Monday, January 21, 2008

Chattin' It Up (Warning: MONDO post! )



Some of you probably wondered where the heck I have been for the last few days! Well.... here's what I was up to! Chatting it up with my cell and diggin' on the cute little case! When I saw this set, I thought of my 14-year-old neice right away. She is never without her cell and, I am pretty sure she can text in her pocket without even looking at the keys. HUH? Yes, it is a generational thing.

Anywho, I thought, wouldn't it be fun to make a card set with different expressions and then make a card holder to look like a cell phone case? So, I went to town. I just bought this matching dp and thought this would be the perfect project for it! I started by making the cards - they are a tad bit smaller than the norm - 3.5" by 4.75". I have these envies that are, I think, the RSVP size for weddings so, I wanted to use some of them up with this project. In the big picture, you can see I used the little flowers from Gina K's Text Message Set to deck out the envelopes!

Card #1



With all of these cards, I just mixed up the background with the different decorative papers. On this one, I took the leftover curve from the cell case and just sewed it on over a strip of paper that I had punched with the Stampin' Up Spiral punch. I stamped the flowers with Adirondack Lettuce and Cranberry inks, cut them out, added some bling and that was my embellishment. I "corner rounded" the corners and that's pretty much it! The phone was done my stamping on a separate piece of paper and cutting out both the window and the actual phone. You can't really see, but I added some sparkle in places with my Copic Spica pens.
Here's a close up of the little flower!


Card #2


This card was done with different dp on the top and bottom with a rhinestone strip through the two pieces!
Card#3

On this card, I used a kind of zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to sew the strip on, added some bling and that's pretty much all that is different on this card!
Card#4

On this card, I used the largest scalloped oval from my Nestabilities set for the background, placed the phone on an angle and then added the embellishment with the cut out small and large flowers (don't forget the rhinestone!)
Cell Phone Case

This was the super fun part of the project! I measured my cards and added an inch and a half of paper to the sides and the bottom for my sewing. Before I sewed the front to the back I sewed on the "flap" piece. Funny thing on this. To get my curvy edge, I traced the edge of a plate onto the paper and cut along the line! I did that a few times to get both the red edge strip and then used the plate curve line to create a cut line for my scalloped scissors. After I sewed on the flap, I sewed the front and back together, added my flower and bling to the front... and VOILA.. you have a card set with four cards and a cute little case!
This is how it all fits inside!


Want to give this as a gift and give the recipient some saying choices? You could always make up the little windows,cut them out and put that in the case. That way who ever gets this little number as a gift can "choose" their text message before they send off their card!

Happy Monday!
Thanks for reading my "book" of a post today!!! :-)
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