 'quilt' on the inside. The Hodgepodge Hardware in the designer label shape is awesome!

Stamp Set: Congrats (SAB)
Ink: Sahara Sand
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware Designer Label, Designer Label Punch, So Saffron Ribbon (SAB), Naturals Hemp Twine, Dimensionals

So - that's it. See ya tonight!

Monday, March 9, 2009

With Sympathy

No one likes to give out sympathy cards, but I hope it is nice to receive one when you are grieving. Duane's granite business partner lost his father after a long illness, and we really wanted them to know that we were thinking of them and that they are on our mind.

Now, I don't have a "sympathy" set per se, but flowers are always appropriate for a sympathy card and I have many of those! This is a Sale-A-Bration set, Botanical Bloom that I used with the sentiment from Trendy Trees. It is also a sketch challenge SC218 from Splitcoast.

The sentiment was a little long to use with the Designer Punch, so I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the sentiment in 2 lines. I also used it to line up the flowers with the outlines.

I hope the Kale family is able to find some comfort in this very difficult time.

Stamp Set:
Botanical Blooms, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray
Ink: Basic Black, Going Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Fifth Avenue Floral Designer Paper, Brads, Designer Label Punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! Whatcha think of the card?