Show and Tell

Hiya Sweeties! Happy Friday to you! I don’t know about you all, but this week seems to have blown by at record speeds. I guess being the last week of summer vacation and wanting things to slow down will do the opposite and make everything speed up instead. Funny how that works.

Monday we head back to school for the start of a very big year for us. So today I have a fun school-themed project to share with you all. This week on the Epiphany Crafts blog, we have been showcasing projects using both the Square and Round 25 Shape Studio Tools. I used both shapes here on a cute gift set that would be perfect for a new teacher, or a returning student.

Whenever I make a gift set, I want the pieces to coordinate, but not necessarily be completely matchy matchy. I think the whole set has more visual interest that way. The key for me is to use the same papers and elements throughout, but to change up their arrangement. You’ll notice that I used the same four patterned papers, banners, and layered die cuts on both pieces here, but changed up their placement for a bit of fun.

For the card, I created a simple background that’s layered with a couple of border strips across the top and tied with twine. A banner strip comes down over the borders, and detail is added with lots of layered die cuts in different shapes and textures. I added a hand-stamped sentiment strip, and a custom bubble cap embellishment made with the Epiphany Crafts Round 25 Shape Studio Tool dresses up the center of the star. Then I created a fun border for the bottom corner of the card using all my patterned papers and the Epiphany Crafts Square 25 Shape Studio Tool.

The treat pocket has the same basic design so it was quick and easy to make since all the design work had already been done. I love this little pocket pouch. So easy to make and can hold so many different treats, school supplies, notes, or even gift cards. Just cut a strip of 12″ paper to whatever width will best hold your treat. Here I measured the width of the candy bar and added an extra inch. Fold up the bottom of the strip and decorate the front. You can cut down the paper, or add extra to fit your needs. Staple or stitch the pocket closed, use brads, or in my case, just tie some twine around the pocket, leaving the sides open. Anything goes. Just have fun!

For more project ideas featuring the Round and Square 25 Shape Studio Tools, and to get entered for your chance to win a Round 25 Tool plus matching Bubble Caps, be sure to stop by the blog! One lucky winner will be chosen and announced on the Epiphany Crafts blog next Monday.

Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!


From the Garden

Good morning everyone and happy Monday to you!  I am posting this in the wee hours of the day as we are on our way to the airport bright and early.  Off to start our much anticipated family vacation to California. We are so excited to visit with friends and family and just kick-back in sunny CA.  I hope you’ll all come back and visit me often, as I hope to keep the old blog updated with lots of photos and stories of our trip. Thank goodness I’ll have access to a computer so I can see what you all are up to, as well.

Today I have a card to share with you based on the new challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room.  This week’s challenge, called From the Garden, is to create a project inspired by this lovely photo, courtesy of Blooming Couture Etsy.

Wouldn’t you love to have this on your front door? I absolutely fell in love with the bright colors and the bold flowers. This wreath just screams summer to me.  So in turn, I created a card full of color, flowers, and the warmth of the season.

So for a From the Garden challenge, what better paper than Cosmo Cricket’s Garden Variety? 😉 The colors brought just the burst of brightness I was going for, perfectly reminiscent of the inspiration photo.

Our sponsor this week in the Tea Room is Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps.

I used their Cherry Blossom Branch digi-stamp to create the centerpiece of my card.  The digital stamp was printed onto cream cardstock, handcut and popped with foam dots for a touch of dimension.  I colored the image with chalk pastels for a soft look and added a bit of sparkle to the flower centers with an orange At You Spica pen from Jet Pens.

Popped the cherry branch onto a journaling card from October Afternoon’s Fly a Kite line and layered both on the lace doily cardstock sticker from Thrift Shop.  A Fly a Kite sticker completes my sentiment and a bit of vintage seam binding and a button from Jenni Bowlin  finish off the details.

I hope you take a moment to check out The Shabby Tea Room blog to see the other wonderful projects from the rest of the team.  And play along with us for your chance to win some digital images from Sweet n’ Sassy stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope you have a great day!