I spent a good part of my morning stamping a few quick items. It has been a lot of fun to see what the other Stamp Simply Celebrate designers have come up with, so I thought I would attempt some of the challenges and projects. But first, tomorrow is my baby brother's birthday...I can still remember how excited my two sisters and I were when we heard we had a brother--this was way before ultrasounds! He is still very special and of course, he knows it!
I wanted to make a birthday card using Sharon's beautiful two-colored embossing technique shown here. Now, mine is nowhere near as beautiful as hers (I said mine were quick!) but I think he will like this! He is an engineer and sometimes he's pretty hard to impress!
I used an image from Flourishes' Forest of Trees, and a sentiment from Winter Schminter by Whippersnapper. They are embossed in copper and silver on Shimmery White cardstock from SU; the inside is also embossed in silver, just a birthday sentiment. Hopefully you can see the silver embossing at the top and ends of the branches!
Yesterday, Dee had a challenge to incorporate some stamping into some food gifts. I had just bought a tin of Cappucino Cream Wafers at the Dollar Store, just to have on hand for a quick gift. I covered it with some paper from a Holiday Slab by Provo, added a tag using my new JustRite Christmas Stamp Ensemble and added a big honkin' bow. The JustRite ensemble was a gift from JustRite themselves--an awesome company and a very generous gift, to be sure! I am still learning how to use them, but I am having lots of fun!
I used some Old Olive twill to tie the tag on, then just stuck the bow above it. There is a little twinkly bling on the tag, too!
For Susan's challenge to make a gift holder, I had to laugh when I saw hers. I had actually stamped these a couple days ago, but didn't want to post them yet, and I laughed when I saw the similarities! Of course, she has those gorgeous bows on hers and mine are, well, just plain! Have a look:
I made my entire holder from a piece of BG Fruitcake and added a scalloped border in Cranberry Crisp. I stamped the image on Confetti Cream and colored it with markers and blender pens, then "distressed" it by stamping over it with Sanded. I added a little Baja Breeze strip and added some punchouts that had also been stamped with Sanded.
A simple sentiment on the inside from Flourishes' Holiday Greetings finished it off.
And of course, while I had that fun paper out, I made a card as well with some elements I was working with, but hadn't used on the gift card:
Finally, I found the inspiration for this fun little felt gift card holder/purse at Lisa Johnson's Poppy Paperie:
I have several big chunks of felt that I have been hoarding (not just limited to DP!) so I gave it a shot. I tried stamping on it, but the ink just soaked in, so it is a tad bit plain! I'll have to experiment with that some more. The Cosmo Cricket chipboard scallop holds the flap down, and it fastens with an adhesive Velcro piece. I think my niece will like this!
Well, thanks for hanging in there with me! I will have some more to post tomorrow---now it's off to bake some cookies! If you have any questions on any of the above projects, shoot me an email! Thanks for all your kind comments!