Monday, July 26, 2010

Card Making Day with Katie

Katie & I have been friends since Kindergarten and she had a baby boy a couple weeks ago. Today she came over to make some thank you cards. We had fun chatting and crafting.

We managed to make 22 of these before we ran out of Kraft cardstock. (Katie is now in love with Kraft cardstock and is having me pick up 2 packs of it for her at CHA!) I think they are adorable - it certainly helps having a cute baby as the focal point! We are planning another day to craft some more before I head back to school and she heads back to work.

Over the weekend we went to a bridal shower and this is the card I made them. I {heart} Guidelines 2!!

I'm not sure if I will be back here before I leave for Chicago or not - tomorrow might get busy. I can't believe that one week from today I will already be home! Can't wait to meet some of you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Thank you card
Cardstock: Kraft, misc. baby blue
Stamps: Star Prints
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Other: Polka Dot Impression Plate, Ribbon from Michael's, baby picture

Celebrate card
Cardstock: Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: Guidelines 2, Damask Designs
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Tea Dye Duo, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other: Dark Chocolate Satin ribbon, Cream Button Twine, White Button

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop: July 2010

The challenge this month was to incorporate office supplies into our projects. I have been wanting to use staples on a card for awhile now, but never remember to so that's what I used on my card. I also used a notecard. It might not be something everyone has in their office, but it is essential in my 'office' (aka my classroom).

Can't believe how fast this month is flying by! Looking forward to meeting some of you at CHA this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft
Stamps: Signature Greetings, Damask Designs
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Fresh Snow, Tea Dye Duo
Ribbon: Sweet Blush Twill
Other: Staples, Notecard

Friday, July 16, 2010

Curtain Call: Act 38 & Moxie Fab: Fun & Cute

Happy Friday!  Can't believe how quickly this week has gone by!  Today's card fits a couple challenges Curtain Call: Act 38 and Moxie Fab: Fun & Cute.  It's been so fun looking at all the different styles of cards this week over on the Paper Crafts Blog and the Moxie Fab Blog!  I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Card Style.

This was a tough color combo for me, but now that it's all together, I like it!  I just love that cupcake, but haven't used it before now.  It's so cute and very easy to paper piece.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Kraft, Plum Pudding, Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Pretty Pastels designer papers, Orange glitter paper from Animal Crackers Mat Stack
Stamps: Baby Button Bits
Ink: Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Other: Saddle Stitched Ribbon in Orange Zest and Berry Sorbet, Vintage Buttons in Spring Moss & Orange Zest, Rickrack Die, Large Scallop Die, Glitter, Cream Floss

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Play Date Cafe #38 & Moxie Fab: Clean & Graphic

It's been a busy couple of days!  I've made a bunch of cards and I'm on a domestic streak - lasagna and cookies yesterday, casserole and brownies today. YUM!

This card is for the Play Date Cafe Challenge #38 and the Moxie Fab: Clean & Graphic Challenge.  I thought this would be easy, but I guess my style isn't usually Clean & Graphic!!  

It's beautiful here today after a stormy day yesterday so I'm excited to go sit outside and enjoy it for awhile!  Have a great day!

Supplies:  (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics in Boysenberry Delight, Sparkleberry Delight & Lime Crush
Stamps: A Little Argyle and Big & Bold Wishes
Ink: Fresh Snow, Dusty Concord Distress Ink

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Practicing Creativity Sketch Challenge

I am so excited to be playing along with the PCD Sketch Challenge.  You can find the details here if you want to play along too!  This is the sketch I chose to use.

This is what I came up with.

I ran out of Vintage Cream cardstock!  Oh, the horror!  I can't believe I didn't notice how low my stash was.  The card base is Vintage Cream, but I couldn't even find a 2 inch scrap to use for the sentiment so I used a scrap of something else that's not as white as Stampers Select White, but it's not very creamy either.  Oh well, CHA can't come soon enough, I have some stocking up to do!

