Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Commission: Gender Reveal Banner

A client contacted me recently to see if I could turn around some decorations for a "Gender Reveal" party she was holding for her daughter. After I asked a few questions (this is a new concept for me, so I had a learning curve to scale!), I said I'd take it on, and this is what we came up with:

I created decorated clothespins to which I attached a large bow tied with gardeners' twine ($1/spool from the Target dollar bin). I tied the two ends of the banner twine into a slip knot which I sipped around one side of the clothespin; it also held the punched streamer in case they decided to use all the elements as a single unit, although constructing it this way enabled them to use the streamers in other ways, such as on the refreshment table or across a couple of windows. In addition, for demonstration, I used push pins stuck into the top edge of my light soffits (so the holes don't show later), and the clothespins grabbed right onto those while still holding the banners and the streamers.

Here's the left side. See how the twine has a nice, soft spiral to it? That was just from being wound into the ball. I got lucky! The pink ribbon was a recycle from a gift I had received some time in the past... I taped a length of blue ribbon onto the back of the hearts to repeat that color in the "end effects". 

Here is a close-up of the individual letter cards, which measure 4x4.5" and were a perfect proportion for the Seriff Essentials I had in the studio to use with my Big Shot. I was really pleased at how quickly I was able to cut both letters and shadows.

You'll note that another way I streamlined the process was to treat all the blue cards in the same way, and all the pink ones the same. I punched small shapes to reinforce the holes for the twine, using DSP so that the double layer wouldn't be so difficult to punch through (and it didn't hurt that they added a little pattern and accent!). All the blue letter cards were stamped with "Off the Grid", while I used "Creative Elements" on the pink ones. I came back and added a few embellishments to the letters to pop them into the 3rd dimension and repeat shapes, colors and themes throughout the entire project.

I had seen several people use punched shapes to make garland, and had been wanting to try it, so I gathered up all my scraps from cutting letters and shapes and punched a variety of sizes and shapes of both DSP and card stock. I laid them out on the table to get a rough idea of color and shape repetition, then stacked them up and took them to my sewing machine. I was absolutely thrilled at how quickly I was able to run up 7' lengths that twist and turn gently in the air currents! My client was surprised and delighted at this little "extra" that I tucked in - and the only additional material it required was the thread.

Here's the full deal, floor to ceiling. I was able to complete it in an afternoon and I was astounded at how few sheets of paper it required.

Hope this sparks an idea or two for you as the holidays approach or you have other events in your life that deserve to be celebrated!


PS- I suggested she could create a little book by putting rings through the holes and adhering photos to the back of each card if she wanted to turn the banner into a keepsake.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Plot Twist!

I am so rarely on Facebook that it's odd to have two projects in a row originate there, but life is curious like that sometimes. 

This project began with the quote, which is great by itself - but then I thought of my niece, who recently changed from an accounting major to an English major and is thinking of writing a novel (oh, and did I mention that her life is often full of drama?!), and it all just came together! And since the previous project featured one of my nephews, it suddenly came to me that it would be such fun to make personalized wall art for each one of them! I am so excited! I have plenty of time to be on the lookout for good photos (pulled this one right off FB) and quotes, and even time to use coupons for all the frames. Eureka! I can't wait to pull this series together. And MDS is the perfect way to create them, since placing words and pictures is a cinch.

Hope my idea sparks an idea for some of you.


Friday, August 23, 2013

The Art of Mourning

I was browsing the magazine rack at the store a few days ago, and saw that Victoria Magazine had an article entitled "The Art of Mourning". I flipped through it and noticed that it was showing a collection of pendants (such as one might put on a necklace or key chain) incorporating short quotes, a lock of hair, the name and other meaningful information about the beloved no longer present in life.

Hmmn, I thought, interesting. Our culture is so very weird about this sort of thing. I've been remembering my Mother this past week, as her birthday was August 17. I saw this quote somewhere (Facebook?) and thought it described her so well: Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness to pull another hand into the light. -Norman Rice

So here's another MDS project, featuring a couple of photos from Mom's 90th birthday last year. We had an open house drop-in event, with lots of chocolate and laughter. These gorgeous flowers adorned the table. In the smaller photo, she is reaching up to pull one of her 6-foot-plus grandsons in for a hug. She spent hours praying that these children would come to know, love and serve her Savior. She was always reaching out, beyond her comfort zone, to pull others into His love.

Happy birthday, Mother. I celebrate your life and your example!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

MDS Autumn Birthday

 (interior of card below)

Hello friends!

I'm experimenting today with My Digital Studio, and having such fun. I have always loved getting my work back from the printer, and now I can do that as often as I please! In this example I selected one of the Designer Series papers that came with MDS and imported it into a photo box so that I could resize it as needed (you'll see that I used the same paper in the series of 3 mini boxes. The splatter effect and sentiment are also from the selection of items that comes with the program. I did purchase the poppies, and easily changed the color to match my autumn palette.

For the card interior, I used another sentiment provided and added my comment in a text box. I love the flexibility of being able to modify to suit my mood or the personality of the recipient. And once I design a card (or any other project), I can reprint any number from 1-100. The paper quality is outstanding, and all cards come with envelopes.

Finally, I saved the whole thing as a jpeg so that I could share it with you just like I do the photographs of other projects! You'll be seeing more MDS projects soon, I can guarantee it!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stamp Club Olathe: August 2013

The hostess for the August meeting in Olathe thought it sounded like fun to make a pop-up card, so I looked around for a good one. I finally decided on the 3-tiered gift boxes card (a pictorial tutorial can be found here). Since SU! just had a sale on DSP I decided to feature that (and it saved time that we could put into card construction!).

There's just something about a pop-up card that makes you smile.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Halloween Page with Modern Medley DSP

Cardstock: Basic Black
DSP: Modern Medley
Inks:  StazOn Jet Black, Basic Grey Classic, Basic Black Classic, Metallic Encore Silver Ink
Stamp Set: Halloween Bash
Punches: Decorative Label, Ticket Duo Builder, Scallop Oval, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Embellishments: Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Linen Thread
Extras: Sponge Daubers, Stamping Sponges