Friday, April 30, 2010

Top Note Scene

Yesterday I had a chance to get together with some of my stamping buddies.  We had not had an opportunity to stamp together in months.  My dear friend Connie taught us all how to make this card.  Don't you love it?  She was inspired by many of the tutorials from Michelle Zindorf

Connie told us it took her five minutes to make this and we didn't believe her.  Once we got started it was pretty simple, but since I'm more of a CAS gal, all that sponging and layering of inks intimidated me.  Now, I can't wait to make lots more cards like this.

I started with a white Top Note die cut.  I used post-it notes to mask the moon, the hills and mountains.  I sponged on the blue sky and mountains and then the green grassy hills.  The inks were SU, so I'm not sure of the names.  I listed my guesses in the supplies below.  After I sponged everything the way I wanted it I stamped the tree, the deer and the sentiment.  I trimmed the edges off the Top Note die before adhering it to the base.  The black frame is popped up for dimension.

Stamps:  Nature Silhouettes (SU), tree (unknown)
Ink:  Stazon black, bashful blue, not quite navy, old olive (SU)
Paper:  Sahara Sand, black, white (SU)
Accessories:  sponges, top note die (SU), post-it notes

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tissue Paper Blog Hop

Time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!!  The challenge this month was to use tissue paper on our creations.  I stamped several layers of tissue paper with one of the stamps from Polka Dot Basics II in Hawaiian Shores and New Leaf ink.  Then I die cut the layers with PTI's butterfly die.  The butterflies are held together with a couple crystal brads from making memories.

The true black card base is stamped in white with the large dots from the same stamp set.  I added a small strip of Raspberry Fizz patterned paper which was punched with my Fiskars apron lace border punch.  The sentiment, from Enjoy the Ride, is heat embossed with white ep.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

10-minute One Layer Card

I made this card for my nephew who celebrates his first birthday on Wednesday!  I sent his gift last week via  I realized when I woke up this morning that I needed to mail his card today so that he got it on time.  I already had this card in mind when I received my new stamp set called Fly Away, so I got to work.  I also wanted to keep this one layer so I could play along in Kristina Werner's OLC challenge.  I love one layer cards!

I wanted to have the little airplane flying over the rocks because they remind me of the Granite Dells in AZ (where I used to call home and where my nephew lives).  I stamped the rock ledge from Stampscapes three times across the bottom of the card base.  Then I sponged the clouds on using a little template I created with the SU scallop circle punch. 

Here's my template.
I just taped two scallops together
and sponge over them.

I left some white space for my airplane and banner.  Now, I hope Becky Oehlers doesn't mind, but I stamped the banner upside down because I wanted it flying up over the rock formation in this direction.  I just curved the little birthday sentiment on my block to fit the upside down banner.  I think it works this way too.

I sponged a bit more sky around the airplane and then colored it in using my prismacolor pencils and baby oil.  The sentiment is stamped in Pure Poppy.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Stamps:  Fly Away (Papertrey Ink), Ledge (Stampscapes)
Paper:  Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink:  sepia (memories), tuxedo black (memento: tsukineko), pearlescent sky blue (brilliance: tsukineko), pure poppy (PTI)
Accessories:  sponged, su scallop circle punch, prismacolor pencils (crimson red, true blue), baby oil, blending stump, black sharpie for banner cord

Friday, April 23, 2010

For the Twins

I love Papertrey's new set called Enjoy the Ride.  This car image is adorable -- love the coordinating die.  I really like the variety of sentiments for the little license plate and the beautiful larger sentiments.  Okay, enough gushing. 

These cards are for my sweet niece and nephew who turn six next month.  I cannot believe that they are going to be that old already.  When they were born, their daddy had just left for a one year deployment to Afghanistan.  This year he's in Iraq.  We all wish he could be home to celebrate with them, but such is the life of a soldier.

I kept the same layout for both cards, just changing the color scheme and embellishments.  After I stamped the black nestie shape with Vintage Labels, I drew the road on by hand using a ruler and a white gelly roll pen.  I heat embossed both cars with clear EP although you can't tell from the photos.

For the boy card, I used Spring Rain cardstock and some patterned paper from the Father Knows Best line. 
I also added two loopy brads with rustic jute twine tied on them.  I colored the windshield of this car and the headlights with a C1 cool gray Copic to show some shading and reflection.

For the girl card, I used a base of Lavender Moon cardstock and some patterned paper from the Guidelines line. I used purple loopy brads tied with some white CTMH fibers and pink embroidery floss.  I also had to add a few pink rhinestones to the brads and next to the sentiment.  I colored the headlights with my clearstar gelly roll pen for more sparkle.

All products from Papertrey Ink unless stated otherwise.