Hope you are having a great day; thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Plum Pudding Bitty Box, Orange Glitter from Animal Crackers Mat Stack, scrap of something in a whiteish/cream color
Stamps: Guidelines 2, Signature Greetings
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Antique Linen, Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks
Other Hawaiian Shores Bitty Dot Ribbon

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Color Throwdown #100

I had a lot of fun making my card for the Color Throwdown this week!  I think I had every kind of supply I own out at some point.  It seemed like everything I reached for sparked a new idea.  I didn't have the exact colors, but I think I'm close enough.  There are tons of great prizes up for grabs, so be sure to play along with this challenge - you have until Monday night to submit your project.

I found this pretty ribbon tucked in an old cigar box full of ric rac, ribbon, and buttons that I got from my grandma.  I would love to know how old it is!  The tag is from Color Couture Volume 2, I was so excited when I saw it peeking up at me with 3 of the colors I needed for this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Spring Rain, random scrap of light pink
Stamps: A Little Argyle
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Tea Dye Duo
Other: Color Couture Volume 2 Embellishment, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, & Spring Moss Buttons, Vintage Ribbon

Friday, July 9, 2010

Picture Frames

Today I have a couple frames to share instead of cards. 

This frame is from Michael's.  I think it was $2.50!  I used A LOT of Scor Tape to cover it with that fun patterned paper.  The sticker is from the same paper pack and I put it on a piece of Kraft cardstock and cut around it before putting it on the frame so that it wouldn't get creases in it from the ribbon.  I'm giving this to a friend who recently had a baby girl.

I whipped up this little mat the other day when my friend had her baby boy.  We brought it with us to the hospital that evening.  The diamonds that I stamped in Hawaiian Shores don't show up very well in this picture, but they do IRL.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?  We are planning an afternoon with friends down by the river tomorrow - should be great, as long as we can keep the mosquitos at bay!

Happy Friday!  

Frame #1: 
Cardstock: Basic Grey - Indian Summer, PTI - Kraft
Stamps: PTI - Life
Ink: Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Other: Basic Grey - Indian Summer sticker label, PTI - Dark Chocolate Satin Ribbon

Frames #2:
Cardstock: PTI - Ocean Tides
Stamps: PTI - A Little Argyle
Ink: PTI - Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides, True Black; Spiced Marmalade & Peeled Paint Distress Inks
Other: Basic Grey - Indian Summer sticker and sticker letters

Thursday, July 8, 2010

HEC #8 & SSSC76

I have been meaning to play along with Ted's Happily Ever Challenged challenges for several months, but I always seem to run out of time. You can find details for the current challenge to make a Red, White, and Blue card here.  I also used the Sweet Sunday Sketch for this week. Here is what I came up with.

I decided to ink the edges of the red layer with white ink...bad idea!  I had so much ink on it, that I had to let it sit and dry for hours, even then it was 'smudgable'.  Live and learn!

Before I go, I want to alert you to a giveaway!  My friend over on the PTI forum, Jen, makes these great button & bead rings and she is giving one away on her blog, so be sure to stop HERE and check it out!

Can't believe tomorrow is already Friday!  Hope you're having a fantastic week!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy
Stamps: Star Prints
Ink: Fresh Snow, Versamark
Other: Pure Poppy Swiss Dot Ribbon, Fiskars Star Punch

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #9

Holy crafting, Batman!!  This is my second post today.  Scroll down to my first post for the day for a couple cards I made with Color Couture.

I'm trying to catch up on some of the Paper Dolls Challenges.  This one was issued by Katie:  What's Old is New!  Meaning use one of the first Papertrey Ink sets you ever purchased.  Well, my first order included 3 sets - Butterfly Kisses and Fancy Flourishes, that I use often and Background Basics: Spots and Dots, that I love, but just don't reach for very often.  It was fun to pull it out again, hopefully it will see a little more ink in the coming weeks too!  Anyway, I managed to use all 3 sets on my card for this challenge.  I also chose to use Berry Sorbet since that was the first ink color I purchased from Papertrey.

Although it's still not perfect, I have gotten much better at lining up the outline and inside of this background image.  It's probably the hardest one for me to line up.

Well, I think I'm caught up with the Paper Dolls Challenges that are still open.  There are a few others that I never had a chance to do that I still want to try though!  Please feel free to play along with the challenges on the Paper Dolls blog - they are issued every Thursday and are open for 3 weeks - we would love to see your work!

Have a great day!

