Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gift Bags

We celebrated three birthdays today - my sister, my son, and my son-in-law - and since I didn't want to just stick their gift cards in the card envelopes, I got a brilliant last minute idea to make gift bags for them.  I found this easy tutorial at Jan's Stamping Creations here.  For the price of two 12 x 12 sheets of designer paper and some ribbon I had on hand, I ended up spending much less on them than store bought gift bags.  Plus, they were much more personalized!  Next time I will make some much earlier so I can embellish them more!  The only problem I had was working the Crop-O-dile again after a few years of non-use - otherwise they were a cinch to make!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Celebrating Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Celebrating Summer blog hop!  If you got here from Jill's fabulous blog, then you are in the right place!  Otherwise, you may want to go back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog and start from the beginning.  In order to be eligible for one of FIVE great prizes, you'll need to leave a comment at each stop on the blog hop!

My first card uses the 123 Martini Floor stamp from the Cocktails II (417) stamp set.  It is embossed in Moss Star and colored with Copics.  The background is done with the Hibiscus flower from the Hummingbirds and Flowers  (451) stamp set and is Batik embossed (See Tips and Techniques) with more of the new Tuscany Star colors.  You may remember I used these in the last blog hop on the punched flowers - obviously they're my favorites! The cardstock is also from Sparkle N Sprinkle - Grape Slushie and Guacamole.   You can find complete directions here on the SNS website!

The second card also uses the Cocktails II stamp set - Hurricane Glass and Cocktail Garnish.  They are colored using glitters and Copics (See instructions here for complete list of colors).  The scene is done with Memento Inks and sponge daubers (also a long list of colors).  I used Waterfall glitter to make the ocean shimmer and Florida Beach glitter on the sand.  Doesn't it just make you wish you were there already?

Hope you enjoyed!  And now hop on over to Creative, Crafty Charlene and see what she has in store for you!

Don't forget to leave a comment on everyone's blog to be eligible for the prizes and check out all the Water, Food & Beverage, and Rosiland Solomon's stamps because they're on sale this month!

Should you get lost, here is the complete list of participating designers:
Gerlinde (me)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Stay tuned.......

Hi!  I can't believe it's been a month already since I've last posted!  Life gets away from you sometimes.  I don't have a card to show yet, but I finally had some time to craft again and wanted to tell you to stay tuned this week..........There's a Sparkle N Sprinkle blog hop coming on Thursday that you've GOT to check out!  You'll be starting the blog hop at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog  here, so don't forget - Thursday May 17 and Friday, May 18!

(Sneak peak)