April 30, 2011

Mother's Day Card #3

Today is Mother's Day card central in my craft room.  I am certainly having fun using my dies.  Looks like the theme this year is doilies!  And the chads are everywhere! LOL! Here is a vintage-y one using the very cute Kitch collection from The Girls' Paperie.

More Mother's Day cards will be posted later this week.  For now, I have to take a break to make birthday cards for hubby and his twin brother.

Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper: The Girls' Paperie Kitch collection
Stamps: Verve Love Deepens
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo
Other: PTI Limitless Layers 1 3/4" die, PTI Edgers #2 die
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 29, 2011

Mother's Day Card #2

I made my second Mother's Day card last evening.  The inspiration for this one is from this card by Ingrid Danvers.  She makes so many beautiful cards and this is one I've had in my inspiration file for a few months now.

Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream and Melon Berry
Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection
Stamps: Verve Love Deepens, PTI Turning a New Leaf
Ink: PTI True Black and Ripe Avocado
Other: PTI Parisian Lace Doily die, Nestabilities circle and scallop circle dies, Zva Creative crystal flourish, PTI Ripe Avocado ribbon
Size: 5.25" x 5.25"

April 28, 2011

With Sympathy

With Sympathy is one of my favorite stamp sets from Papertrey Ink.  I just love the intricate vines in the set. When a friend at work needed a sympathy card, I was able to create this card pretty quickly:

It's hard to see in the above photo but I popped up the royal velvet/white rustic card front.  You can see it better in this photo:

You can even see the tiny pearls I added to the larger flowers.  Since this card is intended to be signed by a number of people, I made sure there was plenty of room on the inside for messages and signatures:

I really like how this card turned out.

Cardstock: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Royal Velvet, White Rustic
Stamps: PTI With Sympathy
Ink: TH Distress Crushed Olive, Memento Grape Jelly, PTI True Black
Other: Pearls from my stash, Star Dust stickles (center of little flowers)
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 27, 2011

Mother's Day Card #1

It's that time of year and time for me to make Mother's Day cards for sale at work.  Last Mother's Day was the first time I made extra cards and brought them to work for sale.  It was fun and I sold all of them!  I can't believe it's been a whole year already.  Here's the first one for 2011; I made three of these:

Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream, Pink Shimmer, Pinefeather
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages Country Estate
Stamps: PTI Turning a New Leaf, Verve Love Deepens
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamagic Watermark
Other: PTI medium scallop die, Turning a New Leaf die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" die, 1 3/4" punch, Me & My BIG Ideas rhinestones
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 26, 2011

Oldie But Goodie: An Easter Card

I have another Oldie But Goodie CASE for you.  This time I picked this card by the fabulous Betsy Veldman, made in 2010.  This card was one of the reasons I bought Papertrey Ink's Egg Hunt stamp set.  At the time I was still fairly new to stamping and cardmaking and this stamp set was in my first Papertrey Ink order.  I was way too intimidated at the time to try to make a card like this.

Ah, but now I have a year of stamping and cardmaking experience (and over a hundred Papertrey Ink stamps sets later - gulp!), I am ready for it!  Easter totally snuck up on me, I think because it was later this year, and I wanted to make special cards for my folks and my mother-in-law.  I remembered this card by Betsy and looked it up - still as gorgeous as I remembered.

Here is my version:

I think it turned out nice, but ... I clearly went overboard with the Tea Dye Duo Chai ink on the patterned paper.  I should have just touched the edges instead of applying it with a sponge.  And there was no way I could cut out that butterfly - how did Betsy do it?  I tried, it was a mess.  I could have skipped the butterfly but I thought it was a really nice touch.  I dug through my embellishments stash and found this cute K&Company butterfly and I think it works.  I especially liked the scallop with the Dot Spot stamp - it really makes it look like lace.   What a great idea!

My folks and mother-in-law will love the cards!  Thanks Betsy!

Cardstock:  PTI Rustic White
Patterned Paper:  PTI Pretty Pastels
Stamps:  PTI Egg Hunt, Fillable Frames #1
Ink: Memento Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Summer Sky and Danube Blue; PTI Tea Dye Duo
Other:  PTI medium scallop die, egg die, Fillable Frames #1 die, K&Company Elegance Butterfly stickers
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 25, 2011

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

The theme of the challenge this month is Boys to Men:
This month's blog hop is dedicated to all the boys and men in our lives! Now's your chance to create Father's Day projects, boy birthday cards and more to build up your stash! Focus on masculine color schemes, fresh pattern combinations, understated embellishments and unique uses of images you may already have in your stash!
I almost forgot about the Blog Hop so I made this card quickly.  It is very appropriate as I always need masculine cards, especially birthday cards.  I love the new masculine paper pack from PTI.

