Saturday, July 15, 2017

Brooke's Bridal Shower Gift

This morning is the bridal shower for Brooke, the fiance of my nephew Ryan, so I'm sure it's safe to post pictures of her gift.  I don't know her very well since I just met her last Sunday.  I decided to duplicate the gift I made for Meghan and use Brooke's wedding colors for the gift box.  I figured most girls like jewelry, right?   :)



Again, I used a fourteen-nugget box pattern that I had saved from Splitcoaststampers about ten years ago.  It's the perfect size for gifting jewelry.


I cut two pieces of Dark Indigo cardstock according to the pattern instructions and stamped the wrap-style cover in silver ink with a heart border from the Simple Valentine stamp set by Papertrey Ink.  I did it on an angle to draw the eye to the large butterfly.


Like I stated for Meghan's gift box, I absolutely love how the butterfly turned out.  I used two different die sets by Stampin' Up - Butterflies and Bold Butterfly.  I also used the Bitty Butterfly punch by Stampin' Up.  For the large detailed butterfly on the bottom, I cut it from Crisp Canteloupe cardstock and covered the entire thing with glitter.  Hopefully you can see the sparkle in the pictures.
 

The second butterfly layer, also detailed, is cut from silver glitter paper.  Have I mentioned before how much I love sparkle?  lol  On a smaller solid butterfly die cut of Crisp Canteloupe cardstock, I stamped a butterfly from Butterfly Basics by Stampin' Up in Crisp Canteloupe ink and added a detailed vellum butterfly on top. The smallest and final butterfly layer is from silver glitter paper using the Bitty Butterfly punch.  All those pieces make an absolutely gorgeous butterfly!


 

I die cut a circle from Dark Indigo cardstock and stamped it with Background Basics: Text Style by Papertrey Ink using Dark Indigo ink.  I glued my layered butterfly directly to the circle and used foam tape to adhere it to the box to give it some dimension, adding some sheer white ribbon underneath.

I cut a piece of Dark Indigo cardstock with the Building Blocks die by Papertrey Ink and stamped a sentiment from Custom Tee by Stampin' Up, embossing it with white powder.  Isn't that sentiment perfect for a bridal shower gift?  I mounted the piece with foam tape directly over the ribbon.


The wrap-style box cover slides off and inside is the necklace and earrings that I made for Brooke. (same design as Meghan's with a different monogram, of course)  I cut a piece of batting to fit the box so the jewelry would be protected and stay in place inside.


The necklace itself is a simple design.  I added an initial charm to the center of the chain and created four different dangles so there would be two on each side.


One charm is a tiny silver flower, one is a rhinestone ball, one is a butterfly, and one is a silver ball with a faceted crystal underneath.  I used the butterfly charms and faceted crystals to create matching earrings.



Brooke's gift took me a lot less time since I had already done the design work for Meghan's gift.  It was just a matter of changing the colors.  I love the pairing of navy blue and coral.  Very striking!  I hope Brooke appreciates the time spent to create something unique for her.  I'm very proud of both of these bridal shower gifts.  They are a labor of love!

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics, Custom Tee (Stampin' Up); Simple Valentine, Background Basics: Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink); Crisp Canteloupe (Stampin' Up); Silver Ultimate Metallic (Encore)
Paper:  Dark Indigo, vellum (Papertrey Ink); Crisp Canteloupe, Silver Glimmer (Stampin' Up)
Dies:  Butterflies dies, Bold Butterfly dies (Stampin' Up); Building Blocks die (Papertrey Ink); Standard Circles Large die (Spellbinders)
Misc:  Bitty Butterfly punch (Stampin' Up); Sugar Cube glitter (Martha Stewart); Opaque Vanilla White embossing powder (Wow); ribbon; glue pen; foam tape

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Meghan's Bridal Shower Gift

My son Matthew is getting married in seven days.  SEVEN.  Oh my goodness!  His sweet fiance Meghan had a bridal shower last night hosted by my sister-in-law Aubrie.  It was a lovely evening. Last week, I made this gift for her and now that she's received it, I can post the pictures.  I've been dying to share it!



This is the gift box.  I used her wedding colors, of course!  I had so much fun making the box even though it took me a while to design it initially.  I used a nugget box pattern I had saved from Splitcoaststampers about ten years ago.  It was the perfect size and depth for jewelry.


