Inchie Notes take center stage in today's post. Happy Inchie Thursday everyone! Today's gift is a set of thank you's for a mom-to-be. I included a package of Forever stamps (not shown) with this set to complete it.
Begin by stamping Lockhart Stamp Company's new Goodnight Moon Inchie image six times onto white cardstock - we're doing this assembly-line style. Shade around moons with B00, then blend the harsh edge using a custom marker of a Copic blender pen with about 24 drops of BV00 reinker (this idea is from Debbie Olson).
Color moons with Y000, then shadow with Y15, then blend with Y000.
Moon cheeks were colored with R02, and moon 'sweatband' (hee!) with B23. Yeah, yeah I could have made it a hat, but it looks so 80's fab Flashdance now...with the tassle as an earring...
Punch out colored Inchies with a 1" square punch, then mat with black cardstock. The scallop square is a Marvy punch (the blue size) from Papertrey Ink, using 7gypsies Baby Oh Boy 6x6 patterned papers. The final layer is a 1-5/8" black cardstock square.
The matted Inchies were adhered to Inchie Notes, and the Inchie Notes envelopes were stamped with Color Box Chalk Ice Blue ink. Martha Stewart scallop border punch used on 7g definition paper (from the 6x6 baby boy paper pack).
I added a flourish (Lockhart - Millinery Vine) to each Inchie Note with Versamark Ink to accentuate the layered Inchie - here's a close-up:
The professional gift presentation box (from Nashville Wraps #SB738) was altered using two coordinating sheets of 7gypsies 6x6 Baby Boy paper adhered to a white cardstock base that fit inside the clear lid. Four white brads hold the paper against the clear lid. May Arts white grosgrain ribbon secures the gift box.
Strips of 7gypsies leftover patterned paper destined for the trash were corner rounded and adhered to the card interior. A Muse thank you script sentiment. Altered wooden clothespin is a la Michelle Wooderson! Pen is a Pentel RSVP with a 3-1/4" x 1" piece of patterned paper inserted in the pen barrel.
Thank you for stopping by on Inchie Thursday!
ingredients: Vendors for Inchie Arts products can be viewed here; Lockhart Stamp Company - their entire line including NEW Itty Bitty images sized just for Inchies!, Memory Box cardstocks, Copic Markers and all related accessories, Palette ink pads - Ellen Hutson; 7gypsies papers, May Arts ribbon, Zutter corner rounders, brads - StarLitStudio
A friend and neighbor is expecting a new baby - a boy! I created this gift set using Mishie's quarter notecard idea for a set of eight thank you notecards for the mum-to-be.
Memory Box new Antique Damask image was stamped onto Neenah Classic Cream (it's a nice ivory shade) cardstock with Adirondack Aqua... using the second generation image (or second repetition image: ink stamp, then stamp off once onto a scrap piece of paper, then use the second stamp on the Neenah Classic Cream cardstock). This was to gently mimic the damask pattern in the October Afternoon paper strips used on the notecards. Gotta love the brown and this blue hue together!
The Lockhart Stamp Company new Rattle image was stamped using Rich Cocoa Memento ink, then colored in with Copic markers:
Vanilla Bean cardstock was punched out using a Marvy oval scallop punch, and the stamped Rattles were punched using a Marvy oval punch - slightly smaller than the scallop ovals. Rattles were colored with BG11.
I used BG72 to highlight portions of the Rattle. I also highlighted the 'underside' of each rattle with T1 and the 'tops' with Y000 ... the 'top' is the part of the rattle opposite the fine dots within the rattle image itself.
I used BG75 to highlight a tiny portion of the Rattle - I used the fine dots within the stamped Rattle image itself as a guide.
Blended all three colors using the original BG11, then highlighted the Rattle top and dots on the band with a Ranger white gel pen.
October Afternoon Garden Chair strips (4-1/2" x 1-3/4") were adhered to 4-1/2" x 6-1/4" sheets of Neenah Classic Cream cardstock notecards. 'thank you' sentiment is from A Muse.
