Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Love You, Doll


I should have waited until tomorrow to take the photo of this card outside...the lighting in my studio (a.k.a the kitchen) has low lighting tonight.  I finished this card and I am growing quite partial to it.  I have been wanting to make a paper ruffle for awhile and I think I found the perfect card for it.  I also can't resist using the PTI Dress Form Die whenever I can.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop...


It's that time again...time for the monthly PTI Blog Hop.  I haven't played along in awhile, so I thought I would play tonight.  Here was the inspirational photo:

I chose to go with the colors of the photo for today's entry.  I just love the colors together, the turquois & orange remind me of the Miami Dolphins for some reason.  The photo i really quite beautiful and makes me want to curl up with a good book an spend the afternoon gazing out of the window.  Well here is my entry:

I used Tempting Turquois SU paper and a sheet of Basic Grey Green Thumb.  I embossed the BG paper with a dot embossing folder from Darice.  Then used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to bring up the embossing a bit more.  I also cut a doily in half and used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Tiger Lily.  The stap set used was Beautiful Blooms II & Signature Series: Flower.  I also used Mat Stack 4 cut in half to complete the card.

Thanks for looking...it was fun playing along tonight...:)

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Stamp-A-Faire Challenges 5-9


This card actually qualifies for 5 of te challenges presented today with PTI Stamp-A-Faire...

Challenge #5  Create a faux border with a stamp

I actually used the top of the pie from My Punny Valentine for the rainbow half circles

Challenge #6 Notch your car and wrap a ribbon around it

Challenge #7 Have a "Play Date" with your stamps and use at least 2
Here I used the My Punny Valentine & Simple Sentiments

Challenge #8 Cut the top flap of your card slightly smaller to leave a flap for a design
This is where I stamped the Simple Sentiments

Challenge #9 Use a stamp in a different way
Here again I used the top of the pie piece from My Punny Valentine as a scallop border stamp

Wow...I did it...just under the gun as well...thanks for looking, I had a blast playing along.


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Stamp-A-Faire Challenge Day...

Today is the day I did not go to Cincinnati to join the PTI design team to play all day with stamps & ink, etc...but rather the day I stayed home because it is soooooo hot outside your feet melt to the sidewalk and/or driveway.  I am happy however that I am able to play along with the challenges they are posting today on the blog...Here is my submission for the #3 challenge-Punch a window in your card and tie twine or ribbon to he side of your card.

This was a simple card.  I had started it last night and wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with the stamped image.  The image BTW is from the PTI Anniversary set Botanical Sihouettes.  I also embossed the cream colored die cut with PTI canvas impression plate, but the detail didn't really show up to well in the photo.  Another technique I have been wanting to use is where you punch the side of your card so the twine stays within the size of your card and doesn't make the edges of your card to bulk.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

PTI Anniversary Set...Botanical Silhouettes


I should have gotten out and taken this photo a few hours earlier...but the heat is so bad I actually think I am melting when I go outside.  Crazy thing happened today at lunch with my family...I think it was so hot I had the hardest time breathing.  I am really hoping we get a reprieve from this weather, either way I would probrably be inside creating...:)  

Anywho, back to the card.  I have ordered quite a bit from PTI in the last year (f you know my DH, please don't tell him about this blog...he thinks I "win" everything and that I am the luckiest person in the world :)  I didn't qualify for the special anniversary set, however, I found a very lovely soul who sold me her extra set on the SCS buy/sell forum.  As soon as I gotit out of the mailbox and out of the packaging, I went to work on making a few cards for upcoming events.  This card is the first.  I chose poppy colors...I just love the colors red, black & white...poppies...remind me of the new Graphic 45 line Wizard of Oz paper I just picked up...that project will come later.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

CAS Fairy Birthday Card

I know, I know, another birthday card...I just had an order go out for birthday cards...so this is why you are getting to see so many this week.  This also has to be the cleanest card I have done in a long time.  I bought a great clear acrylic stamp set from Micheal's awhile ago and I have never used it.  I did stamp "Make A Wish" on the front after taking the picture...I thought it was missing something.  I also stamped a cupcake and cut it out and popped it off the page with a pop dot.  The more I look at this card, the more I love it!
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

How About a Birthday Card...


