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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Get Organized Challenge

Ok, well if you know me, getting organized is always a challenge, but this is for an actual challenge, not a comment on anything else. I was fortunate enough to win a $10.00 shopping spree with Amber Ink from a recent Blog Hop. As soon as I saw this Hostess with the Mostess set, I had to have it. And when I saw the current Amber Ink challenge was to make something to Get Organized I knew I wanted to play along. We are saving money to redo our kitchen. I have in mind a retro, 50's style kitchen using the colors white, yellow and red. I am forever printing off new recipes, clipping recipes out of magazines and trading recipes with friends. I really needed something to organize all those pieces of paper. My organization idea was to make myself a recipe book. I have made tons of these for gifts, but this is the first one I have made for me and I decided to make it to match my new (some day) kitchen. 

I covered a composition book with red card stock and then added some yellow gingham paper. My hostess was colored with Copic markers and then cut out with my new Nestability set. I decided any 50's hostess would of course be wearing pearls as she served her friends so I pulled out my adhesive backed pearls to use as embellishments. To finish my book I added some red ric rak and added some die cut letters for my title. The alphabet is a Sizzix set called Wingo Dingo. Here is a close up of my image. 


Our anniversary was a couple of weeks ago and I showed you what I made for Kip in this post, but forgot to show what he made for me. When I first started talking about my dream kitchen and told Kip the colors I wanted he wasn't very enthused. I think he was thinking something along the line of a McDonalds, that wasn't really the look I was going for. After explaining that I want to keep the walls and everything mostly white and use red and yellow as accents he started to come around. Since the traditional gift for five years of marriage is wood, he decided to make something for me to hang in my kitchen. We had seen something similar one day and I told him I loved it and would hang it in the kitchen for aprons. I was very happy to get this one that he made and of course customized to my color preferences!
I was quite impressed since he came up with the idea, gathered all the different material and found those cute yellow drawer pulls to use as hooks. 

21 comments:

Karin said...

OMGosh! This is amazing! Your coloring sure does do her proud ;) She is one of my favorites in the Amber line too...LOVE!

Vicki said...

How cute is this?!?!? I love altering things like this! You did a great job! I think I am liking this dream kitchen of yours! As a child of the 50's, those colors seem rather cozy! And check out hubby's project!! You found a doozy...he listens and everything! Congrats on the anniversary! Blessings to you both!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Fabulous coloring, Gina! And tell Kip I'm impressed with his wonderful woodworking!!

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

Gina,
this is totally sweet
loving the image and the papers.
like how you colored the folds of her dress
Claudia

jimlynn said...

Oh My GOODNESS!!! First of all - your recipe organizer is precious! LOVE those colors and it's just super.
Next - LOVE that apron hanger!!!! So pretty and he did a fantastic job.
You'll get that kitchen one day and think you'll really like the color combo you selected! No McDonalds at all....just lovely.
Lynn

Lindsey said...

This is fabulous! The colours are great, your colouring is awesome, and I love the ric rak trim! Way to rock the challenge!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Beautiful work Gina!! I just love your coloring and the design with the gingham and ric rac is perfect!

Annette Bowes said...

Gorgeous Gina! Beautiful colouring, love the nestie shape (another one for the wish list lol! Happy belated Wedding Anniversary to you both. Fantastic card you made Kip. Wonderful photos from Christmas lots of scrapbooking material there. Wishing you a Fantastic 2011, take careX:)

Diane said...

I'd like to invite you to a blog hop I'm hosting beginning today (Friday)...great group, wonderful projects and lots of BLOG CANDY!

Crafty Creations said...

Gorgeous Gina!! Wow - you JUST did fit her on that Nestie huh!!?? And your coloring and shadowing are just perfect!!!

I love what Kip made you! Those cabinet pulls are so pretty!!!

Happy New Year to you!!!
Maria

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

Love the recipe book idea and with that image, it is so perfect, love the colors, bright and happy, making you want to be in your great kitchen. Love what your DH made, so sweet, with the colors and the hearts, something that will remind you of him when it is hanging in your kitchen.

Tammy said...

This is adorable Gina! What a great image and it's colored beautifully! I love the ric-rac!!

Emily Leiphart said...

SO, SO gorgeous, Gina! I LOVE the way you've coloured the hostess for your recipe book!

*Vicki* said...

Hi Gina!! This is really sweet!! Love the fun image and colors!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!HUGS

Poppit said...

How sweet is your husband! That's so cute - it definitely did you proud!!
Thanks for visiting my cupboard :-)

Marlene said...

LOVE this!!!!

Pam said...

A little late to the party on this one but WOWZA!! What a great post. The colors are so happy and those pearls are classic! That is the most thoughtful husband gift - and you could hang a big string of pearls there too but you'll have to wait a few more anniversaries for that one. Thank you so much for making something so endearing and entering the challenge!

Anne Marie said...

Great recipe organizer! Love the idea of using a composition notebook, too. They would make fun gifts to share! Great shading on your stamped image, wow!! Kudos to your hubby for the beautiful anniversary gift. Love those pretty knobs. :)

Julie E said...

Awwww, just sweetness all around. From the fun recipe book to the apron holder from your hubby!

Heather said...

really cute. That the images dress!!

The Mama Monkey said...

Oh, I love all your comp books! This image could not be more perfect and I love the colors you chose...reminds me a lot of 50's kitchen stuff!