How many of you are still around, reading? Looking at the date stamp on my last post, over 2 months have passed since I last visited. And gosh, but it has been a crazy time! For those of you who may not know, I am full time grad student and have been working toward completing my MA. This is my last semester and I have been busy busy, but! I will graduate next weekend and I am excited to relax a bit and of course, have some time to create and share here!
Today is already the 1st of May--I can't believe it--and that means the Senior DT group challenge over at Papertrey Ink. This month Nichole challenged the girls to create something with ribbon. I was particularly inspired by Betsy Veldman. Her colorful and whimsical creations always speak to me, so today I had to do some crafting. My niece's upcoming birthday was the perfect excuse to use some of Betsy's techniques seen in this post.
First off a trick I have used before (which came from Betsy then, too): three little buttons wrapped around a big juicy bow! *click on the photos to enlarge*
This card uses PTI's Butterfly Dreams set and the coordinating die (which even cuts felt beautifully!), along with some Basic Grey patterned paper that I have been hoarding.
Then, since I just had to try Betsy's ribbon embellies, I made a coordinating journal. We usually end up giving all the kids in the family money for birthdays and what not, but I like them to have a little something to open up. :)
I used an entire 8.5 x 11 sheet to make a cover for two of PTI's skinny notepads. The cover features similar colors and a trio of felt embellishments. The inside is lined with a fun stripey pattern and a pocket for papers and things and the two notebooks are secured with Scor-Tape.
I am really happy with how these turned out, so thanks Betsy, for the awesome inspiration! :)
And thanks to you for stopping by--leave a comment and let me know what you think!
1. Butterfly Card
Cardstock: (Stamper's Select white, Hibiscus Burst)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (yellow bitty box)--Papertrey Ink; (floral)--Basic Grey [Urban Prairie]
Stamps: (Butterfly Dreams, Blooming Button Bits)--Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst)--Papertrey Ink; (Archival Ink)--Ranger
Other: ribbon (Aqua Mist grosgrain)--Papertrey Ink; brads--Basic Grey; buttons (pink, yellow)--Papertrey Ink, (green)--Basic Grey; baker's twine--Martha Stewart; gems--Recollections; felt
Tools: butterfly die--Papertrey Ink; hole punch; Corner Chomper--We R Memory Keepers
2. Flowery Journal
Cardstock: (Stamper's Select white, Hawaiian Shores, notepads)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (Top to bottom, on flowers)--Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon; (inside-liner and pocket)--October Afternoon
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II--Papertrey Ink
Stickers: yellow letters, chocolate numbers--Basic Grey; label--October Afternoon
Ink: (Berry Sorbet)--Papertrey Ink
Other: ribbon (Aqua Mist grosgrain; Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Melon Berry twill; Raspberry Fizz satin)--Papertrey Ink; buttons--Papertrey Ink; baker's twine--Martha Stewart; gems--Recollections; felt; stick pins; embroidery floss; Copic marker; pocket--7 Gypsies
Tools: Corner Chomper--We R Memory Keepers; border punch--Fiskars