CSS: DT favorites!

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The Clear and Simple Stamps DT is having another group project day...with a twist! Each member chose their all-time favorite CSS products to incorporate into a fun ensemble.  I'm sure it will come as no surprise when you see what my favorites are. I use them all the time!

I tried to make something a little unexpected, so here's what I came up with:

First, the card:

Pretty simple and straightforward. I selectively inked a longer sentiment to isolate the "for," and of course I used my favorite letter dies to add the "you."  I also used my fave patterned paper, the Everyday Eclectic collection from Echo Park.

Now, what is that little butterfly thing, you ask? (wait- you didn't ask? Let's pretend you did)

It's a magnet!  I die cut some pieces of a cardboardish packing material I had laying around (I'd say it's a bit sturdier than a cereal box, but less sturdy than chipboard) and covered them with paper. I slapped on some magnets, and it was done!

Now, the favor box. I die cut the base of the box twice- once it was the full thing, and once it was only the bottom portion:

As you can see, once folded I was able to use the smaller part to make a little stand on the inside of the big part:

Don't forget to stamp BEFORE you assemble the box!  I also punched a hole at the top so I could add a ribbon tab:

I used a chicken wire transparency for the outside of the box.  The regular slider that comes with the die was too wide (since I wanted the box to stand upright), so I just cut, scored, and folded it to fit.

This ensemble would be PERFECT as a teacher gift.  I always love having magnets to put on the side of my desk (especially when the kiddos make me cute drawings at recess), and I use antibacterial stuff ALL the time!  Since I teach music, we are always sharing instruments and holding hands for dances/games...and I often end up sticky, lol. Who knows where their little hands have been!?

I've got to send you on your way now...please scurry along to:
Clear and Simple Stamps

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A Runway Inspired Baby Shower for Aga!

Today is going to be a fun one! To celebrate Aga's new baby Helena (born earlier this month), the RIC DT is throwing her a virtual baby shower!

I picked this super cute inspiration photo because it made me think of Aga's awesome style:

Oh gosh, that girl is just the sweetest thing! I love the dots, the bow, the little animal shoes, and the black/white/soft gold color combo.

When making my card I initially embossed the base with a swiss dots embossing folder, but thought it looked too busy.  I cut a new card base and embossed it with the PTI Linen impression plate....much better!

I adhered gold leaf to the giraffe die cut (fancy, huh?!) and made a washi tape feather- I got the idea from Laura who got the idea here.

The best part about this shower? YOU get to play along too!  There's an awesome prize up for grabs- a guest design spot for a future challenge!  The dates are a little different for this one, so make sure you check out the details here.

Nina Yang - Waffle Flower
Pamela Ho - miao
Virginia Lu - Yes, Virginia...
Wida Miller - Beachorado
Tasnim Ahmed - Cards & Bookmarks
Laura Bassen - Doublestick Heaven

Later, gators!


Watercolor Feather

I've got the Sunday blues...I love going to work, but I have some busy weeks ahead- a few concerts, an observation, and lots of lesson planning to do.  Luckily, Dave and I have had a great weekend, and next weekend will be even better! (Free comic book day, Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, Iron Man 3, and a crafty get-together with the gals)

Today I watercolored a feather for the Moxie Fab "Wonder of Watercolor" challenge.  I started by lightly drawing the shape onto smooth bristol (my fave), then adding the paint.  Once it was dry, I sketched the feather with a Faber Castell fine-tipped pen. (Would you guys want to see a video of my watercolor process? I could probably put a tutorial together next time I paint on one of my cards)

When I get the chance, I'll be sending this card to a friend of mine who said she wants one of my paintings...do you know who you are?! :)

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