Thursday, February 2, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: February Kit Reveal + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

The Hop:
Welcome to Paper Made Bakery's February release blog hop! If you've just arrived from Ryann's site, then you came to the right place. If you would like to start from the beginning, please hop on over to Paper Made Bakery's blog. If you are lost, this the blog hop order:

Paper Made Bakery
Stephanie
Savannah
Ryann
Michelle (←you are here)
Lisa
Ashley

Here is my creation for the blog hop, called, "A Penny for your Thoughts."

A Penny for your Thoughts card

The Kit:
I would like to introduce you to Paper Made Bakery's Fresh Baked February kit! I had the pleasure of receiving this kit early and working with the contents. I have to say it was deliciously good!

Paper Made Bakery's February Kit
Everything is perfectly coordinated with the base set of 10 notecards and envelopes. I didn't have to spend time and energy assembling my own materials, but instead could focus on just utilizing them. It actually helped me be more creative. I can't wait to show you my four projects this month! Look for me each Wednesday as each designer has their own day of the week for a reveal.
Unopened Splendor
If you would like to order a kit before they are all snatched up, please visit here.


The Process:
I went to bed one night thinking about what to make from the kit. I woke up with numerous ideas and quickly sketched them out in my notebook. Later I digitally recreated one of them in Adobe Photoshop. 

My Card Sketch

I was inspired by the branch in the Avocado Arts stamp set and thought three hanging hearts would be cute for a Valentine's Day card. I stamped the branch on white cardstock, but thought it looked a bit stark. I stippled on some ink using a dry brush and changed up the background color.

Changing the cardstock color
But sometimes an idea takes on a life of its own. I decided to change the hearts into coins. That way, if the recipient doesn't like the card, they would at least have 16¢ in their hands.

Dangling Coins
I wanted a way to attach the coins to the branch so I handstitched lines using the twine that is included in the kit. It is much coarser than stitching with floss, but it gives a more rustic look. 

Stitching with Twine
I matched each coin with lyrics from the 1982  Tavares song, "A Penny for your Thoughts" for the sentiment. 

Matching Sentiment
The Giveaway:
There is a prize to be given by Paper Made Bakery to one lucky participant. Here are the different ways you can win:

1. Comment on each blog with an original comment.  The more you comment, the better chance of winning!  
2. Share this hop on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or in an email.  
3. Be sure to comment on Paper Made Bakery's Facebook wall and let us know you've shared.  Deadline is Sunday, February 5, 2012.

Good luck to all! Your next stop is Lisa's blog.

Thanks for hoppin' by,

39 comments:

Annette said...

what a cute kit...your card is so awesome and creative...love it

Miriam Prantner said...

This is so stinking cute! I love it when creativity kind of takes over and an idea just flows out of you like that. Great card!

Casey said...

This is so clever! I really love the creativity that you put into this! So many great ideas!

Kim Y. said...

Oh my gosh! I love love this! How creativ is this??!!! I've never thought of using coins on my card! So inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER fun! I love the idea of hanging things from that vine/branch! LOOOOOVE your inking technique too! FAB JOB!

Angie Blom said...

Awesome.. love this card. what a fun way to use that branch an sentiment!

Ryann Salamon said...

Super fun and cute card, Michelle! I love the coin poem - adorable!

Laura said...

That branch is really cute and the flags at the bottom are nice. Thanks for sharing.

Susan W. said...

I like the way you used the coins. I really like the sentiment.

sharon g said...

I LOVE to see original, amazing ideas. Thanks!

B. Poteraj said...

The stitching looks great on your card. It adds a lot.

Shannon Fralish said...

Wow Michelle! This is card is fantastic and uses the new Fresh Baked Kit's products in fun new ways! You are an original and I love it!! Thanks for sharing...

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

What a super cute idea! I love that sketch! We should use it for a challenge on the PMB blog!

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, what a sweet card! I love how you used your new kit, and your coin theme is so creative! (FAB sketch too!)

ghsmcclure said...

The cuteness of your card is exceeded only by your awesomeness. Even if you are my wife, the sentiment stands!

Amanda said...

So clever! I never would have thought of using real money on a card!

soapHOUSEmama said...

what a fun card!

Becky said...

Such a great card! Like the inking technique you used. Going to have to try that sketch!

MB Isaac said...

very cute! I never thought of sketching beforehand - I usually just create as I go.

Thanks for the idea!

Rania K said...

So smart idea! Thanks for sharing!!

StacyC said...

Cute card, love how you used the money....

~amy~ said...

How wonderfully creative!!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

so very creative and cute michelle!!! totally love it.

Laura Jane said...

LOVE the penny for your thought sentiment!..I have never heard the NICKEL or DIME part.

Scrapalajen aka Jen said...

Love the penny for thoughts card! Its very sweet and the quick tutorial.

Nicole said...

Girl I love this card, all the detail is great. Using real money on the card ( LOVE IT). Love your blog too

Mary-Anne V said...

Your card is so cute...love the coin idea...thanks for sharing.

Debbie Fabanish said...

Hi Michelle! Your project and tutorial are terrific! I love the branch stamp and your card sketch.

Kris Chirhart said...

What a clever idea!! Great card using that fun kit!!

lady strawberry said...

This is so perfect! I LOVE using song lyrics on cards...this is just great!!

kristie k said...

Sooo cute, but then again I am a huge sucker for trees branches and the like! Cannot wait to get this kit and try out this card!

Dotchie said...

So creative. I love your writing in the lyrics.

Reny said...

Oh my goodness! Love the stitching on this card. And such bright colors. Beautiful!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Such a fun and creative card love it and i love the sketch!!!!

A. Doll's Garden said...

I really enjoyed the way you explained (and showed) the steps in your process. Awesome work!

Steph said...

Your card is beautiful! I love the sentiment you used!

Natasha G.P. said...

I just noticed your background. Very nice.

Micah G. said...

This reminds me of the cards my grandparents used to give me. They had various coins stuck into carved out areas. I loved it.

Jennie P. said...

I really love that you used real coins. I haven't seen that done in scrapbooking before.

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