Saturday, December 12, 2009

CPS Sketch #145

Yea! I made time to do some Christmas crafting! I'm terribly behind and was glad to use CPS Sketch 145 for some inspiration. Got me to use some chipboard that I bought last year and never touched. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Holidays!

Supplies (all SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Faux Ribbon (PTI)
Ink: Handsome Hunter
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter
Accessories: retired SU! patterned paper, SU! chipboard, Martha Stewart tinsel glitter in crystal

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - Oct '09 - Holiday Hop

Hello. The month's PTI BlogHop is the Holiday Hop. Here's the challenge: "Show us your best upcoming holiday plans for cards, gifts, wraps or whatever else you have up your sleeve!" I'm a bit of procrastinator, so I'm just now getting around to Halloween projects. I hope that still counts for the holidays.

I made these treat holders using PTI's medium glassine bags. Embossed them with Cuttlebug folders for a little added texture, which I've seen on various blogs. This was my first project using Copics and I'm pretty happy with how the pumpkin turned out (see Nichole's post for my inspiration).

I've missed the last few hops because we're expecting another baby and the first trimester was tiring. It didn't stop me from buying new stamping supplies, just from actually using them much. : )

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Boo Bag
Stamps: Boo to You, Vintage Labels
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Stamper's Select White
Ink: Basic Black (SU!), Orange Zest
Accessories: medium glassine bag, Cuttlebug Divine Swirl embossing folder, Labels 1 Nestie (Spellbinders), orange rhinestones (Kaisercraft), True Black gingham ribbon, True Black & Orange Zest vintage buttons, ribbon hole punch (SU!)

Pumpkin Bag
Stamps: Boo to You, Faux Ribbon
Paper: Always Artichoke (SU!), Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Stamper's Select White
Ink: Orange Zest, Memento Rich Cocoa, Ripe Avocado, Copic markers YR12, YR15, YR18
Accessories: medium glassine bag, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Orange Zest Luxe Satin ribbon, leaf ribbon, Ripe Avocado vintage buttons, Apron Lace punch (Fiskar's), paper crimper (Fiskar's),
ribbon hole punch (SU!)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #13 & WSC #91

Yea! I finally had time to try one of Dawn's color challenges again. Once again, I would never have put these colors together myself, but I really like how this card turned out! I got my layout inspiration from the Weekend Sketch Challenge #91.

Playing with the new In Bloom set was so much fun! It still took me forever to cut out the flowers. I glittered the edges of the blooms, but it's difficult to see in the photo.

Hope you're having a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by.
Supplies (PTI unless noted): Stamps: In Bloom Ink: Real Red, Certainly Celery (both SU!) Paper: Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss, Stamper's Select White, Bitty Dot Basics patterned paper Accessories: dotted scallop punch (EK Success), crystal fine glitter (Martha Stewart), Two Way Glue Pen (SU!)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - July '09 - Text

Welcome to the July PTI Blog Hop. It seems that I've become a once-a-month blogger -- just for the blog hop. I received my PTI order yesterday (first one since April!), so I had to play along. This month's challenge: "I'd like to see your twist on anything text integrated into a fun project! Cut it, punch it, tear it, distress it, paint it, ink it, brayer it, stamp it, stitch it, layer it. Use it as a background, border or a focal point. Use several text styles on one project or just focus on a single look. Try a technique layered on top of text like emboss resist or watercoloring. You could even run it through an embossing folder."

I stuck to a couple of basic text ideas given my limited free time lately. I also used Fall-to-Layout #51 to help get my juices flowing and save some time. On this first card, I wanted to combine several different fonts, so this is what I came up with:
By the way, I think Fancy Flourishes is just perfect! So glad I finally ordered it.

I made this little note card with the leftover piece from the Top Note die cut. Just a cute little note to stick in a dish when I return it to our neighbor.

For the second card, I used several of the sentiments from Friends 'Til the End to make a background. I lined them all up on a large block and stamped away. Had to go back to fill in a few of the empty spots on either side.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the hop.

