Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Take Time to Pamper Yourself and A Rose Tutorial

Wow - I can't believe a week has gone by so quickly. This is my final "official" post for the April My Time Made Easy release. For today I'm featuring the new stamp set, Take Time, and the new template, Take Time Pocket and I am revisiting an earlier MTME template as well. I am also providing a quick tutorial (at the end) for the new Rambling Rose cut file!

I made this gift set for one of my Administrative Assistants who really needs to Take Time and Pamper herself! Here's the complete gift set - the deets will follow.

Here's a pic of all the items that I packaged up (Lotion, Gel, Body Scrub and "scrubbie").  I LOVE that I can make my own labels for the Bath and Body products. Seems to be more personal this way.  :-)

I have some full sheets of adhesive paper by Avery (yes, the label people) and simply stamped my images from the new Take Time stamp set onto that paper, colored, cut out then peeled off the backing and adhered these labels to the bottles. They can be removed by the recipient (especially the shower gel) if desired.

Here's the sweet Pretty Packaging Template called Take Time Pocket - a perfect package for these two bath items.

I printed off some of Kristin's digital papers - (I wanted some fresh, fun, bright and cheery colors) Darling Dots in Fallen Leaf then I used my Cricut to cut the decorative mat layers for the box. I also lined the inside with the new Perfect Petals paper (I tweaked the colors to match Darling Dots.)

I wanted to accent the yellows in my labels so I used a fun gradient yellow ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I colored one of my buttons with Copics to perfectly match the paper color :-)

After I packaged up the lotion and shower gel I still had the body scrub and "scrubbie" to package.
Oh - you can see the label I made (above) for the scrub and here's the label I made for the top of the scrub jar, too. The butterfly image is from the Petal Perfection stamp set.
For packaging I turned to one of my early MTME favorite templates, Shutt-erfly to hold these two items.  I didn't photograph this open with the contents inside (ooops - sorry) but it holds the two items perfectly!!! (The scrub jar nestles nicely in the scrubbie!!)

I used the same papers and ribbon but this time I topped it off with the new Ramblin' Rose cut file from Lauren. Here's a close up of the beautiful rose you can create with this cut file. (Cut files do not typically come in PDF format - they are usually designed to be used with a cutting machine.)  The very center of my rose is a tiny Prima rose in deep yellow - it was a perfect center but you can easily use a pearl or brad as well. I finished with a tiny sprinkle of glitter.

One final look at the whole set - I do think my Admin Asst. will love it! (And I'm glad she doesn't read my blog LOL)

Ok - I know this post is already really long but for those of you who are interested, I thought I'd show you the steps I took to make that Rambling Rose. These may not be exactly the way Lauren will show us but it's based on a conversation I had with her asking "How do I do that!?!?" *grin*

1. Use your cutting machine to cut out the 6 pieces of the Rambling Rose. I used a light weight, textured cardstock from Couture Cardstock.

2. Run each piece through your crimper, multiple times. The idea is to "soften" the paper to make it easier to work with - this is similar to the "crumpling" step that some gals use.

3. Use a bone folder to completely rub out the crimping lines. Go back and forth and in multiple directions so it's almost smooth again.

4. Sponge, color or airbrush each layer. You'll want to use multiple colors - I used 3 yellows AND finished the final edges with a dark yellow Copic. I also sponged the back with the So Saffron in case any of the petals are turned up.

5. Take the ball end of an embossing stylus and go around the center circle then I also press down in the middle - this lifts up the petals.

6. Roll the edges of your petals around your tweezers - I rolled in different directions on different layers.

7. Layer all your petals together - I used a SU dimensional between each layer - then use a paper piercer to pierce all the way through the layers. (My photo was taken before I added the dimensionals - sorry).

8. Add your brad or center piece. Tweak any petals that need adjusting. I also added a few touches of glitter for some sparkle.

And there you have it. It was my first attempt - I think I'll get better as I make more of these but they do make a stunning accent piece! Now - swing by the rest of the team and see what they have for you today.
My Time Made Easy Design Team:

The Deets for my project:
Pretty Impressions © Stamps: Take Time, Petal Perfection
Pretty Packaging © Template: Take Time Pocket, Shutt-erfly
Pretty Printables © Digital Paper: Darling Dots, Perfect Petals

Well thanks for sticking with me - sorry this was sooooo long - I hope the tutorial helps. If you buy this and make up the rose please email me your blog link so I can see :-) Have a great week and weekend coming up. Thank you for all your kind comments - your words are so encouraging and uplifting! You make my day ;-)

Hugs n smiles,


Canda said...

Pam, I LOVE this set! It's just perfect :)

Stacy said...

What a beautiful gift set!! Thanks for the tutorial, I can't wait to try my hand at the handmade flowers :) Have a great weekend!

Amy said...

Wow! Love your project and the springy colors you've used. And thank you x 1000 for the rose tutorial! I will def. be trying this!

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Beautiful gift set, I love the colors you used and the fabulous tutorial you put together for those gorgeous flowers!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW Pam! So fresh & fun - Love the bright-vibrant color combo & I am sure your Admin Assistant will too, if not - you have my address :) Great job with your tutorial - you made a Prima rose look even more beautiful!!!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Fabulous gift set, Pam!! The colors are just lovely! Wonderful tutorial, too -- your rose is JUST gorgeous - LOVE the sprinkle of glitter!!

Bim HH (UK) said...

What can I say Pam! You’re so talented and I’m so glad I found you! I mean your blog…lol
The colours are so bright and cheerful! Certainly brought smile to my face.(My kind of gift to give)
Thank you so much for the tutorial.
How did you tweak the colour? Do I need a graphics programme.

Still in the process of launching my blog! Hope to get it up and running soon!

Tanya said...

this is awesome!!!!! I am going to buy the cut file and a few other things AS SOON as I get paid tomorrow :) it is going to be fun creating this weekend.

Heather Jensen said...

Fabulous colors! Your flower is just amazing. :)

Kathryn B said...

Beautiful gift set Pam! you always choose such cheery colors! I tried the rose this afternoon. Yours is fab and I love the sparkle! It is sooo easy to make them with the cut files!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

WOWZER PAM!!! WHAT A FABULOUS LOOKING GIFT SET!!! The flower is soooooo gorgeous everything about this fabo creation!!! Hugs ~S~

Dawn Easton said...

Pam, this gift set is absolutely stunning girl! It's so soft and pretty! Love the fresh and fun colours and your rose turned out beautifully! I can't wait to get my Cricut so I can try them!!! Thanks for explaining it so well!!!

Chris said...

Pam, this project is so beautiful! I love the colors and the sweet labels! Also, your tutorial is so perfect; thank you so much for that! The results are spectacular!

Kristin Bueter said...

Oh girl! I cannot get over your beautiful gift ensembles ;] This is spectacular! You made the paper look amazing on this set and WOW did you do a fantastic job with the rose based on a conversation with Lauren. I'm telling you, when I sent that file to her, I had NO CLUE it would look like it did when she finished. She explained and I still had no clue. You took off with it and made a GORGEOUS rose! GREAT JOB gf!! Thanks for the props really means a lot to me ♥

Theresa Momber said...

Gosh, Pam, my jaw drops every time your feeds come through my reader! Just had to pop in and tell you how much you rock!

Silvia said...

Dear Pam, this is amazingly gorgeous! I love this set. The tutorial is great too. Thanks for sharing!

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