Of course the hardest part of this whole enterprise was convincing my son to model his cousin's carrier so I could photograph it -- but then he didn't want to take it off & insisted on his own (but that's for another time ;-) ).
In full disclosure: The method & creation of making this carrier is from my own mind but I the idea for the overall style of it came from a blog I read many years ago. I always try to credit another crafter's ideas but I can't find the orgin now so I'm sorry if you happen to read this - unlikely but ya know?
With Valentine's Day done, I went forward to St. Patrick's Day. My eldest daughter picked out some shamrock bracelets & then I made her this card:
Cut out some custom shamrock stamps on my Cameo & inked them up with Forest Moss & Mowed Grass before stamping all over a piece of white cardstock. It was looking a little plain so I sprayed it with some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. Modify a Silhouette file to get "Irish Lassie" & cut it out in two different fonts on Cameo - I love that you can cut multiple fonts & shapes at the same time with this machine! The "hello" is stamped (Hampton Art I think) & of course topped off with ivory & gold twine.
After St. Pat's is of course Easter! Ever since I saw Tim Holtz's alcohol ink technique I've been wanting to try it. Alcohol ink on metal is old news but did you know it works on plastic too?! I finally found plain white eggs at our brand new Hobby Lobby & decided our niece was the perfect recipient. After I colored the eggs I filled each one with some small treats & my eldest made a cloth basket to hold them so she (my niece) could play egg hunt anytime!
While I had my alcohol inks out I used them to color a piece of glossy cardstock & spread glitter texture paste through a star stencil. Then wrote out "Happy Anniversary" with a Perfect Medium pen & coated it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and fussy cut it out. I needed something else to balance out the card & thought this present sitting in my scrap pile would work ;-). Included this in the box to our niece for her parent's anniversary.
Now I've got to tell you that this much was done in Feb well before all these holidays & I had every intention of finishing & sending the package out in time .... but of course life gets in the way more often then we'd like to admit! So by the time I got back around to finishing it all off, my husband had gotten me one of SSS's monthly kits that had the cutest watercolor panel in it. I decided it was serendipity & colored it in as my niece's Easter Card!