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Thank You card
Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style, Fancy Flourishes, Papertray, Letterpress Alphabet(SU!)
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow (both SU!)
Paper: Bitty Dot Basics in Lemon Tart, Stamper's Select White, Kraft (SU!)
Accessories/Tools: Vintage Buttoms (Lemon Tart and Aqua Mist), Top Note die (SU!), sponge, corner rounder (Fiskar's)

Absolutely Fabulous notecard
Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style, Fancy Flourishes, Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Creamy Caramel (SU!)
Paper: Bitty Dot Basics in Lemon Tart, Kraft (SU!)
Accessories/Tools: Vintage Buttoms (Lemon Tart and Hibiscus Burst), Rose Red grosgrain ribbon (SU!), Top Note die (SU!), sponge,
corner rounder (Fiskar's)

Friend card
Stamps: Friends 'Til the End
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, Certainly Celery (SU!)
Paper: Bitty Dot Basics in Lemon Tart, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz
Accessories/Tools: Apron Lace punch (Fiskar's), Top Note die (SU!), rhinestones (Kaisercraft)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink June 09 - Summer

image from Edible Portland

Welcome to the PTI blog hop. This month's challenge is: "Summer is FULL of so many wonderful colors, sights & sounds! This month your challenge is to get inspired by the lazy days of summer and reflect your inspiration in a project of your choice! Whether it be the colors in your favorite summer treats, the pattern on your bathing suit & beach towel or even the texture of the sand between your toes, use any or all of these things as a springboard for your design."

The start of summer here in Oregon means the arrival of lots of yummy berries. I used the strawberries from My Punny Valentine to create a couple of cards. I actually made a third, but my toddler shredded it. This first card was inspired Fall-to-Layout #41, which was inspired by this card by Savitri.
I made this 2nd card with a couple of extra strawberries. Cut them out and embossed to get that shiny fruit look.
I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted. I got busy preparing for a garage sale, and then work got crazy. Not sure if things will calm down anytime soon, but I didn't want to miss the hop.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!
Supplies: (SU! unless noted otherwise)
Birthdays are the Berry Best:
Stamps: My Punny Valentine (PTI), Year Round Puns (PTI)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Basic Black
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Real Read, Wild Wasabi Textured
Accessories: Gingham ribbon, dotted scallop punch (EK Success), corner rounder

Love You Berry Much
Stamps: My Punny Valentine (PTI)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Basic Black
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Wild Wasabi Textured
Accessories: Gingham ribbon, White Vintage Buttons (PTI), Double Ended Tag Die (Spellbinders)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #7

Hello. Here's my take on Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #7. For the flower and leaf, I tried this watercolor technique, originally posted here. I used just plain cardstock as I didn't have any shimmery on hand. I was pleased with the results but it did take a lot of work to keep the paper wet enough to blend the color. The video on Patty Bennett's blog shows the color blending much more easily than it did for me. I think I'll try again when I get my hands on some shimmery cardstock. Duh - it just dawned on me that glossy should work as well.

Also, I didn't wait long enough for the cardstock to dry before I started trimming. That ended up tearing it, so I recommend waiting until your cardstock is really dry.

The finished card is 3 7/8" x 8 1/2".

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies (all Papertrey Ink unless noted) Stamps: Friends 'Til the End Ink: Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Pink Passion reinkers (SU!), Versamark (Tsukined) Papers: Spring Moss, Stamper's Select White, Friends 'Til the End patterned paper Accessories: white embossing powder (SU!), AquaPainter (SU!), Raspberry Fizz grosgrain ribbon

Monday, May 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink May '09 Blog Hop - Yellow

Hello! Welcome to Papertrey's Blog Hop. This month's theme is the color yellow. I made this Ready, Set, Wrap template using Lemon Tart cardstock, and stamped with Boxes, Bags, and Tags.

I decided to jazz up the box by using my new Fiskar's Apron Lace punch on the side flaps. First, using scrap paper, I determined that the punch removes 1/4" of cardstock. Next, I printed the side flaps on copy paper and cut them out to be a template. When I traced the side flaps onto the cardstock, I traced one side, scooted the template over 1/2", and then traced the other side. You still have to leave the bottom tab the normal size so that it fits in the box. I punched away, and it worked out perfectly!

