Saturday, April 24, 2010

Stormy Saturday Project

It's been a stormy Saturday in the midwest so, after running my errands, I settled in for some baking, crafting, and reading today.  The made-from-scratch-ooey-gooey brownies have been most excellent with my coffee while I spent some time in my craft room this afternoon.  I'm starting to feel a little sleepy, though, with one cat asleep on my craft table, one asleep in the window sill, and the dog asleep at my feet!
Here's the result of my crafting efforts today.  I'm starting to get hooked on making these bookmarks.  I LOVE them, but I have yet to make one for myself.  I'll get right on that...  Anyway, this one was made from the Razzleberry Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! and coordinating colors.  I used the "Vintage Vogue" and "Elements of Style" stamp sets.  I think they coordinate well together.  The great thing about these bookmarks is that they're enclosed in a plastic sleeve, so they should last for YEARS.  Only the last photo shows the bookmark in the sleeve.  I was afraid there would be a glare if I took the photos in the sleeve, so took the first three before finishing it.

This image shows the entire bookmark before I finished it by putting it in the sleeve and securing it with a jumbo eyelet and ribbon.

I took this picture to show the detail in the hummingbird and flower.  I added a half pearl to the center of the flower and the hummingbird was added using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The branches were punched with the new bird and branch punch in Kiwi Kiss cardstock.  By the way.... Kiwi Kiss is coming back as a permanent color in the next Stampin' Up! catalog.  Can I get a WOO-HOO??? :)
Some days, I have a REAL problem with the format of blogger and today seems to be one of those days.  Sorry for the inconsistency in the layout of my paragraphs and photos.  I guess we'll just have to deal with it.  I took this next photo to show the detail of the embossing at the bottom of the bookmark.  I used a Cuttlebug Border Embossing Folder in my Sizzix Big Shot to achieve this look.  That Big Shot will do ANYTHING, I tell ya!!

And here's the finished product.  Actually, the glare from the plastic sleeve isn't TOO terribly bad.  The sleeve also makes this look like a professionally made project once it's complete.  I see many more of these in my crafting future... just have to come up with some more design ideas!  These would be great gifts for kids, too, so I'll have to come up with some designs that would be appealing to them, as well.


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