Saturday, February 28, 2009

Color Inspiration #43

Hello!  I tried another Kristina Werner Color Inspiration using my new Papertrey Ink stamps.  I had a tough time fitting in 5 colors.  I usually keep it to 3 colors, otherwise my project starts looking scattered.  So I decided to use just a couple focus colors and then highlighted my polka dots to work in the remaining colors.  Probably defeated the purpose of the challenge!  Of course, this card is inspired by the kraft and white ink combo of Heather Nichols.  PTI's Fresh Snow ink is so easy to work with; I think I'll be using white a lot more often now.

So I love love love my new Papertrey Ink stamps!  I just learned about PTI around Christmas and placed one small order.  During their 2-year anniversary celebration, I became addicted and placed an, umm, slightly larger order.

I'm new to clear stamps, so I've been learning how to work with them this weekend.  Do you have any tips for working with background stamps like Polka Dots Basics?  I think I need a long, skinny block.  My 3.5" x 5" block seems cumbersome, and I keep picking up ink on the edge of the stamps.  Any tips would be much appreciated!

Have a good week,

Stamps:  Warm Happiness, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Brocade Blue classic ink (SU!), Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Kraft, Ruby Red, Brocade Blue whisper white cardstock (SU!)
Accessories: clear embossing powder (Stampendous), saddle stitch ribbon (Offray)

Baby Cards

Two baby cards this week.  The first is a gift tag for my dear friend who attended a shower today.  This little card (2.5" x 3.5") came together quickly, and I really enjoyed making it.  Plus it made me mount another stamp set!   

The second card was for a co-worker and his family who welcomed a baby boy last week.  I was never quite satisfied with this - maybe the ribbon is off.  But it also made me mount another stamp set!  I've mounted 4 stamps sets since I started my blog.  That means I can buy more stamps now, right?

My new Papertrey Ink order finally arrived on Friday, so I've been playing this weekend.  I'm new to acrylic stamps, so it's a bit of a learning curve.  I'll post a couple of Papertrey cards later this week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies (All Stampin' Up! unless noted)
Gift Card
Stamps: For a Friend, Three for You
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Spring Showers(?) DSP
Ink: Bashful Blue classic, Barely Banana marker, Versamark
Accessories: blender pen, blue gingham grosgrain ribbon, scalloped edge punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Star Baby Card
Stamps: Classic Backgrounds, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, star paper from Creative License Scrappin' Kit
Ink: Wild Wasabi classic, Versamark
Accessories: large Star Punch, clear embossing powder (Stampendous), re-purposed ribbon, scalloped edge punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My First Blog Post

This is my first ever blog post!  I decided to create a blog in order to participate in paper crafting challenges.  I started wandering through stamping blogs last fall and was recently very inspired by Papertrey Ink's 2-year anniversary challenges.  Seems this will be a good way to keep me using my stockpile of crafting supplies, and spare my husband from having to dutifully "ooh and ahh" over every card that I make.

For this first post, I decided to combine Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration with the CPS Sketch.  Surprisingly enough, I quickly mounted a new stamp set and opened an untouched pack of paper.  Amazing!  Normally I just dink around with my goodies, or buy new stuff before I ever open the old.

I just slapped this blog together to get moving, so maybe I'll fancy it up if I stick with it.  Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies (all SU!)
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Cardstock:  More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White
Ink: More Mustard, Really Rust, Old Olive markers; Not Quite Navy, Old Olive classic
Accessories: More Mustard DSP, Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, Really Rust button, corner rounder punch, double slot punch