Thanks for hopping by, and enjoy the blog hop!

Supplies (all Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Stamps: Boxes, Bags & Tags, Mixed Messages
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Barely Banana (SU!), Wild Wasabi (SU!), Essential Glue Pad
Paper: Lemon Tart, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories: Ready, Set Wrap Timeless Template, Hibiscus Burst Topnotch Twill ribbon, rhinestone (KaiserCraft), silver cord (SU!), Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!)
Tools: Apron Lace punch (Fiskars), 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches (SU!), small oval punch (SU!), large eyelet punch (SU!)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #6 & Fall-To Layout 41

Hello! I forced myself to try this color challenge as it was far outside my comfort zone. I think I've used Cameo Coral twice ever. Amazingly, the card came together fairly quickly - due in part to using this sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping. When I first showed my husband the different colored papers laying together, he sort of gagged. When I showed him in the finished card, he said, "Wow, I really like those rich colors." It's funny how a project can magically come together.

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies (all Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Stamps: Heart Prints, Spots & Dots
Ink: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip (both SU!), Versamark (Tsukineko)
Paper: Cameo Coral (SU!), Stamper's Select White, Bitty Dot Basics paper in Aqua Mist
Accessories: corner rounder, scalloped Edge punch (both SU!), small heart punch, dark chocolate satin ribbon

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Strawberry Cupcakes

Hello. I found a recipe in Cooking Light for strawberry cupcakes that looked really yummy. I decided to package some up to give away to friends using the strawberries in My Punny Valentine. This project ended up taking me 3 days! Everything takes much longer with a toddler in the house. I started the cupcake box from Valerie Stangle's tutorial on Friday during nap time. Then I made the cupcakes during Saturday's nap. Worked on more packaging on Saturday night and used the Ready, Set, Wrap Timeless template, thinking it would be faster. But I quickly ran out of time so I resorted to a cello bag with a quick tag. I finally made the frosting this morning and put everything together. I think I like the boxes better than the cupcakes. : )

A couple of tips: I found that the cupcake box will hold 2 small cupcakes if you don't make the insert, and the Ready, Set, Wrap box will hold a short cupcake. The strawberry on top got a bit smashed. Also, I discovered that it's much easier to make the scalloped rings for the cupcake box running both circle Nesties through the Cuttlebug at the same time. Maybe everybody else already knows this, but it didn't dawn on me until I had trouble lining up the inner circle with the outer scallops...

Have a good week, and thanks for visiting!
Supplies (all SU! unless noted)
Stamps: My Punny Valentine, Friends 'Til the End (both Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch, small and large tag punches, scalloped edge punch, Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon, silver elastic cord
, window sheets, red ribbon (stash), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Coluzzle

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours!

Hello. I cased this card from Dawn McVey's card. I wanted another quick masculine card for my husband, so Dawn's card came to mind. I incorporated my new Spots and Dots set and Smokey Green Stripes ribbon. I actually had this ribbon on my desk, but couldn't figure out how to incorporate it. So I gave up and decided to cruise the PTI release blogs. Then I found this card by Lisa Johnson -- perfect use of the ribbon! The sentiment was so appropriate for us right now -- our daughter has not been sleeping, my husband got sick, and now the Oregon rain just won't stop! Hopefully this card brought just a bit of cheer to an otherwise difficult week.

Thanks for visiting!
Supplies (SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Scattered Showers, Spots & Dots (both Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Basic Gray, Old Olive
Paper: Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink), Basic Gray, Old Olive
Accessories: Smokey Green Stripes ribbon (Papertrey Ink), SU! cutter kit

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #5

ETA: I was thrilled to see that this card made it "In The Spotlight" for Dawn's color challenge! I was so excited that I almost woke up the sleeping toddler. : )

Hello. This card has been bouncing around in my head for a few days. I finally got to make it and liked how it turned out. But then it photographed so poorly that I almost don't want to post it!

