Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Simple Monogram - and Lots of Buttons

Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge this week is to use monogams on your card. Well - this is kind of a double monogram (!) I'm making thank you notes for my niece to use for her shower and wedding - so I made these note cards with his and her initials on them as well as on the envelopes. The stamps are Fresh Alphabet and Simply Stationary by Papertrey Ink.

Their wedding colors are Raspberry and Avocado - so this designer paper by Basic Grey was perfect for the top border. I also rolled a little piece (3/4" x 3") and pushed it into the Pentell pen barrel so it would coordinate with the notes. The notes are 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 (no fold) and I used a corner rounder just on the bottom corners.

And, of course, I had to make a little stationary case to wrap it all up nicely! The Raspberry Fizz and Ripe Avocado card stock from Papertrey Ink match the designer paper very nicely as does the Raspberry Fizz double stitched ribbon also from Papertrey. There are 12 notes in here presently but I know it can hold at least 16 - maybe 20.

I added a piece of the designer paper to the Avocado tab I made to close the top (3"x2") and used a little square of Velcro to secure it. I stamped the initials again on a piece of Vintage Cream card stock and used a Spellbinders tag trio to cut it out and emboss it. I attached 2 brads and mounted it to the bag with foam dimensionals. I used a corner rounder punch on the top corners of the case as well as on the front edges of the tab.

You can see a masculine note case I made here. You will find a tutorial by Tracy here - which is where I originally found this fun idea.

Basically you take two 5"x 8 1/2" pieces of card stock - score at 2 1/8" on one 5 inch side of each piece, fold on the scores (this makes the bottom) overlap the pieces and attach with tacky tape. Lay the combined piece out flat. Put a piece of tacky tape 1" in on both sides to attach the ribbon (two 24" pieces). Start the first piece of ribbon at the middle of the bottom on the left - bring it up to the top, bring it down the right side and put the other end at the middle of the bottom and press against the tacky tape (be sure the ribbon isn't twisted at the top loop. Repeat on the other side of the case. Cut a 3"x2" piece for the closing flap - decorate if desired - attach to the back of the bag with 2 strips of tacky tape. Attach a piece of velcro under the front of the flap and on the bag under the flap. Cut a clear box (4 1/2" x 5 7/8" x 1") in half. Put tacky tape on all four sides of the back of the box (none on the bottom). Hold the box on the inside bottom of the bag up to the score line and bring up the side to attach. Repeat with the other half.
Stamps: Simply Stationary & Fresh Alphabet: PTI
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream: PTI, DP - Basic Grey Eva/courtier
Ink: Ripe Avocado: PTI
Accessories: tacky tape, Pentel Pen (CVS, Staples), Raspberry Fizz Double Stitched Ribbon: PTI, Clear box: clearbags.com, brads, foam dimensionals,Spellbinders double ended tabs.

Todays inspiration on Split Coast was a web site of artful bras - made for breast cancer awareness by some quilters in South Carolina. The button bra on this page inspired me.I used the Martha Stewart button punch for my buttons and a Spellbinders Tag Trio die for the sentiment. I sponged all the edges with So Saffron ink.

I should have laced some floss or something through the holes of the buttons - but I was running late and we had to leave for a dinner reservation! DH and I went to a wonderful local Asian restaurant (Out of Asia) where I had some delicious shrimp stuffed eggplant with a yummy sauce on it! - so my card ended up a little naked today!

Thanks so much for coming by today! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Stamps: Hero Arts
Paper: Lemon tart, spring moss, spring rain, sweet blush: PTI
Ink: True Black: PTI, So saffron: SU
Accessories: lemon tart double stitched ribbon: PTI, glue dots, sponge, button punch: Martha Stewart, spellbinders tag trio

16 comments:

~amy~ said...

Oh Julia...what a lovely stationary set!!!! gorgeous!!! Sweet button card!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, LOVE this stationery set, Julia!! The color scheme is fabulous and the design is wonderful! LOVE, love, love it!!

Anne said...

Julia, your little monogram bag is just astounding! I LOVE this, loved it the first time and am hyperventilating over it this time!! Such an amazing artist you are!!

Dizzy Broad said...

The monogram notecards and bag are simply gorgeous! I love the colors you put together.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh my gosh, this post just takes my breath away!!! The monogrammed set is over the top, but that storage case for them - OH MY GOODNESS!!! What a clever girl you ARE!!! I love it!!! And that darling button card -- oh my, just too, too cute!!! You are HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! LOVE these projects!!!

Bev said...

Great note card set-very pretty-and I love the MS button punch-will need to look for that one. tfs

Christina said...

OHHH thanks for sharing the holder. i was wondering what I was going to use to hold a set I just made.

One4Joy said...

You, my friend are the queen of making beautiful cases...that stationary case is just fabUlous! love the whole idea and what a thoughtful gift.

love the fun we all had on the IC yesterday..oh to be so perky again!

Deborah Anton said...

This is awesome Julia! I love it!! I will definitely have to case!! : ) Stop by my blog as I have left you an award!

Donna said...

what a great stationary purse! I love your cute as a button card - congrats on H & M DT!

dpkennedy said...

Oh Julia, that stationary gift is stunning! The happy couple is going to love it!!

I think your button card is just adorable too! Sew easy too! Sorry...

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

What fun projects!! I really love that button card though!! That's awesome!! TFS! :)

Joan said...

I love your stationary set and the card is perfect for that bra challenge.

Beverly aka beestamper said...

That is a fabulous stationary set Julia! You are such a creative genius! Love your style!

Karen said...

Oh my, I LOVE your stationary set!! The colors are fun and that's a great case for all of it! Thanks for all the details on how you made it!

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