Donna Griffith’s Thank You Banner Pouch

When Pam and I decided to host World Card Making Day this past year, we knew we were planning a wonderful weekend with fellow-demonstrators.  When we started our planning, though, we didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! would be sending Donna Griffith to inspire us and hang out with us for the weekend.  What an amazing bonus!

World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up!Donna is a Curriculum Developer and Trainer for Stampin’ Up!.  If you have attended Stampin’ Up!’s Convention or Leadership, then you’ve likely enjoyed one of her presentations on the Main Stage.  If you follow Stampin’ Up! or Paper Pumpkin on YouTube, then you’re likely familiar with Donna’s hands – she’s the gorgeous hand model in many of the videos.  :)  She can stamp and assemble a kit like no one’s business, but she can’t eat  a piece of bruschetta without spilling it all over the table.  Just sayin’.

Anyway…Donna brought Pam and me a gift in a regular gift bag – the gift inside was wonderful, but I could barely make it past the thank you note pouch that was hanging from the side of the bag.  Here’s what I received (it’s hanging over the handle of a gift bag):

Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Stampin' Up!, by Donna GriffithDonna created the base of the pouch by sewing together two canvas banners from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit.  Although she CASE’d the design from Stampin’ Up!’s website, it was her skill and general awesomeness that crafted this pouch for me.  Here’s a video to show you how to make this for yourself (these are not Donna’s hands in the video to show this wonderful, alternative use for the kit):

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sponging stripes.  Donna used the stencil templates in the kit, a sponge dauber and Rose Red ink to create these bold stripes on the background of the banner pouch.  While the kit would pressure you to put a letter in the middle of the open circle, you can change it up however you feel appropriate – no peer pressure from that bossy kit!
  • Sewing Machine.  Donna used a sewing machine to create texture and assemble the sentiment on the front of the banner.  She also used a sewing machine to bind the banners together around the sides.  I don’t know what a sewing machine is, but I can sew a button on a shirt.
  • Wax Paper.  Donna used the Little Letter Thinlits Dies to say “thank you” on the front of the pouch.  She used the cropped letters for “thank” and the negative image for “you.”  To easily remove the letters from the thinlits die, add a piece of wax paper between the cardstock and die.  Your paper might not pop right out, but it will certainly put up less of a fight.

Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Stampin' Up!, by Donna Griffith

Stamp Sets:  @So Social  Papers:  Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe  Inks:  Rose Red, Coastal Cabana  Accessories:  Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Little Letters Thinlits Dies, Sweetheart punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Please leave a comment below to let Donna know how much you appreciate her creation – or to me for letting me know how happy you are that I shared it.  :)

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Red, Green and White for MM136

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Bonnie Klass, host of this week’s theme for Merry Mondays Challenge, has chosen Red, Green and White.  Seems easy, right?  Not.  With so many rich reds and beautiful greens to choose from, I had a hard time narrowing down the field.  In the end, I landed on the gorgeous combination of Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White – I love this pairing.  Here’s my card:

Christmas Bliss, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM136 And here’s the challenge banner from MM136 that inspired my card:

MM136 11-24Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Layering.  I love a clean card with lots of layers.  It’s a challenge – how many layers can I add before it starts to look busy?  :)  I especially love when the layers are bordered with a singular color – in this case, white frames each of the panels, and the center piece is framed with a bold piece of Real Red cardstock.  If you missed my video about creating “wow” borders, click here
  • Start Somewhere.  While creating this card, I must have spent a total of two hours  hemming and hawing over what to make.  Red, Green and White sounds like a super-easy combination, but where to start?  Once I set-in on my colors (Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White), I settled in on this beautiful paper from All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I built the layers card around that paper – you have to start somewhere.  That paper is my somewhere for this project.
  • Green and Red.  There are so many combinations of green and red – more greens in the current Stampin’ Up! family of colors than reds, but here are some of the options (pairing Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Rose Red to most of our current greens):Color Inspiration, Cherry Cobbler for Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Color Inspiration, Real Red for Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Color Inspiration, Rose Red for Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Bliss  Papers:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Tree punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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