We're also a lucky bunch this weekend...the very generous Gina K. is sponsoring Just Us Girls! I LOVE that she allowed us to choose whatever stamp set we were inspired by (some sponsors don't)...it makes it so much easier to get crafty :] I chose to work with the oh so pretty Botanicals set!
I felt very "Krafty" when I started working with the set, so I used Stampin Up's Crumbcake cs as a primary color. I also knew that I wanted to layer my flower on the text, but in a less obvious way. I decided to stamp my bloom with VersaMark and emboss it with clear powder (I did the same on my envelope). I then stamped the text with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink on my precut Killer Curves pieces. I sponged the edges of my Crumbcake cs with white craft ink.
To add a little color, I offset my Crumbcake panels with Very Vanilla, and also created a top border with my Autumn Leaves Collection 2 patterned paper and a vanilla layer...both cut from the Border Builders Elegance Scallop cut files. I hand stiched the zig zag. I added small scraps of ribbon to my All Tied Up Square cut file panel, and tied them off with craft thread. I added a few buttons for a little more color and stamped "Miss You" in the corner to finish it up. Super easy yet striking IMO :]
I lined my envelope using the same Autumn Leaves patterned paper that I used on my card. Gina K. has a wonderful tutorial on lining envelopes over at Stamp TV to get you started. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same sized envelopes she used in her tutorial, BUT, her directions did help to move me in the right direction. I cut a piece of patterned paper at 5.5" x 6" and trimmed the top corners evenly. I adhered the same way Gina did in her tutorial and before I knew it, my envelope was finished :] I really SHOULD line and decorate them more often...they don't take much work at all.
All in all, this challenge turned out to be pretty easy! I was pleased with how quicky I finished, and I really LOVE the stamps more than I expected I would when I ordered them! HUGE THANK YOU to Gina K. and Pam for arranging the sponsorship and for hosting a fun challenge this week! I certainly hope all of you can play along this week! If you do, be sure to post a direct link to your creation over at JUGS and use keyword JUGS66 in any online galleries.
Take a peek at our fab DT's projects to get a healthy dose of inspiration before you get started:
Hope your weekend is off to a nice, slooow start :] Thanks for stopping by today!