Sunday, April 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop: April 2010

Can't believe it's already the 25th again!  The challenge this month was to use tissue paper. I stamped polka dots onto torn strips of tissue paper to create the background for my card.

I want to try this again with flourishes and the Argyle set!!  I'm keeping it short and sweet,  because I'm sure you are hopping to many blogs tonight!  Thanks for stopping here!

Supplies:  (All PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, Stampers Select White (under the tissue paper
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II, Delightful Dahlia
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Fresh Snow, Dusty Concord Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
Other: Tissue Paper, Felt in Hawaiian Shores & Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores Button, Rustic Cream Button Twine, BB Dies

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #1

I joined a blog group on the PTI Forum!  We call ourselves the Papertrey Paper Dolls!  We will take turns hosting challenges that anyone can participate in.  So if you make something using this sketch, link it up on the Paper Dolls blog so we can all see it!I needed to make a birthday card for my husband's foreman.  We are headed over to his house later today for a surprise party!  So here is my 'masculine' take on the sketch!
I love that Dotty Biscotti paper!  The lighting in my living room is perfect for taking pictures right now, but I guess I wasn't at the best angle to pick up the cool Woodgrain Impression.  You can kind of see it here, but it's much more noticeable in person.

It's been busy around here lately!  I feel like I've barely been home - just enough to sleep, eat and make the house a mess! There are 31 days of school left so I am looking forward to some extra hours to just relax around the house and do some more crafting!

Thanks for stopping by; have a great weekend!

Supplies:  (All Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: New Leaf, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Dotty Biscotti Patterned Paper
Stamps: Signature Greetings, Out to Sea
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Misc: New Leaf Vintage Buttons, Woodgrain Impression Plate 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Baby Card

I'm finally getting around to posting a project again!  It's been a busy week with wonderful weather so I haven't been at my craft table much.  Not to mention the fact that my craft space has been moved again because we started working the the basement family room!  My things are all scattered in an unfinished bedroom that only has one light and none of the outlets are live yet, so I can't even plug in a lamp.  I just keep reminding myself that it will be short term and the next time I move it, it will be put in its permanent place! 

Tomorrow, I am going to a baby shower for one of my good friends, she is due in about a month!  I can't wait to meet her little boy.  I decided to make him this little flannel blanket.  It's so soft!
And here is the coordinating card.  I got my copy of Go-To Sketches in the mail this week and this is one of my favorite sketches from the magazine...although I have tabbed about 3/4 of them!
Sorry for the bad lighting, but it's too windy to take pictures outside today!
And here is the basement!  The first coat of tape is on the drywall so it should be ready for paint by the end of next week - I just have to pick a color!  Then we will lay some tile by the walk out, trim and have the carpet installed.  Can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Spring Rain Bitty Box, Polka Dot paper from Animal Crackers Mat Stack, Green paper from my scraps
Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings
Ink: True Black
Other: Orange Zest ribbon, Misc. Buttons

Sunday, April 11, 2010

CAS Set on Kraft

Tomorrow evening there is a Baby Shower at my church and I am in charge of the game and the prizes for it.  So this afternoon I got busy stamping away and created 2 sets of 6 cards to bundle up as the prizes.  Hopefully those who win them will appreciate them more than a kitchen towel or a candle!  I decided to make the whole set on Kraft and to keep them pretty clean.  

Here they are...This one uses Asian Fusin, BasicGrey Koishi paper, Dark Chocolate Ink, and Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

I used Delightful Dahlia and Damask Designs along with more Koishi paper, Button Twine, Dark Chocolate Ink, Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

Lots of masking on this one!  The stamps are Year of Flowers: Violets and all the ink is Distress Ink...Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, & Spiced Marmalade.  (Maybe everyone else has figured this out, but I didn't until last week, so here's my tip for you...after you cut out an image to use as a mask, save it in a ziploc bag instead of throwing it away.  Then next time you need a mask for that image, you can just pull it out and go!  Like I said, maybe I'm the last one to figure this little time saver out, but I had to share!)

Here I used Polka Dot Basics 2 and Scattered Showers.  The Ink is Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, and Dark Chocolate.  The paper that the umbrella is on is also from the Koishi Pad.

I used Fancy Flourishes, Year of Flowers: Violets, and Signature Greetings on this card.  The ink is Raspberry Fizz and True Black and the paper that the flower is on is Raspberry Fizz.  Oh, and the flower is there because I didn't get a clean image with the flourish so I had to cover it up!! Oops!

