Thursday, January 27, 2011

Valentine Exchange with Mish Mash

Hello and happy Thursday!  I recently had an opportunity to take part in a fun little blogger "exchange."  Some of you may know of Michelle Wooderson, of the blog Mish Mash.  She recently put together a delightful little kit of goodies (10 kits, actually), and put them in her Etsy shop with the idea that whoever bought them would send her a picture of the Valentine project(s) they made with the kit.  She would then post everyone's projects on her blog, in a sort of Valentine's "virtual exchange" of inspirational ideas.  I've been stalking her shop for ages and decided to jump in and make a purchase in order to take part in this fun little project.

The post with everyone's projects is HERE.  Mish has given the participants until February 10th to post.  These little pics at right show the kit ingredients and a picture of how the kit was packaged - in a bag with ribbon and punched paper that are all also very usable!  Although my card is made up of mostly items from the kit, I still had lots of little goodies left.  But first things first....

For the card above, I stamped the adorable kids from the Rogue Redhead Designs Relish Reading plate, colored them with Copics, and cut them out.  I used the heart doily from the kit and laced it through with the seam binding that tied the kit shut.  For the rest of the card, I started with a kraft base, then stitched on blue colored kraft paper from The Paper Temptress.  (This stuff is really neat... it's like paper bag paper, colored on one side, and you can use sandpaper to distress off the color and make it nice and shabby.)  I stamped on a scroll design with Versamark, but it's hard to see in the photo.  I also used the strip of patterned paper provided in the kit.  Embellishments include a fabric yo-yo, tag (which I distressed with Old Paper Distress Ink and stamped with the Love sentiment), button, and baker's twine, all from the kit.
I still had lots of little goodies left.  Here's a little pic of another project I made - a treat bag - using the glassine envelope, the gathered crepe paper, the heart punched paper, the white embossed heart, and the clothespin from the kit.  And I still have some ledger labels, a pink gift sack (that the kit came in), and a patterned paper heart left over for another project. 

This was a fun, affordable way to get a little inspiration from an outside source, without committing to anything big.  Great way to stoke the old mojo!  

12 comments:

Lynn Stevens said...

Wow Jean she really packed a lot of stuff in the package, and your Valentine treats are real Eye candy!
Sweet!

craftattack said...

Some great ideas anda wonderful little bag of inspiration!

Shar said...

Stunning use of your kit! I love the denimy feel of the background paper and framing those cuties in a heart is an awesome idea!

Terry said...

Very creative ideas! Love your adorable Valentine's Day card! Here is a new online group you might be interested in http://bellacreations.ning.com/ Have a great day!

Linda R. said...

Sounds like alot of fun!! You card is beautiful.. And I love how you dressed up those treats..

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Hugs, Linda

Netty said...

Sounds like a fab kit and loving your makes. Annette x

carole-ish said...

GORGEOUS!!!

Danielle said...

Such a pretty card and I love how you stamped on the clothespin. I have to agree with you on the kit. It was a great way to get the juices flowing without a big commitment. I still have extras left to create something else.

Anne said...

Hi just popping by from Mish Mash site. Your card is beautiful.
AOK

Lori said...

Wowza, fantastic creation with what you were given! That's always a great way to challenge yourself. Well done! Love that blue paper, too!

Claudia said...

Wow, gorgeous work, love it!!!

Mary said...

Your card is sweet :) It's been fun seeing what everyone does with basically the same items!