February 25, 2010

Ode to Maile ~ PTI Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my humble yet passionate blog :)  This is my first ever PTI blog hop post so I am a little nervous and excited! I like meeting new friends with the same love for paper and hope you will leave a constructive comment for me. This months challenge was to recreate a project made by one of the several wonderful and talented PTI design team members.  I chose Maile Belles.  I've been following her blog since I started my blog this past summer. At the time she only had 28 followers and she wasn't apart of any design team. She's come a long way in such a short time.  Congrats Maile!!!  I have always admired her graceful style, her french knots and I have been awed by what she can do with a stamp! Just call her the Grace Kelly of stamping.
During the  PTI anniversary celebrations and February's stamp unveiling she showed off a really cute crafty kit with a matching card to give to a friend. I really loved the concept, mainly because I would love to be given such a gift and love things to be 'matchy'. I decided to recreate it as a gift for my six year old daughter.  She loves to do crafty things so I thought wouldn't it be great for her to have her own little kit to make Valentines cards next year?  It's got everything I think I little girl would want; beads, buttons, felt, flowers, stamps, ribbon, and paper! (Pictured at the top)

The challenging part of this project, I found, was not to mimic Maile's style too closely and to put in my own touches. I think I did that using one of my favourite bright colours (Red) and adding some pattern paper to my card.  Maile doesn't use a lot of designer paper, mainly because she's so good at stamping her own designs.  But me, I like to collect all kinds of paper.  If I'm inspired by it, I buy it!  I have boxes of it and would feel guilty if I didn't use it.

Some hand stitching was added to the top of the border punched edge for another personal touch. I also took the time to decorate the inside, incorporating the polkadots and taking the opportunity to tell my lovely little girl how much I love her.  For a closer look just click on the pictures. I hope that I've done justice to Maile's inspiration and made her proud :)

Thanks so much for popping by and helping me to share my passion 4 paper!  Be sure to check out the rest of the PTI design team.  They all have their own unique style and I'm so thankful to have been introduced to them this past September!  I also have a list of inspiring blogs on my sidebar.  Happy crafting!

Paper:  Real Red, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sending Love dsp
Ink: Choclate Chip, Real Red
Accessories:  Making memories paper flowers, Pure Poppy buttons (PTI), Pink cord buttons, linen thread, pink cotton floss, red rhinestones, scallop trim border punch, ticket corner punch, large corner rounder punch.
Stamps (All PTI):  Mixed messages (LOVE), Everyday button bits (All things grow), Signature Greetings, Polka dot basics.

44 comments:

  1. These are so pretty!! I love the colors you used!! Red & kraft go together so well! Great job with the challenge!

    ♥Lea

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  2. Love those colors...big fan of brown and red/pink! :)

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  3. Great project, so very well executed!

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  4. How clever is this!?! I'm sure your daughter will absolutely love this kit.

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  5. What a wonderful idea! You did a fantastic job with this!

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  6. This is absolutely adorable! Such a fabulous gift set, too- your daughter is sure to love it!

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  7. This is so pretty - will case that idea :-) Your colors are gorgeous!

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  8. SOOO beautiful -- great idea & I'm sure she'll be thrilled!!!

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  9. Just beautiful! Your friend is lucky ;)

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  10. Your daughter will love this kit! Super cute.

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  11. What an awesome gift for your daughter! You did an awesome job!!

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  12. What a fun set!! You really went all out...love how you show a made card...this is a fantastic gift!!

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  13. I love that you continued your design on the inside of the card. I rarely think to do that even though I love the way it looks when someone else does it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

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  14. Lovely! And the inside design is really special.

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  15. Who wouldn't love to get that crafty gift?! Your card is adorable, and I love that soft flower embellie!

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  16. Great set and card. LOVE THEM BOTH....... and I love the colors that you used!!

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  17. What a cute project! Your daughter will LOVE it :-)

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  18. Congratulations on your first blog hop! I am a newbie too and hope to see at may more to come. Lovely is the word for your assemble. The colors are awesome (I am a firm advocate of kraft! and I love red too). I can't wait to discover more treasures on your blog later.

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  19. Wow! Anyone would be very happy to receive such a wonderful kit and card! It's amazing! ♥♥ Kay

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  20. What a great little kit! So many fun elements! I like how you used Dawn's signature greetings set. Sweet sentiments for your daughter!

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  21. Happy first blog hopping, I like the color scheme!

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  22. Welcome to your first blog hop! Great colors and wonderful project!

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  23. What a fun project! Your daughter is going to love it! Congrats on your first blog hop!

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  24. What a cute little kit for your daughter. And a beautiful heartfelt card, too. Great job on your first blog hop!

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  25. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift for your daughter. Your card is wonderful tribute to Maile.

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  26. What a nice gift - I'm sure she'll treasure it!! Great card - love the polka dots!

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  27. Glad you were able to join us this time. What a great gift. I am sure your dd will love it. Nice job on the card too!

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  28. Beautiful card! I love the color choices you made.

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  29. This is a wonderful gift for your daughter!! I'm sure she LOVES it! This was my first hop too- soooo fun & such great inspiration! :)

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  30. This is sooo awesome!! I need to try this one day!!

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  31. Your card is fabulous! I love the background stamping and how you leave space at the top for the sentiment...and finish the sentiment with the flower.

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  32. I loved that prject by Maile too! Yours is soooo nice too! I hope your daughter just loves it!

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  33. This kit is so pretty ! How beautiful that you can share your love of crafting with your daughter

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  34. Fabulous card!! You are too cute with your comment about having to leave the room during the OT in the hockey game. I scared the cat silly with my cheering LOL! My kids were even telling me not to yell so much. Talk about a nail biter!! SO glad they won! Can only imagine the atmosphere in the arena!! Still on an Olympic high LOL! Hope Canadians can keep this level of pride and patriotism going forward because it was simply amazing to be in the middle of downtown Vancouver and feel it.

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