Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Birthday Present to ME!

It's so rare for me to make something for myself. Are you that way? I'm so busy all the time making creative things for others that despite all my good intentions for creating things for myself - it just doesn't happen often.

In March of this year when I was on the Dirty Dozen Design Team over at Splitcoast the theme for the month was the Daily Grind, coffee related creations. I designed a special ensemble for our Administrative Assistant at that time Amy. One of the pieces in the ensemble was a Personalized Stationery set. I really loved that piece, and in fact of all the things I designed in my six months on the Dirty Dozen it remains one of my favourite creations. If you're a Fan Club Member you can see the whole ensemble here: and the Stationery Set pictures here and here and here. If might be enough to entice you to join...well worth EVERY penny, you receive access to all the DD galleries in the past! Here is a link if you want to check it out.

So, 7 months later, I finally created a Stationery Set for me. I'll pretend it's in honor of turning 40 this week! This set is something that is very me. It's useful, it's beautiful, it's GREEN, and chocolate, it has a simple elegance...all things I appreciate! Above you'll see the folder closed up...all it's wonderful potential inside :)

These are made with the JustRite selection of stamps and fonts. They are FABULOUS! And they works perfectly for something like this where you want to make it very personal.

The stationery folder is a 12 x 12 sheet of either naturals Ivory - or confetti, I can't remember anymore! A 3/4 inch piece is cut off on the right hand side for the file folder tab, and 2 1/4 inches folded up for the inside flaps. I also added extra creases in the middle of the center-fold to give it greater depth when closed (much like a real file folder). I added brads to the outside of the folder strategically placed to give reinforcement to the top inner pocket. Satin ribbon is attached to the back of the folder with sticky strip and hangs loosely but then can tie in a pretty bow to hold the folder together. Very clean design.

Inside, I created 2 pockets for the 3 x 3 cards and envelopes. The top left pocket is 3 1/4 wide, and about 2 1/2 inches long, with a pocket depth of 1/2 inch. I punched the scallop circle out so you can see more of the 3 x 3 cards (cute :)). The lower right pocket is just attached to the flap with some sticky strip and 2 brads and holds the 3 x 3 envelopes.

The cards are just simply monogramed and given classic details, a little rich ribbon and some piercing. I also used an Olive SW Marker on parts of Browns monograms to give them extra color. I added a little more text to the 4 1/4 cards, and also used the outside ring of the monogram stamp to create a background on the chocolate layer. The small 3 x 3 cards also have Crystal Effects on the Monogram to give it a pretty shine.

The stationery (oh my I LOVE this part). I took resume paper with a rich texture, cut it in half to make 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 sheets, and rounded the top corners. Then I stamped the monogram in the center and then masked off a section about an inch long and sponged Kiwi Kiss ink over it. Then I took my Rectangle Stamper and the tiny Brayton Font and used my Stamp-a-majig to align the *from the desk of * words on each side of the monogram.

I so look forward to using it...and re-plenishing it when I use it up. All so easy with these tools!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Recipe: Stamps: JustRite Monogram Font Brayton, JustRite Harmony Classic Stamps

Paper: Confetti Natural, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss DSP, Chocolate Chip DSP

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Harmony Rectangle Stampers, Harmony Classic Circle Stamper II, Scallop Circle and Edge Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scorit, Gold Brads, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, Kiwi Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Piercer, Crystal Effects, Sponge, Stamp-a-Majig


Tracy said...

beautiful set, and that note paper is gorgeous!!

Rose Ann said...

I've always LOVED that ensemble, Christine!! Your new set for you is soooo gorgeous as well!! Happy 40th!! (It's not so bad..*wink*)

Fiona Whitehead said...

What a gorgeous set - well done and I hope you enjoy using it.

Jerri Kay said...

Oh my, this is just FABULOUS Christine! I'm so proud of you for making something for yourself! You've used my favorite colors, I love the new Kiwi Kiss. I can't get enough of it or Old Olive, just love those colors! I loved the ensemble you did for Amy back in March and now you've done it again for yourself, you go girl! This is so rich and elegant, I hope you have as much pleasure in using it as you did in creating it! {{{hugs}}}

Joan Ervin said...

What a beautiful birthday present, Christine....such a wonderful idea to treat go girl!!!I hope you birthday is super special!!! Your stationary set is sooo elegant....I just love the colors and how you used the JustRite stamps!!! Happy Birthday Blessings to you!!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Fabulous set Christine...I remember the first and thought it was wonderful! Happy Birthday and kudos to you for making a present for yourself!

Debbie Olson said...

Wow--a fabulous ensemble! Just Rite for sure! ;-D

Susan said...

What a fabulous gift idea. Love the colors. Those Just Rite stamps really make this.