Dec 31, 2008

One Last Christmas Gift

I wanted to post this last hand made gift given to a friend who loves the earth. I inherited a button maker a bit ago, and thought some buttons for her girls would be a good way to send a good message.
And the actual gift for my friend was these hand-stamped towels. The earth was made with some fabric ink and a stencil picked up at the sewing expo. The tree is from the Papertrey Ink Father Knows Best set. (Please note I saw the tree and slogan on another blog and borrowed the idea!) The earth slogan I made up myself, so there was some creativity involved. I used the Simple Alphabet to make up the slogans.
And thats it for our hand-made Christmas. Can't wait till next year!!
Happy Holidays!

Dec 30, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #9

This weeks Take-Off Tuesday comes from the Crate and Barrel Catalog. I {Heart} these colors so much and I felt they matched perfectly to some SU! Ink I have. 

I quickly realized that I am missing both my Pacific Blue and Summer Sun so I had to improvise. I used a bit of a darker blue and used only a little of it. I dug up some yellow from waaaay back in my drawer. Whew, crisis averted!

Here is my card. I got to use some of my new winter survival stamps from Sassafras Lass. I really {heart} them too!  Of course I had to use some PTI stamps, because their designs go with every style. (you should check out their December Release Products. They are really great as always!)
I really like how this card turned out and sent it out to a new friend here that invited us to dinner. 
Have you seen anything this week that has inspired you? Keep your eyes peeled. It's all around.
See you next week!

Stamps: PTI Guidelines, Out On A Limb Sentiments; Sassafras Lass Vintage Frames, Trims N'Things, Oh My Dear.
Paper: SU! White, S.E.I Grey
Ink: SU! Basic Grey, Not Quite Navy, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Close To Cocoa, PTI Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, Versa Magic Yellow
Accessories: Prima Paper Flower, American Craft Grey Brad, Pop-Up Dots, Ribbon from stash

Dec 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Just stopping in to wish all my friends, family and blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous and crafty New Year! I love you all!!!

Monogram Card Sets

My mother and her sisters always gave something homemade to each other for Christmas when I was growing up (I wonder if they still do?) It changed every year from toll painting, quilts and the like. With my new found stamping passion, I wanted to do something similar this year for my sisters (on both sides). I am still finishing the 6 sets for my side of the family (assorted cards I will post later). The only problem left was that each of my sister-in-laws actually make cards in some form or another already. It was a dilemma. I really wanted to give them something, but I didn't want to insult their card making intelligence by sending something they could make themselves. You see the dilemma... But I went ahead and did monogram cards thinking they might not actually make those for themselves. Hopefully the added monogram will ensure that they still like the cards and will actually use them. However, if they hate them I am pretty sure they will humor me anyway ; )
Here they are. I re-used some plastic boxes I had from shipped PTI stamps sets. I love re-using plastic. It makes me feel good, no matter how much or little it may help the earth.
I used quite a few different stamps sets hoping to find something that would suite each of their personalities. But I loved the look of the damask stamp which is why it had to be used more than once.

 I have said it before, and it won't be the last time; I love making gifts because you get to think about the people while you create. And I realized yet again while I sat and crafted that I am so so lucky to have each of these wonderful women in my life.   Each one of these ladies is SO fantastic. I couldn't have asked for better in-laws!! Merry Christmas!! 

Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, Borders and Corners Square Set, Inkadinkado Bold Damask, Sassafras Lass Oh My Dear, Stampers Anonymous Alphabet Set
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Pacific Blue, Basic Black, Basic Grey, PTI Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate
Paper: SU! Pacific Blue, PTI Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Lemon Tart
Accessories: Plastic Boxes, Assorted Ribbon from outlet, Pop Up Dots

Dec 23, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #8

This weeks Take-Off is just in time for Christmas. I picked this dress from the Macy's catalog. Mostly because I liked the layers and the look of silk. Unfortunately I didn't find a way to recreate the texture, but I did try to find a way to have the layers and of course the color.
And here is the card. I threw in some gold because you just HAVE to have some with Christmas Red. I made these ribbon "flowers." Obviously not real flowers, but I wanted to add a shape and the diagonal image from the dress.

