I'm back... :]

Hi - I'm back!  We went to Spokane for the weekend to visit the in-laws.  I took photos to post, but they were of the gifts we took for birthdays so I couldn't post too early (in case they looked!) and then the time got away from me.  Now we're back home, unpacked and ready to get back in the groove again. 

The first project was the one I mentioned last week that I was working on for my sister-in-law's birthday.  She likes to do crafty things as well so I made her a card/tag kit and put it all in a tote.  I got the template from my upline and thought it would be perfect to hold all the pieces I wanted to put in there.  I also gave her the "Yummy" set to go with it.   The tote base is Chocolate Chip with Parisian Breeze DSP on the front.  I stamped the sentiment on a Whisper White top note cut with the Big Shot.  I also die cut butterflies from the same DSP for the corners.  I added my own twist on the butterfly body with a piece of grosgrain tied in a knot, rounded at one end and then I cut the other end down the middle to split it into antennae - kinda cute, eh?!  Inside is a clear card box cut in half and adhered to each side of the tote.  You can put all kinds of things in there!  It could probably hold 8 cards and envelopes - maybe more if they weren't too thick.  I put in a stack of top notes, a stack of medium sized scallop circles, a stack of prepped cards and envelopes for her to finish her own way and a bag of die cut butterflies in two sizes.  Along with the stamp set, I'm sure she'll find all kinds of things to make!  Here it is all finished and then again opened up.  You can click on the photos to see them larger.  Hope you like it!

newly-imported-1581newly-imported-163The second project is really just packaging.  I needed something to put my father-law's gift in and didn't have much that wasn't flowery so I had to make something up!  This started as a purse made from one sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock, but I needed to fit two cd's in there so I had to go up to 12 x 12 cardstock.  (Email me if you want exact dimensions...)  Then I decided to make it look like a shirt front.  Probably could have picked a bolder plaid or stripe, but....I didn't! :]  the pockets are the tag punch turned upside down.  The collar is just a rectangle cut on the diagonal and then rounded the corners.  Add the center button flap, faux stitching, the buttons, the tag and waaaaa-la!   A shirt to hold cds! :]  Thanks for looking!