Wednesday, December 29

Christmas Thank You's

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and had some time to relax with loved ones. I took some time away from creating (to clean my craft/kitchen table) and to cherish this sweet season.

I was blessed with some very thoughtful gifts this year and wanted to send out a few Thank You notes. I chose a few elements and then put them to work making a set of cards to pop in the mail. I am rarely attentive to how much sassy stuff I pile on a card, but I wanted these to be easy to mail. I'm typically a 'more is more' kind-of gal but I do love the result I got from these two designs.... and I especially love the hint of Christmas from the color scheme.

Of course, I'm most thankful for my two little sweeties.
Wanted to share my joy with you:

Stamps: Musical Backgrounds - WaltzingMouse; PTI - Mat Stack 1 collection (sentiment) Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede and Basic Gray; PTI Vintage Touch - Chamomile Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Riding Hood Red; PTI Rustic Cream Patterned Paper: BasicGrey's Wassail collection Tools/Dies: Fiskars - Upper Crest Punch; PTI - Mat Stack 1, Peace Be Still (dove), Double-ended Banners, Lg. Scalloped border, Heart Prints dies Ribbon: PTI - Chocolate Baker's Twine; Stampin' Up - Kraft satin (retired)

Thursday, December 2

Thank You Tags

Time for something simple and sassy. I wanted to whip up some cute tags for items I'm popping in the mail to crafty friends. Just so happens that in my own mailbox this week I received Royal Mail from WaltzingMouse Stamps and I could not wait to ink 'em up and take 'em for a spin. It's a tiny sampling, but it will take the edge off until I can play again... I've got a million Christmas projects/presents to complete!

These little numbers are also going into several weekly challenges. Here are the deets:
  • WaltzingMouse: Sketch Challenge #25. I'm eeking in under the wire to submit this one, but Claire posts a new challenge each Saturday and gives out PRIZES! Woot!
  • Pals Paper Arts - My 'alma mater' and a place dear to my heart filled with good pals. They're hosting a Color Challenge this week that is SO fun!
  • Our Creative Corner: Tag You're It is the theme this week - how could I resist?
See you soon!
Stamps: WaltzingMouse: Chrysanthemums, PTI Studio Style; Ink: SU Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss (retired), and Chocolate Chip; Cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, and Real Red; Patterned Paper: PTI It's Official; Tools: SU 1.75" and 1" circle punches, PTI Limitless Layers dies and Tag Sale #1 die, Fiskars Upper Crest border punch; Sassy Somethings: Kaiser rhinestones

Wednesday, December 1

Birthday Binder

I am so excited to share this project with you today - I'm proud of it! My mom is such a wonderful friend to me and she is so supportive and excited about everything I create. This Birthday Binder is just for her and will be packaged up with several other handmade goodies this holiday. (Stay tuned throughout December for the coordinating items and other gift-giving ideas.)
I added a pocket to the inside front flap for envelope storage. The measurements for this pocket are: 4.5" x 7". I plan to add the date and sweet sentiment to the top square.

I personally think these little binders + calendars have a lot of potential and could be a happy home to lots of things... coupons, receipts, photo storage, etc. - definitely not just cards. I can't wait to whip one up for myself... hope you are inspired by it too!

P.S. I popped this over at Wee Memories - such a simple challenge this week: Use ribbon. Tie a bow on and join them! ;)

Stamps: All PTI: Mother, YOF Violets, Text Style I, Fancy Flourishes (inside), Calendar Basics; Cardstock: PTI Ocean Tides, SU Very Vanilla textured; Patterned Papers: SU Perfect Plum Patterns and Cottage Wall (retired), PTI Pretty Pastels; Tools: PTI Lg. Scallop Border die; Sassy Somethings: PTI Ocean Tides felt and Spring Moss satin ribbon, SU So Saffron buttons and Basic Pearls