February 18, 2009

Damask Designs

Edit: The two circle punch sizes that I used for the monograms are 1-1/4" and 1-3/8". The size of the notecards are 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", with no fold. Dawn and I are so excited that you loved the notecards!!

Well here she is, Little Miss Smiley Girl. It's Dawn McVey and she's just the sweetest and funniest little thing there is! I found out that Dawn lives very close to the Archivers store that I visit in the Kansas City area. How cool is that? We're just a hop and a skip away from each other. Plus I found out that Dawn was at a Papercrafts stamping class in the KC area that Nichole was teaching a few years ago. I was in KC at the time and stopped in for like 5 minutes to say hi to Nichole. And Dawn was there too but I didn't know her yet! It's such a small world! Anyway, I'm so glad to call Dawn my friend and to have her as a fellow Papertrey Designer. And by now you know that Dawn has taken on another role as a Papertrey stamp designer. Isn't that something? Her first set is called Damask Designs and it's SO DAWN. By the way, my middle name is Dawn. Isn't that something? I wonder if Dawn's middle name is Michelle!!!??

I digress so easily, let's move along to Dawn's new set and some samples. When I first saw Dawn's set, I thought *oh no, it's too fancy for this country girl...I'll never do it justice with my creations.* Wrong-0! It's so fresh and fun to work with, I just love it!! And you guys know how much I love to make stationery/notecards. Dawn's set was the perfect companion for some monogrammed notecards. I used Lauren's Timeless Template called Desktop Stationery to make a holder for the cards. It's my favorite template of Lauren's. You need it.
For all of the notecards, I personalized them as a gift for Dawn, using her favorite Raspberry Fizz color. I used the same design for all of the monogrammed circles.....a border from the Borders and Corners Circles set, the letters D and M from Fresh Alphabet, and a little leaf from the Borders and Corners Squares set. You can zoom in on any of the cards to see the monograms a little closer. I also used Dawn's handwritten sentiments from the Handwritten Notes set. I'm envious of Dawn's hand writing. It's so dang cute!!

This first little duo has the *from the desk of* sentiment from the Simply Stationery set. I know I'll be using it together a lot with Damask Designs. For the card, I used one of the bigger damask images and stamped it so only a portion is on the notecard.
Then I a damask border to create some whimsical cards. I used the loops circle from Borders and Corners Circles to outline the monogrammed circles. (See my masking tip at the end of my post). Again, the *Smooches* is a stamp in Dawn's handwriting from Handwritten Notes.
And here's another duo that uses a damask border. The monogrammed circles are front and center.
And here's the front of the stationery box. I adhered Ripe Avocado Saddle Stitched ribbon all around the box. Then for a fun twist, I stamped a skinny strip of white cardstock with a damask border and adhered it just between the stitching. Fun! I finished off the box with some new Papertrey Vintage Buttons in White and New Leaf. Sentiment is from Simply Stationery.
Now. I wanted to show you the close up of this design. Can you see that the border damask stamp does not go all the way across the card? There is a blank circle on the notecard that the monogrammed circles are adhered to.
Here's how you do that. Make a circle mask...I used a Spellbinders circle and a piece of Eclipse masking tape. It helps if you adhere a scrap piece of the Eclipse tape over a piece of cardstock and then make your circle cut. Peel off the mask and adhere it to your notecard front. You can see that mine is all inky, but it's re-usable because it's a low tack adhesive. Stamp over the circle with a border damask stamp.
You'll have to do the left side and then do the right side. This way you can center your damask pattern evenly on each side of the circle. Peel up your Eclipse tape and you're left with a nice, white blank circle. This is where you adhere the monogrammed circle. Easy peasy, but such a nice look.
So there ya have it. Beautiful notecards that look professional...but with just a touch of homemade. I hope you try them!

59 comments:

Indigo Wings said...

This is just beautiful!

Gabriela said...

Holy Moley - these note cards and card holder are wonderful! What a special gift for Dawn! Love it!

patriciad said...

So adorable. I love making these notecards for gifts too - looks like I'm going to "need" that stamp set.

Jenn said...

You so ROCKED this, Mish! It is a great set!

whoistracy said...

What a gorgeous set of notecards!

Janelle said...

Beautiful and sweet. I used your stationery/notecard idea a few weeks ago for some friends I was having a "girls weekend" with and they loved them. I didn't have Lauren's template, though, and now think I must get that! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

Just gorgeous Michelle :o) Thanks for sharing them with us.

Ruby said...

Your note cards and holder are beautiful. I must put them on my 'to do' list. They are absolutely gorgeous!

Julie Masse said...

Mish these are just stunning!!! Totally beautiful - you've sold me on this set for sure!! :)

Linzi Conners said...

Hi! I'm wondering if you can tell me the size of your circles--did you use punches? If so, what size punches did you use for the two layers on the 'DM' circles?

Help would be appreciated! They're beautiful cards!

Tammy said...

What a beautiful gift! I love the circl mask idea--thanks!!!

Julie Campbell said...

OH my GOSH! Michelle, this stationary is unbelievable! I am in LOVE!!! Now... I need to find a way to get some mad money. I want it all! ;)

Sarah-Jane said...

Love these sets and that colour is just to die for ! It's a shame it's sooo expensive to ship to the U.K. as I love the stamps etc from papertrey. Love your work, so inspiring, Hugs Sarah-Jane xx

Agustina said...

YOU just inspired my BRAINO!!! WOW beautiful set. TFS.

Susan said...

Wow!! This is beautiful. I know Dawn is going to love it. You are so sweet. Great job MIsh.