I hope you each have a lovely Christmas and Holiday Season. I am going to hunker down for the next week with some food, family and friends and try to enjoy myself.
See you next time~!


Stamps: CHF Christmas Sentiments
Paper: SU! Real Red, PTI Summer Sunrise
Ink: Versa Mark
Accessories: Stash Ribbon, Gold Brads, Pearl Essence Gold.

Dec 22, 2008

Home Made Christmas Bags

I was inspired by a friend who makes her own bags to wrap gifts in. It's green, frugal (if you have a fabric stash around) and just plain fun. I took that idea and made up some bags to put some crayons and chalk in. We picked up an easel for the kids for Christmas and I wanted something they could store their stuff in that could sit on the shelf, and was Christmas give-able. I used some old Christmas fabric and some festive rope for the pull ties. (oops forgot to finish the tops!)
I printed out the names in photoshop onto iron-on transparencies. Quick and easy. I'm sure they won't last too long, but I wanted something fun for Christmas morning besides a box of crayons wrapped in snowflake paper. UGH. I'm sick of that paper.

Dec 21, 2008

Homemade Christmas Blanket

I am by no means a seamstress, but in light of homemaking everything this year (with a few exceptions), I pulled out the machine to work on a new duvet cover for Cache. You take an Ikea crib size comforter, some pre-cut fabric squares and hours later we have this:
It's quite busy and I guess that is what you get when you online order a pre-cut fabric pack. Oh well... What I did love about it was how fast it came together, so the pre-cut thing was worth it in the end. I had some fabric left over so I thought I would re-make a pillowcase to go with it. It's a great way to use up an older one that you might not want guests sleeping on, but you just can't bear to throw it out because it's still in one piece. Let the toddler drool on it is what I say!!

I also added a name with iron-on transparency and then used PTI Simple Alphabet to stamp "bed bugs bite" on the thin ribbon that runs across the width. It really breaths new life into something so boring as a white pillowcase.
 I remember having my own pillowcase with my name on it when I was young. I loved it and hope that Cache enjoys sleeping in his new toddler bed with his new bug  blanket/pillow combo. We are going to make it all up with a big bow for Christmas morning.

Dec 16, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #7

Here is this weeks Take-Off. I was struck by this picture because I grew up in the age when you NEVER EVER wore Black and Brown together, let alone 2 different shades of brown. SCANDALOUS!!!! So, here this lady sits, (she is a designer from the West Elm catalog) in all her black, brown, white leathery glory and I just couldn't resist seeing what a card would look like. Her is my card in all its glory too:
I made a special trip to Michael's just for some feathers. It really needed it. It definitely has a Native American thing going on. I braided that leather tassel up and then in my late night stupor put glue on the wrong side! DUH! 
That lovely metal ribbon there is a special remnant from the ribbon outlet in VA. I finally got to go, and it was definitely worth the trip!   You can't really tell, but this paper is a nice light shade of brown with my Houndstooth Backgrounders stamp in white. Had to get all the colors in. Over all, I liked this one. It's great to use more things than just stamps. I love the texture it has. Of course I skipped the sentiment, cause I was just stumped on what to say.... If you have any ideas, send 'em my way.

Stamps: CHF Houndstooth Backgrounder
Paper: Basic Black CS, Tan CS
Accessories: SU! Basic Black Marker, Gold Wire Ribbon, Leather cord and assorted feathers (Michael's) Tacky Glue

Dec 13, 2008

Re-Made Board Books

I decided to make a lot of gifts this year. Mostly because my kids have everything they need and the idea of buying another plastic toy that I will have to pick up later, gives me the chills. I found this tutorial from Cosmo Cricket on how to re-make board books. So I dug through the kids stash to find a book they don't read any more (which wasn't hard).
This is what it looked like before the DP and glue.

Here is the new cover. Christmas paper and some ribbon. The paper is from K&Co. Ribbon, PTI.
Page one..... One nose. That's my snowman just waiting to be adorned as we read. 
Two eyes.
Three buttons.... and so forth. I didn't show you pg. 4 or 5 because the craftmanship is less than stellar. I hope to get better at it as I do more. The mixture of glue and markers got a bit splotchy. 

But it is a fun project and Cosmo Cricket gives you the numbers to print out here. Try one yourself! They have other ideas you can do, manger, tree etc.  All of which would be fun.

