Tuesday, May 31, 2011

For the Graduate

Here's a quick CAS graduation card that I made for my niece.  Just perfect for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  I went with my favorite standby layout for a great CAS card -- using impressed images and scoring for detail.  You can see more cards that I made like this HERE and HERE.

I used her school colors and a strip of metallic paper that I trimmed off of her announcement.  The "memories" stamp is from Inque Boutique's Circle It set.  The red layer is a 1 1/2" circle punch stamped with an image from PTI's 2009 Autumn Tags set and the little sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages.

Here's a close up:

Thanks for visiting!

All Supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated

Stamps:  Mixed Messages, 2009 Autumn Tags, Circle It (inque boutique)
Paper:  Stampers select white
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Dutch Blue (CTMH)
Other:  Limitless Layer dies, Scor-Pal, 1 1/2" circle punch (ek success), rhinestones

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Yesterday my friend and stamping buddy Karol went to be with the Lord.  She was the friend who had been undergoing intensive chemo treatments recently.

Karol was one of the sweetest women I knew.  She always, without exception, made us laugh and laugh whenever we got together to stamp.  The best part was that she wasn't even trying to be funny.  She was just being her wonderful self and it brought us such joy.

Here is a picture of me and Karol take a year ago after a fun day of cardmaking.  She will be missed.

Here is the card I put together to give to her family:

I colored the glads with prismacolor pencils and baby oil then scored two lines for a "frame".  Kept it simple.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Year of Flowers: Gladiolus, Damask Designs (sentiment)
Paper:  Plum Pudding, White
Ink:  black (memento)
Other:  Linen/Canvas impression plate, scor-pal, prismacolor pencils, baby oil

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Papertrey Paper Dolls #38

It's my turn to host the newest challenge at the Papertrey Paper Dolls Blog.  Have I mentioned how much I love being a part of this amazing group of women?   Not only are they super talented, but they are so generous and kind-hearted too.

Okay, on to the challenge:

It's the start of wedding season!  Anyone attending any weddings this summer?  Even if you don't have a wedding to go to you'll probably need lots of anniversary cards on hand for all the weddings you previously attended.

I'm issuing a simple challenge to make either a wedding or an anniversary card!

My husband and I are going to a wedding this Saturday. I created this card based on the colors of the gorgeous wedding invitation -- black & white with a splash of aqua.

The aqua flower is cut from a sheet of mulberry paper and then stamped.  I just layered three different die cuts to create the blossom.  I used the Victorian Lace border die for my scalloped flap and added some pearls to dress it up.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated

Stamps:  In Bloom, Giga Guidlines (sentiment)
Paper:  True Black, white, mulberry paper (remember when)
Ink:  black (memento), tropical blue (rubber stampede)
Other:  Victorian Lace die, In Bloom dies, pearls (michael's)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 2011 PTI Blog Hop + CFC #3

It's time for another Papertrey Blog Hop.  This time it's all about flowers.  How could I not play along?  I always say that I'm not buying any more flower stamps and then Nichole and the Papertrey DT make some incredible projects with the new flower sets.  Into my cart they go:)

For this card I used my Sending You set.  I love these unique flowers.  I chose to stamp the largest blossom on a piece of adhesive cork that I cut out with one of the dies from Limitless Layers.

I added some yellow glitter to the center of the flower and a rhinestone colored with my R35 copic marker for some bling.  This is also for CAS-ual Fridays latest challenge: Bring the Bling.  I LOVE this new challenge blog!

I'll keep it short since you are hopping along.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated

Stamps:  Sending You, Tag-its 3
Paper:  white, black, berry sorbet, green (unknown)
Ink:  Berry Sorbet, black (memento), Glue pad (tsukineko)
Other:  adhesive cork (JoAnn's), branch die (sizzix), Picnic Plaid IP, yellow glitter (Martha Stewart), gemstone, copics

Thursday, May 19, 2011

FYI Challenge #6

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today it's time for the next For Your Inspiration challenge.  I've recently been asked to join the DT for this new challenge blog!!  I'm so thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful group of stampers.  Keva Brown and Debby Hughes are new to the DT too.

Here is the photo inspiration for this week.  Please join us in creating a project based on this photo.  You have until June 1st to play!

Here's my card:

Once again I went with a literal interpretation of the photo.  These inspiration challenges are a real stretch for me -- guess that's why they are called challenges, huh?

