Sunday, May 9, 2010

Two Little Words

Hello! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there!! I don't have a Mother's Day project to show you, but I do have something to show you that I worked on last weekend. A few weeks ago, one of Sabrina's teachers approached me and asked her to help with some gifts for the para aides and her colleagues. I had been working on the May MTME release projects and thought that the Pucker Up Box © would be a perfect gift for them. They were given these last week during a special luncheon in their honor.

I used my trusty Cricut Expression and the SCAL software to cut out 12 of these templates. For those of you unfamiliar with the MTME © templates, you can choose what type of cut file you want (depending on what type of cutter you have - SVG for the Expression) and you also get a PDF file which you can print directly onto your cardstock and hand cut. For this project, having the Expression was a real timesaver!

Because I had so many to make in a short amount of time, I cut back on some of my details. I still added the decorative panels to the front/back and sides, but I only added matting and stitching to the front panel. I was going to eliminate stitching all together, but I really like the addition of stitching to my projects and I think it's worth the effort. I used the school colors of light teal (box base) and purple (mat which I also added the ABC punched border to). I used more of Sara Williams' digi papers, Trace-It-ABC, from the MTME School Ruled © collection.

For my label, I used Nina Brackett's Lovely Labels stamp set (GinaK) and cut it out with the coordinating Spellbinders Nestability die (Labels Nine). I stamped the sentiment "Two little words that mean so much .. Thank You" (from Lauren's newly released MTME set, Sensational Sentiments ©, punched it out with a 1 1/2" circle punch and popped it inside the label for some added dimension. I dyed some seam binding with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and tied it around the box and finished off the center of the bow with a Prima rose. The boxes were filled with Hershey Kisses (who doesn't love chocolate?!)!

I used the scraps left over after cutting out the templates to make accompanying cards. I kept the cards very simple. I used Make the Grade (report card) and the sentiment is from Extra Credit (both from Taylored Expressions). I stamped the report card and filled in the names with my Lavender Spica glitter pen, stamped the A+ and added the sentiment You're Appreciated to the bottom. I added a little ribbon and stitching and used some foam tape for more dimension.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies ~
Stamps: Sensational Sentiments © (MTME), Lovely Labels by Nina Brackett (GinaK), Make the Grade, Extra Credit (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Atlantis, Dotted Swiss Grape Jelly (Bazzill), Classic Crest Solar White (Neenah), Premium Matte Presentation Paper (Epson), Trace-It-ABC by Sara Williams (MTME)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Hawaiian Shores (PTI)
Accessories: Pucker Up © template (MTME), Labels Nine Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ABC border punch, 1 1/2" circle punch (EK Success), Bind-It-All (Zutter), Lavender glitter pen (Copic), Seam binding ribbon, Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Flowers (Prima and other unknown), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.