Check back for more projects before the final day. 

Friends and Neighbors

Using My Timeless Templates by Lauren Meader, I made up some Stocking Stuffer boxes to give away something sweet to my stamping friends and my closest neighbors. It was quite fun! I have vowed to hand make everything for Christmas this year, and I have really started out with a bang. I love this template. Its fun, easy and FREE!!! It doesn't get better than that. Check out the Papertrey Ink website for your own free download (I think Lauren has 2 freebies and a few others you can purchase). I love that I can just print out the pieces and assemble them the way I want. Fast and fun. Here's a few of my favorites..
I pulled out the jewelry making stash. I love having all my craft supplies in one spot and finally in reach. Those beads were getting dusty.
I just love these pom-poms. Thanks to my MIL for giving me her kids craft stash. These were perfect. (sorry kids!)
I used the silver Deco pen on this one. It definitely sparkles!
And here are all of them together. I've put names on some and left the others blank. I loved making them, but now I must sleep! Hope you like making your own Stocking Stuffers. Give it a try!!

Paper: PTI Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Holiday Vintage Papers.
Accessories: Lots of ribbon, beads, pom-poms and embroidery floss!

Dec 12, 2008

If you like Giveaways!

Check it out now! Design Mom is having a 12 days of Christmas Giveaway Friday. As she puts it "12 Amazing Giveaways. On December 12th. It's Twelve Days of Christmas!" The contest ends on Monday so get in there friday and get posting! And, while you are there check out all the amazing design ideas and goodies she has to share. You will love it, as I love it. 
Thanks Design Mom!!

More Christmas Cheer

I just love this little guy. Handpainted Nutcracker from Russia. His jaw opens and everything. Surrounded by some holiday babbles and joy.

Dec 11, 2008

Crafting Day

I had a few friends come and visit me last week. We had a good day together crafting despite the 6 kids who didn't want us to.

I recently purchased THIS BOOK. I LOVE this book. We decided to test out a few of the projects. The first was this candy wrapper pocket purse. We had no problem getting through all the candy (thank you Advent Calendar!). But I still have a LOT Of wrappers left and really need to make another purse to use them up, even though i would still have some left.
Here is my starburst purse. Bright colors and fun to zip. Ronin really loves it. All made with tape and staples. That's my kind of sewing!
Here is Natasha unwrapping our treats. 

Good 'ol Heath. She did really well keeping away from the treats. It could have been because I was eating them so fast she couldn't get her hands on any ; ) We also made bags from pillow covers.  Here is my bag. 

I used it as a springboard to start my Christmas gifts; Monogrammed card sets. Here is one of them... Looks a LOT like that bag. Kraft paper and Black ink. Easy Peasy!
Thanks for stopping by! And thanks to my friends for coming to visit. I loved having you. See you soon!!

Dec 9, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #6

Happy Tuesday! This week, I picked Ronin's army jacket that I found hanging in the back of the closet this week. I have always loved this jacket, he's just so darn cute in it. 

As I watched him scurrying around in it today I was picking out the things that made me love the jacket so much. 
Some of those things I tried to incorporate into my card, as you can see:
I really love the shoulder tabs and definitely wanted one on there. Thats where the design began and then I added a pocket because I wanted a place for stars and a name. In retrospect I wish I would have done Pvt. Birthday Boy or something, but maybe that would have been weird for a kid.

I tried for the first time some sewing and let me tell you, it's not like making a quilt, no siree bob! You can see where the stitch didn't take at the corners and where I looked like I was sewing drunk, even though I wasn't. Promise!! I sponged the Kraft CS with Old Olive and Close to Cocoa ink to get it the color that dirty, camo color I wanted. 

All in all, I really dig this card and have saved the template for the next birthday boy.
See you next time and thanks for stopping by.

Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, Plum Pudding, SU! Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa
Paper: PTI Kraft
Accessories: Antique Brads, Brown Button from stash, (a darn heavy) sewing machine 

Dec 8, 2008

Christmas Cheer

This isn't a crafty post, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas things. Here is a Nativity made from an olive tree, brought back from Israel. (My brother rocks!) I just absolutely adore it even if Mary looks like a man....
Hope your home is filled with peace and love this holiday season!