This is the last one in the set.  I used Butterfly Kisses and Signature Greetings.  Ink is Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides, and Dark Chocolate along with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  Also added some Rhinestones on this one.

We are enjoying some gorgeous weather here today!  I took a break from crafting for a bit to go for a walk and have a Root Beer Float on the front deck with my husband.  Thanks for stopping by!

**All Supplies used are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.**

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Compose a Card #8

I was able to make a card for Becky's latest challenge last night.  I went with the Dark Chocolate/New Leaf Color Combo.  I kept it pretty simple.
I have listened to I'm Yours about a million times since Becky posted this. I just love that song - and I think I was one of the last people on Earth to hear it too!  Last spring we had an a cappella group come to our school to perform and they sang this song, the entire student body was singing along and I had never heard it before!  I rarely change my radio station from my Classic Rock.  Anyway, thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday.  The sun is just starting to peek out of the clouds here so hopefully it warms up a bit!


Supplies:  (All PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Stampers Select White, New Leaf
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II, Asian Fusion
Ink: Fresh Snow
Other: Misc. Buttons from my stash, Rustic Cream Button Twine, New Leaf Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Flower Punch from Paper Shapers

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wishing You Sunshine!

Today's card is what I made for the PTI forum Spring/Easter Card Exchange.  Diane Jaquay was the recipient of my card.  
I had fun using some cheery Spring colors!  The base and ribbon are Berry Sorbet, the mat layers are Hawaiian Shores and Orange Zest.  I stamped Guidelines 2 onto Stampers Select White using Ocean Tides, Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores & a Distress Ink called Spiced Marmalade.  The sentiment is from Scattered Showers and I stamped the top of it in Hawaiian Shores and the bottom in Spiced Marmalade, then tied it to the ribbon with a bit of Button Twine.

Happy Friday!  Hope you are all able to log a few hours or more in your crafty spaces this weekend...I sure hope to!  Thanks for stopping by!

*All supplies are Papertrey Ink unless noted.*


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mojo Monday - Week 133

When I saw this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch I decided to play along!  I have been loving all the fun patterns in the BasicGrey Kioshi paper pad that I picked up last week and thought this was the perfect sketch to use some more of it!  Here's the sketch...

And here's my take on it.
The papers in this Kioshi pack are amazing!!  I bought the 6x6 pad so I believe the scale of the patterns is smaller, which makes them perfect for cards!  The base and other white cardstock is Stampers Select White from Papertrey Ink.  I used Plum Pudding Swiss Dot Ribbon.  The green buttons are from the Holiday Mix jar and the stamps are from Baby Button Bits.  I used Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  You can barely see it in this picture, but I ran the green background paper through my Cuttlebug using the Giga Guidelines Impression Plate.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!

*Ribbon, Buttons & Stamps are from Papertrey Ink.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy Birthday

I've got a quick card to share today.  It follows the Sweet Sunday Sketch #63 found here

My Delightful Dahlia set hadn't seen enough ink and since I needed to make a birthday card for a girlfriend, I decided to pull it out.  After I stamped the flower, I masked it and stamped the leaves.I was able to use my Fiskars Circle Cutter to cut out both circles since I was able to cover up the 'uneven spot' with that big button - every time I try to cut a circle, no matter how careful I am, the cutter moves just enough to make a notch at the end of the circle. I really need some Nesties so I can avoid this!

Thanks for looking!  

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: True Black, Berry Sorbet, Vintage Cream and Pretty Pastels Patterned Paper
Stamps: Delightful Dahlias
Ink: Berry Sorbet & Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Other: Vintage Buttons from the Spring Mix, Rustic Cream Button Twine, Small Scalloped Die

Monday, April 5, 2010

How I Build Plaid Patterns

I had so much fun creating my plaid pattern using PTI's Distressed Stripes for my PTI Blog Hop Post that I thought I would make another one.  I took pictures of each step so you can see how easy it really is!  For this one, I used a 4" square of PTI's Stampers Select White Cardstock to build on.  Then I picked out 6 different ink pads to use:  PTI's Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores & Berry Sorbet and Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade & Dusty Concord.

I just randomly pick a stripe and start stamping leaving about the same amount of space between each stripe.  Just be careful to keep your stripes parallel - I just eyeball it.

