witticisms by Jess Witty

July 13, 2011

Tranquility Trilogy

Happy Thursday, everyone!

It's the last day of Papertrey Ink's July countdown... are you making your list and checking it twice?

Papertrey's design team is coming back at you today with our second group post.  This time we're highlighting a brand new set called Tranquility Trilogy.

{I love that name... the alliteration gets me every time.}

For today's project, I went with something I knew would make my little ones happy.
They are obsessed with straws.

Are your kids obsessed with straws... or is it just mine?

It doesn't matter what the drink is... I could probably set some freshly squeezed spinach juice in front of them and as long as I popped a straw in it, they'd be good to go.

Plus, their cousins are coming to visit this week and let me tell you, that is a BIG deal.
I see lots of swimming, lunches on the patio, and a general party feeling in our future :)

So I thought some fun little straw flags would be a fun little lunch addition.

They were super, super simple to make.

I used the Tranquility Trilogy die to bust out all of my colored flags.  I chose a different color for each kiddo... the little girls can't read their names, but I figured they'd be able to tell their own by the color.

The Tranquility Trilogy set comes with 6 triangle images; 5 of them are filled with pretty images and one triangle is open.  I stamped and heat embossed the open triangle on all of my die-cut images... it makes a sweet little frame for the names to go in.

A few ribbons adhered around the straws with Scortape make a little base for the flags.

Wouldn't these be so super cute for a birthday party? 
I'd just leave a few pens in a pretty glass at the drink table and let folks write their names on them. 
Same idea as wine glass tags, just more casual :) 

Noelle came out side while I was photographing and decided to try hers out...

she seemed to like it :)

One more Tranquility Trilogy project for today... this one is definitely on the clean, graphic, and modern side.

I had this idea of overlapping triangles and I just had to make it happen :)
I kept working with the open triangle and this time embossed the image on some Soft Stone die-cuts.

I arranged the triangles in a simple pattern on a cardstock panel, making sure to leave a little bit of space between each one.

The space served as a guide for the stitching. I started stitching along the open spaces and just continued the

stitching right on over the die-cuts. It ends up making a pattern of overlapping triangles...

I just love that :)
One of the sentiments from the new Congrats All Ways fit perfectly with the sophisticated look I was going for.  I added it to a strip of vellum to keep from covering up the pattern too much. 

I mean, come on... you can't spend the time on the pattern and then cover it all up, right?

If you're in the mood for more brand-new inspiration, just check out the rest of the design team!
Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Erin Lincoln
Maile Belles
Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Michelle Wooderson
Danielle Flanders

Only one more day until the big reveal! 
What are you loving so far from this month's release?

I'd love to hear your thoughts so far!

{Fun Flags}
Stamps - Tranquility Trilogy
CS - Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Breeze, New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise
Ink - Versamark
Other - Ribbon, Filigree White Embossing Powder, straws

{So Proud of You}
Stamps - Tranquility Trilogy, Congrats All Ways
CS - Soft Stone, White, Vellum, Smokey Shadow
Ink - Versamark, Smokey Shadow
Other - Rhinestones


cards by cara said...

Love the clean modern look of the card. Gorgeous!! I bet your kids would love those curly straws ... I used to love them!

Gina said...

Ooh, the card is great! modern, sleek, wonderful! And...my four kids can knock out 200 straws in less than a month - so no, it's not just your kids!! :)

Christine Holler said...

Your card is straight, modern and sooooo great!!!
I like it!
An my dauther loves your straw-flags so much!!!

Kisses from Germany

Wendy ten Hove said...

Love the little banners you created there, Jess! But I'm head-over-heels with your stitched card, that pattern is just amazing!! Love how you did that, it looks awesome!!! Gosh... I need a sewing machine! ;-)
Hugs, Wendy

Gabby said...

Your card is very neat! Very creative. Good idea to use the triangles to create tags to identify each child's drink. :)

Suzanne Russell said...

Ooh! Such a cool card! Love the soft stone, white ink and purple stitching. You have GREAT style!

forpahl5 said...

Great idea I love the markers for the drinks!

Stephanie said...

Great idea to make flag markers with them. Now I can't wait for party time.

Anonymous said...

Jess--I love your playful nature and all of your creations. I like how you push the envelope of your own creativity. Brava!

Cyndi said...

Jess--your straws are so sweet! Great idea! There are so many great stamp sets and dies coming out this month that I'm going to have a hard time choosing what is absolute priority--my budget doesn't allow pushing the "I want it all" button! My favorite, however, is the Friendship Jar Summer Fillers set and dies--that pint jar is just too cute!

Atticelf said...

So very cute. I bet they made it taste even better. :)

Kathy Mc said...

Jess, your "flagged" straws are adorable and so fun for the kids (or adults) to use and talk about. Your card is gorgeous ~ love the stitching with the triangles. So very elegant and soft.

Unknown said...

LOVE the straw flags! Way too adorable!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Jess,

Thanks for your sweet comment on my moving card on my blog! I'm very curious what you come up with with the letters!! Can't wait!
All the best!

Hugs, Wendy

East Shore Lane Designs said...

these are so cute, and i'm sure the girls enjoyed them...especially the ones that can read their names. :) i hope you don't mind, but i referenced your project on my blog (no pictures, just links back to your blog).

Marlena M. said...

Those straw tags are a GREAT idea...we can never keep up with who had what cup. ;)