Friday, May 15, 2009

This Tour is Over But There Will be Another One in July!

I hope you enjoyed the Blog Tour. The links are gone for this tour, so I hope you bookmarked all your favorites. Our next tour will be July 27 and 28.It will coincide with the launch of our yearly catalog, so be sure to stop back here in July for updates!
For the May tour my projects featured the stamp set "Embrace Life." which can be found on page 93 in the Idea Book and is $25.95.
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My first project is a 6 x6 scrapbook page. I chose In Color textured papers for the base and a picture of my mom celebrating her 99th birthday - what could fit "Embrace Life." more than her 99 years. I haven't added the journaling yet, but I used our small and large tag punch for future writing. The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper using markers so I could get the two colors and then using my aqua painter I softened the lines and added a little pretty in pink to the petals. The outline is regal rose and again I softened the lines with the aqua brush. For a 6x6 I got in a lot of goodies! Everything used is available in the current Idea Book & Catalog.

My second project is a card and it's actually pretty simple. I did use the Big Shot and the Little Leaves sizzlet, but only two layers of paper, Mellow Moss and Whisper White. I used the leaves stamp from the Embrace Life set to do the background on the whisper white paper. I inked the stamp, stamped it off on scrap paper to lighten the shade. I used shimmery white paper for the flower and watercolored the flower using Pretty in Pink reinker and my aqua brush. I used Rose Red Craft Ink and embossed the flower with clear embossing powder. The leaves and the scallop oval are Always Artichoke. The ticket corner punch was the final touch. I think this is a fun and elegant card, but very easy to make.

My last project is an adorable Top Note Tote decorated with the single flower stamp from "Embrace Life" . I used the Parisian Breeze specialty Designer Series paper (DSP) which is a textured, cover weight card stock . It is double sided like the other DSP papers and compliments Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Kraft papers and embellishments. I used Whisper White for my flowers. Embossed them with Baja Breeze, VersaMark and clear embossing powder. I spritzed them with water, let it soak in and then dry to change the texture of the paper and allow me to curl the edges for dimension. The front and back are the top note die and the box is made with the Sizzix box #2. Normally I would cut off the top and the side flaps, but because of the great paper, I folded the flaps down, put my ribbon on the inside and a rhinestone brad - Square Ice on the outside. I've given pictures of the end with the rhinestone, inside so you can see how the bottom looks inside and the bottom so you see the finished look. This box is awesome - it folds together and uses one small piece of adhesive to hold it together. These make wonderful little gift bags - almost as important to the recipent as the gift inside! LOL Actually they are perfect for a gift card, a small piece of jewelry or the best gift of all a rubber stamp!

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