Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sun Garden Medallion

{Second post for today. If you're looking for today's MFTeaser, MFT Guest Designer Challenge, and Sketch For You To Try (all rolled into one), scroll down one post, or click HERE}

How I love the Holly Berry House medallion images! The end results are so striking, but the steps to get there are pretty easy. Stamp the image a bunch of times, trim away a little bit more of the image each time, then layer them back together. I worked with the Sun Garden Medallion for today's card and actually started my base layer with only a portion of the full image. All the layers are stamped on watercolor paper and gold embossed with Judikins Detail Gold embossing powder. You don't see the full effect in the photo, but the EP has a really nice sparkle in it, so in real life, the medallion almost twinkles. Very cool! The amazing, vibrant colors on the flowers and leaves are all thanks to the Tombow Markers that I colored with - love them! The medallion is layered onto a Spellbinders Fleur-de-Lis pendant die-cut first, and then a series of watercolor paper layers. I added the lattice scoring using my Scor-Pal. Some rich green silk ribbon by May Arts and little gold pearls provide the finishing touches.

Holly Berry House medallion images can be found at Stamper's Dream, although the Sun Garden Medallion is currently out of stock (sorry!).

Stamps: Sun Garden Medallion (Holly Berry House)
Paper: 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper
Ink: VersaMark
Judikins Detail Gold embossing powder, Tombow Markers (062, 025, 991, 856, 899, 133, 126, and 177), gold pearls, Scor-Pal, May Arts green silk ribbon, gold cord, foam adhesive, Spellbinders Fleur-de-Lis pendant die
Size: 5 1/2" square

MFT Guest Designer Challenge

Hi friends, lots of good stuff to cover today! First, today is Day 1 of five days of My Favorite Things previews, a.k.a. MFTeasers, all leading up to a new release this coming Wednesday, March 3. Today we're showing off I Want Candy, previously available only as part of a kit, but now available on its own. Love all the sweet little images and sentiments in this set! For a list of links to all the MFT designers who are posting teasers today, visit Kim's blog anytime after 11 am EST.

Second, did you know that each month My Favorite Things has a challenge to determine our guest designer for the next month? This month, Megan Lock and I are hosting the challenge, which is to use book text or music paper (or both) on your project. It's such a trendy look, so if you haven't tried it already, now's a good time! The deadline for entering is Tuesday, March 2, 10 pm EST, and to be entered you upload to Splitcoaststampers using keyword: MFTGUESTDT0310. Visit THIS POST in the My Favorite Things Member Company Forum for all the details.

Finally, today's card is my sample for this week's Sketch For You To Try. This is the last week to participate in the ginormous giveaway that Jen has put together, too! Here's the sketch:

And here's some amazing inspiration:

Jen del Muro with guest designer Mona Pendleton
Amy Rohl
Kelly Lunceford
Leigh O'Brien
Susan Liles

Remember, to be entered into the drawing, add your sketch card to the appropriate sketch slideshow at i{heart} You can enter as many times as you like, but the deadline for the prize drawing is Tuesday, March 2. Can't wait to see who the lucky winner is!

Okay, a little bit about my card: the sweet lollipops and "Sweet Treats" sentiment are both part of I Want Candy. The lollies are paper pieced with various patterns from the My Mind's Eye Home photo mat pad and given a Diamond Glaze coating for some fun shine. Here's a close-up of that:

I framed the lollipops with a Tattered Angels Framed Fonts Glimmer Chip. Behind the frame is some old book paper, and then some paper pleated music paper is tucked behind the ribbon. All the edges have been heavily distressed, both with a distressing tool and some ivory acrylic paint.

And here's a look at the inside:

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Embellish Borders & Color Challenge

Verve Stamps is sponsoring the current {:Embellish Magazine:} borders color challenge. Have you seen it yet? Oh my, these gorgeous spring colors are singing to me! Have a look:

And here's my take:

I had fun today trying to go for a clean-and-simple design. I incorporated all of the colors and two punched borders. A super quick card to make - I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black, then added a little pink color to the gorgeous letters in "Love" using a Copic marker. The ovals are cut with Spellbinders dies, and the borders are Martha Stewart (small scallop) and EK Success (large scallops). The green polka-dot pattern is My Mind's Eye dp. A little ribbon, zigzag stitching and some white inked edges and I was done :)

Take a look at what one lucky winner will recieve:

Deadline to participate is Thursday, March 11 at 11:59 PM EST. To play, link your project HERE!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

JustRite Week: Day Four

Have you been keeping up with JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream? Before I share today's project, let me post links for Tuesday and yesterday. Take a few minutes to get caught up if you need to.

