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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Way to Go!!

I have a quick post today . . . 
     Yesterday my son came home from work with some news that he's been looking forward to - he signed a contract for a new job at his work place!!   He's been moving towards this opportunity for some time, so he was very excited. 

Now that his job is official I decided to make this card using PTI's Dot Spot and Star Prints.  It's a clean and simple design - one layer and lots of stamping!! I started by stamping various sizes of Spots using three colours - Moonstruck Blue, Sunny Yellow and Holiday Red (all from Close to My Heart).

The star was stamped with one of the images from Star Prints, cut out and positioned over the largest spot using dimensionals. I added a little red "bow tie" as an accent. The sentiment, also from Star Prints, was added on top of the stamped spots, using blue ink.

I added some extra Dot Spots to the inside of the card along with the main sentiment from Fillable Frames #12 and  'proud of you'  from my new Tiny Tags set.  It was a very quick and fun card to make!!

Card Details:
Stamps:  PTI Dot Spots, Star Prints, Fillable Frames #12 , Tiny Tags.
Inks: CTMH Moonstruck Blue, Sunny Yellow, Holiday Red.
Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock
Other Supplies: red ribbon

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
                                                                                       - Theodore Roosevelt

Thanks for visiting!!   Have a great week!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink March 2011 Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to the March Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. 
This month Nichole challenged us to use embroidery floss in a fun and inventive 
way on a 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! 
     My first love is sewing and quilting, so I have a great stash of fabrics, threads and embroidery floss, but I do find it difficult to incorporate these things into paper crafting. I must have a block against mixing paper and sewing/fabrics. This blog hop challenged me to take the plunge!!

      I don't have my PTI Button Boutique stamp set and dies yet, but I wanted use the 'button' concept for this challenge. Most of the supplies for this card are from Papertrey Ink, so I used a button card from  Stampin'Up  for this card.   I made a Baby card for my niece who is expecting her 2nd daughter in April. 

     I started by stamping the lower portion of the white card stock with Polka Dot Basics using Close to My Heart 'Blush' ink. The top portion was created by stamping one of the stripes from Distressed Stripes vertically and horizontally to make a checkered effect.  I then used the Linen Impression plate to create some texture on the stamped card stock.

     The button card (stamped in Chocolate) was layered on yellow and pink card stock and a doily. Yellow ribbon and a bow adds a little colour to the focal point. The 4 little pink buttons are from PTI's Vintage Spring Mix.  I sewed them into the card with white embroidery floss. 

     I added the sentiment  'cute as a button'  (Stamping Bella) to the lower portion of the card and finished with 3 little cross stitches in yellow embroidery floss.  The finished front panel was mounted on to a yellow card stock base.

Two sentiments from Mega Mixed Messages: 'hello' and 'little one' were lined up to create one phrase on the inside of the card.  

Edited: I finally received my new Button Boutique Stamp and Die sets from Papertrey Ink, so I added these cute little buttons. I die cut , stamped and layered two of the buttons and then sewed them together with some yellow embroidery floss. It gives a perfect finish for a 'cute as a button' card for a new baby girl!!

 Card Details
Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, Distressed Stripes, Mega Mixed Messages; Stamping Bella; Stampin'Up Sew Suite
Inks: PTI Vintage Tea Dye Duo; CTMH Blush, Chocolate
Papers: PTI Stamper's Select White; yellow, pink scrap card stock
Other Supplies: PTI Linen Impression plate, Spring Mix Buttons;  white & yellow embroidery floss; doily;  yellow ribbon;  

Thanks for hopping today!! Have a great week-end. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happily Ever Challenged #15: St. Patrick's Day Tribute

      I have only entered a few challenges since I started my blog - mostly Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop Challenges and a few of their Make It Monday Challenges.

     But when I saw a St. Patrick's Day Tribute Challenge on a fellow PTI forum member's blog I knew I had to give it a try!!  You see, I think of myself as a wee bit Irish and I love St. Patrick's Day!!  For this challenge a shamrock (3 leaf clover) and the colours white, green and orange were to be incorporated on the card. You can find the details and a variety of cards for the challenge here: Happily Ever Challenged #15.

   I used a digi image I found at Waltzingmouse Stamps - Last year, this was offered as a free download, so it was the perfect image for this challenge. I resized it and then printed it on PTI white card stock so that I could colour it with my copic markers.  I added a little touch of glitter with Sukura Gelly Roll pens - silver on the safety pin and clear on the shamrocks. A light blue-green marker (BG10) highlights the edges of the image to create a shadow effect. I cut the image with a Nestabilities Label #4 die and then sponged the edge of the die cut with Autumn Terracotta ink.

     The sentiment is from PTI Friendship Jar, stamped in black ink.  I used my copic markers to colour the little rhinestones in an orange colour so they would complement the image.  The edges of PTI's Green Boutique patterned paper was stitched (by hand) with white embroidery floss and then mounted onto a white card base that was sponged with the same Autumn Terracotta ink.

     I also used a white ribbon that I edged with copic markers - green, (white) and orange to represent the Irish flag!! A larger rhinestone was attached to the center of the bow.

     I love how this turned out - and the sentiment means that I can use it for a variety of occasions this spring. 

Card Details:
Stamps: PTI Friendship Jar; Waltzingmouse Stamps Digi image.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; CTMH Autumn Terracotta.
Papers: PTI Stamper's Select White cardstock, Green Boutique Patterned paper
Other Supplies: copic markers; Nestabilities Label #4 die; rhinestones;CTMH White Daisy ribbon; Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic pens - silver & clear.

