Monday, August 18, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight 2 with Crafty Individuals

Hi everyone and welcome. This is Astrid sharing our second sponsor spotlight from our marvelous sponsors this month, Crafty Individuals 
The wonderful stamp I had to work with was CI 289, this is what it looks like:
The moment I saw it I thought "Country Kitchen". I have a lovely Dutch friend, living close by, she regularly invites me for a coffee in her lovely country style kitchen, so decided to make a little gift set for her.
The set comprises out of a little memo board, a little tag holder and a thank you tag.
Let's start with the memo board:

I took a little wooden board, available from Calico Crafts and gave it 3 coats of Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon, sanding lightly in between coats. After it was completely dry I also sanded around all the edges for a bit of an aged effect.
Next I stamped my image on smooth card stock in Black Archival, cut it out and then coloured it with a mix of Distress Markers and water-colour pencils. I then fussy-cut some sun flowers from the Graphics 45 French Country collection and arranged them around my stamped image.
To balance the design out, I added some other elements from the same paper collection around the bottom of my board. The word memos came from some little letter stickers I had in my stash. I also added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to the centre of each of the sun flowers.

For the tag holder I took a #10 manila tag and scored it from the bottom at 2.25 and 4.5". I punched out a circle at the bottom to make it easier to get the little tag out.

I coloured it with Antique Linen Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and also added some stenciling and another strip from the papers.
I made a topper for the holder like this:
I die cut a circle with a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, stamped my stamp again and then cut out and coloured just the rooster and the hen. The rooster for the topper and the hen for the tag. I coloured them with the same colours.
Here is the little tag and below you can see the folder after I glued it together and added the topper.
Below you can see the holder from the inside. It closes with a little magnet.
And here finally is the back of the little tag:
For the backing of the topper I simply cut another circle from the papers and then shaped it a bit with a Tim Holtz on the edge die, but of course you could do this in any way you like.

Well, hope you like my little gift set, I love making little craft projects like this every now and so often and this stamp was just perfect for it.

Thank you for visiting and don't forget to come back on the 22nd to meet our latest Top Talent! Also on the 25th Claudia will be sharing another Crafty Individuals project and you won't want to miss that!!

Stay inky!


  1. what a fabulous project, and so beautifully decorated! Love it.

  2. Beautiful ideas on these projects Astrid and a delightful stamp set

    Love Chrissie x

  3. Miss Astrid you show cased theses to PERFECTION, thanks for sharing...

  4. This is gorgeous. May have to borrow a few ideas LOL Hugs I love the colours and such a lovely idea for a gift set

  5. Ok Astrid ... you've got me in trouble. My mother just saw this and is hounding me to make one for her kitchen. She is passionate about sunflowers and has her kitchen decorated with these gorgeous flowers. Spectacular gift set. Love everything about it. You really have developed such an amazing color palette. Love it to bits -- Mary Elizabeth

  6. This is a fantastic project -- just GORGEOUS !

  7. These are gorgeous Astrid, love the memo board,love the stamps,the birds,the sunflowers!

  8. A sensational set Astrid, looks like you had lots of fun making the set, i am sure your neighbour will absolutely adore it :-) xxx

  9. Astrid, your friend is VERY LUCKYYY!! I LOVE this entire set!! I love chickens and sunflowers and this gift set you made for your friend is just lovely!! OK--I think I'll be putting that CI stamp on the wish list!! :) Happy Monday and thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity with us, Astrid!! XOXO-Shari T.

  10. Fabulous, the colours are perfect, just love how you've created this Astrid, beautiful! Ruth x

  11. O my word Astrid.... I love it... What a wonderful gift your friend will treasure this...Gorgeous... Hugs May x x

  12. Wonderful project Astrid. I am sure your friend will love this !
    Corrie x

  13. OMG, this is absolutely awesome! I love everything about it. You have inspired me to make my own memo board!

  14. Beautiful project, very creative and inspiring indeed! Love the whole design! Ingrid xx

  15. OMGosh this is a fabulous little gift!! I love those chickens!! hugs Astrid! xo

  16. Wow what an amazing piece of card art , I love every element , super!!!


  17. Wow!! A totally awesome gift set Astrid, your friend is going to be over the moon to receive this!! Simply love the design and how you've coloured the images ... absolutely brilliant!! Stunning project!! ox

  18. What a stunning gift set, Astrid - brilliant, brilliant use of that lovely stamp, gorgeous rustic look, and all with your trademark glow!
    Alison xx

  19. Not only is this so beautiful but it is also so thoughtful and it strikes me as being so professional in appearance. It really does look as though it should be in the window of a home decor boutique, those sweet shops which have decor items with that gorgeous shabby/rustic appearance.
    An exceptional gift idea.

  20. Such a beautiful little set made with love! I really like the colours and the gorgeous stamping. I have a sister and a friend who both keep chickens and they would love this!!

  21. I don't know how I missed this STUNNING piece... but I did... and I Love it.. I just did an ATB for a friend using that paper too.. I love the paper and she has a chicken kitchen... and so I made it for her... I love what you have done here... I think I have some left over... so maybe I will be able to sneak this beauty out of the paper... love this Astrid... you are a whiz with these things... love it... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie


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