Sunday, August 5, 2012

a present for a friend

My friend and co-worker, Bev, keeps me sane.  She listens (or reads the emails) when I'm stressed out to the point of exploding.  And she's obsessed with the band Foster The People.  So I made her a little charm to hang on something or wear on something, or whatever she comes up with:

I stamped the band's initials on a blank Vintaj blank.  They were half-price at Jo-Ann last week, so I bought a few packages.  I love metal stamping, lately.  It's fast and makes cute things.  After stamping the letters, I decided it still looked a little too plain.  So I smacked it a few times with my Tim Holtz Texture Hammer- you know- the crazily cute little hammer with the changeable texture tips?  One of my favorite buys EVER.  Well, after that- it just looked too beat up.  Oh! Wire!  So I wrapped it a few times with some wire.  Done!

Well.  Now, I hafta make a card, right?  Right.

I looked up, and my newest Daniel Torrente stamp was staring at me.  Staring at me with many eyes.

I colored one of the little critter's faces with a Tumbled Glass Distress Marker and stamped the asterix and 'hello' in the corner.  

But now, what do I put the charm in- the envelope?  It looks stupid just stuck in there...

Oh!  I'll make a little tiny card to go in the card, that the charm's chain can be wrapped around!

Have any of you ever seen or do you have the Tonic Studio Duo Corner Ticket/Tag Punch?  It's so cool.  You can make any old square or rectangular piece of cardstock into a tag or ticket.  I first saw it and used it at a card making class at My Heart's Fancy and had to buy one for myself.  

After punching the corners to make the card into a ticket, I stamped it with a woodgrain background stamp using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The 'Best of the Best' sentiment is from one of the new BasicGrey 'Clippings' stamp sets from Hero Arts.  

I wrapped the charm around the ticket.  Now it looks more proper when stuck into the envelope, right?

While I was making this, I was thinking how great it is to have what is looking more and more like an entire Hobby Lobby store INSIDE my house.  If the need appears to make a little gift for someone, all I need to do is sit down and do it!

And now I'm done.  I can rest.  Watch True Blood.  And enjoy a benadryl... something is bothering my allergies and I need to sleep all night.  

Have a good start to the week, everyone!



  1. SOO Cool what a personal and lovely thing to gift away Kory I am sure your friend will love it! I know I sure would!

    Hugs! Frank

    PS: my birthday is october 1st lol

  2. Haha Frank you tart!!!! Ignore him Kory! And ahem, my Birthday is September the 1st hint hint lol. (Love you Frank as you know xx) Anyways, Kory this is superb. The charm is gorgeous and reminds me of a certain Mr Holtz when he first started out and used to make jewellery like this. The tag to wrap it around is inspired. Love the Kraft theme, looks beautifully indie. Oh to come and play in your room! Hope the Benadryl did its job. Pxx

  3. I have one of those hammers, I hear they are now out of production according to a video I watched of Tim's a while back...lovely little charm and a great gift.

  4. WOW !!! Anyone would love this charm.I bet your friend was so thrilled.
    I've never made charms like this, but I admire artist that do.
    Marie Antionette