Monday, January 19, 2009

Gina K Preview Day 1 - The Best Things in Life

It's Day 1 of the previews for Gina K Designs and today I am sneak peeking Melanie Muenchinger's newest stamp set, The Best Things in Life. This is a gorgeous and AMAZINGLY VERSATILE set of sentiment stamps.

I made this key holder and matching card with a sentence, I put together, as the focal image. As I was working on my project, I finally had to take the stamps off my counter because I kept getting distracted by creating new sentences. (Melanie, you forgot the warning label on this one!)

For instructions on how I made the key holder, keep reading. For some fabulous samples using The Best Things in Life and Rupa's latest, Perfectly Polished, head off to the amazing design team to see what they have to show you.

Gina
Joanne
Jessica
Kurtis
Erika - Erika has a blog candy giveaway you don't want to miss!
Cindy
Melanie
Cammie
Donna
Emily
And Mary Anderson, our In the Spotlight designer for January!

Tomorrow we will be previewing two more sets, including Asela's latest. It is so cute and you can have a chance to win one for yourself, if you head over to her blog ASAP! And don't forget to join us in the forums on Thursday, from 7 to 10 pm central, for the release party, more chances to win free stamps and fun challenges!

Now, on to the details of the key holder...

I purchased this little wooden plaque at Michaels for under a dollar. First I painted it with Antique White paint by Apple Barrel (just a generic craft paint you can also find at Micheals).

After it was dry, I went over it with a pink that I mixed using Antique White and Bright Red.

Next, I sponged around the edges with Regal Rose ink.

Then I lightly sanded the edges to distress them just a bit.

I used Melanie's new stamps to create this sentence and stamped it with Ruby Red ink. (I was thinking of you, Lee!)

I free had cut the cardstock to fit the plaque. Then I sponged around the edges with
Regal Rose ink and adhered it using craft glue.

I used 7/8 inch cup hooks from Lowes. It was about $2 for a pack containing several hooks. I made three evenly spaced marks, then used my paper piercer to create pilot holes. The hooks are self tapping, but I wanted to be sure they got started without slipping, since that might have damaged my cardstock. After making the pilot holes, I just screwed the hooks in with my hand. No special tools required.

I also bought a pack of these wall hangers for hanging the. These were similarly priced and came several to a pack. The wood is very soft and I was able to just "push" the nails in with the small pliers I keep in my craft room. Yep, I was too lazy to go get a hammer.

And here it is after I embellished with a Prima, Martha Stewart branch punch and some self adhesive pearls, colored pink with a Copic marker.

If you want to do a project like this, Michaels has several sizes and shapes available and the cup hooks can also be found is different sizes.

27 comments:

Carolina said...

Theresa - wow, what amazing projects you created with this set!!! Makes me want it that much more!

{MoM} said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS! O love the way you altered the plaque so ingenious.. Your card is very beautiful also.

Tracey said...

Just gorgeous Theresa! I love this!!

Donna said...

OMW! this is the BEST! how fun - I bet Lee is going to FLIP over this! thanks for sharing how to make a quick keyhole plaque!

catdidit said...

Oh my!! What a wonderful creation Theresa! LOVE it! Must go to Michaels now, lol!

*Puts pillows down for when Lees sees it and faints* LOL!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I FLIPPPPPPPPPPPPED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the pillow Cat!!!! LOL

OH.......MY......LANDS!!!!!! If I lived closer to Gina I'd go beg for the set ASAP!!!!! LOL Theresa.....stunning.....you know I totally must CASE!!!!!

P.S.........I FLIPPPPPED again!!!!!!!! LOL

Melanie said...

warning label LOL!!!!!!!!!!! that key holder is to DIE for!! I was just thinking yesterday I wish my DH would hang up some more hooks where we put our coats for my PURSES becuase they pile up near the door, hee hee! Guess i need to make some hooks of my own! ;)

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

You are amazingly BRILLIANT!!! I love this! What a great idea for the key holder. You make everything look so easy!

Jessica said...

Oh Theresa!! This is simply adorable!! I am loving your tutorials - thank you so much taking the time to photograph each step for us!!

Linda said...

Absolutely love the key holder! And thank you for sharing the how-tos:)

Elena said...

Theresa! The key holder is outstanding! I mean AMAZING! You are so creative and inspiring!!! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! Gina's DT is the best!!!

seamom said...

How awesome - how clever - how beautiful is that key holder. Now I MUST go to Michaels ...AGAIN! I can't wait to see the whole set, "The Best Things in Life." So many clever and beautiful previews!

emilymomto3boys said...

That key holder is fabulous!! Great stuff, Theresa!

Toni K said...

Love it! Wonderful! Have to have that set, and have to make that key holder!

Shannon said...

These are just stunning!!!!

Carolyn King said...

AWESOME girl! That is the prettiest key holder ever!

Shirley said...

What a really beautiful gift and card! Love the instructions too! The flowers and embeallishments are gorgeous!

Stampmouse said...

adorable and what a clever idea

6 wacky women said...

Fabulous!! Theresa this set is gorgeous. You are so clever. What a great idea with the key holder.

Karen x

Deb Neerman said...

Just gorgeous, Theresa! LOVE the key holder ... very clever and practical.

You rocked this set!

~Hugs, Deb

Tangii Crain said...

WOW! Theresa, these are gorgeous!!! Amazing, amazing job!!!!

Joanne B. said...

Oh my goodness!! This is beautiful! Just gorgeous my friend!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Oh my goodness, Theresa! This is a GORGEOUS set! Love the pink and your fabulous shading! You ROCKED this set, girl!

Patti J said...

Outstanding, as usual! I noticed that you have hit 100 followers! (I have three, and two are related!) You go girl!!! Your work is beautiful, and I look forward to every day that you post!

Sharri said...

Theresa, the card and key holder are beautiful! I have been asking for hooks to hang up coats forever...now I can make my own! Thank you for the inspiration!

Michelle said...

So so pretty! I love them both!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful project! Love hte pretty colors and embellishments. TFS!