March 27, 2011

Rain, Rain ... Go Away!

Well, at least I am sitting here with a nice hot cup of tea, enjoying the rain from the inside!

My daughter Kim is on school break so she came home for a long weekend and we all headed up to the Russian river where we rented a cozy cabin.  It's been rainy here in NorCal for the last few weeks and the river is quite high (25 feet).  The cabin sits above the river and there are normally two full flights of stairs to get down to the water, but right now the lower flight of stairs is covered in water.  We've seen lots of debris floating by, mostly branches, some quite large, but once we saw an old television float by.  Makes you wonder where that came from.

The rain has been intermittent so we have managed to get out and do some walking in the hills on the other side of the cabin.  Very pleasant.  Kim took lots of photos and has been adding them to her album on Flickr and her blog.  Here's a picture she took of me, hubby and Marley (luckydog):

Here are some other photos I've taken.  Not as artful as Kim's.

The swollen Russian river.  Photo taken from the cabin deck.

Poor trees are covered in water.  

The river is up to the top of the lower flight of stairs.

The rain is coming down steady now and I'm going to go get another cup of tea, then back to the internet for more browsing in front of the window overlooking the river.  In spite of the rain, it's been a very "chillaxing" weekend.

March 25, 2011

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

The challenge this month is all about using embroidery floss:
For the March Blog Hop we are challenging you to use embroidery floss in a fun and inventive way on your project.  This could include stitching, wrapping it around and tying it like ribbon, braiding, accenting tags, embroidered patterns or anything else you can dream up! We look forward to seeing your creations!
I didn't think I would be able to participate in the Blog Hop this month, what with getting sick, but then I remembered that a birthday card I made a couple of weeks ago fit the challenge - I used embroidery floss on it.  I am the first to admit that it was not so creative or inventive - I used it to sew a button to a die cut felt flower.  But it means I can participate in the Blog Hop, so here it is:

Thanks for looking!  Now go check out the rest of the Blog Hop participants on the list over at Nichole's blog.  Have a great Blog Hop day!

Cardstock: PTI Rustic White 
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite Collection
Stamps: PTI Birthday Bash Sentiments, PTI Birthday Basics (sentiment inside card)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo
Other: PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection, PTI scallop die, PTI felt and button, embroidery floss, thread and sewing machine 
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

March 23, 2011

Speedy Recovery

Just a short post to showcase a quick card I made for a friend at work.  She was looking for a get well card for a male friend recovering from surgery.  I realized that I didn't have any get well cards in my stash.  I couldn't come up with any ideas, no mojo.  So I pulled out my laptop and browsed through the blog of one of my favorite Papertrey Ink designers, Dawn McVey.  Soon, my mojo was back and I sat at my desk and created the following card:

I really like the sentiments in the new Papertrey stamp set called Healing Touch Sentiments.  Here is the inside:

Cardstock:  PTI Kraft, Rustic Cream and Vintage Cream (inside)
Patterned Paper: PTI Dotty Biscotti
Stamps: PTI Healing Touch Sentiments, PTI Fillable Frames #10, PTI Turning a New Leaf
Ink: PTI Aqua Mist, SU Creamy Caramel
Other: PTI Fillable Frames #10 die, Copic Spica atYou glitter pen

March 20, 2011

How I Discovered Papertrey Ink

The March Papertrey INKers Challenge is to write about how we discovered Papertrey Ink and what products we first fell in love with.  Then to use those products for the Papertrey Make It Monday challenges and March Blog Hop this month.

Well, I started out this month with tons of creativity.  But in the last couple of weeks, I've lost it little by little, first by catching my husband's cold.  I had a milder version but it still took me out for a good three and a half days.  Then, just as I was gearing up again, I was hit by a horrible stomach flu from which I am still trying to recover after four days.  I am feeling much, much better or I wouldn't be writing this post, but I am still not feeling well enough to craft.  And with a short vacation trip to the Russian River when my daughter comes to visit during a school break this coming weekend, I know I won't be able to play in the Papertrey challenges this week or next.  So, I decided the least I could do is to talk about how I discovered Papertrey Ink.

A year and a half ago I was a happy scrapbooker.  Not interested in anything else crafty - especially making cards.  My sister had been making cards for several years and loved it.  I just wasn't interested, but I appreciated the work she put into her cards (I still keep them all).  I met monthly with several of my scrapbooking friends at a local scrapbook store.  After seeing several other scrapbookers bringing their Cricuts to the crops, I decided to take the plunge and buy one myself.  I can't remember exactly what happened but soon I was using my Cricut to make cards instead of scrapbooking.  But I needed sentiments and so I decided to look for stamps online.  Papertrey Ink was the one website that I kept coming back to.  In March 2010, I took the plunge and bought nine (yes, 9!) stamp sets.  One of which was Mega Mixed Messages, a versatile set of simple sentiments for almost any occasion.  Soon, I wasn't satisfied with just sentiments and my Cricut anymore and I was head-over-heels for stamping and card-making.  My Cricut mostly collects dust now but I pull it out every now and then for something special.

