Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring flower gift bag

This fun little bag was a Spring Workshop project over the weekend. I found the little bags at the dollar store - 12 for $1. They are a little flimsy, but once it was decorated it was a little sturdier and ready for a little gift.

I folded open the box, igoring the scores on the sides that would make it an actual bag. I wrapped a piece of b&t paper around and glued it into place. On the front panel, I added a square of Cranberry cardstock, layered with a random stamped panel. The flower stamps are from the Delight in Everything set and I used Cranberry, Breeze, and Buttercup inks to stamp.

The small flower in the corner was stamped on a piece of cranberry cardstock. The cardstock was placed on a thin mat (the cushion provided with CTMH's stamps) and with an embossing stylus I gently outlined and pressed the entire image. Finally, I sanded the front of the embossed image and attached it to the bag with a piece of foam tape. The final touch was a knot of ribbon on the handle.

Here's another view so that you can see the fun paper a little better.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tin for Door Prize

I decorated this fun little band-aid style tin for a door prize for my workshop this weekend. It was well-received by the winner!! I simply wrapped it with two pieces of coordinating b&t papers, stamped the rose and layered it on Bubblegum cardstock. Wrapped the ribbon around to cover the "seam" of the two papers, and attached the rose with foam tape. I also tied three knots of ribbon on the handle. Sweet and simple!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Stamping blahs winning idea......

Blogger Char- said...

Make some inchies with your stamps. They are fast and easy and will motivate you to do more stamping.

March 20, 2008 10:19 PM

So, Char- email me your address and I'll send you a couple CTMH stamps!! Thanks for the awesome idea!!

Hey! I had fun!!!

Thank you, EVERYONE, for all the great ideas for getting out of the stamping slump. It is so hard sometimes to get going again!!!

I really appreciated all the thoughtful ideas and encouragement. But the one that really did it for me, was the suggestion to stamp an inchie. Now, I had to do a little looking around to get an idea of what this was, and WOW was I amazed at the Inchie artwork out there!!

So, this is my attempt....I stamped the flower from the Delight in Everything stamp set in Hollyhock ink. Then I used the stem image and made a plaid design right over the flower in Chocolate ink. I distressed the entire square with the chocolate ink, too. I stamped another flower and cut it out, distressed it a little with the chocolate ink and mounted it on the Inchie with a foam square. Finally I used my embossing tool to curl the petals a bit.

Here's a (somewhat blurry) close-up so that you can see the curled petals a little better.

This was really a lot of FUN! Give it a try if you've never made an Inchie before.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Stampin' blahs....

I need to stamp, I want to stamp.......I don't wanna stamp. Ever have those days, weeks, months?

I have lots of stamps, lots of paper, lots of inks....and a very messy and disorganized stamping area that just makes me want to scream. So that's it, huh? Clean it up and then start stamping. Easier said than done, unfortunately. Check out stamping blogs and get inspired?? Tried that, got lots of inspiration, but still can't seem to get moving....

So tell me, what's your favorite way to get rid of the stamping blahs??? Give me a winning idea that gets me going again, and I'll send you a couple sample stamps from CTMH!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday share

Today is the first day of Holy Week. We remember the triumphant arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem today.
Hosanna to the King of Kings!!

Here's another Easter card to share this morning!
Have a lovely day!

Friday, March 14, 2008

3x3 Easter tag card

Here's a fun little 3x3 card. The tag was cut out using the Coluzzle system and tag template. I stamped the block and sponged the edges. Then stamped the egg on a separate piece of cardstock, cut it out and glued it on top.

Sweet and simple!

back from La-la Land

Hey everyone,
Long time no post...I have a few Easter cards to share from last year and then I have some new projects to share as soon as I break out my camera and get photos taken. So here's a fun card I made last year......

Wow, that's hard to see!! Bright! The cute little chickie was made using the solid egg stamp and one of the small leaf stamps for the wings, and beak. I used a marker to add little "feathers" around his edges and a black marker for the eyes. The flap lifts up at the hinge to reveal a Happy Easter message underneath.