Baby Spice (Cake)

Did I get your attention? LOL – During school holidays I worked on a really enjoyable project for Laurenz’s year 1 teacher, who is with him again in Year 2  for a few short weeks before she goes off on maternity leave preparing for the arrival of her first baby.  She has been a gem of a teacher and supportedmy oldest boy’s thirst for knowledge and endless working mind in a way that I will appreciate for ever – so I had this idea to create a set of baby shower invites for her and package them in one of my favourite silver tins.  Then I started to worry that by the times school began she may have planned her shower or decided not to have one…

So I decided to create a set of 10 thank you cards with stamped envelopes instead, with an invite insert that could be glued over the top if that was what she wanted to do… A kind friend (Thanks K) loaned me her Baby Bundle stamp set and I teamed it with the Spice Cake DSP from the Summer Mini. I think the result is a really vintage-y kind of baby feel.

Here is what I came up with:

The Multi Purpose Card

The Inside and Insert

The Tin

I knew I wanted to water colour the prams after I saw this card from Lianne Carper over at http://www.cardscraps.com – I loved the water colouring and the way she had cut out and propped up the pram, heart and wheels on dimensionals – the wheels, bears and love hearts were coloured directly with markers.  I used SU watercolour paper for the best results, and coloured with my aquapainter and ink from the lid of my inkpads.  The old olive dots were directly coloured with the writing end of my marker for precision colouring!

My Water Colouring

My basic colour scheme of pool party, old olive, early espresso and very vanilla with a hint of pumpkin pie is inspired directly from the DSP – this is a sure-fire way to guarantee success in your projects – let stampin up do the hard work of colour coordination for you!!!

I copied the basic layout of the cards for the tin cover and added the word BABY using my timeless junior alphabet dies and big shot.  The buttons on my project are all vintage – from Mum’s collection that she kindly handed down to me when I embarked on card making a few years ago – they remind me of my child hood and I love using them on my projects 🙂

What else can I tell you? Making gifts for people is one of my favourite things to do – this set was truly a labour of love (no pun intended)!

Hope you enjoyed looking over my project – I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions about the techniques I’ve used – until next time!

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