I've collected so many Papertrey stamp sets and have so many different sentiments to choose from now that I don't use Mega Mixed Messages any more.  Here is a set of cards I made a while ago using some of the sentiments:

Here's to hoping that my health and mojo is back fully soon!

Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic White Teracotta
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey ?  Collection
Stamps: PTI Mega Mixed Messages, PTI Take Note
Ink: PTI Terracotta Tile
Other: PTI twill ribbon, Mat Stack 2 die, crystals from Michaels

March 10, 2011

Make It Monday #5

Yesterday I went to my local scrapbook store and they had some Cover-a-Card background stamps by Impression Obsession.  They looked really fun so I had to get a few of them.  They are really big cling mount red rubber stamps, 5.75" x 5.75".  There is a really big acrylic block called the Mega Mount that is slightly curved and has a big handle that you use with these large stamps.  The store didn't have any new ones in stock, but they sold me a demo for 40% off.  Yay!  Cause these big blocks are quite expensive.

One of the Cover-a-Card stamps I got was houndstooth.  Oooohh, I love, love it!  Some Dark Chocolate ink on kraft cardstock ... sigh!  So I decided to use it to make a quick and simple card for the Make It Monday #5 challenge.  This week's challenge is about the technique of distressing.  Go to Nichole's blog to watch the technique video for this challenge.  I love the distressed look.  I don't do it a lot, but when I do, I love doing it with Papertrey cardstock.  

Be sure to check out the other challenge submissions here.

Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream
Stamps: Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Hounsdtooth, PTI Chair-ished, PTI Vintage Labels
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate
Other: Spellbinders Label One die, Tonic/Tim Holtz distressing tool
Size: 4" x 4"

March 7, 2011

Fun Michaels Find

I found a cute flower stamp in the $1 stamp bin at Michaels last week (while I was buying fun foam for Papertrey's Make It Monday #4 challenge).  It's been sitting on my craft table so today I grabbed some of the new Royal Velvet cardstock from Papertrey and some Fresh Snow ink and made this card very quickly:

I love the simplicity of the card and the richness of the purple cardstock.  I also love Papertrey's Fresh Snow ink; I've tried lots of different manufacturer's white inks and this is definitely the best I've found.

Cardstock: PTI Royal Velvet
Stamps: Michaels flower stamp, PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow
Other: Michaels ribbon

March 6, 2011

Baby Blue Argyle

A friend of mine recently became a grandmother again - a boy this time.  So it put me in the mood to make a baby card.  I think this is the first time I've made a baby card for a boy.  All my other cards were neutral or for a baby girl.  This is also one of the very few times I've used Papertrey's A Little Argyle stamp set.  I seriously need to use this set more often.  I love how it looks.

Isn't that a darling button on the bow?  It was in my stash of Papertrey Spring Rain buttons.  And I have to say that Fillable Frames #5 is my favorite Fillable Frames stamp and die set.

Cardstock: PTI Spring Rain and Rustic White
Stamps: PTI A Little Argyle, Night Night Moon and Fillable Frames #5
Ink: Memento Summery Sky and Danube Blue
Other: PTI Fillable Frames #5 die, ribbon and button
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

March 3, 2011

Make It Monday #4

This week's challenge is about using fun foam on your project.  Go to Nichole's blog to watch the technique video for this challenge.  Wow! Fun foam is not something I would have even thought of using.  Surprisingly, I did have some fun foam but I had bought it to use as a cushion for stamping.  It wasn't really usable for a project, so I took a trip to Michael's to get some more.  I found some really pretty glitter foam so I had to get it.  I have to admit I was really surprised it cut like a dream when I put it through the Cuttlebug with the Papertrey number dies.

So I went for it and made the following birthday card:

I cut out the numbers in the glitter foam (love that it had an adhesive backing).  It's not only the first time I've used fun foam, but also the first time I've used the number dies.  Love 'em!

I am loving these challenges so far!

Cardstock: Papertrey True Black
Patterned Paper: Unknown
Stamps: PTI Big Birthday Wishes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: PTI Mat Stack 5 die, PTI By the Numbers Collection dies, PTI ribbon, brads from my stash, hole punch
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

March 2, 2011

Girly You Rock!

I made the following card for a friend at work for her niece's birthday.  She sounded like the perfect recipient for one of the Creeper Crew from The Greeting Farm.  I colored this cutie with copics a while ago without a card in mind.  The patterned papers came from a paper pad I got this past weekend at the Scrapbook Expo in Anaheim.

I've seen a lot of stampers finishing the insides of their cards lately so I thought I'd give it a try here.  I think it turned out very cute.

Cardstock: PTI Plum Pudding and Stampers Select White
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Sugar Rush collection
Stamps: The Greeting Farm CC Monday, PTI Signature Greetings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: PTI ribbon, PTI scallop die, pearls from Michaels
Size: 5.5" x 4.24"


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