Tuesday: Cindy, Denise, Michelle, and Tosh

Wednesday: Cammie, Michelle, Silke, Tosh

Also posting today are: Denise, Laurie, and Tosh

Today, I have a card to show using Stitched With Love, a set of six borders and centers for the 2 3/8" circle stamper. I love the artwork in this set - a little bit homespun, but with a current, trendy twist, too. I created the image and sentiment focal point using Spellbinders dies and colored the image with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I used pink embroidery floss to hand-stitch the "Love" sentiment, adding a button brad for the letter "o." I also went over the needle with a silver Spica to give it a shiny, metallic look.

For the background, I thought it would be fun to create a quilt effect. I punched 1 1/4" squares from various Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday papers, arranged them in a way that I liked, then hand-stitched the squares together using embroidery floss. Some pleated ribbon, crocheted trim, and a scalloped border complete the look.

Be sure to tune in for tomorrow's JustRite Week finale with Cindy, Dawn, and Michelle.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, February 22, 2010

JustRite Week: Day One

I have the pleasure today of helping to kick off a brand-new JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream! All week long, the Dream Team will be showing off the newest JustRite images, which are now available in the Stamper's Dream store. Also posting today:


I've chosen to work with the new Breath of Spring set of borders and centers that fit the Large Oval Stamper. Love this sweet little bouquet of flowers. I promise I'll put the Basic Grey Origins paper pad away someday - just not yet! Inspired by the papers, I watercolored these flowers a light yellow and gave them a blue sky halo. I'm usually a stickler for choosing "real" colors for my flower images (if I can identify the flower, that is). I don't mind making a bird purple or an owl hot pink, but I would never color, say, a daffodil blue. That said, I gave no thought to these flowers until after the fact. I'm thinking they might be violets? The leaves look like violet leaves. So of course, I googled violets and confirmed that yes, indeed, they do come in yellow. So there! {giggle}

The violets are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on watercolor paper, clear embossed and colored with Tombow Markers. The shape just behind the image panel is a pre-printed paper die-cut from Basic Grey. I embellished with some black taffeta ribbon, Kaiser black pearls, May Arts white crocheted trim, a border that I die-cut using one of the new Tim Holtz Alterations dies (coming soon to Stamper's Dream - I got mine at CHA, couldn't wait to use it!), and corner accents die-cut from an older Cuttlebug die called Ornamental.

Cheers to you on this fine Monday!

Stamps: Breath of Spring (JustRite Stamps)
Paper: Canson 140-lb cold press watercolor paper, Stampin' Up Basic Black and Whisper White,
Basic Grey Origins 6x6 paper pad, Basic Grey Origins Pieces paper die-cuts
Versafine Onyx Black
Tombow Markers, Spellbinders classic and scalloped oval Nestabilities, foam adhesive, May Arts white crocheted trim, Offray black ribbon, Tim Holtz Alterations border die, Kaiser black self-adhesive pearls, edge disressing tool, Cuttlebug Ornamental die
Size: 5 1/2" square

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hello Daffodil

Oh, the day I see these beauties pop up in my flower beds this year will be a good day indeed! Can't wait for Spring!

This lovely daffodil image is from A Year of Flowers Calendar Set 1 by Flourishes. I stamped on watercolor paper, watercolored with Tombow markers, and trimmed out the image. The middle daffodil is stamped and colored a second time and popped up over the first one. The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy's General Sayings set, and the patterned papers are from Basic Grey's Origins paper collection.

Last, but not least, the layout is Jen's Sketch For You To Try from yesterday. So sorry to be coming in late with my sample this week. If you didn't get to check out the sketch and other samples yesterday, take a peek today:

Jen del Muro with guest designer Mona Pendleton
Amy Rohl
Kelly Lunceford
Leigh O'Brien
Susan Liles

Don't forget the huge prize package that's up for grabs this month:

To play along, upload your project to the appropriate sketch slideshow at i{heart}2stamp.

