Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Home Improvement Gift Set

Howdy all. I've got another My Time Made Easy project to share today - today is September 1st and it is the big release day - the WHOLE TEAM is sharing today so be sure you check them all! Before I get to rambling, speaking of the Design Team... PLEASE give a warm welcome to Tammy Herschberger and Lisa Kind who are now joining Lauren's Design Team. Welcome aboard ladies - your designs are fabulous and you will be great additions to the team.

Ok - I've got a mini version of the new Shop Around & Accessories template to share today and this one's for the guys - it's a Home Improvement Store!
I started with red and gray cardstock (from Couture) and then resized the template to 75% of full size because I happened to have just a "little something" I wanted to put in it. :-) When we drive through some of the small towns here in the midwest I notice that the downtown areas are often brick buildings and so I decided to make the town "hardware or home improvement" store for this gift set.  I used two papers from the Construction Materials  - Red brick and Wood Shingles Faux Slate to provide the texture on my building (and chimney).

I created a sign for the side of the building using words and images from the new Sign It stamp set. I also used the Home Improvements Coordinating Cuts file to make a set of three bushes (using the weld feature in SCAL software) which I then stamped with the matching stamp from Home Improvement set.


Following is the welcoming front of the store. I used the wood grain stamp from the Home Improvement stamps to give some texture to my door and a simple silver brad for the door handle.


And if you look closely you'll see the wrench (from Money Well Spent stamp set) hanging off the welcome sign.

Now for the other side of the store I made a store window advertising a SALE!! (That's my coordinating card next to the building - details later in post.)


I used the Home Improvements Coordinating Cuts file and the digital version of Shoppe Window - I colored it with my computer and also included some other images from Money Well Spent and Just For You (the wheelbarrow).

The roof of this Shop Around template lifts right off to reveal the goodies inside. Now that you can see what my "little something" is you can see why I chose to resize this template so I would have an impressive gift package!


Finally, here's the card I created to go with the gift set. It's also resized to 75% of full cause I wanted just a little card with a simple note in it. I used the same matching papers - added a little ribbon, a mini version of the door and mailbox (I used the Home Improvement Digital Set to make the door and mailbox also 75% so they would be scaled correctly.)


And finally here is the card taken out of its brick envelope.


I welded two cards together with my SCAL software so the card would open from the top so I could write a simple note inside.  I stamped the "thought this may come in handy" sentiment on the outside. Hope you liked my mini home improvement store. Please stop by the rest of the team and see what wonderous eye candy they have made for you.



My Time Made Easy Design Team:

Supplies from My Time Made Easy LLC:
Pretty Packaging Templates:   Shop Around & Accessories Template 
Pretty Impressions © Stamps:  Home Improvement, Sign It, Money Well Spent, Just For You
Pretty Printable © Digital Paper: Construction Materials -Red Brick and Wood Shingles Faux Slate
Pretty Pieces © Cut Files: Home Improvements Coordinating Cuts, Homemade Card and Envelope

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: Couture Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Silver brad, ribbon

Hugs n Smiles.



88 comments:

Monique said...

This is wonderful Pam.. I to love all the old brick buildings.. Love these colors and the fact that it is so masculine great gift idea!!

erinallport said...

that's adorable! love all the little details! i think this is the cutest way to give a HD gift card!!! will have to try it soon for my hubby! :)

Ladybug said...

super cute! Love the brick paper.

joana1n at gmail dot com

Corbett Creations said...

Wow, what a great idea for hubbies or dads, thanks for great inspiration,

corbettcreations@hotmail.com

Tracey Cuccia said...

Pam - TOTALLY awesome set. Love that you used those other images too -- really brought the whole thing together. PERFECT! :) I'm totally in love with the construction materials papers too -- love the brick. Magnificent, as always!

Fabella said...

What a fabulous house. Love the walls - that looks really great! And all the lovely cutie details !

lisa808 said...

I am loving all the 'house samples this week. Your 'home improvement' house with all the brickwork is fabulous.

velta said...

What a unique idea on this gorgeous template! I just love it...the colors, the roof, the walls. What perfect papers you used on this take of a home improvement store...Thanks for sharing :)

Diana Louwerens said...

What a great idea. love the giftset idea

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Love it!

