the design team coordinator for kits and pieces emailed me a while back and asked if i'd like to be the guest designer for june. i said of course. i got to choose between the 7 gypsies kit or the scenic route kit. i already knew i could work with the scenic route papers, that's easy for me. but the 7 gypsies is a different story. i LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of 7 gypsies, but the papers are really hard for me to work with. they tend to be muted and, well more gypsy-like than i usually use, but they continue to intrigue me with each new release. so i took on the challenge of creating with the kit called high tea. it was daunting at first but i think i overcame! the kit came with a new stamp designed by the incredibly talented julie balzer. it was another thing that made me stretch a little bit, i typically don't use sentiment stamps on my pages, but again, i think i overcame quite nicely. my last struggle was the lace paper by k and company. it's way too victorian for me, but if you cut it up, you get lots of cute little accents that don't look too victorian anymore. i love it when you can work with a product and make it yours!
i want to thank rosy and all the girls at kits and pieces for being so fun to work with. it was a great experience! go check out the kits.
here are my projects designed with "high tea," starting with a wedding present. i stamped the wrapping paper (i had to sneak kraft in there somehow...) then glued on the large punched circles. after wrapping the present, i tied a tulle bow and inserted little curlicues of the different pieces of paper. they were easy to make, just cut a thin strip and wrap it around a skinny circular item (i used a candle, it was convenient...), then pull it out and make it all cute like. the card has a tulle ruffle under the circles as well to tie it all together. i admit, i wouldn't normally spend an hour and half wrapping a wedding present, but i the idea came to me on the treadmill monday morning and i thought i'd give it a whirl.
here's a closeup of the curlicues:
another way to use the love stamp using versamark, makes for a nice background... i punched all the circles to be about the same size as the circle from the ribbon, a few of the circles are pop dotted to add some dimension. i rarely do a page without journaling, but this is all i need to say here. i love this man. and just to clear things up, i stamped love one way and then stamped it upside down on the next column... it's not the word sraz. :)
finally, i did a layout about annie and how she's growing up. i know i keep doing layouts like this, but i continually find myself amazed at how well she's turning out and i have so little to do with it. i stand in awe of my daughter. i don't know if you can tell the larger butterflies are 3D, i folded them in half and stapled just the edge of the body to make the wings stand out. i think it looks really cool. and again, the paper ribbon, cute into small little flowers, it adds that little extra touch.