Then switch stripes and add the second color.  (I suppose you wouldn't have to switch, depending on the look you are going for.)

The third color completes the bottom layer.

Then turn your paper 90 degrees and start stamping again!  Here I have added all of the Berry Sorbet Stripes and the first of the Ocean Tides stripes.

After adding the Hawaiian Shores stripes, my plaid pattern is finished!

Here is the card I created with it.
I used Kraft Cardstock for the base.  The distressed purple paper at the top is from BasicGrey's Kioshi 6x6 paper pad. (I LOVE this collection!!) The sentiment is from Big & Bold Wishes.  I wrapped New Leaf Saddled Stitched Ribbon around the patterned paper and tied it off with Rustic Cream Button Twine and a transparent button from my Spring Mix.  It was nice enough to take this picture outside today!  Yeah for Spring weather!!

Thanks for stopping by; have a fabulous day!

*All Supplies used were Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise noted.*

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter & a Quick Card

I hope everyone's Easter was joyful!  We had a great day beginning with our traditional breakfast at church. Then after the service we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house.  We had a wonderful time - yummy food, goofy conversations, and a hilarious game of Telephone Pictionary! Now we're justing relaxing at home and I am looking forward to my day off tomorrow!

Here is a quick card I made the other day.  I had fun using a few of my new PTI products...Soft Stone Cardstock and Glitter!  I think everything I make for the next few days will have glitter on it!
Besides the Soft Stone CS & Glitter, I used Distressed Stripes and Signature Greetings.  Berry Sorbet & Ocean Tides Ink and some Berry Sorbet Saddle Stitched ribbon.  After I tied on the ribbon, it still needed something so I used my Small Scalloped Die on a piece of Ocean Tides CS.

That's all for today!  Hopefully I will get some crafting time tomorrow and have a chance to post some of it!  Have a great evening!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thank You Card & Scrap Storage

Lately, I have been seeing so many cards created with black bases so I decided to give it a whirl.  I finally got around to using my Scor-Tape and Glitter that I bought last month.  When I first started this card, I was going to have a bunch of flowers on it, so I cut out 6 Violets and then only used 2.  Oh well, guess I have a little jump start on another card!

I organized all my scraps awhile back and now that I know I like this method, I thought I would share it.  I just used a cardboard box that some of my PTI Supplies were shipped in and folded the flaps down on the inside.  Then I labeled file folders for each color.  I sorted my scraps into the folders and set them in the box.  Easy Peasy! I am able to keep my little supply of PTI patterned paper and my Mat Stacks in the front of the box.  

I also keep the white sheet (or the label) that comes in the packs of PTI Cardstock right in front of the folders.  I am constantly using them as shims for my Cuttlebug, or to catch embossing powder, etc...  So it's nice to have them in reach.

Here is the "Pink" file.  (Not all my scraps are this big.)

And the "Green" file.
I know I have saved a lot of money by doing this, because it is so easy to find exactly what I need.  No more cutting into a brand new piece of cardstock just for a small piece!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: True Black, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, and Bitty Box in Lemon Tart
Stamps: Year of Flowers: Violets, Asian Fusian
Ink: True Black
Other: Vintage Buttons in Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz & Lemon Tart; Glitter; Clear Rhinestones; Polka Dot Impression Plate

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Compose a Card #7

You can get the details for Becky's latest challenge here.  

I had a lot of fun making this card, but it was definitely a challenge!  I started it on Tuesday evening, but just couldn't 'get it'.  It wasn't until today when I saw Betsy's post for the PTI DT Challenge that I finally figured out what I wanted to do!  I loved her idea of inking the Impression Plate before sending it through the Cuttlebug - definitely a technique I will use frequently!!  So here is my card...

My other favorite thing these days is blanket stitching!  On Tuesday night (after I gave up on my card for the night), I took a chunk of black felt and free hand cut a bunch of flowers out of it and stitched around the edges while I watched TV.  

Thanks for checking it out!

Supplies:  (All Papertrey Ink - except the blue floss)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Lemon Tart, Bitty Box in Spring Rain
Stamps: Year of Flowers: Violets
Ink:  True Black, Fresh Snow
Other: Black Wool Felt, Spring Rain Button, Rustic Cream Button Twine, Rickrack Border Die, Giga Guidelines Impression Plate, Embroidery Floss