Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Practical Gift for your Man

Hampton Art design team member Vivian Keh, has a great project to share with you today for the special guy in your life.  Enjoy!

So my man and I make a great pair for many reasons. One reason we jive is that our individual strengths lie at diametrically opposed ends of the spectrum of human abilities! Of course that means that occasionally I have no idea what he's talking about and vice versa. But it also means we can help each other grow in profound ways. I was pleasantly surprised recently when my beloved made a request of me. A CRAFTY request, at that! He wanted a bookmark so that he could keep his place in his computer programming TOME. You couldn't pay me to read this type of material, but that's beside the point.


For functional reasons, I couldn't add the dimension I normally do. So I decided to go casual and very cute - something that would remind him how much I adore him. I immediately reached for my Hampton Art/Doodlebug SC0474 Stamp Set as I knew it would do just the trick.

                                               Hampton Art/ Doodlebug SC0474

Isn't it ADORBZ? Normally, my projects involve a ton of fussing, arranging, and/or altering. But it was so refreshing to venture into CAS (Clean and Simple) territory and then to find myself actually pleased with the results.

This little heart patch shown below is the first stamp in the set that I noticed and one that I just had to have - so simple and super cute!

First Bookmark

I stamped with a red pigment ink and then heat embossed with a clear embossing powder. I cut out the square shapes, sanded the edges a bit, then adhered the pieces to cardstock tags that I had die-cut. To up the cuteness factor, I did some faux stitching with a white gel pen. Then I cut out several lengths of twine and knotted them through the hole at the top.

I made my beloved another bookmark using a wonderful sentiment that came in the set, filling in the heart using red acrylic paint.

Second Bookmark

Such truth in that sentiment! Repurpose your tags as practical bookmarks for your man! I think they'd make great gifts for teachers, as well. It was an honor to visit with you here, folks. Until next time!

Cardstock: White and Kraft - Recollections, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Stamps: Hampton Art/Doodlebug SC0474 Stamp Set
Ink: Cranberry and Frost White Pigment Ink - Clearsnap
Embossing Powder - Ranger
Die: Tag, Layered - Sizzix
White Gel Pen - American Crafts
Red Acrylic Paint - Jenni Bowlin
Twine - Cappucino, The Twinery

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