I started with a Blueberry Sky base and embossed two clouds using my cloud dies from Up, Up & Away.  Then I stamped inside them (and around the base) with fresh snow ink.  The balloons are cut from a sheet of pp from the Polka Dot Parade collection and colored with Copics.  For the red balloon, after coloring I stamped it again in white ink with the solid balloon stamp from the same set.
This will be another card for my sweet friend who is undergoing an intensive cancer treatment right now.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Up, Up & Away, Everyday Button Bits
Paper:  Blueberry Sky, white, polka dot parade pp
Ink:  Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, black (memento)
Other:  Up, Up & Away balloon and cloud dies, blue gemstones, paper piercer, copics

Friday, May 13, 2011

Embedded Embossing

I wanted to be sure to join the ODBD challenge to create a card using "embedded embossing".  My friend and fellow challenge chaser Silke Ledlow did a photo tutorial on this technique.  Isn't her card amazing?  I didn't want to miss out on this one.  **EDITED**  Because of the issues with Blogger I ended up missing out on the challenge:)  Just gotta laugh about it.

I used the colors from the current Play Date Cafe challenge:  PDCC81.  The stamped images are from Bird & Butterfly Labels (ODBD).  They coordinate with Labels 18 dies from Spellbinders. 

I first stamped the flourishes using silver pigment ink.  After cutting, stamping and adhering the three die cuts, I ran the whole card through the cuttlebug and embossed the front with Papertrey's Picnic Plaid impression plate.

Stamps:  Bird & Butterfly labels (ODBD), Fancy Flourishes (PTI), Tag-its #3 (PTI)
Paper:  white (PTI)
Ink:  pear tart (memento), silver (stampabilities), purple (memories)
Other:  Labels 18 (spellbinders), picnic plaid ip (PTI), ribbon (hobby lobby), corner rounder

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bring On the Day

Aloha everyone!  Here's a cheery card that combines a few challenges on my list.  Another 3-in-1 card:)

 The color inspiration for this card comes from Jen Carter's great inspiration challenge on the Paper Dolls Blog using this photo below.  Isn't it beautiful?  I chose the Papertrey colors of Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse and Pure Poppy.  I don't know why the Lemon Tart doesn't look yellow in this photo:(

I created this card using the Selective Inking technique from the Papertrey Make it Monday challenge this week.  I used two sentiments from Big Birthday Wishes and inked up the words I wanted.  The original sentiments are "bring on the happy" and "birthday".  As you can see I masked off the happy and birth in each sentiment.  I also selectively inked up the little cupcake from the Everyday Classics anniversary set.  The stamping on the bottom of the Lemon Tart panel combines images from two background sets -- Tin Types (pure poppy) and the single design stamp from Retro (hawaiian shores).

My layout is from the Clean & Simple blog:  FTL139.  I just love their sketches.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated

Stamps:  BG Basics: Tin Types, BG Basics: Retro, Big Birthday Wishes, Everyday Classics
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, Black
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Pear Tart (Memento), Black (Memento)
Other:  Simply Chartreuse saddle stitch ribbon, New Leaf & Pure Poppy Twine, Linen/Canvas impression plate, photo hanger (CTMH), red pearls (recollections)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

For Your Inspiration #5

I decided to play along with the FYI challenge this week when I saw this gorgeous photo.  I knew right away what card I wanted to create. 

I took a literal interpretation from this photo and created a scenic card with a church, clouds and grass.  Of course my little country church is quite humble compared to that cathedral.

I loved Stampscapes stamps!  I have a few and I just don't spend enough time playing with them.  Gotta remedy that.  I stamped the church scene and the tall grass in the foreground in Memento black and the clouds in Memento Sky Blue.  I used Prismacolor pencils and Copics to color in the grass.

This card was sent off to a special stamping buddy who is in the hospital undergoing some pretty rigorous chemo treatments right now.

Friday, May 6, 2011

One Layer Text Circles

Happy Friday!!  I've set aside some time today just for cardmaking!  Boy do I need that.  I made a fun one layer card for a few recent challenges that I did not want to miss out on.

How fun is this technique?  If you haven't seen the video tutorial on how to do this visit the Papertrey link above.  I used the Book Print IP with some Spellbinders Circle Nesties.  I love the look of the stamped images from Grunge Me over the text impression.  I twisted some black and pink floss together to finish off the card.


All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated

StampsGrunge Me
Paper:  Raspberry Fizz
Ink:  Black (memento)
Other:  Bookprint Impression plate, circle nestibilities (spellbinders), DMC floss, corner rounder

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day Leaf

Here's a simple card using the negative of my Sizzix leaf die cut from this card.  When I knew I wanted a leaf for that thank you card, I couldn't bring myself to cut into a brand new sheet of New Leaf paper (silly, I know).  I made a card base and cut it this way, knowing I would turn it into a card.

I adhered a piece of patterned paper from the Guide Lines collection to the inside of the card front, stamped the sentiment and wrapped some pretty ribbons around it.  I also decided to add a few stacked silk flowers and a Lavender Moon button.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated

Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia
Paper:  New Leaf, Guide Lines pp
Ink:  black (memento)
Other:  lavender moon ribbon, lavender moon button, silk flowers (Michael's), black & pearl ribbon (Hobby Lobby), Sizzix Branch w/leaves die, corner rounder