Thursday, August 30, 2007

I'm a new Aunt (again!)

I'm so excited to be an aunt again! This time is especially exciting because this little guy has been long awaited! He is just further proof that God doesn't answer prayers in our time - only in His time. May we all learn a little patience! My brother has been married to a wonderful person for 4 years now (I think?!) - but there is an interesting twist to the story! She was already my sister-in-law because she is my husband's sister! Now are we all confused?? Jen already had a beautiful daughter, Taylyn, when they got married (she is 12 now), and they have tried and waited patiently for a baby to add to their little family. They had actually started the adoption process since they had just assumed that it was never going to happen the old fashioned way. They are as far as just waiting for a phone call when they find out that they are pregnant! Isn't that how it always goes! Anyway, he is here now and he is beautiful. His name is Liam James Williams. Love his name too! So, I decided that I was going to put the baby shower invitations on here for our first project for you to try. Of course, you don't have to do it as baby shower invitation - it can be used for any kind of card. It's very simple and very easy to reproduce. So here goes!

Really Rust cardstock - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Chocolate Chip cardstock - 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 (scored at 2 3/4)
Patterned paper (I used the Outlaw Designer Series) - 2 1/4 x 2 3/4
Very Vanilla cardstock - 2 x 3 (cut the corners off to make it look like a tag)
Really Rust cardstock - 1 5/8 x 1 1/4
Very Vanilla cardstock - 1 1/2 x 1 1/8
Taupe Ribbon - about 3 inches
Mini Brads
Inks: Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
1/4" square punch
Corner Rounder
Stamp Sets - "I'm Here" and "Hugs and Wishes"

1. First of all I stamped the alphabet stamp all over the larger Rust piece with Versamark ink.

2. I then sponged Chocolate Chip around the edges and a little all over to make it look old and distressed a little.

3. Take the Chocolate Chip piece and fold over at the score mark. Tear along the edge of the shorter piece that is folded over.

4. Round the corners of the bottom edge of the Chocolate piece and the Patterned piece.

5. Adhere the Patterned piece under the flap of the Chocolate piece.

6. Use the 1/8" hole punch to punch holes on each side of the flap - punch through the paper and the ribbon. This may be easier to adhere the flap down first so you don't have to try to hold it all together.

7. I used Close to Cocoa ink to stamp the hand print image on the vanilla tag piece - but I stamped off on scratch paper once to make the image a lot lighter since we will be stamping and writing on top of it. This is called "second generation" stamping.

8. Next Use the Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the "You're Invited" and "time, place, date, r.s.v.p." images on top of that. I used the wonderful Stamp-a-ma-jig tool to do this straight!

9. I attached the ribbon to the top of the tag with staples. I thought that it kind of went along with the style of this card, but you could certainly use brads, an eyelet, punch a hole and loop it through, or whatever you choose. They do have fun colored staples out there now too.

10. I used the red lined tape to attach the Chocolate pocket piece to the front of the card to make sure that it stayed together. I just used one small strip across the bottom and 2 small pieces on each side near the top - kind of underneath the fold part. That should be plenty to hold the tag so it doesn't fall through.

11. I then used the stamp-a-ma-jig (this is a real tool and that's the real name of it!) to stamp the "i'm here" image on the small ivory piece and then layered it on the top of the the small rust piece.

12. Attach the "i'm here" to the front of the pocket using Stampin' dimensionals.
13. I stamped the alphabet image on ivory cardstock and used my 1/4" square punch to punch out the letters of Liam's name and used glue dots to stick them to the front. I then put Crystal Effects over the top to make them a little shiny looking so they would stand out a little.

I think that's it! If I forgot anything or something doesn't make sense, just email and let me know!

Have fun! Have a great and safe long Holiday weekend!