I cut two pieces of Lilac Grace cardstock according to the pattern instructions and stamped the wrap-style cover in silver ink with a heart border from the Simple Valentine stamp set by Papertrey Ink.  I did it on an angle to draw the eye to the focal butterfly.


I absolutely love how the butterfly turned out.  I used two different die sets by Stampin' Up - Butterflies and Bold Butterfly.  I also used the Bitty Butterfly punch by Stampin' Up.  For the large detailed butterfly on the bottom, I cut it from Pink Pirouette cardstock and covered the entire thing with glitter.  Hopefully you can see the sparkle in the pictures.


The second butterfly layer, also detailed, is cut from silver glitter paper.  Love that sparkle too!  On a smaller solid butterfly die cut from Lilac Grace cardstock, I stamped a butterfly from Butterfly Basics by Stampin' Up in Lilac Grace ink and added a detailed vellum butterfly on top for the third layer. The smallest and final butterfly layer is from silver glitter paper using the Bitty Butterfly punch.  I tried several different combinations before settling on this one and I love the result.  It is absolutely gorgeous in person!


I die cut a circle from Kraft cardstock and stamped it with Background Basics: Text Style by Papertrey Ink using Classic Kraft ink.  I also used the same inkpad to distress the edges.  I glued my layered butterfly directly to the circle.  I used foam tape to adhere the whole piece to the box to give it some dimension, adding some sheer light pink ribbon underneath.

I cut a piece of Kraft cardstock with the Building Blocks die by Papertrey Ink and stamped a sentiment from Custom Tee by Stampin' Up.  It's embossed with white powder.  I couldn't have found a better sentiment!  It's perfect for a bridal shower gift.  I mounted the piece with foam tape directly over the ribbon.


The wrap-style box cover slides off and inside is the necklace and earrings that I made for Meghan.  I cut a piece of batting to fit the box so the jewelry would be protected and stay in place inside.



Like I said previously, the old nugget box patterns work perfectly for jewelry gifts.  I think this one is sized for fourteen chocolate Hershey Nuggets.


The necklace itself is a fairly simple design.  I played with several combinations of beads before choosing this one.  I added an initial charm to the center and created four different dangles so there would be two on each side.



One charm is a tiny silver flower, one is a rhinestone ball, one is a butterfly, and one is a silver ball with a faceted crystal underneath.


It's simple, but very pretty.  I used the butterfly charms and faceted crystals to create matching earrings.



I spent two days making this gift and a similar one for my nephew's fiance.  (Her bridal shower is on Saturday so I will post it sometime this weekend.)  I really enjoyed the whole process.  I love being creative!  I was thrilled with the final product.  Still am.  The gift box turned out so beautiful and really is a gift in and of itself.

I hope Meghan will enjoy the jewelry and remember how much she is loved every time she wears it.  I chose the butterfly as a symbol of growth into her new life as a married woman.  Change isn't always easy, but the caterpillar would tell us that is worth it.  The butterfly's wings give it the ability to fly!

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics, Custom Tee (Stampin' Up); Simple Valentine, Background Basics: Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Classic Kraft, Lilac Grace (Papertrey Ink); Silver Ultimate Metallic (Encore)
Paper:  Lilac Grace, vellum (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette, Silver Glimmer (Stampin' Up)
Dies:  Butterflies dies, Bold Butterfly dies (Stampin' Up); Building Blocks die (Papertrey Ink); Standard Circles Large die (Spellbinders)
Misc:  Bitty Butterfly punch (Stampin' Up); Sugar Cube glitter (Martha Stewart); Opaque Vanilla White embossing powder (Wow); ribbon; glue pen; foam tape

Friday, July 7, 2017

Daisy Birthday

This is the final card from the Stampin' Up workshop.  Daisy Delight is a sweet new floral set that comes with a matching punch.  We used it along with the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.


Wisteria Wonder is such a pretty color.  I layered a wonky piece of it on a white card base and then added a piece of Delightful Daisy patterned paper also at an angle.  I cut the words from Wisteria Wonder and glued them down.  After stamping and punching two daisies, I layered them together, bending the petals for dimension.  I also added Wink of Stella to the flowers.  It's a simple, but sweet card for a birthday!

Stay tuned for some jewelry and handcrafted gift boxes I made for two upcoming bridal showers and my mom's birthday.  I'll post them after the events.  One of the gifts is for my soon-to-be daughter-in-law!  Yep.  My oldest son is getting married in two weeks.  Lots of excitement in the Shafer household!   :)

Stamps:  Daisy Delight (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Delightful Daisy dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Daisy punch (Stampin' Up)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Just Breathe

Here's another card from the Stampin' Up workshop I attended a few weeks ago.  This one uses the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the Fresh Florals designer paper.  I really like this year's new In-Colors!


