Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ShortCuts DT Finalist Assignments

I am so excited to share my ShortCuts Design Team Finalist projects with you! It has been quite the journey as my package of products never arrived...even now, I had Dominic run to the mail box and there was nothing for me...:-( Sigh...Canada's like playing roulette! My friend, Carla P., another finalist, mailed me her leftovers...but again, no happy mail. Luckily, my friend, Ann S., who is currently on the Design Team, gave me a clear card, a frosted card and a gift card holder folder.

So without further adieu, here are my projects. Here is my clear card titled, "Hi" - this is a front view. With the exception of the red bling, all supplies are from the Scrap Shotz kit featuring SEI products. I scored the clear card to create a card similar to a gate fold. There is a "buckle" of pattern paper on the front that clips under the giant brad to close the front flaps. What stood out the most when I worked with the clear card is that the material is sturdy but not rigid. The clear card took the scored line without cracking...and I really REALLY like that! :-) The other point fingerprints! How many times have you worked with a transparency, step back to admire your handiwork and gasp at the fingerprints? I don't know what magic is in these but no fingerprints from me (or my little fairies!)

Here is a close-up of the buckle and the front layering of the hand-cut blossoms.

And here is a picture of the card open.

For the second challenge, we were asked to decorate a gift card holder folder. OK, these are so darn fun! It takes minutes to them up, insert your gift card and wow your recipient! For my gift card holder folder, I decided to made a "tote bag." I added the front "pocket panel" and used ribbon to create the top stitching and tote bag straps. Inside the covered the panels with more of the luscious SEI pattern papers and popped in a Costco gift card.

Let me show you the front of the gift card holder folder. Isn't it cute? I even added a miniature tag for the recipient and a "latch" to close my tote bag. It clips under the giant brad on the front. I am pretty happy with how this turned out. :-)

Here is a couple of side views so you can see the latch and how well it stands up just like a tote bag.

And for my last project, I used the remaining frosted card to decorate twig wreath I had at home. If I were truthful, I am unhappy with my project. I had grand visions to create a twinkling butterfly mobile that hung from the wreath but I just did not have enough of the frosted card to create more butterflies. As a result, I ended up adhering them directly to the wreath and will display it right up against the window so the sun can shine through the frosted elements rather than having it hang above her bed. While you cannot see clearly in the picture, I lightly applied some Making Memories glitter to the butterfly wings and the inner sentiment. The sunlight twinkles beautifully on the frosted elements. One thing I will say about the frosted card is that the card is of high quality. It is easily decorated as it accepts liquid mediums well. Additionally, I thought I would play with the bits on my Cuttlebug and it embosses oh so when my Design Team package arrives, guess what I am going to do? Yup, emboss!!! LOL

Here is a picture of my wreath from the front view. To create the butterflies and the inner sentiment, I used my Cuttlebug and my handy dandy ProvoCraft butterfly die and the wonderful nestability, respectively. The butterfly bodies were adorned with Close To My Heart bling. The organdy ribbon is also Close To My Heart...I just love that ribbon!

Here is a slight side view...

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Anonymous said...

*Beautiful* Virginia!! I *KNEW* you'd do fabulous things with these!!! You should be receiving my envie full of the product this week.. really hope you do!! Please let me know ok?

Good luck, although I think you have this one in the bag! ;) YUM!!

Ann said...

OMG!! These are stunning. Love what you did. Those butterflies are amazing. Great work!

croppixie said...

Hi Virgina your entries are just gorgeous!! They were worth wait!
I'm a finalist to!!