Thanks for looking!  Now 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 Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: PTI Argyle Socks
Stamps: PTI Just the Ticket
Ink: TH Distress Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Rusty Hinge
Other: PTI Just the Ticket die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" die, Creative Imaginations Old Guys Rule sticker
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 21, 2011

Follow Your Dreams

For the Papertrey INKers challenge this month, we were asked to create a card or project for someone who is always going out of their way for someone.  Well, I can't say that my daughter Kim exactly fits in that category but she has been in my thoughts a lot and is embarking on an exciting future this year.  She is starting the last quarter of her college career at the Fashion Institute for Design and Manufacturing (FIDM) in Los Angeles, set to graduate in June.  She is also working as an intern in her chosen field of Apparel Manufacturing.  She'll be going to exit interviews, career counseling and job interviews as she is winding down her college life.  It's a scary but exciting time for her.  I remember going through those same feelings when I was graduating from college (oh so many years ago).

Last week, I bought some 6x6 paper packs of some Webster's Pages collections at my local scrapbook store.  Included was the Trendsetter collection, which immediately made me think of Kim.  So I made this card for her:

This card was inspired by this video by Gina K.  Such a cute stamp set and, best of all, I got it free when I purchased over $35 of other Gina K stamps during their 2nd anniversary celebration.

For the inside sentiment, I used a stamp from another stamp set I received recently - Taylored Expressions Dream Big.  I love this sentiment:

On a side note, this is the first time I used my new Tim Holtz Acrylic Grid Blocks collection.  I always struggle with cling mount stamps because they are so much thicker than clear stamps and I often misjudge the distance and don't land the stamp on the paper evenly.  When I saw these thin acrylic blocks, I had to give them a try.  Love 'em!  They work really well with cling mount stamps.

Cardstock: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Rustic White and True Black
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages Trendsetter collection
Stamps: Gina K Designs Celebrate in Style, PTI Fillable Frames #3, Taylored Expressions Dream Big
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Nestabilities Circle and Schallop Circle dies, jewel stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle's Elizabeth Park collection, Copics, atyou Spica glitter pen
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 19, 2011

Celebrating You!

At my local scrapbook store last week, I purchased the new October Afternoon 5 & Dime paper pad.  I love October Afternoon and this one is no exception.  I absolutely love the vintage looking paper and the color scheme of this collection.  I pulled it out this past weekend and went to work.  I quickly created the following card:

Cardstock: PTI Smokey Shadow and Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon 5 & Dime
Stamps: PTI Inside & Out: Birthday
Ink: PTI Tea Dye Duo, Versamark Watermark
Other: Ranger Super Fine Detail Black embossing powder, PTI medium scallop die
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 18, 2011

Oldie But Goodie: A Spring Flower Birthday Card

I went back in history a bit and CASEd this card made by the talented Maile Belles in 2009.  What I really like about this card are the popped up flowers with the intricate vines and leaves from PTI's With Sympathy stamp set.

Here is my version:

I think this is a perfect birthday card for anyone with a spring birthday.

Cardstock: PTI Spring Moss, Melon Berry and Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI With Sympathy and Birthday Basics
Ink: TH Distress Shabby Shutters, Dried Marigold and Broken China, Memento Lilac Posies and Tuxedo Black
Other: PTI Double-Ended Banners die
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 17, 2011

Make It Monday #10 - Happy Easter

This week's Make It Monday #10 challenge at Papertrey is about masking with dies.  This isn't a technique I've really been interested in using before, so this is a good challenge for me.  And, it's the last day of the challenge so I had to get my rear in gear.

I looked through my dies and decided on the egg die.  I cut an egg stencil out of plain paper, applied temporary adhesive to the back of it and laid it on my card where I wanted to put an egg.  I then used the Tim Holtz blending tool to color the inside of the egg stencil with pink distress ink.  I used a stamp from Papertrey's Background Basics: Tin Types stamp set with a darker pink distress ink to create a pattern on the egg.  I repeated the process to create another stenciled egg with blue distress inks.  I think the two eggs look pretty good!  I added a few other elements to complete my card, shown here:

I love the Happy Easter sentiment from The Stamps of Life because it can be colored.  I used atyou Spica glitter pens to add some sparkle.  You can see the pretty sparkle in this photo:

Go to Nichole's blog to watch the technique video for this challenge.  And while you're there, check out the other cards/projects that were submitted.  Very inspiring!

Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream and Lemon Tart
Stamps: PTI Background Basics: Tin Types and Background Basics: Twinkle, The Stamps Of Life bunny4easter and eggs4easter
Ink: TH Distress Ink: Spun Sugar/Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass/Broken China, and Wild Honey; Memento Cottage Ivy and Tuxedo Black
Other: PTI Simply Chartreuse felt, PTI large rick rack die, atyou Spica glitter pens
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Live Life Loud

Last weekend, I made a couple of birthday cards for a colleague at work.  One was for her little brother who is in his early twenties and loves music and playing drums.  As soon as she told me that, I knew I wanted to make a grunge-style card.  I had a couple of new stamp sets from Gina K Designs called Live Life Loud and Gleefully Yours and knew these would be perfect.  Some Papertrey Ripe Avocado Paper and I was good to go:

And here is the inside:

I just love how this turned out.  And it's really turned me on to grunge-style.  I can't wait to get the Papertrey April release stamps as they include more grunge-style elements.

Cardstock: PTI Ripe Avocado and Smokey Shadow, Georgia-Pacific white
Stamps: Gina K Designs Live Life Loud and Gleefully Yours, PTI Birthday Basics
Ink: Versamagic Watermark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tin Holtz Distress Pumice Stone
Other: Tim Holtz blending and paper distressing tools
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 16, 2011

Marley is Getting Back to Normal

After several rough days recovering from the dog attack and her surgery, Marley is looking and acting more like herself.  This morning she went to her toy boxes and started pulling out all her toys to play with.

On Thursday afternoon she had a followup visit at the vet and got the drains removed and got all cleaned up.  She was so happy.  She goes back to the vet next week to get all the stitches removed.  She still has to stay inside and that is starting to get troublesome as she is getting her energy and perkiness back.  She does get to go outside for potty time so that helps a little.

Here are some pictures:

The wound to her neck is healing very nicely!

She spent much of her recovery time under the tables in my craft room.

Thanks to everyone who asked about Marley and wished her well.  Fortunately Marley is young (almost 3) and dogs have an amazing ability to bounce back quickly.  We are very happy to still have our Lucky Dog with us.

April 12, 2011

Organizing My Inks

There is so much organization I need to do in my craft room.  But at the top of my list is organizing my inks.  I have so much ink and recently I have really gotten into using distress inks so I've been buying more and more ink.  And it is not unusual for me to buy duplicates and have to return products all the time.  So last weekend I decided to tackle my inks.  I searched the web and found some templates for the distress inks and Memento inks.  And I made a simple one for my Papertrey inks.  I printed them on Gina K's Pure Luxury white cardstock and then stamped each of the inks that I have.  This is what I ended up with:

I love this.  I can so easily see what inks I have and what they look like stamped on white paper.  Since I like to stamp on kraft paper a lot, I am thinking of doing this again with kraft paper.  But, for now, this is absolutely great! And I can make copies of these and carry them with me when I am shopping for more inks.  

If you are interested in using these templates, you can find them here:
Papertrey Inks: Papertrey Inks Color Chart (I label this as Old Papertrey Inks because Papertrey will be coming out with new inks soon.)

April 11, 2011

Poor Marley!

Yesterday was a scary day for us!  My husband was walking our dog Marley at a local regional park where dogs are allowed off leash.  Marley was on leash when she was attacked by a male pitbull-akita mix that was off-leash.  The dog went for her throat and when pulled off, also bit her in the right rear leg.  Marley didn't have a chance to even try to fight back.  We thought she just had puncture wounds, but when the emergency vet looked at her, we were shocked to see a huge tear in her throat area (luckily the tear was to her skin and there was little damage to anything else).  The doc said she was very lucky!  I think her collar helped to prevent worse damage.  So poor Marley had surgery to repair her wounds.  She was a very unhappy pup when we brought her home last night.  She cried most of the night, even with the pain meds.  Here is the poor baby trying to sleep:

Marley was much better this morning and when I came home from work, she was all happy and wagging her tail.  Tomorrow I will work from home to watch over her.  After that I think she'll be fine on her own during the days.

I've been really busy and haven't had a chance to make many cards, but I did some organizing and as you can see, I updated my blog design.  I will have a few posts over the next few days with some of my organizing and some cards I am especially proud of.

April 4, 2011

Make It Monday #9 - Loss of Pet

Today was a good day for my "little card shop" at work.  I sold two of my ready-made cards and got orders for four new cards, two needed by tomorrow.  So I was busy tonight making them.  One of the cards is for the loss of a cat.  I've had Papertrey's With Sympathy: Loss of Pet stamp set for awhile and this is the first time I've had to use it.  It's a small set and I really like the sentiments - I would love to have more such sentiments as I have a lot of friends and family that have pets.

