Monday, April 14, 2008

Garden of Life (1)

Is it time yet? *smiles* I hope to see you over in the PTI forum tonight!

I can hardly believe another countdown is coming to an end. Of course, it's not really the end at all. I can HARDLY wait to see what you create with this stamp set.

Today's feature is something for mum (aka mom). Mother's Day is around the corner, and if your mother is anything like mine, flowers will do the trick. Whenever mum comes to visit she likes to go through my cards and take some (I let her *grins*). Since she likes my cards so much, I thought I would make a sweet little stationary kit for her so that she has everything she needs on hand: a box to store her goodies, a paper clip, some cards, a beaded pen, a magnet, a few page bookmarks...

There are lots of photos today...so enjoy and please feel free to ask questions. No question is too silly, after all we have to learn somewhere. I am setting up the photos in categories to help you follow along.

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Paper Clip

I began by stamping images and punching them out. Then I placed dimensionals over the back of one of the circles and pressed the paper clip firmly to attach it along with the second circle.



Here is the finished paper clip.


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Beaded Pen

I began by stamping images on a label.



Then I rolled the label around the pen and trimmed where necessary.



Then I placed tape in vertical lines on the pen and avoided overlapping.



And finally I rolled the pen in the beads and pressed them firmly into the tape.



Here is the finished pen.


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Page Keepers

I began by cutting a strip of paper 1"x4" and scoring at 2"


Next I rounded the corners.


Then I attached magnets using glue dots.



Here is the finished page keeper (coincidence this is Nichole's project in PC Magazine??? Nope *wink*)



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Cards

These are simple one layer cards. I stamped the images, rounded the corners on some of the cards and made coordinating envelopes.





I created belly bands for each "pack" of cards. There is no proper measurement but keep in mind you want at least 4.25 between the two inside score lines. You'll see I have two score marks close together. That gives a nice fold to pack 4 cards and 4 envelopes.



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Box Prep--Mum Window

I began by stamping the name "mum"...(that is how I spell mom!) You'll see from the photo that I have a purple mat (it is a foam pad), a stylus, ink and vellum cardstock.



I flipped over the "mum" and followed the letter lines with my stylus. That creates an embossed look.



Then I stamped the chrysanthemum and leaves (still on the back side).



I flipped it over to reveal the finished look. *This is not the one I used for my stationary box*




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Decorating the Box

I began decorating this cigar box using acrylic paint to take away the "box" look. All I did was paint the edges.



I stamped a few pieces of white cardstock to create my patterned paper.



Then I applied this AWESOME scor-tape (a double sided sticky tape you can tear with your hands available through scor-pal) on all my edges and adhered the cardstock.



Here is my pretty 3-d chrysanthemum.



Here is my "mum" window.



Here is the finished box.



and all the goodies inside the box (the top "bloom where you are planted" item is a magnet)



Here is my mum's Mother's Day gift (a stationary collection) Hope you like it mum *wink* --I know she will be looking today!



Supplies


paper: Stampers Select White Cardstock by PTI, Berry Sorbet by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI, Vellum cardstock
ink:
Black Palette, Whisper White by SU!, Berry Sorbet by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI
stamps: Garden of Life (Urban Design) by PTI
accessories: dimensionals, cigar box, ribbon by PTI, clear micro beads, magnets
tools:
scor-pal, corner rounder by EK Success, scissors

Thank you again for your comments. I will be drawing a name from those who left me a comment from day 4-1 some time in the afternoon. Be sure to check back before you place your order *smiles*

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a lovely ensemble! Bright and beautiful!
Sandy Kay

Donna said...

what a great gift for your *Mum* bet she'll adore it

Jamie said...

i bet my mom would love his set too! hmmm....maybe i should get cracking!

Kim G said...

I really like your new set, Garden of Life, love all the flowers I have seen so far. Love the ensemble for your Mom, perfect!!

Dawn said...

What a beautiful ensemble!! I am really loving your new set and can't wait to get it! A girl can NEVER have too many flower stamps:)

Cheryl said...

I can see that my days after getting this set are going to be completely filled with projects from this stamp set. You are totally amazing. thanks so much for giving us these ideas.
Cheryl Sims

denean said...

Beautiful set! Thanks for the great ideas!!

Sue Pardue said...

I love it Alli! My Mum would love it too! Funny, she calls herself "Mum" and I call her "Mom". :)

Cynthia said...

So cute what a great idea. Too bad my Mom doesn't write letters but my mother in law does and she will love it Thanks Cynthia

Anonymous said...

My Mother is also a Mum, English and Canadian.
I love some of those simple projects for some Mother's Day Gifts I am planning for some of my special girlfriends that I thought I would like to recognize this year for all they do. They are great Mum's too and I think it is important to be recognized by your peers as much as your family for a job well done!
The page keepers are brilliant!

I am excited for the release and to so the whole set!
Great work.
Victoria

One Creative Life said...

Oh so cute Alli. I love the magnet. Such a fun idea. Im sure your Mum will love it.~Erica

Jak said...

Oh my word, you've done it again, this is outstanding, I love the simple styled cards.
Jak x

Sara (hiinaz) said...

This is a wonderful set for your mother. I love the colors and the various items you created.

June said...

Another terrific tutorial,inspirational thanks.

Kristy Vernon said...

This is so sweet. Great minds must think alike because I made a note card set for my mom and MIL too for Mother's Day. I entered it into this month's GSS contest so it'll be viewable...tomorrow, I suppose. I just love this project. I really like the page keepers...that's a great idea.

Lisa H. said...

stunning! just stunning! what a fun project!

joar001 said...

Thank you for sharing. I love the packaging of your cards. This makes the gift so much more.

Michelle said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I'm sure your Mum will love it!

Jeanne said...

