Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Fond Farewell

Hi friends!  This is Ashley from Heart Hugs Designs here to share a farewell with you today.  Today, we are saying farewell to the Tea for Two Kit since tomorrow there will be a BRAND NEW kit available.  And a couple of us design team girls are also saying goodbye but have no fear, the new team that PMB has lined up for you is spectacular!

For my last post, I've made a shaped card with the Tea for Two kit.  I just used some of my Nesties to cut this shape out.  I used one of the fun cardboard buttons and the last tiny bit of my ribbon for the flower center.  And then I added a sentiment from the sticker sheet.  I believe there are a couple more kits left so HURRY and grab yours!
I want to thank Shannon for having me on the team and my team mates who have been amazing to work with.  And I send my love and all the best to the returning and new members of the design team, I know they are going to give you so much inspiration!  Come back tomorrow for the August release hop!  

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Afternoon delight

Happy Monday!!! 
It's Stephanie here with my last post it's a sad goodbye for me!!!
I soo enjoyed working with Shannon and having this amazing opportunity to work with these fabulous kits!!!
For my project today I decided to take out the cameo and make this sweet box for a little treat
inside is a tea bag but this would be so fun for favors or candy the possibilities are endless!! I then just did a little decorating with the pattern paper from the Tea For Two kit and added some twine to close the box up so fun!!!
Thank You Shannon so much for letting me share my projects using these great kits and i cannot wait to see whats to come for Paper Made Bakery!!!!
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Trust in Kindness

Happy Sunday, PMB friends!  Ryann here with my last post using the Tea for Two kit, and my last post as a PMB design team member!  It's been such a blast working for PMB and the rest of the DT.  I can't wait to see what the new team has in store for us!  :)

For my last card, I kept things fairly simple.  I used one of the Cosmo Cricket element deck pieces as the main image on my card.  I also used one of the inspirational sayings included in the kit along with some of the yummy chevron ribbon.  I soooo love this ribbon and was tickled to have two different colors of it included in the kit!!

There is still a couple days left to buy your Tea for Two kit.  You can find all the details about it HERE.

Have a fabulous Sunday and a fabulous week!  We'll see you here again tomorrow!  So long :)

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Filled with LOVE...

It has been another fabulous month with
July's Fresh Baked Kit

With the fun tea theme,
I just had to create a little gift to go with a thank you.

I used one piece of swiss dots cardstock to make both the secret gift and notecard.  Then used a bunch of scraps, the Afternoon Delight stamp set, trim, element deck and stickers to decorate them both.  Just a super sweet little gift.

This is the back of the gift holder.  The chipboard button is the perfect closure.  The flap settles in perfectly behind it to keep it closed.

Once opened, it reveals the little tea bag included. 
It could also easily hold a gift card too. 
Too sweet.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

2 cards with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here with my very last post as a PMB DT. It has been an honor to work with the PMB team and ShannonShannon actually sent me this wonderful card a couple of weeks ago. She used several items from the PMB July kit for my card. LOVE it!!! 
Here is a picture of the PMB July kit,  Tea 4 Two-- be sure to get your kit HERE! The stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop were created especially for this kit! There are papers, tags, and stickers from Cosmo Cricket!! 

I made two cards using my leftovers from the PMB July kit. I love how many creations you can make using these kits. For my first card, I made a simple encouragement card for my Aunt. I know she will be receiving lots of sympathy cards during this difficult time, so I wanted to make something special for her for later. It's always nice to know that you and the one you lost are still being prayed for and thought of. I plan on sending this card during November (her son's birthday month). Thank you to all who prayed for my family this past week. It has been extremely tough, but we have been held in your prayers and God's love. 
For my second card, I decided to make another sympathy card for my family using the PMB July kit. The papers are just perfect for "thinking of you" cards and designs. I just looooooooove this card. I love the ruffles and the fussy cut flowers. I know this will be cherished forever. 
That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the following deals and happenings with Paper Made Bakery
  • Baker's Dozen-- Check out all the details HERE
  • Classes near the San Diego area--Check out the schedule HERE.
  • Be sure to stop by the PMB blog daily--the NEW PMB DT will be sharing their August kit creations soon!!! 
THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

How I Spent My Summer, Part 1

About 10 years ago my mother took my sister and I on an autumn vacation to Cape Cod.  I'm a native Californian, used to hot "Indian summers", so was curious to see the famous turning of the leaves, the beach cottages and everything else you've heard about Cape Cod.  Naturally, what you've heard is true...Cape Cod is picturesque, filled with quaint towns, good food, and I always enjoy the sense of Americana I get when visiting.  So, 10 years later, this is my mother's and my summer vacation destination -- the place we go to rejuvenate after a long year of working in an office or, in her case, being retired!