And since the Make It Monday #9 challenge is all about heat embossing, I decided to heat emboss the sentiment on the front of the card.  But, of course, I had to find a way to make it harder than it had to be.  I really wanted to use a dark blue ink but PTI's Enchanted Evening would not hold the embossing powder, it dried too quickly.  So I dug around and found a Colorbox cat's eye dark blue that worked, sort of.  My practice try looked great, the final one not so much.  It is definitely embossed but not perfect in my eyes.  When I looked closer at the ink I used, it was a chalk ink instead of a pigment ink.  Anyway, here's the card:

And here is the inside:

Go to Nichole's blog to watch the technique video for this challenge.  And while you're there, check out the other cards/projects that were submitted.  Very inspiring!

Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper: AdornIt Purrfect Kitty Collection
Stamps: PTI With Sympathy: Loss of Pet, Fancy Flourishes
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye Queue (unknown name), Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Filigree clear fine embossing powder
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 3, 2011

Need a Couch Day?

Another two post day - I am on a roll!  Ha!  I made one last get well card ... well, two really since I almost always make two cards at a time.  That makes a total of 8 cards this weekend!  That's pretty good for me!

This card is one I've been wanting to make ever since I got Papertrey's On My Couch stamp sets and dies.  I love the sentiments that come with this stamp set.  And who doesn't love Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 papers?

Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 and Fleuriste collections
Stamps: PTI On My Couch and On My Couch Additions
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy and Ocean Tides, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: PTI On My Couch dies, corner chomper
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Feeling Green Around the Gills?

Surprise!  Another get well card!  Yep, I'm still making get well cards.  Today I pulled out my copics and one of my new My Favorite Things al a mode stamp sets and one of my new favorite Cosmo Cricket paper pads and ... Voila!

Oh, and see that cute fish ... I paper pieced it.  First time I've done that.  I kinda hate fussy cutting, but I have to say I really like the result.  And that Cosmo Cricket Salt Air paper is perfect.

Cardstock: PTI Summer Sunrise and Stampers Select White
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Salt Air
Stamps: MFT a la mode Something's Fishy, PTI Healing Touch Sentiments (inside)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Copics, Nestabilities Petite Ovals and Petite Scallop Ovals, Corner Chomper
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 2, 2011

Make It Monday #8 - Back in the Saddle

Woohoo! Two posts in one day!

As soon as I saw the Papertrey Make It Monday technique video this week, I knew what I wanted to do.  I had recently received a couple of new stamp sets from Waltzingmouse with a western theme.  So cute!  And perfect for this technique.  Easy peasy, right?  Nope, not for me.  I had the Tim Holtz Blending Tool but only tried to use it once before -- didn't like it.  But this time I pulled it out and was determined to make it work.  I had never used this technique before and I had to practice a lot, but ultimately I think I finally got the hang of it.  

And in the end, I am very happy with the card; even my husband was impressed.

Now I'm kinda embarrassed to submit this to the Make It Monday Challenge as the only thing Papertrey on it is the cardstock and one sentiment on the inside, but it meets the challenge requirements and I am quite proud of it.

Go to Nichole's blog to watch the technique video for this challenge.  And you can see the amazing cards that others submitted to the challenge.  Very inspiring.

Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Rustic Cream and Stampers Select White
Stamps: Waltzing Mouse Back in the Saddle and Way out West, PTI Healing Touch Sentiments (inside)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick, Memento Tuxedo Black
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

Get Well Teapot

I finally have a day to spend in my craft room.  My husband calls it my "lair" - LOL!  I'm doing a little organizing and making some cards for my stash.  I have a few holes in my stash - one is Get Well cards, so I am going to make some this weekend.  Here is my first batch:

I usually make a duplicate when I am making cards; it's easy since I have everything right at hand.  This is the first time I've used PTI's Tea for Two stamp set and dies.  Fun, fun...  

I decorated the inside of the card with stamps from PTI's Tea for Two Additions.  I love the finished look.

As for organizing, this morning I went through all my stamps and pulled out all the "get well" sentimates and images and stamped them out on cardstock for my stamp binder.  Now when I need to make a get well card, I can look through the binder to find the right stamps.  I'll continue this with "thank you", "miss you", "thinking of you", "sympathy", etc. 

Back to the craft room...

Cardstock: PTI Smoky Shadow
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste
Stamps: PTI Tea for Two, Tea for Two Additions, Mega Mixed Messages and Healing Touch Sentiments
Ink: Memento Sweet Plum and Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other:  Martha Stewart Die Cut Lace Tags, Martha Stewart Daisy border punch, PTI teapot die cut
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"


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