Friday, January 7, 2011

Envy of the Envelopes! Make a good first impression!

Hey JUGS fans - it's time for a fabby fun technique challenge brought to you by the Just Us Girls team. I am your hostess so I really hope you enjoy this week's challenge.

This week's challenge is called Envy of the Envies (envelopes that is!) We often put a lot of work into our beautiful card creations then pop them into a plain envelope and send them off. Well, I thought this week it would be fun to put some extra effort into making those first impressions (the envelope) just as special as the card inside.

Here's the 3 part challenge 
  1. Make a card – no specs on this but if you have Gina K stamps we'd LOVE to see them!!
  2. Decorate your envelope to match/coordinate with your card and
  3. Finally, for this challenge we also want you to create a liner for your envelope to coordinate with your card. If you don't know how to make a liner please refer to this tutorial on Stamp TV. Gina K shows you just how to do it!http://stamptv.ning.com/video/lining-your-envelopes
Be sure to show us both your card and your envelope! Here's mine.  In this one you see the front of my envelope decorated to match my card.

My card was made with the FABULOUS stamp set from Gina K called Lovely Labels 2. This set was designed by Nina Brackett and coordinates with Nesties Labels 14, Labels 15 and Labels 16. The stamp images are some of my all time favorites. I inked up the large frame image in Ripe Avocado ink and stamped on Gina K's Pure Luxury Ivory CS then cut it with the largest Nesties 16 die then I inked up one of the smaller curved images, stamped and cut it with one of the Nesties 14 dies. I also stamped the Merci sentiment onto this layer.

The patterned paper is a Gina K digital paper set called Bright and Grungy Dots. I LOVE polka dots so I had to have this paper and it's just lovely. I made my liner from the dots paper too and I was tickled with the results - Looks SO professional and fun!!!

Here's a look at the inside of my card. I wanted the entire card to be coordinated and fun. The swirly image is from the same Lovely Labels 2 stamp set.

Below is a close up of the two stamped images.  The top most layer is popped up on dimensionals over the Labels 16 larger frame image. (I stamped the word Merci in the small frame - Merci is also a sentiment in the set.) Finally I added some ivory lace and a shabby bow made from vintage seam binding from the wonderful Debbie Marcinkiewicz!


One more look...

Now that you've seen mine, please slide on over and visit our Design Team gals  - they have worked hard to bring you some good ideas.  We will be giving away a Gina K stamp set to one lucky randomly selected participant who follows all of the challenge requirements so get stampin' and make a FABULOUS first impression with your awesome envelopes!

Just Us Girls Design Team
Be sure to also stop and visit our Featured Designer for the month... I know she has some wonderful eye candy to share as well! (She's a long time Gina K fan too!!)
Carla Suto


Have a great week. I'll be doing my best to comment on your creations but I'll also be traveling so bear with me if I don't get to you right away. I''ll have limited Internet access.  :-(

Hugs n' smiles,

10 comments:

Debgem said...

Lovely card and envelope - great colours.

Lisa Kind said...

What a beautiful card and matching envie, Pam! I love the monochromatic color too! This was a great challenge and thanks so much for getting Gina to sponsor us! Good luck with the move!

Wendy said...

This is beautiful! I love the ribbon and all the labels together! I hope you had a wicked Christmas holiday with your family and all is well!!!

Carla S. said...

Beautiful card and envie, Pam! Love the colors and stamps you used! That seam binding is gorgeous! Hope your trip is going well!

Anne said...

Very pretty! You used lots of neat stamps on this:) Love the idea of a lined envelope!!

Andrea M said...

What a superb challenge Pam! I often neglect the envelopes - so sad 'cause they make such a gorgeous addition! Your card and envelope are STUNNING!!! What pretty patterned paper and lovely stamps!!! Wonderful work on this one my friend! Safe travels!

Monique said...

So beautiful Pam.. Love this challenge :)

Kathryn B said...

WOW! I do love that stamp set and your card is so classy looking. Pink and green, just love those two colors together. The giant polka dots look amazing on your card and the envelope looks so nice front and back! This was a fun challenge Pam!!

Denise Willerton said...

wow!!!!!love your card and envelope ~ beautiful work TFS ~ have a great trip!

Maria Levine said...

Fabulous Pam! Love what you did, love the color.

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