Isn't Lemon Lime Twist luscious?  Such a bright, vibrant color.  I used it for the card base and smaller mat.  I cut the fun chair using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.  I stamped the "just breathe" sentiment next to the chair as well as inside my card using the matching inkpad.  Can't get much easier!

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Fresh Florals dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies (Stampin' Up)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Eastern Tassel

I went to a Stampin' Up workshop at my demonstrator's house a few weeks ago and made three cards so I'll be posting them over the next few days.  This one uses the Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies.  I am pretty impressed with the variety of designs these dies can make!


The card base is Fresh Fig cardstock and the decorative papers are from the Eastern Beauty designer pack.  I cut two different medallions from Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  I mounted the latter on dimensionals, tucking a gold thread tassel underneath.  After gluing the medallions to the card base, I added three gold sequins.  I stamped a few images from Eastern Beauty inside.  Quick card!


Stamps:  Eastern Beauty (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Fresh Fig (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Eastern Beauty dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies (Stampin' Up); sequins, gold tassel

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things Guest Designer


Leigh Penner of To the Full asked me to be a guest designer on the Inspired by All the Little Things blog.  This is a first for me and such an honor!  The inspiration photo for challenge #55 is so gorgeous with its cluster of spring florals on a distressed aqua chair.  I knew it would make a lovely Mother's Day card.


I had the Cutaway Tags: Spring stamp set and die sitting on my desk from a recent Papertrey Ink order waiting to be put away.  One glance told me it would be perfect for this challenge!


I already had this card base in my scrap drawer.  It's a piece of Soft Sky cardstock that was embossed with the Swirls folder by Tim Holtz and glued to a white card base.  The white doily came as a thank you freebie from a Verve Stamps order several months ago.  When I realized that the Cutaway Tags: Spring die fit within the doily, I had to use it too!  :)

I cut the Cutaway Tags: Spring die from white and kraft cardstock.  On the white one, I stamped the matching flowers and leaves using a variety of ink colors.  Obviously, my choices were determined by the inspiration photo.  I cut off all the flowers on the kraft one so it would frame all the stamped flowers.  It is such a cool look!  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed with white powder.

After finishing all the pieces, I decided that my flowers needed some extra oomph, so I sprayed the white piece with Perfect Pearls mist.  Oh my gosh, it looks so cool in real life!  Hopefully you can see the shimmer in the close-up photo.  It softened the colors and added a pearly sheen.  I really love it!


Isn't that gorgeous?!  I also added another layer of white underneath to give the whole piece more dimension and lift it off of the doily background.  (cut with the same die)  I love the texture of the doily showing through the flowers.


Thanks to Leigh and the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge blog for featuring me!  Now I'm finished with both Mother's Day cards for this year.  This one is definitely my favorite. You can see the other one at my blog post here.


Stamps:  Cutaway Tags: Spring (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Primrose Petals, Barely Banana, Peekaboo Peach, Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Soft Sky (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Cutaway Tags: Spring die (Papertrey Ink); Swirls embossing folder (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Perfect Pearls mist (Ranger)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge: Chevron Wishes

Boy, this was a tough one.  I haven't created much lately because I've been updating my inventory and category books with two years of stamp purchases.  It is taking forever!  I wanted to make a card for the April Papertrey Ink blog hop, but it sure didn't come easy.  The inspiration colors were a real challenge.  It's not a combination I would ever choose myself.  In the end, I kept it really simple.

print designed by the talented Megan Carter


I stamped a chevron stripe in four different colors across a piece of Fresh Snow linen cardstock and adhered it to a Smokey Shadow 4x4" card base.  Using Pale Peony ink, I stamped the circular sentiment from County Fair on linen cardstock and then cut it out with the matching die.  I stamped "wishes" on it using Smokey Shadow ink.  I popped it up on the card with foam tape.

We are having so much rain here in North Carolina!  Days like these make me wish I had a light box for photos.  Anyway, despite initial frustration with this challenge, I like my card.  Sometimes simple is best!  Check out other cards here.

Stamps:  County Fair, Background Basics: Chevron Stripes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Pale Peony, Bright Buttercup, Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Fresh Snow Linen, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  County Fair die (Papertrey Ink)