Love, Inspiration & a Goody!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hi all! How's your weekend going? I'm having a good one so far, 3 things to share with you today :)

First of all, a Valentine-themed card that I made late last night. I dug out my new 'heart blocks' cuttlebug embossing folder & embossed my white card, leaving a small space at the bottom for ribbons & sentiments. I used a similar technique {partial embossing} on this card as well. For today's card I also tried a technique called 'cuttlebug smooshing' , only I did it without a brayer because I don't own one & I'm too cheap to get one. hah The cuttlebug smooshing is kinda subtle here, I used 'tattered rose' distress ink with the folder. Just smooshed the whole ink pad on the top side of the embossing folder {the side that shows on the front of the card}

Then using a dauber I highlighted alternating hearts with 'Worn lipstick' distress ink. Kinda turned out splotchy on the hearts but I like that effect :) I then tied a nice ribbon around the front of the card & attached my sentiment onto the ribbon with a small gold safety pin.

Did I tell you how much I love PapertreyInk stamps? If you don't own some, you really don't know what you're missing! :) They are so versatile, don't think i can live wihtout 'em. Annnnywayyysss, I used Mixed messages on the tag & Heartfelt basics for the sentiment inside. Hope you likey !

Still on the topic of Papertrey, I got totally inspired by their senior design team this morning to sort out my cards! The team got a Birthday Organization challenge & came up with so many great ideas! Go see all of them here.

Normally i just stick my cards into this plastic drawer that I have, and try not to look at the mess. {most of the time I just pretend it's not there} But when I saw all the beautiful ideas the team came up with, I HAD to do something. So there you go, behold my new ORGANIZED card drawer! :)

I measured the box & cut out 8 pieces of white cardstock into 5" x 7.5" to fit on the inside. You'd want to make sure you measure the top end of the cs {in this case the 7.5" side to be slight lower so u can add tabs later}

Then I used a piece of scrap PP & trimmed then into 1" strips & just adhered onto the top of each piece. I punched out eight 1 3/8" white circles & stuck them to 1.5" kraft circles, stamping on the top end related sentimens. Almost all of the sentiments I used are from the Mixed Messages set. LOVE it!

Here's another look. I feel so good about myself now, there's just something about getting organized that just gives a natural high. NO chocolate needed in the process!! Can you believe it took me 30 minutes to get everything done? {including making the separators}

Last but not least, I got my goody from Heroarts this morning too! It's a little prize for my Honourable Mention win I think about 2 weeks ago. I woke up to this package sitting on my dining table :) *beaming*
Look what I got! Heroarts is so generous, I love the flower stamp they sent me. Off to play with my new goodies, you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! :)



xiumaiyuki said...

30 minutes? that's awesome! it looks great, too! Congrats on your HA goodies! What a great way to start off the new year...can't wait to see what you make with that cute flower background.

pia overgaard said...

Hi Fiona,
It's Pia here (from the Hero Arts flickr group :) )
What lovely goodies you've got from HA! I really loved the card you made using this design block.
What made me leave a comment here -is really your wonderful project - inspired by the PTI designers. I was looking at Pine Feathers, too this morning and I just love it.
Must try to make something like that. Yours look great! Have a nice day!

Claire Brennan said...

Wow - 30 mins - wow - and it looks like you spent ages!! Love the heart card too - lovely effect!

IamDerby said...

wow you work quickly! It turned out lovely! Congrats on your win from Hero ARts... I love thier stamps.

Mary K said...

You did such a great job sorting your cards out. Mine are all sitting in a shoe box right now, but I think you've inspired me to get mine organized too.

Jennifer Kirk said...

Love how you organized your cards in that box! Great idea to use the sentiment stamps. I'm totally going to copy that idea! Thanks for sharing!

Alli Miles said...

Look at you all organized! Good for you. And your card sorter looks awesome. Also congrats on honourable mention fro HA--looks like fun goodies.

Donelda said...

your organization creation is great!! I, like you, rushed off to my craft space and made an organization book...copied Nichole's idea!! And you have a great new stamp there...can't wait to see what you do wiht it!