Added eight envelopes (A6 size) to a clear lidded gift box (Nashville Wraps #SB738) and stacked the eight notecards neatly. Man, I'd love to get these - I hope she likes them!
The professional gift presentation box was created using a clear transparency and printer, then trimmed to a strip sized to the width of the box lid. Adhered to inside of clear lid using a bit of adhesive (Kokuyo). Patterned October Afternoon paper was cut, sized to fit the entire inside lid, then adhered with a bit of Kokuyo adhesive at the corners. May Arts brown grosgrain ribbon secures the gift box.
Best wishes for an awesome Tuesday!!
ingredients: Memory Box cardstocks (Vanilla Bean used) and stamps, Neenah Classic Cream cardstock, Lockhart Stamp Company images, Memento ink pads, Ranger white gel pens, Copic Markers and all related accessories - Ellen Hutson; May Arts grosgrain ribbon, Ranger white gel pens, October Afternoon papers - StarlitStudio
A quick card for today - kids are home from school for President's Day weekend and my oldest (she's 11) is baking chocolate chip muffins - yummm!
I'm using up a Prima flower stash that I found while cleaning my workroom. Card size is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" - designer paper is Basic Grey Urban Prairie & Memory Box cardstocks.
A 1-1/2" circle punch on Licorice cardstock, and a 1-3/4" circle scallop punch on a sheet from a 6x6 Urban Prairie paper pack and a 7gypsies New York brad formed the flower center. Sunflower cardstock card base followed by layers of Licorice cardstock and Urban Prairie. Flower was adhered with Glue Dots, then petals trimmed so card will fit in an envelope.
Scraps of paper were used to decorate the card interior. Altered clothespin was inspired by my friend Mish Wooderson!
Lockhart Stamp Company's new Buttermilk Hen was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Classic Cream cardstock. Select areas were quickly colored with Copic markers. Buttermilk Hen was stamped again onto the Daisy D paper and trimmed.
The trimmed portion was adhered, and additional parts of the stamped image were colored with Copic Markers. (I ended up adding to the grounding line with YG91 after this photo was taken). A wing section was stamped onto the Daisy D paper again, then trimmed and adhered with a foam dimensional.
Martha Stewart brown twill ribbon was folded and notched like Anna's card here, overlaid with an A Muse sentiment and held together with a 7gypsies brass paper fastener, and a snippet of linen colored fine string tied in a bow. A dab of clear-drying glue on the knot secures the bow from curious little fingers.
Card interior - snippets of paper destined for the trash created a mini collage on the card interior. A Muse sentiment. Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa.
Best wishes for a wonderful Monday!
ingredients: Memory Box papers, cardstocks, Lockhart Stamp Company images, Memento ink pads, Copic Markers and all related accessories - Ellen Hutson; May Arts fine burlap string, 7gypsies hardware - StarlitStudio
I've been so inspired by Anna Wight's ornaments, that I had to try one myself!
Using a 1" piece of white cardstock cut down to about 7/8" square, Lockhart Stamp Company's IB Cape Cod House was stamped with a Palette pad in Noir, then quickly colored with Copic markers. The edges of the cardstock square were lightly sponged with Distress Antique Linen.
A rusty tin heart was punched with a Cropadile and set with a vintage copper eyelet. Strano 3/8" 'Autumn' ribbon was threaded through the eyelet as a hanger. The Cape Cod image was mounted onto a Black Inchie Square - museum quality archival chipboard, cut into 1" squares and conveniently packaged - 72 per box.
The word and definition for 'hearth' was both cut and torn from 7gypsies Le Monde Creme paper, and the edges were distressed with a paper distresser then sponged with a Distress Vintage Photo pad. Two vintage shell buttons were threaded with fine burlap string and adhered to the tin heart.