Thanks so much for visiting, and Happy Stamping!

Stamps: A Year of Flowers Calendar Set 1 (Flourishes), General Sayings (Whiff of Joy)
Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black, Canson 140-lb cold press watercolor paper, Basic Grey Origins 6x6 pad
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Tombow Markers, water brush, Stampin' Up small oval punch, May Arts green burlap string and wide yellow ricrac, Offray black satin ribbon, button from stash, foam adhesive, Kaiser Kraft black self-adhesive pearls
Size: 5 1/2" square

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Oh my goodness check out the loot that's up for grabs this month with Jen's weekly Sketch For You To Try! To play along, create a project based on any (or all) of this month's sketches and then upload it to the appropriate slideshow (one for each sketch) over at i{heart}2stamp.

A new sketch has been posted this morning. Here it is ...

And here are some sketch samples for inspiration:

Jen del Muro and guest designer Mona Pendleton
Amy Rohl
Kelly Lunceford
Leigh O'Brien
Susan Liles

I'm running late with my sample. Hope to be back a little later today!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thinking of You

My stamping time has been almost non-existent these past few days, which you *know* is making me grumpy {grin}. I did find this card that I made a few weeks ago for Verve's latest release, but forgot to post here. A no-designer-paper card is a rarity for me these days. Too bad, huh? I'd forgotten how much fun it is to stamp your own! The gorgeous medallion images in Verve's Accent Notes are perfect to combine and arrange into different patterns. I went with a soft, pastel color combo using Stampin' Up's Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue, and Apricot Appeal, stamped onto Papertrey's Vintage Cream. The glittery frame in the center is a Framed Fonts Glimmer Chip by Tattered Angels. I smooshed Papertrey's Spring Moss ink onto it, then added the clear glitter coating using heat-and-stick powder. In the center of the chipboard frame is the "thinking of you" sentiment, which is also from Accent Notes. The edges of all the panels are inked with Ranger's Antique Linen Distress ink for a bit of an aged look. I embellished with punched borders, stitching, and buttons.

Also wanted to let you know that I've posted a link to all the Skipping Stones Design Hope for Haiti E-Bay auctions over on the right sidebar of my blog. Remember, 100% of the proceeds from these sales goes directly to the Red Cross to help with Haitian Relief efforts.

I'm so glad you stopped by today - thanks!

Stamps: Accent Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Vintage Cream card stock, Stampin' Up Bashful Blue and Apricot Appeal card stock
Ink: Papertrey Spring Moss, Stampin' Up Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, and Always Artichoke
Accessories: Making Memories button, Tattered Angels glimmer chipboard frame, ultrafine clear glitter, Fiskars A-Fleur border punch, sewing machine, paper piercer, Swarovski crystals, Stampin' Up taffeta ribbon and oval punch, May arts burlap string

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MFT Blog Hop: Who's That Birthday Girl?

Welcome to the My Favorite Things Who's That Birthday Girl blog hop! If you've already been hopping with us, then you should have arrived here by way of Michele. If not, then I hope you'll take a minute to get caught up on all the wonderful eye candy, starting with Kim.

Today's blog hop is featuring both this month's VIP kit and an adorable new Easter set, What's Crackin'. As always, you can find the newest of new in the Brand Spankin' New section of the MFT store.

So, what is a VIP kit? It's a one-day-only chance to get one of next month's stamp sets a whole two weeks early, along with a super fun bundle of coordinating product! This month's VIP kit inludes:

Who’s That Birthday Girl stamp set
FREE Invitation Only MINI set ($9 value)
Birthday Button Mix
Birthday Baby Braddies Mix
Birthday Ribbons
Sparkly Fluff in Cotton Candy (pink)

All yours for only $32.75! But hurry, the VIP kit is available today only (February 17).

I'm tickled to see a new birthday set, and since my dearest friend in the whole wide world celebrated her birthday yesterday, I thought I'd whip up something just for her. (Happy Birthday, dear Laura!) Check out those number candles -- are they the coolest? Cool enough to make even "42" look good! The candles are sitting on a Copic-colored, Frosted Lace-Stickled birthday cake, and our Who's That Birthday Girl is wearing a fashionable skirt paper pieced from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection.