Dec 2, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #5

This weeks Take-Off is from this magazine pic. Again, I don't remember the magazine I got it from, but I am in LOVE with this tree. I really want some of these in my house someday, but by the time that happens, I am sure I will have found another 10 things to be in love with. So instead, I made a card, which I am also in love with:I pretty much ripped off the placement and colors of the tree, but I feel I got a little creative... do you think?  I had some of this gold wire from my jewelry making days and thought it was so cute and of course in these times I feel it's important to use up what you have, so I coiled it around my finger and used it as "ribbon."

This brad was actually the first try for another Take off Tuesday creation but I felt it didn't go with the card it was intended for, but it works pretty good here. I punched a 3/8" circle of Summer Sunrise CS to accentuate it a bit.

So thats it for this week. Join me next time, cause you never know what your gonna get....
thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Out on a Limb, Beautiful Blooms (sentiment), Kim Hughes Nature Silhouettes for CHF (butterflies)
Ink: SU! Pacific Blue, Pink Passion, Summer Sun, Palette Chartreuse, PTI Dark Chocolate, StazOn Jet Black
Paper: PTI Kraft, Stampers Select White, Summer Sunrise, SU! Baja Blue
Accessories: Gold Wire, Big Brad (white), Corner Rounder

Dec 1, 2008

Birthday Time

It's Patrick's birthday today! The big 35. It's all down hill from here right? I realized quickly that I am limited in my masculine card supplies. I dug around and found some Cosmo Cricket paper that worked well. It might be a little young, but I loved the beep*beep*beep* (like time is ticking) and the ABORT, WARNING images in the middle strip. Kind of perfect for an older birthday. I hope he likes it. Frankly, he won't even notice. Sometimes I wonder if he is tired of getting cards from me, but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop giving them! 
Anyway. Happy Birthday to the man of my dreams. I love you!

Stamps: Inkadinkado Numbers
Ink: Chalk Box French Blue, SU! Basic Grey 
Paper: Cogsmo by Cosmo Cricket, PTI Stampers Select

Nov 25, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #4

This weeks post comes from the Fall/Holiday Crate & Barrel Catalog. These really great embroidered towels reminded me of the white ink/chalk card I did a while back. I thought I would give it another go and make it very Thanksgiving-ish to help celebrate this week.

I started with stamping my wheat image from PTI's First Fruits set onto scrap paper and cutting it out creating a mask. I then stamped the middle image on my Dark Chocolate cardstock covered it with the mask and proceeded to stamp the wheat image twice on both sides. I pulled out my chalks for the surrounding images but left the center one white, like on the towels. I matted that image with some fall colored cardstock, SU!'s Pumpkin Pie and PTI's Summer Sunrise. I love this velvet American Craft RicRac ribbon. It helped add some depth. 

And that's it. Have a spectacular Thanksgiving holiday. I will be back next week after a week in the sun of the Carribean!!! 

Until then, I hope you find more in life that inspires you.


Stamps: PTI First Fruits
Ink: SU! White Craft, PTI Dark Chocolate
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate, Stampers Select White, Summer Sunrise, SU! Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: American Craft Ribbon, All Night Media Autumn Blending Chalks, Gold Eyelets

Nov 19, 2008

Do you wonder why...

I'm not crafting???
Here is my designated "craft space" in the house. I have been upgraded to the office from my original spot which was in the garage. Patrick decided it was going to be too cold in the winter to craft there. But now that I have moved, or should I say, semi-unpacked, I have also been informed that I must keep my space clean, tidy and "non-craft looking." Hmmm. I wonder how on earth I am to do that. Plus any storage devices I use must look like actual furniture which means no cardboard boxes, or bags and the usual that clutters my office space. Now, if you have been storage shopping in the last little bit, you know that there is NOTHING out there furniture wise that is cheap. So needless to say Patrick has an ultimatum. Either cheap plastic rolling storage, or work extra hours so I can buy the expensive stuff. Since he is on salary, I can guess I know what he will say. I think a trip to The Container Store is in order. I really need some containment. 
As you can see, it is a long way from perfect, but trust me when I say that this picture is an improvement. I got so overwhelmed that I thought I would blog about it for a bit. In fact I have been stepping over these boxes for two days now unable to finish up the tiding. Mostly because it requires me to put forth A LOT of brain power as to where and how I will store all of it, along with shedding some of the unwanted goods. And really, I have a hard time saying no to any craft goods, even if they have gone unused for a year. I hope to pull myself into gear and get this thing done tonight. Patrick is out of town tomorrow, so I need to get cleaned up quick and get some crafting in before he comes home. I have some early Christmas gifts that need to be finished by sunday, so come on baby! I gots to get movin'!
happy crafting everyone!

