Monday, September 1, 2008

Designed by Joan Bardee

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It's day one with the talented and funny Joan Bardee! Although Joan is nervous about her Guest Blogging debut I know that you will be very impressed with her creativity this week. Make sure you leave her some comments and let her know what a great job she is doing.



I took one look at the JustRite Monogram Stamper and figured that I would not be able to use it. Anything that comes with directions scares me. But, there is hope for the average stamper! If I can use these products and make great stuff, you can too! In fact, the whole line of JustRite products is one big "why didn't I think of that and make a fortune?" Easy, intuitive and fun.

To be honest, I'm not your usual guest blogger/design team member/wonderful designer. Denise asked me to be a guest blogger for JustRite after she read my whining that I was running out of $$$ to buy stamping stuff! Isn't she sweet? So she sends me a few JustRite Stamper products and of course I fall in love with them and immediately buy a ton of the stuff that goes with it. I HAD to! (I'm soo glad my husband doesn't read this blog!!!)


For my first project I made a letter "D" initial charm to attach to a bracelet for my mother in law, Dorann, and a coordinating gift package. It took me 10 minutes to make this charm, but she'll think it took me days 'cause she's not a stamper. I love things that are easy but look hard!

I bought the lady bug bracelet for $11 at the local hospital gift shop. Personalizing the bracelet with my MIL's initial really sets it apart from the original bracelet and just adds that something special.

Frankly, this was my first successful foray with shrink plastic. My original plan was to ink up the shrink plastic, cut it with a die cut machine and heat. Then it occurred to me that sending a pigment inked image through a die cut machine would smear the ink, so I used Stampin Up!'s scalloped circle punch to cut out the design after I stamped it. Perfect fit! Hint: be sure to punch a hole to thread wire before heating.

After I punched out the circle and a smaller one for threading wire, I zapped it with my heat gun and the charm flew all over the place! I held it down with the handle of a wooden spoon and zapped it again. The charm curled up, but eventually flattened. As soon as it stopped moving around I put a plate on top and pressed down to make sure it was smooth.


A beautiful bracelet needs a pretty box, so I wrapped the box and then made a personalized sticker for the top of the box. I love how it turned out.

Whew! I’m not used to making things for companies, so be kind!

Keep us in mind....."When it needs to be JustRite".


Supplies:
For the Letter D Charm: JustRite DIY Monogram Stamper Kit with Curlz font and 3 Borders, Stampin Up! Real Red Craft Ink and Scalloped Round Punch and Grafix Clear Shrink Plastic.

For the box: JustRite DIY Monogram Stamper Kit with Curlz font and 3 Borders and Small Letter Set for Round Monogram Stamper; Stampin Up Designer Paper Cerise (Retired); Real Red Classic Ink; Very Vanilla and Basic Black Cardstocks; Black Organdy Ribbon. Papertrey Ink Little Lady Stamp Set; EK Success 1” and 1 and 1/8” circle punches; Small Circle Nestability Die; Joy! Crafts Decorative Pearls Red; Memories Black Dye Ink; Polka Dot Ribbon source unknown.

32 comments:

Ellen said...

Love your bracelet idea and box. Great job! Also love reading your blog!! You are too funny. Thank God for a sense of humor..right?

Tonniece said...

Congrats again Joan.

Lovin the gift box and bracelet, what a beautiful gift to recieve.

Laura O'Donnell said...

these projects are awesome!

Gabriela said...

That ladybug stamp is delightful and oh what a fabulous bracelet charm and packaging Joan's created! The precision and clean lines of the stamp set are very appealing. Joan gets an A+ on this one.

cmustopa said...

You done good, kid! Can't wait to see what else you've come up with.

Lisa Somerville said...

Adding the monogram charm to the already made bracelet was a great idea - I'm sure she'll love it!

Conniecrafter said...

Very cute idea to personalize the bracelet, and gotta love that packaging!

rachelsigmak said...

Awesome Job Joan!!!!!!!

Basement Stamper said...

What a perfect little gift idea!!! Great job and congrats on guest hosting!

Anita said...

Beautiful gift set! Congrats on being a DT.

chinamomxtwo said...

I love ladybugs! Wonderful set! Great job!! Can't wait to see what is next! :)

TheQueenMom said...

Joan! This rocks! Love the bracelet, what a great idea to add a personal touch.

Juanita said...

I never have the vision to see an opportunity for personalization. This bracelet is so great and the custom wrapping and label are perfect.

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Hey you know me Joan and that I LOVEEEEEE things that are simple to make yet stunningly presented...I am ALL ABOUT THIS PROJECT!!! WOOHOO!! Congrats girl!!

Harriet Skelly (SCS hskelly) said...

Love the bracelet, box and sticker! Looking forward to your posts this week (I always read your blog and am commenting here so you don't feel like a dork! :o))

Jay said...

Wonderful gift and such a lovely way to present it, too! But now you realize that you've really set expectations high for the rest of your week, don't you? ;-) Looking forward to seeing more. :-)

emarci said...

What a great idea! I am anxious to learn more about Just Rite Stamps. I hope your MIL appreciates your hard work~

Charmaine said...

Very cute. I have been wanting to try shrink plastic but have yet to do so. Great way to personalize a gift.

Charmaine

Etha said...

Joan, its BEAUTIFUL!! The bracelet is a wonderful idea and your box is just the bomb!! I think you should let hubby read this blog - but then, he knows about your fame already :) who needs fortune LOL...

Pam W said...

Great job Joan!! I love the way you personalized an item that you purchased. Great idea! I read your blog often and love finally seeing your face.

Now stop being nervous. If you are saving the best for last - it will be spectacular!!

Sankari W. said...

lovin' the project and your commentary! what really appealed to me is that you make it sound like anyone can do this! because directions and me don't go so well together and so it was nice to hear that this was pretty intuitive :) can't wait to see all the other great crafts you make this week! hope your mom is feeling better too - best wishes from iowa :)

Elizabeth (FLMommyof2) said...

I love the way you bought the bracelet and then personalized it! How ingenious! I'm sure your MIL will love it! Congrats, also, on being the featured designer! I love your blog and can't wait to see the rest of your creations!

Hugs!

Colleen said...

fabulous idea, Joan!

Annapurna said...

Congrats Joan! I knew it. It is like I have esp right? Beautiful projects.

Lisa said...

OMG! The bracelet is GORGEOUS!!!! I bead as well as stamp and this is a GREAT ensemble!!!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Fabulous project, Joan! Yay, JustRite for bringing one of my favorite bloggers on board! Great product + great blogger = a match made in stamping heaven!!!

Deanne Stewart-Mills said...

love these projects Joan!!
Deanne
xx

Melanie said...

I LOVE that personalizing, Joan!!! gotta get me a Just Rite!

JulieHRR said...

Darling bracelet--the matching gift box sets the whole ensemble off!

Melissa said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Many Blessings,
M.

Debbie Olson said...

The bracelet is lovely, and you have a fabulous presentation with that box!

Rose Ann said...

This is totally wonderful, Joan!! I LOVE it!!