May 31, 2009

Embellish It

Edit: Prize Drawing Winner......the winner of my Copic prize drawing is Tessa Wise! Congratulations Tessa, I've emailed you already for you contact information! Thanks to everyone for playing along and I 'll be bringing you more Copic posts soon!!

It's June 1st already, can you believe it? It's time once again for the Papertrey Senior Design Team Challenge and this month's is right up my alley. Nichole has challenged the Design Team to create homemade embellishments for a project. As you know, I've been doing a lot of this lately. The process of creating these little embellishments is so fun! Let's get started.

I first cut some 5-1/2" strips of Stamper's Select White Cardstock and punched the edges with a scallop border using an EK Success slim line border punch.Using the fun Day at the Beach stamp set, I embossed some images onto the cardstock strips using Clear Embossing Powder.
Then comes the really fun part. Using the Copic markers in YG93, YG13, Y35 and RV32, I colored horizontal lines across the strips. I used one full swipe across each time and kept on layering the colors, overlapping them a bit to blend them. The more you layers of lines you add, the darker the colors. I'm trying to achieve a certain tropical look that will match another embellishement that you'll see shortly. You can see how the clear embossing resisted the markers, leaving some fun sun and star fish elements showing through.
I wanted my embellishments to look a little vintage, so I used my Ranger Distress Ink Pad on the edges of the embellishment strips.
Next, I used The Essential Glue Pad and a big swirl from Fancy Flourishes to randomly stamp images onto the colored strips. Very sticky stuff.
I then dumped Glitter all over the strips to cover the stamped swirl images. I tapped off the glitter and gave the back of the strips a good flick with my fingers to remove the excess glitter.
And here's my finished glittery embellishment strips. The Copic colors I chose match the patterned paper(K & Company Wild Raspberry) I'm going to use for my finished projects. Zoom in on any photo to see the glittery details better.
Next, I created some fun focal point embellishments for a few summer time cards. I used more fun images from Day at the Beach to create a tropical drink theme. I did margaritas that have glittered rims for the salt and a cute little lime. And for the other drinks, I used colors from the embellishment strips to create a layered, fruity drink with more glitter for added sparkle. I want one!! And check out those cute sentiments...just chillin' and bottoms up...too fun! Vintage Buttons tied with twine finish off the embellments that have been punched out with circle punches.
And here's a fun basket full of finished cards. Be still my sun loving heart!
For all of the cards, I used a Kraft Cardstock base that has been stamped with a Background Basics: Text Style font stamp in Fresh Snow Ink. The edges of the cards were inked with Fresh Snow ink right from the pad. Rectangles of various patterned papers adorn the center of the cards. I love that these cards have a fun, tropical feel to them but that I was able to use more muted background papers.
Here's a close up of the glitter strips, the circle embellishments, more tied buttons and a snippet of Sweet Blush Twill Ribbon. Yummy little morslets of goodness!
And here's my margarita themed cards using green background papers and Vintage Buttons. Do you know how much I love margaritas? Lots...but I haven't had one in ages!!
And a close up shot of more glitterfication (new word). You should see these in person because it's so hard to capture them in photos! Come on over, we'll have a margarita...along with chips and salsa!
So bring on summer!! Turn on some Jimmy Buffet, slip on your flip flops and enjoy a nice cold tropical drink.

Annnnd, check this out: Nichole did the math for me and guess how much my glittery embellishments cost to make? NINE CENTS EACH!! That's a dime with change left over, peeps! If I were to go buy my glittery embellishments along with the circle images, I'd pay well over $5 bucks for that package. I think I should treat myself to a margarita with all that money I saved! The products Nichole used to figure the cost were consumable products, the rest were items you most likely have in your stash like stamps, the inks, punches, etc. So go make some some fun embellishments of your own, it just takes a little creativity.
And if you want to be even more inspired, be sure to visit the other PTI Designers' blogs. Kelly Lunceford is playing along too.


Have a great summer everyone! I'm very, VERY excited for the June Release at Papertrey so stay tuned!!

36 comments:

Elaine said...

You are unreal! I am sooooo loving the way you make your own embellishments, Mish!! The colors and styling are just fabulous and really MAKE the cards special and custom!

Valerie said...

*gasp*

perfection

Margaritas are on me the next time we get together. Big bowl of chips and salsa, too!

kolling143 said...

I just love the "handmade" embellishments you've been doing lately!! They're gorgeous!! And for margs.....I would have one with you anytime (I live in Topeka). :) Enjoy your summer!

Becky said...

This is so cool, I love these cards.

Tamikko said...