The most iconic symbol of Cape Cod, for me, is the hydrangea.  These gorgeous flowers are absolutely everywhere on the Cape and come in the most beautiful shades of pinks, blues and even purples.  This photo was taken last week as we arrived on Cape and stopped in Sandwich, MA - one of the most quintessential Cape Cod towns you'll ever love to visit.  This is in front of The Painted Lady bed and breakfast, and was taken with Instagram.  Seriously, have you ever seen a flower as vibrantly purple as this one?  Me either!

Along with the eye candy I enjoy while visiting Cape Cod, I'll admit here and now that another favorite activity is indulging in delicious food.  While in Sandwich, we made our pilgrimage to Beth's Special Teas on Jarves Street to partake in a delectable cream puff and a cup of Paris tea. Taking cues from these lovely flowers and delicious tea time goodies as my inspiration, along with the supplies from my Tea For Two Fresh Baked Kit, I created a small hostess/gift card holder.  I placed a tea bag into this one, but a gift card also fits inside.  

I used Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White, my all-time favorite for coloring with Copic markers, for the actual folded card and the two white panels with stamped images (interior and exterior; see below).  The folded card is 3.75" x 7"; scored at 1.5" and 4.25".

You'll need to cut two each of the following:
Bottom Layer = 2.5" x 3.5" (red patterned paper)
Middle Layer = 2.25" x 3.25" (Basis 80# Cover, Light Blue)
Top Layer = 2" x 3" (Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White)

Stamp the image of your choice onto the top layer (white) and color in with Copic markers.  This hydrangea stamp is by Hero Arts.  There's also a small strip of light blue card stock that I used on the inside and it's 1.375" x 3.5".  The scalloped border in red patterned paper is 3.75" x 1" and then punched with a Martha Stewart scalloped border punch.  (Note: I didn't end up using the Happy Birthday sentiment stamp).  I used Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and Distress Ink in Antique Linen, along with a sponge dauber, to give the edges a stained look.
Here are the colors of Copic markers I used:
And here's what the backside of one of the Neenah Classic Crest panels looks like after it's colored with Copics:
It looks "bad" or "wrong" to have pens bleed through, but that's actually absolutely right in the case of Copic markers and good paper!

After I finished coloring, I mounted the bottom, middle and top layers with a tape runner (ATG) and then adhered the front over an 18" length of authentic baker's twine.
I mounted the three layers for the inside the same way, and added the light blue card stock strip and scalloped border to the pocket that's formed when you staple the small flap down using a Tiny Attacher (really small stapler by Tim Holtz).
I added a really tiny punched butterfly with two tiny half pearls as an embellishment to the pocket.  You can also see that I used Antique Linen Distress Ink and a sponge dauber to "antique" the project.  I liked the vintage feel it gave and I thought it went well with the "old fashioned" hydrangea.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

For a Berry Special Occasion

The Reveal
Hello, PMB friends, this is Michelle here today with my last reveal for this month's Tea for Two kit. I wanted to find a way to showcase all the fabulous designs in Cosmo Cricket's mini deck and use up my accumulated scraps from the month. I made an upside down matchbook fold card with a strawberry shaped window. I was thinking of adding a sentiment later, along the lines of, "For a berry special girl on her birthday" or whatever occasion I had a need for a card. It is convenient to have a general card handy when you don't have time to make a specific card.