Thanks for visiting and Have a Great Green Day!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

WMC47 Challenge - Happy Spring

Isn't it Spring yet?  

     I need spring to be be here, so I made a pastel card this week-end. We've had so much snow, but I'm hoping my positive chanting will eventually come true!!  -  There's no snow, it's warm outside, there's no snow, it's warm outside.
Nope - it's not working yet - there's still lots of snow!!

      Maybe this card will speed up the melting and bring on some sunnier days. The Wee Memories Challenge WMC47:   "Spring is Near, Green is here!" has inspired me to "think spring".

    I bought this stamp last week at my LSS (All the stamps were are on sale!!)  
Even though I'm not a "cat person" I couldn't resist  Mavis with a DAISY from Stamping Bella. I stamped the image on PTI Stamper's Select White card stock so that I could colour her with my copic markers. 

     I "fussy cut" the image as I wasn't sure how I was going to position it on the card.I had already created the floral embossed image on white card stock, so I was able to 'fiddle' with Mavis and the sentiment until I found a happy compromise.  She looks as though she's standing in a field of daisies!!

The embossed images were coloured using some water colour pencils. I think next time I'm going to try my copics to see if it will give  better coverage. 

The sentiment is from PTI's Wreath for All Seasons. I like the separate words and fonts, as it allows many options for placing the sentiment. Finally I added a few little yellow pearls to finish off the card.  The peachy coloured matting was a piece from my scrap box, and the card base is Stampin'Up's Certainly Celery.

This sentiment, from PTI Vintage Picnic Sentiments, was the perfect wording for this card. I've had this little flower punch for a long time and since it matched Mavis's daisy I used it to accent the inside of the card.

Card Details
Stamps:  Stamping Bella Mavis has a DAISY;  PTI Wreath for All Seasons, Vintage Picnic Sentiments.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; CTMH Sweet Leaf, Hollyhock
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White card stock; Stampin'Up Certainly Celery; scrap box pieces.
Other Supplies: Stampin'Up Elegant Bouquet embossing folder; copic markers; water colour pencils; Kaisercraft yellow pearls; corner rounder punch; flower punch

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Make it Monday #5: Distressed Edges

                    I have always loved
               St. Patrick's Day - March 17th. 

     As a young girl I would wear something green on the 17th and proudly announce that I was 1/4  Irish!! My mother's father was Irish, which I  believed made me Irish too!! 
     My husband and I were finally able to visit Ireland 4 years ago - loved every part of that trip - from the Dingle Peninsula to Belfast to Dublin to Cobh and every place in between!!  

Here's my tribute to St. Patrick's Day with a little bit of "distressing" for this week's  Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday.

     Last week's MIM challenge involved using fun foam and since I still had a small fun foam square sitting on my desk, I decided to use this card design again,  but added some distressing to the card base and matting panels for this week's challenge.

     I stamped three little squares using the textured fun foam square. I then stamped and coloured the St. Patrick's Day Hat (from High Hopes Stamps) with my copic markers, cutting them out and adhering them to the square panels.  I added some sparkle to the buckle with a gold metallic pen, and highlighted the centers of the cloverleaf with a clear Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
     A white ribbon was coloured with copic markers to create the green and orange stripes. (colours from the Irish flag).

 The sentiment (PTI's Mega Mixed Messages) was stamped in the lower right corner and highlighted with small gold metallic beads.
     The white panel was distressed with a green ink pad. The card base was distressed using sandpaper. The paper has a white core, so sanding the edges really allowed this to show.

Card Details:
Stampsa textured fun foam square made by me!!  
High Hopes St. Patrick's Day Hat; PTI Mega Mixed Messages;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black;  CTMH Clover Green, Autumn Terracotta
Papers: PTI Stampers Select White card stock; Best Occasions "Brights" Green card stock
Other Supplies: Fun Foam; PTI Take Three die; PTI Linen Impression plate;  copic markers;  CTMH White Daisy ribbon;  gold metallic beaded dots; Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic pens -  gold & clear; corner rounder.

Thanks for visiting.  Have a great weekend.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Make It Monday #4: Creating with Fun Foam

     I have been away on holidays for the last few weeks and  have been trying to visit various blogs for inspiration.  
   I found this challenge:  Papertry Ink's Make It Monday Challenge from Monday Feb. 28th.  I'm a little late, but I decided to give it a try!!

     I started by cutting fun foam into 3 little squares from PTI's Take Three die and then using the Linen Impression plate to add some texture. It reminds me of a denim fabric!
     I then attached one of foam pieces to an acrylic block and stamped it three times onto a Kraft card stock base. I added 3 beige Prima flowers to the stamped squares - each of them have a coloured brad in the center - red, orange and yellow. The knotted orange ribbon was added just below the stamped panel.  Happy Birthday was stamped in the bottom right hand corner.

The ribbon was wrapped around to the inside of the 
card, so I covered the seam with another stamped 
square and added a stamped flower from Just For You.

The inside of the card was stamped with a 
sentiment from the Big Birthday Wishes. 

Card Details: 
Stamps: PTI Big Birthday Wishes, Just for You
Inks: Close to My Heart Moonstruck
Papers: Reollection Kraft
Other Supplies: PTI Take Three die; fun foam; Prima flowers; coloured brads; orange ribbon; 

Thanks for visiting - Have a great week.