Thursday, May 15, 2008

My favorite day of the month - the 15th!

Good morning! Did you all enjoy the PTI party last night? Have you placed your order this morning? (Lovely little Yahoo-based glitch at midnight last night, wasn't it?) I don't know about you, but I stayed up until page 38 of the party chat, so I haven't had quite enough coffee yet this AM.

I loved working with the new sets this month! Honey Bees, Mailbox Greetings and Bitty Baby Blessings are each such fun sets - and each inspired such fun work from the Design Team.

I thought I would show you Mailbox Greetings today. I immediately was drawn to the "It's Moving Time" sentiment in this set (hmm, can't imagine why!). My two projects used this sentiment (although, I have to say, Alli Miles covered all the bases with the sentiments in this set).

I wanted to come up with a creative way to give people our new address, and thought this little magnet card and matching glassine pocket really fit the bill. Since I plan on doing several of these, I opted to stamp the Simple Alphabet a little askew to lend a whimsical feel to it. I adhered a little piece of magnet tape to the back of the address card, making it perfect for someone's fridge. (And no, we haven't settled on a house in Virginia quite yet - hopefully soon, though!)
The mailboxes are so much fun to color in; I chose to use Prismacolors on this one. (The blending is only the Prismacolor blending pencil, again in the interest of doing several of them.)

This is probably my personal favorite of the pieces I did for this release. Ever since I did my piece on Twinkling H20s at the Pursuit of Craftyness blog, I've rediscovered just how much I love these little jars of shimmery goodness! I so enjoy the skill of watercoloring (not that I'm skilled at it, but I like the challenge, lol) and the shimmer you get with these is the perfect touch. This piece is pretty cool in person, even Wally and the Beav were like "How'd you do this, Mom?". Gotta love that WOW factor!

One other quick tip for stamping on a curve - use your Nestabilities dies as a guide! Since acrylic stamps are flexible, it makes it easy to lay your die on your acrylic block, then form the stamp to the curve. Remove the die and stamp away! Your stamp should stay as you put it.

I hope that you enjoyed this look at Mailbox Greetings! Make sure you check out the Gallery to get even more great ideas!


Julia said...

Jenn..these are both absolutely amazing projects! I thought it was a really good stamp set. Something about mailboxes..too fun!

Niki Estes said...

Love the coloring on your card! Just gorgeous!

Miki said...

I love how you did the circular sentiment Jenn! Beautiful coloring on it too!

Joan said...

This is my fave of the Mailbox Greetings cards. It is so colorful and well made. Perfect!

I'd love to check out the PTI galleries, but I cannot figure them out!! Too confusing. Luckily, your blog is easy to navigate! Welcome to Northern VA -- soon?

Bethany Paull said...

What a fabulous idea with the glassine bag project! Love the stitching on that band. And the words around your mailbox circle card look great!

StamperSharon said...

Jenn, this set is adorable! Love the glassine bag for your cute new address card -- what a great original idea! And stamping on the curve of the circle window cut-out is amazing!