Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PDCC65 with Sarah Anderson

I was ecstatic when I discovered that the colour combo at the Play Date Cafe this week was orange, green and grey. Last year, for challenge #54, Fiona Shultz (one of the Play Date Cafe designers) made this awesome project using green, orange and white.

The best part was I won this matchbox filled with lots of goodies in her giveaway and I've been waiting for a opportunity to use them! Here is the inspirational photo you will find over at the Play Date Cafe.

I wanted to make something different than a card this time around and something functional. I've been trying to figure out a system to keep track of deadlines for publication calls, online challenges and design team calls, but I didn't just want to use a simple calendar. Here is what I came up with:

Fiona's crocheted flowers were my inspiration and I wanted to create a whismy feel to my project. I dug out supplies I haven't used in ages and began with sketching the swirl design with pastel pencils in green and orange. I quickly discovered that unless I sealed my design, the whole thing was going to smudge. I didn't have any sealer left so I opted to trace the design with crystal effects.

For both of the floral corners I then stamped the image "Doodle This" from Stampin' Up! in Going Gray and sketched in whatever part of the design didn't transfer. I drew in extra flowers, colored them orange and added rhinestones to the centers. I sewed the crochet flowers on and added some buttons here and there (also from my goodie matchbox). The final touch was punched butterflies in orange, stamped with a design and bodies made of rhinestone stickers.

For the box I used my Scor-Pal to make a half box and decorated it in much the same way as the floral corners. The divider tabs are pieces of cardstock with the tab punch used to identify the month. I'm going to keep just the long term calls in this organizer because the weekly ones are easier to keep track of elsewhere. I used a mini clothespin (also from my goodie matchbox) to designate which month I should be working on.

For the sentiment, I used a definition from Stampin' Up!'s home decor series. I first printed the word create on gray cardstock and then stamped an image over it in the same color. Then I cut around it and added some crystal effects to the letters and popped it up using  foam dots. For the rest of the definition I wrote it by hand with a black maker and highlighted the word artistic and imaginative with orange and green ink. To add something to the create word, I put a stick pin (also from my goodie matchbox) through one of the foam dots.

Finally, the last item was to add ribbon so I could hang it. I used green organza, green satin, tangerine grosgrain and gray taffeta twisted around each other and tied through the eyelet holes I punched in the top two corners.

Challenge and Calls Organizer

Cardstock: (Going Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Green Organza, Certainly Celery Satin, Tangerine Grosgrain, Basic Gray Taffeta) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Going Gray, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie) Stampin' Up!
Punch: (Butterfly) Martha Stewart, (Wave Border) EK Success, (Tab) Stampin' Up!
Crochet Flowers: Made by Fiona Shultz
Stamps: (Doodle This, Totally Tabs) Stampin' Up!
Rhinestones: (Orange & Green) Craft Dollarama
Other: Pastel pencils, crystal effects, (stick pin, mini clothespin & buttons) goodie matchbox from Fiona Shultz, pop dots, thread


  1. What can I say Julie - this is such a fantastic idea! Great to see you delving into that little goodie box! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at the PDCC!

  2. What a clever idea! Love the crocheted flowers you were inspired by. ;) Your project must give you so much joy to look at as you plan your publication submittals! Thanks for playing with us at THe Cafe, Julie!

  3. I think this is one of the most beautiful multi-dimensioned projects I've seen using these colors...I LOVE it! So glad you entered it for this week's challenge in The Cafe :)

  4. What a beautiful and useful project, Julie! And how fun to get to use Fiona's goodies, too! Thank you so much for playing with us, this week, in the Cafe!

  5. What a great way to keep organised.

  6. What a WONDERFUL idea, I could do with making one of those, it's tricky keeping up with them all! Beautiful work too, how lovely that you could use Fiona's bits too! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

  7. I looooooooooove this! It's such a fantastic idea to organize everything this way. I just love each and every detail you've included as well. And, you've used the colors so beautifully! So very glad you shared this with us at the Play Date Cafe.

  8. This is beautiful, Julie! A wonderful project derived from wonderful inspiration! Love all the flowers and flourishes and you've done a marvelous job with our colors! Thanks for joining us over at the Play Date Cafe!


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