Exterior of Card

Interior of Card

The Inspiration
I was having lunch with my family and noticed the strawberry design on my niece's shirt. I thought it was scrap-worthy so I took a picture of her. Later I imported the photo into Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and created a cut file from the strawberry on her shirt. You can find inspiration all around, so just be ready when a spark hits. 
Strawberry Inspiration
If you'd like the cut file, I've included it here:
Downloadable File: Strawberry Silhouette Cut File

The Details
I cut out the strawberry window on the front of the card using my Silhouette Cameo. I traced the strawberry image onto the interior of the card. I simulated the fabric strips on the strawberry by cutting out strips from my patterned paper scraps. I even used those out of vogue decorative edgers on some of the strips. At this point, you can machine stitch over the top of some of the strips or around the strawberry window like on the shirt. I forgot to do this step, so I just hand drew in the stitching line on the front of the card with a red pen. 

I cut out some leaves for the top and adhered it over the strips. At this point, the card looks kind of messy, but do not despair. I cut out another strawberry window in red cardstock and placed it over the strips, making sure it aligned with the front of the card. This will give the random strips the shape of the strawberry again. Since I changed the color of the interior, I had to cut another window for the other panel of the interior, so both panels would be red. 

I hole punched the top and tied some red & white twine along with the flower stick pin for a finishing touch.

I hope you enjoyed all the Two a Tea projects that have been and will be shown this month. Make sure you come back on August 1st, for the new DT's August reveal and blog hop. 

Thanks so much for stoppin' by PMB today!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tea for Two Birthday

Hi friends!  It's Ashley from Heart Hugs Designs here to share a card with you today.  I am loving this Tea for Two kit!  I wanted to make a card for my son's friend who is having a birthday.  The images in the element pack are super sweet and perfect for little girls!

Here's my card for the birthday girl.  I decided to do something different and cut the image out of the tag from the element tag.  I just wanted something a little smaller to work with.  I did use some punches and a sentiment from my stash on this card but everything else is from the kit.
Have a wonderful day!  
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Monday, July 23, 2012

To Trust

Hey everyone
 happy Monday it's Stephanie here to share another CAS card using Tea For Two kit.
I love when a card comes together so quickly and these kits make it so easy to put together some fun quick cards and I just love that. For my card I did some fun layering with my dies love the look always adds a great touch to your cards without alot of effort the sentiment is from the stickers that were provided in the kit which are awesome and then to finish my card I added a bow.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!!!!
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Believe In Yourself

Happy Sunday, PMB friends!  Ryann here with CAS (Clean and Simple) project to share with you today.  I don't know about you, but I love the mixed media pieces I've seen pop up here and there around the internet lately.  The style seems to very popular these days and more and more companies are making stuff to use in mixed media projects.  While my project isn't very "mixed", I wanted to show you that you could easily start your mixed media pieces using a Paper Made Bakery Kit!

This particular project is 6x6 and uses a variety of the Cosmo Cricket patterned papers in addition to the stickers in the kit.  I used some distress ink on the swiss dot cardstock (also in the kit) but overall it's a very straightforward piece.  Imagine what you could do with some paint, distress ink and maybe some of those cute images in the stamp set from the Tea for Two kit!  The possibilities are truly endless!!

Thanks for stopping by the PMB blog for another slice of inspiration!  Be sure to come back and visit us again tomorrow!  :)

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mirror Stamping Experiment {video}

Hello PMB friends.

 Lisa here to share another fun card and video using the

Do you see the teapot stamp in the adorable Afternoon Delight Sweet Stamp Shop set?  It is facing left and that just wasn't working for the tag I wanted to use also included in the kit.  What to do, what to do?  I sure wished I could flip it so it would face to the right.  Like this...

I'll just use something to create the mirror image to make my little teapot to face the opposite direction.  I ended up using a solid clear stamp, slow-drying ink and a Copic Marker to fill in the transfer lines.  I'm pretty happy with the end result and my teapot can pour some love into that sweet tea cup on the label I wanted to use.

Mirror stamping... genius concept!  I have never done it before and thought I would share my experiment with different types of transfer mediums and inks.  There are quite a few bumps along the way, but I think you'll find a few tips helpful in the video.
Hope it inspires you to try mirror stamping. 