Thank you for stopping by on Inchie Thursday!
ingredients: Vendors for Inchie Arts products can be viewed here; Lockhart Stamp Company - their entire line including NEW Itty Bitty images sized just for Inchies!, Copic Markers and all related accessories, Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool, Palette ink pads, Distress Pads & reinkers - Ellen Hutson; 7gypsies papers, tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool, Strano Ribbons, fine burlap string - StarLitStudio
Today's post shows simple Valentines I created this year for classmates of two of my children, plus teachers, the school nurse and the office secretaries. I am enjoying it now, as when they hit sixth grade these stop.
One sheet of 12x12 created six cardstock covers - I'm using Hershey's Kissables because they are peanut-free.
Papertrey's Heart Prints and their coordinating punches were used with Memory Box papers. These took no longer than two-and-a-half hours - Glue Dots helped to speed the assembly process along.
It took 30 minutes to assemble 36 of these incredible yummies from start to finish, and that includes prep time too.
My latest compulsive activity is lining envelopes, and I've discovered a few shortcuts that I wanted to share.
I use mostly Memory Box envelopes, and Memory Box offers a clear, sturdy template that I've altered a bit to gain speed and save paper when creating the lining.
To alter the Memory Box envelope liner template, simply insert it completely into a Memory Box envelope - the bottom of the template will fit snugly against the inside bottom of the envelope.
Using a ruler, draw a line over the envelope fold - where the flap meets the envelope - and use a black Sharpie marker. Punch two small holes along the Sharpie line (I used a Cropadile but an anywhere hole punch or other hole punch will work too).
To create a lining, and to conserve paper, line up the template only to the bottom of the word 'box' on the reverse of the desired lining paper- see photo above. You don't need to use the entire lining template unless you want to. Using a pencil, trace template on the back of the desired patterned paper.
Don't forget to mark the two punched holes in the template. Cut out the lining. I cut two envelope liners out in the photo above.
Using a paper cutter, slice the lining along the marked holes. Apply adhesive to this side (with the pencil marks) so the pencil marks are concealed.
It is easier to apply adhesive to the lining, versus the envelope.
Adhere the lining to the flap, and the inside envelope front.
I have found the envelope closes easier with the gap present over the envelope flap fold... it is easier to adhere these two smaller lining pieces to the envelope versus one large liner, and it is easier for the recipient to slit the envelope open this way, too.
ingredients: Memory Box template and all Memory Box products include decorative papers, cardstocks, stamps and more: Ellen Hutson
Using one of Lockhart's newest Inchie images, Rose Bouquet, and a few components, I created a quick gift - bookmarks are meaningful, add-on type gifts that complement a bookstore gift certificate quite well.
A one-inch square of Basic Grey's 6x6 Scarlet's Letter cardstock was adhered to a White Inchie Square (premium, museum quality matboard squares - sold in convenient boxes of 72), and the Lockhart Rose Bouquet was stamped (using Palette Noir) on a second Inchie Square.
A Ranger one-inch Memory Frame, one-inch wide black silk ribbon, two pieces of clear acetate, and a vintage chandelier crystal set were gathered for the bookmark (pictured above).
If I had to re-create this bookmark, I would have utilized the ghosted background technique Lisa Lee (the owner of Inchie Arts) used in this post. Absolutely lovely!
Using Copic markers the stamped Inchie was quickly colored in.
The Inchie bookmark housing was constructed by knotting the silk ribbon around a Ranger Memory Frame jump ring, then knotting the other end of the silk ribbon. Silver wire (26 gauge) was wrapped repeatedly around the knot and attached to a vintage chandelier crystal set.
Try sourcing chandelier crystals at flea markets or auctions (locally or online) or tag sales. We hope to have some of our inventory listed in the store shortly.
Happy Inchie Thursday!
ingredients: Vendors for Inchie Arts products can be viewed here; Lockhart Stamp Company - their entire line including NEW Itty Bitty images sized just for Inchies!, Copic Markers and all related accessories, Basic Grey 6x6 paper pads, Palette ink pads, Ranger Memory Frames & glass - Ellen Hutson; silk ribbon spools, Ranger Memory Frames & glass - StarLitStudio