Friday, December 30, 2011

Encourage Your Hopes

Now that the Christmas presents have all been delivered, I can share them on my blog! *smile* Handmade crafts are simply the best gift to give and receive (at leasts for us crafty types!) and I had the greatest time creating presents this year. Since I work in a scrapbook store, I simply had to create my own gifts 'cause it just wouldn't be right to give other crafters something from a store!

Today's project was created for one of the other instructors at our store, who is one of the most talented paper crafting ladies I know as well as being a very skilled clothing designer so I wanted to give her something that married her love of paper crafts and clothing. This is what I came up with! I was actually inspired by a project found on Splitcoast that was created by Janelle Stollfus. I loved the elements on her page and followed a similar layout. To begin, I used this great pattern kraft paper from Tim Holtz. The paper is already embossed so once I applied ink over the entire page, the detailed lines appeared. I then aged the paper by using water and a variety of inks. I then added the embossed (and distressed) kraft cardstock. These pieces were created by using embossing folders. Next came those big 'ol flowers, which are from Petaloo. I toyed with creating my own flowers but these were so pretty that I opted to use these instead (and they were the perfect color!) I added a sentiment, stamped on a mailing tag (sentiment from Tim), rhinestones, buttons, and a few snippets of ribbon. It's those extra embellies that make all the difference! Oh, I did make the tiny rosette, using a die from The Cat's Pajamas.

Hope you enjoyed today's project...stay tuned for more of my handmade holiday creations!! (And the Sweet 'n Sassy release is coming up on January 5....Yippee!!)


Carol E said...

I just love your project and the sentiment is just lovely, thank you for sharing it.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous artwork Kim! Love the great textures, the colors... the tag looks perfect and the blings and flower are beautiful! Lucky you... working in a SB store!

Connie said...

This is just so pretty - love all the elements - so much to look at.

Bridget said...

How beautiful, Kim - what a lucky lady to recieve this amazing gift!

Kathi said...

It's lovely. I'm sure she'll treasure your wonderful gift!