Monday, January 18, 2010

A Real, Honest-to-Goodness Project!

Hello Blogland! Well, I've been prattling on about how I was hoping to share an actual project now for awhile, so I thought I might go ahead and do that this evening. I held off buying the Everyday Button Bits stamp set from Papertrey for months. I'd look at it every once in awhile and wax poetic about what might be, but ultimately end up removing it from my shopping cart; preferring instead something practical like stamp cleaner or cardstock or ribbon.

Then, last month I received a gift certificate for Christmas and that stamp set found its way to my house before I could talk myself out of its purchase. I was so happy when it arrived I showed Sean at least a half-dozen times. He, of course, couldn't care less, but tried to match my enthusiasm anyway.


This card is one of the first I made with the set. I loved the hot air balloons image from the moment I saw it during the countdown week. And the sentiment is so totally perfect. There are several in the set that coordinate well with the image, but I thought this one would be cute for my first effort.

So anyway, I started by stamping the polka dots onto Aqua Mist cardstock and rounding the corners on my card base. Then I stamped my balloon baskets onto white cardstock using Burnt Umber ink and stitched on a few buttons. I adhered my white panel onto the card base and stamped my sentiment in Burnt Umber as well.


Then I free-hand cut a couple of little hills from patterned paper and stitched along the top edge to give them a little texture. I rounded their bottom corners and mounted those to the white base with foam adhesive. And there it is. A lovely little "pick-me-up" card for a friend having a bad week. Not that I'm hoping any of my friends have a bad week or anything, but it would be totally fun to send this to somebody. I can be patient...ish.

Well, I hope it's been worth the wait (or at least worth the visit). Take care and have a happy tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Everyday Button Bits - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White - Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Bitty Box Basics (Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado) - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Burnt Umber - Palette; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Embellishments: Vintage Buttons (Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist) - Papertrey Ink; Embroidery Floss - DMC
Other: Foam Tape - Scotch; Corner Chomper - We R Memory Keepers

22 comments:

BethieJ said...

Oh Lizzie this is so CUTE! I cant believe you held off on this set! Your gonna LOVE it.. I know I do.. that is why I have bought every one of them! HA HA!! :) Enjoy your new set!!!

Nadine said...

Love this card Lizzie! I really like the stitching you did at the hilltop - it's the perfect finishing touch!

Katy Frame (Kate Creates) said...

SUCH a cute card. I have Blooming Button Bits, but I think I will get the Everyday set next. I love the images. :)

Noora said...

adorable card!! clean and simple..

Cheryl said...

Lizzie, that card is beautiful! Your projects are always so fresh.

Lori said...

I've been the same way about this set, but I know I too will have it some day!! Love the balloons too!! You did a fabulous job with this card, love it!!!

Liz said...

So incredibly cute! I really like the stitching on the hills

Barbara said...

So sweet!!! LOVE the stitching on the hill!!!

Stephanie said...

welcome back! Great project.

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

This is just wonderful, love every detail! I must get out that stamp set again and use this image!

elena said...

Beautiful! I love the details on the hills, especially--the stitching and overhang (with rounded corners)--are really well done! --Elena

Kara said...

so cute!! i love the stitching on the hills:)
kara

Diane Jaquay said...

This is so cute! Love how you made the little "hill" :)

Jennifer K said...

The hills are great - love the stitching. I, too, think Everyday Button Bits is a fab set and can't believe I waited so long to get it. Your card turned out super cute!

Anika said...

Adorable card! I really need to get this Button Bits set!

Sue Ann said...

Love it ....... cannot wait for this set!!!

Shannan said...

This is really nice, and I love how you did the stitching along the hillside. Very, very cute!!!

Jennifer Carter said...

That is so cute!! Love your choice of colors!

Taheerah said...

Beautiful Lizzie, so glad to see you posting creations again! I love the colours you used!!

Kim said...

Adorable! I'm glad you're posting again.

Joan B said...

LOve those hills! I haven't been able to do a thing with this set yet but your card is adorable and reminds me of when we went to CHA!

Nerina said...

I think this is my favourite use of this image I've ever seen! This is such a clean, unique card - gorgeous!