I played around with the sentiment a bit to create kind of a sentiment/embellishment combo.

And last, a look at the inside, where I picked up some of the design elements from the front and included a second sentiment:

Your next stop on the hop is Joanne! Have fun, and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Who's That Birthday Girl VIP Kit (My Favorite Things)
Paper: MFT Perfect Paper Panel. Stampin' Up Real Red, Papertrey Vintage Cream, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks, Stampin' Up So Saffron
Accessories: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Spellbinders long rectangle and classic circle Nestabilities, Frosted Lace Stickles, Spellbinders Labels 4 and classic circel Nestabilities, Spellbinders Fancy Scalloped Butterfly Piercabilities, Stampin' Up ribbon, foam adhesive, Papertrey button and twine
Size: 5 1/2" square

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hop(e) For Haiti

Welcome to Skipping Stones Design’s Blog Hop(e) for Haiti. If you just happened upon my blog today, you’ll want to go back to the beginning at Skipping Stones Design. If you came here by way of Laurie Schmidlin, you're in the right place.

Skipping Stones Design wanted to do something to give back to the people of Haiti who have been so devastated by the recent earthquake. To start, each card you see on the blog hop today will be auctioned on E-bay, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Red Cross in support of the Haitian Relief Effort (please check the Skipping Stones Design website for the link to the auction). In addition, $2.00 from every stamp set purchased between February 16 and 22 will be donated to the Red Cross. So check out both the auction and the store and consider joining in this fundraising effort.

In addition to the fabulous eye candy, there will be a few pre-release stamp sets hidden along the blog hop. As you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win! If there is a break somewhere along the hop, refer to the master list at Skipping Stones Design and at Sparkle and Bling.

I decided to make a friendship card using a butterfly image and sentiment from Healing Wings, an absolutely stunning set and definitely one of my favorite SSD sets. I stamped two butterflies, colored them with Copics, added some glitter, and trimmed them out. The layout is last week's fabulous Mojo Monday Sketch #125 (love this one), and the dp is by October Afternoon.

Your next stop is the amazing Jackie Pedro at The Scalloped Edge! Enjoy the hop!

Stamps: Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Design)
Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black and Kiwi Kiss textured, Papertrey Vintage Cream, October Afternoon "Report Card" dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin' Up Soft Sky
Accessories: Spellbinders classic and scalloped circle Nestabilities, Fancy Tags and Fancy Scalloped Butterfly Piercabilities, Creative Memories circle cutting system, Kaiser Craft black adhesive pearls, foam adhesive, papertrey ribbon, button, and twine, Copic markers, clear glitter, Quickie glue pen

Monday, February 15, 2010

Rustic Elegance

Happy President's Day to my fellow Americans! My kids were home all of last week due to the back-to-back blizzards, they only went to school 2 days the week before, and now another holiday? I think we're all ready for some "normal" around here :)

I started out today's card as a more rustic, manly, non-traditional Valentine for my husband, but turned it into a "just because" card for my stash instead. The three little squares are stamped with an image from Verve's Accent Notes, and the sentiment is from Celebrating You. The rich patterned papers are from 7Gypsies' Gypsy Market collection. The layout is based on last week's Splitcoast Sketch Challenge #267. I nudged the vertical trio to the left to accomodate the ribbon knot and sentiment tag, but otherwise, I followed the sketch.

See you back here tomorrow for a very special, Haiti relief blog hop! Can't wait!!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Accent Notes, Celebrating You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Dark Chocolate and Vintage Cream, 7Gypsies Gypsy Market dp
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories: Making Memories decorative brads, distressing tool, Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles, Offray brown twill, Papertrey twine, Spellbinders tag die

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Get Well Soon Blog Hop

Michelle Rodgers of Stamper's Dream just had some surgery, so the Dream Team is getting together today with a surprise blog hop to wish Michelle a speedy recovery. Surprise, Michelle! Get well soon!!

My Dream Teammates are a wildly talented bunch, so hop on over to see what they've all done for Michelle today. You'll see two new faces on the team - welcome, Cindy Lawrence and Dawn Easton!

Amy -- (you're here)

Visit Michelle at her blog if you'd like to leave some well wishes, too!

