Big things come in small packages – GDP#023

Hey guys! Today I am featuring a project that is close to my heart.

One of my close friends recently suffered a loss and I wanted to make something for him and his wife to show support and try to ease their grief in some small part. It strikes me as I write this how lucky I am to have the means to create heartfelt things for my friends and family.

While I didn’t start out with this in mind, it ended up working with this week’s GDP theme challenge.

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I started out by making a 6×6″ envelope using some Mint Macaron Envelope Paper and the Envelope Punch Board. For the tag I used the balloon and one of the sentiments from SU’s Honeycomb Happiness. The sentiment was exactly what I needed and there are few things I can think of more cheering than balloons (ok, maybe ice cream and pizza).

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I wanted the tag to have a very soft look so I used watercolour and also the Ornate Tag Topper Punch for a nice, elegant finish. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed in gold.

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So why did I need a 6×6″ envelope ? I started with the idea of making something using a quote I had found and really liked. At times like these it’s difficult to find the right words to comfort someone and I thought this quote was beautiful and said it better than I ever could. I played around with some brush lettering fonts (the one I ended up using is called Chasing Embers) and printed out a few options. Then, I decided I wanted to use the stunning constellation paper from the Going Places DSP stack as the background. The white of the copy paper was a bit too harsh for my liking so I layered a piece of vellum with small gold spots on top and added some gold washi as a finishing touch.

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If you have someone in your life that needs some encouragement or support this is a really simple idea that you could use to make their day better.

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You’re Vintage

Hey guys! Today’s project(s) features some of my favourite elements (vintage, retro, type, quotes). I’m also using the Tap Tap Tap stamp set which is one of my faves.

If you’re giving someone a book as a gift it’s always nice to also include a bookmark. If it’s a hand made bookmark even better! I wanted something simple since the design of the book was very minimal.

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (if you’re going for a vintage look it’s always better to work with a cream color rather than a bright white) to 2″ wide and I punched the top using one of my tag topper punches (quick and easy). The length of the tag or bookmark doesn’t matter as you can always trim it down later (in fact it’s better to leave it long so you don’t run out of room for your writing/stamping).

Next, I picked a quote and used my old typewriter to type it out. I know what you’re gonna say, not everyone happens to have a typewriter and, while I think having one is amazing, you can either write the quote by hand or download a typewriter font and use a printer to get a similar look.

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I really liked how this came out so I ended up making a couple more for two other gift-giving occassions.

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The tag particularly cracks me up :). There really is no end to the puns and funny sentiments you can come up with using a typewriter.

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Colored Pencil Box #GDP016

Hey guys! Happy new year 🙂 !

I have a lovely project to kick things off for 2016. It’s a pencil box! In case this sounds a little underwhelming I’ll give you a little context to get why I’m so psyched about it…

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Some of you might know that adult coloring books are all the rage right now (and have been for the last couple of years). I’m a little late to the party but ever since I came across this phenomenon (seriously, it’s huge) I’ve been sharing it with people and promoting it as a great stress-relief activity. So when a close friend of mine’s birthday was coming up I decided to get her a copy of Secret Garden (there are literally hundreds of adult coloring books out there right now but my favourites are by far Johanna Basford‘s).

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As part of the gift I also included some colored pencils so she could get started right away (but really any excuse to make a cute box right ?). But as I had them out on my desk I wasn’t feeling the inspiration…the illustrations in the book are so gorgeous I felt like I had my work cut out for me if I wanted my box to impress alongside.

For me it’s all about the colors; if I can’t figure out what colors I want to use for a project I can’t really visualise what I want it to look like. So as I was looking through some pages in my browser I came across the latest Global Design Project Challenge… and boom…problem solved! I loved the look of this card so I decided to go with blues (Night of Navy & Bermuda Bay), white and gold embossing.

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Once I had my color combo everything fell into place. I decided on a matchbox style for the box and I picked out some DSP (I still had some Birthday Bash DSP in my stash and this design worked great with the arty theme). I stamped the birthday sentiment in Versamark ink and used Wow! Gold Rich embossing powder.

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I tied some Gold Baker’s Twine around it to hold it closed and give it a nice finishing touch. I really love the way it turned out and my friend did too. She’s been happily coloring ever since :).

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Christmas Terrarium

Merry Christmas guys! If you’re like me you’re probably still recovering after Christmas lunch…I swore I couldn’t eat another bite and there I was going for one more potato :)).

But this post is evidence that I did eventually manage to peel myself from the table and do a little last minute crafting. I saw this fabulous idea on Stampin’ Up’s blog the other day and I knew I had to make one. You can check out the original idea and project here.

Introducing the Christmas terrarium…

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How cute is this thing ?! It’s super easy to make and you only need a couple of things you probably have around the house.

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medium or large jar (depends how many things you want to put in it)

coarse salt (you can use fine salt if that’s the only kind you have but you get better texture with the large crystals; you can also mix in some glitter or mica flakes to give it some sparkle like I did here)

a few sprigs of rosemary (it smells amazing; you can also use some small pine branches)

elements for building your scene (you can use anything from small ornaments, die cuts, cupcake toppers – yup that’s what the Santa and reindeer I used are, you can spray paint some pine cones, literally anything will work)

trim to decorate the jar (I used some gold cord, a couple of bells and some wooden snowflakes, but any ribbon/embellishments will do)

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These would be great as a gift for loved ones or as a centre piece for the Christmas feast :). I hope you give it a try 😉

 

 

DIY pencil holder

Hey guys! Today I have another fun and super easy project. I’m showing you how to turn a regular tin can into a beautiful pencil holder in just a few minutes.

These are three I made for my colleagues at work. They bring a little whimsy to our otherwise simple brown desks.
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This is super easy to do and all you need is a tin can, a piece of designer/scrapbooking paper of your choice and some double sided tape.

Step 1: Measure the length of your tin can (in my case you can see it’s 10.3 cm.). You can use any size can you want/have, just wash it out after you eat the yummy inside :).
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Step 2: Cut your paper to match the length of your can.
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Step 3: Wrap the paper around the can to see how much you will need. Make sure you leave a little overlap and mark it with a pencil so you’ll know where to cut.
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Then cut the excess off.
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Step 4: Put a strip of double sided tape on the inside of one of the edges.
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Step 5: Take the backing off your tape, wrap the paper around and stick it down. Press well to ensure it sticks nice and firm.
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And voila! You have a beatiful piece of decor that can hold your pencils, paint brushes, pens etc.
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Next time you make spaghetti make sure you save that can 😉