Stamps:  enjoy the ride, vintage labels
Paper:  white, spring rain, lavender moon, father knows best pp, guidelines pp
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Memories white, pink & french blue pigment (stampabilities), plum pudding, goldrush (CTMH)
Accessories:  loopy brads (?), white fibers (CTMH), DMC embroidery floss, gelly roll pens, copic marker, rustic jute twine, pink rhinestones (paper studio), corner rounder, labels one (spellbinders), clear EP

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Here's a simple CAS card using the Swiss Dots embossing folder and some sentiments from Papertrey Ink.  The "Mother" sentiment is from Women of Life and the "blessed, wonderful, loved" stamps can be found in Heartfelt Basics

After I embossed the lower part of the card with the folder, I used my scor-pal to add two score lines in order to frame the sentiments.  I then finished it off with a few blue rhinestones and some melon berry satin ribbon.

This is for a challenge from a fellow PTI addict fan.  Ted has a great Mother of a challenge on his blog.  It is to create a card for a woman in your life.  Here are his restrictions:  no flowers or floral buttons, floral images, floral embossing, etc. and do not use the colors: pink, mauve, lavender, or purple.  Go check it out!  The challenge closes April 23rd at 3 pm PST.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated otherwise

Stamps:  Women of Life, Heartfelt Basics
Paper:  Stampers Select White
Ink:  Groovy Guava (SU)
Accessories:  swiss dots embossing folder (provocraft), scor-pal, rhinestones (paper studio), melon berry satin ribbon, corner rounder

Monday, April 19, 2010


Stripes and French Knots.

I thought I'd throw together a card using scraps and these bridal flowers I bought from Michael's long ago.  I didn't have a specific idea in mind for my card.  I just wanted to practice two things.

I wanted to try my hand at stamping some stripes using the frame stamp in Luck of the Irish.  Nichole Heady showed us how to do it on this post.  She's a creative genius!  I stamped my stripes in Berry Sorbet and Raspberry Fizz.  So quick and simple! 

Here's Nichole's example: 

I also wanted to take a shot at adding some french knots to my card.  Maile Belles made a great tutorial that I followed.  It's really simple, but adds a great touch.  I sewed the flowers directly onto the berry sorbet strip using embroidery floss.

Once I had both of these done, I punched the large scallops and took the little strip that is left and adhered it across the top.  I still had no idea what I wanted the card to look like, but I decided to add the scrap of green paper and then two new leaf buttons.  I mounted it on a berry sorbet card base and decided it would make a good any occasion card.

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless stated otherwise.

Stamps:  Luck of the Irish
Paper:  Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select White & unkown green scrap
Ink:  Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz
Accessories:  bridal flowers (Michael's), DMC 742 embroidery floss, New Leaf buttons, embossed curves border punch (EK success)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Asian Fusion

Good morning all!  It's a lovely Saturday morning here in my part of the world.  Here's a card I made using Papertrey's Asian Fusion set.  I love this set and haven't used it nearly enough.  In fact, I stamped the vase and sentiment on the Top Note cut out last month and then it just sat on my stamp table.  I finally finished it up yesterday.

I started by cutting a piece of linen vellum cardstock with the Top Note die from SU.  I stamped the outline vase, stems and sentiment in black, then stamped the vase again on my Green Tea Leaves pp.  I stamped the stems in Hawaiian Shores ink onto a scrap of the linen vellum and then carefully cut around the vase and stems.

When I put those onto the card I thought it needed something else, so I used the two largest Blossom Two nestabilites to cut out a pretty Hawaiian Shores felt flower that I mounted under the vase and stems.  I also used my regular hole punch for the three felt dots on the right side of the card.  I couldn't throw out the felt scrap without getting every use out of it.

For the final touches I colored the center of the flowers with a red glitter gelly roll pen and added red rhinestones to the centers of the felt dots.  I'm happy with how this turned out.  What do you think?

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated otherwise.

Stamps:  asian fusion
Paper:  unknown red textured cs, linen vellum, green tea leaves pp
Ink:  hawaiian shores, Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  blossom two nesties (spellbinders), hawaiian shores felt, Top Note die (SU), hole punch, rhinestones, gelly roll pen, pop dots

Thursday, April 8, 2010

You Make Me Smile

Here's a quick card I made while trying to use up older, forgotten supplies.  The cardstock and patterned paper are from Martha Stewart.  I picked them up at Michael's two years ago and they've been sitting around collecting dust.  I stitched the pp onto True Black cs with my sewing machine, then sponged the edges with Groovy Guava ink.  Attached it to the base and added ribbon, sentiment and pearls.  The sentiment is from Papertrey's Signature Greetings.

Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Putty cardstock, Botanical print Glacial Stream pp (MS),  true black cs (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Groovy Guava (SU)
Accessories:  ribbon (unknown), pearls, sewing machine