Sunday, September 21, 2008

From This Day Forward...

Yet another wedding card! This was wedding #3 this year, with 2 more to go... eesh :) But then it's an excuse to make pretty cards!

I had a hard time coming up with something so I just started stamping! I was FINALLY able to order Guidelines from PTI when it came back in stock but didn't play with it until a few weeks later. I did have one boo-boo side but that's ok, you just flip it over and try again. I will say that it does take a little practice to get the hang of it but WOW, the finished product is maximum effect with minimum effort

I was initally going to have one more layer but it seemed like a travesty to cover up the pattern :) so I kept it simple by just adding a "tag" with a monogram & ribbon.

Fine Print:
Stamps: PTI Guidelines, Flower Garden, Birthday Basics ("H")
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Sweet Blush
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, Sweet Blush
Accessories: PTI Sweet Blush Satin Ribbon, Sakura Clear Glitter Pen, Making Memories Slot Punch

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pretty in Pink

Another one of my good friends got married recently and I wanted to make sure I kept the standard for gift baskets high :). I first made the card and chose pink & brown to go with her colors.

Before I wrote on the insert for the card, I lightly traced the pocket onto it with pencil so I knew where not to write. This way, once inserted, you don't see the writing. I blocked all the writing, it's personal people! :) I'm really, really happy for my friend but sad cuz she's moving to Boston because of her husband's job - but hopefully they'll be back in a few years!! YAY!

So then I wanted to wrap the gifts creatively... I usually try and make it a theme but SOMEONE, who will remain nameless, bought up all the baking supplies on the registry. Making it hard for me to make a baking themed basket. And there wasn't anything thing else "theme-y" so I ended up buying up all her pop-up tupperware things and another boxed set of storage items. In addition I had to buy something extra for the honeymoon!! :)

I went to Michael's to see what baskets were available and found this flat one with brown lining - perfect! Then I carefully folded the unmentionables into 2 of the containers so they showed through and a jewlery box in another. For the 2 empty cannisters I just used pretty paper to line them. I tied pink ribbon on the ones that had something inside and dark chocolate ribbon on the empty ones. so the bride would know which ones to open. Then I stuffed extra wrapping paper around them so there wouldn't be too much shifting. The big box is just the boxed set wrapped up.

Here you can see more detail of how one of the unmentionables shows through :). I also shrink wrapped the basket for a professional finish then tied it together to the gift wrapped box with pink tulle and taped the card to the front. I love tulle.

Fine Print:
Stamps: PTI Boxes, Bags, & Tags, Shapes by Design ("Celebrate")
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate, White; SU! Purely Pomegranate & DP
Ink: PTI Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate
Accessories: PTI Sweet Blush Satin Ribbon, random button, Scor-Pal, Corner Rounder punch, SU! File Folder Tab punch

Thanks for Looking!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mr. & Mrs.

Here is a gate-fold card I made as a wedding card. It's a 5x5 card and I used the tutorial from SCS. I also made an envelope using a template I had from Paper Source out of a 12x12 sheet of Vellum. The oval "Mr. & Mrs." helps hold the card closed.

The designer paper is sponged in Dark Chocolate and the white square is sponged with Spring Moss. The only thing that did not show up in the picture was the background I stamped in Aqua Mist behind the Mr. & Mrs.

I covered the flowers with my Stardust pen to add a little sparkle. The close up kinda shows it :).

I also stamped the branch image inside and outlined it again with my stardust pen. I used my Making Memories slot punch to punch out slots to hold the gift (check). While leaving some room to write something.

Fine Print:
Stamps: SU! Artfully Asian; PTI B&C Monogram Edition, Mixed Messages
Paper: PTI Aqua Mist, White, Dark Chocolate; PTI Everyday Blessing DP
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss
Accessories: Sakura Stardust Clear Pen, Copic Markers, Making Memories slot punch

Thanks for Looking!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thank You Card for being 30

Not much to say with today's post. Just wanted to share the thank you cards I made to go along with the birthday theme from my last post. The hard part was getting my husband to write them. Anyone else have trouble with this? I even wrote out an outline for him to use but that totally backfired! I figured that since I had written the ~150 thank you's for our wedding, he at least owed me 8 of them for his own birthday?? Oh well, at least they'll go out soon, I hope!!

Fine Print:
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Blooms, Flower Garden
Paper: PTI White, Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, PTI Father Knows Best DP
Ink: PTI Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate
Accessories: Making Memories Square Brads

Thanks for Looking!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Who's turning 30???

Hahaha... my husband finally turned thirty in August, he's 9 months younger than me. I know, I know, "gasp! younger man?!" What can I say? heh heh heh just kidding. He hates large groups and noise (already acts older than he really is) so we just had a handful of friends over for Korean BBQ. But I wanted to make it a little special.

Sooo... I made this pennant banner to liven things up.