StampinginKansas said...

LOVE THIS! I cased your notecards from a few weeks ago as a welcome to the family gift for my new SIL. Hope she likes them! I too live close to the KC Archiver's....maybe I'll run into you or Dawn (my stamping idols) sometime!!!

Michelle said...

Oh Michelle Dawn is going to LOVE LOVE LOVE that set. We make cards every day and gifts all the time but too often we don't think of something for US - wonderful of you to think to make something for HER showcasing her own new line!! How thoughtful; and how pretty!

Lisa Foster said...

WOWZERS, MISH!!!! This is a GORGEOUS gift!

Cindy H. said...

My goodness, Mish, these are gorgeous!!!

Kathy V. said...

What a stunning set, Mish! Thanks so much for the new inspiration. I've been following your lead and making note card sets for family and friends, and they really like them. Today's sample ought to blow them away!

I'm glad to hear Dawn is as sweet and funny in person as she is on her blog! The two of you together must be something else. Wish I lived close enough to have the chance to "run into" you both! Have a happy!

Nancy in CA said...

An absoutely beautiful set. You are such an inpiration with all that you share. When I leave your blog, I feel that I can now begin my creative day. Thanks for all you do. Nancy

Nancy said...

WOW!! Over the top gorgeous and FUN! Dawn is going to love the set. I wish the Damask set wasn't sold out I want it so bad.

Rachelle said...

so cute! I guess now you need to plan a trip to Archiver's to deliver this. :)

yvette said...

I have alot of damask but larger images and kept telling myself I don't need anymore damask stamps but seeing this project I think I need it now!!! Your project is just gorgeous

{Anya} said...

Awesome job, Mish! I have been meaning to make myself a set of notecards for work, and you have given me the extra little push that I needed to actually make it happen. I really love these, and I am sure Dawn will too!

Gina said...

So pretty!!!!

retiredheather said...

Michelle these are so beautiful. The tutorial is great and the way you display for photos is the absolute greatest. Wonderful work.
Hugs
Heather

KATY826 said...

LOVE these notecards. Great job, Mish! :) (As always!)

leenda said...

Perfect....!

resmith said...

These are beautiful!! Thanks for the tip on how you masked. Dawn will love this with her favorite color and her stamp design. Now I really can't wait for my shipment to come.

Mary Jo said...

I just LOVE your creations! Thanks for sharing.

Jana said...

Lovely, lovely work!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Michelle, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! I wasn't going to buy this set until I saw what Michelle Phillips created with it, and now that I see what you've done, I can't wait for my set to arrive!

Mel said...

Way cute notecards! I love that Archivers...I go whenever I'm visiting the city to see my sister, she lives just about 3 miles from there...totally awesome!

Anonymous said...

These are SOOO adorable and SOOO Dawn! You ladies at PTI are the greatest! -ElizabethB

Dawn McVey (dawnsing) said...

Oh Mishie.....you're an absolute dear.....and that photo of me is completely dorky! LOL!!

Thank you SO much for such a sweet gift.....so many thoughtful touches! You're a dear friend and I love ya.

Dawn

kolling143 said...

Mish, this project is just FABULOUS!!! A++++ I get to Archiver's in KC frequently too..Wish I could run into you sometime to meet you!!

Theresia said...

Wow, I love it, thanks for the tip!

Jessica ML said...

Too Cute! I love all your notecard ideas. I love to make them as well and always check you out for those ideas. This one is really beautiful and since it matches Dawn the sentiment is that much more special.

Charmaine said...

Gorgeous as always. If I could only have a pinky's worth of your talent I would be in heaven :)

Charmaine

Beth said...

Love it!

Jennifer said...

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!

carmen said...

WONDERFUL!! I S THE NOTE CARD TE SAME SIZE AS A A2 CARD

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

You just did such an outstanding job on these, I absolutely love them!!!

MichelleY said...

Mishie, you are AMAZING! I'm tickled to know you have a stampin buddy so close. I treasure having Kendra live close to me....and I know the joy it can bring. Your stationary ROCKS! Love how you did the monograms!!!

Kristy said...

The notecards are beautiful! Can I be you for just one day? You are so talented!

maryps said...

Your notecard and stationary sets are always adorable - and these are no exception. I keep photos and tutorials of your creations for future reference.Thank you for sharing your fabulous talent.

ginaj said...

Oh my...so so cute! I will be lifting this for sure!

Heather Curoe said...

Love it! You out-did yourself! Thanks for the pictures so we can try it too!

Linda Beeson said...

Oh wow, this is beyond amazing! You picked the best color and that set is just stunning1

Scrappin Cheryl said...

You are just too funny with all that "Country Girl" stuff - your work is so gorgeous! I love what you did with the stamps, and it is nice to see that Dawn is as nice as she seems to be!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Just love them!

Melisa Hunter

Lisa_in_AR said...

Gorgeous. I'm breaking this set out tomorrow to play with.

Jarie said...

Michelle,

These notecards are just fabulous. I'm going to have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us.

Janet

Tracey said...

WOW - what a beautiful set - and it's SO Dawn. Lovely :)

Cassi said...

fabulous!

Anonymous said...

These notecards are beautiful - sooo Dawn looking, she is going to love them. One question, are they 5 1/2 by 4 1/4? A2 size. Your tutorial on the masking was great - thanks for sharing. Like I wrote to Dawn, you ladies are the best! BARB W

Anonymous said...

DUH, re-read your blog. You already answered my questions - I'm always a dollar short and a day late - sorry. BARB W

Anonymous said...

Wow! So beautiful!! Love this color!
Efrat K.

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