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Friday, July 20, 2012

A Sympathy card with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here to share another card using the Paper Made Bakery  July kitTea 4 Two

Here is a picture of the PMB July kit,  Tea 4 Two-- be sure to get your kit HERE! The stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop were created especially for this kit! There are papers, tags, and stickers from Cosmo Cricket!! AWESOME!

Unfortunately, I needed to make a sympathy card for a family member yesterday. I thought the PMB July kit papers would be perfect for my special card. I love the simple design and the pop of red from that twine and sentiment. I also love that the Cosmo Cricket papers in this kit are perfect for making your own brads. **If you could, please keep my family in prayers. THANK YOU!
That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the following deals and happenings with Paper Made Bakery
  • Baker's Dozen-- Check out all the details HERE
  • Classes near the San Diego area--Check out the schedule HERE.
THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Designing Women

It's bittersweet that we bid ado to Ashley Nguyen Newell, Stephanie Muzzulin, Ryann Salamon and Savannah O'Gwynn, but we're definitely not saying "good bye"!  I know we'll see them again soon...in some familiar place, with some out-of-this-world paper crafting project, accepting some sort of fabulous recognition for their awesome creativity!  I want to thank each and every member of our inaugural design team for their outstanding work, their enthusiasm and, well, their creative genius!!  It's been such a pleasure working with these women -- I've learned so much and Paper Made Bakery's grown by leaps and bounds -- due to the pleasure each and every one of us gets when we gaze upon these ladies' uniquely creative work every day.
Thank you - Mahalo - Merci - Gracias!

Now, I know you've been looking forward to this as much as I have, so without further ado, I introduce to you Paper Made Bakery's NEW Design Team!

ALICIA Thelin lives in Herriman, UT.  Her three teenage kids and loving husband support her creative efforts day in and day out.  She's formerly an in-house concept artist for Stampin' Up!, and besides stamping and paper crafts, Alicia loves to bake, sew, paint and refurbish trash to treasure.  And while she'd secretly love her scrap-office to be neat and tidy, Alicia would much rather be happily ensconced in a creative mess!

AMY Tsuruta lives in Maple Valley, WA.  She's the proud mother of two lovely kids and is engaged to "thee most spectacular guy" who supports her crafting obsession.  She works full-time for a design firm in Seattle, has been blogging since 2007, and absolutely loves being part of this crafting community.  Amy loves to inspire and BE inspired!

JENNIFER Cuthbertson lives in San Francisco, CA.  Jen's always been creative.  She started stamping in 2009, blogging that same spring, and she's never looked back!  Jen, her husband Glen, and cat Yoda will soon be new homeowners.  When Jen's not working in information security or stamping away, you'll likely find her at a Giants baseball game, playing video games, shopping or traveling this wonderful world.  She's excited to be a part of our talented Paper Made Bakery Design Team and looks forward to even more adventures in paper crafts!

LISA Arana lives in Arizona.  She's returning to the Paper Made Bakery Design Team for a second term.  Lisa's husband and adorable rescue dogs support her love of paper crafting, and Lisa feels blessed to have served on several wonderful design teams, create fun and informative videos, and to have had her work published many times over the last few years.  While her default style is clean and simple, she loves to step outside her comfort zone and try new things.  Lisa's excited to begin sharing her next batch of Fresh Baked Kits with you!

MICHELLE McClure lives in Temple City, CA.  She returns to us for another term on the PMB Design Team.  She and her husband have two dogs, and Michelle is currently focusing on designing and creating new projects after several years as an elementary school teacher.  She's loved scrapbooking as long as she can remember, creating her own Smash-type notebooks as a kid.  Michelle loves to learn and share new techniques in fun and whimsical ways.

WIDA Miller lives in Highlands Ranch, CO.  Wida's a wife, mother of four and a nurse practitioner.  Her love of design, card making and being a "challenge junkie" ensure her creations are absolutely gorgeous, and we're thrilled she shared them on the blog she created as a gift to herself on New Year's Day!  Wida's also a Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Top 15 winner.  Now she'll share her spot-on design and card making flare with our Fresh Baked Kits, so look for her inspiration and videos here at Paper Made Bakery!

This new team begins in August, so please help me welcome these fabulous women to Paper Made Bakery!
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