Today's card is also my sample for Jen's Sketch For You To Try for this week. Have a look:

I'll confess I had major trouble getting this sketch to come together. I don't know why?? It *looks* innocent enough. I had just given up on my third attempt and was scooping up all the scraps, when today's card more or less fell in place on the scrap pile.

The "You Make Me Smile" sentiment and decorative border on the card front are both from JustRite's Seeds of Kindness set. The patterned papers are all from Basic Grey's Origins 6x6 paper pad. I included my "Get Well Soon" sentiment on the inside, which is from Just Rite's Just A Note set.

Be sure to check out what the other SFYTT sisters have put together for sketch inspiration this week:

Jen del Muro, with guest designer Mona Pendleton
Amy Rohl
Kelly Lunceford
Leigh O'Brien
Susan Liles

To play along, upload your creations to the sketch slideshow at the bottom of Jen's post today. Use keyword SFYTT in the online galleries.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Stamps: Seeds of Kindness, Just A Note (JustRite Stamps)
Paper: Basic Grey Origins 6x6 Pad, Stampin' Up Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders classic and scalloped circle Nestabilities, Offray ribbon, May Arts olive burlap string, CTMH flowers, Swarovski clear crystals, Cuttlebug 2"x6" "Ornamental" die (corner treatment), EK Success scalloped border punch, Stampin' Up spiral punch, edge distressing tool
Size: 6" square

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sweet Birthday Jolinne

Today, I'm looking out on a sunny blue sky for the first time in what feels like eons - woohoo! My area of Virginia, like so many other parts of the East Coast, has been hammered by winter weather this past week. We're still buried under well over three feet of snow, and the high winds have created 5-foot snow drifts along our driveway. Time to dig out, so I'll make this short and sweet!

Hopefully, you've seen My Favorite Things' newest character, Jolinne. If not, have a look! She's a charmer, isn't she? Three new sets featuring this sweet little girl were released earlier this month, and they're all just as sweet as they can be. There's no such thing as too many birthday cards, so I picked Birthday Balloon Jolinne to work with first. She's colored with Copics mostly, and then I added the grass and sky with Prismacolor pencils. (I used Paula's super cool grass tutorial in the My Favorite Things "How'd They Do That?" forum.)

The papers are Girl Friday by Cosmo Cricket. As I was laying this out, I had a yellow flower underneath the green button, which nicely tied into the yellow balloons opposite the image circle, but somewhere during assembly, the flower didn't make it. I *just* noticed and don't want to fool with taking a new picture, so you get what you get ;)

Here's a look at the inside, where I picked up just a hint of the outside design and added the second sentiment.

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine Gift Tin

Hi friends, today it's my turn to post over on the Verve Blog for the current Project Parade. Each month, we pick a theme for our parade and then all the Divas take turns posting their project. This month, it's all about Tags, Tins & Treats. As always, we have two fantastic prizes to give away, so be sure to head on over there for all the details. But hurry, the parade ends this Sunday, Valentine's Day.

For my project, I decorated one of Provo Craft's hat-box-shaped, handled tins and filled it with random Valentine trinkets and treats for my sweet little girl. Additional project info is posted at the Verve Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

SFYTT is Back With A Huge Prize Package!

After taking the month of January off, Jen del Muro and the rest of the Sketch For You To Try girls (Amy Rohl, Kelly Lunceford, Leigh O'Brien, and Susan Liles) are back! I'm so excited, as these Saturday sketches have been a sort of anchor to my stamping week. Jen has drawn up some fabulous new sketches for this month and reformatted the SFYTT a bit. A gigantic welcome back prize package is up for grabs, too! Check this out:

Worth playing for?? You bet! Here's everything you need to know:

1. A new sketch will be posted at i{heart} each Saturday in February
2. There will be a Slide Guest Book that you can post your creation(s) to at the end of each of those posts.
3. You will have until March 2nd to post your creations to the corresponding sketch. Be sure that each of your creations is posted to the correct Slide Guest Book.
4. You can enter as many times as you like, but must upload each creation separately. All entries should be posted to your blog or online gallery, as well. Please use the keyword "SFYTT" for all online galleries.
5. All participants will be considered for next month's Designer of the Month, as well <---that's cool!
6. A RANDOM participant will win the prize package and will be announced on March 3rd. Winner will have five days to contact Jen via email to claim prize.
7. The March Designer of the Month will be chosen and contacted March 3rd, but will not be announced until the first Saturday of March.

