Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Gift Fit for an All Star

Hi there!  Hope all has been well with you!  Things here have been good.  I have been outside some getting my hands dirty doing yard work which was completely wonderful and very you will see later this week!  ;) I do have a little project to share with you using Power Poppy's Play Ball! set.  I had been mulling over some ideas for that set and finally got around to getting some of them done.  This is actually a "Two-fer"....down here in Georgia, that is the southern drawl expression for a "two for one"  So, let me show you what I did with this awesome set....

I made a little gift set!  When I first saw these images I immediately thought of those cute little chocolates wrapped up like baseballs...really, it's not a far stretch at mind immediately goes to chocolate with lots of things!  ;)  I had some cute little treat boxes that I had gotten from Stampin' Up! and the rest just kind of came together.  The box is simply a three layered belly band that I stitched on the edges then decorated using some images stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with copics, and fussy cut out.  I also used a little tag die from PTI, some American Crafts ribbon, and some May Arts twine.  

I added some glitter with an Atyou Spica Red Glitter pen on the banner and then glittered some of the stars in the paper with a new acquisition for me....a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.  I know, I have been living in the dark ages without this little jewel but I will be making up for lost time, I can assure you of that!  ;)  Well, I couldn't let this box stand alone so I made a little card to accompany it using more of the images and sentiments from the Play Ball! set.  This set is chock full of nifty little vintage-y baseball icons and I wanted to use them all.... I didn't quite....but almost!

Ok, now I am going to tell you something that may be quite shocking and honestly, I have never been able to bring myself to do it until this time...I cut the sentiment stamp "From Your" into two pieces.  I know....but it had to be done because I needed the sentiment to snug into that little rounded area of the baseball.  But the good thing is, clear polymer stamps are very forgiving and you can still load them right back up on your stamping block and it will stamp like you never even did that....and you will never have to speak of it  Here is a little close up....

The card is very simple....a layered square stitched around the edges with a layered circle that I stamped on then added some more of my colored and fussy cut images...and of course, some more Wink of Stella on the #1 to make it stand out more. The finished card size is 4 1/4" square.  I spritzed some ink on the baseball to give it a little more dirt. I'll list the copics I used below, but I will warn you, I used a boat load of them on this card and box...mostly Earth tones.....but these were so. much. fun. to color! And here is a final little close up of the real star of the show....the chocolate, I mean...the treat box...:)

 So, that is all for my little baseball themed project today!  If you haven't snatched this set up yet, you really ought to....lots of fun to be had here.  :)  I would love it if you would tune in tomorrow because I have a little Power Poppy sneak peek to share with you then the rest of the week will be the release projects by the Bloom Brigade and I know you don't want to miss that!  So, until then...I hope you have a great rest of the day and I am so glad you could stop by!  


Other supplies not listed above:  Decorative paper-Daisy Bucket Designs(pretty old and from my hoarded  saved  stash);  White card stock -Flourishes Classic White, "Midnight Muse" card stock from Stampin' Up!; Chocolates from Palmer; treat box from Stampin' Up!, Spellbinders Dies in Grand Squares, Standard Circles Small, Standard Circles Large; Foam Dimensionals from SU!;  Inks -Tuxedo Black by Memento, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, Poppy Parade by Stampin' Up! as well as SU! markers in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede used with the SU! Spritzer tool and these Copic colors:  R14, R17, R29, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37E40, E41. E43, E44, E47, E49, E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, B91, B93, B95, B97, and B99.


  1. Oh, Katie, first of all, it's always fun to read your blog post about how you made your design and what inspired you! You are such fun...truly made me laugh a few times! And now, I LOVE this gift set! Who doesn't love chocolate, and with baseball, it just makes it the perfect gift! Your coloring is exquisite even on this cute masculine card! Totally LOVE it all, sweet friend! And I'm so glad you've had some fun getting your hard dirty with yard dirt! Looking forward to the sneak peek for Saturday's release! Woohoo! (P. S. And we used two-fer in NJ and use it here in South Florida. I love it!) Thanks for sharing this darling set! Hugs!

  2. Call the stamping police... You did NOT cut your stamp girl.... No one has to know, I promise not to tell anyone. :-) ha ha!! This is fabulous. I don't tend to think of chocolate first but I do know a lot of girls who do. hee hee This is just so cool. I love the gift combo and beautiful coloring girlie.

  3. What 'sweet' cards, Katie… in more ways than one! Just lovely!! It sounds like you had a perfect week ~ time in the garden and card making time! ♡Dawn

  4. Fantastic gift idea, Awesome coloring!! I know what you mean I was always afraid to cut up stamps, the only one I have been able to pull myself to do is the $ stamps you can get at michaels :)

  5. You are so funny! It was as much fun to read your post as it was to view your awesome little set. LOVE that box! I've never seen those baseball-wrapped chocolates before, but I'm telling you if I had I would have snatched them up to use with this set somehow. Perfect papers. Love every little detail and I uber-love your style!

  6. Go chocolate! Oops, I mean Katie! LOL. The chocolate is genius but if you're like me is already disappeared out of that treat box. :-) All your little extra touches give this a great vintage feel. Play ball! !