Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Little Sweet Smelling Something

On one of our not-so-rainy days this week, I decided to get out of the house and do a little shopping in our downtown area. I popped in to one of my favorite shops, Logan's Antique Mall. I noticed that one of the vendors was selling products from one of my favorite candle makers, Keepers of the Light. And lo and behold, they now offer air fresheners, too! I thought these were adorable, and decided to buy a stack for Mother's Day gifts.

This "jar" air freshener has a great fragrance...sweet tea! I love it! It smells like summer...a cool, refreshing drink on a hot day. And I must say, this little yellow jar looks adorable hanging in my white VW bug, right next to the yellow gerbera daisy in the flower vase. Too cute!

I took my inspiration for the card from the air freshener itself.

Can you see it? Red flower with a yellow center and green leaves in a blue vase? Khaki colored gingham ribbon? How clever is that? :) I decided to use the stamp set Blooming Button Bits from Papertrey Ink. This set is finally getting a little more ink in my studio, and I just love it! On this creation, I decided to use my Pigma micron marker to make stitches around the flower and vase, and to stitch a long stem.

When I posted this on Splitcoast Stampers last night, a few folks commented that they'd never thought of making a card to fit into a business envelope. Sure! Why not? This card measures nine inches tall by four inches wide. Yes, it takes a good portion of a full sheet of cardstock, but in the end, it's worth it. A long card can hold lots of little air freshener, movie or concert tickets, money or check, you name it. And the best part? It fits into an envelope that you probably have plenty of at home!

{recipe: Blooming Button Bits (PTI), so saffron ink and cardstock, baja breeze ink and cardstock, ivory cardstock, Sweet Slumber designer series paper (SU), wild wasabi ink, riding hood red ink, versafine onyx ink, scallop edge punch, tan gingham ribbon, Pigma micron marker, button, dmc floss}

The sun is shining this morning! What a welcome sight! Blessings!