Saturday, August 23, 2008

Baby Gift Ensemble - The Lord is Gracious

Well this was down to the wire! I literally finished this baby gift with minutes to go before I had to shower (myself!)....and leave for the baby shower...a little too close for comfort for me.

This shower gift is for a special family to us, we have the husband's two teen sons in our youth ministry, he remarried 5 years ago to a great lady and they just had a baby girl this spring. They really longed for her sweet addition to their family. They are a couple that is very good to us and I wanted to make something special and memorable for the baby shower today.

So, I looked up her name *Jeanette* and it means *God is gracious*. I thought that was so fitting for her little life. And *Chloe* which means *Blooming*. So all of that shaped this project.

I wanted to give the feel to the frames of an heirloom quilt filled with different shades of pink. I'm in this whole quilting mindset because there's a seriously amazing quilting store in Canmore that has won awards for being one of the best in North America. I really admire quilting and quilters - it's such a stunning craft with such care and work placed into each project...I aspire to do that someday ...but I think I'll probably be paper crafting any quilting types of projects! But it's similar don't you think? The way paper and patterns are chosen like quilting fabric?

Anyway....The frames are designed to be hung together vertically in a line. There's sort of what I call a *mixed media* feel to the project combining different textures and design elements. The first frame is little Jeanette's name meaning.

I mixed a number of current and retired SU papers on a base of Prism Papers (it has really lovely texture on one side and they have a gorgeous range of colors). For embellishment I used piercing, gel pen, scallops, gingham ribbon, new SU felt flowers (yum!), rub ons, and this way cute sheep is paper pieced and is from The Saltbox Studio. Wording is combined stamp (Rough Edges) and hand writing. Frame is from Ikea.

Middle Frame is Jeanette's name and birthdate.

It is actually a bit lighter in color in real life, but the contrast on my editing software looks washed out if I leave it lighter. Here I've mixed in some Anna Griffin papers, gel pen *stitches*, some felt flowers and rub ons (there is a rub-on on the outside of the frame here as well for some dimension).

And finally a verse I chose and wrote out for Jeanette:

It reads *He has made his wonders to be remembered...the LORD is gracious and compassionate* Psalm 111:4. I kept humming that the worship song The Lord is gracious and compassionate....slow to anger and rich in love* which is from Psalm 145 the entire time I made the project, but I liked how this verse combined the idea that little Jeanette's life is one of the wonders He has made to be remembered, and His graciousness (as she is named), and compassion is real for her life. Similar embellishments here rub-ons, stitching, felt flowers, gingham ribbon, you can see how *repeated themes and embellishments* really do make an ensemble go together. It doesn't have to be all matchy-matchy, each piece has it's own uniqueness, but together the tied in elements make it all work.

Here is the card I made too:

I actually cased myself on this one! See HERE, as I was by this time SO late on time. Here the lambs are just jumping right out of the room :) The are paper pieced with the new SU Bella papers, and on Pink Pirhouette (which was stamped with some stars and moon from the set). Felt flowers, gingham and taffeta ribbon along with some scallops and piercing, brads and it's an adorable card don't you think? I especially love the sentiment (so CUTE!). Everyone at the shower loved it all. We had just had to mention what we were passionate about as we were introducing ourselves to each other at the shower before she opened gifts...I had said *I'm passionate about creating* everyone sort of understood what I meant when she opened the gift.

I love how it all turned out, but what made me most happy was that it meant something special to her.

Recipe: Stamps: Saltbox Studio - Shabby Sheep, Typeset Alphabet, Rough Edges Alphabet. Paper: Anna Griffin DSP, Bella DSP, Berry Bliss DSP, Spring Fling DSP, Retired SU DSP, Whisper White, Pink Pirhouette, Prism Papers Baby Pink Medium, Iced Pink, Frosted Pink, Razzleberry Light Ink: Black Stazon, Pink Pirhouette, Pretty in Pink Accessories: SU Rub-ons Eastern Elegance, SW Markers, White Gel Pen, Piercing Kit, Scallop Edge Punch, Felt Fusion Too, White Taffeta Ribbon, Pink Gingham Ribbon, Brads, Dimensionals, Square Punch, Tag Punch


Shirley said...

This Baby Ensemble is just precious beyond words, Christine. TFS

Rose Ann said...

This is an absolutely fabulous ensemble, Christine!! I'm sure they LOVED it!!

Congrats on being the Featured Designer for Flourishes as well!!

You totally ROCK, girl!!

Jerri Kay said...

This entire ensemble is so precious Christine, I know your friends appreciated very much the hard work that went into and will treasure it always. Congratulations with the Flourishes award, you're ensemble was gorgeous!

CouponAlbum said...

Adorable stuff!! I just love this Beautiful baby gift and heart touching words!!