Saturday, January 23, 2010

Card Set: Tea Time/Thanks a Bunch

Hi all!  Hope you're enjoying your weekends. :)  These are the last 2 cards that were part of the gift sets I gave to my co-workers.  I'm really proud of the "tea time" cards because I made more of my own patterned paper, which is SO time-consuming and therefore something I rarely ever do.  I started off knowing I wanted to use the mug and sentiment from the Coffee Cafe stamp set by TPC Studio.  I colored the mug with a Copic marker and matted the image with some kraft cardstock, cut out with a Nestabilities template.  The idea then popped into my head to emboss the tea bag image on cardstock with clear powder, to create my own patterned paper.  The watermark effect is subtle, but I think it's perfect!  I doubt I'd be able to find tea bag patterned paper anywhere! :)  I added a bit of sheer purple polka dot ribbon and added the piece to some K&Co paper.  I believe I stamped the inside with "feel better soon" or something to that effect. :)

The "thanks a bunch" cards were SUPER easy to make, and super cheap!  I found a huge bucket of foam flower stickers at Office Depot, of all places, on clearance for 47 cents!  I wouldn't normally buy foam flowers, but for that price I couldn't resist.  Perfect for a project like this, too!  I sorted all of the flowers before I started sticking them to the cards, and I'm glad I did, because that's when I realized that for each design, there was one in each color, so I knew I was going to go with the rainbow theme.  I figured I would keep the background plain white so the flowers would really stand out.  I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and called it a day!  Those cards took me about 5 seconds each to assemble- yessss! :D

 I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the cards in my set!  It was such a fun project and I'm so glad I was able to give a gift that wasn't store-bought.  I'm definitely going to do this again next year- using up so many supplies in one project makes me feel like I'm making a dent in my stash (I'm so NOT, but it makes me FEEL good anyway! lol)  Thanks for swinging by!

-Suzanne :O )


Janice W. said...

I love the patterned paper you made! What a great idea, one that I might lift in the future. :) Purple and polka dots, love them! Your flower cards are sweet and simple!

GiftsByHeidi said...

The bright colors really do stand out on the white!! Gorgeous, very striking & eye catching!

Anonymous said...

Suzanne. The BG paper you've created is marvelous! Great card. I love it and the flower cards are wonderful too. I love all the bright cheerfulness of it. They may have been simple to make but they pack a punch. Love em all!
Super great gifts!

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