This is 4.25" square card. I masked the center with a 3" square of copy paper and a little extra mask for the sentiment. Then I stamped the Polka Dot Basics. I sort of free-handed the frame. I'm an engineer, so I couldn't quite bring myself to do it without a ruler. I really like the scribble look, so I still tried for that. The umbrella is covered with Crystal Effects, which photographed very poorly. Need to work on that.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a good week!
Supplies (All Papertrey Ink unless noted):
Stamps: Scattered Showers, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Fresh Snow, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Basic Gray (SU!)
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Stamper's Select White
Hibiscus Burst vintage button, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon (SU!), white gel pen

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wishing You Sunshine!

Hello. I made this card for my husband because he really tires of the Oregon rain by this time of the year. We've been having particularly heavy storms this week, so I thought the sunshine sentiment was perfect for him. I tried to use masculine colors and then wondered if the card just ended up looking dark and dreary. Ha! I love how the paper piecing on the umbrella turned out. Will be using that technique again soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies (all SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Scattered Showers (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink), Not Quite Navy DSP
Accessories: rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ribbon Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Swiss Dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mother's Day Lilac

My friend asked me to make some Mother's Day cards using flowers. I wanted to use my ignored Blossoms Abound. I just picked up the Martha Stewart small ribbon threader punch for half off, and I found this textured paper for 10 cents! So this is what I came up with when I combined my new bargain goodies. It's hard to see but I shabbied the focal point up a bit by inking the corners and distressing the edges. I was thinking about how this is not my normal style when I realized that I had probably been inspired by Debbie Olsen's recent posts here and here. Funny how that works.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (All SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Blossoms Abound, Women of Life (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Lavender Lace, Old Olive, Certainly Celery
Paper: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, Purple #1 textured cardstock (Die Cuts with A View)
Accessories: ribbon (Offray), small ribbon threader punch (Martha Stewart)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Papertrey Ink Spring Fling Challenge

Hello. I decided to participate in Papertrey's Spring Fling Challenge because I loved the colors in Becky Oehler's inspiration photo. Oh, and of course, the chance to win a stamp set is pretty inpiring. I was trying to re-create the circle pattern on the middle pillow and to include the scalloped edge from the pillow behind it. In the end, my card turned out nothing like I had envisioned. Sigh. But I did learn that the flowers from Women of Life fit the Gridlines II grid cardstock!

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies (SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Women of Life, Mixed Messages (both Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rose Red, Cool Caribbean, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Certainly Celerly, Apricot Appeal, Guidelines II grid cardstock
1 3/8" circle punch, flower punch

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #4

Hello. I LOVE this card! It came together fairly quickly last night, and I was really pleased with how it turned out. I used this Fall-To Layout #13 from Clean and Simple Stamping and just adjusted the proportions to see more of the flowers. I re-discovered my Soft Sky paper and ink - had completely forgotten about that one. Okay, just a quickie post since the challenge deadline is less than an hour away.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a good week.

Supplies (all SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Life (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PaperTrey Ink), Soft Sky
Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink April 2009 Blog Hop - My Timeless Templates

The challenge from Papertrey Ink this month is to use of their My Timeless Templates. I used the Filed with Flair template, which I bought last month and intended to use for making April birthday gifts. As usual, it took a challenge to actually get me to use my new purchase.

The side panels were inspired by this project on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog. I used the Crayon Resist technique, coloring with purple crayon on the D'vine Swirl embossed paper. Then I painted over the panel with white acrylic paint, let it dry, and then sanded off some of the paint to expose the purple. Turns out that the swirly flowers from the Women of Life stamp life coordinate quite well with the embossed swirls.

I hope to make a matching Mother's Day card soon.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the blog hop!