These are so much fun! Easy and cheap too. Love it. I'm so drawn to the colours of the copic stripes. It took me a second to figure out why. They remind me of a gum I loved called Fruit Stripe. (I'm pretty sure that's what it was called)

Karen said...

Just luuuuve Your embellishments! They go so perfectly with the pre-patterned paper that they look like K&Co. put them out for sale with their paper, like it was a kit, except.....they are your own creative personalized goodness! This is a fabulous DT challenge and I'm thrilled to go check everyone's embellishments out! :>

Yup...go have a margarita...it is summer afterall! :>

Jane said...

Okay! You're the bloody fountain of creativity!!! Do you have a guest room??? I'll even take the floor........just let me watch you work!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Eveline said...

Lovely embellishments.
Eveline.

Cammie said...

You are just amazing! I love the "glitterfied" (the adjective form of "glitterfication")embellishments. Fancy flourishes get ready to meet glitter. You deserve a margarita or two.

Artyjen said...

Thanks for the step by steps on this it is Ab Fab! :) Might take you up one day on the margarita's. LOL
xoxo

patriciad said...

Wowzers...LOVE these. You rock, woman!

retiredheather said...

Great embellishments. They look like lots of fun to make. I'm predicting many stampers will case this idea.
Hugs
Heather

yvette said...

Mish I just love you embellishments and my husband loves the price esp since it gets me to use the punches I have hanging on the back of my door.

Kelly Lunceford said...

OH my word...these are too cute! Anything with glitter gets an A+ in my book! Such great colors!

Alicia said...

AGGH!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything!! I am CASEing those too! LOL. I made one of the cards that you made with the pretzels and I plan to make 5 or 6 more for my sons teachers/student teachers at the Pre-K. I am going to put his photo in the pocket for them. Thanks so much for the money saing AWESOME ideas!!!

Lesly said...

WOW! This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing with such detailed explanations. I think even "I" can do this.

Cindy H. said...

Wow, these cards are awesome!!! Love the colors and tropical feel of these delicious looking cards! Thanks for the step by step. I definitely need to play more :)

Wendy said...

Super summery and cute! Love all of them!

Shontelle said...

Fantastic cards, I love the glitterfication!!
I was also wondering if you were planning on posting your weekend winner on your blog as well?

supermom said...

seriously adorable!

Diane said...

I LOVE these!!! Youa re so very creative!!!

Peggy said...

Mish, I can't tell you how excited I get every single morning to grab my coffee, fire up my laptop, and log onto your site for a major jolt of creative juices. I just love your style and the amazing things that seem to pour effortlessly out of your creative mind! Thank you, thank you!

And today's post was just up my alley. I dislocated and shattered my elbow recently and am home on disability while it heals. I usually work long hours and have limited play time. Now that I have plenty of time to craft (although one armed!) I don't feel I should spend any money until I get my regular paycheck coming again. This make-your-own-embellishment challenge is perfect!

Bless you and your motivating talents!! I will get started today!

resmith said...

I love these. I especially like the glitte. Oh, wouldn't I just love one of those margaritas but I will just have to look.

Alicia said...

Love these embellishments!!! Sparkly is great!

Beate said...

You SO rock! Awesome! You save even more money if you consider how much you would pay for the notecards. Love it!

Inky Paws said...

Love the cards, the colors and the glitter, but I especially love your use of buttons. No one does buttons as cute as you. You have inspired me to pull out my button stash and start using them.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

what fun embellies!

Tamara said...

Mish! I have been loving all of your homemade embellishments, and these are another home run.

christy compton hall said...

Oh wow. Just wow. I mean, I can't believe my eyes! SO amazing Mish.

Sharli said...

OMG - THANK you!!! What a wonderful tutorial - you are so creative! I love the "cost per" tally at the end of your post - You GO Girl!

Cindy Holshouser said...

Those rimmed margarita glasses are over the top darling!

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

I'm so happy that you inspired this months projects for the design team. I've been drooling over your home-made embellies and it was so fun to see what everyone came up with! I love your newest additions, you're just so creative Mish!

Kathyc on SCS said...

I just adore the embellishments you made, and the cards you used them on; those fruity drinks are just sooooo yummy! TFS!

Samantha said...

Mish-

Stumbled across your blog this morning. Wow! Love what I see. Ever consider selling these fabulous creations? I'll pay whatever you want, I'm not creative at all. Please email me, even if you are not interested. Thanks!

Samanthajallen@gmail.com

Pat (mspfd) said...

I am in awe..... what a fabulous idea. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

Mrs.Nikki said...

These are too cute! I've never tinkered with stamping much but these are very inspiring! Looks as though I'm gonna have to try my hand at it sooner or later!

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