Sunday, July 5, 2015

Adventure Camper; gift card holder

Howdy.  I have been busy running.  Yep, running.  I am training for a race in September, and I am surprised by how much time this 'running' takes.  So, between household chores (cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc), working full-time, taking call each week, and various social engagements, I find it rather difficult to carve out time to craft.  
So, today, I made it my priority.  I spent a few hours in my craft room this morning cutting, stamping, and creating {smile}.  It was rather intoxicating.  My whole focus was on that particular activity.  But, as time would have it, I had to stop, and drive into town for a few social obligations.  Once, I was done, I headed back into my craft room.  Only to find, that I had adhered the half snow globe upside down, and I didn't tie my lace trim correctly.  UGH!  and with all of this, my frustration pushed me out the door to run.   
At first, my running was a mere chore.  A duty.  A requirement.  And I wasn't feeling good about being out there hitting the pavement.  So, I changed my mindset.  Because let's face it, if I'm out here running, doing time, counting my distance, and trying to stay focused, I might as well, do a good job at it! Right?  I might as well, run fast enough and hard enough that I have a good pace, and a respectable time.  
In this revolution I was able to clear my head, and constructively figure out how to improve my project, and how to make the next ones 'better'.  It also gave me a chance to think of new color combinations, and accessories to add.  Pretty productive, if I say so myself {smile}
I didn't create this gift card holder for any particular challenge.  I just wanted to craft something beautiful.  And I hope you think I have.  So, without further ado, here is what I made:

Ok, the few things I will change when I made more of these:  I will keep the lace flat on the belly band, and tie the junk bow to it.  The second thing I will change is, I won't add glitter to the dome.  I'll just keep it empty, so it is clear.  And finally, the measurements.  I will make them 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Recipe:  The gift card holder measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  The base is kraft card stock from a big box store.  I just love the color.  The weight is on the light side.  But when you add paper to it, it holds up very nice.
The main panel is actually a background stamp ExLibris, from Stampin' Up!, I stamped this in Pool Party classic ink.  (I believe this stamp is no longer available to purchase.)  I added text from another background stamp set, stamped in Tip Toe Taupe.  I also sponged the edges of the stamped card stock.
I used some retired pattern paper in Soft Sky (polka dot) for the belly band.  I added some of the new lace trim in Tip Toe Taupe.  The bottom piece of the snow globe was die cut from Lost Lagoon card stock, by Stampin' Up!.  The bottom scallop layer is from very vanilla card stock, by Stampin' Up!.  
To make the scene inside the dome, I used textured pool party card stock, textured pear pizzazz card stock, and dazzling diamond glitter paper for the snow capped mountains; all by Stampin' Up!
Now, the best part!  That sweet little camper!  The die and stamp set are from Paper Trey Ink.  I think this little gem is just too cute!  I die cut this little gem out of very vanilla card stock, and  I stamped it in pool party classic ink.  I used little scrap pieces of the textured pool party card stock and dazzling diamond glitter paper to make the swags.
The junk bow:  I used scraps of various trims:  fringe tulle, cream cotton trim, white lace, aqua mist saddle stitch ribbon, a pale green gingham ribbon, and cream crochet trim.   It's all tied with the tip toe taupe lace trim, and a pale brown bakers twine was used to attach the tiny tag: let the Adventure begin.
The inside of the gift card holder is het embossed in silver.  This gift card holder, holds those 'packaged' gift cards you can purchase from grocery stores, Walgreens, and such.

Well, thank you for stopping by to see what I have been doing.  I share more of these cute little campers soon.  And we have a few weddings to go to, so you may see a tiny church soon! {smile}

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