I have SO MUCH to cheer about today!!!

Before I get to my project, I finally get to announce that I am now a designer for PaperWorks Co.!  I applied for a design team position just before I went on vacation and the invitation to join the team was waiting in my inbox when I returned home!  I’ve been BUSTING to tell my paper-crafting friends (’cause you’re the only ones who understand how exciting this is) but it was a big secret until today.

Please be sure to check out my debut post at the PaperWorks Co. BLOG (and keep checking back all week as they unveil the rest of the team members).

Obviously, my first task as a PWCO DT member was to create a project using the adorable line of stamps and papers that Peggy carries in her store.  The hardest part of this was deciding which stamp to use first!  After much deliberation, I settled on the hippo (I was originally going to use the snake as I have this project in mind for someone celebrating their birthday this week and I could have had some fun with all of the “S” sounds in her name!) and here’s what I came up with:

Isn’t it cute?  All the cardstock, patterned papers and the Hippo stamp are from PaperWorks Co.  In fact, the only things that didn’t come for PWCO are the ribbon and the scor-tape I used to assemble the box! 

My gift set consists of a box that I made from cardstock (I made several of them for Teacher Gifts last year – they’re so cute and just the right size for a simple “thinking of you” type gift) with some shower gel, body lotion and a bath puff inside.  The bath items came from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s.  I removed them from their original packaging and recovered the bottles with some strips of patterned paper to match the box.  I also made a matching card that measures about 3 1/4 X 4.  It’s bigger than a gift card but not quite as big as my regular cards.  I was originally going to make a square 5X5″ card but thought the larger size would be a bit overpowering with my cute little gift box.

Here’s a closer shot of the card (playing with hubby’s mini tripod this week so my pictures are a little different…if you hate it/love it, constructive criticism is always welcome – or you can just leave a comment telling me how awesome I am…):

A few more details (I’m in a chatty mood tonight): The patterned paper is by Three Bugs in a Rug and it’s quite a heavy weight – it’s great for paper piecing as the paper doesn’t flop around while you’re cutting out the stamped image (if you’re a regular visitor you know I love paper piecing – it’s the greatest, cheapest way to make your image completely match your card). The colours are so nice too – not too bright and not too muted…really fresh and fun.

My ribbon was adhered to the card with scor-tape using a fun ripple effect.  It’s my favourite new trend at the moment.  I created the scalloped ends on the paper with my corner punch.  I know there are lots of great edging punches on the market but I try to stick to the basics when it comes to punches and I think the scallop created by using a corner punch is just fine!

Well, it’s laundry night so I’d better wrap things up for now.  Enjoy the rest of your evening!