Shari said...

How sweet!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

GASP - gorgeous!!!! Love that roof print and the bricks are fantastic!!! What an awesome showcase!!

Julie E said...

Super duper cute!!! Such a fun idea, especially because it is for the "guys". (I know girls go to the hardware store too, but I can always use a new fun idea for the men!)

Wendalyn said...

Your house is absolutely adorable

wendy said...

awesome idea great use of teh template

Katie Cotton said...

this is so cool! Love that brick!

Ginny said...

What a great shop for a home improvement gift card!

jlawrence said...

I love this color combination

Mary said...

¡Hola Pam,
adorable tu trabajo, me encantan los detalles, el color, cariƱos!

Jackie said...

I just don't know how you all do it! These are such GREAT ideas for using the newest MTME template. I love it! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us all.

Terri E. said...

The brick detail on this card is so neat.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

TimeOut2Create&Craft said...

Another wondeful gift set!Thanks for sharing Pam. Can't wait to whip one of this up for my son!!

Cindy Johnson said...

You are blessed to be so creative! :o) Love your store and the idea to resize it! Thanks for sharing.

Mdegraeve said...

so cute. bricks look so real! this would be great for any hubby ;-)

Kay said...

Well, this just couldn't get any cuter! That brick paper is simply amazing!

lorene said...

the brick paper is AWESOME!!! very cool house! thanks for putting my name in the hat.

lorene

September's Corner said...

Very cool house. You are all so talented.

Tina said...

I adore the bricks - great idea and what a cute house.

tina

Lauren (mytime) said...

SHUT UP! Pam this is my favorite project from you to date! You have my jaw on the floor right now. OMG! I love this to pieces. I was going to do home improvement one but you have put me to shame!!

Mary said...

Pam this is wonderful. Finally a great idea for the guys! TFS, Mary M
mkmontecalvo@gmail.com

Kris Turner said...

What great gift packaging, Pam! Terrific job!
Kris, Wadsworth, OH

Longvacation said...

What a great gift idea. I love the colors of the bricks that you chose for this, reminds me of when I was a kid and there were lots of lovely brick houses around.

cal8007 said...

I just love what you all have done with this template, the Home Improvement gift is an excellent idea!

TFS

Carmen
cal8007 at aol dot com

Jen said...

You don't see much brick here in the Phoenix are where I live now. It's all stucco and such. :( I do miss seeing beautiful brick... Anyway, your little hardware store is just GREAT! The papers you chose couldn't be more perfect! (I know you called it a home improvement shoppe but most guys I know still call it a hardware store.)
Fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

Terri said...

Very cool! Love that brick. Adding the home improvement gift card was a great addition.

Stephanie Kraft said...

Just love this, Pam! The brick is perfect for a home improvement shop and I love that you put a HD gift card inside!!

Noreen said...

Love the colors you used. Very creative to make it a home improvement store and add the HD gift card.

Tangii said...

I just adore brick homes and buildings and yours is just fabulous!! Love the colors you chose and every single detail! Gorgeous job Pam.

VictoriasCreativeCrafts said...

What an awesome man gift!! LOVE IT!!!

Kristy said...

You are so clever! First, I love the brick foundation you tweeked to make your own. The tool on the welcome sign is darling, and the card to match is perfect. The color combination of red and gray is very striking. Lovely work!

Darla said...

Wonderful project!! I am always giving hardware store gift cards to my hubby, dad, father-in-law, step-dad and this is the perfect idea!!
TFS
Darla
darlamcc at eastlink dot ca

Teresa said...

Really neat project.

Diane Jaquay said...

This is so FABULOUS Pam, there just are no limits to what one can do with this awesome little house!

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Super cute. I'm loving these papers and buildings.
Deb B
stampindebs@aol.com

catherinedewaal said...

I love how you made this "masculine" I definetly struggle with male cards etc. so I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

Darsi said...

Love the brick on your little home improvement shop, excellent work!!

d'Dragon said...

I LOVE your bricks - this is so cute!

Abbie said...

Love the brick!!! Incredible work

craftygirlabbie@gmail.com

Sue D said...

Perfect handy guy gift!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Marie said...

I can never figure out what to do for the men in the family. This is the perfect solution to the masculine dilemma. Thanks for the inspiration. Great shoppe!