Here's this week's sketch:

Some beautiful inspiration from the SFYTT Sisters to get you started:
Jen del Muro with Designer of the Month Mona Pendleton
Amy Rohl
Kelly Lunceford
Leigh O'Brien
Susan Liles

And my sample:

For several months, I've been admiring the tissue paper flowers that Daniela Dobson makes for her projects. The circles on today's SFYTT were practically screaming for me to give one a try. Daniela has a great tutorial on these HERE. I used the Dahlia Nestabilities to die-cut my pieces -- worked like a charm! On the perimeter of the two smaller circles flanking the big flower, I created a decorative ivory ring using one of the border images from JustRite's Just A Note. The papers are all from the For Him Ooh La La kit by My Mind's Eye.

On the inside, I repeated the floral motif, creating a flower base with the Dahlia Nestabilities and a center stamped with both a border and center from JustRite's Just A Note. The two small flowers are paper die-cuts that are included in the MME paper kit.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you'll give this awesome sketch a try - can't wait to see!!

Stamps: Just A Note (JustRite Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Vintage Cream and Aqua Mist, For Him Ooh La La kit by My Mind's Eye , ivory tissue paper
Ink: Stampin' Up Always Artichoke and More Mustard, Ranger Antique Linen Distress
Accessories: Spellbinders Dahlia, classic circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities, Making Memories butons, Stampin' Up leaf die, Zva bling, lace, Papertrey ribbon, sewing machine

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

MFT February Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Favorite Things February blog hop! If you've come here by way of Joanne, you're in the right place. If you've just happened by, then you'll definitely want to get caught up by starting with Kim. I'd hate for you to miss a single thing!

Tonight, we're celebrating MFT's biggest and best release ever! Among all the fantastic stamp sets is the third annual Twisted release, Twisted Threesome, a collection of sometimes snarky, sometimes a bit off-color, and always hilarious sentiments that go along with many of your favorite MFT images.

I decided to create a fun menopause-themed gag gift ensemble. For the card, I combined the toasting duo from Girls Night Out with "Welcome to Menopause," which is part of one of the Twisted Threesome sentiments. For the first time ever, I was wishing for heads on these gals, so that I could give them some gray hair. Maybe I should have added some age spots and wrinkles to their hands and necks?? (My layout is the Mojo Monday Sketch #124 turned on its side.)

The inside holds a second sentiment, "Aged Perfectly" from Girls Night Out. Such a nice way to say "old" - LOL!

Then I created a Menopause Survival Kit tin, which includes various hot flash remedies and a wearable pin for the gift recipient. Most of these ideas were gleaned from different commercially available gag gifts, but why purchase this kind of thing when it's so much more fun to make your own. Here's a look at the Survival Kit contents:

First, a "Hot Flash Hankie" - a handkerchief slipped down into a decorated glassine bag. (Yikes, did I spell hankie right?) Text is computer-generated.

Second, one of those disposable, instant cold compresses that you find in first aid kits. I wrapped it with a simple sleeve and included the sentiment "You're SO Hot," which is the first half of the "Welcome to Menopause" sentiment that I used on the card front.

Third, a water spritzer, wrapped in a band of dp and labeled "Fire Extinguisher" (text computer-generated):

And last, an "I'm SO Hot" button that the recipient can wear proudly - teehehe. I hand-cut and glittered the flames. "SO Hot" is from Twisted Threesome and the word "I'm" can be found in other MFT sets - Who's That e-Girl and Window Shopping, to name two. (The warning text is computer-generated.)

All of the survival items fit nicely into an altered tin. I used some fun MFT Adornments on the tin - Spring Glittered Garnishes along the bottom just below the blue-ish band, and Crystal Clear Swarovski Crystals on the half-label die-cut (applied with the Professional Touch HotFix Crystal Applicator).

Coloring throughout is done with Copics. Designer papers and coordinating die-cuts are from the My Mind's Eye Ooo-La-La For Him collection. Believe me, I considered the whole red hat society color scheme, but I am sooooo NOT a red and purple kind of gal - just couldn't do it! But wouldn't that be fun?

Whew! That's it for me! Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Susan Liles! Enjoy the rest of the hop!