Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Perfect Presentation: Top Notch ~

WARNING: Lots of pictures in this post!
Good morning!  Perfect Presentation is having a new release today of a really great little box called Top Notch. 
 It uses two pieces (really one and a half) of 81/2 by 11 paper plus extras for decoration if you would like.  The top simply folds over the box and slips into a notch cut along the bottom of the box.  Here, take a look
I stamped the box base with Tin Types and decorated the panels with the new Delightful Dahlia set.  I had to wait a week and a half to get this set!!  Poor Annie had to hear all about it - it was quite the drama for me!  lol  Thanks Annie!!  I chose the color combo of Berry Sorbet and Wild Wasabi.  I want to go with New Leaf because all of PTI's colors are just a bit richer than Stampin' Up's, but I'm practicing restraint and getting rid of the WW that I have first.  Yes, I'm patting myself on the back right now! ;o)  I measured and cut panels for all sides of the box and stamped them with the large and small flowers and leaves.  I stamped them first on Eclipse masking tape and cut them out so I could layer them better.    The front of the box utilizes the new dies that are an additional purchase to the Dahlia set.
As you can see, my coloring is not blended perfectly, but still gives a nice effect.  Stamping  on the die cut was easier than I anticipated, so I would recommend getting the dies.  A little lemon tart button with a tag that says 'celebrate today' finishes this off.  I love to make these templates so the recipient can use them over if they'd like. 
As you all know by now, I can't make a template without making a card to go with it!  I actually made two and would love to hear which you like better.  They are exactly the same except that one has a little bee from Honey Bees.  The sentiment is embossed and is from Damask Designs.  Talk about a completely PTI card!
I'm not sure if the bee is quite to scale enough for me.  The process on these cards is the same.  I stamped the big flower first, masked it, stamped a leaf, masked it, etc. until I had built my scene.  It sounds like a pain, but once you've cut out your masks, you can just store them in the case and use them continually.  I used embroidery floss in color 703 (the color closest to New Leaf) instead of ribbon.  I am loving the color and ease and lack of size of the floss!!  You might be seeing a lot more of that in the future!
 Here's the whole ensemble together.
Now you should bop around to the other designer's blogs to see their amazing creations and leave them some love.  These ladies are fantastic and truly inspiring:
Annie  ~  Chris  ~  Harriet  ~  Kerri  ~  Rebecca
Be sure to come back tomorrow for the new Sketch Girl sketch along with a cute Spring Basket template that was released previously this month!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Sorry it's been so quiet around here and also with the comments on your blogs.  I've had a hard time bouncing back from the stomach flu that rocked the house and then weddings and birthdays and mayhem!  Have a fantabulous Tuesday!  It's supposed to be in the mid 70's today and we're moving the furniture outside to get the carpets cleaned.  :o) lyss
STAMPS: PaperTrey Ink (Background Basics Tin Types, Damask Designs, Delightful Dahlia, Honey Bees & Mixed Messages) 
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine Onyx Black; PTI Berry Sorbet; SU! Wild Wasabi
PAPER: PTI (Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select White, True Black); SU! Wild Wasabi
OTHER: Copics (pictured); Filigree Clear embossing powder; EK Success scallop border punch; Eclipse masking tape; Sakura Clearstar pen; dimensionals; Embroidery floss (703)


Leigh Ann Baird said...

Stunning work! I knew you would rock with that Dahlia set! I don't know if I could give that project away if I made it, I'd have to keep it out where I could stare at it daily.

Where do you get that eclipse masking tape?

Harriet H said...

OMG.. Alyssa ... your "Top Notch" is beautiful... I love the colors and the flowers....beautiful and your card is amazing.... you are so very talented and love how you use your talents....


Rebecca said...

I wish there weren't so many fabulous sets out there that get added to my wish lists. I love how you used the flowers here! They are awesome. I think the colors you went with are so very pretty, and I'm with Leigh Ann, I don't know if I could give this away! But I'm sure whoever the lucky recipient is, will LOVE it!

Kerri said...

WOW, WOW, WOW, Alyssa!!! I am in love with your gift set, woman!!! I absolutely adore you card~absolutely stunning!!! I had to wait a week and a half to get mine too! I didn't think it was ever going to get here!

Jen Shults said...

Oh my goodness Alyssa. This is absolutely fabulous! I love how you used that Dahlia stamp... your coloring is just gorgeous and that CARD... GAH!!!! You are a super star!!!

Unknown said...

Lyss...This is absolute just gorgeous...All that detail, time and effort is so totally worth it!! I love that you used the same flower for the cards and the box and I kinda like the little bee card... I think it's cute!!! REALLY STUNNING stuff sweetie!! You sure do rock these templates!! Xx

Chris said...

gorgeous projects! i lvoe te card with the bee, i'm a sucker for the bees, i use mine all the time!!

Unknown said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Great project.