Nov 18, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #3

Happy Tuesday Everyone. This weeks inspiration came from a catalog and forgive me because I just can't remember the catalog I ripped it from. Oh the shame!

It's this cute pink room. What I love about it is the soft pink and white together, the foliage pictures and the faux chenille look to the draps and bedspread. So those are the things I decided I wanted in my card.

This was a pretty fast card to make. Its hard to see, but I stamped some images from Nature Silhouettes by Kim Hughes on the background. If you are interested in making this faux chenille look yourself it is really easy! Cut strips for your card at the width you want. Distress the edges, and lightly adhere it to your card so it doesn't shift around while you sew. Once you have sewn a straight stitch down the middle of the paper strip, roll and distress the edges a bit more so they fold up around the stitching, it will help give dimension and inhance the stitches a bit giving it more texture.
I also punched two circles each with my 2" and 1 1/2" circle punches. I distressed one large and one smaller circle. Then I took the other two and trimmed them down just a bit and distressed them. This is so they weren't all the same finished size.

I then used Stazon black ink to stamp "Happy" on my big white brad and used it as the center. Pretty easy card and really fun to try. So give it a whirl! Keep your eyes open this week for what may inspire you. I would love to see what you create!

Have a good week and thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Kim Hughes
Natures Silhouettes for CHF, PaperTrey Ink Garden of Life (Happy Sentiment)
Ink: SU! White Craft, Stazon Black
Paper: Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Big Brad
Size: A2

Nov 11, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #2

Back again this week with one of my favorite sweaters. I bought this baby after some coaxing from a friend, and I'm so glad I did. It's cosy and soft and is made by a company called Scrapbook Clothing,  so how could I NOT love it?? For a while I have thought the white on color would be nice for a card, and I finally tried it!

The first snag I ran into was the lack of navy blue card stock in my stash. I didn't realize I would need it or that I didn't have it. But I did get around it by using some DCWV texture scrapbook paper I had sitting around (Whew!) Needless to say this card is a bit flimsy, but it did get me the color I was after. It started out as a tri-fold card (in a way) but was HORRIBLE so I hacked it up, flipped it upside down and this is what I got. (And please excuse the horrible picture.)
I had a hard time determining what kind of sentiment would actually go with this style. I felt like eating a pie the entire time, but only one that had previously won a blue ribbon. Does it make you feel like you are at the county bake-off??

I punched out some Pure Poppy paper with my 1/8 hole punch and used them as the center of my flowers. I also covered them with some paper glaze to add dimension (and frankly interest!)

In the end, I really like how it turned out, even if it doesn't quite fit a particular occasion or sentiment. I love my sweater AND now this card too! 

What has inspired you this week? Sit down and create, learn and have fun!

see you next time!

Ink: SU! Craft White, Basic Black, PTI Pure Poppy
Paper: DCWV Blue Textured 12x12, PTI Stampers Select, Pure Poppy
Accessories: PTI Pure Poppy Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Red Button, embroidery thread (from stash), paper glaze
Size: A2

Nov 10, 2008

Oh Shoot!!!

I had sworn to myself that by the 7th of Nov. I would have boxes unpacked, life resettled and some serious crafting under my belt so I could keep up with posting everyday. And as you can see all I got is a BIG nothin' and its way past the 7th!  And now I am in Virginia for a week (packing up other peops) so I won't be ready for posting until next week, but check back for Take-Off Tuesday as I do have one of those to go on the 11th. 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!!!

Nov 7, 2008


This is an image from a stamp set I haven't used in a while and was actually the very first stamp set I ever purchased. SU! Perennial Favorites. I really do like it and need to find more ways to use it. I thought now that it is November, and getting cold, I need to get my fall cards in since it will be winter before we know it.