Lisa Kind said...

Love this Pam! The brick pattern is just so colorful and I love the way you combined all the previous sets to make your home improvement store! And great idea to scale it down to hold that gift card! So cool1

Penny said...

Wow! I love everything about your project, the bricks, the wheel barrow, the card. What a great "guy" gift idea!

Juli B said...

This is the cutest home improvement store I've seen in a while! I will so be using this idea! Just love the brick you chose for your shoppe!

Kelly G said...

What a great gift card holder!

Carole said...

What a great idea you have here. You choose the all around handyman or women item to give.Great colors and ideas. Thanks..

Elaine M said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT - what a great idea

Shelly said...

What a great idea! I'm thinking of guy Christmas gifts! Love all of the little details that you've added.

Cynde said...

This building in the brick is so cute! Love the idea of doing brick. Thanks for the inspiration...

Steph Zerbe said...

Wow, you hit this one out of the park! Love the roof card!

Berry said...

how cute the 4 a guy maybe some tools outside the house mmmm getting the creative flow on this blog hop
berrybella333@yahoo.com

Anne said...

Great brick dp!! Love the Home Improvement Idea.

Rosie said...

Oh my this is AWESOME! My SIL loves Home Depot so this is definitely right up her alley!!

daisey1977 said...

This is wonderful!! This would be great for a "man's" gift like your gift card. :)

Cathy Weber said...

What a cute and creative way to present a gift card. So perfect for a man's gift.

Silke Ledlow said...

Pam, your home improvement house is the BOMB!!! I love that you used the house for a masculine theme...I have to remember this idea!!! Hugs ~S~

Kristin Bueter said...

OMG, Pam Imholz, your store is flippin AMAZING! I can't get over the little details you see in every photo. I love the thought you put into this and how you incorporated several older stamps. So creative, gf! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! And masculine to boot? What more could anyone ask for?! GREAT work, lady!

jmeni said...

I really love this one! Alwasy looking for ideas for the boys. SO cute. Thanks for sharing

Good Kardma by Jules said...

OMG - how stinkin' cute is this?! How clever! And all your little touches really make this project!

juliadream68@msn.com

Isabel Z said...

You are so creative I can't stand it. I just love your little house and the details are fabulous.

isabelzito at verizon dot net

Margaret said...

A wonderful way to present a Home Improvement Gift Card!!!

Denise said...

Great job! Love the brinks!
DeniseB

Mom22RedHeads said...

Every month you ladies out-do yourself!!! I lvoe your shoppe.

AShu93 said...

Such a great idea for the gift card!

Angels2 said...

The Home Improvement Shoppe is awesome. It truly looks like a brick house. Great Job.

Anonymous said...

What I see from all the shops people have made
from this kit is that the look changes so much by what it is printed on. Your choice of grey looks so much like real brick. Great idea

lindamarie07461@yahoo.com

Natalie and Family said...

That place even "feels" like home improvement! Very nice work! This would be nice for my aunt...she's a home improvement nut and her birthday is coming up! Cute idea!
smiles!

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

So cute. This would be perfect for my friend doing an addition to their home. TFS

Suzanne said...

What a great gift idea!

Romaine said...

The brick work is awesome! Love the matching slide card!

Lillian Child said...

Okay - this is SUCH a great idea for a housewarming gift. LOVE LOVE LOVE the brick!! GREAT job!!

Jennifer McGee said...

This is a Great Representation of the old Downtown Squares we have near me. I love the brick digital paper too! Beautiful Project, Pam.

sockamom13 said...

Love the brick! & the card is cute. I am loving this project.

Anonymous said...

The little wrench is a perfect touch.
carol b

Kelly said...

I am always looking for a masculine look on different packaging and cards. This is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.

Heather said...

WOW!! The detail you put into this is incredible. I specially love the bricks! They look so real!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Cuuute set Pam! What a great way to present a Home Depot gift card!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Pam, this is FABULOUS! LOVE the bricks on the shop, and what a great way to present a gift card!

Selma said...

I have been gone and so behind on my blog reading. Look what I have missed. This is fabulous. I love the digital paper -- Oh, I just love the whole thing. You are so fabulous at creating fantastic containers.

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