Here's detail of one of the pennants. The letters are also from Archiver's die cut letters, also from the "Chunky" font but I used the capital letters with the shadows. Also if you notice, I use a lot of sheer navy blue ribbon - um... I have a lot, I mean A LOT of it leftover from my wedding (from 2 years ago!!) so whenever I can I try and use it and I mean WHENEVER.

So now you may now wonder where I got the color scheme? Well I got the idea from Amy Rysavy. She had posted a gift she made for her husband using the Father Knows Best paper and set and I filed it away for later. When I was thinking of a theme for the party, this came to mind. I thought the color scheme was nice, boyish but not typically so. Therefore I take ZERO credit for the idea, I only changed the main image and the sentiment. Then I made the pennants to match.

Oh and I used SU! Soft Sky instead of Aqua Mist just cuz I had bought a bunch of it along with the ribbon. But I used it with PTI Summer Sun.

I filled nugget tins with matching Jelly Belly's. Don't they match the color scheme exactly?? I got Berry Blue, Pink Grapefruit, and Peach flavors

The flower from Flower Garden and the sentiment from SU! Simply Said are embossed with White EP.

Also to make it even more special, I ordered a cake from Cake Girls, in Chicago. If you can't tell, my husband likes golf. He has moments when he is obsessed but I have moments when I'm obsessed with crafting so we always consider ourselves even :).

His reaction was so funny cuz he kept asking "what are you supposed to do with it? Do we eat it? Do we eat it? What is that? What is that?" And I had to keep responding with, "yes, yes, we can eat it, it's a cake!" It took some convincing for him to cut the cake but don't worry, we cut that sucker and ate it! It was really good!

So even though we don't have any kids, that doesn't mean you can't have themed parties for adults, right? And without the cheesy kinds you get at a party favor store. After I had spent so much time on my friends' 1st birthday party & baby shower, I felt I had to step it up for that special person in my life - just didn't seem fair to not spend my time on him :). Overall it went well, my friends sorta made fun of me for it but I don't care! :P

Thanks for looking and be sure to send any questions my way!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

All wrapped up!

So for the presents that go with the card in my last post... I made my own wrapping paper for cuttlebug dies that I bought my friend, Heidi, for her birthday.

I used regular printer paper because I was in a pinch and PTI Beautiful Blooms randomly all over. I used almost every PTI ink color! Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart & Summer Sun. Sorry that the colors don't show up in the pic, I was using early morning sunlight before work.

Then as the baby shower gift, the group of crafty girls at work decided to make scrapbook pages so she'd have a head start by the time the baby came . Here are my pages.

This one is a total scraplift from the page I took a picture of at the Jolee sticker booth at CHA. I changed the writing to be like a birth announcement. It was pretty simple and I like how the hand drawn borders give it a whimsical look. I'll post a similar one I did in blue later.

Here's a close-up. I'd never thought to layer the stickers from Jolee but it adds so much more! I'm gonna try and do it more often.

Let me know if there's anything you'd like to know about the stuff I've used.

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Birthday AND a Baby?!?

We threw a surprise Baby Shower/Birthday Lunch for one of my scrappy friends at work and I made this card for everyone to sign. I used the CMWC15 sketch from the PTI forum, kinda. I had just gotten the Green Thumbs set from Papertrey Ink and was itching to try it. I used the rock & roll method for the flowers, I'm still workin' on it :P.

The neat thing with this card was making a slot for a gift card. I saw this on someone's site but I don't remember where- I'll be sure to post where when I do. Before you adhere the layer to the card base you cut a slit just a little larger than the gift card and use a circle punch to punch a half circle. Then stick your layer on but be sure to leave the middle adhesive free.

Fine Print:
Stamps: Green Thumbs, Bitty Baby Blessings, Women of Life additions (&), B&C Monogram Edition
Paper: SU! Kraft, PTI White, Spring Moss, Misc. Lavender CS, Bitty Baby Blessings DP
Ink: SU! Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, PTI Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Palette Charcoal
Accessories: PTI Spring moss Grossgrain ribbon, Sakura Glitter Pen, circle punch, foam adhesive, markers (for stems & pitcher).

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Baby Shower Galore

So to continue my baby shower theme, here is what I came up with for a gift. I got my friend a diaper bag from her registry and filled it with some goodies. I made a last-minute gift using fabric and stamps to make some unique onsies. I got the idea from Taylor of Taylored Expressions. The fabrics are from something I picked up in Japan last September. I realized I only had very floral fabrics and so I picked the most "boy-y" looking one to make these :).

Three onsies fit inside one of the larger PTI boxes (the ones that the stamps come wrapped in). I made a belly band to match the card I made.

Here's the diaper bag filled with everything and ready to go. I stuffed some paper on the bottom so that things would stick out and tied up the handles with some ribbon.

I also made a banner for the shower (one that I could keep and re-use :) ). I tried to make them look like baby blocks but don't know if I accomplished the look.

Here's a close-up. I used PTI cardstock, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss and Dark Chocolate. The letters were die cut at my local Archiver's using the "Chunky" font. I randomly punched scallops with my SU!, scored lines and rounded the corners.

Thanks for looking!!