Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hip-Hopping the 12 Days of Christmas Creating- Day 11- 11 stamps...

Geez, it has been crazy busy this morning trying to get everything ready for this post. Thank goodness, Jacob is home today to help out with Kat. It just took a bit of bribery with XBox time...
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Originally, I only had one project planned for today...it was going to be 11 pencils (i.e. a sketch folio for Jacob holding watercolor pencils.) But then I started playing some more so now I have quite a few projects to show you although they are ALL incredibly simple!!!
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Sketch folio...

I made this using the same brown woolen felt that I have been using for the girls' shawls. Because it is felt, the construction on this is super-simple...no raw edges to worry about. I cut all my edges with my pinking shears just to give it a more decorative look.

For the stamped detail, I simply stamped some muslin using StazOn ink and the June KOM and then worked on bringing some detail to it by adding a bit of embroidery. I am still not 100% thrilled with the look of this so I will probably be adding more embroidery detail. If I do so though, I will be sure to share it with you.

The inside has three pockets which hold the sketch pad, a case of watercolor pencils, and a waterbrush. Since I have rediscovered my love of watercolor pencils, DS has been wanting to play so I thought that this would be a fun gift for Christmas. If you would like further details on how to construct this, I can share, but it really is just 2 piece of fabric stitched together with lines sewn in the middle to create pockets...super-simple.
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Backpack Tags:
DS has lots of friends who are girls and this is a quick gift idea for them, although I will probably make him a couple too. They are backpack tags. The plastic piece can be found as a luggage tag or you can find them in office supply stores as name tag holders. The inserts measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

I created three coordinating ones using some old DCWV papers. Simply slide them into the plastic holders and add a ribbon or ball chain to attach it to the zipper, and you have a fun little accessory.

Stamps used: *Unity Hey Chick, Unity Sweet Zzzz's

Stamps used: Unity Batch of Bitty Fun

Stamps used: Unity Batch of Bitty Fun

For a twist on this idea, you can create a bitty card. This particular card has a #1 coin envelope inserted into it which is perfect for holding a gift card so you could give your gift of a gift card and then your receiver will have a double-sided backpack tag too. This serves an even better use because now your teen or pre-teen has a place to keep a dollar or two, id, or even a phone card for emergencies (since the invent of cell phones, you just don't see pay phones anymore so our teen carries a phone card so that we are sure that he can get hold of us if necessary...no, he's deprived and doesn't have a cell phone yet.)

This card is decorated on both sides. Above is the front, below is the back.

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Christmas Card:
And finally, just a quickie card share using some of the recent releases... Ho, Ho, Ho and Stocking of Elegance.

This is a 3x6 card so it's little, but sweet. I added a bit of glitter to the stocking to glam it up.

Now you need to continue onto Patter's Creative Blog to be even further inspired.

32 comments:

Michelle said...

I'm glad you ended up with three - and all fabulous!

Jacqueline said...

Wow you have been busy this week!! Love everything!! Such great ideas!

Jessica said...

wow!!! you've been one busy gal! awesome creations this week! so many great ideas :)

Kerry said...

More great gift ideas! You sure have been busy!

Olde Country Creations said...

You have been busy! Fabulous job on everything!!

JazzyH said...

WOW you were busy. Great

Ashley said...

Awesome projects this week!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wow Christi...how do you do it??? Amazing stuff!

Lindsay Spencer said...

YOU ROCK!!! These are so fun. I need the pattern for that art bag. My kids pack their art stuff EVERYWHERE! I love it. And I have to make some of those tags for friends presents for my kids. Those are GREAT!!! You are SO creative.

Tamara said...

These are great projects, so cute, and easy to pull together as gifts.

Sherry said...

Great ideas, Christi!! I hope you have a wondeful thanksgiving!!

Michelle (mla1111) said...

love those tags, so cute. All of your projects have been great,(I like to lurk but I admire from afar)You have so many gorgeous, projects! Youre a tallented gal.

Candace H said...

These are TERRIFIC Christi! Thank you for ALL the great gift ideas! HipHipHappy Thanksgiving!

Shaela said...

that folio is AWESOME! well done

FibreJunky said...

I think I am going to have to CASE your tags. Thank you for posting them! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jenn said...

OH MY, so much goodness!

Ravengirl said...

You are so creative! What great ideas! Love the glammed up stocking!

Tracey said...

WOW! What a bunch of fabulous projects!!

catdidit said...

Awesome projects Christi! I love those backpack tags, those are so neat!

Tanis said...

LOVE those backpack tags. I had made some for my kids last year, but they didn't last the winter. The cold snapped the plastic right off. Rats. But they are SO SUPER cute!!

Michelle (aka mybelle101) said...

YOWZA!!! You were busy! Love them all, Christi...especially the sketch folio and the idea of carrying a phone card. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

JenMarie said...

FABULOUS!!

Patter Cross said...

Wow, lots of amazing stuff to share today! Love it all for sure!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Wow!! You've been busy and creating just fabulously!! That art bag is soooooo cool!!!!

Jen E. said...

those tags are a super cute idea!

Jessica said...

wow you have been busy. They all look great.

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

HOW COOL!!! I just don't even know what else to say

Tami Jo said...

the wooly felty sketch pad thing is crazy cool!

Wendy said...

you never fail to amaze me with the depth of your creativity. GORGEOUS!

Heather said...

please stop with the cute projects you are making me feel bad!!

I don't know where you find the time and mojo!! You are awesome and I love all the stuff you did!!

liannallama said...

I love your projects--especially the Christmas card!

Anne-Marie said...

Hi Christi! I've really been enjoying your ideas for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. :) And I've left you an award on my blog. :)

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