Color Couture Cards

When Papertrey Ink introduced Dawn's Color Couture embellishments, I was in love!! Of course, I bought Volumes 1-3 right away.  I hadn't used them much because they were on a shelf where I didn't see them much and I never seemed to have the time to cut them out.  Well, last night I sat down with my trusty Cutterbees - while my husband was watching a show that I didn't care about -  and I just started cutting away!  I am happy to say that I now have all of Volumes 1-3 cut out, and yes, my hand hurts a little!  Now I have to buy Volumes 4-6!

I LOVE this color scheme!  And I finally got to add some ruffly ribbon to a card!
I am loving this polka dot stamp from the Round and Round set!  (Go figure!)

For those of you who saw my previous two posts, I have an friend had a baby boy this morning!!  Can't wait to meet him.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink)

Card #1:
Cardstock: Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist Bitty Box
Other: Color Couture Volume 1, Raspberry Fizz Satin Ribbon, Hawaiian Shores Button, Giga Guidelines Impression Plate

Card #2:
Cardstock: Kraft
Stamps: Delightful Dahlia, Round and Round
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate
Other: Color Couture Volume 3, Berry Sorbet Saddle Stitched Ribbon 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #10

I'm trying to catch up on some of the Paper Dolls Challenges so here is #10: A Sketch by Amy.  I rotated the sketch - it was tall with the scallops on the bottom.  

And here is my card.  If you saw my pink baby girl tag in yesterday's post, here is it's boy counterpart.  I thought the snail was an appropriate image since my friend is nearly a week overdue! (I know that is common, but mommy-to-be probably feels like she's a month overdue.)  I wish the sentiment said "look who has finally arrived!" though. :) 
So girl or boy, I am all set!  Just have to pick up a boy or girl outfit on the way to the hospital to go with the rest of the gift!

Well, I am trying to organize our trip to Chicago for CHA.  In February, I asked my mom to go with me and she agreed.  Then we mentioned it to my aunt, since her son's family lives in Chicago.  She decided to come.  Last week we thought it would be fun if all the girls on that side of the family came so we checked with my other aunts and girl cousins and 1 aunt and 4 cousins decided to come!!  So there will be 8 of us!  I think just my mom and I will be attending CHA on Friday though and then we will spend the rest of the weekend sightseeing with the family.  It's going to be a riot, I'm so excited!!  I'm off to scour the web for some deals on hotels!

Hope you have recovered from the holiday weekend.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Cardstock: Kraft, Spring Rain, Patterned Paper from Animal Crackers Mat Stack
Stamps: A Little Argyle, Baby Button Bits
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, Tea Dye Duo
Other: Spring Rain Buttons, Dark Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Large Scalloped Die

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monochromatic Tag

A friend of mine is expecting a little one any day now.  They didn't find out if it was a boy or a girl, so I am getting prepared for either!!  When I saw the CARDS blog challenge was to make a Monochromatic project, I knew I had to make something all pink in case this baby is a girl.  After much trial and error, I finally ended up with this flowery pink tag.

I adore the color pink!!

Here you can see the whole package.  Love how it dresses up the plain Kraft bag!

Hope you all had a safe and fun 4th of July!  We have been busy with friends and family since Friday and it's been a blast.  We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Pretty Pastels Designer Paper
Stamps: Baby Button Bits
Ink: Raspberry Fizz
Other: Beautiful Blooms II #3 Die Collection, Raspberry Fizz & Scarlet Jewel Buttons, Cream Button Twine

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #11

It was my turn to post the challenge over at the Paper Dolls Blog today.  The challenge is to make a non-standard size card - anything but 5.5" x 4.25".  This is the card I made.  

It is 3" x 8" on Sweet Blush Card Stock.  The patterned paper is from the Pretty Pastels collection and I inked the edges lightly with the Tea Dye Duo.  The sentiment is from Bitty Baby Blessings and is stamped in Raspberry Fizz.  I cut the flowers from fabric I had left after making this blanket.
I am in love with this floral fabric from JoAnn's! The card and blanket are for my husband's cousin who is expecting a baby girl in September! 

If you create a non-standard sized card, be sure to stop by the Paper Dolls blog and link it up so we can all see it!  You have 3 weeks.

Happy July!!