Playing around today with birthday cards...I have also looked or ways to incorporate my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in almost every new project I am working on.  For someone who was afraid to use it, I am really in love with the product.  I sprayed the doily that was cut in half with Lemongrass Glimmer Mist...it has the most amazing sparkle to it.  PTI was of course used on this card but I also used a stamp set from Fiskars as well.  I feel very good when I can co-mingle my stamps on my cards...it gives them each a unique character.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Voyage & Explore...Don't Mind If I Do...



I am knee deep in getting cards ready for the upcoming Fall craft shows.  I, of course, fell in love with another set of papers released by Authentique.  These papers are called Explore and Voyage.  I was also able to use my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist...I don't use it often, I think I am afraid of it...yet I cannot stop buying it...maybe it is intervention time.  I adore the colors of this line...the blue reminds me of peacock blue and the browns are so warm and inviting.  I added a few pieces of bling and a Papertrey Ink (PTI) sentiment.  Now to make many more of these beauties and package them up.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just A Note

I just LOVE Basic Grey...They are one of my first loves in papercrafting.  I have been sitting on some of my BG stash for awhile and I decided to go ahead and use some for an order I was completing.  Well I sent the order out and didn't photograph any of the cards...I had to recreate these from my memory.  I am so excited that my PTI doily die should be here next Monday (I have been waiting many many weeks to get my hands on that prized die and every time I ordered it, it was backordered!).  In the meantime, I use the paper doilies you find in the cake decorating section.  Our $1 store has a HUGE selection of doilies (who would have known). 

I adore blank note cards, and this is my nod to them.  The colors to me are amazing and the photos realy do not do them justice.  The cards are almost identical except for the sentiment and the color palette.

Enjoy...

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Authentique Sample #4...Maybe My Favorite


This may be my favorite sample card yet...I love working with border punches and if you ever visited my scrap space, you would see that I own quite a bit. It may be a sickness I have yet to confront...:)  The other thing I LOVE about this card is that it was created from the scraps of the first three cards.  It makes me feel good when I can use up scraps from previous projects.  Pin It

Friday, July 08, 2011

Authentique Samples 2 & 3


I couldn't help but keep playing last night after I posted the first sample card.  Here are samples 2 & 3.  The I Love You card uses elements from the Icons cardstock embellishments and a new stamp set I picked up from My Mind's Eye called Stella & Rose.  Both cards use PTI sentiments.  I can't wait to see what I come up with next...:)

Enjoy.
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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Authentique...Can Someone Say L-O-V-E!

Paper lines keep getting better.  I absolutely fell in LOVE with a new paper line by Authentique Paper called Blissful.  The warm yellow & grey tones of the paper are so soft and beautiful.  Thank god my LSS Hannah's had a full stock of all these goodies on hand. 

Sidenote:  I need to announce I am back on their design team after taking some time off...YIPEE!!!  Check out their website HERE.

This is one of the samples I have created for them to have in their store.  I used one of my favorite border punches and a fabulous ribbon technique that creates ruffles.  Also on this card is a wonderful sentiment from PTI.

Enjoy...
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IT HAS BEEN AWHILE...BUT I AM BACK!

Sometimes in life, you need to step back and take inventory...that is what I have been doing lately.  I needed some time off from blogging, creating, etc.  I have been on some travels since being gone...We took our kids to visit relatives in Southern IL, Tennessee & Alabama.  There was even one day where we were in 5 different states and a different time zone.  I would have liked to have spent more time stopping at roadside attractions, but our timeline didn't allow for that.  My husband doesn't fair too well on car rides...very impatient (I know I know...not a man being impatient). 

So now I am back home and ready to get back to the things I love...papercrafting and creating cards.  I thought I would start by posting a card I did just before we left 5 weeks ago on our trip.  I was so busy packing I knew I wasn't going to have time to post this card.

This card was for a neighbor having his birthday.  I just so happened to get a new shipment of PTI goodies a few days before and I took to this stamp set right away.  This is a very basic card with little embellishment.  I also used my Cuttlebug embossing folder for the strip of darker blue.

Enjoy...

Supplies Used:
Stamps- PTI Boy Basics Game On
Paper- SU Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Regal Red, White
Misc- Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, PTI Limitless Layers Dies

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