it's a well-known (& awesome!) fact that the pixie dust paperie specializes in finding the prettiest papers and the most beautiful embellishments, and this month's LOVE NOTESkit is certainly no exception. so you may be wondering if they can ALSO be used to produce fun masculine cards and layouts? if i may, i'd like to give my answer in card form:
the reverse side of crate paper's "denim" sheet is a lovely floral... but this side is fab as well, don't you think? pink paislee's "cozy sweater" has a fun geometric on one side and an awesome graph on the reverse. my mind's eye's "love me" paper is neutral--both in color and gender--as are a bunch of the elements in the giant 12x12 set of crate's "random" chipboard. the distressed pale green ledger panel was cut from the packaging of pink paislee's "wood chip" alphabet. speaking of which:
those babies are already an attractive shade of natural pale wood and frankly look great right out of the package; but i couldn't resist using a texty background stamp to give mine a little more personality! and then there's the star of the card:
ok, no, he wasn't actually included *IN* the kit. :) but i bet, like me, you've got a few favorite digital files, right? having a small nephew (& crazy brothers-in-law, lol!) some of mine happen to be monsters. this one, from a set called "monstrous" by jesse edwards, is sadly out of print, but there are loads of others available; plus clipart works well for this; or try a google image search of "monster" and "paper-piecing" and see what you get!
the gorgeous package of crate paper's "random" trimmings which come in the kit included this fantastic extra-thick baker's twine. i attached it to my card using fast-dry tacky glue. i love the way it frames my sentiment composed with the wooden letters, a bit of computer-generated text, and my trusty dymo labeller!
and there you have it: a monstrously festive "guy card" that surely any husband, nephew... or crazy brother-in-law... would love to receive! :)
i don't scrapbook, as such, but i have been known to make altered frames... which is, afterall just fancier and more permanent type of layout! since this particular frame holds the photo of one of my favorite kids in the world--my best friend's daughter, miss isabel--it seems only fitting i should use the LOVE NOTES kit!
this frame measures approximately eight inches square, and i found it in the section of my local big box craft store where all of the unpainted wooded and papier mache items are kept. would you believe it cost ONE DOLLAR??! ok, granted, it was unfinished when i purchased it, needed quite a bit of sanding around the edges, and it does not have glass or plastic covering the photo area. but then i knew i wanted to customize this and give it to a young lady who will turn three this spring. so those factors actually WORKED for me! :)
in addition to the name, the variety of papers and embellishments in the LOVE NOTESkit was perfect for what i had in mind! the thing which sparked my idea to begin with was the my mind's eye "doily banners paper". as soon as i saw it, i knew that if if cut out the banners and draped them over and around the frame they would look FABULOUS... and i think was i was right about that, don't you?! :)
the second thing i added was a bunch of elements from crate paper's "random" chipboard sheet. every piece of chipboard you see here (except the pink butterfly which is teresa collins' from the PINK ROSE COTTAGE kit) was part of the 12x12" sheet that came in the kit... and i doubt i even used half of the fun icons provided!
the words "happy", "adorable" and "sweet"... plus that super-fab cupcake and the funky ampersand... were all ready to use our of the packet. heck, they are even self-adhesive, you cannot get much EASIER than that, right?!
my favorite part is the collection of tiny chipboard buttons, gems and little stickers that frame the heart-shaped opening of the frame. it's hard to think of anything that would be cuter AND ALSO draw one's attention *immediately* to the sweet girl's face!
and now i cannot wait for this little gal's birthday to arrive... so we can take a brand new"adorable, happy & sweet" photo to go into the frame!
you'll have noticed that i ♥LOVE♥ to make fancy little gift boxes. there are a couple of reasons for this: one is that i am always attracted to them in gift shops, where they areexpensive! another is that i have a lot of crafty friends to whom i enjoy giving a "little something" on their birthdays, and having some really AMAZING packaging always makes a small gift look a lot cooler, in my opinion. this particular one i made using january's fabulous LOVE NOTES kit:
i started off with one of those little papier mache boxes they sell in the craft superstores for about $1.50. i stained all the edges black with a permanent marker before affixing my trimmed papers. i used the awesome crate "denim" pattern, and the reverse of pink paislee's "cozy sweater" for the top.
when wrapping paper around the side of the box, it's important not to try and take your paper UNDER the part that the lid will cover; unless your lid happens to have a VERY loose fit, it's not going to slide over an extra layer. you can see, below, that i only applied about an inch-high strip of the denim. this is why it's nice to have colored the unfinished box with a marker, it makes it blend in a bit better!
of course, in this case, i also knew i was going to add the luxurious blue velvet lace from crate paper's "random" trimmings, and that would cover any gaps rather nicely. inside the box, i've got a little collection of vintage buttons, some of which have crystal or rhinestone details, which is why the american crafts sticker "bring your own sparkle" worked so well.
for finishing touches i added a "random" chipboard sticker (which i trimmed into two pieces to fit better) and a few of glitz design's rhinestones trimmed from the beautiful borders in the kit. and now i am ready to bestow this lovely treat on a special sewing friend!!! (shhh! don't tell, ok?!) ♥