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House Warming

Hey there, Bleeps! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was full of food! :) I shopped a bit this weekend, mainly on Friday. We slept in and were still able to snag deals later that evening. Our refrigerator went out on Thanksgiving - yeah imagine that! Well, it happened to us. The fridge is only 4 years old and the motherboard died. We got it fixed on Friday and after that relief I went shopping with my mom and sis! The house is not decorated yet for the holidays. I barely started with a couple things here and there. I hope this weekend I'll have it all done. I'll be sure to share a few photos of my favorite holiday decor items.

Speaking of the house, the Embellish magazine graphic designer had a house warming and this is what I designed for her! She's the best as she designs the best stuff out there. I cried the first time I saw the magazine templates - flat out cried - tears of happiness because she knew exactly what I wanted. So, I knew I had to design her something special to celebrate her new home.

If you're wondering about the next issue - I'm still working on it! I know I'm behind schedule, but it's just me doing what an entire company usually works on! It's going to be huge - featuring elements that only an e-zine can handle! So, stay tuned!

I embellished ribbon with a tag and added some crochet lace trim.

I added the stamped house on the artisan element and stitched around the edges. I used heavy duty thread this time and loved the bold look of the stitching.

Since I got her a cookbook and gift card from Williams-Sonoma, I designed a personalized bookmark.

  1. Trim patterned paper to about 4" x 5.75".
  2. Ink artisan element and adhere to patterned paper.
  3. Stamp house, cut out, ink, then adhere to artisan element with foam adhesive.
  4. Add stitching.
  5. Add twill tape strip, ribbon treatment, and crochet trim
  6. Die cut tag. Stamp text background and sentiment. Ink the edges, then adhere to ribbon knot with twine and secure with button.
  7. Ink the edges of patterned paper and add rhinestone to stamped house.
  8. Adhere to 4.25" x 6" kraft card front.

Stamps :: Renaissance by Design - house warming set (store now closed); Papertrey Ink - text style
Ink :: Stampin' Up! - chocolate chip; Close to My Heart - bamboo; Ranger - antique linen, vintage photo
Cardstock :: Papertrey Ink - kraft, white
Patterned Paper :: My Mind's Eye - lost & found collection - family brocade
Embellishments :: Melissa Phillips - twill tape; Papertrey Ink - dark chocolate button; May Arts twine; Pink Paislee - artisan element; Kaisercraft - rhinestone; Hero Arts - crochet lace trim
Tools :: Spellbinders - tags five (retired), GC-001 grand calibur; Janome - sewing machine

Thanks so much for your visit today. Have a good one and take care!


Dasha said...


Vanessa said...

This is gorgeous and I am sure she'll love this! I so enjoy visiting your blog, Ashley - love everything about your work! Vanessa x

Sabrina said...

Beautiful!! I just love that medallion!

Savitri said...

FABULOUS!!! Love everything about this!!! I need to go do more "motivated" card making. Been lazy lately but your stuff is making me want to now...

Kathleen said...

What a great gift, Ashley! Your card & bookmark design/layout are beautiful! This may be a Christmas gift for me---I love using my slow cooker and I know some of my friends would love this as well! Thanks for the great idea!

Sheila H said...

Your card and gift are amazingly beautiful!

jan metcalf said...

Lovely gift set!

kksb said...

Your work is beautifully breathtaking. I imagine the recipient may just cry as well.
Sorry to hear about your fridge. I find it scary that kitchen appliances no longer last 30 years like they used to. I don't consider the income spent for these big ticket items to be disposable. Not made in the USA is certainly not a good thing.

Helen F. said...

This is OMG Gorgeous, Ashley! I am sure your friend will just LOVE your card, bookmark and gift!

Diane Jaquay said...

This is just GORGEOUS! I love that trim and the element you mounted your house on, so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I bet she just about flipped her lid....I know I did! BEAUTIFUL!! I love your gorgeous creations.
Also, didn't have time to commment, but your anniversary video was beyond lovely! Looks like you had an incredible wedding!

Glenda J said...

STUNNING!!! Jaw-dropping... wow.

Tracey said...

I'm sure she adored these both!! They are so GORGEOUS!!!

jen said...

so pretty- love the color combo too!

Chinnu said...

What a gorgeous card and bookmark, Ashley! LOVE IT!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

This card is so beautiful and elegant. Love all the details esp. the crochet lace. I'm sure your hostess appreciated the gifts.

~Tammy~ said...

All I can say is wow! Somehow I missed this post, but glad I found it! Just beautiful! What delightful gifts!

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