I am just giddy, I am so excited at how this turned out!! For many reasons... first of all it is a gift for someone, but I am also submitting this project for the DT call over at the JUGS challenge blog. You can view the DT Call here. Even if you choose not to submit for the call, I highly recommend their weekly challenges (posted every Saturday)... they truely rock!!! ok, back to business, lol. So I needed to come up with a little "Thank You" giftie something for a gal at work, and one idea lead to another and Voila! I ended up with this...
As soon as I saw this tote from Lauren at My Time, I knew it would be great fun to make.. and the ideas of what to put in it are endless! I loved the gardening ideas I'd seen, but I wanted to do something a little different so I made some Blackberry and Strawberry syrups (for waffles, French Toast, Ice Cream, etc.). I will also be including some recipe cards for a few French Toast and Home made ice cream recipes I have (the cards will go in the gap area in the tote). The cards will match the Recipe Box I made for her for Christmas. To decorate the jars I printed out the syrup names, then punched them out and sponged them before adhering them to my "labels" (stamped from the Lovely Labels stamp set). Then I tied a little ribbon around the lid, covering the knot with a button. The little flower on the label is from the Rambling Rose Pretty Pieces from Lauren, My Time Made Easy. The labels are just adhered with some glue dots so that she can easily remove them before she puts the jars in the fridge.
I took the Rambling Rose set and just cut the whole set out about 4 times (twice each on 2 different papers), then I just picked pieces to put together on the various places on this project (see there is another just a little larger on the corner of the tote...with a button center). The large flower on the Tote handle uses all of the pieces, and I used a Corduroy brad for the center.
And last, but certainly not least, here is the card. The sketch for the card was part of the DT Submisson requirements (you can see that post here). I wanted my card to coordinate with the gift, but not to look exactly the same, so I pulled some different paper from the same line that I used for the Tote. I also pulled in the gold brads, and added a little gold cording to the button just so the brads didn't look totally out of place. This was so much fun to make, I can see me making MANY of these totes in the future!
Stamps: sentiment from Fairy Tales (PTI), "Fun" Borders (JustRite Stamps) Paper: Lemonade (Basic Gray), Wine with Everything cs (Gina K), So Saffron (SU), White (PTI) Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Victorian Velvet Distress (Ranger) Accessories: Trendy Tool Tote template (My Time Made Easy), Rambling Rose cut file (My Time Made Easy), So Saffron ribbon (SU), Yellow Corduroy Brad (SU), Sweet Blush Button (PTI), Brads (Basic Gray), Circle Nesties, Scalloped Circle nesties
Stamps: Lovely Labels (by Nina Brackett for Gina K) Paper: Lemonade (Basic Gray), White cs (PTI) Ink: Victorian Velvet Distress (Ranger) Accessories: Rambling Rose Cut File (My Time Made Easy), Oval punch, Razzleberry Ribbon (SU), Labels 8 Nesties, Gold brads, Lemon Tart Button (PTI), Twine
Stamps: Everyday Thanks (Paper Makeup Stamps) Paper: Lemonade (Basic Gray), Wine with Everything (Gina K), White cs (PTI), So Saffron (SU) Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Antique Linen Distress (Ranger) Accessories: Labels 3 and Oval nesties, White Satin ribbon (PTI), Sweet Blush Button (PTI), Gold Cording, Gold Brads, Dew Drops