Monday, February 23, 2009

Method Monday

***Edited to Add: Apparently, I left off the most important step which is adhering the cello bag of candy into the Triangle Treat Bag. See the picture at the end of the post.

First, let me say I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted. I started a new job last Monday and things have been a bit hectic. I really like it so far, but I've worked from home for 3 1/2 years ... so I'm still adjusting to commuting to work and business casual dress. Let's just say that my dress code in my home office was very lax. The only "rule" I had was I *HAD* to wear PJs on rainy days ... lol.

Okay, onto the post. It's my turn to host the Method Monday challenge over at the InStyle Stamps blog and this little triangle treat project is what I decided to do. I based my project on Tracy Durcan's project on the Scor Pal website.

Supplies used: Chick in Nest Digital Download from InStyle Stamps, 4 1/4 x 11 piece of So Saffron CS, 4 X 3 3/4 piece of DSP, 3/4 x 4 1/4 piece of DSP, 3" Scalloped Piece of DSP and So Saffron CS, Eyelet Border Punch, Large Pop Dots, Clear Cello Bag, Festive Chocolates, Sentiment by A Muse and Tombo Adhesive

Step 1: Score 4 1/4 piece of cardstock at 1 1/2, 5 1/2 and 7

Step 2: Along the top where the 1 1/2" line is, start in the center and punch with the eyelet border punch, slide to the right of the punched section and punch, then slide to the left of the punched section and finish your border

Step 3: Color the image with Copics and adhere to scalloped circles (which are adhered together to made them more stable because this layer is what keeps the project closed). Then apply large pop dots to the bottom two thirds of the back of the scalloped circle layer.

Step 4: Stamp the sentiment on the 4 x 3 3/4 DSP and adhere to the So Saffron CS by centering in the section from the 7" score line to the bottom of the cardstock. Note the sentiment will be near the 7" score line, which will seem to be upside down, but you'll be folding this over. Also, adhere the 3/4 x 4 1/4 strip of DSP after centering from the top of the cardstock to the 1 1/2" score line.

Step 5: Adhere the scalloped circle layer to the front of the bag project.

Step 6: Adhere cello bag with candy into Triangle Treat Bag. The scallop circle keeps the bag closed.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sentimental Sliders Bags

Okay, so I promised more projects using my InStyle Stamps digital images, which I love... sorry it's taken me so long to post today. I was up before the sun was up and planned on taking pictures and getting my post up by 8:00 AM. However, after seeing Lisa Johnson's adorable Sentimental Sliders project I knew I HAD to modify my bags to have slide out sentiments. (Lisa, you are pure stamping genius!!)

Anyway, here are 2 cute little Valentine themed bag projects I made. The one on the left is a one sheet bag that I used with the cute Pie image. I added a heart rhinestone for the cherry on top. I'll be giving this bag to my Mom with a little something for Valentine's Day. That woman can bake like nobody's business. Her apple pie is to die for ... so I knew I'd be making something for her when I spotted this image. I created the sentiment on my computer. The left side says "For Mom" and the right side says "You Make Life Sweet" ... because she really does both figuratively and literally.

For the project on the right, I used some of Stampin Up's Candy Lane DSP and then colored my Cupcakes image based on the colors in the paper. I'm going to give this box in a bag to my daughter. She and I are HUGE cupcake fans. For the sentiment for her bag, the left side says "For Brianne" and the right side says "My Little Cuppycake". I call her my little cuppycake ... even though she's 7 inches taller than me. lol. Both gift bags have a gift card in them for a movie and for a meal at Panera.

I'm so excited that I surpassed 10,000 hits on my blog. I'll be posting for blog candy early next week, so be sure to stop by so you can sign up for that.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

It is my turn to create a sketch for the Thankful Thursday challenge over at the InStyle Stamps blog. How cool is that?? I'm still trying to learn my photo editing software, so I just created my sketch using shapes in a Word document and then cut and pasted into Photoshop. You have to start some where, right?? I tried to do something different than my normal layouts because let's face it ... that's the point of a sketch challenge. I hope you like what I came up with enough to play along.

Since the challenge requires a thank you sentiment, I decided to use this adorable Potted Plant digital image from InStyle Stamps. I also used the papers and rick rack from my Inspiration Kit. I love all the texture that the Sweetie Pie Bo Bunny patterned paper and the Bazzill cardstock add to the card. In fact, I decided to fancy up the image a bit by running it thru the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder after I colored it with my Copics. I've seen Cindy Haffner do that in the past, but this is the first time I've used it on my image layer. I love how it turned out, so you'll definitely see me using this method on future cards.

Here's a picture of the sketch and more details about the challenge:

1. Make sure your project includes the word “Thank you” in some way.

2. You do not have to use an ISS stamp, but why not if you have it?

3. To be eligible for the prize please post a link to your creation in this post by no later than Wednesday, February 18 before 11:59pm, PST.

4. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 19th.

5. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If not claimed by then, another a winner will be chosen.

6. Those that hold a design position of any kind for ISS are ineligible to win the prize but you are welcome to participate!

Make sure if you are uploading to PCP or SCS galleries, please use ISSTT 2-12 for the tag. =)

This week’s prize is a Copic marker AND the Potted Plant digital image I used on my card!!! Best of luck to everyone who particiates.

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow I will be posting 2 more Valentine themed projects using more of the fabulous digital images that were released on Tuesday.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fall in Chocolate

Valentine's Day can be hard when you're not in a relationship, so I designed a mini pizza box with chocolate in it that would be perfect to give to single friends. I paired up this adorable (and brand spankin' new) heart balloons digital image with the papers and ribbons from one of the Inspiration kits from InStyle Stamps for my project. I love this Sweetie Pie patterned paper from Bo Bunny. The sentiment, which was perfect for the theme of this project, is from a Studio G dollar set.