December 22, 2009

Gift Tags & Bag

Today’s post highlights Christmas packaging. I got these cute little containers in the bridal craft aisle at Wal-Mart. They fit my Marvy Scallop Circle Punch perfectly!   Can’t beat that!
The stamps sets I used are all PTI: Spring Tags; 2008 & 2009 Holiday Tag Collections; Simply Stationary; & Boxes, Bags & Tags.
Xmas Tags 2
Xmas Tags 1
Next up is a Christmas gift bag that I made using my new Waltzingmouse stamps. I just love them!!! The Waltzingmouse stamp set is Very Vintage Christmas, the rest of the products are PTI with the exception of the paper bag, which I bought at Michaels. I can’t stop using that background stamp and I can’t stop myself from stamping on ribbon at every opportunity.

2/23/10 ETA: Lee of Pumpkin's Creative Patch was the source of my inspiration. I believe she also has a link to the tutorial in her post. Better late than never! Found her on the WMS Customer Blog Hop!
Someone had an excellent tutorial on how to make these little gift bags. Unfortunately, I can’t remember whose blog it was. My sincere apologizes. I surf at work and jump from one blog to the next. I guess I am going to have to start writing down the names when I see something I want to CASE.
Xmas Gift Bag 1

December 11, 2009

Raspberry Suite CC #20


This is the first color challenge I have ever participated in. I liked having one piece of the card making equation already figured out for me. I guess the colors Dawn McVey chose for this challenge really spoke to me because after I saw it I immediately started making my card. I even used her Mod Squad stamp set.

All supplies are PTI.


December 10, 2009

Tree Trimming Trio Christmas Cards

I made Christmas cards as a birthday present for my step-mom. The embossing powder I used was Judi-Kins Aegean Silver. You can’t tell it from the card but the embossing just shines in every color of the rainbow when it catches the light. I had purchased it at a stamping convention many years ago and had never used it. Well, 38 cards later I had gone through the whole bottle and had to borrow more from my step-mom to finish up. Luckily, she had a brand new jar too!

The inspiration for the card came from this post of Nichole’s.

For ink, I used VersaMark Dazzle on the outside and (Some) Enchanted Evening (I always sing that song when I use this color) and Smokey Shadow on the inside. The stamps sets I used are PTI’s Tree Trimming Trio and Silent Night.

The circles are hard to line up within the tree. Evening after trying it over 100 times I still haven’t figured out a trick, so if anyone has figured it out please let me know!

JW's Xmas Cards 1

JW's Xmas Cards 2

December 8, 2009

Guide Lines Two Previous GSS Entries

The following cards are from a previous PTI GSS submission. The PTI stamp sets I used were Guide Lines Two, Background Basics: Retro, Mega Mixed Messages, Recipe Box, and Polka Dot Basics I.

I was very intimidated by the Guide Lines set when I first got it. I had no idea what to do with it.  I started by CASE’ing cards in the PTI gallery. I think a lot of my apprehension was just getting familiar with the set. Now I feel like if the two sets were the only ones I owned I would still be happy. They are my kaleidoscope stamps, just one small turn of the stamp and the effect is completely different. Now the sets are something I turn to when I want to relax.




December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving Napkins

These are the napkins I used for Thanksgiving. My dad refused to use his, which made me chuckle. The napkins were also a PTI GSS submission.

I decided against giving them as a gift because I wanted to see how they would fare through use and washing. I would hate to give a gift that became non-existent after the recipient washed it one time. So these napkins became my test case.

I used a combination of PTI’s hybrid dye & pigment inks. Hands down, I prefer the pigment inks. The pigment inks make it so easy to get great coverage. I am impatiently awaiting the release of any new color. I bought the napkins at Wal-Mart. They come in a set of two for $4.  The fabric stamps wonderfully; the coverage is great and it retained detail famously. I made sure to wash the napkins without fabric softener or dryer sheets. I didn’t iron the napkins before stamping them; I took them out of the dryer and smoothed them down. Amazingly enough the napkins were rather wrinkle resistant, which it unheard of with inexpensive fabrics.

Thanksgiving Napkins 3

Thanksgiving Napkins 5

I modeled the napkin rings after a ceramic set I already had. I used a strip of acetate to copy the ceramic shape and length. I made the width a bit wider than the grosgrain ribbon I was using. I simply taped the ribbon to the acetate.  Stamping PTI’s pigment inks on ribbon is easy, fun, and you get great results.

Thanksgiving Napkins 4

I washed the napkins in cold water with Woolite, the type made for dark fabrics. I included one napkin that I didn’t wash for comparison (the napkin in the  ring). The Orange Zest is really the only color that faded and it didn’t fade much. I think I might even like the slightly muted colors better in this particular application.  I am please with how things turned out so I will be making more in the future.

Thanksgiving Napkins 7

Thanksgiving Napkins 6

December 6, 2009

Bachelor Gift Set

I think an underserved segment of the card giving population is single men. I made these cards (it was quite awhile back when I first got PTI’s Guide Lines set) with the single fellow in mind. He may not find this the most exciting present, but I think he will see its usefulness when the need for a card arises.

Cardstock is SU! Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, & Chocolate Chip. Ink is Mellow Moss & Chocolate Chip. PTI stamp sets used are Guide Lines, Polka Dot Basics I, Faux Ribbon, & Flower garden Sentiments.

Bachelor Gift Set 3

Bachelor Gift Set 1

Bachelor Gift Set 2

December 2, 2009

Gift Card Holders

The gift card holders I am showing today are hybrids of many different patterns I have run across on the internet. I added the belly band because although the recipient knows they are getting a gift card I didn’t want to make it easy for them to peek and see where from. Some element of surprise (no matter how small) needs to be maintained.

Believe it or not I only used 2 stamps sets, PTI’s Polka Dot Basics I and 2008 Holiday Tag Collection. I did use oodles of Stickles however!

Xmas Gift Card 2

Xmas Gift Card 1

Xmas Gift Card 3

Xmas Gift Card 4

Xmas Gift Cards 5

December 1, 2009

Vintage Tea Time

Today's card were inspired by Betsy Veldman. I loved, loved, loved her background paper. I knew I wanted to CASE it an use it front and center on some cards. I wish my lopsided square shapes were more of a true diamond shape like hers! Hmmphf! My plans are to add a couple of cards to this set using Vintage Picnic.

I had waaaay over inked my cards using PTI’s Chamomile Tea Dye ink pad. It was so bad I ended up hating the cards, which I was even more upset about because I had spent a lot of time making the background paper. Well, I stashed the cards away hoping for an epiphany. Awhile back, I was playing around and somehow managed to use an overfilled blender pen on an image distressed with the Chamomile Tea Dye Ink. The blender pen softened the tea dye ink creating an aged water colored or water stained look. At the time, it didn’t occur to me to try the blender pen on today’s cards. Everything finally connected and viola I am happy with these cards once again!

Tea Time 2

Tea Time 1


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