July 25, 2011

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Hi there!  Long time no blog!  July has been a busy, busy month for me.  I started the month with a visit to my family in Minnesota.  We had a great time visiting and chillaxing.  On the 4th of July we decorated my parents' pontoon boat and joined the parade on the lake.  We even won 1st place!  When I got back home, we prepared for my daughter to move back home after finishing college.  So while we moved things around to adjust for another adult, I got into an organizing and cleaning frenzy in my craft room.  I gathered lots of unused stamping and scrapbooking supplies and sold much of it through online forums.    

So July has just flown by, and it's time to get crafting again!  In fact, I've even thought that it might be time to start making holiday cards and projects. OMG! Did I just say that out loud?  Okay, back to reality, how about I just try to finish out the month with some crafting under my belt.  First up is my card for Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge.  

We have another amazing inspirational photo for you this month that 
we just know will bring out the very best in your creativity! Look 
closely and there are so many directions to go in! You can choose 
to focus on the colors, the motifs or the overall design! We look 
forward to seeing your projects!

I was not only inspired by the colors in the challenge photo, but also the design elements, particularly that of the curtains.  And since I just got Papertrey's new Peaceful Garden stamp set, I had to ink it up!  Here is what I came up with:

Isn't the little dragonfly cute?  I found him on Papertrey's Places, Please stamp set.  And, of course, a little added bling to add a touch of sparkle.

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 Kraft, Rustic White and Melon Berry
Stamps: PTI Peaceful Garden and Places, Please
Ink: PTI Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides and True Black
Other: Cuttlebug Asian Plum Blossom embossing folder, misc. rhinestones
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

July 6, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

I've been away from my blog and crafting for the last week while on vacation.  I was back in Minnesota visiting my folks, sisters and brother.  We decorated my parents' boat and entered it in the 4th of July lake parade.  And we won 1st place!  We had a lot of fun but it is nice to be back home again.

Here is a card I hadn't posted yet because it was an anniversary for my sister and I didn't want her to see it before she got it.  I love this Echo Park paper and this is the first time I've used my Love Birds stamp set from Papertrey Ink:

Cardstock: PTI Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Be Mine collection
Stamps: PTI Love Birds
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Jenni Bowlin Chewing Gum
Other: PTI Love Birds die, PTI ribbon, Zva Creations pearl flourishes
Size: 5" x 5"


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