Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thank You card & Desk Organizer

A couple things to share today. The first is a Thank You card and it's the last in my first set of cards for the baby shower game prize. I just love how simple this card is and plan on making many more with the same layout just different colors and sentiments.
I was having 'sew' much fun with my sewing machine on some cards when I came across this adorable desk organizer. You can find official patterns and directions here.

Since my machine was out, I decided to modified the design to fit some material I had on hand and came up with this!
It was so easy peasy! I think I finished it in under an hour and now that I have the kinks worked out, I don't even think they would take that long. Any guesses as to what is in between the layers of material that make up the sides and bottom? Here is a hint...I would have to buy 5 PTI Stamp sets in order to make 2 organizers. I'll let you think on that one for a second. (You can find the answer in the supply list below.) Since I don't have the scalloped square die cut that the original version uses, I just cut squares and then clipped and frayed the seam allowances after it was all sewn together.

This is going to be a back to school gift for the other Kindergarten teacher on my team. It happens to match this tote bag that I made for her for Christmas last year. (She's a coffee fanatic.)
Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful Sunday!
~Anika

Supplies:
Thank You Card (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics 2, Asian Fusion
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Other: Beautiful Blooms 2 #3 Die Collection, Brown Thread

Desk Organizer
10 - 5x5 inch squares of fabric
4 - 3x5 inch squares of fabric
5 - 4x4 inch squares of acetate (I used the clear boxes that my PTI stamps come in...finally a use for the many I have collected! And it cuts easily with my paper cutter.) Note: You could leave the bottom acetate sheet out and then the organizer would be foldable like the original version.

18 comments:

Laurie said...

WOW WOW! LOVE these Anika! I love to sew too and have some projects to share soon! You did an amazing job on these!

Amy said...

I soo wish that I could sew! Anika...your projects are amazing! Love the little organizer and how you "recycled" to make it!

Emm said...

Oh wow! I love your desk organizer! Your card is cute, too!

Nadine said...

WOW Anika, stunning projects! Im so envious, I don't know how to sew at all but if I could I'd definitely try making me some organizers like yours!

Elizabeth B. said...

Love that organizer! That's great to have something to do with the pti boxes! Now if I could only be brave enough to take out my sewing machine!

Suzanne said...

Anika, this is amazing!! What a terrific idea! And your card is adorable too!

"Eat, Pray, Love" was wonderful! Two thumbs up here!

Laura Isham said...

Loved all your projects! Wouldn't I love to get a great gift like that bag you made your kindergarten teacher on your team!

Jill said...

You're right, the card is wonderful in its simplicity, Anika! And what a clever, cute--and useful--organizer you made! Your colleague is going to love it, and that it matches the tote bag!

Laurie said...

WOW!! These are so cute and great! And useful! GREAT idea and great job! tfs!

Sue Ann said...

Great job girl ........ totally love how simple the card is with the super fun stitching!!! She is going to love the organizer. you are such a sweetheart Anika!!

Lindsay said...

Super fun projects! They are all wonderful!

BethieJ said...

Anika I LOVE your card and sewing projects! so CUTE!! and YEAH for reusing PTI boxes! :)
Have a GREAT day!

Jennifer K said...

Wow! That organizer is awesome - looks like it holds all the necessities. I'd never be able to sew something like this without lots of cursing. ;)

Sara Mac said...

Oh you crafty girl! These are adorable. I have my sewing machine out all the time, but I never use it. I love these organizers. Great idea to use the stamp boxes.

Katie {choc0holic} said...

I could make TONS of little organizers with the amount of empty PTI boxes and fabric I have in nmy stash. What a great gift idea!

Belinda said...

WOWWWW! That's awesome! LOVE this! The oraganizer looks absolutely fabulous and the tote bag too!

Jen Carter said...

So cute and creative...and great recycling on the boxes!!

Ann said...

Oh brilliant Anika - love those frayed edges - gives just the right effect. And that teacup fabric is gorgeous!