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Monday, November 15, 2010

Crafting on a Snowy Day!

Here is what we woke up to on Sunday morning!!   I guess it's officially winter in North Western Ontario!!  Notice that shovel by the garage - it's going to see a work out for the next few months (at least 5 or 6 months- yes we have snow here until March or April!!)

It's certainly earlier than the last few years though. My husband has put away the lawn tractor and pulled out the snow blower.

So.... I decided to go to work in my crafty room and here's my latest project - a gift that is all packaged and ready for my sister-in-law's birthday tomorrow.

Recently I received some yummy goodies from Papertrey Ink - somehow I ordered two sets of Heather Nichol's Mini Scrapbook Series.Journaling Circles, so I decided that since my SIL is an avid scrapbooker, she might like a new journaling option.

I put the stamps into the CD case and then created "cards" for the front and back of the plastic box used to package the stamps. Here's what all the bits and pieces looked like before I packaged them together.

The "front"  is shown on the far left; the CD case with the  assembled stamp set is in 
the middle and the stamped embellishments created for the back "card" are on the right.
This won't need to be  "wrapped" , since  "cards" will hide the "real"gift - the stamp set!   Everything was placed into the plastic box with a brown ribbon and bow for the finishing touch!

I started with a piece of beige parchment card stock and stamped Text Style I in Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo and a border print from Tin Types using a bright pink ink. The edges were distressed using more of the Tea Dye Duo and then mounted onto a cinnamon spice card stock. The other details on the card include the Library card, with various  stamps from the Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs and Library Ledger. I used the Journaling Circle and the Limitless Layers to make the circle embellishment. The flower was made with the dies from Beautiful Blooms - cut, stamped with more Text Style I and Tea Dye Duo. I added some pink die cuts as well to give a little colour. The center of the flower and the accent on the journaling circle are little copper pearls.   

          Here's a closer look at the BACK

 These images are ready to add to a scrapbook! My SIL has two grandsons and 1 grand daughter, so I added a blue and pink circle - thought she could use them for a scrapbook that includes the wee ones.

Limitless Layers was used to cut mats for all of the circles and then  a few little "jewels" were added to some of them. Non- permanent glue was used to temporarily hold the circles onto the background paper.

 Project Details:
Stamps: PTI: Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs, Library Ledger,  Journaling Circles; Library Card; Text Styles I & Tin Types background stamps.
Inks: CTMH Black, Cranberry, Moonstruck, Garden Green; Memento Cottage Ivy; Stampin'Up Pixie Pink; PTI Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo.
Paper: Recollections white, beige parchment; cinnamon brown.
Other Supplies: mini pearls, rhinestone accents; ribbon; Limitless Layers dies; Beautiful Blossoms die; EK success border punch.


Here is the Pull Up Tag card that I made earlier for my SIL's birthday. It uses various stamps from Close to My Heart, Clear Dollar Stamps and Stampin' Up. The paper has lots of floral pattern and colour, so I didn't need to do too much embellishing!!

I cut out a small flower from the paper and attached it to the front, then added a little white pearl. The photo corners were punched out and attached to the corners

When the tag is pulled up, you can see the various birthday sentiments - one on the tag from Stampin'Up, along with a flower stamp and a smaller sentiment in the 'window' - both from Clear Dollar Stamps.
Card Details: 
Stamps: CTMH What a Great Day!;  Clear Dollar Stamps Tag It!, Spring Trimmings; Stampin"up Blooming with Love, Pretty Petals background stamp.
Inks: CTMH Cranberry; Garden Green. 
Papers:  designer paper - can't remember the manufacturer!
Other Supplies: pearl, ribbon, markers.

Here's a few more snowy pics to enjoy, taken in our back and side yards.!!  Have a great day!!


Chris said...

Oh, that is a beautiful gift!! I wish my SIL's were as crafty and generous to know my favorite gifts! What a fun surprise that will be.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Beautiful birthday card! And what a nice gift for your SIL! Love how you have packaged it all up. AS to the snow, we rec'd our first snowfall a week ago and it too will be here until April or May.

Kelly said...

What a great gift!

Jill said...

Wow, Karen, what a fabulous gift idea and presentation you've created! Since your SIL is a scrapbooker, she will likely be able to appreciate the work that went into this, and the personal touch that a hand created gift endows. What a lucky birthday gal!

Kristin said...

These are great!! I just rec'd journaling tags too and can't wait to ink it up :-). Love your pull card as well.

Linda said...

What a fabulous gift! Your snow is beautiful, but please keep it up there for a little longer. If I miss it, I'll come look at your pictures. (big smiles)

Lorraine said...

Wow, your SIL will love her gifts! And maybe you'll create another PTI addict, lol. Also - thank you for sharing your scenery photos! I love seeing other places - and snow, which I never get here, LOL!

Anne B said...

I'm sure your SIL will love her gift. Love your packaging idea - can't wait to try it out myself :)

Michelle said...

I'm so jealous you have snow already! We were supposed to get some last week, but didn't. Soon, I hope - gosh it looks sooooo pretty. That's a great little gift for your SIL; the packaging is quite clever. That tag/pull-up card is really neat too!

Rose said...

What a beautiful way to package up her gift, I'm sure she'll love it (I would!!!) AND EEK!! If it's snowing in North west ontario, the GTA can't be THAT far behind.....

steph said...

Oh my gosh- I think I would die if I woke up to snow! HAHA! Lovely journaling cards- what a perfect gift for a scrapbooker!

Sue Plote said...

Wow!! What a wonderful gift - I'd love to see that under my tree (or in my stocking)! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, too!