Make It Monday Personal Best

To say I embraced the first Make It Monday challenge would be an understatement.
It is not often that I can honestly say "I did my best, I tried my hardest or this is the best I can do."
For this challenge, this truly is my best.  At least at this point in time.
I normally just start stamping.  Not much thought or preparation.  This time I thought and thought some more.  I practice stamped, changed color schemes, laid out ribbon and twine without cutting it and changed die sizes and shapes a lot.  I really tried to compose the best photo I could,  given the camera and lighting that I have.  I tried to think like a designer, not just a person who likes to make cards.
Here is my final effort:  A card, gift bag and tag set
A close-up of the card:

The tag:
The gift bag:

I used lots of PTI stamps, papers, ink and ribbon.  I also used a PTI Click Simple Shaped card for the cute little elephant.  There are banners, twine, ribbon, and flourishes.  Yes, flourishes.  I have never used my PTI flourishes.  I love the look of them when others use them on their cards, but never have the guts to include them in my projects.  This was my "out of my comfort zone ingredient" on this card.  Two simple flourishes.  Guess that proves I am a CAS style stamper, doesn't it.  For a flourish to be my "outside of the box" ingredient!  LOL.
The funniest thing about this project, I don't even know anyone who is pregnant, much less with a boy!  I am going to have to save this and hope that one of these days, the right occasion will present itself.
Thank you so much for taking a look at my personal best.



18 comments:

Liz said...

Cathy!! This is FABULOUS!!!!! The flourish is perfect for the elephant's trunk. And I really like that you put the sentiments on his ear. Way to go!

Oh WOW Cathy, this is such a CUTE set!!! You really did an outstanding job here!

Rhonda said...

What a fabulous set Cathy! I love the use of one banner on the card. The elephant's ear is adorable.

Kathy Mc said...

OMG, this baby boy set is adorable. You met the challenge to add similar themed sentiments as well as the PTI designers. Fabulous!

Shauna K said...

this is SUPER cute!!! what a Great job!!! :D I am so loving the elephants and the banner!

Terri said...

They both came out super cute! The banners look great too!

Kara said...

gorgeous!! a lot of work went into this and it shows!!!!

Sara Mac said...

Fantastic Cathy!! This is a winner in my book. WOW! I love all the little details.

I'm Renee said...

Cathy...they're gorgeous!
I can tell you put so much into it and your efforts really paid off because it's gorgeous!
Love that polka-dot elephant...and the coordinating bag...!
Excellent!

This is FABULOUS! Yes, taking one's time to 'think through' a design and project really shows with the end results. I LOVE the elephant ears with the sentiments all over them. Girl, I say you will be in the top six this coming Monday!

Jen Carter said...

Wow!! This is super fantastic! This is a great personal best!! What heart and thought you put into this!! LOVE the sweet little elephants, those are darling! LOVE the banner (you know how much I adore banners!!). LOVE the flourish coming out of the elephant's nose!! SO super cute!!

Monica K. said...

Cathy, you did an awesome job!! What a wonderful baby gift set. I can see all of the thought you put into it. Love how the elephant's ear has a collage of sentiments too. Anyone would be super lucky to receive this!

Baseret said...

What a great gift bag and card!! I love that adorable polka dotted elephant!!The flourish is perfect too!!

Kristii said...

You totally knocked it out of the park my friend!!!! I love it!!!!!!!

Cathy this is totally awesome! That elephant is so cute and I love how you used the flourish for water!!!

Janelle said...

Love the way you used the flourish with the elephant... so clever!

Heather said...

That is so cute Cathy!!!

~Heather

Cathy! This is A.DOR.A.BLE!!!! I LOVE the elephant's sweet ear! What a creative way to bring the entire card together. Love it! GREAT job!

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