November 20, 2011

Welcome Baby Mikayla Rae!

We have a new addition to our ever-growing family. My niece Jeanie gave birth to Mikayla Rae on October 29th. Three babies have been born this year in the Beaulieu family. My parents are now great-grandparents to 7 great-grandchildren. We will be traveling to visit this week and hopefully will get a glimpse of all the new babies. Samuel Adam was born on August 15th and I haven't seen him in person yet either!

I made a gift bag using a craft bag I had in my stash that was given to me. I thought I would decorate the bag and create a matching card for Mikayla's gifts:


I kept both projects simple as I also had 2 classes to prepare for. This is the gift bag:


I made a little topper from the 2011-2013 In Color Designer Series Paper in Calypso Coral, to slide through the handles to keep the bag closed. I scored a 9" x 6" piece of DSP in half at 3". I measured using a pencil, the location of the handles and cut a 1/4" wide slot in the score line. I was able to slide the DSP over the handles. By tying two bows on the bottoms of each handle, the topper stays in place:



The bottom of the topper was punched using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

The stamped image is from a single stamp from the "A la Carte" selections on pages 18-20 of the Idea Book & Catalog. If you are new to stamping, this is a great way to purchase single stamps. This one is called "Bringing Baby" and inked with StazOn Jet Black Ink and I used a Blender Pen and Watercolor Crayons to add color:

I stamped the sentiment from Friendly Phrases in StazOn Jet Black Ink and cut the ends to look like a banner. Both layers are topped over Pool Party Cardstock. Below is a diagram I created to show you how I cut the hole for the topper:

I created the card with the same supplies to match the gift bag:

What I truly love about Stampin' Up! is all the coordinating supplies our catalog carries. Notice how the 3/8" Ruffled Pool Party Ribbon matches the Pool Party Cardstock? Perfect match!

Again, I colored the stamped image using a Blender Pen and Watercolor Crayons. It's hard to capture in the photo but the stork is detailed in "pink" and the whole image is outlined in a light blue color to make it "pop":

Project supplies:
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party
  • DSP: In Color Pattern Paper Pack (Calypso Coral)
  • Inks: StazOn Jet Black, Watercolor Crayons
  • Tools: Blender Pen, Scallop Trim Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch
  • Accessories: 3/8" Ruffled Pool Party Ribbon
  • Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Friendly Phrases, Bringing Baby
This is a photo of Mikayla Rae that was taken on her way home from the hospital. I couldn't believe my niece Jeanie delivered one day and home the next, unbelievable:



This is a photo of Samuel Adam that my niece Amy posted from the hospital on the day he was born. What a cutie he is:



Happy Stampin'!