Stamps: Women of Life (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Lavendar Lace (SU!)
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Lavendar Lace (SU!)
Accessories: Hibiscus Vintage Buttons (Papertrey Ink), D'vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

CPS Sketch #112

Hello.  I've finally found time to try some sketches again.  Yea!  I've had these Cool Caribbean Long Notes and designer papers for over 2 years now.  Can you believe that I've finally gotten around to making a card with it?  I've had another idea for these supplies bouncing around in my head for over two years also.  Maybe I'll actually make it soon.  I really like how the focal point turned out.  Even added some bling!
Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies (All SU! unless noted)
Stamps:  Polka Dots and Petals, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink), Friend 'Til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray, Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Cool Caribbean Long Notes, Petals and Paisley DSP, Pretty in Pink cardstock
Accessories:  1" circle punch, dotted scallop punch (EK Success), rhinestones (Kaiser scrapbook)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Catalin Radio Card

My friend asked me to make a birthday card for her father-in-law, who collects Catalin Radios.  She gave me a handful of photos and here's the one I tried to create on the card:
What do you think?  I was surprised at how well it turned out!  By the way, the pieces on the card image are crooked because I only used temporary adhesive until I knew my friend was happy with the card.  : )

Thanks for stopping by,
Supplies (All SU! unless noted otherwise)
Stamps:  Everyday Classics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, More Mustard DSP
Accessories: Ruby Red brads, Rectangle Nesties (Spellbinders), stylus, Word Window punch, Key Tag punch

Monday, April 20, 2009

Lauren's Birthday

I can't believe that I haven't posted for 2 weeks!  Farmor and Popie came to visit M (you know the grandparents don't care about us adults now), so I've been busy with family for awhile.  I did manage to make one card for our niece's 4th birthday last week.  This is a combo circle and shaker card.  I'm going to make this post quick so I can go do some stamping!

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies (All Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise)
Stamps:  Birthday Best
Ink: Black Staz-On, Cool Caribbean, Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Apricot Appeal
Paper:  Cool Caribbean, Loves Me DSP, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Circle Nesties (Spellbinders), Aqua Painter, Soft Subtles beads, white organza ribbon, double-sided foam tape (3M), window sheets

Monday, April 6, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #3

Hello!  I tried Dawn McVey's color challenge again.  And again, outside my comfort zone.  I finally used my one piece of Groovy Guava cardstock to make this card.  I'd like to learn more about Dawn's comments on the hues in colors.  Not sure if my colors are clashing or not since I would never try this color combo on my own!  Also, I tried out my new EK success punch.  I had the darnedest time lining the paper up with that thing!  Hopefully will get better with some practice.

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies (All SU! unless noted otherwise)
Stamps:  Everyday Classics, Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Kraft, Groovy Guava, and Very Vanilla cardstock, Candy Lane DSP
Accessories:  Pink grograin ribbon, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Dotted Scallop punch (EK Success)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

CPS Sketch #109

Hello.  I needed a birthday card for my sister-in-law, so I took a stab at the CPS Sketch this week.  I finally got a Cuttlebug and some Nesties.  My local craft store told me they are probably dropping the Cuttlebug line because everybody is moving to digital cutters.  Guess I'm really behind the times!  Anyway, I really like how the circles Nesties worked out on this first card.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a good weekend!

Supplies (All SU! unless noted otherwise)
Stamps:  Mega Mixed Messages, Life (both Papertrey Ink), Linen background
Ink:  Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Paper:  Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette cardstock, Spring Flowers (?) DSP, Stamper's Select white cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), adhesive pearls (Michael's)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #2 and Sweet Sunday Sketch #11

Hello! I decided to combine two challenges into one - Dawn McVey's Color Challenge and Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch. This card took me so long that I might as well have made two different challenge cards! The colors were far, far, far outside my comfort zone, and the sketch had more elements than I would normally include on a card. So I stretched myself and in the end made a card that I'm mostly happy with. It just took me a couple of hours.

The colors made me think "tropical," so I did a batik technique. First I stamped and embossed the flowers on mulberry paper. Next I sponged ink around the flowers. Finally, I sandwiched the paper between some scratch paper and put a hot iron it. The heat melts the embossing powder so you're left with the batik look.

The finished card is 8.5"x 3.75".

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies (All SU! unless noted otherwise)
Stamps: Boxes, Bags & Tags; Mega Mixed Messages (both Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip,
Paper: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Bali Breezes DSP, mulberry paper
Accessories: Bold Brights brads, Certainly Celery twill tape, Stampin' Dimensionals, white embossing powder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Essential Glue Pad (Tsukinedo)