Friday, March 19, 2010

Blogger's Challenge - Think Spring!

"It's a sunshine day!" Ok, quick, who sang that song on a popular TV show? If you know, you'll be showing your age - maybe - but that line is SO appropriate for this sunny Friday in VA! It's going to be over 70 degrees today and just perfect weather to go out and get a smoothie and drink it from an outside table! Yep, that's my plan anyway - wanna join me? :)

So, today's Blogger's Challenge was to Think Spring - that's not hard when it's beautiful outside! The project I created uses some unusual colors together, but the combo reminded me of the transition from winter into spring, mixing deeper tones with a touch of soft color just starting to peep out.

I created this little gift set for my hostess last night and she just loved it! These cute boxes made with the Big Shot Scallop Envelope Die have been so popular to make but they are just really stinkin' cute and make a great little gift set holder. Let me know if you'd like me to put together a photo tutorial for it - there is probably one already out there, but I can do one if you'd like to see it here.

My first photo is a close up of the cute box and satin bow on the front:

Once I cut the envelope pieces, I ran them through my Big Shot again with the Perfect Polka-Dot embossing folder and then sponged Barely Banana ink on the Barely Banana cardstock that I'd used to bring out the texture. I also sponged the scalloped edges too.
The ribbon for the bow is that yummy Old Olive Satin Ribbon that is in the Mini Catalog right now. Love it so much! You need an 11" length to make your bow this size. (on a side note: I've been asked by some of my clients to do a ribbon share for this satin ribbon - if you are a client of mine and would like to be part of a share, e-mail me and let me know - that way I can plan for the right amount to order!)

This photo shows one of the cards with the Kraft cardstock base. I used the DSP from the Welcome Neighbor pack that is a Sale-A-Bration Freebie until the end of March. My color combo is Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Barely Banana, Kraft and Very Vanilla. Again, unusual, but I really like the earthy blend of them.


The edges were all sponged with ink and I used the Upsy Daisy stamp set for my focal images - that's been seeing a lot of use in my studio lately! I have a card to show you later next week that I cased from my friend Kay Kalthoff that uses it too. It's really very versatile!
The greetings were stamped with the Short and Sweet stamp set and Teeny Tiny Wishes - more versatile sets!

For the simple Kraft Cardstock cards, I stamped the greetings on Very Vanilla cardstock, punched them out with the Small Oval punch and layered them on cardstock pieces punched out with the Large Oval punch. The were popped up on dimensionals for some oomph!


I hope you liked the project and the cards today - be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think! And while you're at it, check out the other Blogger's Challenge members and their creations by using the button on my sidebar. They never fail to inspire me!

I'll be back later tonight with the Saturday Sketch Challenge from Stamping 411! Be sure to come back so you can check it out and play along with us!
Happy Stamping and enjoy the sunshine!
~~Robin

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Now this is what would convince me to have a party!! Have a great day!

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  2. I bet your hostess loved her gift!!! It is darling!!!

    Enjoy that beautiful weather. We hit 65 yesterday, but it's in the 30s today with snow showers predicted. Yuck!

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  3. What a great hostess gift, I'm sure she loved it...it's gorgeous!

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  4. I LOVE how you created a box to put them all in. Cards are great too!

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  5. What a great hostess gift. Love the colors on the cards.

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  6. Very pretty Hostess Gift. Love the Embossed Dotted Box. Enjoy your Smoothie!

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  7. I love how you write your into to cards...truly a good journalist.
    Now you have inspired me to do so something similar...Thank You card are always nice to have on hand.
    connie paxman

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  8. Nice project, Robin. I love the embossing on the box.

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  9. What a great gift! Beautiful cards and box, how thoughtful, luv the colors!

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  10. What a great gift! I love this box..the sponging, texture and luxurious bow make it really special :-)!

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  11. Oh man do I feel like a slacker! You gave this to your hostess?? I bet she was psyched! Gorgeous work my friend.

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  12. Even cuter in person!!! :-) I love them!!!

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  13. This is a fantastic project! I saved a copy of it to case for a future hostess...super idea. Great color choices, too!

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  14. I bet your hostess loved her gift! What a great project!

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  15. Such a fantastic gift for a hostess- such nice cards to go along with it too. TFS

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  16. What a great project for your hostess! She'll love it, I'm sure! My Upsy Daisy has gone missing...need to reorder it!

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  17. I am absolutely all over that smoothie -- these are so cute! I love that you put it back through the Big Shot and did all the sponging -- the extras really make this a "warm fuzzy" project anyone would love to receive!

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  18. What a great gift this is! So simple, yet so stunning....just fabulous! Bet she loved it.

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  19. These are fantastic Robin...Love the color combo! What a great gift! {SMILES}

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  20. Great project and twist on the scallop envelope box!

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  21. Love your scalloped box and cards! Love those little cards with Upsy Daisy! What an enticing hostess gift! : )

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  22. What a great box full of awesome cards Robin!!! I am sure your hostess loved it!! Just gorgeous darling!!

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  23. I hope that you enjoyed your smoothie Robin! This box is absolutely darling and so are the cards that go inside! By the way, I believe the song is from the Brady Bunch! (I'd only know that from repeats on Nick at Nite...lol!!!) :D

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  24. What a great gift ensemble! Love the design and colors.

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  25. Ohhh what a beautiful gift package!! SO PRETTY! Sorry I am so late in commenting! Have a great day!

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