I used more First Fruits paper and kept it simple. The paper really does all the work so that I don't have to, and that's always nice.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: SU! Perennial Favorites
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, SU! Basic Black Ink Pen
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Stampers Select White, First Fruits Patterned Paper, SU! Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: PTI Dark Chocolate Twill Ribbon, All purpose Twine.

Nov 6, 2008

Thank You Much

I needed a few more thank you cards to send out to some friends in Queens and since I had some stuff sitting out on my desk, I figured I would use it up. This stamp is from a retired SU! set that hasn't see the light of day for a while. It felt good to use the poor thing. I used white ink and chalked over it, as I have done so many times before. I used some PTI First Fruits pattern paper to go with it. I have an overwhelming "Fall" theme surrounding my desk which is why its being used. The ribbon is a really subtle brown with gold weaved through it. It's really lovely and I'm almost out!  This is actually a card for a man, so I am hoping it is masculine enough. I like that it's nice and simple.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: SU! Block Party (retired)
Ink: SU! White Craft
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Lemon Tart, First Fruits Patterned Paper
Accessories: All NIght Media Autumn Chalks, American Craft brown/gold Ribbon

Nov 5, 2008

To My Friends In Queens

I have finally moved away from my wonderful apt. in Queens and while I was really excited to go, I have been so sad to leave my friends. I have racked my brain to try and think of some way to find closure and say goodbye to such wonderful people. Although this is something so minor, I did make them some cards. Here are a few of the designs: 
What makes these cards so special (I hope) is that the matted flowers with the sentiment (seen above) is actually a magnet that you can detach.  Hopefully by giving them a little bit of myself they will know that I love them and that their friendship is so important to me. And maybe each time the pass the fridge they will think of all the good New York Moments we had together.

I love all my hommies in Queens!!

Until next time...

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Garden Of Life; Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, SU! Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, White Craft, Basic Black
Paper: Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Spring Mist SU! Not Quite Navy, Everyday Blessings;
Accessories: PTI Ribbon in Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Craft Knife

Nov 4, 2008

Take-Off Tuesday #1

I find myself inspired by different things. A lot of the time it is fabric, a piece of clothing, color combo's or even a particular home design in a magazine. I usually rip out the page and keep it close so I can refer to it when I want to be inspired. Because of this I now have a pile of pages cluttering up my shelf!!  I decided instead of the clutter I was really going to start to follow through on the ideas that I have. So without further ado, I introduce you the start of what will hopefully be a weekly installment named Take-off Tuesday.  Here is my first item...

This is Baby Cache's hand-me-down jacket. (Please ignore the dirt spots. toddler+boy=dirty)
 He was running through the playground today and I decided there was no reason it couldn't be a card. I was so sure of the simplicity and "boyishness" of it I started to sketch some things down. Well it was so simple, I didn't sketch long and of course it has proven to be one of the easiest cards I have put together, to date. You might be able to tell why. 
Very very simple, but captures all the things that give this jacket a personality.
I added some score lines to give detail and interest. Kind of like the sewing lines in the actual fabric. The rest is simple and self explanatory. BUT my fav. part of this card is the sentiment:

I bent the HAPPY BIRTHDAY (from PTI Birthday Basics) to arch like the label in the jacket and then added est. 2007 with PTI's Simple Alphabet,which is the year Cache was born. I think it's actually a cute and clever way to make a birthday card special and add detail about the person. I think it wold be nice to add in their name on the front too, however I didn't because I just thought of it! That's always the way it goes for me. I love the Simple Alphabet because they are small enough to do these kinds of things. And maybe you have noticed I am pretty literal in my inspiration. I like it like that!

Anyway, that's it for the first of Take-Off Tuesday. Join me next week, because you never know what you are going to get. Really. And until then I challenge you to take a look in your closet, (magazine stash or junk mail pile) and pick your fav. piece to make your own "takeoff." I would love to see what inspires you!

Also DON'T FORGET TO VOTE today!!!!! It's very important that we take the time out to raise our voices and make a change for our future!

Till next time.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics, Simple Alphabet
Ink: SU! Not Quite Navy
Paper: SU! Summer Sun, DWS Textured Navy
Accessories: Antique Brads, Score Pal
Size: A2

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