WOW! How thoughtful and fun this gift is to make or receive!!! Every item has such detail. How did you cut the window on the top of the box so very well? I am challenged by covering chipboard. I am not always satisfied if the cuts are not so straight. Thanks.

benderfamily1 said...

Great set! TFS.

karenannj said...

So cute Alli. I'm loving all those flower choices. I know your mom will love her gift. It's gorgeous and it's from you :)

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Oh my! Overload already! {{smiles}} Gonna be another fabulous release!!

Diane said...

WOW! What a fabulous gift. I can't wait to get my stamps so I can start working on my "mum's" present!

Brea said...

This entire set you made is just wonderful -- what a fab gift! I love what you did with the pen and the beads -- super cute! Can't wait to get my hands on some of these stamps!

Kim said...

Beautiful gift box Alli!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Your stamps are beautiful and I love what you've created! Thanks for sharing
Melissa

Kacey Elliott said...

Beautiful and very thoughtful creation - I am sure she will love it!

Melissa said...

What a beautiful gift! I love to make coordinating collections like this for gifts.
Thanks for the ideas!
Melissa

Aussie Kylie said...

Wow Alli - that is beautiful. I love the brightness of the colours. What a great gift idea too!!
Kylie.

Bridget said...

I can't wait to get this set..so many fun ways to use it!! This is such a sweet gift for any special person in our lives!! Thanks for sharing!!

Cherisse said...

What a beautiful set! So many neat projects all in one :)

Bee said...

Beautiful box and content. I love the page magnet, such a great idea... and the stamping on both sides of vellum with embossing is such a nice touch. :-)

Niki Estes said...

What a great collection, Alli! Lots of great ideas! See you at the party tonight!

~Niccole~ said...

I simply cannot wait for this set to be released. This is a beautiful set you made for you Mum. I think the card set is my favorite.

sharon said...

I love the mums for your Mum! I also love the rose AND the fact that you have two kinds of leaves in the set. This is just a fabulous set, Alli!

Crestajune said...

What a fabulous project! You are amazing! I cannot wait for tonight's reveal to see all the stamps in this set. Great stuff, Alli!

Mary said...

Such a striking, useful gift!! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love the page keeper idea...I will definitely have to try that out.

TFS all of your great ideas once again!

Charmaine

Teresa tmhowe@charter.net said...

Oh my! This box is absolutely adorable! Thanks for the page marker and card set tips! I love it and may have to get busy trying to make my own! Beautiful job!

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

What a gorgeous gift set Alli! I love everything you created!

Michelle said...

The timing is perfect...I was wanting to create a stationery set as a wedding gift, and I love your whole set! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful set!! You've inspired me!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! The stationary set is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations. Sandra L-M

huntla1 said...

This is such a wonderful set! I need two birthday presents like right now (actually a few yesterdays ago!) and this would be perfect. I think I will be right there at the stroke of midnight to make my purchase. I am fired up and I hope you don't mind if I do a fair amount of casing. I just love what you put together here!!

Anonymous said...

What a great set - very thoughtful as well. I'm looking forward to stamping with these images! Heather

Caren said...

I am loving this set more and more. I can't wait to order it! I have been thinking of doing something similar for my MIL. You have given me alot of inspiration these last few days!!

Kerry J. said...

Oh I am still just loving this set Alli! Love your box too - your mum will love it! You are so talented!

Judy S said...

Alli, this is such a beautiful project! I was able to pick up several of these Cosmo Cricket boxes very cheap when a local scrapbooking store was going out of busines, so I'm very anxious to try something like this. I really love your Garden of Life set, and I so appreciate all of the wonderful samples you have provided for us. You are truly inspiring!

Margie Meyers said...

I love everything about the set. The color scheme with those mums is beautiful.

Donna in O-hi-O said...

Absolutely cannot wait to receive the Garden of Life set! You are an amazing designer and I anxiously look forward to your future designs!

sbfthompson said...

This is one of the most beautiful flower sets I have ever seen. I can't wait to get it. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents.

Janice said...

Alli I just love "my" stationary set, it is beautiful. Thank you.
Hugs

Emelyn said...

Beautiful set! I particularly can't wait to make some page keepers!

DeniseLynn said...

Wowzer!! I am in love with the colors used and hello what amazing treats you've come up with. What mom wouldn't simply adore this gift set?! Gorgeous!!!

Tracy said...

So many great little peeks. I'm sure your "mum" will love the gift set!

Lynn said...

Great set! Glad my mom doesn't know about your blog! She'll think I came up with it on my own! ;)

Anonymous said...

This is such a cute ensemble!! I would says your mum should love it!!
Thanks for the ideas
Laraine

Angie said...

Your Mum is sure to love this. You did a fantastick job!

Bethany Paull said...

Totally cute set. Love that popped up flower again.

Kristy said...

This is such a beautiful gift set! Can I be your Mom, too?

Anonymous said...

I love the set!! It's so beautiful and I love the matchiness of a set!! great job!

Jeanette

Summer said...

Could you come up with a few more ideas! LOL As a new stamper/cardmaker your blog is a well of ideas! Thank you and keep 'em coming!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my! I'm just catching up now as I've been super busy with volunteer stuff. Your work just blows me away! You have such a wonderful gift and I'm so happy you are sharing your talent with us! I'm sure your Mum will LOVE this!

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Love all this stuff! Just ordered my Garden of Life...it's an amazing set...and all this is fabulous inspiration! Thanks, Alli!

Sara Paschal said...

What a wonderful project, I love it all!

Two questions for you...
1) Where do you find the Scor Tape?
2) What type of adhesive did you use to attach the magnets? I have found them to be strong and rip from the paper with just the glue dots.

Thank you.

Lori said...

Where did you find your magnetic snaps?